Happy Anniversary Mom & Dad!

My parents anniversary is on February 12 and this year they are celebrating their 35th!
I’d like to share the project I made for them with you.  I always get a few questions about sizing and supplies for my projects so I will try to address as many details as I can here in this post 🙂

The basic supplies you’ll need for this project are:
Double Sided 12×12 Cardstock (approx. 3 pages)
CTMH Art Philosophy Cricut Cartridge
6″ x 12″ Green Patterned Paper
Styrofoam Ball
Straight Pins with pearl tips
Strong adhesive (I love CTMH Liquid Glass)
Clean Vase

To make my vase bouquet, I started with a small vase and a 2.5″ styrofoam ball.  You’ll need something that fits snuggly in the mouth of your vase.  I covered mine in brown felt for two reasons: to give a dark background in between the flowers in case it showed through, and also to bulk up the size of my styrofoam ball just a smidge.  The felt also gave it a soft exterior which made it easy to squish into the vase.  I used straight pins to attach the felt.

Styrofoam ball covered with felt

Next up, I made my stems.  I did this by rolling green patterned paper around a pen and then using my ATG gun to glue the tiny tubes together.  I used some Waxy Flax (you can use twine, or any kind of string) to bundle my stems together.  I used a few small glue dots to position them the way I wanted them.

Stems bundled together. Make as many or as few as you like.

Flowers are next!!  I cut my flowers out at 3″ and I could fit 12 on a page using my Gypsy.  Without the gypsy, you can use the autofill feature right on your Cricut, but it will only give you 9 flowers at 3″.  I used paper from the CTMH Stella collection.  The B&T Duos papers are thick, similar to a lightweight cardstock.  For my bouquet I used 31 flowers.  I love my quilling tool – it was definitely worth the small investment to curl these flowers!  I curled my flowers and glued them together using Liquid Glass (by CTMH and a super strong and quick drying adhesive that can also be used like Glossy Accents).  Once the glue was dry and all my flowers were assembled, I pinned each one into the styrofoam ball, only covering half of the ball – the other half sits in the vase.

Using the Gypsy, you can fit 12 3″ flowers on a 12×12 mat. If you had double sided 12×24″ paper, you could probably fit 28 on the full mat.
Pieces before assembly

I used hot glue to adhere my stem bundle to the bottom of my bouquet.  I cut the tag using Art Philosophy as well – the base is 2″ (Colonial White Cardstock) and the shadow is 2.25″.  I used a heart stamp from Stitched Together and the words from Say It In Style. 

Close up of the tag, attached using Waxy Flax

I think that about covers everything!  Here are a few more pictures of the finished project – Thanks so much for stopping by!!

If you are interested in any of the Close to My Heart products I used here, please shop with me 🙂


10 thoughts on “Happy Anniversary Mom & Dad!

  1. This bouquet is beautiful, and it’s so wonderful that you took the time to share the details! I thought about making one, but I couldn’t figure out what to use as the stems that would be sturdy enough. I love your solution! Thanks for sharing this stunning project with us at H2H!

  2. Beautiful bouquet!!! What a great design!!! I have to get the Cricut Flower Cartridge. I see everyone using it and the flowers are just gorgeous!!! Thanks for the detailed instructions!! ~Sophia

    • These flowers are actually from the Art Philosophy cartridge, available for purchase through Close to My Heart consultants. If you don’t have one and are interested in the bundle, please feel free to shop with me using the link on my blog, or if you are outside of Canada, go to http://www.ctmh.com to locate a consultant close to you.
      There are also lots of flowers available in different designs on other cartridges too 🙂

    • I couldn’t find the tool by itself so I ended up using a coupon at Michaels to purchase a Cuttlebug quilling set that includes the tool and dies. I have since found a couple at local scrapbook stores – I would check your local independent scrapbook stores first if you’re looking for one 🙂

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