Monday, April 15, 2013

Paper Blooms Book Review and Giveaway

Congratulations to the winner - Michaella!

Earlier this month I mentioned a brand new book - Paper Blooms: 25 Extraordinary Flowers to Make for Weddings, Celebrations & More.

Paper-Blooms

I've now had a chance to see it in person thanks to author Jeffery Rudell and Lark Crafts, and snapped a few photos to give you an idea of the treasures inside. Just wait until you see the clever way he makes a sunflower... it caught my eye right away.

paper-sunflower

Jeffery designs paper creations that are stylishly simple with a bold dash of wow power. Each one of the 132 pages is bright and colorful, the projects are accompanied by clear instructions and photographs, and the necessary materials and tools are not exotic.

I like the way the book is arranged with general paper crafting information and the easiest flowers in the front. Beginners can start there and build their skills as they go. To give you an idea of the variety of flowers, you'll find cosmos, carnations, poppies, allium, dogwood blossoms, and poinsettias... there are even cattails, pumpkins and gourds.

paper-cosmos

You might enjoy a visit to Jeffery's CraftStylish paper crafting posts.

paper-calla-lilies

Lark has offered to send the book to one lucky winner anywhere in the world, and also donated a second copy that I've forwarded to the North American Quilling Guild convention that will take place in South Bend, Indiana next month. Quilling doesn't feature heavily in this book, but there are a few elements, such as rolled coil centers and fringed petals, that will appeal to quillers.

It's easy to enter... just leave a comment in which you name the type of flower you'd most love to learn how to make. (No promises, but it might be in the book!) The giveaway will end on Friday, April 19th. The winner will be notified and I'll announce the name on this post also. 

Have a great week!


83 comments:

  1. I would like to see roses , It looks like an awesome book and I would like to win .

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  2. A daisy!!! I just love daisies...can't grow them worth a darn as we have too many pine trees...but I go pick them from the side of the road when I can...

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  3. The gardening gene skipped me but luckily the crafty gene did not! I would love to create my favorite blossom, the Peony, and think it would look gorgeous in my kitchen. Inspired to also make some mothers day bouquets!

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  4. I'd like to be able to make a tulip or hydrangea! But I'd be happy to make any of the beautiful buds in this book :).
    Kimberly J.
    kqj80@hotmail.com

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  5. I would surely love to make Calla lilies and orchids :) they look just awesome together :)

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  6. I'd love to win this book. The calla lilly is gorgeous.
    reginac.schultz@gmail.com

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  7. The sunflower looks very intriguing, would love to see it.

    Thanks Ann for another chance at a great giveaway!

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  8. I would love to make hydrangea ! This books looks fascinating ! Thanks for the chance .

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  9. I'd love freesia tutorial! Thank you for the giveway!

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  10. sounds wonderful .... I am sure the tutorials will be amazing .... Sunflower is my favorite and I love Daisy too ....

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  11. Calla lilies for sure! I had to make some for a rehearsal bouquet, and couldn't get the dimensions quite right, so I'm definitely interested in learning how Jeff did it!

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  12. Love making flowers since childhood. Never made Sunflower though...would love to learn that.
    It would be amazing to win a giveaway, however I am not so lucky.

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  13. I love making paper flowers, I'd love to learn how to make an orchid!

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  14. Hydrangea and Calla Lilies. In fact I love all kind of flowers... Thanks for the opportunity to win this book!
    Have a great week!

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  15. I really like the flowers on the cover. Especially that white loopy one on the lower right! (And sunflowers, of course. Always sunflowers.)

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  16. I love sunflowers ! this book seems to be really cute !

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  17. This book looks amazing! I love hydrangeas, lilies, and sunflowers. Thank you for the opportunity to win.

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  18. Such beautiful paper flowers. I would love to learn how to make hydrangeas. I think they are so pretty.

    Julie
    I Create Purty Thangs

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  19. a daisy! my dogs name is also daisy =)

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  20. I have to go with a traditional rose. I really enjoy them as flowers and as inspiration for art and craft projects! This book looks wonderful :)

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  21. Tulips are my favorite... it was our wedding flower & I would love to make some paper blooms for the shadow box :)

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  22. Right now I have it in my mind that I'd like to make a dahlia. This book looks fab!

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  23. I like all of the pictures you showed. If I could make anything, it would be a orchid.

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  24. i'm a big fan of paper flower. i think this book can inspire me with more and creative ideas.


    calla lily is my fav. i had white calla lily as my wedding bouquet and my bridesmaids.

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  25. Love paper flowers and would love to make daffodils..Thanks for this giveaway...

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  26. Sunflowers! It has always been sunflowers! But I also love Gerberas!

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  27. Calla lilies!!! They are awesomee...can't resist having few of them !!!

    Jyoti Agarwal
    jyotiravish@yahoo.com

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  28. I love camellias, would like to see how to make them

    CK

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  29. AH Calla lillies i would like to learn them from this book if i happen to win.fingers crossed.thanks for the chance.

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  30. Hi Ann
    I'd like to learn how to make some orchids!! The books looks awesome and thanx for sharing the sneak peak, would sure like to be lucky this time!!
    http://www.kalasirjana.blogspot.in/

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  31. The pictures you shared are quite lovely, Ann! Not sure if Passion Flower would be included, but looking at the pictures, I am hopeful to be able to combine the techniques used for other types to create a passion flower !

    prachi DOT bora AT gmail DOT com

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  32. I really would like to see the iris. I make flowers also but haven't seen a good iris tech.I also like calla lilies and grow them in my garden! I love Jeffery Rudell and would love a copy of his book!!

