Paper Succulents

I LOVE succulents, I have started a collection of my own.  I even found one in a bouquet of flowers I was given for my birthday and it's now happily growing in a pot of its own.

When I saw the flower templates at My Scrap Chick I just knew I could turn them into Succulents with a bit of coloured cardstock and paper curling.

I used Flower Pretties, Nesting Flower and Flower of Hope for my Succulents.  I printed the templates out and then traced them onto my chosen cardstock.  For the Flower Pretties template, I used very light green cardstock and coloured the tips of the petals with Copics.

I rounded the shapes of the succulents with a foam mat and wooden stylus/embossing tool.

I am so happy with how it turned out! It's so nice when an idea in your head comes together and works.  I had the little board from a Better Homes & Gardens magazine.  I then added a strip of artificial greenery that I bought at Spotlight a while back.  I added the paper succulents, leaves and berries until I was happy with the design.  I also tucked in a couple of plastic flowers from Queen & Co - I've had them for years, so the clear one had aged and yellowed nicely, the other was a deep purple.  I heated and curled them before adding them to the board.  Lastly, I wrapped some string around the board - right along the line created by the existing blackboard paint.  I tucked an ampersand among the knots and then added the word "Breathe".

As a finishing touch, I added some little gems to the centre of the succulents.  They reflect the light nicely and catch your eye.  There's also a couple of tiny black gems sprinkled around too.

I have joined the following challenges: 

Open-Minded Challenges - Angels, faith-based or inspirational (m)
Through the Craft Room Door - Anything goes (w)
Ike's World Challenges - Anything goes with a twist of flowers (w)
Lemon Shortbread Challenge - Anything goes (2w)
Unicorn Challenge - Petal Power (m)
Create and Makes - Anything goes / springtime


Borqna said...

Right on target!
Great bouquet of flowers!
Thank you very much for coming
Good luck!

Jennifer Bradley said...

Hi Sarah, wow stunning card and love the design. Thank you for sharing with us at Unicorn and good luck in the draw. Jennifer DT member x

Wendy Nicola Jackson said...

May I just say... WOW!!! That is fabulous Sarah. I utterly LOVE this! So clever hun, beautifully done. Hugs, Wends xoxo

ike said...

How gorgeous that is :-) Fabulous idea and a lovely finished result. Thank you for coming to play at IKEsWORLD CHALLENGES.


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Mimi said...

Such a beautiful creation and super idea Sarah, I love it :) :) Thank you for joining us at Ike's World Challenges good luck Jane DT for Ike'sWorld challenge xxxxx

Lynn (aka Lynnpenguin) said...

I just totally am in love with your creation! Thanks for sharing it with us at Open-Minded Crafting Fun! Good Luck.
Lynn aka Lynnpenguin, OMCF DT

Sarah Bell said...

A beautiful project, love the design – thanks for joining in the Lemon Shortbread Blog Challenge. I am now following your lovely blog! – Sarah DT – If you would like to follow me too mine is: