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Sunday, November 15, 2009

Dictionary Flowers & My Itop

This card turned out perfect! It's created with two papers from the Polar Expressions Collection (Frosted Forest and Flannel PJs) and one of my new "dictionary flowers" with a felt covered iTop Brad.

Now about the Dictionary Flowers: One day I happened upon a great blog post from Leah Fung from Scrapbooks, Etc magazine and she showed you in a video how to make these yummy dictionary paper flowers. So last weekend I met up with a friend and we went CRAZY making tons of these flowers in all shapes and sizes. Below I listed some tips that I learned from playing.
TIP #1 - Dictionary paper works best, it's not too think and not too thin. I just went to the local thrift shop (D.I) and I bet some of those used book shops would be a good place to look. Plus it was only $3...and it will make TONS of flowers.

TIP #2 - In the video they top off the flowers with other paper flowers and buttons, but I have to admit that I think the iTop Brads really finish off these flowers so much better. I would suggest poking the ned of your scissors through the center before it dries completely...the glue may not have set all the way and it's a little thick, but you can push through and make a nice small hole that you can slide your iTop brad through the hole.

TIP #3 - This process is messy but super fun. I used both spray mists from Tattered Angels and Maya Mists...they both work great.

TIP #4 - Don't worry about die cutting the flowers. I just folded it like I would if I were cutting out a snowflake and then used my scallop scissors to cut off the top. Since you crinkle these up they don't have to be perfect to begin with!!




12 comments:

Aphra said...

Wow, I LOVE these! The vintage feel of the dictionary paper mixed with the I-TOP brad makes for a fab embellishment. I'll be hitting the used book store this week. :)

justyolie said...

Oh yes, I love these, but I believe it's Donna Salazar on the video. :)

redoaklines said...

GORGEOUS flowers!!! i have to try that!

hugs,
sarah.

Shemaine Smith said...

Lori this is a gorgeous card, thanks for the tip on the dictionary paper!

ScrapMomOf2 said...

Gorgeous! Wow!

Vel said...

I love making my own flowers like this but haven't used dictionary pages yet (even though I have several dictionaries I tear apart for my pages...go figure). Thanks so much for the tips!

Liz said...

This is an awesome idea for a flower and love the touch of bling.

Tracy said...

I do love those dictionary flowers ... tfs

Julie Bonner said...

Fabulous flower & love your card!!

Brenda said...

love your card and really HAVE to try to make these flowers!!!Thanks for the tips!
hugs
Brenda

HeatherC said...

Hmmm...this looks intriguing. Definitely need to try this.

LisaDay said...

Beautiful flowers!! The i-top center really sets it off!

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