Desk Organizer with Handmade Flowers

Desk Organizer with Handmade Flowers
            Hi friends...first of all my apologies for not visiting. At the end of this post I will share what has been keeping me busy!
This project is my DT post for Crafters Corner where I am showcasing the gorgeous array of glitters and pollen from Dress My Craft.It is also my DT post for Cuttlebugmania Challenge where the theme is "Spring".
Handmade Flowers
This project started off as a simple decoupaged desk organizer using gorgeous Graphic 45 papers. But it looked too mundane so I added lots of handmade lilies , matching flower buds and butterflies!
Handmade Flowers
The  lilies were made with Heartfelt creations  Sunrise Lily stamps and dies .The Pink-peach ones are paper blooms made to sparkle using "sparkling dust".The white lilies were made by stamping and heat embossing on parchment paper and the lovely centers are from the new pastel pollen collection from Dress My Craft .
Mini Bottle Charm
The tiny  bottle has "micro mini pearls" and "little hearts" both Dress My Craft best sellers! I made the  little butterfly sparkle beautifully using my favorite Rainbow glitter also featured in this earlier post : Pop Up Box Card .

The beautiful  range of  glitters and pollen  available now is simply amazing. I especially love the styrofoam buds....not only are they fabulous to make rose buds, roses and other flower centers but they are fabulous to use as stand alone pollen too.
Styrofoam Pollen
The styrofoam pollen is available in 2 varieties- pointed and round and in a lovely range of sizes .
Sharing a simple pictorial on how you can use them to custom make the perfect matching embellishments for your project.
Flower bud Tutorial 
Sponge the styrofoam buds in colors to match your project.

Flower bud Tutorial 
Apply a few drops of  a tacky glue which dries clear. I bought this Elmer's craftbond tacky glue recently and just loved that it was fluid enough to spread easily but tacky enough to hold all the glitters quickly.

Flowerbud Tutorial 
Smear the glue to get a nice even coating- using your little finger is the easiest option!

Flowerbud Tutorial 
Now the fun part- simply dunk the bud into a jar of rainbow glitter chunks .

Glitter Tutorial 
Swirl the bud and lift it up and voila you have a shimmering little flower bud!

Glitter Tutorial 
Stick the buds on foam/sponge and allow to dry.The Elmer's glue I used dries fairly fast so it's wonderful for impatient crafters!
Glitter buds
In this project the glittering white buds were made by simply dunking the glue smeared buds directly in rainbow glitter chunks without coloring them.
Handmade Flowers

The butterflies dotted all over the project were also given a lovely shimmer using rainbow glitter chunks.
Handmade Flowers
The rainbow glitter chunks gives a more dazzling effect compared to rainbow glitter and the best part is you can use the exact hues you used on the rest of our project and hence make the perfect embellishments!
Handmade Flowers

This technique of making your own flower buds / pollen is so fun! I experimented with the wide range of Dress My Craft glitters and loved the different effects I could achieve with different glitters!
I will show you the effect using microfine glitter.

Glitter Tutorial 
This time I used Aleene's glue - love this glue for a lot of projects but for this particular technique I like the more fluid elmer glue as Aleene's is thick and one needs to be more patient to get a nice even coating of glue without leaving lumps.

Glitter Tutorial 
Like earlier dunk the bud into glitter- used microfine glitter here.

Glitter Tutorial 
I love the subtle shimmery frosted look!

Glitter Tutorial 
I used Marianne die cuts on the central dividers and also gave them a subtle sparkle!

Desk Organizer
I just love the beautiful papers from Graphic 45

Graphic 45 Papers
It is always difficult to cut through your favorite papers but I think it is better to make something beautiful for the home that you can look at everyday than hoard it inside a drawer!!
Desk Organizer with Handmade Flowers
The beautiful centers of my lilies were made with lovely pollen bunches from Crafters Corner.  I love you liked my spring themed desktop organizer. I dont know how practical it would be to use this but hehe it does look pretty doesnt it!
Desk Organizer with Handmade Flowers
And here is the reason I have been so busy the past 2 weeks....meet the new member of our family 4 month old "Toffee" and hehe don't be deceived by his sweet name...he is one mischievous fella. He is such a naughty bundle that while I was making this project he managed to run away with the glue bottle, the sponge and even the scissors ! And yes he did munch one of the flowers too!!
Our Siberian Husky Toffee
And back to crafty stuff  dont forget to participate at the Cuttlebugmania Challenge where the theme is "Use dies/embossing folder + Spring theme"
And here is the list of Supplies from Crafters Corner 
Adhesives : AleenesTacky Glue,E6000 Spray Adhesive, Elmers Craftbond Tacky Glue, Decoupage Glue- Mod Podge
Die cutting Machine : Sizzix Big Shot 
Dies : Marianne Designs ,Heartfelt creations Sunrise Lily Die
Stamps : Heartfelt creations  Sunrise Lily
Stamping Accessory : MISTI
Papers : Floral ExoticaGraphic 45
Flower making Tools : Groove Golf tool set

