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Projects: Showy Flowers

May 31, 2010

Hi gals! I sure hope everyone has been having a wonderful weekend. Between making my homemade barbecue sauce and homemade potato salad, and other food preparations, for the “obligatory” Memorial Day barbecue, I chose to work on Christine Coleman’s Showy Flowers pattern from the June 2010 issue of Parchment Craft magazine. As I continue to choose projects that go beyond cards, this was a lovely project to get some more practice with my grid work. It was also a perfect pattern to work on knowing full well that I would have a lot of interruptions, I would be able to work on a section at a time, without too much fear of losing my place.

As you can see, there are three different grid patterns found in these flowers. And, for me, working on one petal at a time fit perfectly into my scheduled “runs” to the stove. I think my family would be a bit more dismayed if I burned the barbecue sauce than if I messed up on my grid work! And luckily, I did neither!

The grid designs are worked on the PCA Fine straight grid. This is the grid that tells you, “if you can’t see my tiny little holes, you better get yourself to the eye doctor!” Or, if you are stubborn like me and keep putting off going to the eye doctor, you can use a magnifying glass. If having something on your head doesn’t bother you, there are the magnifying glasses head set found at most craft store. There are also some that will attach to the side of your desk, and some that are attached to a light that sit on your desk. In other words, there are many options.

The embossing within the grid work is also done on the PCA Fine straight grid. When using the fine grid, you will need your micro-ball tool for the embossing part. You don’t need to press hard, nor do you need to make a circular motion when embossing on the grids (any size grid). You do need to be careful that you don’t break through your parchment paper, though. I generally like to do the embossing first, that way, if I make a mistake and emboss the wrong hole, when I turn the project around for the perforating, I can just poke my 1-needle tool through the embossed dot and no one is the wiser!  (Unless, of course, you tell someone!)

The day lilies in the pictures are from my garden. This variety of day lily are my first bloomers of the dozen or so varieties I have planted. They are almost the same color as the first layer of backing card I chose.  I don’t think I could have planned this any better! You should not see any glue dots from attaching the parchment to card stock, as I sewed the project onto the first layer of card stock, with invisible thread.

I hope you enjoy this project, and I hope you all had a fabulous weekend!

  1. jackie permalink
    May 31, 2010 3:18 pm

    I am working this piece at the moment, it is a lovely piece to practice embossing and grid work on. This will be the first time though that I have done the embossing the little dots using the grid, I have always done them free hand in any other pattern I have worked, but thought about time I learnt to do it.

    Glad you had a good weekend

    • cepet permalink
      May 31, 2010 3:26 pm

      Jackie, I can’t wait to see your version! How in the world have you managed not to use the grids for embossing?

  2. May 31, 2010 3:36 pm

    Beautiful, beautiful, beautiful, C!!!! I’d also like to know how you’ve managed your embossing without using the grid, Jak????

    • cepet permalink
      May 31, 2010 3:41 pm

      Thanks, Vickie! now I can sit down an work with your templates!

  3. May 31, 2010 3:45 pm

    A stunning piece Chiara! So glad you had a wonderful weekend!

    • cepet permalink
      May 31, 2010 5:05 pm

      Thanks so much, Jerri! Hope you had a lovely weekend, also!

  4. Nelly permalink
    May 31, 2010 3:46 pm

    Chiara, this is an amazing piece of art!!.
    I am so proud of you, having you as one of my students and see what you have learned in the years you are woking with me. There is so much improvement in your work.
    I also love they way you present your work together with the flowers out of your garden.
    But cooking and parching together is a tricky combination……
    Love, Nelly

    • cepet permalink
      May 31, 2010 4:02 pm

      Yes, Nelly, parchment and cooking is an extremely tricky combination! Most of the time I wouldn’t dare attempt mixing cooking and parchment. This weekend, what needed to be cooked and being able to work on this project just worked out so very well for me. I just love that you are proud of me. I definitely feel so much more confident in showing my work than I did years ago.

      As for presentation, well, I must confess that I have been taking hints from Jerri’s blog — I was so taken by her presentations of her work!

  5. June 1, 2010 1:21 am

    Hi Chaira. You sure have done a great job of this piece of work!! Isn’t Parchment Craft just one of the most satisfying kinds of crafts around!
    Have a great week!

    • cepet permalink
      June 1, 2010 7:22 am

      Hi Amanda, thanks for stopping by! I absolutely agree that parchment craft is amazingly satisfying. One of these days, I will have to do one of your dress patterns and show it. Just finding the time — so many patterns so little time! 🙂

  6. dorita permalink
    June 1, 2010 3:29 am

    exquisite work! i love also the way you explain your work. keep on this beautiful blog!

    • cepet permalink
      June 1, 2010 7:22 am

      Thank you so much Dorita!

  7. June 1, 2010 5:28 pm

    A gorgeous piece and your worl is just perfection! Your day lilies are lovely too. You could create a nice coloured pattern from those…!

    • cepet permalink
      June 1, 2010 7:38 pm

      Thank you, Robyn! Oh, and I have used the coloring of one of the varieties of day lilies for my first round of Guild exams. It was the one piece I wasn’t crazy about, yet it was the one piece that both judges loved!

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