Saturday, April 16, 2011

A Vintage Easter Project

Welcome back to my post for Our Creative Corner.  We're kicking the weekend off with an Easter project.  I've been looking forward to this challenge.  I knew I wanted to do something vintage and thought it would be an opportunity for one last springtime blast of crinoline flowers.  Then this week I received some Melissa Frances vintage crepe paper and thought it would be so perfect to work into an Easter project.  I decided to make a tussie mussie, using some of the vintage songbook paper I picked up recently.  I have to tell you, this was a blast to make.  It was a little tricky and I had to improvise as I went along.  I knew what outcome I as looking for so I just kept at it changing this and that and the final result was pretty much as I pictured it. 

I started by rolling a page of the songbook and spritzed it with my homemade glimmer mist (Heirloom Gold Perfect Pearls, a couple of drops of Vintage Photo Reinker and water in a mini mister).  I printed a few vintage Easter images in a fairly small size, cut them out, ink distressed them and glued them down.  About a 1 inch strip of the crepe paper was cut and sewed with a basting stitch down the middle and then gathered.  Then I folded the crepe paper strip in half along the line of basting and affixed it to top inside rim.  You can't see it too well, but I love the double ruffle it made.  The vintage crepe paper is very stiff and nice to work it.  It has almost a crisp feel to it.  

Next I created 12 crinoline flowers, 3 of each type/color.  (If you are new to my blog, I have two tutorials on making flowers from crinoline - here and here.)  Most of them have a brad for the center so I took a wire and wrapped it around the base of the brad on the underside of the flower.  I wrapped the other end of the wire around a toothpick to create a floral pick effect.  Once all 12 flowers were finished I arranged them together in bunch and then wired all the stems together for stability.  The inside of the cone is filled with shredded paper so I pushed the pick ends of the flowers down into it and arranged it to  sit up the way I wanted it.  

The handle is a 1/4 inch satin ribbon.  I repeated the same steps with the crepe paper again and glued the ribbon to the underside along the basting line.  I cut a few strips of pastel card stock and ran them through my crimper, then wound them into a spirals so they would curl nicely.  I added a little Venise lace and some darling Venise lace tri-florals.  Watch for these and more yummy Venise lace for sale on my Funkie's Junk blog.  I just received a shipment and will be getting pictures and prices uploaded over the weekend.  

I think that's all the details but if you have any questions, leave them in the comments or email me privately.  Thanks for stopping by today and for your lovely comments.  Be sure to stop by Our Creative Corner to see the Easter projects that the rest of the team have made.  

Challenges Entered:

Die Cut Dreams - It's Eastertime
Oh La La - Happy Easter
The Pink Elephant - Easter
Flourishes - Show Us Your Best Floral Creations
Papertake Weekly - Truly Dimensional
Little Red Wagon - Easter
Truly Scrumptious - Vintage
Creative Inspirations - Easter
C.R.A.F.T. Challenge - Easter
Pals Paper Arts - Flowers
Stampin' for the Weekend - Flowers
Crazy4Challenges - Make an Easter Gift
Craft Your Days Away - Easter


Sharon Wheet said...

As always Linda, your work is AMAZING! I just LOVE it! Your paper cone is soo adorable! I love the crepe paper handle and trim. Very pretty soft touch! And your Easter images are just sooo cute! You always have some very creative stuff! Love everything!
Enjoy this weekend!

Judi said...

Wonderful work Linda! Loving the flowers, and the cone is just BEAUTIFUL.

Judi x

Lori Rider said...

Wow, this is just beautiful - so many details you incorporated to make it perfect! Love your vintage images and those gorgeous flowers.

Esther said...

Wow, is that ever gorgeous!!! Love to find that hanging on my door!!!!!

Vintage Rose said...

Absolutely adorable! soooo cute and creative

Sherry Goodloe said...

Linda this is just FILLED with vintage goodness! Love it.

shari said...

Your tussy mussy is Adorable!! I love it. Shari (cricutrookie)

Marjie Kemper said...

Just beautiful, Linda! So lovely and the music paper was a great choice.

Jennifer Rzasa said...

Hi Linda. A great take on the challenge! I love the bright colors on top compared to the more distressed/muted ones on the bottom. Hope you have a super weekend!

Pastila said...

WOW! So beautiful and lovely project!

Linda Breedlove said...

Oh Linda, these are so fabulous!

Suzanne C said...

This is just fabulous and such a lovely Easter bouquet!

Kristin said...

I'm breathless! This is amazing! Now I have to make some of these flowers, they are stunning. Fantastic project! Have a great week!

DesigNeAl said...

Fantastic vintage project!
Thanks for joining us at Ooh La la with your beautiful Easter creation; we hope to see you again soon x

Vicki Burdick said...

Linda you are fast becoming my stamping idol, in more ways than one, thanks for the save on Friday night and I am in love with this tussie mussie!! I want to make a bunch of those flowers, I NEED some of that crinoline right away!! Now where to do I find it?

Cindy Haffner said...

Your work is GORGEOUS Linda, Thanks for playing along with Flourishes, Timeless Tuesdays!!!~

Conniecrafter said...

very sweet, love all the pastel colors and the lovely images you used!

xxxtglxxx said...

Oh wow, this is so gorgeous! :)

Love it. Love the soft vintagey feel and the flowers are fab.



Unknown said...

Really stunning project thanks for sharing it with us at CRAFT.


Linda Callahan said...

Wow - I am truly speechless! What a beautiful work of art!

Carla said...

This is gorgeous, Linda! What an awesome creation. Thanks so much for playing at the PPA! Hugs,

Dragonlady said...

Hi Linda

Sooooooo stunning, love it and thank you for sharing at DCD.

Hugs from Ali & the Dream Team

Unknown said...

Hi Linda,
Wow hun, this is totally adorable. I love the whole project but those little flowers are fabulous. Thanks for sharing with us at Die Cut Dreams this time. Good luck.
Dawn, Susie and the Dream Team xx

Silli said...

om!!! Wonderful project! Thanks for sharing it at Crazy 4 Challenges!

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