Tuesday, February 7, 2012

Love blooms...faux Mulberry watercolor paper rose tutorial

Hi friends, I hope you are all doing well.  Before anything else, I want to say thank you.  You have been part of this very difficult journey and your prayers and words of encouragement have meant a lot to us. 

It has been very difficult making the transition to 'normality', but today the sun was shining and for the first time in several days and I picked up my camera...

And while taking photos, it was so clear to me that when a loved one parts and their physical presence is gone, their love remains behind...

This journey has left us with a deep desire to love deeper and has given us a different outlook on life...

The sadness that one feels when someone goes is not easy to ignore, but the abundance of love that is left blooming makes it a little easier to cope...

I started this little project a couple of weeks ago, but it wasn't until today that I felt like completing it and taking photos...

(Click on the photo to enlarge)
1. I painted both sides of an 8"x11" piece of card stock paper using pink watered down DecoArt paint (1:5 paint-to-water ratio)
2. Gently scrunch paper, unravel and allow to dry (the wrinkles will give the effect of mulberry paper)
3. Once paper is dry, cut a 6"x3" strip and scallop one edge
4. Roll strip and hot glue the end
5. Cut several petals of varying size 
6. Hot glue around centre roll 
7. Continue gluing until you reach desired size
8. Curl ends under 
9. Paint separate card stock with green paint and follow step number 2
10. Cut several leaves 
11. Cover degradable plant pot with desired scrap book paper 
( I used Vintage French Script by Canvas Corp)
12. Glue a couple of leafs onto pot and some onto the flowers
13. Place some peat moss pellets and seed packet into pot 
14. Make simple lid to keep items secure 

Inspired by these, I think they would make a sweet
Valentine's gift, wedding favor or bridal shower.

As another chapter in our family's life closes, another starts.  One filled with blooming love.

Thank you so much for being here, I hope you have a beautiful week.

much love,

ps. If you have not yet entered the JO TOTES giveaway, you still have time, but hurry as the deadline for entering is this Friday (Feb 10).

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  1. just stunning - they almost look real. The colours are so pretty! What a joy

  2. wow - gorgeous! really really beautiful girlie - so creative and stunning! the colors are so realistic! xo

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  3. Wishing you and your family peace and comfort during this difficult time! The flowers are so lovely! Blessings from Bama!

  4. i cannot WAIT to try these out, they are absolutely gorgeous. Aiming lots of love to you in your troubled time <3

    I'm Sierra Kelly from Young Alumni and, knowing how i love your site and that you could use some cheer, I wanted to pass along a link to my current blog giveaway. It's a beautiful red leather tassel earring for Valentine's Day. Sometimes the little things bring the best cheer.


    Just thought I'd repay the favor since your blog brigtens my day! :)

  5. This is a beautiful gift! Thank you for your tutorial! I hope in the days ahead you see and feel the peace you are feeling today. Hugs!

  6. Thanks for sharing. This is going on my pinterest for a future to do.

  7. Getting work on making some of these. I love how full they look.

  8. Beautiful...they look real. May this new chapter in your life bring you and your family many blessings.

  9. These are absolutely beautiful. I love the colors and texture, just lovely!

  10. These are so gorgeous! You've created such beauty.

  11. Loving the beautiful buds. Just remember, love has no expiration...


    On a different note, what are you doing about Google Friend Connect going away?

  12. These are beautiful handmade flowers, wow!! Thanks for joining Cowgirl up and I hope you come back next week!

  13. I adore these beautiful flowers. The colors are fantastic and they make me smile! Thank you so much for sharing the tutorial. I am going to give them a try. I hope they look even a little bit as good as yours. Thanks!

  14. Stunning Lucy! I featured these today.
    I hope you have a wonderful weekend.
    xxoo - carolyn

  15. Oh wow..gorgeous!! Thanks for the inspiration!

    Found your link on TT&J. I'd love for you to come by and link this and any other project you have at my linky party called "create & inspire"


    Angie form A little Inspiration

  16. wow, these roses are so beautiful, i would love it if you could link up at http://twiggstudios.blogspot.com/
    many thanks hope to see you there xxxxx

  17. These are just lovely. I can't wait to explore more of your handiwork. Please visit my blog - www.briarlanestudio.com. I'd love to hear your comments.

  18. So gorgeous!!!! I hope you will come link it up to The CSI Project. The challenge is embossing and paper crafts.

  19. Visiting via Centsational Girl. Love all the pretty!

    Happy day, happy spring, happy happy everything!

  20. Happy to have found you blog....am now following. This is another beauty of yours that I would love to pin; w/ your permission, of course! Gorgeous blessings ~H♥~

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  23. Oh my goodness....almost too pretty for words. I'm sorry to hear about your sad time.


  24. I am so sorry to hear of your loss Lucy. My heartfelt condolences to you and yours.


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