Tuesday, June 26, 2018

A Fun "Flower Arranging" Adventure...

Hi folks...today I'm sharing a project using Tim Holtz/Stampers Anonymous Flower Jar and the matching Sizzix Framelits. I was shocked when I realised I have had these stamps since January 2017 and got the dies soon after but it seems they were filed away and shame on me, forgotten. The stamps on their own are beautiful but oh boy, now I realise what I have been missing all this time, put the stamps and dies together and magic happens.
I decorated a Mini Etcetera Tag and you may want to make yourself a cuppa and find a comfy sofa ready for the photo fest that follows.

I trimmed white card stock to be slightly larger than the Idea-ology Mini Etcetera Tag, one of  my favourite surfaces to decorate and with 4 in a pack for £5.99  or $5.99 depending on where you live, they are great quality and value for money.
I cut 2/1.2" squares from scraps of Idea-ology Worn Wallpaper and fixed them to the white cardstock with Distress Collage Medium Matte.
I applied a light coat of White Gesso and wiped it back slightly from the flower image areas with a damp baby wipe.
I added strips of the lace section from another sheet of Worn Wallper coloured lightly with Worn Lipstick Distress Oxide ink using a mini round blending tool and gave the panel a coat of Distress Collage Medium Matte.
I created shadows around the paper sections with a Walnut Stain Distress Crayon, smudging it with my finger and I love how it brings out the texture of the Worn Wallpaper.
I machine stitched around the edges and the paper sections and fixed the panel to the Etcetera Tag using Distress Collage Medium Matte.
and I was determined that I was going to use Tim Holtz/Stampers Anonymous Ticket Booth and the matching framelits on this project, no way were they going to be forgotten. So I stamped the images on to scraps of Worn Wallpaper and die cut.

I attached two of the tickets with Distress Collage Medium Matte and applied Ranger Opague Texture Paste through the Bubbles Mini Layering Stencil from Set 5, sprinkled with Ranger Superfine White Detail Embossing Powder and heat set once the Texture Paste had dried. I stamped one of the images from Tim Holtz/Stampers Anonymous Ornate Trims with Ground Espresso Archival ink randomly at the edges of the tag (you will see it in a later photo)
I applied a coat of Clear Gesso to an Idea-ology Found Relative, coloured her dress and hair bow with a Fossilized Amber Distress Marker and fixed behind an Idea-ology Baseboard Frame. I sanded the frame lightly and added an Idea-ology Tiny Text Remnant Rub.
Now it was time to have some flower arranging fun. I stamped the Flower Jar images on to Distress Watercolor Card using Hickory Smoke Distress Archival ink for the jars and Vintage Photo for the string section around the neck of the jars.
I coloured the flower and leaf spray stamps with Distress Markers, spritzed the stamps with water and stamped on to the Distress Watercolor card.
I used the matching Tim Holtz/Sizzix Framelits to die cut all the images using the Sizzix Precision Base plate, in my opinion, an essential for die cutting intricate images and I have to say I was blown away by how gorgeous and detailed this floral bouquet turned out.
I cut thin strips of card coloured with a Peeled Paint Distress Marker to create the stalks in the jar and fixed them in place with Distress Collage Medium Matte. (On reflection, they are a bit thick so in future I will be stamping the flower stalks and die-cutting). I then die cut the jar from acetate and depending on how thick your acetate is, you may have to run it through your die-cutting machine a few times. I fixed the acetate on top of the stamped jar using small dots of Ranger Multi Medium Matte around the edges. I then applied 2 strips of 1/8" Ranger Wonder Tape to the section where the lid of the jar will be and layered up the die-cuts flowers and leaves, making sure the stems were within the jar lid area.
I then added a lid cut down from one of the stamped jar images and the die-cut string.
and then it was time to bring all the elements together. I added thread and an Idea-ology Heart Charm to cover the whole at the top of the tag, a butterfly from Idea-ology Botanical Layers and an Idea-ology Story Stick coloured with a Picket Fence Distress Crayon.
I added Idea-ology Fringe under the Baseboard Frame, lots more thread and extra flower and leaf images, finishing off with a splattering of White Gesso.

and I've come to the conclusion that this flower arranging adventure was far more successful than any of my attempts to create something artistic with real flowers. Have fun whatever you're creating.
Hugs Kath xxx


  1. Really enjoyed seeing how you made that Kath and those flowers are fab! Mary x

  2. When the flowers first came out, I didn't even consider buying them but having seen how beautiful they look on your gorgeous tag, they are now on my wish list (you are such an enabler!). Your tag is SO beautiful, the wallpaper, the stitching, the little girl - everything goes together so wonderfully well - this may just be my new favourite of your work and I loved seeing how you put it together! Hugs, Anne xx

  3. Oooh what a lovely find Kath and how beautiful is your creation so colourful too! xx

  4. Absolutely gorgeous Kath, adore your background and the fantastic stitching. And adore how you incorporated the Paper Doll. Tracy ❤️❤️

  5. Sorry Kath not a Paper Doll it's the framed image I adore sorry I had Paper Doll in my head for Rome reason. It's only 9.30am and I am already getting confused, no hope lol. Tracy ❤️❤️

  6. Lovely, those flowers are so pretty Kath, I do love to see the process of getting to the finish line, non crafters could never believe it...haha..have a lovely day..xx

  7. Kath, this is a stunning tag you have put together! All of those flowers and the way the jar holds them looks so amazing. Your layers with the wallpapers and then the frame and fringe are fabulous! I can’t say enough just how much I love this! ~Ann. xx

  8. This is so beautiful Kath, loving all the layers xx

  9. Absolutely gorgeous. You are such an inspiration! Thank you for sharing your talent with all of us...

  10. Everything about this piece is stunning.Love all the layers and wow those flowers are really gorgeous!

  11. This is really, really lovely! Thank you for the close-up photos. I will soon receive the flower jar set and it will be my first time stamping with die-cuts that match. How difficult is it to line everything up? Do you stamp first, then cut or vice-versa? I guess I'll find out what works soon enough!

  12. Love the Jar. Will have to try your technique on one of my projects.

  13. love, love, love! this is just gorgeous- I love the whole vintage look and all those fine details!

  14. Wow Kath! This looks totally stunning! Your attention to detail is amazing:)

  15. WOW! I saw this on Facebook while I was on holiday. I just adore the layers, design and wonderful techniques you have used.
    Linda xxx

  16. this really is a beautiful project Kath! Love the flower jar and that die looks slick. I don't have this one so I might need to rethink my next purchase.

  17. This is delightful Kath. I have these flower stamps and hadn't thought it was worth getting the dies - until now. Beautiful creation.
    Lynn x

  18. I used your acetate idea and attached the jar to my card using glossy accents to simulate the look of water in the jar. Turned out great. I made birthday cards for my sisters' (twins) birthday. I was so pleased. Thanks for sharing.


Thanks for taking the time to visit me in the cubbyhole...I love to hear from you.
hugs Kath xxx