Here are the details about the upcoming release on October 4 at 10 PM EST:
- The MFT release is on October 4 at 10:00 PM EST. You can attend the release party from 8:00 to 10:00 PM EST here in the forum for fun, games, and prizes! All the new sets and dies will be available October 4 at 10:00 PM EST.
- Be sure to check in on the guest designer contest to see who will be my successor. The announcement is made in the release party thread and the guest designer contest thread in the MFT forum on SCS.
- If you'd like to see all the teasers for today, just click on over to Kim's blog now! Be sure to leave comments as you go for a chance to win one of two $10 vouchers being given away daily, just for leaving a comment.
Gardenias were my Mother-in-Law's favorite flower, so, you know, I went a little crazy with the new Rolled Gardenia Die-namic. By now, you've become accustomed to my craziness, right? I made it to go along with this card that featured the new stamp sets, "Sincere About Abundance" and "Inspired by Autumn."
If you want to roll up your sleeves and roll a lot of Gardenias, here's the DIY how-to.
- Styrofoam ball that fits and fills the top of the vase
- Fabric to cover your styrofoam ball.
- Paper, felt and/or fabric to make your flowers.
- The Rolled Gardenia Die-namic (or any of the rolled flower Die-namics)
- Glue Dots, Tacky Glue, glue gun – whatever you prefer to glue your rolled flowers (I use Tacky Glue)
- Straight Pins
And, for extra credit . . .
- Liquid glue
- Old mouse pad
- (Optional) brads to put in the center of your flowers
For my bouquet I used a 6" by 6" paper pack by My Favorite Things (Lost and Found). I was able to get four flowers to each 6 x 6 page. Paper packs are perfect because of the small patterns and variety.
Cover your styrofoam ball with some fabric that will camouflage well under your flowers. I covered mine with muslin by just wrapping the ball with the muslin, gathering it at the bottom, and securing it with a rubber band. Then put your ball into the vase with about 1/2 to 1/3 of the top of the ball showing above the vase.
Run your paper, felt, fabric, etc., through your die cut machines with the Rolled Gardenia Die-namic. You can use almost any kind of fabric as long as you adhere it to some paper before you cut it out. I used two-sided adhesive sheets to adhere my muslin to tissue paper before I cut them out.
For extra credit (and to make your flowers really pop) . . .
Grab some glitter (I used German Glass glitter); some clear, liquid glue (Zig 2-Way glue); an old mouse pad; and a stylus.
Add some glamour to your flowers by putting a little glue on the tips and sprinkling some glitter over the glue.
We're going to give the flowers a little extra shape.
- Turn your die cut upside down on the rubber mouse pad.
- Press your stylus into the center of a petal and move it in a stirring motion pressing down on the stylus as your stir.
This will loosen the paper fibers and the shape will cup up around your stylus. Do that with each of the petals.
The cupped shape on your petals will help your petals fold back into a lovely Gardenia shape.
You're ready to roll your flower – just like any of the other rolled flower dies from My Favorite Things. Arlene did a wonderful video here with some great tips to help you roll your die cut into a flower. You know what, you can do this "extra credit" technique with any of the rolled flower dies. You can add brads to the centers of your flowers or, like I did, just one flower to be your focal point.
Now, using straight pins, stick your rolled flowers into the fabric covered styrofoam ball.
And there you have it. Of course the number of flowers you create to fill the bouquet will depend on the size of your ball and vase. I'm clueless when it comes to arranging flowers, but the shape of the styrofoam ball makes this pretty fail-proof.
I hope you all have had as much fun with MFT as I have this month. I'll see you at the release party and the after-party Product Tour.