Thursday, April 29, 2010

Flower Gum Holder

We made this project at our last Stampin' Up class. I should have taken a picture of the side of it so you could see the gum. The gum is wrapped up in the green crinkled strip of paper.
Old Olive CS: 8 1/2" x 1 1/2" and an extra square for the leaf (heart)
Rich Razzleberry CS: 3 1/2"x 3 1/2" cut into a flower (we used the big shot, but you could use any other cutting machine or even scissors.) The flower ends up being 3"x3"
Crushed Curry CS: 3" x 3" (the flower ends up being 2 1/2" x 2 1/2")
Both flowers were embossed with the cute Polka dots by the Big Shot, but you could just leave that step out if you don't have a Big Shot at your disposal.
Razzleberry Lemonade DSP: 5 Scallop circle cut out with the scallop punch.
1 brad: to hold the whole flower together
Ribbon: about 4-5" of crushed curry 1/2" Polka Dot Grosgrain
& 3-4" rich razzleberry 1/2" Polka Dot Grosgrain
Assembling is simple. First, run the long green strip through a crimper. Use glue dots to adhere the gum to the inside. Fold in half and staple the to ends of the green paper together. Then run a small square of green through the crimper and use a heart punch to cut out the leaf. Use a glue dot to adhere that to the inside of the stem. The center of the flower that looks like fabric was my favorite part to make. I love learning new techniques. You take each individual scallop and crumble it in your hand. After they are all crumbled, layer them and stick the brad through. Then get a small squirt bottle/spritzer and spray all the layers with water. You want them pretty wet, but don't soak them. Them just start forming them with your fingers so they curl up the way you want them to. I think the more worn and imperfect, the better! Then undo the back of the brad and stick the last to layers in (the plum and yellow) Use a large glue dot to adhere the entire flower to the stem. Last, just tie the ribbon on the bottom. So cute!!!!

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