Friday, December 18, 2009

Pink Petite Poinsettias

I just can't help myself! Meet Madge...


Madge was delighted when I asked her to model my petite poinsettia bouquet for today's photo shoot.

Remember the other day when I mentioned that those pink, glittery poinsettias were inspiring me? Well, they might not be very life-like but they just shout JOY to me.

Well, I really wanted to figure out how to make them for my Christmas in July in December bead journal piece.

And look! Woohoo! I'm all a-light with the joy of them!


In fact, they turned out so cute that I want to make a million and sew them onto everything! Whoa, girl, settle down...

Does that ever happen to you? You hyperventilate when you get overexcited?

OK. I'm breathing regularly now.

First, I took the my 25 cent glitter model from Michaels, traced the shapes and then reduced them on my copier to create a template.


Then I used a similar technique as I did for the Alstroemeria...I got out my china doll shade of Hanah silk ribbon (love this ribbon!) and backed it with light interfacing...


I then went to my stash of Artglitter (love this stuff too!) and chose colors that I thought might work for my piece. I actually thought I would prefer the pink glitter on the left...but after looking at the glitters against the blue background -- I settled on the glitter that has a bit of an orange tint to it to the far right...it looks more gold in the pics...glitter is hard to photograph...


Once I picked my glitter, I applied Jo Sonja's textile medium to the ribbon, poured glitter over the wet glue and left it overnight to dry...


This morning I cut out my petals and then used the Clover mini iron to give each petal some shaping.


I used a green silk 4mm ribbon and made a big knot which became the center of each poinsettia...and then stitched gold beads for stamen.


And the end result is a handful of happiness for my good friend Madge here...


I think she's going to be sad when I tell her that the flowers are going to live on my bead journal project instead of in her lovely hands...

But she'll be alright...she has too happy a disposition to stay mad at me for long...


And Judy S., I think you and Madge would get along famously...she's a singer too just like you!

14 comments:

flyingbeader said...

VERy COOL! dot

Judy S. said...

I reckon you're right, Susan! Madge is a real cutie. Your Christmas in July piece is going to be a real stunner!

Lisa said...

Love these! So cute! I'd be wanting to decorate everything in sight too!

Allison Ann Aller said...

What a fine and fun tutorial!
Thanks Susan...and Madge, too. ;-)

Carol said...

Madge told me that she is not giving up those flowers! You are just going to have to make more or change your BJP. I can't help it, Madge said it!

Merry Christmas, Carol

Barbara C said...

This is a very clever and timely tutorial. The scale of your flowers are perfect for Madge.

Maureen said...

I love Madge!! The poinsettias are beautiful! Merry Christmas! Reen

verobirdie said...

Madge is a wonderful lady. Are you sure they will give you the flowers back? You made a beautiful work!

SHELL'S SHED said...

Ah, you gotta let Madge keep those flowers and make some more. Her eyes are just twinkling cos you made her something special. Great tutorial - thanks - Shell

Ingrid Mida said...

Thanks for sharing the how-to. I just might have to try it! I can understand your excitement.

Violette Severin said...

The flowers are adorable. I have been enjoying all of your holiday posts. You are really in the Christmas spirit.

myletterstoemily said...

you are brilliant. i love her!!!!!!

GlitterEmm said...

Great technique, I like it soooo much, can I put this in our Gallery? Thank you for the link!
GlitterEmm - Art Glitter

Patty C. said...

Oh my gosh - I love this -
Toooooooo cute - I wish I had your pattern - I think I would make a gazillion of these

Hugs,

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