Friday, October 14, 2011

Fun flowers...

It's ALOHA Friday!! what are your plans for the weekend??? as you know from yesterday's post, i'm gearing up for the big 60th Celebration at Ben Franklin Crafts Kahului tomorrow... Don't forget, the celebration is from 10am-2pm at the Kahului store located at the Queen Kaahumanu Center!

here is my demo part of the day... hoping i'll get to it, i don't really have a set schedule, i basically go with the flow, so hoping that this can be squeezed in some time before the festivities end...
a month or so ago i purchased this Carnation Dimensional Flower Punch by EK Success... i thought the cover of the packaging was really cool and what better way to make those hadnmade flowers than with a tool like this! well, like i said, i bought this a month or so ago and only now have i opened it up to use... haha!! did i hear someone say HOARDER??? yah, that's me... i'm glad i opened it though... it's really fun to use... i'm still learning how to shape my flowers but all in all it's been fun... psst, can you see my camera reflection??? LOL

wanted to tell you a little about the flowers i sampled... first off, you can use any 12x12 sheet of paper... double sided, one sided, printed or plain... it is up to your preference... you could use the the 11" side of regular 8.5x11 paper too, i haven't tried it but i'm sure you could... i wouldn't really recommend using any size less than 11" since you are rolling the flower in whole-ness... ok so here goes... the first flower (pink), i used double sided DP and punched out 2 strips, layered them on each other and formed my flower... see how full it is with 2 strips? this one i used a brad for the center.... the brad part doesn't go all the way to the back of the flower, so you'll have to glue or tape the top piece to the flower...

second flower (blue) i only used one strip of 12x12 solid CS... see the fullness difference from the first? again, it's by your preference, and it just comes down to how full you want your flower to look..

third flower (red/white) again, 12x12 strips of solid CS... i didn't add a center and i didn't fold down a few petals in the middle... it gives it that "still in bloom" look...

last flower (dots) used 2 strips of DP... same as the first except i added a button for the center...

you can be creative as you want to be with these flower punches... you could even use those scraps you've been wondering what to do with... the creative approach is endless... kinda wish i opened this new toy a little earlier... i could have trial and error more... guess there's still some time to do that right?! but these are so fun i'm thinking of getting maybe the daisy one... =D

okie dokie... that is all i have for you today... i hope you have an awesome friday and a fantastic weekend ahead... DON'T FORGET that tomorrow is the CUPCAKE BLOG HOP... click on the badge on the right side bar and it will take you to the beginning of the hop! until then, THANKS for taking a few minutes to catch up with me!! i enjoy reading your encouraging comments!!


  1. These came out very pretty, yeh those EK punch looks interesting to get but they are still on my wish list.... It's so endless when you're a crafter I keep buying more and more items and maybe use them once or twice and totally forget about them on the side... So I'm just concentrating fulfilling all the stamps on my wish list that I've been wanting to get for so long before I get anymore tools..
    BTW - have fun at the BF craft fair I'm sure it's going to be fun at the mall their.....

  2. Hi Kris, hope you have a fab time at the craft fair - wish i was there lol! That punch looks fab - my wish list is getting even longer!
    Jo x

  3. Hi Kris, I love making paper flowers when I'm in the mood and when a tool can help then I want it!! hahaha!! So many wonderful flowers and so many wonderful colors. Gr8 job!
    Have fun at the fair! and have a great weekend! :)

  4. I'm glad that you did try out the flower punch. It is such a great way to use up those long strips of paper scraps. I think I may have to get the one that you showed using my 40% off BFC coupon this weekend. Your flowers are so darn attractive.

  5. Oh how fun are these! I saw the punches at BF. Thanks for showing us the different looks of the flowers. :) Have a great weekend my friend!

  6. What great flowers Kris. I just love these. Thanks for the tutorial.

  7. What pretty flowers Kris! I purchased a similar punch like yours over the summer, but have not had a chance to play with it. Maybe I will now with the help of your little tutorial. Maybe I will surprise you with some flowers one day soon.


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