Spring Has Sprung
Spring has sprung here in the Shenandoah Valley. I can’t believe just a little over a week ago we had snow. It just seems like overnight that – BOOM! – daffodils, forsythia bushes and fruit trees are blooming, and leaves are starting to bud on trees. Some people (cough, cough – Dad – cough, cough) have already mowed. Twice. My dad has the most beautiful lawn. It’s like a green carpet.
I’m looking forward to planting some flowers this year. I have some phlox and other annuals, but they’re getting a little old and thin. And, of course, they’re only pretty for about a month. Then our yard looks a little dead. So I want to get some daffodils, tulips, crocuses and other pretty flowers that will be pretty into summer and maybe even fall.
In the meantime, I made an adorable bouquet from creped filter paper and…Tootsie pops! I saw this idea on my friend Jeanne’s facebook page. She made so many cute projects for a craft fair. She used smaller lollipops, which, looking back, is a much better idea, because these are a little big. But they have chocolate centers, so I couldn’t resist. I’m not a big candy person unless there’s chocolate involved.
These were so easy to make! Just use creped filter paper and the Floral Frames framelits by Sizzix for Stampin’ Up!. (OK – True confession time. These were not made with the creped filter paper. I used tissue paper. It doesn’t work as well as the creped filter paper, but it works ok. I just didn’t have enough creped filter paper to make five flowers.) Cut about 8-12 layers of “creped filter paper” for each flower. I used the middle three framelits. Then simply stack the layers (biggest to smallest, of course). I try to get them a little askew, and not perfectly stacked. Then staple the centers with two staples in a cross pattern. Starting with the top layer, scrunch each layer around the staples. If you want color, you can spritz the paper with Stampin’ Up! classic ink refills and alcohol mixed in the stampin’ spritzer. I wanted lots of white mixed in with the color, so I spritzed before I scrunched. You’ll want to let the layers dry before you scrunch.
After the flower was spritzed, dried and scrunched, I used the paper piercing tool to pierce a large hole in the center, near the staples. Pierce several times side by side to get a larger hole. Then poke the stick from the lollipop into the hole. Easy!! You can add a touch of adhesive to keep the flower from sliding down the stick. Mine aren’t going to last that long, so I didn’t bother. (Tip: You can also punch a hole with a crop-a-dile or other punch before you spritz or scrunch. I, however, never think that far ahead. But it would be a lot easier.)
Here’s a close up. I wanted orange or yellow centers, but my bag of Tootsies came with red, brown, light blue (what flavor is that??) and one orange. Since orange is my favorite, sadly, it didn’t last long enough to make it into a flower. But the red and brown centers aren’t bad.
Hope you’re having a nice spring also. My friends Susan and Darrah (who live on opposite sides of the country) both say they have two seasons – winter and July. I’m glad I live in Virginia and not New York or northern California!
Thanks for stopping by Stamping with Buffy. Have a wonderful day!