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Rolled Paper Flowers with the Cricut

I declare today Rolled Paper Flower Day!

Rolled Paper Flowers are simple to make, adaptable and have the appearance of intricacy, when they’re not!

Cricut has an entire image set devoted to quilled flowers.  It’s called Flower Shoppe and it’s FREE to all Cricut Access subscribers, too!

Here is the FREE Design Space file for all six of these rolled flowers: https://design.cricut.com/#/design/198646854

For today, we are going to focus on these spiral shapes, which have all sorts of fun edges. I’ve chosen the scalloped edge ones and put them on my canvas, which are available in my project file below, but feel free to check out the full set of images by searching for the Flower Shoppe cartridge in Cartridge Search.

Once I pulled the spiral shape to my mat, I make sure they are the size I want. I like to make my quilled flowers on the small size so that they work with my quilling tool, but you can experiment with the size to suit your taste.

In this example the shapes are about 3 inches in size, which allows me to fit 9 shapes on one mat.

Full mat of cut spirals
Full mat of cut spirals

Once quilled, these three inch spirals will shrink to about an inch wide, so keep that proportion in mind.

When the cut is complete, carefully remove the excess paper from your mat.

Caution! You may become mesmerized when you remove the excess paper from the mat.

Isn’t that so interesting to watch?

After removing the excess paper, carefully remove the spirals from your mat. These are a bit fragile, so do use caution. I recommend bending your mat to help remove each spiral. Cricut mats are very bendy, so don’t be afraid to do that to ensure none of your cuts get ripped.

Removing the excess paper after cutting
Removing the excess paper after cutting

Once removed, you should have a pile of spirals that are now ready to be spun.

 

The quilling part requires a little tool you can get at any craft store and it looks like this. It’s basically a pen with a little tip that has a slit in it.

Quilling Tools
Quilling Tools

If you can’t find a quilling tool, you can use tweezers or even a dowel. Someone even told me they use a motorized drill to quill theirs!

However way you choose, start with the outside edge of the spiral and twirl the spiral upon itself. This does require practice and patience. Go easy with yourself!  (Please pardon my ugly, un-manicured fingers!)

Once you get to the middle of the spiral, carefully remove the wound flower from the tool while holding the outside edge. You’ll notice that the inside end of the spiral has a little circle. This is for your glue.

Drop some glue on that circle and rest it on the edge of the quilled flower.

Completed Quilled Flower
Completed Quilled Flower

Note: you can decide to allow your flower to unwind a lot or a little depending on your taste. I let mine unwind a little bit before doing the glue.

Hold the rolled flower to the circle base for a minute until it fully adheres together.

White all purpose glue works just fine for this job, but if you’re brave you can also use a glue gun. I’m not brave, so I avoid the glue gun whenever possible.

Here’s what a completed quilled flower looks like!

Note that–depending on your project–you may need to make dozens of these little beauties. I recommend cutting out more than you think you’ll need and relaxing in an easy chair to do the rolling.

Your completed flowers can be used for a myriad of projects. I’ve seen some really gorgeous shadow boxes filled with these flowers and decorated with vinyl on the glass. Stunning!

What will you use your completed quilled flowers for? Let me know in the comments or on my official Facebook page.

Here’s the Pinterest pin for this project: https://www.pinterest.com/pin/273030796146070341/

Also, here’s a collection of pins showing all the different ways you can use these adorable flowers: Pinterest quilled flower projects

And, of course, here’s the Cricut Design Space file in Cricut Community: Here is the FREE Design Space file for all six of these rolled flowers: https://design.cricut.com/#/design/198646854

 

I do hope you will try making these delightful little rolled flowers. They are so cute and you will definitely feel a sense of accomplishment once you complete one!

Now…go forth and Cricut, my friends!

Best always!!!

Miss Rita

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LAST DAY TO ENTER: Giveaway for Cricut Explore Air2

Please Take Note!!

Folks!

Time is running out to enter my Giveaway for a brand new Sky Blue Cricut Explore Air 2 (with a bunch of essentials) from Miss Rita (that’s me!) and I want you to have a chance of winning this fabulous machine!!!

Please take a moment of your day to get your name in!

Here’s the link to enter:  https://www.rafflecopter.com/rafl/display/5165705f4/

Remember, it’s FREE to enter!  All you have to do is subscribe to my YouTube channel to qualify.

For more details, please watch my YouTube video below!

Here’s the link to enter! https://www.rafflecopter.com/rafl/display/5165705f4/

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GIVEAWAY! Win a Sky Blue Cricut Explore Air2 Bundle from Miss Rita!

Extra! Extra!

I want you to enter my wonderful Giveaway for an amazing Cricut Explore Air2 machine and essentials!  Please watch my video, subscribe to my channel and enter!

For more details, please watch my YouTube video below!

Here’s the link to enter! https://www.rafflecopter.com/rafl/display/5165705f4/

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New YouTube Video: Miss Rita Makes Paper Peonies!

