I love all of my flower dies, but this set, Shabby Posies just might be my favorite. One of the reasons it is a favorite is because I styled it after a favorite cluster of vintage millinery flowers. Another reason is it is a great basic flower shape that can be used in so many ways. It includes 4 sizes of the same flower so you can use it in singles or layer it. I love sets that offer so many possibilities!
The blue/green flowers on the left in this photo are multiple sizes mixed together. The pink/yellow flowers on the right are created from layers of flowers in just one size.
I die cut the flowers from crinoline and colored them using Distress Inks and Stains. I assembled the flowers using floral wire, tape, and stamens the same way I have shown in the tutorials listed in my millinery gallery. I used the leaves from my Pom Pom Posies die.
I used assorted vintage flower stamens from my stash. Check out eBay and Etsy for them, they are easy to find. You can also find them in white in the cake decorating sections of craft stores. You can color them easily with inks.
I made the large round flower centers using beads and alcohol inks. You can find a full tutorial for those here: Beaded Flower Centers.
For the display at the show, I created a small flag with the flower die name on a Frayed Tabs die cut. I used a vintage hat pin as the post for the flag. The stamps are one of my long time favorites, Printers Type from Hero Arts (linked in the supply list below).
How cute is this little mini mason jar? It is only about 4″ tall! The lid is open with a mesh in it for holding flowers in place. I found it at a swap meet/junk/vintage show. I don’t think it is really since they had quite a few of them. I am guessing you could find the same one or something similar in gift or home decor shops. It is perfect for displaying your handmade flowers, vintage baubles and beads, or both!