Together with my friend and my sister, I recently attended a workshop run by Driftwood & Daisies to learn how to create a beautiful floral topiary tree arrangement. The session began with a demonstration from Jo and a cuppa before we were let loose to create.
To begin, the ball of oasis was positioned on top of the pole and marked lightly into quarters vertically and then in half horizontally. These lines were the starting point to begin inserting small sprigs of foliage and lavender.
Once all the lines were complete, the next stage was to begin to fill the areas between the lines with more foliage and to start adding some flowers.
This process was repeated, adding more flowers to fill gaps, interspersed with standing back to assess the shape and check for bald spots!
Eventually, you have to stick a fork in it and call it done! Knowing when to stop with these kind of things is always a challenge.
The final task was to decorate the top of the pot with some moss and a small arrangement, to tie in the colours with the main ball.
Here is my finished topiary tree – I was really pleased with the result! As well as looking lovely, it also smells amazing due to all that lavender.
The base and pole can be reused so I’m looking forward to creating more trees later in the year. I’ll also be looking at what other workshops are available from Driftwood and Daisies as this was a very enjoyable way to spend a morning!
This week, I’ve been playing with the Forever Lovely stamp set and the coordinating dies, Lovely Flowers. Whilst at first glance, this seems like a Valentine’s set with the hearts and sentiments, it’s actually quite a versatile set and is ideal for birthday, Mother’s Day, sympathy, get well, anniversary, wedding cards or even wedding invitations.
To begin with, I just used two of the dies, the fancy floral one and the floral edge one, to create simple two coloured cards bases. The die produces a small amount of embossing on one side of the image but then cuts the other side to give a really interesting edge to the card.
The next one I tried out was to cut the floral die, then cut it again in two different colours and inlay the tiny pieces to create a coloured floral panel. I really like the way this turned out.
The different colour combinations really change the feel of the card despite them being exactly the same design. The inlaid card could have had the fancy edge too.
I deliberately left them all blank so I can use them for any occasion that may crop up…..just simply stamp and go!
Lastly, I used the stamp set which has 2 stamps, one floral and the other foliage, which will sit under the floral die cut. I used these stamps and the various dies to create this card for my parents who were celebrating their golden wedding anniversary, adding in numbers cut out of gold glimmer paper.
The die cut frames the flowers when the card is closed….
…but then provides a fancy edge when it is opened exposing the nicely decorated inside.
Back in November, my Mum reached a milestone birthday which warranted an extra special card. For some time, I’ve been meaning to try out an easel card and also to create a floral wreath using the Jar of Love so I decided to combine the two.
For this project, I used:
Stampin’ Up! Jar of Love stamp set
SU! Everyday Jars framelits
SU! Large Letters Framelits & Letters For You stamps
SU! Number of Years and Large Numbers framelits (sadly retired)
11½” x 5¾” Blackberry Bliss card scored at 5¾” and again at 2⅞” on one half
5¾” x 5¾” Blackberry Bliss card
5¼” x 5¼” Whisper White card
5½” x 5½” and 5” x 2” pieces of Always Artichoke (retired but I love it!)
A couple of pieces of Smoky Slate card
Silver embossing powder
SU! Inks in Blackberry Bliss, Blushing Bride, Old Olive, Garden Green
A 5½” x 2⅝” strip of DSP (I used one of the Frosted Florals pack)
A scrap of silver glimmer paper
Layered Leaves Embossing folder
I started off by stamping ‘MUM’ in Blackberry Bliss ink and cutting the letters out with the matching framelits. For the backgrounds to the letters and numbers, I cut out a couple of scalloped ovals from Smoky Slate card and ran them through the Bigshot in the Layered Leaves embossing folder to give some texture.
Next, I set to work stamping the flowers, leaves and bow for the wreath. I used Blackberry Bliss and Blushing Bride for the flowers using 2nd generation stamping to get some colour variation. The leaves were stamped in Old Olive and Garden Green. All these were cut out using the Everyday Jars framelits. I also cut out some small hearts from silver glimmer paper.
I drew around the scalloped oval onto the white card to give me a guide for stamping the sprigs of small leaves for the background layer of foliage. I stamped these using Old Olive and Garden Green inks in a random pattern around the oval.
The MUM letters were stuck onto the grey oval using dimensionals and then the oval was adhered to the white piece over the stamped leaf sprigs. I played around with the flowers, leaves and hearts to get the placement right and then glued them on with a mix of glue and dimensionals, tucking some under the oval and some under the letters to add interest. The white card was then adhered to the Always Artichoke panel and then onto the Blackberry Bliss panel. This forms the card front.
To make the front of the card, apply strong adhesive tape to the outer half of the scored panel only.
Then stick the card front onto this adhesive.
To make the ‘stop’ for the easel, I layered up the strip of always artichoke with the DSP and the grey oval, added a stamped and heat embossed “Happy TH Birthday” strip and then stuck the numbers cut from silver glimmer paper on top using dimensionals and then stuck the whole panel on using dimensionals to raise it up to form the stopping element.
I really like the sentiment in the number set so on the strip of Always Artichoke, I stamped that and ‘70’ in Versamark and silver embossing powder and heat set it. I stuck this onto the reverse side of the easel.
I found some great little stickers on Pinterest to stick to the back of the card to show how to display an easel card – handy for the uninitiated!