Sunday, March 23, 2014

A Spring Tussy-Mussy

Hello everyone!  I'm so happy to have you visiting today.  It's another gloomy cold early spring day here.  This has been the winter that doesn't want to go away.  I'm so anxious to get out in the garden and have some nice warm sunshine to work under.  Eventually that will happen but I'm so impatient for it to happen now!  My impatience manifested itself in this spring tussy-mussy that I spent a few days late this past week making.  Using Authentique's spring paper line and a die I hadn't used before I sat in my studio and worked on spring!!

Part of the reason I decided to rush spring along was the newest challenge over at the 
the Frilly and Funkie blog.   It's called Neglected Dies and this cone die has been neglected!!  I love cones and when Sizzix brought out this Brenda Walton die,  Faceted Cone, I bought it.  I was going to use it for Christmas cones.  Never happened.  Then I was going to make Valentine cones but those didn't happen either.  Long story short the die sat on the shelf with the other dies and never was used.  Enter the Frilly and Funkie challenge.  I was determined to use that die!  So, everything came together, my desire to use the die, rush spring and the challenge.  And, it worked out just fine!  I really like the die and perhaps now I'll think about using it more often. 
I love Authentique's new spring papers and so I decided to use them for the cone.  After I put the cone together and glued on the bottom contrasting paper  I covered a wooden bead with glue and rolled it in Victorian Velvet Distress Glitter  then glued it to the bottom of the cone.   I used a filigree piece that Linda Coughlin generously included in an order (thanks, Linda!) with a Kaisercraft resin flower glued to the center to decorate the front of the cone.  Using the Tattered Florals die and the Garden Greens die, I cut flowers and greenery to fill the cone.  The rose was rolled around a tooth pick and the other flowers had small holes punched in the centers with tooth picks glued into them.  I used a small piece of dry floral foam and inserted the tooth picks into it.  Then I glued 30 gauge Artistic wire to the backs of the leaves so they could be shaped to drape over the edge of the cone and the leaves could be shaped to look more natural.  I attached tooth picks to the bottoms of the those pieces and added them to the foam.  It was easier to make an arrangement with the foam in hand rather than in the cone.  After everything was in place I glued the foam inside the cone.  Once the glue had dried I shaped the wired greenery so it would look natural.   A narrow pink gingham ribbon run though the holes in the top of the cone provided a hanger.  Spring has sprung!!! In paper at least!
Here are some details.

I hope you like my little touch of spring!   I hung it in my kitchen window so I could enjoy it while outside my window things are looking a little bleak.    I'm going to enter this in the challenge over at the Frilly and Funkie blog.   Check out all the fantastic entries over there. 
Thank you so much for visiting today.  I hope you have a wonderful Sunday and a great week.


  1. Oh Marianne this looks totally fantastic!! I absolutely love your tussy mussy!! The flowers, greenery and embellishments and everything, just perfect!!

    Hope your weather improves! We have had a couple of days of sunshine, but it is still very cold... :o(

  2. You assembled Spring since she won't come on her own!
    These flowers and all their layers are so beautiful. I want to gobble up that cone so I can have Spring inside me to melt the ice and snow that is currently there.

  3. So very pretty, definitely a touch of spring!

  4. So pleased you got to create your tussy mussy as it is fabulous Maryanne. I absolutely adore your colour choices and the flower top is wonderful. Thanks so much for joining us at Frilly and Funkie. Jenny x

  5. love how you have used these die cuts to create a gorgeous piece x Thanks for joining us at Frilly and Funkie x trace x

  6. oh that's lovely! I love your paper flowers.


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