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Gorgeous Paper Bridal Bouquet

I am a MASSIVE fan of Paper Flowers.

I love that they can be created by anyone,
at any time of year
and any place on Earth.

Roses in the middle of winter?
No probs!
Chrysanthemums in summer?
Absolutely!
Tropical orchids for a snowy winter wedding?
Can do!
Succulents and eucalyptus for equatorial nuptials?
Totes!

But even more wonderfully,
if you have a turquoise or plum or tangerine colour theme,
but really want to have peonies in your floral displays,
then just make them.

Oh the possibilities!

I will make the effort to post some of my own Paper Flower tutorials here soon
(I’m trying to learn how to make & post a video),
but for now,
let me introduce you to Lia Griffiths.

Lia is one of my all-time-favourite paper crafters.
I genuinely adore her work and believe that she is one of
the most generous Craft Bloggers out in the Interweb.

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She has made and shared tutorials to make a whopping
SEVEN
different floral pieces for a Rustic Bridal Bouquet.

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Beautiful, don’t you agree?

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So head on over to Lia’s blog, and edify yourself on the easy and fun ways to create some beautiful flowers for your own pleasure.

I told her that you were coming, so she’s expecting youūüėČ

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Etsy Love

I am a tiny bit in love with succulents.

It started five and a half years ago when I first moved into the Purple House . . . . I had no money, very little time, the backyard was impossibly undulating (not a flat spot anywhere) & south facing (darkest aspect in the Southern Hemisphere). So I started planting succulents in white-washed terracotta pots, sticking them here and there and my passion was fully imbedded.

More and more I have been using succulents in my craft.

As they are such tough little specimens, they lend themselves to experimentation. For example:

Vintage Book - Succulent Planter

Vintage Book – Succulent Planter

and

Recycled Timber - Planter Box

Recycled Timber – Planter Box

. So when I came across this sublime collection of photos on Thinx I just had to share them . . .

.Passionflower Succulents . After some investigation I stumbled across the original artist . . . Susan McLeary. She makes and sells her incredible creations on her Etsy shop: Passionflower To Wear.

Isn’t she talented?

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Original Vs. Mine

Original Vs. Mine

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In Part One of this series of tutorials,
I showed you how to create a Background and also how to save your work.

In Part Two, I showed you
how to create and save a cool borders and plain base to add text and graphics.

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Today, I am going to show you how to add gorgeous whimsical fonts with all your details and also how to add and alter graphics to complete your gorgeous woodsy-themed C6 invitation.

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Part Three

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After completing these three easy tutorials you will be an expert on using almost any online Photo Editing software.

Go forth and have some fun.

And if you make your own version, make sure you show me your efforts in the comments section. You can put a link to your own blog post or upload a photo.

I’d love to see your creation.

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In Part One
I showed you how to create a ‘Woodsy’ background
for a Postcard-Sized DIY Invitation.

 

Completed Part One

Completed Part One

I made it as detailed as possible
so that you would feel comfortable if you wanted to create
a different themed background.

So, how did you go?

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Now it’s time for Part Two
– creating a white overlay to create the completed background,
ready to add text and graphics – the absolute best bit of creating the invitation

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Part Two - White overlay  over woodsy background

Part Two – White overlay
onto woodsy background 
(Part One)

Are you ready to rock and roll?
Here we go . . . .

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Part Two.

Now VERY importantly – don’t forget to SAVE this to your desktop,
ready for the final stage – Part Three.

If you have forgotten how to save your background,
go to my instructions here.

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And, if you do create an invitation yourself – show it off!
Upload a copy in the ‘Comments’ or link to your own blog.

I’d LOVE to see your efforts.
Truly.

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I have been in the ‘Zone’ creating the Woodland Theme C6 tutorial for you guys.
It means I have had an excuse to peruse Pinterest to find other
gorgeous examples of Woodland Themed Stationery.

Such a fun few days!

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1. RememberNovemberShop
2.  CarlsonCraftProducts
3. CyanAndSepia
4. Hollyhock Lane

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I have a serious weakness for Fonts and Graphic Design.
In another Universe I am a Graphic Designer,
I’m sure of it.

So I am constantly designing and creating graphic invitations.
My previous computer was chock-a-block FULL of graphic designs. I mean literally!
I had to get a second computer, as I filled the hard drive of my first one.

But that is all beside the point : )

So I’ve been playing on PicMonkey
– a free online photo editing software –
to create some Graphic Invitations that I could share with you guys . .
. . . that you can utilise to make your very own Graphic Invitations.

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Original Vs. Mine

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After a bit of playing around I replicated the design (as seen on the PicMonkey blog).
I’ve added a couple of my own ‘touches’ to it. But that’s not the good bit.
I have created a super easy tutorial to follow.

This means you can make your very own version
– with all your own details –
and get it printed.

I will be publishing this Tutorial in three stages over the coming week.

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There is a distinct pleasure in making your own invitations.

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Choosing the colours and fonts and overall theme.
It’s a chance to showcase you own style and personality.

Nowadays, with so much FREE online software available,
every ‘creative’ now also has the chance to create a designer graphic invitation. . .
. . . without having to learn Photoshop!

I use PicMonkey,
however there are stacks of fantastic online sites.
Just do a search under Free Photo Editing Software
or go to my list of 31 sites¬†hereūüôā

This tutorial is Part One of creating your own C6 invitation.
C6 is a postcard size,
OR
105 mm x 145 mm
(metric sizing)
4″ x 6″
(imperial).

I will post Part Two in the coming week . . . . the Graphic Design Steps (so cool).

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So head to PicMonkey and have a play using my easy tutorialūüôā

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Part One

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Don’t forget to SAVE your Background! Saving Part One . . .

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Saving Part One

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If you do have a crack-a-lack yourself, I would LOVE to see your creation.
Put a link or upload your image into the “Comments”.

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Just one piece of advice . . . 

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If you intend to design and print your own stationery using this DIY method,
I cannot strength strongly enough how important it is to
get the invitations printed PROFESSIONALLY.

It will cost you fractionally more than if you did it yourself
yet
the overall quality will be incredibly higher!

Trust me on this.

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