Monday, June 21, 2010

Summer Flowers

If you're like me, you suspiciously eye the most vivid colors of quilling paper that are often included in a multi-color package. I decided to push past my reluctance and tried combining them as a little bouquet. The neon orange was pretty shocking on its own, but I rather like how it looks with raspberry, mint green, and white. On this first day of summer, my very favorite time of year, perhaps there's no better time to give brights a try. Happy Summer Solstice to everyone in the north and to those of you down south, here's hoping your winter will be a mild one!

By the way, if you need instructions for making folded roses, this link will take you to my tutorial.

16 comments:

Sumi said...

Love it.Love it.Bright and happy.

annieambriel said...

I love love your quiling work. So Beautiful. Love this bright summery card. Just checked out your tutorial, you make it so super easy.. I have to try the roses now. Thanks so much for sharing :)

Tanyia said...

this looks great! I like how the other colors mute it down a little.

Philippa said...

What a great idea to take inspiration from the colours in the quilling pack! I have often thought that a newly-bought twist of multi-coloured strips is a work of art in itself. Lovely design!

SUGANTHI said...

very pretty and colourful!!!

Deb said...

Love it! I shy away from those colors, too, so thanks for trying this out and sharing the results. This is one of the reasons I like paper kits, because it can force you out of your comfort zone to try something new.

Crafting Creatures said...

You were very daring in using the bold colors and give me hope to try as well, rather than pass mine along to my nieces and nephews. It's the perfect vibrant combo for summer, and as always, exquisite execution! :)

Ann said...

It's so pretty. I love the combination of colors. I've tried to fringed flowers but for some reason can't seem to get the hang of doing those. I love the look of them now if I could just figure them out :)

nata_says_so said...

That is just stunning. So pretty, and it really does remind me of summer, but not only that, a summer wedding. That looks like a great bouquet, and the background perhaps the shade for the bridesmaids to wear. Beautiful.

criss said...

Perfect work. Kiss,Criss,#.

Ann Martin said...

Thanks so much everyone - you all are so nice!

Annie, I'm glad the rose tute will help you out.

Philippa, I know what you mean - a new pack of strips is inspiration in itself.

Deb, oh yes, I think kits are great for getting us to try new things too.

Ann, I'll be glad to help you out with this type of fringed flowers - let me know if you have questions. First, check out this tutorial: http://www.hearthandmade.com/2009/05/craft-101-fringed-flower-card.html
and then cut your strips at an angle along one edge to make the fringe lengths look uneven.

licia politis said...

Ann, I love your brights, they make a great combination and I just love your 'alternation side looping' technique you have used in the leaves, just perfect!
Your brights certainly brighten up our wintery days!
Licia

Audrey said...

LOVE the bold colors and I try to use them as I love color and sometimes the bolder the better. You do such wonderful work. I wish I was close to being as good.
Love it!!

Ann said...

Thank you so much for that link. I'm going to give it another try tomorrow

only4mykids said...

hi ann, thank you for visiting my web site. you are totally right about quilling... i was so amazed with your main feature of your website. the art works are fantastic.

Ann Martin said...

Aww, thanks everyone. Glad you liked it.

Ann, let me know how the fringed flowers go. Looking forward to seeing what you make.

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