Sunday, February 9, 2014

Susan's Garden Hardy Geranium

 Today I have a box to show you that I decorated using Susan's Garden "Hardy Geranium" dies.  I think most of you know that I love to find pictures of flowers and try to create those flowers using dies.  It was so fun to create the dimensional flower branch on this box.  I wish my photos could show how pretty it really is!

 I found this pretty box at Michael's.  I'm not sure what kind of flower is in the design;  they kind of look like a white cherry blossoms. The flowers are larger than my cherry blossom dies, so I went through my Susan's Garden dies and decided Susan's Hardy Geranium  dies would work well to duplicate these flowers. The petals were approximately the same size and shape as the flowers on the box.   They turned out matching perfectly.

Here is a picture of the Susan's Garden Hardy Geranium.

 Here are all the flowers I created.   I die cut the petals and calyx using white card stock and sponged on Sahara Sand ink, at the base around the outside edges of each petal, to duplicate the shading on the printed flowers that are on the box. They were shaped with the Susan Garden Flower Tools

 Here are all the  items I used to decorate this box.  I created a lot of the white Hardy Geraniums. A piece of brown wrapped wire was used to place some of the flowers on.  I purchased this wire in the floral department at Hobby Lobby.   I used the butterfly from the Susan's Garden Hibiscus Flower dies for the two butterflies.  You get a bonus in this die set with one butterfly die.  I ran the two die cut butterflies through an embossing folder to add texture then sponged them to highlight the texture.  I used two Marianne Design corners, some K&Company bird stickers and a bow made out of tulle to complete box. 

 In order to duplicate the flowers on the box, I used some stamens I purchased from Michaels.  I punched a hole in the center of the calyx,  then shaped (cupped) it.  The stamens were folded in half, glue added to the folded end, then pushed through the punched hole in the center of the calyx.  I let these dry before gluing the 5 petals to the points on the calyx.  To help hold their shape, I placed each flower in the Susan's Garden plastic flower pots.  I really like using these pots, to dry my flowers, because they help hold the shape of the flower while it is drying They will not stick to the pot (glue won't stick to them).

I hope you will use your flower dies to create a variety of flowers. When you use Susan's Garden dies, they always look so realistic!

Here are links at Ellen Hutson, LLC to products I used:

Susan's Garden, Hardy Geranium dies
Susan's Garden Plastic Flower Pots
Susan's Garden, Flower  Tool Kit
Susan's Garden, Hibiscus dies
Ultimate Glue



redwasher1 said...

WOW!! Selma, this is incredible!! Your flowers are so real looking!!

Glenda Brooks said...

This box is simply stunning. Of course your gorgeous flowers just add the finishing touch! Just Beautiful!

Eva Van Buuren said...

Oh Selma....this is WONDERFUL!!
I cannot find the right words for such a BEAUTY!
This is a real ART....and I Love You Art!!
Hugs, Eva.

Bonnie Weiss said...

Very very pretty project and once again, your flowers are to die for.

Pia said...

wow what a beautiful box
Hugs Pia

MariLynn said...

Gorgeous. I love how your white geraniums look on this box. Thanks sharing about the pots for drying the flowers. I can see where that would come in handy.

Eva Van Buuren said...

Selma, I'm forgot to say Thanks for the very good and clear tutorial.
I am happy with such a good explanation!
Hugs, Eva.

Shirley said...

Selma, this is just so beautiful! People think I am detailed and then I see this and am just in awe!! I love your whole design!! What a precious keeper!!

Leanne ... said...


Anonymous said...

I wish I had just a little of your creation. I also do paper crafts but mine is no comparison to yours. Thanks for sharing your tutorials.


Anonymous said...

You are sooooo talented, Selma. I look forward each day to see what you have created. Thanks for inspiring me all the time.


Olga said...

gorgeous, ......sorry I haven't been commenting Bill(hubby) has had health issues and was in the hosiptal! All is well now so maybe I'll get back to normal, what ever that is.........


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