Linking to 
Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge 


Easy Foamiran Flower Tutorial

Easel Drawer Box with Foamiran Flowers
Hi friends sharing a project combining my love for handmade flowers, diecutting and 3 D projects- and Easel Card with Drawer Box.
This is my DT project for Cuttlebugmania Challenge where the theme is Ribbon and Bows . This project is also for Crafters Corner as it is showcasing foamiran and a huge variety of products from Crafters Corner.
Easel Drawer Box
I have used gorgeous Lemoncraft papers[from dear friend Lisa ]and dozens of dies ;the exact names of which I have listed at the end of the post.
Foamiran Flowers
The butterfly in the photo above and the tiny bow in the photo below are clay embellishments made with air drying clay and  molds and jazzed up with microfine glitter[ from brand dress my craft, crafters corner]
DIY Clay Embellishments
Since the theme at Cuttlebug mania includes bows I incorporated a variety of bows in this project. The top 2 corners of the easel card have paper bows from a Cottage Cutz die set, then there is a clay bow [ in photo above] and in the picture below is a dainty delicate bow die cut from foamiran.
Foamiran Bow
The shiny butterfly badge from Lemoncraft and is again a gift from dear Lisa! I used white crackle paste and Scrapberry petal  stencil to add texturing on parts of the card[ you can see it peeking behind the bottle!]
The little bottle  hanging from a handmade foamiran rose is filled with little hearts and micro mini pearls[ from dress my craft]
Bottle Charm 
Foamiran Flower Tutorial 
Foamiran Flower Tutorial 
I have already introduced you to foamiran in an earlier post [ Foamiran Rose Tutorial ]..sharing an easy Tutorial to make simple foamiran flowers
More Tips while working with Foamiran

  • Foamiran sheets can differ in thickness : Foamiran sheets do differ in thickness even when you buy from genuine distributors so don't be dismayed if you find some sheets thicker than others. In this project the white foamiran sheets were slightly thicker than the pink ones and if you look closely you can see a very subtle difference in the flowers.
  • If you are diecutting foamiran sheets die cut 3- 5 flowers in one go depending on the thickness of your sheets. This helps to flatten your foamiran sheets even more!
  • Heating your flowers is completely optional but fun and can give a different look- In this project the buds were created using  same Cheery Lynn  sunflower die but after heating with the iron-box to curl the petals.
  • Jazz up the flowers using glitters. Here I used sparkling dust by dress my craft.
  • Adhesive- the easiest is hot glue and you can get a nice permanent bond but do remember to tackle those pesky glue strings while you make the flower and as soon as you glue otherwise your project will look like a nest with all those strings!!!

Foamiran Flowers
I made the drawer box using chipboard and recycling a desktop calendar!! It was a bit time consuming but very gratifying to make something from scratch!
I dont have a full Tutorial but here are some pictures with tips.
Drawer Box
I first decided the dimensions of my drawer box and then cut out an arc using a steel plate as a guide. 
Tip : Use sandpaper to smoothen the edges of cut chipboard and rectify any ragged edges.

Drawer Box Construction
Use carpenter's adhesive tape to help hold the pieces of your 3 D project in place while the wet glue dries!

Line the inside of the drawer box with pattern paper before you stick the top!
Foamiran Flowers
I first thought I would keep the drawer box flat and so I added a thin layer of foam as the base but added crystal feet [like in this Easel Card Drawer Box ]
Easel Card with Drawer Box
The metal handle was toned down with gesso to match the rest of the project and has a tiny fabric ribbon bow!
And here is the Easel Card Drawer Box in my garden!
Easel Card with Drawer Box
I hope you liked the simple Tutorial and the overall project.

Supplies :To make the flowers:  Foamiran Sheets, Oil Pastels, Pollen, 
Clay Molds- Plaid Trinkets
Dies :  Creative Expressions Sue Wilson Filigree 3 D ittybitty Bow,Spellbinders Labels 47 Decorative Elements,Spellbinders Curved Borders 2,Tonic Studios Birthday Swirl,Heartfelt creations Delightful Daisy Die,Heartfelt creations Classic Leaf Die, Cheery Lynn  Sunflower, Cottage Cutz Spring Basket with Ducks,Dee's Distinctively Berry Sprigs
Papers : Lemoncraft Fresh Summer; Stamps : Heartfelt Creations Open Leaf Stamp
Dress My Craft Little Hearts, Sparkling Dust

Linking to  
DL Art Thankful Thursday Anything Goes 223,
Fussy and Fancy Challenge  Favorite Colors- Used Pink and Green my favorite color combo
CraftyHazelnut's Pattern Paper Challenge Feb
Edited : This project was featured as a winner at 613 Avenue Creates 206


