Guest Post: Paper Flowers from Broken Treasures

Today I have the honor of hosting my sweet and beautiful friend Elizabeth from Broken Treasures. Elizabeth and I are friends in “real life” and I admire her on many levels. I can’t wait to see what she has to show us…

Hi there!  My name is Elizabeth and I blog over at Broken Treasures about lots of different crafts but mostly paper crafting.  Rachel is a good friend of mine and I am excited to be guest posting here on Quiver Full of Blessings.

Today I’m going to show you how to make paper flowers using book pages and also cardstock with the Cricut Machine.

Our family had some pretty bad flooding in September from a hurricane and I had to go through quite a bit of our things that had been on the first level of our home.  We had a few boxes of books that were warped and I could not use them.  So I tore off the covers and used the pages to make flowers.

First I used a ribbon cartridge to trace the circle shape onto the book page.  Each page made two flowers.

Then I cut the circle into a swirl pattern ending in the center with a base for the flower.

Here I used Cranberry ink from Close To My Heart to ink around the edges of the flower – giving it some red color.

Then I started rolling.  To roll the rose you need to start at the end and roll towards you until you have rolled all the way to the center.  Let the flower go to loosen up the roll.

Finally glue the flower to the base and it will look like this.  I used a hot glue gun but have also used Liquid glass, tacky glue and even a glue dot if it is strong enough.

Another way to make flowers is using the cricut.  I love using the Art Philosophy Cartridge (it has over 700 images and shapes on it including 9 different flowers!).  Here I cut out the round petal rose at 3 inches.  You can choose your size, image and then “auto fill” and the machine will calculate how many flowers can be cut on one 12×12 cardstock sheet.  I love that feature!

Then you just lift off the flower, ink it and roll it just like the book page flowers.

Now what can you do with all these flowers?  A Ton!  Really the posibilities are endless.  I have made wreathes, candle rings, cards, hair bands, and decorated gifts with them.  I have seen them made using fabric (great thing about the Cricut you can cut fabric with it!) and put onto blankets, pillows, hair bands, or turned into jewelry.  Here are some of my creations . . .

Thanks again, Rachel, for the honor of guest posting :)!  I’d love if you all would stop over at Broken Treasures sometime and say “hi”.

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