Friday, August 30, 2013

Happy to BE ME by Marivic

Hi Everyone! Can you believe it? it is almost September! Where did the time go?

I hope you had a great summer....I don't do a lot of scrapbook LO/pages anymore. I think I just needed to back away from it. I like all sorts of craft but I just don't want to do paper crafting...I want to try all sorts of things and just try different mediums. 

I love flowers...I love the real flowers, the artificial ones that we use for crafting or decor and the ones that are handmade. I had been trying different sorts of flowers to make, from fabric to papers. I love making my own flowers. There are so many great items that one can upcycle..maybe an old floral pillow case, or you daughter's old just have to be creative with it. 

Today, I will show you how I made fabric flowers using our sponsor's products. Faber-Castell makes this amazing gelatos and gel sticks. This is how I made my fabric flowers. I actually just learned to use my sewing machine...thank God for my husband..His mom got me a sewing machine a couple of years ago and it has been sitting in the closet since then. So my husband figured it out for to start with threading the bobbin, etc and he showed me how it works. Mind you, he doesn't know how to sew but he is good with tinkering...He's heaven sent! I don't read directions/manual anymore, I just have him open the box and he teaches me how to use it. He know how to use the cameo silhouette better that I could...So sad on my part, as long as he is here to figure it out for me then I am in good hands...that's why I love my husband so so much (just in case he decides to read this post)..Well, I do! And I am lucky to have him as a husband...

Enough already...before I start getting mushy here....

Here is what I made....

First cut a 4 inch template or use any size you would like.
If you want a perfect circle, you can google a circle template, print it and cut away.

For this flower, I cut 16 circles using a white cotton fabric (old white shirt will do)

I used orange Faber-Castell gel sticks and yellow gelato.

I applied color to the fabric and brushed it with water, I used a lot of water to achieve the color I want.
from lighter to dark.

I just wiped the excess water with the fabric which gave the 2-tone effect.

Let it dry..

Cut the fabric in half

fold it in half and stitch away. You can hand-stitch too if you want.
Once you are done, separate each petal and turn it inside out so the stitching is inside.

I used ten petals for the bottom part of my flower. I alternated the colors between yellow and orange to lighter peach. 

Hand stitch the top part of the petal using running stitch and slowly pull the thread to make a pleated petal. Make sure you have a matching thread and that your thread is long enough to stitch the petals.

Once you are done stitch it close. 

You don't have to use 10 petals, you can use less or whatever you think will look good. I used 6 petals for the top part of  the flower.

I stitched the top to the bottom part. Cut a small felt circle to cover the bottom part. Depending on what you want to use it for, this is the time to add a pin or a clip if you want to use as brooch or hair clip. 

You can add a button, pearls, jewel, or brad for the center.

My usual model (my daughter was at school when I made this). So
I had to find a replacement model...

This is Luci Loo...I think she did a great job modeling..

What do you think?

I made this page using the same flower technique but with different colors of Faber-Castell gelatos.

I also used the gelato to alter my background page. I thinned the gelato by using Faber-Castell gesso
I stamped the page randomly using Glitz roller stamp and Susan Carrilo butterfly stamp.

I followed Norma's Challenge for August. Getting creative with Textile...I used the same effect for the trim using the flower technique. I machine stitched to add pleats.

The paper roses were handmade as well. Unfortunately I can't give you the tutorial for that one. It is my friend's rose template as respect for him, I will honor his request not to share the template publicly. 

I also used Scrapiniec Chipboard on the background. And for papers, I used Inkido collection. 

I also used Glitz whatnot's and Kaisercraft die cuts.

I'd like to thank our sponsors this month and to all of you that continue to join our challenges.
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  1. Beautiful flowers and LO!!! Love your model as well!

  2. Love your layout Marivic and all of the gorgeous flowers you created! Lucy Loo is an excellent model ;D

  3. your flowers are so fabulous, thanks for sharing :)

  4. awesome tutorial!!! you got a new awesome model!

  5. Wow! Marivic, those flowers are stunning! just so incredible beautiful and creative, thanks for sharing all that! That is quite a process and by sharing you really make it possible to try it and have it turn out well! And those roses are just gorgeous! thanks so much for taking the time to leave me a comment, I really appreciate it! Hugs, Lisa


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