Flower Week – The Succulent

The final day of Flower we is bittersweet for me.  I am going to miss it.  I will do more periodically so stay tuned.  Fridays second “Flower” is the Succulent.  I know it isn’t really a flower but it has all the atributes of a flower.  And I love my Hens and Chicks.

Everyone seems to be making succulents so I decides to give it a try.  These plants have many, many different parts in the download file. They are all the same shape just different sizes.

What you will need:
          • cardstock scraps
          • liquid glue or glue gun
          • Download File
Cutting the Flower

The flowers can be cut from any color or patterned cardstock but I think green is appropriate. I cut them all from two different colorsto give it a little color variance, but you can cut the layers from different colors if you want.  Your imagination is your only limit.

This flower could work in felt or fabric. I think it would be great and I will try it in the future.  I spent so much time on the morning glory I just didn’t have time.  If you want to cut the flower out of felt or fabric and you have a maker use the rotary wheel. 

If you don’t have a maker, it is a little harder.  I tried using fusible material and haven’t made it work yet but I’m still trying. What I did do to get the felt cut was first use the deep cut blade and then attach the felt to contact paper. I used Duck Brand contact paper.  Place the felt on your mat with the contact paper down and cut on the felt fused setting.  Tape the whole piece down to the mat with painters tape.  The cricut cuts the design twice.  It cuts it well if it isn’t to intricate of a cut.

Assembly

The circle is included as a base.  First, curl all the leaves inward except two of the smallest.  Roll the two smallest into tubes but don’t glue them.  Just set them aside to relax a bit.

Next, starting with the largest 5 leaves glue them to the base circle in a star pattern.  Then glue the rest of the leaves in groups of 4 in a staggering pattern moving up.  After all the leaves but the last two rolled ones are attached, add the two rolls in the center next to each other to form the center of the plant. And your succulent is done!

The wreath I made this week from the flowers looks like this

Flower wreath made from all the flowers made this week.

I have made a page with all the links to the paper flower tutorials.  The tutorials for the other paper and felt flowers can be found here.

Flower Week – The Morning Glory

The Morning Glory is one of my favorite flowers.  It is usually on a vine and is truly a 3D flower.    You can also see how to do rolled flowers too.

These flowers have only 3 parts in the download file.  It is one of the more difficult flowers to get just right, but when you do, Wow!  The leaves arenot in this file or the vine but you can add them if you like..

What you will need:
          • cardstock scraps
          • liquid glue or glue glue
          • Download
Cutting the Flower

The flowers can be cut from any color or patterned cardstock. the center must be yellow but the rest can be any color or pattern.   Your imagination is your only limit.

The parts of the flower can be cut on one mat.

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Watch my video for cutting Multiple colors on one mat

I did not try this flower in felt or material but I think it would work.If you want to cut the flower out of felt or fabric and you have a maker use the rotary wheel. 

If you don’t have a maker, it is a little harder.  In previous flowers I tried using fusible material and haven’t made it work yet but I’m still trying. What I did do to get the felt cut was first use the deep cut blade and then attach the felt to contact paper. I used Duck Brand contact paper.  Place the felt on your mat with the contact paper down and cut on the felt fused setting.  Tape the whole piece down to the mat with painters tape.  The cricut cuts the design twice.  It cuts it well if it isn’t to intricate of a cut.

Assembly

The little half circles on the flowers are the glue points.  Glue them to the back of the rest of the flower making the flower curve inward. The two smaller pieces form a cone then the yellow piece is put inside the other cone I tried several types of glue.  Liquid glue works fine but you have to hold the flower together until the glue dries enough to hold.  Tape runner glue failed miserably.  Glue gun works on the paper too, but of course, you generate “strings” 

Next, bend the points of the cones outward in a flair.  Then the third piece is glue so that the flower curves inward and the points in the center need to be bent down and the cone skipped inside of it. This took a lot of patience and a glue gun to hold the flower together.  The flower keeps wanting to pop open.  Keep trying it will go.  I made about a half dozen of these before I got the hang of it (which is why I didn’t do one in felt.)

The wreath I made from the flowers in flower week looks like this.

Flower wreath made from all the flowers made this week.

I have made a page with all the links to the paper flower tutorials.  The tutorials for the other paper and felt flowers can be found here.

Really Beautiful Flower Files For Flower Week

Flower week is done

This is the last day of Flower Week and I hope you enjoyed it as much as I did.

Creative Fabrica has some really beautiful flower files and I wanted to mention them during Flower Week.  I would love to post these files for download but they aren’t mine.  They were done by a designer named Sarah Evans.

I think that these flowers are just so elegant.  They are hard to remove from the mat when you cut them so be very careful and gentle.  I made each flower from just one color but you can use different colors if you prefer.  I used foam tape to give them a little more dimension also.  

Where to get these flowers

As I said earlier I would love to give you these files but they aren’t mine.  They were designed by Sarah Evans for Creative Fabrica. These are just some of the flowers available in the files you can get here.  Just click that link and you can purchase them.  You get almost 30 flowers, a floral alphabet and more for $25 .  If you just want the 9 files I use above they are downloadable here for $10.

I am a member and I can download their whole site for a monthly charge of $9 (It has gone up) and I am an affiliate also so I do get a small commission.

Slight Problem and the Fix for the SVG files

Now with files 11 through 19 there is a small problem with the SVG files but the DXF files work fine and I made a video on how to upload them and prepare them to cut.

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So have fun using these files and have fun making all the 3D flowers from Flower Week.  

I would love to see what you did so please post pictures here or at my Facebook Group

I have made a page with all the links to the paper flower tutorials.  The tutorials for the other paper and felt flowers can be found here.