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Sunday 14 August 2011

Fashionable Flowers

Hi there my fashionable friends, today sees a new challenge over at Fashionable Stamping Challenges  and this time our theme is Handmade flowers. We are of course sponsored by the lovely Marina who will be providing a gorgeous prize for our lucky winner from her shop Cottage Crafts. For my DT project I decided to combine two of my favourite things, stamping and jewellery making.

I created a grungepaper flower using a freebie stamp from Craft Stamper, painted with viva precious metal paint in turquoise and over stamped with part of a beautiful doodle butterfly stamp (also a freebie from Craft Stamper), layered the 5 flowers up and secured them with a gold eyelet. This allowed me to thread some wired gold myuki drop beads through the centre, I secured them with silicone glue and added some gold glitter. The leaves were made using jade green size 11 seed beads, gold size 15 seed beads and more myuki drops (the pattern for the leaves was in last months Bead magazine). I'd forgotten just how teeny tiny size 15 seed beads are, I'm sure they've shrunk or perhaps I should have gone to specsavers LOL. 

Once I'd made the flower and the leaves I had to try and work out how to attach them together so that i could make a necklace out of them. EEk that was a bit of a nightmare but I used a small nestie to cut a shape from grungeboard and wired the flower and leaves through it and added some silicone glue for a bit of extra security (I'm a bit of a belt and braces girl lol). I added another gold eyelet to the grungeboard shape and attached a gold chain (from one of my expeditions to the charity shop lol. 

Here's a pic to show the detail a little better. Its been so dark and dull here I've struggled to get photo's of this project.

I made a tag to display the necklace, by painting a tag with the same turquoise precious metal paint and overstamping with the same flower and butterfly stamp in gold and then using versamark and embossing with some gorgeous sparkly teal ep from my stash. I attached the necklace using a little turquoise chiffon ribbon.

I'm entering this tag in the following challenges:
Allsorts : Anything but a card
Creative Belli: non paper materials
Flutter by Wednesday: Open challenge with butterfly angel or fairy
Sir Stampalot: Whatever you fancy
Sweet Stamps: Bling it up

Pop on over to the challenge blog to see the gorgeous projects from my fashionable teamies, they've come up with some absolute stunners and we're also introducing our newest member of the DT too!! 
Thanks for calling by
Claire xx


  1. Great tag and love your handmade flower!!!

  2. Beautiful tag - the sheen is amazing and so is your flower!
    Thanks for playing 'Anything but a Card' with us at Allsorts this week.
    Good luck.
    Debs xx

  3. Beautiful Creation

    Thanks for joining us at Sir Stampalot challenge this month and good luck!


  4. What a fabolous tag Claire and such rich colours.

    Thank you for joining in at Allsorts this week and Stampalot challenge this month and good luck.

    B x

  5. Wow, this is stunning Claire! I love the beautiful beadwork and all the shimmer. I bet the necklace looks great when worn.
    Thank you for sharing with us at Sir Stampalot this month.
    Clare x

  6. Hi Claire, I can't get over that flower!!! It is sooo real
    Dot x

  7. Completely stunning Claire and I have to say I didn't immediately realise it was a necklace. It's just gorgeous and the tag is a fabulous way to display it.
    Hugs, Fliss xx
    PS: I'd have to get my glasses out for the beading too!

  8. Wow this is beautiful, thank you for sharing this with us at Creative Belli.

  9. What a stunning little gem!! Did I say little??? It's a crowm jewel!!! Beautiful tag, the flower and the necklace - just stunning and beautiful shades of blue ;). AMAZING!!! Hugs, Joanna xx

  10. Great tag Claire and a beautiful flower
    Beryl x

  11. This just took my breath away - Love the way you've used that flower stamp & the beads make it really luxurious - reminds me of turquoise precious stone.
    Paula (PEP)

  12. Absolutely stunning. Thanks for joining us at Sir Stampalot this month.

  13. OMG Claire, a stunning piece of art. Hugs Suzanne x

  14. Great tag loving the effect and such a clever way of displaying the necklace...

    Thanks for playing at Allsorts this week

    Emma xxx

  15. Wow, Claire! A fabulous tag - gorgeous colours! Thanks for joining us at Sir Stampalot this month and good luck!

  16. what a fantastic tag! Thank you so much for joining us at Allsorts this week and good luck!

  17. Such a beautiful tag, the flowers looks fabulous.

  18. Fabulous tag Claire, you pulled out all the stops with this stunner, everything looks so opulent and regal, which only you can achieve.

    Hugs Shirley x x


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