Fabulous Finds Friday — Flower Power

Flowers say so much, don’t they? “Flower Power Papercrafts,” by Julie Hickey,  features a garden full of cardmaking ideas using flowers.

flower cards book

The book has ideas for 50 cards and gifts, all incorporating florals, categorized into “themes,” such as Vintage Vogue, Contemporary Chic, Floral Fairies, etc. 

This is one that really caught my eye — so simple, yet so elegant.

flower card circle

This is a slight variation on the card shown in the book (which uses two squre punches to create a long rectangle along the right hand side of a square card). In my version, I punched a circle at the top of the card, then punched out two sizes of daisies from the same cardstock. Starting at the edges, glue the daisies onto each other until they cover the hole. I added Ranger’s Liquid Pearls to the center of each daisy, but rhinestones or flat-backed pearls would be pretty, too.

Here’s a variation, using a square punch. (Square and round punch by McGill.)

flower card square

On this one, my medium flower punch actually broke right in the middle!

flower card 3 daisies

I glued on the three flowers that I had left — because I was impatient — and ran out to buy another flower punch. But my friend Jean convinced me that the card was kind of cool just partially filled. So I left it that way!

I want to try another variation using pearlized paper — maybe gold, ivory or pink.

(Love sentiment by Stampin’ Up!; Heartfelt Wishes by Hero Arts)

The book is published by David & Charles.

And if you like making invitations, “Paperie for Inspired Living,” by Karen Bartolomei is full of ideas, advice and inspiration to create invitations for any occasion. It’s more of an invitation book than a stamping book, but there’s no reason why you couldn’t use stamps instead of the computer-generated images. The book is also full of invitation tips.

book paperies invitation

The publisher is Potter Craft (Crown Publising.)

Thanks for looking… and have a Fabulous Friday!