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« on: June 05, 2009 09:35:10 AM »

...is a rose even if it is made out of pencils and catalogs! This was my first try at one of these challenges and it was a lot of fun! I decided to make a pretty bouquet of roses out of the catalogs after I saw this great tutorial: 
http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=134959.0
It was very easy to follow, even if I did change a few things!   Wink

Here is the full bouquet in all it's glory. 
And here are a few closeups of the individual roses:



As you can see some of the roses are in full bloom while others are only buds. 

Every once in a while a weed slips in too, but they can be just as pretty as a rose! If you are very lucky you might even get a couple of butterflies to land on your bouquet of lovely roses!

And a couple of closeups of the butterflies:


I used an unsharpened pencil for the stems of the roses and masking tape to attach the petals and leaves to the pencils.  All of the flower petals were made out of an old American Girl Doll catalog and all leaves and the butterflies were made from a Delia's catalog.  The butterflies I made using an origami pattern I found in a book from a library when I was about seven and accidentally memorized.   Embarrassed Sorry I can't give more information than that!
I am sorry about the quality of the photos, I am NOT a photographer at all and I only had a cell phone camera...which I forgot to use to take "in progress" photos with...oh well! Thanks so much for sticking with this post and I hope that you liked the roses!   Cheesy
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« Reply #1 on: June 05, 2009 05:30:22 PM »

cute roses! wonderful way to up cycle!
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« Reply #2 on: June 06, 2009 08:52:28 AM »

Thank you very much!  Smiley
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« Reply #3 on: June 16, 2009 10:11:05 PM »

I like the roses! But I think the catalogs color makes the roses disappear into each other, so you can't really tell what they are.
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« Reply #4 on: June 18, 2009 09:42:34 AM »

Thank you! Yeah I noticed that the catalogs kind of did that but in real life it wasn't quite so bad and you could tell they were roses a little better...my camera skills kind of are non existant.  Roll Eyes I wish that they had turned out a bit more rose looking but oh well, it was an experiment to begin with! haha  Grin
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« Reply #5 on: June 24, 2009 01:25:43 PM »

Those are really pretty. I saw some similar (here?) that were coated in resin to make them shiny and longer lasting. I can see yours on a headband.
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« Reply #6 on: June 25, 2009 07:23:46 PM »

Very cute.
You did a great job!
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« Reply #7 on: July 01, 2009 11:26:38 AM »

Nice...I hate dried flowers--this a great alternative!
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« Reply #8 on: July 10, 2009 10:13:33 AM »

THank you all so much!! I saw the resin coated ones too which I really like the idea of but since I am poor/have no resin at my house it didn't happen. haha Good idea with the headband too... Thank you all again!!  Grin
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