Thursday 20 February 2014

Flowers On A Log

This week I am rather excited to share this post with you all, as I was so pleased with the result and hope you like it too. I have had some fun making several Handmade Flowers. I love how each flower can look so different just changing colours and the way you build them up. My Husband and I love going around Car Boot Sales especially on a nice hot summers day. Unfortunately, we have not managed to get to them in the past few years, but we still have several of our finds around the house.  I purchased one day a little vintage ornament that resembles a log with porcelain flowers on the top. You often see these with flowers chipped on them, so I was so pleased it had no damage and I probably purchased it for a Pound.I have often looked at it and thought I could replicate it in some way, so with making all my flowers I thought it was an ideal project to do.

The log was made from my new Crafters Best Friend....Cardboard. I tend to keep every bit of packaging I get at the moment and had a piece of cardboard I ripped the top layer off to reveal the corrugation. I glued and rolled my cardboard up into an oval round shape. I then painted with several colours and stamped some ink on to achieve the look of my log. I sealed with Mod Podge matte and rubbed on a little gilding wax.

Using a piece of white cardstock I die cut out my leaves with Magnolia Rose leaves die. I then applied Bundled Sage distress stain, which pooled into the parts of the embossed veins of the die cut. I dried with my heat gun and then went into the edges with the co-ordinating ink pad and stamped on a script stamp again using sage distress ink. Had I used Archival, I would have had a crisp image left of the script, but I just wanted to leave textures of ink. So when I pressed the molded leaves into my Versamark the script image blurred into just texture with distress ink being reactive to another fluid. I double embossed to give the look of China. This would also give me a contrast from my matte finished flowers.

All my flowers started off from white cardstock being die cut. I like to use Pergamano Glue when making my flowers as it takes grip quickly.
My Carnations were made using the CL Sweet Williams strip. I shaded the petals with distress inks and then rippled the petals by bending the paper over my tweezers.

My Daisy was made using the CL Shasta Daisy strip. I shaded with distress ink and stain and stamped a number stamp on with Archival Ink. The centre has Flower soft in it.

My Gardenia was made using the CL Gardenia strip. Shaded with Tattered Rose Distress.

My Rose buds were made using CL Large and Medium rose, shaded with Distress Ink and Stains. The leaves on the roses were shaded with distress stain and then I stamped with Versafine ink a script stamp.

This flower was made with an old die (not sure what its called). I shaded with Distress and stamped a leaves stamp with Archival ink and distress. The Yellow Rose was made in the same way, sorry don't seem to have a close up image of this one.

I have made several flowers over the past couple of days as it has been trial and error placing the different sizes and colours to see what looked best, so I now have plenty in my craft stash. Finally, I decided on their placement and positioned my leaves and flowers onto my log with pinflair glue.

Hope you have also managed to get some crafting done this week. Look forward to catching up with your blogs and I would love to hear your comments on my Flower Log.

Take Care, Julie x

I would like to enter this into :
Frilly and Funkie - Bloomin' Marvellous
WLVC Challenge 20
Crafty Hands - Heat and Dry Challenge
Vintage Udfordring - Challenge 75 Paint/Spray
ABC Challenge - F is for Flowers
Fashionable Stamping Challenge - Build it Up

Products Used : Dies and glue as listed in text, Paperartsy MN23, Magnolia script stamp, Inkylicious small leaves stamp.Distress Inks and Stains : Tattered rose, Bundled Sage, Milled Lavender, Shaded Lilac, Victorian Velvet  and Scattered straw.
Distress Paints : Walnut Stain, Antique Linen and Forest Moss. PaperArtsy paints Little Black Dress and Chocolate Pudding.Archival Ink : Pale Ochre and plum. Versafine Spanish Moss. Versamark, Stampendous detailed clear powder.Flowersoft Raspberry Fizz, Treasure Gold White Fire.  


