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New YouTube Video: Miss Rita Makes Paper Peonies!

 

Here’s the YouTube video showing you how to cut and assemble these gorgeous peonies!

Last year I did a post on making this paper peony from the Cricut Access image set called 3D Floral Home Decor, which–if I am not mistaken–was originally designed by Lia Griffith.  I have loved this cartridge from the day it was launched, and I’ve made many beautiful dimensional flowers from it.

If you’ve followed me for a while, you know I’ve done a couple of posts about making paper peonies before, because I absolutely adore peonies and my natural ones never last long enough for me. One of my posts centered around this particular peony from the 3D Floral Home Decor cartridge, but it wasn’t very flattering. That’s because–at that time–the file was awkward to use, which made it frustrating to me.

 

The original file was grouped together in such a way that it was nearly impossible to cut the file as laid out.  You really had to manipulate the file a *lot* to get it to the size of a large peony and it was SOOO frustrating to work with!

Well, I am happy to report that someone somewhere in the Cricut-iverse must have heard my laments, because the file has been reworked and now it is a dream to work with!

The newly adjusted file makes a super huge and marvelous paper peony without having to chop up the original file to fit on a page.  So, I don’t know who was responsible for this change–Anna Rose, maybe? Karley? I don’t know–but, thank you!  My life is infinitely better for this change!

For today’s Cricut Access Challenge, we will be re-making this gorgeously oversized peony, which you can either place on a stem or use on top of a decoration or even mount on your wall as a reminder that “Hope springs eternal!”

 

Let’s get started!

When you open this file, you will notice that the flower consists of three distinct flower petals that are duplicated.  So to cut *one* flower, you are going to need 6 sheets of 12″ x 12″ paper in some shade of pink.  Plus yellow for the stamens and green for the leaves.

You *can* make these smaller, but honestly I wouldn’t recommend it.  They are so gorgeous when they are cut this size.

Hint: To add more realism to your peony, you may want to make the inner petals a paler shade of pink than the middle and outer petals.

Once you have all your petals cut out, you are going to work the petals with a bone folder.  This is a very useful tool for working with paper and can be found at any arts & crafts store.  This is what mine looks like.

If you can’t find a bone folder, don’t despair.  You can also use the edge of a ruler or even the blades of a pair of scissors.

Work the individual petals so they gently bend inward. When you get to the middle petal layers, you need to glue at the tab. The innermost petal layer needs more glue as you fold the edges into themselves.

Once you have worked all the petals, you will stack them and either glue each layer to the next OR–if you are using a stem, you will want to punch a hole in the center or each petal layer and stack them on the stem. Then affix the stamen to the top of the stem head to hide it! Pretty neat!

For this flower, I put it on a stem.

The stem I used is from We R Memory Keepers and they work very nicely. I do hope you can find them, but if you can’t you could always fashion a stem with floral wire or skip the stem entirely!

These peonies will be an excellent addition to a floral backdrop for a wedding or shower, don’t you think?

Here’s the Pinterest pin for this project:  https://www.pinterest.com/pin/273030796146064756/

 

And here’s the Design Space file:    https://design.cricut.com/#/design/124441197

If you try making these beauties, let me know how you make out, okay?

“Go forth and Cricut, my friends!”

Best always,

-Miss Rita

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Paper Cherry Blossoms with Your Cricut

Cherry Blossom Wreath
So what if Cherry Blossoms aren’t normally seen on wreaths! That’s the beauty of paper flower making!

February is usually the snowiest month here in New England, which generally leaves me praying for the first signs of Spring with every new day.  I’ve long given up hope on the Groundhog’s promise of an early Spring. Instead I just hold on to the notion that “Hope Springs Eternal” and jazz up my home with all the Spring flowers I can think of.  One of the first ones for me is the cheery Cherry Blossom.

Cherry Blossoms are easy to make and will quickly liven up your home with tiny shocks of pink from the palest blush to the brightest hot pinks.  And because we are not Mother Nature, we are only confined to the limits of our imagination!  How about some purple cherry blossoms?  Or maybe some patterned paper ones?  Whatever you decide, a paper cherry blossom can adorn a quick note card, a wreath (why not?) or even a bare branch from your garden.

Paper Cherry Blossom
Paper Cherry Blossom adorning a notecard

 

My cherry blossom pattern comes from a FREE design in Design Space entitled “Cherry Blossom Tree”.  Find it quick by searching for “cherry blossom” in the Images section.  Here’s a photo to help guide you:

Search results for
Design Space Search Results for “Cherry Blossom” produces over 200 images. The image we are using is the first one.

 

I happen to like my cherry blossoms full, so the first thing I do is Ungroup the file and Duplicate the flower portion so that each of my blossoms has two petal layers. To be honest, sometimes I will duplicate the yellow stamen, because it is so intricate and I have a tendency of ripping them when I remove them from my mat, but that’s up to you.

Duplicating the Petals
Duplicating the petal piece will create fullness in your blossom

 

For variety, I like to use a few different colors and sizes for a bigger cherry blossom project. This is easy to achieve by grouping your blossom again and duplicating the file. After duplicating the file you can manipulate the size and petal leaves. Try blush, white or mauve colors and you’ll then have four different blossoms to work with.

Varying the size the color of blossoms
Creating multiple blossoms in slightly different colors and sizes

 

After cutting and removing all your cuts from the cutting mat, head over to your work area with the cuttings, a shaping tool, some glue and foam dots and some different sized pearl buttons. Using your shaping tool, you want to carefully crease each petal to give it some shape. The leaves also will be creased this way. The stamens can be carefully bent to give them more texture, too. Once you’ve completed all the shaping, all that is left is assembly.

 

To give the blossoms more fullness, I like to use foam dots between the two petal layers and also adhere them together slightly askew.  After adhering the petal layer, use white glue to place the stamen inside the blossom. When dry, place an appropriately sized pearl inside. Depending on your pearls, you may want to glue these.

 

And finally, flip your blossom over and affix the leaf to the back. Allow the glue to dry before flipping them back over.img_7606

 

And viola! Your blossoms are now ready to adorn any project.

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I hope you try to make these super simple Cherry Blossoms.  Hurry back for more paper projects including future projects for making Paper Peonies, Hydrangeas and Daffodils!