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June 4, 2012

Design Team: Denise O'Connor Week 9 Term 3

Denise's Summer Bouquet

Denise is ready for summer! And we are too! See how she created a sweet colorful bouquet to bring some summer fun to her home!

Summer is finally starting to show itself around here and that puts me in a really good mood! Barbecues, swimming, vacations, and of course…flowers. I just love to see those pops of color in nature especially after a long drab winter, so I decided to create a beautiful summer bouquet that I can enjoy all summer long as well as in dreary winter.

My bouquet idea is one that I have been tossing around for awhile, but it finally came to life when Signify Pink sent us some collections from their Glimpses line. The Life’s A Party collection was absolutely perfect for my idea with the bright beautiful summer colors.

The first thing that I did was go through my cardstock and found colors that matched (or were really close) to the colors in the Glimpses paper. Then I started to cut my flowers. I used various petals from the Sherri Cut Flower Bundle from Lettering Delights. Cutting all of these flowers is a breeze with the eCraft using the tray feature. Just love doing that for mass production!

While my flowers were cutting, I had to figure out exactly how I was going to assemble my flowers. Going through all my supplies, I came across some lollipop sticks that I had used last fall for my Cheater Cake Pops. I pulled out some of them and some of my spray inks (Adirondack Color Wash in Meadow and Dylusions in Cut Grass and Fresh Lime) and sprayed them up.

Since these lollipop sticks are paper, they soak up the ink easily and after I sprayed I just rolled each one through the ink that puddled up on my craft sheet and then set them off the side to dry. I then gathered my other supplies (pearlized pins, small crystals beads, and small silver toned beads, and some liquid adhesive).

After all my cutting was done (with some done in the patterned paper and some in solid colored cardstock), I set about to pick out my combinations of petals. After that, I started to bend my petals. To do that I used a paintbrush handle and treated the petal like I was curling ribbon. Some of the petals were bent up and some bent down.

Then I started assembling each flower. I threaded a crystal onto a pearlized pin and then added the smallest petal. I then added a small silver bead and then another petal and kept repeating until I was done adding petals. Then I added a bead of liquid glue to the top of the lollipop stick and then stuck the pin into the lollipop stick.

To complete it, I used a candle holder that I found at Michaels. I filled it with some glass gems. I then started to arrange the flowers to my liking. The gems hold everything in place nicely. I then added the banner on the front using the coordinating Penant Stickers and Alphabet Stickers from Glimpses by Signify Pink. Such a nice touch.

I also added this really cute pinwheel that also coordinates with the Life’s A Party collection from Glimpses by Signify Pink.

This is one of those projects that just makes me happy to see everyday! Happy Summer!

Denise O'Connor

Thank you Denise for this beautiful project! Like the Signify Pink Line? Then you are in luck! Signify by Pink is having closeout prices on all their scrapbooking products! Be sure to check them out, as they are going FAST!

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