Friday, 6 June 2014

50 shades of brown....

...well almost. The Compendium of Curiosities 3 Challenge 3 this time is Faux tea roses. I didn't set off with the intention of making a bouquet of wired tea roses but here is the result....a 'rosy posy'

I'd originally thought I would make a few to go on 'something'...not sure what at that stage but just a few...Then I started to think what would make an unusual rose? I thought about Kraft glassine having used it in my last CC3C entry, and why not brown, after all weren't the first distress inks all brown tones? Anyway from there the idea grew.

I had fun experimenting with what worked and didn't and here you can see most of the 'ingredients'.

The far left shows alcohol ink on foil tape sheet which was adhered to card stock, this was die cut using 'tattered leaves' and 'garden greens' dies and then run through an alterations folder.
The leather look paper next is 'Gilded Kraft Glassine', the technique is in Vol 2. The glassine was adhered to a parchment paper to make it stronger, loved how this turned out.
The light brown/orange papers next are cotton paper and cardstock both coloured using the marbled distress stains technique.
Manilla card stock next, stamped in brown archival and perfect pearls in biscotti and heirloom gold.
Lastly kraft glassine again but this time stencils were used with embossing ink and perfect pearls again, this time kraft card was used to back it.

As you know in entering the challenge we can't share the technique on our post so unfortunately that also means I can't say how I wired them but I can say I used 26g florists wire. It's a few years since I wired a bouquet (sugar flowers) and it was lovely to have another play at this.

I've also used copper wire spring twiddly bits and film strip ribbon.

This time as it's an odd numbered challenge 'Inspiration Emporium' are sponsoring it, with a $50 dollar gift certificate! It may be a bit unusual submitting just roses but that's the fun of a challenge, when else am I likely to make a bouquet of paper roses?? Thanks for stopping by.


  1. Ruth,I am truly speechless! It's so beautiful,I love it. The challenge was making faux tea roses and you can't get better then this...another winner again : )

    Have a great weekend


  2. Wow!! Absolutely stunning - the colours, the roses, the composition. I absolutely love it!

  3. Oh Ruth, this is such a stunner, you are truly talented. Think you are on to another winner here.
    Have a great weekend, Julie x

  4. This is gorgeous....Love it.

  5. beautiful!!!! I like the brown tones. =)

  6. STUNNING.... absolutely STUNNING and BREATH TAKINGLY WONDERFUL... Love, Light and Peace...Bonnie

  7. One of the most wonderful ideas I have seen

  8. These are incredible! I think it's my favorite submission so far.

  9. WOW!!! WOW!!! Oh and WOW!!! This is breathtaking! I love the brown tones and the added touches to this rose bouquet...just stunning! Thanks so much for joining our rosy challenge at CC3Challenge!!!

  10. Your rosy posy is a stunner Ruth, it looks like a winner to me!. Mo x

  11. Your bouquet is fabulous, love the vintage monochrome colors.

  12. Absolutely stunning! I adore the sepia tones, and your roses are simply exquisite... This is just wonderful. Now I may just have to give in and get that pinecone die after all!! Thanks so much for your visit and comment, much appreciated. I'm off to have a browse around...
    Alison xx

  13. I can see why Tim has pinned this to his CC3 page...Love how this started and even more how it finished!

  14. This is incredible Ruth. You could easily give it to a bride to carry down the aisle it's so beautiful. I love the way you've used the filmstrip and copper curls amongst those gorgeous roses. Jenny x

  15. Ruth! This is exquisite... what a feast for the eyes. Thank you for joining us at CC3C!

  16. Ruth what a beautiful flower bouquet. Brown is one of my fav colours. I think making a bouquet was a great makes sense. I was going to enter this challenge but by the time I finally got to my craft shop they didn't have the die. So we'll done on your gorgeous piece.
    I also wanted to THANKYOU for your visit and kind comments. Much appreciated. Karen.x

  17. Hi Ruth, First of all it was lovely to meet you at Stamp Magic last Sunday. If I seemed a little vague when Hazel was introducing us it's because I'm quite hard of hearing and it takes a while for my brain to dicipher sounds (especially with lots of background noise) and make sense of what was said so it was a while afterwards when I finally 'caught up' and realised who you were, lol!

    Now on to your exquisite bouquet! I love shades of brown and different textures so this really pushes the right buttons for me. The film strip ribbon is a brilliant touch too. Wonderful entry for the challenge and good luck.

    Lesley Xx

    1. Thank you so much Lesley, it was lovely to meet you too x

  18. Exquisite bouquet, such a fantastic idea, tea roses are tiny works of art, you have made a bouquet any bride would be happy to walk down the aisle with:-) xxx

  19. wow! that must have been a lot of work to put all these flowers together ^.^ love the brown tones you've chosen for this project! looks amazing ^.^


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