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Roses are...


...Raspberry Fizz, Vintage Cream, or any other Papertrey color you'd like them to be!

By now you're probably all pretty aware of my fascination with creating my own flower embellishments, whether it be from paper and stamps, diecuts, fabric and more!  Well, I stumbled upon a fun way to make some sweet little rosebuds using Papertrey's wool felt and their Rick-rack border die.  When the strips are rolled, that zig-zag edge makes the most perfect looking petals!


So here's how you can make your own.  You will need:

So start off by trimming a 1" strip from the roll of felt.  Did you know that you can easily trim the felt with your paper trimmer?  I have a simple Fiskars rotary cutter that cuts through it perfectly.


Now lay the felt strip on your diecut machine plate and lay the die on top, centering it on the strip.


Run it through your machine and you will end up with this.  You can make THREE rosebuds with this little 1" strip of felt!  The actual diecut border will make a slightly small rosebud than the other two pieces.  If you want larger flowers you can use a wider strip of felt.


Begin rolling the strip.


Keep on rolling until the entire strip is rolled tightly. 


Now turn it over and begin taking stitches to secure the roll.  Insert the needle through the end of the strip, then through the entire roll.  Since this is wool felt, the needle goes through all of those layers very easily, unlike some of the lower quality felts you can buy by the sheet.


Take a few stitches across, pulling it nice and tight.  You will end up with kind of a long oval shape.


Now take a few stitches from the other direction (the long side of the oval) and pull tight.


After you have stitched it up, the base of your flower should look like this.  Knot the thread and trim.


Now turn your flower over and you'll have a perfectly sweet rosebud.


You can trim some leaves from green felt and adhere everything to your project with a glue dot. 


Again, the width of the strip determines the size of your flowers, so if you want to end up with larger flowers, make sure you start off with a wider strip of felt. 


Thanks for stopping by!  Now go make some flowers!  :-) 


Stamps:  Fillable Frames #4, Fillable Frames #1
Ink:  Aqua Mist, Smokey Shadow
Cardstock: Hibiscus Burst, Vintage Cream
Dies: Mat Stack #1, Rick-Rack Border, Medium Scallop Border
Other:  Raspberry Fizz, Vintage Cream and Simply Chartreuse felt, Sweet Blush button,Pretty Pastels patterned paper, Green Boutique patterned paper, Hibiscus Burst grosgrain ribbon