Saturday, July 16, 2011

Pendra's Garden of Many Flowers

Flowers, Beautiful, Delicate, Flowers!

I thought today it would be fun to look at all the different materials and way to make flowers.  Once again I have gotten all these wonderful images from Pinterest... check them out!  Remember if you use unique materials that you need to check if it is archival safe and if not remember to spray it well so that you do not damage your pictures for future generations to be able to enjoy.

How about flower strips made from old books, or music books or sheets.  You could even make these wonderful strip flowers from menus of favorite restaurants or the bills from Plays you attended... just remember these are probably not archival safe and would need to be sprayed! 

Believe it or not, these beautiful flowers were made from napkins... what a great idea if you are celebrating a special dinner or occasion at a favorite restaurant!  So don't forget alot of extra napkins!

And here are various different fabric flowers... one of my favorites also being a quilter! 
 I love to add lots of beautiful buttons, especially some from my vintage button collection. 
 Or how about pearls with silk fabric for a more elegant look... I had to hem the dress for my Grandaughter for Prom and plan on making silk roses for her Prom layout.  For a more rustic
look maybe a flower made from burlap with an old jean button and twine, or even an old
 pair of favorite jeans (after you are done wearing them of course) could be made into a flower
and put on a project with a picture of you in them! There is just so many ways to add texture
 to your projects with fabric flowers!

Crepe paper flowers are also a favorite of mine, the texture is easy to work with and come
in many pretty colors!  It will hold it's shape well to curl the petals around a pencil and
 look very pretty layered or stacked as well.  Crepe paper flowers also look pretty with buttons,
pearls, brads and even smaller flowers for the centers.  Give it a try, it is a very inexpensive
 way to have lovely flowers on your projects.

And these lovely flowers are made with layers of tissue paper... it also comes in lovely colors! You can cut it on almost all machines and is very easy to cut by hand, it actually looks best if it is really uneven and crumpled up before you layer and put it together.  You can make each layer a different size, putting shorter or smaller layers inbetween layers will give you a fuller flower.  I have made some tissue paper flowers from the gifts I have received and have put them on my pages with the pictures of that event... an even nicer way to remember that occasion!  For the center again, buttons, pearls, brads, small flowers or even small beads are lovely! 

For greater texure on pages how about crocheting or even knitting your flowers... there is endless supplies of materials and colors you can use. You can do very flat flowers or
layer for fuller flowers!  Think of all the different textures you could use: thin twine for a
 very rustic flower or how about a veragated or almost rainbow color for a fun party flower.
  All crocheter's and knitter's make lovely little newborn hats, booties, etc., what about making
 a flower to go on the card or gift bag out of the leftover yarns.

And here are flowers made from strips of felt... I think these are absolutely lovely.
I can't think of an easier way to make a flower then evenly cut strips just
looped around to form the layers... you can either take a stitch under to hold
it together or use a brad, if you want a little more stability you can glue it down
to a piece of heavy cardstock and attach that to your project.  

The beautiful flowers are made from.... magazines!  I know we all have stacks of old
 magazines laying around... even colorful junk mail would work for this, but remember
 this would be another material that would not be archival safe and would need to be sprayed!

And last but not least would be our favorite scrapping and card making materials our
cardstock and patterned scrap papers.  I just love these, they are a little flater than alot
 of the other flowers.  You can alternate them with solid and pattern papers.  You can make
 them so different by adding different textures in between the layers, like burlap or toulle.

Okay we have seen lots of different flowers today... lots of different materials used and lots of different patterns used to make flowers. Think outside of the box... try fabric softner sheets, junk mail, wrappers, get on your thinking hats and get creative... make them your own! 

I would love to hear your thoughts and any new ideas... please leave me a comment and let me know your thoughts and ideas and also to let me know that you visited.  Until later... Hugs,  Pendra


Mrs. Sassy Crafter said...

Hi Pendra! Coming from "Two pink peas" and I'm a new follower....have a beautiful day!

Anne said...

Hi Pendra thankyou so much for sharing all those flower ideas I look forward to trying some of them out. Anne x

Linda said...

Hi Pendra - Terri from Two Pink Peas sent me and I'm glad she did! You are a flower genius! I did a quick glance at your blog posts and I like what I see! Can't wait to see more - hope you're having a wonderful weekend! Aloha, Linda

AJECreativity said...

Hi Pendra...have come over from Arline's i like scrapbooking but dont do very much at all...... i love the way you use things and turn them mething beautiful...thank you for the ispiration xxxxx Amanda

Two Pink Peas said...

Hi Pendra.. First of all this blog post was brilliant!! I LOVE all of these ideas about these flowers. SO so neat. Some of these ideas I have not even thought of so Thank You for that!! That is one of the things that I just absolutely LOVE about your blog. You are just so creative. I LOVE LOVE LOVE quilts too. Although I am not gifted in that area and cannot and have not made one I am just in love with quilts. When my son Casey was born I was a part of an online group of women who were all due in the same month April. Anyhow, each person in the grop sent in a square that they had designed and they send it to the one person who put it all together and it came out so lovely. This will be a quilt that Casey can pass down to his babies when he has them many many many many years from!!! He is only 12 years old. But, I also wanted to say WOW...33 followers?!! How amazing is that? I am SO happy for you Pendra. You just deserve to have tons and tons of followers. I wanted to thank you for your absoultely sweet comment that you left about my friends who are going through some really rough times right now. I am so sorry about your mom and that she is going through such a hard and difficult time. She is in my thoughts. I know how hard this must be for you. I lost my dad to cancer. He was only 49 years old. Anyhow, I am here if you ever need to talk about anything. I should email you my cell phone number that way you will have it if you need to talk ever. Thank you for being so supportive to me. You are so amazing and I feel SO very LUCKY to have met you and to have gotten to know you and now are friends with. Many hugs coming your way!! Terri of Two Pink Peas

Susan said...

