Everything’s Coming Up Roses

Posted by Mairi from mairidesign

My love is like a red, red rose
That’s newly sprung in june;
My love is like the melody
That’s sweetly played in tune:

As fair art thou, my bonnie lass,
So deep in love am I:
And I will love thee still, my dear,
Till all the seas run dry.

By Robert Burns, 1794

We each hold a favourite colour of rose and we may also attach some sentimental meaning to particular colours, but ultimately, the rose is seen as a timeless symbol of love.

The team have selected their rose flower items to share with you today, enjoy!

Judy Merashoff from JAMsCraftCloset says:

 

This hand-painted, heart-shaped glass serving tray would make the perfect gift, especially with the pink roses, which symbolize gratitude, grace, admiration, and joy. Share the LOVE…

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Hand Painted Pink Roses Platter

Sandra Darlene from SDDigitalDesign says:

 

Roses are my favorite flowers. They are beautiful and elegant and are an effective way to communicate without having to say a word. Roses send a clear message of love and whisper what words cannot say. They speak volumes in their own language.

I designed this floral print for those times we need to express ourselves but aren’t exactly sure what to say. Who will you share a rose with today?

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Printable Wall Art

Cristal Hughes from DesignsbyCristal says:

 

Roses are one of my favorite flowers. I had red roses in my wedding bouquet and white roses were given to me the day before my wedding by my now husband. I still get my favorite red ones here and there during the year.
I love them so much that they are used in my aroma therapy machine. It smells so good in my home!!

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Pink Rose Martingale Dog Collar

Lizzy and Boo from LizzysBibsandBobs says:

 

Roses mean a lot to me because they remind me of my Dear Sweet Mother – both the sight and smell of them will always evoke fond memories of her. She spent many happy hours in her garden tending to her Roses and there was always a vase full of these beautiful flowers sitting on her sideboard or dining table! I love this beautiful gold Rose pin and I know my mother would have too…

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Long Stem Gold Rose Brooch

Nancy Duncan from EponasCrystals says:

 

Pink Rose Stud Earrings – Pink roses are my favorite! Light Pink roses represent gentleness and admiration.

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Pink Rose Earrings

Elisabeth Perez from LizPOriginals says:

 

For Kids who suffer from Cystic Fibrosis — the kids cannot pronounce it and call is 65 roses–this charm is to support that cause.

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65 Roses cystic fibrosis key chain

As the rose is seen as a timeless symbol of love, I wanted to design something that not only symbolized love but also a showed off of a few of the things I love. My favorite color is blue and my favorite bead to work with resembles a satin bead.

These elegant dangle earrings are perfect for that lady who likes simple but classy accessories. They are light-weight and so easy to wear for a long period of time. A perfect gift idea! She’ll love them! You have to see them to appreciate them.

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Elegant Rose Stud Blue Silver Dangle Earrings

 

 

 

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Tutorial: Photo Block Puzzle – #EtsyCIJ #EtsyCraftParty 2016

Contributor post by Michelle of EviesToolEmporium

“Tutorial: How To Make A Photo Block Puzzle” by Catherine from DesignsByCnCPhotoBlockPuzzleI

What Color(s) Inspired This Tutorial? Please Share Your Advice For Creating Stunning Color Combinations.

I was inspired by the color blue for this project. When selecting the colors for the project, I chose a color that is in the photograph, as in the blue shirt. Then I added additional colors to coordinate keeping in mind that this puzzle was a gift for a little boy. Therefore I used more earth toned and masculine colors.

Introduction

One of the things that I enjoy most is creating handmade gifts for family and friends.  I take a lot of photographs throughout the year, and this project is a fun way to feature some of them.  It was very easy to create and also inexpensive.

Materials UsedPhotoBlockPuzzleII

Wooden blocks 1.5 inches. I used 9 of them.
Glossy photo paper.
Mod Podge.
Acrylic craft paint.  I used 4 different colors that I happened to have on hand that were suitable for a little boy.
Ink jet printer.
Foam brushes.
Sand paper, pencil and paper cutter.

Tutorial DirectionsPhotoBlockPuzzleIIITo begin this project, I numbered the sides of the blocks.  I placed a number 1 on the side that would feature the first photo.  Then I turned the blocks over and placed a number 2 to allow for the second photo.  This helped me to keep track of where the photographs would be placed so that I would remember to leave these areas unpainted.  Next, I painted each side a different color.

While the paint dried, I edited my pictures and cropped them to 4.5 x 4.5 inches, using my Corel Paint Shop Pro program.  These are the dimensions of the block shape with the 9 blocks put together. I printed the photos onto the glossy paper.  I placed the picture face side down along the bottom edge of the wooden blocks and marked where the edges of the blocks are located.PhotoBlockPuzzleIVNext, I placed  the picture face down along the right side of the blocks and marked the edges.  Then I lined the photograph up on my paper cutter and cut along the marked lines.PhotoBlockPuzzleVApply a thin coat of Mod Podge to the unpainted side of the block and add the photograph piece.  Repeat this step for all of the other 8 blocks.  Let this dry completely.  I let mine sit overnight.  With a piece of fine sand paper, carefully sand the edges of the blocks.  Be sure to sand in a side to side direction.  This will remove the excessive paper from the edges and also give the blocks a slightly distressed look. I wiped each block off to remove the sanding dust being careful not to damage the photo.  Apply a thin layer of Mod Podge over the photo to protect and seal it.PhotoBlockPuzzleVIRepeat this entire process for placement of the second photograph.

Conclusion

A wonderful way to preserve memories with your very own Photo Block Puzzle!

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