Sunday, March 27, 2011

Wild Flowers with Flower Brooches

After watching Kelly Rasmussen make fabulous fabric flowers and use them in brilliant ways in a video on the Hero Arts blog, I just had to give it a go. So I made quite a few the other day using different colours and fabrics. I'll add them to cards, bags, tops and like Kelly did use them for hair accessories.


I love the gorgeous colour combination for the Play Date Cafe Challenge this week and made a couple of the flowers using these colours. The flowers have pins on the backs so can be used as brooches.

Wild Flowers with Flower Brooches
Stamps (Hero Arts) - Wild Flowers and Birthday Messages

I applied broken china distress ink to the Wild Flowers stamp, spritzed with water and stamped on watercolour paper. Then I lightly distressed the edges to go with the slightly frayed flowers and added some gems. When I have very small scraps left over from projects, I often punch butterflies from them and keep them in a jar for another time. The butterfly here is one of these and had been from a project where I used dusty concord distress ink. I just added the little heart pearl to the body.

Below are some of the flowers I made – I won’t bore you with them all! All the stamps mentioned are by Hero Arts.

Denim from an old pair of jeans stamped with the Magical Background (the pattern is more obvious in real life) using faded jeans distress ink.


Gingham with the button stamped with the Envelope Pattern using worn lipstick distress in
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Hand dyed fabric stamped with the Envelope Pattern


Another hand dyed fabric


Cotton on the bottom layer (stamped with Old Letter Writing)......



.... with a layer of organza petals on top


When I folded each petal in half, I didn’t fold them perfectly but offset them a bit to get a more ruffled look.


If you'd like to make these kind of fabric flowers you should watch Kelly's brilliant video.

29 comments:

Lin said...

BEEE-YOU-TI-FUL!!! What inspiration! Can't wait til I get home to my fabric!!

Tracey said...

WOW Heather!!! Absolutely GORGEOUS card and love all those hand dyed flowers!!! THANKS so much for joining us at The Play Date Cafe :)

Hannah. F said...

WOW Heather Love all these flowers! My little sister and I made some too, which was a lot of fun.

Tiffany said...

WOW!! Goodness, you've been busy!! LOVE all the variations in color on your flowers, the purple one really is so beautiful!

Virginia L. said...

Wow, Heather!! You can set up Etsy shop to sell these now ! I love how you used your fabric flowers for the gorgeous background!! Beautiful!

AnitaRex said...

Oh wow Heather are your flowers ever beauitful! They look so ruffled and perfect! I love how you sued it on your card, and can't wait to see the rest in use too! :>

Dawn said...

Totally stunning Heather. I am so impressed with your flowers. Your card is finished perfectly with the flowers

Maureen Morton said...

You continue to AMAZE! These are just fantastic, heather. Can't wait to try some (wish I had some little girls to wear them). you are a bright star in all my days, girlfriend. Thanks!

Trinh said...

Your card is gorgeous & those flowers are the icing on the cake! You always inspire me!

Nat said...

wow!!! love these flowers you have created they are gorgeous!! Its hard to stop making these!! awesome :)

CinnamonSally said...

Wow Heather these are stunning, I made some with felt over the weekend but you have inspired me to make some more with material!!

Tami H said...

Little fabric masterpieces! Beautiful work on these, Heather! Love the range of styles...you can do it ALL! :)

Andrea Ewen said...

A beautifully delicate card, using our colors expertly! Love all your fabric flowers, too...they're just gorgeous! So glad to have you playing along with us this week at the Play Date Cafe!

Isha said...

FAB- ric wonders Heather. Love love love all of it. Did you hand cut the shape for the flower???

Deirdre said...

Heather... these are AMAZING.... missed you around. Hope your PC problems are fixed.

Heather Maria said...

Thanks everyone for all the lovely comments:) Isha, like Kelly I used dies to cut the flowers.

Sharon D from Canada said...

Ohhhh - these are SO pretty Heather! You did a fabulous job!

Rosemary said...

wow... what a gorgeous batch of flowers, heather!! beautiful card!

Jaclyn Miller said...

This card is so gorgeous - love the combination of those big bushy flowers with that sweet background. Thanks so much for sharing it with The play Date Cafe.

Colleen Dietrich said...

Oh Heather, all these flowers are so pretty! You've been busy crafting, I see. Love how they look on your card for the Play Date CAfe; so glad you could play with us. :)

Linda W. (ScrappinBari) said...

What a beautiful card, Heather, and I love your amazing flowers! Especially love the one with organza!

Michele Gross said...

Oh wow!! Looooove this! The bits of bling and the texture-scrumptious! Glad you played with us at The Play Date Cafe!

walchowDesign said...

Absolutely fabulous, Heather!

Ruby said...

Ooh how gorgeous! I will have to have a look at that video, they are stunning flowers! A beautiful card too, so soft and delicate. Thanks for playing along with at the Play Date Cafe this week!

Jinny Newlin said...

Absolutely beautiful! LOVE all those gorgeous, little, fabric flowers you've designed, too! Yummy! Thanks so much for joining us this week at The Play Date Cafe!

Anette H said...

Absolutely stunning, Heather! I loooove those flowers!!!!

Jennifer said...

These are stunning, Heather! I especially love the last one! Wonderful eye candy :)
(Jennifer Ann)

Suzanne C said...

Gorgeous card and the flowers are a beautiful bouquet of flowers!

Melinda Gleissner said...

Exquisite card! Luv the soft colors. You've inspired me to go clean out my closet. All of those shirts I can't fit into would make great flowers:-)

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