Welcome to the Love is in the Air blog hop hosted by the very creative, Paulette from Around the Block with Scrapalette! You should have arrived here from the amazing Carolyn's blog. Didn't you just fall in love with her project! All the bloggers in today's hop are incredibly talented and I would hate if if you missed any of their crafts, so if you are just stopping by my blog today, you'll want to go back to Around the Block with Scrapalette and start at the beginning of the hop. Plus, you can enter to win blog candy. Don't we just love candy! LOL!
Today's blog hop is all about love and Valentine's Day. Why not go and grab a beverage, sit back and enjoy some Valentine's Day sweetness without all the calories!
Here's the Blog List:
Paulette from http://scrapalette.blogspot.com/
Dana from http://danascraftycorner.blogspot.com/
Doreen from http://polkadotpaperprincess.blogspot.com/
Cindy from http://www.inlovewithpaper.blogspot.com/
Deb from http://www.queenmommy.com/
Michele from http://www.michelegreen.com/
Carolyn from http://cccscraproom.blogspot.com/
Colleen from http://scrappycol.blogspot.com/Elizabeth from http://www.217creations.com/
Sukie from http://www.scrappindhilly.blogspot.com/
Sharon from http://designsbysharon.blogspot.com/
Renee from http://icameisawicreated.blogspot.com/
Tammy from http://www.scrapcavecreations.com/
Brenda from http://happyscrapper64.blogspot.com/
Amy from http://scrap-pix.blogspot.com/
Jami from http://thepaperfarm.blogspot.com/
Terri from http://scrappinwiththebug.blogspot.com/
Meg from http://peacockpaperie.blogspot.com
My project is inspired by a walk around Michael's a couple of weeks ago. I saw all the Valentine decorations on the shelves and just had to browse them for ideas. There was a small Heart Topiary with some berries on it that I really liked. I thought, I could make something similar to that for my home. Since I am still on my self imposed spending ban and participating in the Using My Stash challenge, I went straight home with only some adhesives and got to work on my own Heart Topiary.
Here are the details:
Circut Anniversary E-2
Cartridges used - Love Struck and
CTMH Art Philosophy
Distress Inks - Tattered Rose,Victorian Velvet, Barn Door,
Worn Lipstick, Ripe Persimmon, Dried Marigold
and Festive Berries
Clay Pot, Dowel and Styrofoam
White Acrylic Paint, Crackle Medium and Gloss Gel Medium
Tattered Angels Glimmer Mist - Pink Ice
Martha Stewart Glitter - Garnet
Scotch Quick Dry Glue
Hot Glue Gun
Ribbon and Red Raffia
And finally, lots of patience!
I created my project using the Circut Craft Room. I wanted a heart that was open, yet simple in design. I couldn't find any on my cartridges, so I used a heart from Love Struck, then copied it and sized it to fit into the center. The smaller heart would act as a cut out. This gave me the heart base for my topiary which is 6.18 x 5.8 in size. I didn't want to make it too big as the only clay pot I had here was 4 inches.
Here's how it looked cut out on the mat.
Here they are off the mat with the center removed. Yes that was a cover for a DCWV paper stack. LOL! Told you I was using my stash.
I was going to cut paper to cover the hearts, then decided to run them through the Xyron machine and glitter them. I used Martha Stewart Glitter in Garnet. I sealed the hearts with Gloss Gel. This is how they turned out.
I hot glued a dowel I painted white to them, then hot glued them together.
For the flowers I used the Rose from Art Philosophy. If you don't already own this cartridge, you have to get it! It has everything you need to create the most beautiful projects, pages and cards. My wonderful crafting girlfriend Belinda is a Close To My Heart Representative and can order it for you. I started with roses sized at 2 inches. I used two 12 x 12 papers in cream and pink. The roses looked like this in the Cricut Craft Room.
Here they are cut.
I inked all the roses in the various Tim Holtz colors listed above, then started gluing and rolling them up.
After I was done with the first 25 roses, I realized that they were much smaller than I was anticipating and decided to cut more roses at 2.5 inches.
All totaled, I cut, inked and rolled about 100 roses. Here are some of them as I was working on them.
Using a quilling tool, I started out rolling them very tight. Then I decided to try making them a little more loose and just used my fingers to roll them.. Here are some examples of the roses. They are rolled in this order, tightest, medium tightness and loose. I used a pin to work the center of the rose to my preference.
Once I had all my roses cut, I placed them on the base to get a feel for how I wanted to position them. Once I had an idea of what I liked, I began hot gluing them to the hearts. The first side went nicely. About half way through hot gluing roses on the other side of the heart, I realized I hadn't cut enough roses and had to cut another sheet of 2 inch roses! Once they were inked and ready to go, I was able to finish the heart. This is what it looked like.
I took a clay pot that was hanging around here for ages, and painted it white. I used some crackle medium to add some interest to it. I sprayed Tattered Angels Glimmer Mist in Ice Pink on it to bring out the cracks and give it color. I coated it with the gloss gel to seal the Glimmer Mist. I like the effect of the Glimmer Mist with the crackle medium. Cool, right?
To finish the Topiary, I used some Styrofoam to attach the dowel and then added the Red Raffia. I hot glued a bow to each side, and declared this one FINISHED!
This Topiary took a few days to make, but in the end, it was worth it. I hope you are inspired to try one for yourself.
Now for some blog candy! If you want to make a Topiary like this, you might need some supplies. I am giving away a $10.00 gift card to Michael's or AC Moore, your choice. You don't need to be a follower, but please leave a comment and a way for me to contact you to be entered in the drawing. I will choose a name using Random.Org on Tuesday morning. If you are visiting from the Cricut Boards and don't want to leave your email, let me know you MB name and if your name is chosen, I can PM you for your details.
Thanks for stopping by my blog today! I hope you enjoy the rest of the blog hop. Your next stop on the hop is the very talented Elizabeth at 217 Creations. I know a fabulous project awaits you there! You are going to love her blog, it's one of my favorites!