I am up at the Samantha Walker blog today! I had so much fun playing with Samantha's new flowers this week and found a fun way to incorporate them into a project. Today I am going to show you how I turned these flowers into pens. I have them displayed here in a flower pot. I am also linking this up to the Paper Issues current Issue - Tip-toe thru Tu-lips
Your first step is to cut out the flowers that you want to use. I used two shades of each colors to add a little contrast. I set them up on my screen like this and then used 6" X 12" papers on my cutting mat. I used the following flowers:
You will then want to fold and bend your flowers to your taste....I just use my fingers for this but a pencil would work great too. I also embellished mine with some gemstones.
I then created my "stem" by using a six inch square. First off, I have to give credit to the team coordinator, Jamie, here because she helped me figure out how to do this step. I set it like a diamond on my grid and trimmed off one end so that it lined up with where I wanted the paper to end on my pen (a grid mat was super helpful with this).
I used strong craft glue that dries fast and rolled up the pen, securing it with a clothespin while I worked on the others.
I then wrapped it with washi tape because I thought that would help it hold up better and looked pretty!
I cut slits in the end of it so that it folds down in thirds, making it easy to attach to the flower.
Once again using my strong craft glue I attached it to the flower
And then you are done..you've got a lovely little pen to display.
Our school secretary is an awesome friend and because I always talk her head off about paper crafting (which she doesn't do any of), I decided to make this into a gift for her. I used a small flower pot and added some beans.
I then added the whole variety of them! I hope this will give her a little bit of spring joy for the week!
Have a great week crafters!