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Paper Classic Rose Tutorial


As promised I am have uploaded a video tutorial on how I make the classic roses I use in my projects. We are once again buried in snow here so it is nice to think of summer and roses for this tutorial. The classic roses were created using punches from McGill’s Paper Blossoms.

Here is the video:

And here are the written directions to accompany!

For this rose I used a slightly light cardstock, normally I prefer to work with thicker paper but the lighter cardstock can make the shaping a little easier. I find that you don’t have to press as hard but you can’t work it as much. When I was creating this rose I tore of the side of one petal when shaping it and with larger shapes they can tear when you shape. So, there are pluses and minuses to using the lighter cardstock but I was overall pretty happy with it on this rose.

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To start you will want to punch out five Dogwood shapes and then cut the flowers apart. This will give you 20 individual petals.

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Now you will take each petal to the Molding Mat and shape it with the 12mm Ball Stylus. You want to soften the petals and give them a slightly curved shape.

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Once you do this you will give the petals their final shape. I like the reverse tweezers for this. First, gasp the center of the petal at the bottom, where the point is. Then take your index finger and thumb to fold the base into a “v” shape. You don’t want the “v” to go all the way up the petal. Ideally it will have a fold about halfway up the petal.

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Once you have your “v” shape you will hold the base and remove the tweezers. Now you will shape the top-rounded portion of  your petal. I place the tweezers on the outer 1/4 edge of the petal and pull the tweezers out and down in a twisting motion allowing the paper to slip out of the tweezers. This creates a rounded edge. Repeat this on the other side. You will do this for all but two of the petals. The two unshaped petals will create the center of the rose.

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Now you should have all of your petals ready to go. Punch out one Starflower shape. Shape this on the molding mat. Once the arms are softened you will want to rub a small circle in the center of the shape which will cause the arms to fold-up creating a “cup” shape. This will be the base of the rose.

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Now, you ‘ll start to adhere the petals to the Starflower. I have been using high-temp hot glue for these and I have been really happy with the final product but you can really use any adhesive that you like. Each of the Starflower arms should have a petal, so you will now add the next layer of petals. This row needs to be off-set so I place each new petal between two petals from the previous layer.

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Now you will create the little petal tube in the center of your flower. Take one of the unshaped petals and use the Slotted Paper Rolling Tool to create a small tube. To do this slip on edge of the petal into the slot and roll the paper around the shaft of the tool. I really like this tool but you could easily use a dowel of knitting needle to wrap your petal around to create a tube. Glue this petal together. Add a second petal around this center tube and glue it together. I like to cut off the very bottom of the tube before I glue it into the center of the flower. I find that if you leave the points on the center petals they don’t glue in as well and then they can be a little too tall.

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Once you have your center glued in you will want to add the remaining petals around the center tube. For the purple rose I ended up using 19 petals, partially because I tore one petal apart and then once I have 19 petals on it just looked right. I have made some with more petals and some with less. This all really is determined by the weight and shape of your petals and then really it is a personal preference thing. So, do what looks right to you.

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At this point you have a completed rose. You can add leaves now if you want. I typically like to glue my rose down first and then add my leaves as the last step. For this rose I punched three leaves using the Birch Leaf punch. Shape these in the same manner as the flower petals. Then using a 1mm Stylus draw the leaf veining on the leaf. Now glue these under your rose. Now you should have a darling little rose. They aren’t really that had to create but they do take time and a little practice.

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Paper: Purple Cardstock – Recollections & Gable Green – Stampin’ Up

Punches: Dogwood, Starflower & Birch Leaf

Tools: Molding Mat, 12mm & 1mm Ball Styli (seriously this is the plural for stylus, and yes I had to look this up), Slotted Paper Rolling Tool – McGill Inc., Hot Glue Gun

Thank you for stopping by and if you have any questions or need any additional clarification on the rose creation just let me know. Have a great day!

Winged Cube Boxes

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Today I am sharing a new tutorial and video tutorial for these super cute winged cube boxes. I have also seen them called wing cube boxes. Either way I love the look of these and have had a lot of fun creating them. I have two very different looking boxes, one elegant and one more whimsical and fun. They were created in pretty much the same manner and think that it is fun to see how different they are. The pink and purple leopard print cube was really inspired by an earlier card you can see here.

