I have a very special paper flower arrangement to share with you today. This arrangement was custom-made for my Sister’s best friend for her birthday. She had apparently been smitten with the Centerpieces I made for my Sister’s Baby Shower. Unfortunately, I no longer had any of the arrangements from the Baby Shower but I did have one of the containers. I will be entering this arrangement in the Flower challenge at the CSI project click the link below to play along!
I received a call from my friends Mom asking if I had any of the Baby Shower Centerpieces or something similar. I showed her Mom the arrangements I had on hand and she really liked the Neapolitan Paper Flower Arrangement (this is my personal favorite). This is one of my largest paper flower arrangements and was a bit too big for a desk. I offered to create a custom arrangement for her combining elements from the Neapolitan and Baby Shower flowers.
I LOVE making custom arrangements! It allows me to add so many personal touches specific to the person who will be receiving the arrangement. In this case my Sister’s friend is a music teacher so I offered to add some sheet music flowers. I didn’t have much in the way of vintage sheet music at the time and was planning on using a sheet music stamp to make my own papers. Her mother was delighted by this idea and informed me that she had a whole bag full of vintage sheet music she was “hanging on to” in the hopes of finding someone to give it to. Oh happy day! Not only did I get to make a super personal custom arrangement I now have a TON of vintage sheet music for future projects! I can now cross sheet music off my thrifting list
The sheet music was a bit difficult to work with due to its age. I’m pretty rough with my flowers while trying to get them to bend and curl to my every whim. Not with the sheet music though! It kept cracking and breaking when I tried to curl it. In the future I will be sealing the sheets first before die cutting…Mod Podge is great for adding strength to weaker papers.
The rest of the papers are a mix of Coredination’s card stock and other solid card stock from my stash. I LOVE Coredination’s for its versatility and durability. You can sand it, stamp it, tear it and beat it up entirely and it will hold up beautifully. It also adds a nice subtle texture to any paper crafting project.
I added some custom buttons by gluing clear buttons to sheet music scraps. The rest of the buttons and beads are from my stash. I make a lot of paper flower arrangements so I keep a variety of buttons and beads on hand. Plus it gives me an excuse to buy cute buttons and sparkly beads…shiny things amuse me
I created a custom ribbon for the Sheet Music Arrangement by using my trusty sheet music stamp and Black Archival Ink.
I’m all about presentation when it comes to my paper flowers. I recycle shipping boxes from online orders and such and save them for my arrangements. First, I lay them flat and stamp with my new favorite “Flowers and Text” stamp from Hero Arts in Sepia Archival Ink. Next, I cut the tops off of the box and embellish by hot gluing ribbon around the top. Finally, I use the Tim Holtz Hanging Sign Die to cut a label for the front of the box with my logo ( the logo stamp was created from a Martha Stewart Custom Stamp set). Now all I have to do is add the flowers, some tissue, and an extra special hand-made gift tag and we are ready for a special delivery!
If you would like to see a photo tutorial on how I make my paper flowers and the products I use to create them you can check out this post. The next arrangement I make I am hoping to do a video tutorial so stay tuned!
Thanks for stopping by! Hope your day is filled with loveliness!