Tuesday, March 06, 2012

MFT Die-namics Feature and Pep Rally!

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Now that we've teased and tempted you all week long, it's almost time for you to shop for your favorite Brand Spankin' New products from MFT.
But first... it's time for our Die-namics Feature and Pre-Release Pep Rally! Our Design Team has been busy creating jaw-dropping and inspiring projects for you, and we've saved the best for last. We've taken an in-depth look at this month's Die-namics, while re-visiting the amazing sets being released tonight at 10 PM EST RIGHT HERE in the MFT Boutique. And while we are at it, how about we make your life even easier with a "cheat sheet" of all that's new?  Head over to the MFT Blog to print out a shopping list. Here are the details about the upcoming release on March 6th at 10 PM EST:

  • You can attend the New Release Party on March 6th from 8-10 PM EST HERE in the MFT forum, where you can enjoy fun, games, and PRIZES!
  • The MFT release, including all new stamp sets and Die-namics, is on March 6th at 10 PM EST.  You'll find all the newest products HERE at release time.
  • You have just a few more hours to submit your entry for this month's guest designer contest.  Check out the forum for details on how YOU can win $200 in stamp sets and Die-namics, and play along with the MFT Design Team for a month.
  • If you'd like to see all the designers' posts for today, please click on over to the MFT Blog NOW.  Be sure to leave comments as you go for the chance to win one of 2, $10 gift certificates given away daily.  The winners will be posted on March 6th just before the release party, on the MFT blog.

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I’ve had this project on my mind since I first got the Die-namics Royal Rose die in my hands! I’ve got plans for this puppy and it’s now residing in my living room :) I grow a lot of roses and, if Mother Nature cooperates, I’m going to have a tea party on my front porch and a garden tour for my Red Hat chapter in May. This beauty will be the centerpiece of the food table.

It has 54 roses on it--yeah, that's a lot of roses. But you know I’d never let anything like that stand between me and a cool project ;-) To cover the ball with the fewest roses possible—and still get good coverage, I played around with making the rose look like a rose in full bloom. And now I’m going to show you how I made this topiary

My DH took some of these first pictures, where I was using both hands, so keep that in mind, LOL! I did the best I could with them ;-)

First, I cut out a bunch of roses in two colors of pink. Then I started shaping the inner most 5 or 6 “petal” sections—just rolled them over the handle of a small paint brush…

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…like this.

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Then I proceeded to roll the rose as usual—I use a quilling tool but I have used a toothpick or a pair of pointed tweezers—we crafters are very adaptable, LOL! Do not roll really tightly—you will need your spiral to be somewhat loose or your shaping will disappear.

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I swear by hot glue to assemble rolled flowers. They will NOT come apart if you do it correctly and BOY are they sturdy! OK, so the “round” area at the very center of the die cut is where I apply the hot glue—cover it totally and make sure it’s thick enough.

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Then, fold the hot glue-d circle over all of the rolled rose layers and make sure they’re all included in your glue glob.

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I found it good to push the outermost petals up tight to the rest of the rose at this point to maintain the shape better.

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Now, the petals you rolled over the paintbrush handle will still have a little curve, but you’ll have to do more; the process of rolling flattened them out considerably. I use some angled jewelry tweezers, but I tried straight pointed tweezers and they worked—they were just a little more awkward. Anyway, I gently rolled the petals again until they had the shape I wanted. You may not be able to do more than four petals in this step but that’s OK.

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And here’s your rose in full bloom!

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For the topiary, I attached the roses temporarily to the ball as I worked—didn’t want to make too many, LOL!

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Here they all are, in all their rosy glory!

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Next step: make a hole in the Styrofoam ball for the dowel. I used an apple corer that worked perfectly. I took out about a 2” plug.

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I had my DH cut my dowel about 14” long and then I covered it with ribbon, using 1/2” Scor-Tape along the entire length of the ribbon.

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Next, I squirted a lot of hot glue (be sure to use Low Temp hot glue—ask me how I know) into my cored-out hole…

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…put the ribbon-covered dowel in, and held it straight until the glue set up.

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Almost there! Using hot glue for my adhesive, and doing it in small patches, I covered the ball with Spanish moss. Since my ball was green, I didn’t obsess about coverage.

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After the Spanish moss dried a bit I attached the roses with hot glue, pushing them down so I felt comfortable that the glue had reached the ball and not just the moss. Next, I mixed up some plaster of Paris and filled my container until it was about 1” from the top. I then put the dowel end into the plaster of Paris. At this point, my DH asked me how I was going to keep it straight while it set up. Hmmm, I supposed I’d hold it for the twenty minutes or so the box said it would take. But no, he had a better idea, shown below. I think I’ll keep him :)

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Here’s the finished project again. After 24 hours, I spread some Elmer’s glue on the plaster of Paris and added some more Spanish moss to cover it. I put one rose and a couple of
Die-namics Upsy Daisy leaves on the moss. And, finally, tied a ribbon bow under the rose-covered ball.

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Here are the Die-namics dies I used on this project:


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Thanks SO much for stopping by! I hope that this project will at least encourage you to think outside the box with your
MFT dies and stamps! MFT Die-namics—not just for cards :)Hope to see you at the release party tonight and shopping and the New Product Tour right after!

 

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~Supplies~
Stamps: None
Paper: Pink Lemonade, Bubblegum, Jellybean Green (MFT)
Ink: None
Supplies: Vagabond; Royal Rose, Upsy Daisy Die-namics dies (MFT); ribbon, hot glue/gun, 5” Styrofoam ball, 3/4” dowel, plaster of Paris, Spanish moss

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47 comments:

  1. What a great idea. What a LOT of work! I used my hemostat's to make my flowers, worked like a charm (I'm a nurse, lol.)

