Friday, 16 March 2012

Wings and Blooms Blog Hop is here!

So glad you came to visit!

If you are here for the Crafting By Designs Blog Hop, you are at the right place!
If not, I hope you will join us. Either way, you are welcome to browse around.

Crafting By Designs Blog Hop Route:
Did you arrive from : Chrissie Tobas at  HarvestmoonPapiere?
Then you are on the right track! (PS. Chrissie makes the most wonderful mini-albums, so make sure you visit her site again. You'll find loads of inspiration!)
If you landed here from somewhere else, the start of the hop is on Doris's blog where she has the list of all 18 participants. You might like to start there, but that's up to you. Have fun!

Have you been enjoying the hop so far? Are you also enjoying the fabulous creations everybody has made? Have you been inspired? After the blog hop, you can join in the fun by posting your Wings and Blooms Creation on the Crafting By Designs Blog Hop Post.

Please note: The hop started on 16 March 2012 at 9:00 am EDT and will end on Monday 19 March 2012 at 11:59 EDT.

A Blooming little tutorial:
For the Hop I decided to do some recycling. I had this idea for a while, to paint/stain/colour used envelopes and punch flowers from it. These I can then use in a project(s).

Start with some used envelopes & inks, soft brush & water: 

Apply ink with soft brush. The soft brush hold water which then dilute the ink. You can use watercolour paint in the same way. 

Here is my work in progress:

Let the papers dry or use a heat-gun if you are in a hurry. 

Some of the punches I used:

The finished 'Enchanted Forest' card using my punched flowers plus a piece of paper for the background. I added some glitter to the flowers. There are 3 little birds that I added with my fine-liner. They are just circling the trees.

A close-up of the flowers.

The sentiment is by Chris Stern from CSDesigns.

Just a note on the paper : Envelope paper is quite thin, so you might find that some punches don't punch too well. Try 2 layers together. The thin papers give the flowers a semi-translucent look, almost life-like. Enjoy making flowers, but especially recycling!

Do remember to leave a comment, there is a little surprise for one lucky commenter at the end of the Hop.

Well, I hope you enjoyed my quick tutorial.
Time now to visit Aletha Jane Williams at AJ’s Designs.

Enjoy the rest of the Hop and all the other creations! 

Do Visit again!


Suzanne Russell said...

What a fun technique for creating colorful flowers. Your projects are just beautiful!

Tammart Designs said...

Hey There, I am all about upcycling, recycling, repurposing...and this is a Great idea! Wonderful project thanks for inspiring me this morning.

Gwen said...

Rene this is such a cool idea! I'll be trying this technique and the idea of using an envelope....think of all the possibilities for using the window in them! TFS!

Gloria Sauve said...

OMGoodness...what a great idea! What I especially love about these little flowers is that we can make them to match any paper. Thanks for the great tutorial, a beautiful card, and some wonderful inspiration!

Cuttin' and Stampin' Cards said...

Rene, this is just AWESOME. What a great way to recycle all that paper.

MomsBeenScrappin said...

Wow Rene!! What a wonderful way to recycle and upcycle into a beautiful bunch of flowers! Your project is just stunning :) Hugs, Doris

Julia said...

Gorgeous project, Thanks for the tutorial.

Berni Cuttino said...

Wow! what a awesome card, great colors and love those punches of colors, very spring.

Cindy said...

What a terrific idea! Just love the look...thanks for giving me ideas! :o)

Anita Kejriwal said...

Lovely project! Thanks for sharing the tutorial.

Elisabet said...

Thanks for the great tutorial - this is a fab idea!

Sharon said...

Wowzers! Thank you so much for sharing with us! I really hope I remember this technique. I can not wait to create with it! Just beautiful!

StampersBest said...

Fantastic technique. I will have to try this. Love that you recycled envelopes. It came out so pretty!

ThePurplePlace said...

Thanks for the fun idea...I love to save and recycle my scraps! I also think this style of design would look wonderful in an art journal and that is something New I want to explore more...

Happy Spring..and thanks for the fun!!

Aletha J. Williams said...

Great tutorial! I love how your project turned out too. Don't you just love Chris's images!?

Rhonda Miller said...

What a great idea. I love your finished project. TFS.

jusaweecatnap said...

Love the recycling idea. I save envelopes, too, mostly for the patterns inside, sometimes for the colored paper. The flowers look great. Thanks for the how to on coloring the paper.

Ellis said...

Wonderful creation, I hope I can hop tomorrow if it's still on then!
Hugs, Elenor

{Chrissie} said...

Rene, I love love love the colors! And the sentiment is fabulous!!!

marla said...

Great job of recycling!! Thanks for sharing

Jessica said...

Yes, thoroughly enjoying the hop so far. Your project is spectacular. I have lots of envelopes to play with...he he he!

Jessica said...

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Ames Crafts said...

I love how you think outside of the box. The colors are vibrant. I'm "green"with envy. Yes, pun intended;) Actually, I'm inspired by your own unique style. Love your other cards below this last post. Thanks for sharing. Francis Ames,

Nicole said...

Renee, I love this technique and the bight colours you used! So creative!