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In the video I am showing the process to create the boxes and not the flowers. My next video will show the process to create the purple flower. It was just getting too long and I thought that it made a little more sense to split them into two videos/tutorials. As an aside, I have moved my camera to shoot overhead and I noticed that I am not quite in the right a few places during the video, sorry to you all and I am working on it. Here is the video:


To create a winged cube box you will need cut a piece of cardstock 8 1/2″ x 8 1/2″. Score this at 2 3/4″ and 5 1/2″. Rotate your cardstock 90 degrees and repeat the scoring. Now you will cut along one score line on each side. If you look at your paper you will see three sections divided by two score lines. I cut to the line on the left-side up to where it was intersected by another score line. Repeat this on each side. Fold along all of your score lines. Apply adhesive (I used my ATG) on each corner square. Fold the box so the corners with the adhesive are on the inside of the box.  You should now have a little cube. Here is a quick drawing to show you where to score and where to cut.

Base Cut Guide

Next we will create the wings. You will start by cutting two pieces of cardstock 5 1/2″ x 5 1/2″. Score at 2 3/4″, rotate 90 degrees and repeat the score at 2  3/4″. Now, you will cut off three sides of the paper. Using either scissors or a paper trimmed line up with the paper where there are two score lines. By cutting here you should cut off a small triangle shape. Repeat this for three sides. For your fourth side you will score this line. If everything went according to plan you should have a shape that looks like an open envelope. Here is another guide to show you how/where to score or cut for the wings.

Wing Cut Guide

My drawings aren’t super fancy but I think that they should help you see where to cut.

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Now you will need to cut your DP or create the contrasting triangles for the wings. Cut three squares 2 5/8″ x 2 5/8″ and then cut each diagonally. You should now have six small triangles. For the pink and purple box I stamped a leopard print in purple on a scrap of pink. For the brown box I used DP. Now, adhere these to the triangles on your wings. Now you will glue your wings to your cube. You should have one triangle without glue, apply glue to the inside and of this blank triangle. Repeat with the other wing. Now your basic box is complete.

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You can now add the embellishments. For this project I created a paper rose and then adhered it onto one of the wings. I added Stickles Glitter Glue and a few adhesive gems. I then tied the whole thing together with a bright pink ribbon. I think that these would make great boxes for a teacher gift or something small.

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Here is the other box I created. Pretty much the same but more roses and different colors.

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The lighter colored roses were created with McGill Paper Blossom Punches and the darker were created using the Tatter Floral Die from Tim Holtz.

I will be submitting my Leopard Box in this week’s Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge: Something New since this is a new box for me.

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Materials (Pink & Purple Leopard)

Cardstock: Pink & Purple – Recollection Sassy Collection, Gable Green – Stampin’ Up

Ink: Grape Memento – Tsukineko

Stamp: Leopard Print – Hero Arts

Adhesive: Scotch ATG & Quick Dry Adhesive, High Temp Hot Glue

Stickles: Eucalyptus & Purple – Ranger

Gems: TCP Studio

Ribbon: Create It 360! – Michaels

Punches: Birch Leaf, Dogwood & Starflower Paper Blossom Punches – McGill Inc.

Brown with Coral Roses

Paper: Neenah Solar White, Chocolate Cover Weight – Archivers, Gorgeous Green Stampin’ Up, ANW Crestwood Black Stripe Color Connect 12×12

Ink: Abandoned Coral, Ripe Persimmon, Spun Sugar & Vintage Photo Distress Ink – Ranger

Ribbon: Unknown

Punches/Dies: Birch Leaf, Dogwood & Starflower Paper Blossom Punches – McGill Inc., Tattered Florals Tim Holtz – Sizzix

Adhesives: Scotch ATG & Quick Dry Adhesive, High Temp Hot Glue

These video tutorials are taking a bit longer then I was hoping but I really like creating them so the posts might slow a little bit but I really hope I will get faster.

Thank you for stopping by!






Pink & Gray Thank You


Thank you for taking your time to view my cards. I am so grateful to be able to share my creations with you. Today’s card is a pink and gray “Thank You” card. On the background I have used DP and have not stamped it myself. I will confess that I buy a fair bit of DP but I typically use it as inspiration for stamping. I am trying to use up some of the paper I have in my stash so you may see more of it.

Another handmade rose
Another handmade rose

The inspiration for this card came from the background paper. The background paper is from DCWV from the Old World Mat Stack. The paper has great texture and adds some nice depth.

I love the way the monotone background helps the rose pop
I love the way the monotone background helps the rose pop

The floral/embellishment stamps on the card are from Papertrey Ink’s set Mat Stack 5. They were stamped using Going Gray ink from Stampin’ Up, The sentiment is from Inkadinkado stamped with Archival Ink from Ranger. I used the die that coordinates with the Mat Stack 5 stamp set to create the center element. I don’t have the larger die I adhered the stamped panel to a black piece of card stock and carefully cut around it to create a frame.

I love this Papertrey Stamp Set
I love this Papertrey Stamp Set

The rose is another created with the McGill Inc. Paper Blossoms Punches.  The rose petals are edged with Worn Lipstick Distress Ink and the leaves are edged with Vintage Photo Distress Ink. Ink was applied with an Ink Blending Tool. The black scroll work was cut with the Silhouette Cameo and the shape was purchased on the online store.