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  2. That is just beautiful! I'm probably going to get that rose die now that I've seen this!

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  3. When I first saw this, I may have squeeled!! OH MY GOODNESS, this is so cute and what a clever idea!

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  4. Love the STEP-BY-STEP instruction. Your rose turned out just beautiful. WOW.

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  5. are you kidding me ... look at all those roses. Amazing Barb!!!!!!!!

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  6. Fabulous!!!Love it.One very patient lady and thats for sure.

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  7. OMG!! This is TOO CUTE!! THANKS for sharing and have a FABULOUS WEEK!! =)

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  8. Wow, what a gorgeous display, roses are my favorite. Love this totally, totally worth the hours and cutting

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  9. OH MY GOODNESS! I LOVE THIS! What a fun project!!! :)

    XoXo,

    Katie

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  10. OMG this is absolutely amazing! If I saw this in a shop, I'd buy it in a minute! Love it! Thanks for the inspiration! Oh, and your hubby sounds like a handy person to have around! ;)

    Love Beth xx

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  11. OMG!!!!
    Spring is in the air...FANTASTIC^_^

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  12. Gorgeous creation. You are patient to pursue so much work on it.

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  13. This is stunning!! Wow. What a work of art! Your DH is definitely a keeper for his great ideas AND taking photographs!

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  14. What a gorgeous project! Did you retire so that you had time to make all those roses?? DH was a big help, I am sure!! Your tutorial is great!!!

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  15. Oh Barbara! This is beautiful!!!!! Thanks for sharing!

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  16. Bar - I am not even sure what to say except WOWWWWWWWWWW WOW AND WOWWWWWWWWWWWWW!! I am in awe of your paper crafting stamina! This is a gorgeous piece and thank you so much for giving us the step by step!

    UNBELIEVABLY GORGEOUS!!

    Crafty Hugs!
    Meredith

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  17. What a lovely project and just great for an Easter center piece. A lot of work involved that is for sure. Thank you for all the directions you gave too. That really helps. ksh

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  18. EEK!!!! whow so GORGEOUS! what a super project and stunning results

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  19. Wow doesn't even give you enough credit for this project....this is absolutely beautiful!,this would be great for a bridal shower too. Gorgeous.....

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  20. Holy Guacamole! THis is SO beautiful Bar!! LOVE how elegant this is...I am SO trying this myself! You are AMAZING!

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  21. Jaw dropping gorgeousness!!! LOVE it!!! Great tutorial, too!

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  22. (GASP.......) This is one of the most AMAZING, BEAUTIFUL projects I have EVER seen!!!!! Such a great idea! AMAZING!!

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  23. Talk about jaw-dropping!! Wow, girl, this is GORGEOUS! I'll bet you were rolling roses in your sleep!

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  24. This is gorgeous! IF you have any tips for those with carpal tunnel issues, I would appreciate it! I have tried making the flowers with my die but it is much too painful! Help! jgarber5@cox.net

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  25. So cute & a great idea! Thanks for the instructions on how you made it! Just amazing!

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  26. This is perfect for my niece sweet sixteen!!! I love this idea and thank you so much for the inspiration. I have the rolled roses but I like this one more but maybe I will do both flowers. By the way I'm your new follwer :)

    Hugs, Jas

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  27. OMG this is beyond beautiful! Thanks for the tutorial on how you made the gorgeous roses.

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  28. Seriously STUNNING!! I pinned it!!!!!!!!

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  29. WOW this is amazing.. I just Love it.

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  30. Beautiful topiary. Those flowers are beautiful. Thanks for the tutorial.

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  31. WOW! This is just stunning! I've already adding this to my list of decorations for my 40th birthday party! Just hope I can get close to the beauty of yours!

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  32. Oh now this is really Lovely! I have always liked your creations but this one tops them ALL....
    Beautiful, Just Beautiful!!

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  33. My goodness, that is AMAZING!!!!

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  34. This is the freakin' MOST FABULOUS paper-crafted project EVER! Gorgeous work, girlfriend! (And John is DA' MAN too, for his contribution!)

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  35. Wow!!! Wow! WOW!!!! This is gorgeous!

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  36. Oh my word! That is awesome Barbara!

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  37. Wow, that is so much work and it looks totally amazing!

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  38. another STUNNER of a project!!!! WOW!

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  39. Fantastic! This is so beautiful, very creative!

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  40. Gorgeous! No other word for it. Oh what fun to have a tea party.

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  41. Barbara, I too love the topiary and am very grateful for your step by step instructions -- I think the old guy is definitely a keeper too! I have a question -- did you HAVE to use plaster of paris for the base? could you have used that floral foam in the pot -- or would the topiary be to heavy and topple over? I'm definitely making this -- just looking for a way to avoid the plaster part! (I'm a slob)

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  42. Queen Mary, yes you could use floral foam as long as you're careful that it won't get knocked over. It's a bit top heavy and I just wanted to be sure since I'm going to be using it on a folding-type table on the porch.

    Thank you!!

    Barbara

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  43. thanks for the up close shots of your rose making. I've tried these die forms a few times and never been happy with the way they turned out. Will try again...

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  44. this is so amazing & beautiful! thanks for sharing & for the awesome tutorial- our Grama would LOVE one of these for Mother's Day- guess i better get cuttin' LOL!

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Thank you for your kind comment--I appreciate every one!