Thursday, November 03, 2011

A Tiny Sampler & a Tutorial of Sorts

Hi, everyone!

First, I want to thank you so much for your wonderful birthday wishes. I feel so blessed to have so many good friends both in person and online who made the day so special for me. I love you all :)

Next, I wanted to share something really fun with you. Most of you know that BasicGrey has been doing fabric for quite a while now, but fewer of you might know that we are now doing NOTIONS!! Yep - vintage buttons and fabric/felt flowers and all kinds of wonderful goodies. My head just swims with it all!

One of my favorite items we have debuted are these adorable samplers. They come in several sizes and styles, but this one has to be my favorite. It's called the Small Rook Sampler and is an 8"x10" size. It's absolutely perfect for a little splash of color somewhere - for me that somewhere is my scraproom! AND since I am so not a seamstress (hellloooo - I FAKE stitch on all my layouts and projects!), I decided to do an all paper sampler rather than using fabric. I really loved how it came out, especially these sweet little flower details!

Supplies: BasicGrey Small Rook Sampler, Picadilly and Out of Print papers, Stitched & Glazed Brads
Other: Uni-ball & Pentel Pens, Fiskars scallop scissors, Fiskars Scallop circle & heart punch.

Here's a close up of the flowers to let you really see how cute and in a minute how EASY they are to make!

So before we get any further, I have to first 'fess up -I saw these adorable little flowers in fabric from my friend Kimber and decided they would look adorable in paper as well. I followed the simple tutorial she linked me to on Pinterest and these were the results.

1. Punch one circle base to hold the flower (size depends on the size you're making the flower. Here it was 1.5" and the scallop circles were 2") and eight scalloped circles.

2. Fold the scalloped circles into quarters.

3. Adhere four folded quarter circles around the base circle with scallops at the edge as shown.

4. Add more adhesive to this layer and add the remaining four folded circles on top of the first layer, off-set slightly for variety.

5. Punch hole in center of flower once layers are all added.

6. Add brad to center to secure the petals.

7. Gently separate the petal layers to add dimension to your flower and there you have it! Just right for embellishing your project!

Have a wonderful day! I'll be back tomorrow with yet another giveaway! (YAY!)



Kelly said...

thank you so much for taking the time for the tutorial photos! very cute!

Стокли said...

It looks so easy to make and so beautiful! (I mean flowers)
The sampler is a great idea!

{dawn} said...

Such adorable flowers and love the Picadilly papers you used in the tutorial! And thanks for 'fessing up about the "fake stitching"! The thought of pulling out the sewing machine to stitch on layouts exhausts me! I have always admired the stitching on your designs - it always looks so neat and just the right amount. You've been fooling me!
Also, your advent calendar and boxes...just stunning!

Nicola said...

Hi Kelly
I just wondered where the 'background' to your sampler came from? I have been searching around for a unique idea for Christmas cards and tags and I think I might have found it! Thanks so much.

Kelly Goree Photography said...

Hi Nicola!

Then background is printed directly on the sampler (which is what makes it a "sampler"). Unfortunately it's not available on its own to make a card as it comes on canvas only.

Julie Howard said...

Thanks for the tutorial. These are definitely a sort of flower I'll use. I'm not a huge fan of all the flowers & chunky embellies that are so popular these days. This flower is understated - actually made of paper - and something that will easily slide into my albums.