Tuesday, April 01, 2014

Handmade Flowers April Challenge with Tracey Gregory

Tracey here with the April Challenge! I don't know about the weather where you are but here in New England/USA winter just won't go away. Since there aren't any flowers yet blooming in my garden, I decided my challenge would be to create your own flowers! 

This month we challenge you
 to create a project
 using handmade flowers !

There must be at least ONE homemade flower on your project.
 It's not limited to a scrap page-think canvas, home decor,headbands,anything your creative mind can dream up! There are hundreds of flower tutorials out there for flowers made out of paper,felt,cloth,twine,burlap,coffee filters,etc..
For links to all of the flower tutorials pictured above and many more see my Pintrest page here.

Here is my project for inspiration:

We are so blessed to be able to play with the generous products supplied by our sponsors. This month we are featuring 7Dots, Um Wow and The Darkroom Door.I used the papers from the 7 Dots Dreamer Collection (my all time fave) and water distressed my edges with watered down gelatos. I created a background with multiple colors of gelatos, blended with water then stamped with a stamp from the 7 Dots Cold Country Collection. Using the circles from the paper,I created various size Lollipop flowers and tucked them in behind my picture.

The flying bird Um Wow chippie was first colored with gold gelato, Rub n' Buff in patina, then crackled with Ranger Crackle accents. I used UmWow mushroom chippies as foliage by treating them to Stampin' Up Verdigris embossing enamel. I found some beautiful vintage lace at a thrift store and used to create one of handmade flowers and topped it with a Recollection metal flower which was also treated to a patina.

My other flowers were created with coffee filters and Spellbinder Spiral Blossom 1. I spritzed them with Heidi Swapp mists in Gold,Mustard and Turquoise before I rolled them up. Each flower is made up of 2 to 3 blossoms rolled together. The lace pictured above is the same as the lace in my flower and the cameo is from Recollections.

I used the Darkroom Door filmstrip and word strips here,both colored with gelatos and embossed and cracked. The tags tucked in the sides are also Darkroom Door which I shaded and added some seam binding.

This all makes for a chunky layout. I was inspired by a sketch for Once Upon a Sketch and then it took off from there!

I created 3 different types of flowers for this layout and mixed them in with 3 packaged flowers. For the challenge you only have to have at least one handmade flower but you may find it so much fun you make more!

Check out the fabulous sponsors and prizes for this month:

First Prize:
Studio Shirel Pop & Colours Workshop

Second Prize:
Studio Shirel Pop & Colors #2 Workshop

3rd Prize:
Darkroom Door Paper Collection


Pop and Colours Workshop #1 - Art of Background 
Six weeks of workshops with step-by-step detailed examples and videos! Do you like to play with inks? Dirty hands, paint in the hair and stains on the apron don’t scare you? Then this workshop is for you! Whatever your style, learn how to create backgrounds very personal using the techniques presented in this workshop! I requested internationally famous guests who will share their secrets for making scrapbook pages from A to Z. Each week two different step-by-step (videos or photos and written explanations) will be presented. Each week, icing on the cake, sample pages created by the various artists using each technique will be shared. These examples will show you that the techniques are adaptable to all styles! The workshop will focus on scrapbooking pages, but the techniques are obviously suitable for other media (Art Journal, Project Life, mini-album, canvas Mixed Media etc.).
There is no time limit to subscribe to the workshop and it will be available for a period of one year from the beginning of the workshop (ie 18 October 2014).

Pop and Colours Workshop #2 - Around the World
10 weeks of workshops in video! Did you like Pop and Colours Workshop #1 - Art of Background and you want more? Well...we do have more! Pop and Colours # 2 - Around the World is based on the same principle. Our team of renown international artists will share their secrets for making scrapbook pages through exclusive videos! Different styles will share the spotlight: freestyle, shabby, mixed media or graphic style, you will find types for all tastes! Class started on January 3, 2014 and all the content will be available for a whole year. You can join us at anytime within this year!

Darkroom Door is owned by photographer Rachel Greig and graphic designer Stewart Yule who combine their talents to design a unique range of rubber stamps and papercraft products suitable for card making, scrapbooking, invitations, collage, mixed media and altered art. As the name suggests, Darkroom Door products have a strong photographic element in their design.
Products include: Rubber Stamps, Photo Stamps, Background Stamps, Frame Stamps, Collage Stamps, Word Block Stamps, Montage Sheets, Photochips, and Filmstrips along with a wide range of accessories for all type of paper crafts.
Darkroom Door also has a fabulous blog that is updated regularly with projects created by many talented artists. Check out the Darkroom Door website to see their full product range along with a gallery full of projects and ideas!

Design Team Sponsors

We're a US based company who has recently changed directions and moved to chipboard embellishments! Our designs are fresh, new and on trend. We pride ourselves in the quality of our chip and our dedication to the trade. With our passion for paper crafts and our knowledge of industry
we can safely say you'll love our goods and their high quality!

We are a team of creative women who cannot image their world without paper, glue and the creative process. Scrapbooking is our passion and we love to share our passion with other scrapbookers. For this reason, 7 Dots Studio exists. The quality of our products is our top priority. Our collections are made from thick (250gsm), acid-free, lignin-free, archival scrapbooking paper. We also offer high quality cardstock stickers.

Please note that if the winner(s) of this challenge are international they will be responsible for shipping costs.

Make sure you follow our CHALLENGE RULES.

Thank you and we hope to see your beautiful flowers this month!


  1. Beautiful page Tracey! Love your blooms and love that crackled bird! Stunning! ;-)

  2. Great challenge! I'm a great fan of handmade flowers :)
    Stunning page, Tracey, with fab flowers.

  3. Love your challenge Tracey! Always love making handmade flowers. I love your flowers as well, so much dimension. Thank you!


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