The rose. up close and personal.
The rose – up close and personal.

The gems are from Mark Richards and TCP Studios. The TCP Studio gems do not have a very good adhesive on them so I usually use glue to add them to a card.


Paper: The Old World Mat Stack – DCWV, Basic Black – Stampin’ Up, Nennah Solar White, Pink – Stampin’ Up, Green – Archivers

Ink: Archival Ink Black – Ranger, Going Gray – Stampin’ Up, Worn Lipstick & Vintage Photo Distress Inks – Tim Holtz for Ranger

Stamps: Mat Stack 5 – Papertrey Ink & Inkadinkado Personal Impressions

Punchs/Dies: Mat Stack 5 – Papertrey Ink, Floral Punch, Alpine Snowflake & Birch Leaf Punches – McGill Inc.

Misc.: Gems – Mark Richards (clear) & TCP Studio (pink), Silhouette Cameo, Pop Dots – Recollections

I am still working on my card I mentioned yesterday and hope to have it ready to share soon. Have a wonderful day!


House of Baratheon

I mentioned in a previous post that we were just starting to watch the Game of Thrones series. I am almost finished with the books and my husband and I have really enjoyed the series so far. Will be starting season 2 this week. Today’s card was inspired by the sigil of the House of Baratheon. I am probably going to end up doing a series of these as I have a rampant lion image I have been working on. I am starting to get into creating my own images to cut with my Silhouette Cameo. The thorn vine around the card was created by me in the Silhouette Design Studio software. I also created the rose petals that create this three-dimensional rose featured on the card. As you can see from my previous cards, I love three-dimensional flowers but I wanted a slightly smaller rose for this card and the punches don’t really allow for that. To create the petals I drew a petal shape in DrawPlus 6X and imported it into the Silhouette Studio. I am fairly new to DrawPlus, which is an alternative to Adobe Illustrator, but so far I am loving it.  Eventually, I would like to use only images I have created.

Front of the Baratheon Card
Front of the Baratheon Card
Close-Up of the Rose
Close-Up of the Rose
Inside Panel, House of Baratheon Card
Inside Panel, House of Baratheon Card


Stamps: Distress Damask – Tim Holtz Stampers Anonymous, Gorgeous Grunge & Etruscan – Stampin’ Up, Crown – Ann-ticipations

Ink: Fired Brick, Aged Mahogany, Walnut Stain, Antique Linen, Pumice Stone – Distress Ink by Ranger

Other:  Evergreen Bough, Stormy Sky, Rusty Hinge – Distress Stain -Ranger, Vintage Photo Distress Embossing Powder by Ranger, Picket Fence Distress Crackle Paint -Ranger, Tarnished Brass & Black Soot – Distress Paint -Ranger, Fired Brick Distress Ink Refill – Ranger

Stage, Shield & Crown – Images purchased via Silhouette Online Store

Punch: Birch Leaf – McGill Paper Blossoms

Misc: Brad – Impression Obsession, Gem – Hero Arts

Sentiment: Computer Generated – Font Trajan Pro



Teal Rose “Fly”

I was so pleased with the way this card turned out. It is fairly simple but I like the contrast between the background and bright flowers. The background started life as a plain white sheet of cardstock. I embossed the text with silver embossing powder leaving a little space where I was going to put the birdcage and “Fly.” I then sponged Black Soot Distress Ink over the embossed background. The teal rose was created using the McGill Paper Blossom punches. I am not sure if they are still making these punches but I really enjoy making these flowers. There are  other dies, punches or digital cutters around that you could use to make similar flowers. The petals on this card are actually a pear shape.

A view of the Teal Rose card from the side.
A view of the Teal Rose card from the side.
Front View of the Teal Rose card
Front View of the Teal Rose card

Stamps: French Script – Stampin’ Up, Fly & Birdcage – Memory Keepers.

Embossing Powder: Sterling Silver – Stampin’ Up, Detail Black Embossing Powder – Ranger

Ink: Black Soot Distress Ink – Ranger, Versamark – Tsukineko

Punches: Small Flowers – Stampin’ Up (Retired), Alpine Snowflake, Pear, Birch Leaf, Garden Petals – McGill.

Misc. – Gems – Hero Arts, Gem Brad – My Mind’s Eye

I am working on an card now that is inspired by Game of Thrones; the hubby and I have just started Season One on DVD. I am on the fifth book and have really enjoyed the whole book series. We recently binge watched the whole True Blood series so were ready to move on to something else. I hope you have a wonderful week. We are due for more snow and cold so I am hoping to get some crafting in!