Quilled Cherry Plum Blossom in a Shadobox Frame

I am back with another frame, this time a quilled cherry plum blossom. These tiny flowers are my very favorite to quill and even if I’ve used them lately in many of my projects, I just can’t seem to grow tired of making them.

Quilled Cherry Plum Blossom in a Shadowbox Frame

 We call these shrubs “corcoduș” in Romanian and cherry plum or myrobalan plum was the closest translation in English I could find (Lat. Prunus cerasifera or Prunus divaricata). It is native to central and eastern Europe, south-western and central Asia. It is one of the first European trees to bloom in spring, often starting in mid-February. You can see them everywhere here, in parks and gardens, being impossible to miss when they are in bloom due to their delicious sweet smell and beautiful white flowers with green foliage or pink flowers with dark red foliage. The fruits are small, measuring 2-3cm in diameter, yellow or red in color. They are edible, reaching maturity from early July to mid-September. The fruits are sweet or sour and can be eaten fresh or can be used to make jam. Continue reading →

Quilled Jasmine Flowers in a Shadowbox Frame

It’s been awhile since I last made a proper quilling frame, so I am very happy to share with you my quilled jasmine flowers!

Quilled Jasmine Flowers in a Shadowbox Frame

 Due to my current “stem-everything” obsession, all the projects intended to be framed ended up in a vase or as stand-alone pieces. Unfortunately, this type of display is not very practical since the dust tends to set on the delicate quilled elements, making it impossible to clean. So, I decided to take old ideas and modify them in order to make them suitable for framing. I started with the quilled jasmine flowers and I absolutely loved creating the three-dimensional design! Continue reading →

Chrysanthemums – Stemmed Paper Flowers Tutorial

I am back with the project I promised you last week: stemmed paper flowers tutorial! I’ll show you how I made the paper chrysanthemums I posted a few days ago, I hope you’ll enjoy creating your own and learn something new in the process!

Chrysanthemums - Stemmed Paper Flowers Tutorial

I used 3 different sized punches: 3.7cm, 2.5cm and 1.5cm and 120gsm paper.  This is just an example, you can make the flowers large or as small as you need them and also add more layers of punched flowers if you want your chrysanths to look more ample!

For each flower and bud you’ll need 4 flower shapes cut with the 3.7cm punch and 2 flower shapes cut with the 2.5cm punch. The only difference between the two is the flower center, which is smaller for the buds. Continue reading →

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