Interactive Pop Up Book School Project

Pop Up Book School Project
          Hi friends, my daughter came home last week and said she had to make a "chart" for an English poem! I was quite perplexed  I must admit!
          Education is rather progressive nowadays...her English teacher had assigned different poems to groups of children and each group had to creatively present the poem in class using  power point presentations,vocabulary quizzes  and pictorial charts. What a fun way to learn wont you agree...!!!
My daughter's group was assigned the poem " The Old Wife and the Ghost" by James Reeves.
Pop Up Book School Project
           The theme was just perfect to make an Interactive book and so I encouraged my daughter to make a  pop up book. Our plans were rather grand to start with but oooh it was pretty time consuming  involving brainstorming what elements to make , what scenes to draw, working out the paper engineering aspects, making rough templates etc etc..hehe I think you get the picture ! And at one point I nearly abandoned the idea!
             Well finally we decided that a few well made pages were better than a dozen sloppily made pages and we settled on  a cover page and 3 interactive pop up pages .
I  hope you get time to watch the video we put together and give my kiddo a thumbs up! Also  please  do forgive the barking dog in the background ...our neighbor  has just got a new dog and poor thing has not quite settled in!
All graphics and illustrations are by my 11 yr old. She used stamps and distress inks plus some freehand paper cutting to create the cover page
 Pop Up Book School Project
The first page has a  pop up house in the center with blades of grass  and shrubs popped up behind it.  The book is rather huge ..measuring 12 x 9 inches and I had to do quite a bit of maths to work out the dimensions of the pop up house....will not bore you with all the details but will share a few steps on how it came about.
Pop Up House
My daughter used the TCW Mini Bricks Stencil and Distress Inks  on Cream colored card stock to create the brick walls.
Pop Up House
We die cut windows and added glitter strips for window bars and pattern paper for the curtains.

Pop Up House
Fabric curtains were not a good idea as it could get entangled and affect the pop up mechanism on opening and closing.

Pop Up House

Pop Up House
The house has gluing tabs on 2 walls and is technically called a box type of pop up. Here is the link to a simpler Pop Up House Card Tutorial I have shared earlier.
Pop Up House
The roof is not glued on but rests snugly on a supporting piece which also acts as the chimney. I got this design idea from Robert Sabuda, the master of all great pop ups

Pop Up House roof
Though I had to help quite a bit in the paper engineering aspect of the book my daughter was the real artist, creating the sky and grass using distress inks  and drawing the ghost freehand . 
Pop Up Book School Project
I experimented with 2 hidden pop up slider mechanism  in this project and they helped to create a bit of drama by making the moon rise and ghost pop up on saying the right lines from the poem!
Pop Up Book School Project
 The Old wife had a very neat kitchen so this pop up scene inside the cottage was in contrast to the darkness of the first outdoor pop up . My daughter helped design the oven  and the kitchen cupboards which were easy pop up mechanism.
Pop Up Book -Kitchen
 Decorating the kitchen was real fun. My mom had come to spend Sunday with us and we even took her input on design of the wall paper and the flooring!
DIY Pop Up Book
Adorable Cottage Cutz dies were used to create the basket of fruits and the Creative Expressions kitchen utensils were painstakingly die cut by my daughter. Hehe I must say it was a Sunday spent very creatively!
Pop Up Kitchen Scene
We used silver and black card-stock to make the oven.

Pop Up Kitchen
And lo... above the window is the ghost peeping in!

Pop Up Book
The last scene depicts the ghost banging the pots and pans and being a naughty ghost!!! This pop up mechanism was the most challenging ...requiring several rough drafts and experimenting with different weights of paper before I got it perfect. But once I got the paper engineering part of it right my daughter had a gala time adding cups and saucers! She even thought of  the little details like adding broken cutlery on the floor!
Handmade Pop Up Book
And here is the proud little girl...[not so little any more] with her pop up book.
Pop Up Book School Project
 She took the Pop Up Book to school today and everyone including her English teacher were super impressed with it. Sigh...well worth all the effort I guess!!
And please do give a thumbs up on her video if you can spare a moment. It will mean so much to her!

Supplies : Dies : Grass : Dienamics [MFT ]Grassy Edges, Shrub : Spellbinders Ferns, Kitchen Utensils : Creative Expressions Necessities Apron Die. Fruits and Vegetables : Cottage Cutz Cornucopia, Basket : Cottage Cutz Spring Basket with Ducks, Flower Vase : Cottage Cutz Birdbath. Window : Sizzix Tim Holtz Window and Window Box,Cupboard : Couture Creations Victorian Square,Oven Burners : Lifestyle Crafts Nesting Circles,Cup : Elizabeth Craft Designs Teacup. Cup , Mugs , Kettle: Paper Smooches Coffee and Tea.
Linking to
Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge - Add a die cut
DL Art February
Pixie's Snippets Playground - lots of snippets used on every page of this Pop up book!
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