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  33. What a fantastic giveaway! I'd so love to learn how to make daisies, as they're my favourite flower and feature in my favourite movie, You've Got Mail :) Orchids would be absolutely stunning to make as well! Learning how to make paper flowers would be especially amazing as I can't seem to keep plants alive these days! :/ I would be so thrilled to win a copy of this amazing book, thanks for a super amazing competition!!

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  34. This book seems fantastic. I have never made flowers but over the years watched my mother make them. She taught flower making for 6 decades. She was disappointed that none of her daughters really bothered to learn. So, I would love to make them all & show her I know how.

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  35. What weeding flower book would not have a rose? I would love to have this book for inspiration and I’m quite sure that it would have the rose that would look so real it would make you look twice. If the cover of “Paper Blooms” is any indication of what is inside it is going to be amazing. I would love to have this book.

    Roxy D

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  36. ROSE OF SHARON aka "hollyhock"

    b/c my name is SHARON :)

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  37. Thanks for the oportunity to win this amazing book. I'd like to see an orchid tutorial. Orchids are so intriguing!
    Ana Cris

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  38. Thanks for the giveaway. I love all of the projets that you showed. I love flowers it's hard to choose one, I would like to do a sweat pea.

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  39. Thank you Ann ~ What an beautiful book. I would love to be able to make Columbine.

    Sandi

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  40. Zinnias! They have beautiful, bright colors and texture. I would love to replicate them in paper.

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  41. I'd love to see Lilacs or Wisteria. So beautiful!

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  42. I love this book I am discovering I have a passion for paper and making flowers. So this book would be a jewel to win! I would love to make a SUNFLOWERS!

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  43. Thanks for the chance to win such a beautiful book! I love the sunflowers. Wish me luck!

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  44. I would like to learn how to make carnations. They are my favorite flower.

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  45. His photos look tantalizing. I'm sure his instructions are detailed. I hope he shows how to make freesias, but learning about all the other flowers will be just as delightful. Thanks Ann and Jeff!

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  46. Cosmos flowers because they look so delicate.The book must be great.
    Francine

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  47. My favorite flowers are daffodils and I'd love to make them out of paper.

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  48. I hope there are orchids, I would love to make them!

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  49. I love the way the calla lilies look. I'm getting married October and this would be perfect for a paper addict like me.

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  50. tulips are my favorite! would love to win!

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  51. OMG! Yes, I'd love to learn how to make paper flowers from this master! I'd like to learn how to make a sunflower. Thanks for your generosity, Ann and Jeffery!!!! That's wonderful that you're donating!!!

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  52. Mmmmm so hard to choose!
    So i'll have to go with orchid so I can turn it upside down, and hang them and make a stanhopea orchid, would make a great talking piece,

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  53. I would love to learn how to make a peony. They are one of my favorite flowers.

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  54. Its very generous of both of you.
    It is hard to choose one flower...I will go with Sunflower.
    ...and now keeping my fingers crossed :)

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  55. I think my favorite is "Hybiscus" flower Maybe its already on the book, but of not, would be nice to se a tutorial
    Thanks for the giveaway
    sra_de_romero(at)yahoo.com.mx

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  56. Grape hyacinth would be fun. This looks like a fun book.

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  57. "Wow power" is right, Ann! Thanks and count me in the running. I think I would go for the Callas first. - Karren

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  58. Love ranunculus

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  59. I would love to learn to make a paper Chrysanthemum!!
    anuja116@hotmail.com

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  60. oh i love Marigold, also known as Genda in our part of the world :)

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  61. I love, love, love the Calla Lily...this book looks like it would provide many hours of fun!!!

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  62. Roses. This is a must have book. Thank you for this opportunity.
    Mel

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  63. My 9 year old daughter would simply adore this book. She loves craft esp. flower making. She did learn some from my grandmother who at the age of 85 teaches flowermaking.
    I would like to win this book for my daughter Kaitlyn.She would love to make all the flowers esp. the lilies.

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  64. Wow, this looks like an amazing book. I love to make paper flowers and have made many of them, but i'd love to learn to make orchids.
    Thank you for sharing a book with us :)

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  65. I love Tulips.. from the photos i am interested to learn Calla Lily.. i hope to win.. pls contact me at https://www.facebook.com/aarthi.elumalai.1?ref=tn_tnmn

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  66. Sunflower.
    kaysuet@hotmail.com

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  67. This book is wonderful! It's hard to choose one flower, but if I really must I have to go with orchids!

    This is the first time I'm participating in a giveaway, so fingers crossed! :)

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  68. Wow that looks amazing! Imagine all the flowers you could fill your house with and they would never die!
    I'd live to make bouganvilla flowers then I could fill my house with that amazing pink/purple all year round.

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  69. I would like to see a dalhia.

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  70. Dandelions! I know no one loves them, and some don't consider them a flower... but I like them.

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  71. I have a small paper cutting business on Etsy and I am always inspired by your beautiful artwork! - Amy (bubblingforhim@yahoo.com)

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  72. I really like this book. All Flowers are beautiful!!!Thanks for the giveaway. Lorena -(lorena.doroghy@facebook.com)

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  73. I'd choose sunflowers or calla lilies. I've been experimented with origami flowers but often get stuck because the diagrams and folds are difficult to master. I'd love this book as another option!

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  74. oops, it's "experimenting," not -ed.... sorry! No wonder I have difficult following the directions ....

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  75. I love orange day lilies. Hope they are in the book.

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  76. I love hyacinths. This book looks beautiful and inspiring!

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  77. An iris! Wishing this book was around when I got married last year and handmade all my wedding flowers!

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  78. If possible I would like to learn to make both snapdragons and queen of the night flowers. Snapdragons have been my favorite since I was a toddler.

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  79. The giveaway has ended, thanks to all who entered!

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