Tuesday, 29 March 2011

My NEC Impulse Buy? And Going Off On A Tangent ……

Picture 228  Picture 229
Funny how some ideas lead to another …. I bought a set of die cut roses from My Craft Studio (one pack should make between 15–30 flowers) at NEC, Hobbycrafts, demonstrated by Stephanie Weightman (from Create and Craft), but now I am really hoping that this isn’t going to be my annual exhibition impulse buy that I regret!
My Craft Studio Die Cut Pack Picture 220
At first, I was a little disappointed with my results, but when I compaared them to the picture of the demo I took (below) they aren’t too bad, though I should have used a finer glitter! But now I am at a bit of a lose as what to do with them, as they are too big for the type of card I make….
My Craft Studio Paper Roses
I did think they would be ok on a small papier mache box I had, but when I tried the blue looked to “fresh” on the slightly shabby box …. and so then I went off on a tangent.
Altered Tape measure Box
I added part of a really old tape brown measure round the bottom of the box, which then lead me to colouring the rest of the box (including the inside and bottom) with a brown Promaker
Picture 233
I knew the blue rose was all wrong …. but what if I added a metal flower taken from a Primark necklace and a couple of paper leaves ….?
Tape Measure Box 1
I am dead chuffed, I’m going to put a new tape measure in the box and give it to my mum for Mother’s Day, I just need to work out what to do with the roses that started this whole thing off …..


misteejay said...

Howabout a coat of paint on the boxes first to bring the colours together and some co-ordinating ribbon? Or perhaps you could use some of the flowers in & on an exploding box.

Love the box you have done and I'm sure your Mum will love her gift.

Toni :o)

Anj said...

funny how one thing leads to another... results are lovely though - fab idea, I'm a mum & can never find my tape measure if i need it in a hurry! x

marc said...

great make and i love the flowers make them up they will look great on gifts as tree decs at christmas i am sure if you have box of assorted one made up ready to use you will find lots of things you can use them the template is worth having as you can use any paper you have big love marc

jodpea said...

How about something similar to where u framed those those plastic roses from Primark? I have this problem, I like a little height on my cards but not this much, lol.

LaceTopDesigns said...

I love your box!
I used the style of your flowers and altered a picture frame for my Mum for mothers day. You can see details of it on my blog x

Debs said...

The box is beautiful, the crafting journey is an interesting one. Bee

Lois said...

hilarious! i have loads of embellishments leftover that I never used cos I went off on a tangent, glad it's not just me!

Hearthandmade said...

I have so many of those!! Great to find UK crafty bloggers!! I love your broach!

Di said...

Hi Helen

I did a mini tutorial to make similar roses, using a scalloped punch and an old French dictionery, from scratch on my blog: http://pixiescraftyworkshop.blogspot.com/2010/07/paper-roses.html
Ahem, I do agree that they are too high to use for much, but they do look pretty :)

Why do we do it huh?! Di xx