 

Here’s the YouTube video showing you how to cut and assemble these gorgeous peonies!

Last year I did a post on making this paper peony from the Cricut Access image set called 3D Floral Home Decor, which–if I am not mistaken–was originally designed by Lia Griffith.  I have loved this cartridge from the day it was launched, and I’ve made many beautiful dimensional flowers from it.

If you’ve followed me for a while, you know I’ve done a couple of posts about making paper peonies before, because I absolutely adore peonies and my natural ones never last long enough for me. One of my posts centered around this particular peony from the 3D Floral Home Decor cartridge, but it wasn’t very flattering. That’s because–at that time–the file was awkward to use, which made it frustrating to me.

 

The original file was grouped together in such a way that it was nearly impossible to cut the file as laid out.  You really had to manipulate the file a *lot* to get it to the size of a large peony and it was SOOO frustrating to work with!

Well, I am happy to report that someone somewhere in the Cricut-iverse must have heard my laments, because the file has been reworked and now it is a dream to work with!

The newly adjusted file makes a super huge and marvelous paper peony without having to chop up the original file to fit on a page.  So, I don’t know who was responsible for this change–Anna Rose, maybe? Karley? I don’t know–but, thank you!  My life is infinitely better for this change!

For today’s Cricut Access Challenge, we will be re-making this gorgeously oversized peony, which you can either place on a stem or use on top of a decoration or even mount on your wall as a reminder that “Hope springs eternal!”

 

Let’s get started!

When you open this file, you will notice that the flower consists of three distinct flower petals that are duplicated.  So to cut *one* flower, you are going to need 6 sheets of 12″ x 12″ paper in some shade of pink.  Plus yellow for the stamens and green for the leaves.

You *can* make these smaller, but honestly I wouldn’t recommend it.  They are so gorgeous when they are cut this size.

Hint: To add more realism to your peony, you may want to make the inner petals a paler shade of pink than the middle and outer petals.

Once you have all your petals cut out, you are going to work the petals with a bone folder.  This is a very useful tool for working with paper and can be found at any arts & crafts store.  This is what mine looks like.

If you can’t find a bone folder, don’t despair.  You can also use the edge of a ruler or even the blades of a pair of scissors.

Work the individual petals so they gently bend inward. When you get to the middle petal layers, you need to glue at the tab. The innermost petal layer needs more glue as you fold the edges into themselves.

Once you have worked all the petals, you will stack them and either glue each layer to the next OR–if you are using a stem, you will want to punch a hole in the center or each petal layer and stack them on the stem. Then affix the stamen to the top of the stem head to hide it! Pretty neat!

For this flower, I put it on a stem.

The stem I used is from We R Memory Keepers and they work very nicely. I do hope you can find them, but if you can’t you could always fashion a stem with floral wire or skip the stem entirely!

These peonies will be an excellent addition to a floral backdrop for a wedding or shower, don’t you think?

Here’s the Pinterest pin for this project:  https://www.pinterest.com/pin/273030796146064756/

 

And here’s the Design Space file:    https://design.cricut.com/#/design/124441197

If you try making these beauties, let me know how you make out, okay?

“Go forth and Cricut, my friends!”

Best always,

-Miss Rita

Please note: This post may contain affiliate links, which means if you click on one of my links and buy something I will receive a small commission from your purchase. Thank you for using my links as this is how I support myself and keep MO in pickles and Ted E. Bear in chew toys–they both are insatiable!

But seriously….I do so appreciate your continued support!

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YouTube Video:Cricut TrueControl Knife

TrueControl Knife and Blades
Do you know about the TrueControl Knife Blade?

The Cricut TrueControl Knife Blade is a marvelous hand tool that can be used on paper, fabric and vinyl and it will change the way you think about hand tools.

Sure, you probably have used those other craft knives.  But–if you are a clumsy crafter, like me–you have had your share of cuts and pokes when using them.  To be perfectly honest, my experiences with the other craft knives puts it right up there with the other dangerous but necessary hand tool, the glue gun.

Here’s my new YouTube video on how to change the blade on your TrueControl Knife: https://youtu.be/8v4rAFZIDYQ

Thankfully, Team Cricut re-engineered the standard art knife making it my favorite hand tool!  The new knife is ergonomic, doesn’t roll off your work surface and is so SAFE to use–even when replacing the blades!

TrueControl Knife and Blades
TrueControl Knife and Blades

 

Thanks again, Team Cricut!  You guys really do think of everything, don’t you?

 

Please remember if you are going to place an order for Cricut supplies–such as this TrueControl Knife Kit–I would really appreciate it if you used my affiliate link: https://www.shareasale.com/u.cfm?d=403859&m=51766&u=1089398

As a “thank you”, you can use my code “MISSRITA1” with the link to receive 10% off your order and free shipping (some exclusions do apply).

Thank you and you know what I always say: “Go forth and Cricut, my friends!”

Best always,

Miss Rita