Wednesday, April 19, 2017

More Papertrey Ink Release: Flower Mandalas II & Kay's Critters: Cuddly Cat Dies

Good morning and welcome back for more inspiration featuring the April Papertrey Ink release! Today we're showcasing Kay Miller's Flower Mandalas II Dies and Kay's Critters: Cuddly Cat Dies. I have my favorite project of the month to share with you today and I'm really excited, so let's get to it!

I've always loved those beautiful felt-flower-embellished wreaths that you often see on Pinterest and Etsy. I've wanted to make my own for ages, but with the release of Kay's new dies I finally decided to take the plunge.

Felt Flower Wreath

I used both the new Flower Mandalas II Dies and last month's Flower Mandalas I Dies along with the Easter Grass Die and leaves from the Happiness In Bloom Leaves Die and the Leaf Silhouettes Die.

Felt Flower Wreath Close Up 1

I die cut an assortment of flowers and assembled each bloom to be unique. The different sizes and shapes add such wonderful texture to the arrangement.

Felt Flower Wreath Close Up 2

I used Vintage Cream, Harvest Gold, Sweet Blush, Berry Sorbet, Aqua Mist, Summer Sunrise, and Lavender Moon to create the flowers and hot glue to adhere everything together.

Felt Flower Wreath Close Up 3

I arranged the flowers on an 18" grapevine wreath and attached everything into place with more hot glue. I die cut the leaves from Simply Chartreuse and Spring Moss felt and tucked them into place between the blooms.

Felt Flower Wreath Close Up 4

I'll be honest, this isn't an hour or two sort of project (more like an all-day activity for a wreath this size), but it turned out so well that I definitely think it was worth the time. I love it!


Next up, I have a card made with the Cuddly Cat Dies.

Nine Lives Card

I began by sponging a piece of Rustic Cream Cardstock with Classic Kraft and Cocoa Bean inks. I die cut the cats (I cut the backwards cat on a new plate to minimize scar marks from an old plate) and then I stamped them with triangles using an image from Sketched Shapes in Dark Chocolate ink.

Nine Lives Flat

Next, I added the die cut features and felt bellies. I used a fine tip Micron pen to create slits on the eyes before covering them with Glossy Accents. I die cut a Noted panel from white cardstock and sponged a bit of Aqua Mist ink across the top. Then I stamped the watercolor swoosh along the bottom, adding depth with a bit of sponged Hawaiian Shores ink on the swoosh.

Nine Lives Close Up

Next, I stamped the heart from Circled Symbols and the greeting from Everyday Cat Sentiments. I adhered a Simply Chartreuse panel to a white card base and then attached the Noted panel with foam tape. I finished up by adding the cats with more foam tape. These dies are so cute!



Marcia Hill said...

Your wreath is absolutely FABULOUS Lizzie! I've been scrolling up and down through the pictures for the last 10 minutes just in awe of how gorgeous all the flowers are and how lovely your color scheme is! This really is a work of art and well worth every hour you put into making it! And it will definitely shout that Spring is here to everyone who sees it!! And how ingenious to flip one of the cats backward to make your cute, cute card...really LOVE how their tails come together!! GREAT post today!! :0)

blaze said...

Lizzie, you stopped me in my tracks with your absolutely GORGEOUS wreath. It is breathtaking--what a labor of love!!!

Cindy H. said...

Lizzie, while I love all of your projects, that wreath is definitely my favorite - it is awesome!! Those colors, oh my word, they're gorgeous together and fresh as Spring!

Jane C. said...

WOW Lizzie, once again you've created a show stopping project with your wreath. It's absolutely gorgeous!!! You have such a good eye for color and detail. I'm sure you'll enjoy displaying your wreath for many years to come. And, last but not least, your kitty card is absolutely adorable. Very clever detail with the tails. Thanks for sharing your talents.

Deepa M. said...

WOW - your wreath is a showstopper for sure. I love how all the flowers coordinate but no two are a like, and the color combination is perfect for spring. I just stocked up on many of the PTI felt colors, and you're really inspiring me to update my home decor too. Thanks so much for the inspiration!!

Mary said...

Your wreath is spectacular! Any chance of a tutorial on some of the flowers?

Colleen said...

I simply love the wreath you made, it is just beautiful! I would love to see a video on how to make the flowers.

Gina said...

OMGosh. Lizzie. There are no words. This wreath is just amazing!!!!!!!

Carl & Mickie Yeates said...

Please, please,please make a video tutorial. The is crazy beautiful.

Joyously Noelle said...

Your wreath is amazing! What a pretty way to welcome spring and visitors!

chris g. said...

The wreath is so beautiful! such a great crafting for decoration.

Sharon said...

Lizzie! This wreath is amazing, beautiful, spectacular, stunning, fabulous! I LOVE it! WOW!!

Unknown said...

Cool wreath! Leave it to you to go in a different, creative direction:-)

Elizabeth *^..^* said...

I have been trying to purchase from PaperTrey Ink their Kay's Cuddly Cat die. I found you through google. Is this a set you are willing to sell?