Tuesday, May 25, 2010

When you cant grown em ...

... make em!

I made this one last night ... it started off as white cardstock ... i did a kind of bleeding ink type thing with it using lots of inks & water! I used ink pads, colouring the edges and then letting the ink spread ... Sue F taught me a very similar technique using reinkers ... this is my interpretation of her work!


This big flower is part premade Prima Crochet flower and part die cut paper shapes, distressed and glittered for a vintagey effect!


I love flowers ...in fact ago, once in another life i was a florist ... for a couple of years anyways and i really loved that job ... you got to see people at their best (think weddings & birthdays) and at their worst (think funerals and other sad occasions) and it was always inspirational to how and why people chose the flowers they did, and why .... and you got to actually learn a bit about your customer in an unusual setting ...

The smaller flower shown here is a Prima flower. The larger flower is a Jo flower ... paper, & glimmer mist are the main ingredients ... the rose leaves are mine as well ... they were stamped from the backside, cut out and then glittered around the edges.

anyways ... i digress .... back to the actual flowers ... i use flowers a lot in scrapbooking ... i use them in simple pages, i use them in more complex pages, i use them on covers, pages, altered projects & cards

I have posted this flower before, only it was on a different project ... i call it my Bridal flower ... i love the tulle, the ribbon paper and glimmer mist combo ... I have a feeling i will be making this flower over and over again!

I love to by them ... my fave scrapbooking flower manufacturer is Prima Marketing ... i think i am a bit of a Prima ho ... (yes i went there) ... because i buy a lot of their product and i use it all ...


While I was making the large flower last night, i decided to alter 3 plain white small Prima flowers. They started off looking like the little white flower, then i painted them with Distress Inks and crumpled them. Once dry I painted them with rock candy distress crackle paint to give them a retro feel.

for the last couple of years i have been making flowers for a lot of my scrapbooking projects ... and i use just about everything i can get my hands on to make flowers ... like patterned paper, cardstock, starbucks holders, chipboard, canvas, grungepaper, fabric, lace, tulle, mesh, felt, wool, vintage books, vintage maps ... the list goes on and on ... i figure its all fair game!


I didn't make this one, but isn't she just so darn cute. Honey posing in her flower dress ... she wears it on special occasions like birthdays and Easter! cute eh ?


Peace, love & paper ~ Jo

9 comments:

Lynn Stevens said...

Oh my gosh beautiful flowers but my all time fav is the one on Honey
she is precious! I was a florist at one time too! sooooo many years ago!

laterg8r said...

you always make such gorgeous flowers jo - you rock :D

Rae-Lifestyle Photographer said...

Wow Jo...you make the most gorgeous flowers!

katecreate said...

Oh my goodness, you dog looks cute!

Sue C said...

Jo flowers are the loveliest flowers of all.

Izzy said...

Love all the flowers... and I learned something new, I didn't know you were a florist in another life!

Sarah said...

Simply lovely, each one! You are a talented individual, Jo. Thanks for sharing these.

Kathy said...

Gorgeous flowers Jo! You never cease to amaze me with your talents!

Melinda Cornish said...

I adore your paper flowers....just gorgeous, scrumptious, wonderful.....