Monday, February 7, 2011

Enameled Flowers


Welcome back, friends!  So happy to have you back to see what we have for you this week at Simon Says Stamp and Show.  This week, we are asking you to show us Some Embossing.  Easy peasy, right? The fact is that I rarely make a piece without at least some sort of embossing so for this challenge I wanted to branch out and try something new.

I have wanted a Melting Pot for some time now and this challenge pushed me over the edge.  I decided the time had come to make the investment. I played around with it and came up with these enameled flowers.  I had to try a couple of different ways to coat the petals and found that painting the hot UTEE on rather than dipping the petals worked best.  Of course, you need to have a paint brush that you don't mind sacrificing.  You can use the same one over and over by reheating the brush in the the hot UTEE.

I seem to be fixated on calendars recently.  I realized last week that I hadn't done one for my desk for February so I made this little book type calendar with two chipboard coasters.  I added a couple of vintage images and made a couple more of the enameled flowers.


All the flowers were cut with my trusty Tattered Florals die.  The larger leaves were cut freehand and the smaller ones with the Martha Stewart rose leaf punch.  All flowers and leaves were embossed with the Victoria Cuttlebug embossing folder, as was the Spellbinders die cut heart on the front cover.  The crinkled seam binding was dyed with a combination of Aged Mahogany and Dusty Concord distress inks and a black rhinestone Prima Say It In Crystals flourish finished it off.


Now it's time to hop over to Simon Says Stamp and Show and see what kind of embossing fun my teamies have had this week.  There are some fantastic projects there that you just gotta see!  And then run to your craft desk and whip up a sweet little project showing us some EMBOSSING and link it up.  You just might be the lucky random winner of a $50 shopping spree from our awesome sponsor Simon Says Stamp.

Thanks so much for stopping by today and for all your wonderful comments.  I truly do appreciate all my visitors, especially those who take time to leave a comment.

24 comments:

donna said...

Oh my girl, this is astounding! I am crazy about this UTTE's flower!! What a genius of creation you are! I love visiting and soaking up your inspiration!! It leaves me breathless!
hugs
donna

nessy said...

wow!!! just stunning and such a beautifully made creation ~love it!!
vanessa xx

Lori said...

Paint brush in UTEE? Wow, now I learned something new there! What a great idea! This is gorgeous, and that flower really puts it over the top...if this is your first attempt at the melting pot, can't wait to see the second! lol!

Conniecrafter said...

I just love the look of the enameled flowers, such pretty projects!

Sian said...

Wow, stunning creations, and LOVE the flower, must have a go.
hugs

QC Kelsey said...

Oh my goodness that rose is stunning! Absolutely gorgeous.

Every post of yours is filled with awesomeness!

Beverly Gotthardt said...

Wow, Wow,and Wow--you continually inspire us to explore new creative techniques.

Sue said...

Yes you are an inspiration, the flower is wonderful as is the calendar.
Smiles:)

Sue C said...

Beatiful project Linda, your roses are stunning ! I have pondered about the UTEE pot, this just may have made up my mind ! Sue C x

P.S. I'm glad you like my 'new look' blog. It's thanks to you I found the wonderful Karen.

Netty said...

Its a wonderful creation Linda. As everyone says that flower is so stunning. Great tip on the paintbrush, thank you. Annette x

Linda R. said...

This is soooo amazing.. I just love it!!! Your flower look gorgeous.. sounds like a pretty fun technique you tried on it!!

Golden said...

This is so pretty. By the way my dear friend Justine over at CARDiology told me say hello. She is really big into that name dropping, hehehe. Ur project is really neat.

Geri said...

Wow! That flower is awesome--as is the rest of the project! So glad you got in on my blogaversary fun, Linda--I really appreciated your sweet comments!

marsha said...

Linda, you never cease to amaze me! The Utee flowers are 'da bomb! I always love visiting to see your newest creation, you are so inspiring!
Hugs,
Marsha

email: Steph@SimonSaysStamp.com said...

Gorgeous project, Linda! I love the glossy beautiful rose and the fluffy ribbon is fab!

*mwah*
Steph
Simon Says Stamp!

Nancy said...

This is so, so very pretty, Linda!!

I just got my first jar of UTEE, so what did you use to make your flowers? I want to try what you did - your flowers are gorgeous!

Jen said...

WOW!! That calendar is fabulous!! Love the rose!! Your projects are stunning!!
Jen :)

Hege-Annie Simonsen said...

Woow! I LOVE this!!! FAB card, beautiful rose - love the glossy, shiny effect! :D COOL!

Hope your day is great!
Hugs, Hege

Carla S. said...

What an amazing creation, Linda! Your enameled rose is absolutely stunning! Thanks for the inspiration and for sharing your wonderful work!

Violets Corner said...

Wow, it's stunningly beautiful, love it to bits. You're very talented and have a wonderful attention for detail.

Hugs
Maarit

Betty Wright said...

Another beautiful creation, Linda! Gorgeous detailing and design! The rose is scrumptious! Your beauties are all over blogland! Stunning work!

Shelly Hickox said...

This is such a rich and gorgeous piece - so many great things going on! I love your hand-dyed ribbon, the color is incredible. And, I guess I need to get busy and make some of those enameled flowers! I've never tried it before, but I might just have to play around with that today. Thanks for the inspiration!

IsaNorris said...

that rose is so beautifully yummy !!!

isa

Sylvia/LittleTreasures said...

Truly Beautiful. Love your colors and the Utte Flower is perfecto.

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