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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 tangerineĀ 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 you šŸ˜‰

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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 alterĀ 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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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. Ā CarlsonCraftProducts
3. CyanAndSepia
4.Ā Hollyhock Lane

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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 sitesĀ here šŸ™‚

This tutorial is Part One of creating your own C6 invitation.
C6 is a postcard size,
OR
105 mm x 145 mm
(metricĀ 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 tutorial šŸ™‚

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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 . . .Ā 

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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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I do love procrastinating researching on the Internet.
There’s so much to find and see.

This week I have just GOT to show you what I have found.
Uber cute Cake Toppers.

Which one would you choose to have on your cake?

Cake Toppers

 

1. BetterOffWed
2. LuLuAmour
3. SilhouetteWeddings
4. TheGlitteredBarn

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Hi Peeps

It’s been a hassle trying to update one of my old posts,

– and my most popular –

that gave Brides a fantastic link and instructions
to make perfect place cards for their Big Day.

But now it’s done. Phewww!

Go here, and get all the FREE goodness šŸ˜€

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Pia xxx

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