stop and smell the roses (and chocolate)

bobbibouquet2-web.jpgOK, I actually had to work today, so I didn’t have the chance to stamp (boo hoo), but I wanted to share a fun project with you. Those who know me may have already seen these beauties, but I thought I’d share them again because they make a great gifts for Easter/Spring/Mother’s Day.

Last year, I started making paper-pieced flowers after seeing a simple one on splitcoaststampers as well as in Paper Crafts magazine. I started out with a few basic daisies, then ended up designing several different flower types, including carnations, mums, tulips, forget-me-nots, several leaf shapes – and, of course, the obvious sunflower and random other daisy-like flowers.

I made these pretty pink and yellow flowers for a friend’s birthday almost exactly one year ago, and Dan received the earth-toned version last Valentine’s Day. He almost immediately (and impressively) removed the chocolate bars from their paper sleeves. When his flowers wouldn’t stand up on their own, they eventually were stuffed into an envelope and are currently awaiting reincarnation. (pfffffttttt…! get it? reincarnation??! Sorry, couldn’t resist!)big-chocolate-for-a-big-guy-web.jpg

All flowers are made with cardstock or heavyweight patterned paper and punches (or die cuts). What’s missing from these pictures are flowers made with the new oval punches, which would be a lovely addition.

If you’d like to make these, I recommend starting with a simple design. Consider the smaller vases (smaller candy bars) with 1-3 flowers. Also, use a strong non-liquid adhesive for best results. Warning: this project has the potential to be kind of time-consuming (if you let it), so I recommend punching shapes while watching the telly and assembling when you have some free time. Here are printable Instructions for Chocolate Bar Vases with Paper-Pieced Flowers.

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1 Comment »

  1. DeborahSue Said:

    These are gorgeous and a super practical way to give a loving gift! Tons of work but SO worth the final result!
    WONDERFUL SHANNON!


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