Hi Pendra!

Sorry I didn't get back to you on Saturday. Boy this weather huh? I don't know about you but for me this weather affects my arthritis just as bad as the cold Minnesota winters! Thanks for the compliment on my magnetic board. I think it would be perfect for your tween! And if you added a magnet to the back of one of these flowers it would turn out really cute! If you go to the website go the top and put in your zipcode, it will give you a list of stores that sell them. I noticed there are a few in St. Paul that carry them.

Here are a few blogs that I follow that I thought you may like. If you go let them know I sent you.
(My scrap sister Laurie)
(Lisa is fabulous! Great blog friend!)
(Kim does beautiful layouts)
(Audrey is so crafty, such beautiful projects, and is very nice)
(Cindy is so fun and she does great coloring with copic markers and digi stamps).

Of course you already know Terri at Two Peas or I would add her to this list too! Just tell them Susan at cricutandgrasshopper sent you. Now I don't know if you know of these two blogs that do wonderful challenges but I'll add them in case you don't.

If you enter a few of these challenges not only do you get a chance to win some blog candy, (prizes), but more important you will pick up some followers which give you a great chance to meet some great people! I hope you are enjoying blogging so far. At first I wasn't sure if I wanted to continue doing it but I'm so glad I did! I hope this helps Pendra! You have a great day and stay cool in this crazy weather here!


Marlene said...

Wowza...I'm not sure which ones I love best!! They're all so unique and beautiful. (The ones that look like gift bows are especially different!)

Thanks so much for visiting my blog and leaving such a sweet comment!

MyCuriousCrafts said...

Wow! Amazing them all. Thanks for stopping by and following my blog. I am a new follower of yours now. ~Shen

Lisa said...

Wow, these flowers are all so amazing and you have a beautiful blog! Thanks so much for stopping by mine and posting my giveaway! I'm following you now :)


Gabrielle Pollacco said...

Pendra! Your blooms are just SPECTACULAR!!! I just love each and every style! Gosh, it's been forever since I did some crochetted blooms, what an inspiration! Your blog site is lovely!! Thanks so much hon for all the sweet comments you've left at my blog, they mean a lot to me! xx

Two Pink Peas said...

Hi Pendra.. you won some blog candy over at You only have 3 days to claim it. I am going to email you too. I don't want you to miss out on it. Thanks.. Terri of Two Pink Peas

By The way, CONGRATULATIONS!! I won some too!! YAY for us!!

Two Pink Peas said...

Pendra.. you won some blog candy over at you only have 3 days to contact her and I don't want you to lost your prize. I won too!! How cool is that?? Congratulations Pendra!! Hugs, Terri of Two Pink Peas

Suzanne said...

Hi Pendra- Well you found me and now I found you. Love all the flower ides. One of my favorite things to do. I am definitely a follower now and thanks for following me at
I am also on the Design team for and a new designer for Join us!

Jessica said...

Hi Pendra...what fabulous flowers!!! Thanks for sharing your tips. I always love finding new ways to add "pizazz" to my projects and flowers are a fabby favorite. I know what you mean about being lucky to have met so many wonderful people through the is amazing to be a part of such a wonderful community of people.

Jessica said...

Hi Pendra, I just saw your name for the Cricut Expression contest as the winner over at My Craft Channel! How Amazing . . . CONGRATS!!!!

Sharon said...

Wow! Such awesome flowers, Pendra! I am in awe of them! Thanks for sharing your ideas with us. Oh, and I am a follower of your blog now. It is beautiful!

AmyJRockstar said...

Hi Pendra,
These are all so amazing! There's a lot of new techniques here that I want to give a try! You mentioned you have Fibro too and are learning about it. I can probably save you a lot of hard work if you'd like. I have studied, read, learned, tried just about everything. Please shoot me an email if you want to and ask any questions you may have. I now consider myself a Fibro "expert" because I usually have more knowledge than the doctors do, living with it, you know? Would love to chat with you!

XO ~ Amy Jo (follower)
amyjrockstar at gmail dot com

Rez P. said...

Hi Pendra,
The flowers are all beautiful. Thank you for following me. I am now following you as well.
karezma Kreations

Marelize said...

What beautiful and interesting flowers! :)

kashagray5 said...

Hi Pendra, I'm loving all the wonderful flowers! Thanks for sharing the tips! Each and every flower is fabulous! I'm a follower!


Audrey Frelx said...

Pendra, these flowers -- all of them -- are stunning!!! Wow, I just love every one!!! What a terrific job!!!

Pendra, maybe Google Blogger is acting up again because I can't find your followers sign- in to follow you(?) I know this has happened on several occasions and I don't know why. I'll come back a bit later to see if it's working and if not I'll let you know.

Tracy V. said...

Love how you shared all those great flower ideas and the tags int he previous post! I LOVE pinterest!! It's soooo addicting! Thanks for visiting my blog and I'm loving yours!

Tracy Valure