Monday, April 29, 2013

Paper Girls Challenge Blog - Blog Hop

I do love me a good blog hop and was so excited when the Girls at The Paper Girls Challenge Blog asked me to participate in their blog hop! 

If you haven't come from The Paper Girls Challenge Blog definitely head back and start from the beginning because you are in for loads of inspiration! 

The theme this time around is Paper Flowers. Yep, boy mom, paper flowers. I was as apprehensive as I was excited - an excuse to play with flowers and yet so much pressure since I rarely have the opportunity!

I decided to make a little floral garland for our bedroom mirror. I'm gonna give you a little walk-through of how I put them together - totally easy.

I made all those little flowers using my Silhouette Cameo. The flowers themselves were in a garland file that I purchased, but you could easily punch through the center of any flower (die cut or punch) to make your own. P.S. I thought the hold punched in the center was to small so I used the smaller setting on my Crop-o-dile and enlarged all the holes.

Apparently it's time to switch blades on my machine! Good thing I always keep a spare. ;)

I ended up cutting 5 sheets to use on the garland, in the end I only used 4 sheets though. All cut and ready to string along. 

I brought mine to the kitchen to thread while waiting for dinner to cook. I quickly realized that they were just to flat and needed a little petal curling. Note that the only color organization I had was to put one blue for about every three pinks.

I taught my big helper to help me curl. He got bored fast, but at least I got the picture I needed. No chop stick necessary, it worked just as well with hand rolling the petals.

To secure it to the dresser I just used strips of washi - one of my lesser favorite colors - because it is strong enough to hold it up and should be easily removable later on when I'm not feeling so springy.

Here's the line up:

Jessica Arrant < --- you are here
Kristina McKeen < --- go check out the amazing project that Kristina has for you

What do you have to do to participate? 
 Would you like a chance to win? Get one entry for commenting on each of the blog posts, "Like" the Paper Girls Challenge on Facebook, and being a follower on our blog (all are required for an entry). You get to see some fabulous projects and you know you want to!

You have until Sunday, May 5, 2013 at 11:59pm MST to comment.  We will announce the winner on Monday, May 13, 2013 at 9:00 am MST!  International readers are welcome to play along but currently we are only shipping prize packs to the US and Canada due to shipping costs.

And here's what you'll win:

Thanks for hopping by, now go finish the hop!


  1. Such a cute idea! I love how it looks hanging! Thanks for the inspiration and tutorial :-)

  2. What a fun idea! Looks so spring-y!

  3. Wow.. This is a really neat idea. I love how your garland looks so full. Thanks for sharing.

  4. Very cool. It looks great w/the reflection in the mirror.

  5. Wow that's some machine you have there. Great for making a ton of flowers!

  6. A garland is a great idea for using 3-dimensional items! Thanks so much for sharing :)

  7. I had so much fun hoping with you. You definitely know I've been on a flower kick, so I've pinned a few ideas for later inspiration. Love the garland. I'm going to use the Washi tape idea- it is strong and so totally removable.

  8. as a mom to boys also I love this idea.

  9. Great idea for a decorating for a summer party :) Thanks for the tutorial!

  10. Gorgeous garland. Thanks for sharing.

  11. What a fun way to use paper flowers! The finished project is very cute. Thanks for sharing!

  12. Don't have a Silohuette, but thinking that might need to be on my wish list! Cute garland.

  13. I love this idea! I think I might need to me one for my mantle! Thanks so much for sharing!


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