  1. Well I'm blown away Julie! This is stupendously fabulous! I recall having an Aynsley China decoration years ago just like this! The flowers are all so beautiful, I'll go with the gardenia as my favourite. I love how you double embossed the leaves for that lovely gloss, interesting how you pooled the stain for veins. All in all it's a very beautiful make Julie with terrific step x step. Nicola x

  2. For someone whos never made flowers before you have certainly mastered the art of flower making. These are all so beautiful Julie. Every single one but my favourite is the smaller rose. Good Luck with the challenges
    Lilian x

  3. Hi Julie...your NO.48 is now 47...
    What a stunning entry in to our challenge, I absolutely love how you created your log and your flowers are just amazing....such a creation inspired by a car boot find,just gorgeous.
    Thank you for playing in our challenge at CraftyHands...x

  4. Amazing flowers! (And the log is wonderful too!) very pretty project, thank you for sharing with us at Craftyhands, good luck! Xx

  5. Ooooo that is a wowzzer hun what a fabulous creation - love love love it and thanks also for the explanation as to how u created it - it is lovely when crafters share their skills and knowledge - what a delicious delight to get up to - thank you for playing along at CraftyHands - have a great day xxx

  6. When I saw the first photograph I honestly thought it was a real china decoration Julie! This is stunning, your flowers are so realistic and the log is such a clever idea. Double embossing the leaves just adds to the realism. I just love everything about this, I think you are on to a winner here! Anne xx

  7. This is a truly stunning piece of work!! so beautiful you must be very proud of it! Many thanks for joining the crafty hands challenge and good luck!!! Melissa (DT)

  8. Wow! Julie, this is terrific! I love all your work, but I think this is so impressive I'm lost for words! Isn't cardboard just so adaptable? I can't get over how effectively you created the log with it! And the flowers are exquisite: what a talented crafter you are. Well done, this is tremendous. Julie Ann xxx

  9. What an idea! Lovely flowers!
    It looks very real!
    Greetings Jacomijn (WLVC)

  10. Just like Anne I thought these were china flowers to start with! Thank goodness for those close ups to highlight the beauty and individuality of each one of them. Yet another stunning project here Julie. Thank you so much for joining us at Frilly and Funkie with this. Jenny x

  11. What a lovely creation Julie. The flowers are stunning.

    Greetings Henriëtte (WLVC)

  12. Beautiful handcrafted flowers that make a stunning piece. Thanks gor joining us at FSC this fortnight

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  14. WOW! This is such an amazing creation, Julie! Your flower's look so gorgeous. I really love the way you have created that log to highlight the flowers. What a fabulous idea :)

    Greetings, Janet (WLVC)

  16. WOW your flowers are amazing, such beautiful work, Thank you so much for sharing your beautiful creation with us at FSC...Esther xx

  17. Gorgeous!!!! Lovely flowers and great is the way you created the log. I love it.
    Hugs Plony (WLVC)

  18. What a gorgeous make and your flowers are a real triumph they look wonderful! thanks for joining us at Frilly and funkie x trace x

  19. Wat een super mooie bloemen!
    Liefs Anneke

  20. Stunning Julie! Your flowers are amazing and I love the cardboard log! Thanks for joining us at Frilly and Funkie. Sue C x

  21. wow stunning. Thanks for playing along with us at CraftyHands

  22. I am so impressed with your creativity! The way you upcycled cardboard for your log is inspired, and the flowers are stunning!! Thank you so much for playing along in the Frilly and Funkie challenge!

  23. Wow, you could have fooled me too so I am happy you provided all the great photos. The log is so clever and all your flowers are to die for - absolutely gorgeous. Thanks for joining us at Frilly and Funkie.

  24. simply lovely....lizzi vintage challenge

  25. Wow, looks great, lovely flowers.
    Thanks for sharing at WLVC.
    hugs Liesbeth

  26. Your log is sooo wow! Loved the idea and blooms too look beautiful.

  27. Magnificent log and the flowers are so pretty. I would love to give this one a go Juliz if I can have your permission. Congratulations on Winning too. Hugs Rita xxx

  28. Congratulations on a well deserved win.
    Your log of flowers is absolutely stunning.
    I love making flowers, will be back soon to have a look at your flowers


  29. Amazingly realistic. Love the cardboard log idea, and the flowers ate beautiful.

  30. Forgot to say congrats on your win at the F&F blog!

  31. Hi there, Julie! I just wanted to say huge congrats on your win at F&F - well deserved, a lovely project! Julie Ann xxx

  32. Congratulations on your Frilly and Funkie win! Can't wait to see what you make as Guest Designer. If I may, I would like to ask about the dies you used, the name of the company (CL?) and where can I get them??

    1. Hi Jay, I will email you directly with details but they are Cheery Lynn dies in case anyone else wondering.
      Julie x


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Julie x


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