Wednesday, 3 April 2013

Creative Expressions Sheer Inspiration Blog Hop!

Hello!
Yay, a blog hop! I do like a good blog hop to play along with, don't you?!
So..... Welcome to the Sheer Inspiration blog hop, brought to you by the lovely folks over at Creative Expressions! If you have arrived here from Tracys blog, then you're in the right place...if not, no matter! The full list of all taking part is here:
Trish Latimer (me!!)

Don't forget to check out our fellow DT member Kim Dellow's blog on Friday April 5th for a special surprise!
Now...what did I make? This....

The focus of the blog hop is to showcase some of the gorgeous ribbon Creative Expressions has. I have chosen the fabulous stripey Grosgrain ribbon, in the black/ivory colourway. As you can see, it didn't stay ivory for long!
I created flowers from my ribbon, here is how.....
First, cut the ribbon into strips...
Then sew the ends together to turn them into cylinders....
Next, sew along the one edge of the cylinder, using a running stitch...
Pull the thread tight, and oversew a few times to secure....
Now, you could use the flower just like this, but I like to get messy! To dye the ribbon, simple cover with Distress Stains and then dry...
When you dye any kind of fabric like this, the resulting colour will depend on what that fabric is made from. Pure cotton will give a far darker colour than a fabric with lots of manmade fibres in it. This is just a case of trying out your fabric (or ribbon of course!) and looking to see what shade is created!
I punched a circle of card to act as my flower centre. I coloured the card with the exact colour (Seedless Preserves) of Distress Stain that I used for the ribbon.....
You can see how the manmade fibres in the ribbon tone down the purple, compared to the colour on the cardstock. I love the tone on tone look, personally!
The flower is now all ready to be added to your project!
I started with an 8 x 8 piece of cardstock, and added background colour using Distress Stains in Peacock Feathers, Shabby Shutters and Seedless Preserves. Simply apply stain to your craft sheet, spray with water then dip and swish the card through the mess! I wanted white spaces, to did this a little more sparingly than usual!
The background was then stamped using the same Distress colours, just in ink pad form! I used Bubble wrap background, Chicken wire, Alphabet and a Grid from the Urban Beats plate....
I used coils of wire for my flower stems...
My turquoise flower was created in the same was as the other two, I just cut the ribbon into strips before I pulled the running stitch tight. Be careful not to snip too far if you try this, or you'll chop up the whole thing by mistake!
The leaves are actually petals from Sam Pooles fab Zentangle Flower stamp......
I added a few stripey touches to echo the stripey-ness (is that a word?!) of the ribbon.... a strip down one side..
And some 'grass' along the bottom (mainly to hide the glue where I attached the wire coils, but don't tell anyone!)
I had initially created smaller 'grassy' pieces to add at the bottom, but went with a longer strip in the end. I still used the 'rejects' along the edges though, I quite like them!
The simple words were typed and then glued on...
Phew....and here it is again so you don't have to scroll back up!
I hope you like my ribbon creation!
The marvellous people at Creative Expressions are offering a prize of £15 on each blog on the hop! To enter the giveaways simply leave a comment on each of the 8 DT blogs (listed above). The hop will close and prize winners will be announced on Monday 8th April on the Creative Expressions News blog. One winner will be chosen by Random Number Generator from the comments of EACH of the 8 blog hop posts!

 The next blog to hop to is Jean Gursoy
Enjoy!

love Trish xxxxxxx


















150 comments:

  1. Gorgeous inkyness. I love it! Michelle x

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  2. Those flowers are so cool really love the background too x

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  3. What a fun project! Well done you. Regards Jackie D

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  4. Morning Trish
    Love the flowers and the background. But on the whole this is a bit dark for me.
    Hugs
    Amanda x

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  5. i love the colours and how you have made the the flowers. stunning

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  6. morning Trish
    love the flowers

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  7. A stunning project. I will definitely have a go at the gorgeous flowers. Jackie

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  8. Those flowers are fab!!!! and love the inkyness of the overall project...so much going on! Thank you for sharing! xx

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  9. Interesting flowers from the stripey ribbon

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  10. Gorgeous canvas Trish and your flowres are very striking. Love love your use of colour on this one. Tracy x x

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  11. Wow, definitely picking up some brilliant ways to use my ribbon stash! Thank you

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  12. Something i am going to have to try. Nice way to use bits of ribbons up.

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  13. Love this and the way you made the flower out of the ribbon...such a clever idea. Many thanks for the tut.

    Love Sheila xx

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  14. How cool. Love the funky flowers. Who'd think ribbon could be so versatile.

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  15. Wow, you are certainly very creative with that ribbon. Nice job.

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  16. Love the flowers and the colours - great idea these blog hops with inspiration galore

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  17. Love the flowers, will have to give it a try, so unspirational
    Hilary

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  18. Thank you for the flower tutorial. This blog hop is really showing how versatile ribbon can be!! Gillian x

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  19. Great colours and great idea to colour the ribbon to match your project. Love it!!

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  20. Great background and love the flowers, great idea with the ribbon.x

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  21. I love this ribbon and what you have done with it, it never occurred to me to colour it. Thanks for all the hints and tips. SueL

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  22. What great flowers, very different to ones I have seen before. Love your designs

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  23. Gorgeous, Trish but just spotted the one before and am off to check it out - looks super duper!

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  24. What an interesting canvas. Colouring ribbon - something to have a go at. What an inspiring lot of bloggers today. Great.

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  25. How unique, wish my mind was as creative. wonderful x

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  26. The stripey ribbons make fabulous flowers!! I love it. Thanks for a great blog hop.

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    1. Just love the coils as flowers stems, an unusual but inspiring choice

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    2. Well i just love it !! who would have thought you can get a lovely flower from just a piece of ribbon , and love the stems too ;

      Elaine H X

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  27. Love the colours and great use of the ribbon looks really fab against all the layers in your canvas hugs trace x

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  28. Love the flowers and great how you have created them. Love the background

    Rgds June xx

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  29. Love your flowers what a good idea!!

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  30. Lovely 3d flowers and wonderful textured background. Thanks for the clear insructions. I will have a go. Jean

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  31. Lovely, all these new ideas are great!

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  32. What a clever use of ribbon, very nice!

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  33. I do love a good blog hop!! This is fab Trish, love the colours and your ribbon flowers are gorgeous. Thanks for the step by step instructions. Off to get inky now!! Linda xx

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  34. Love the colours of your canvas, thanks for sharing the info

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  35. Gorgeous project Trish ! Love the flowers, awesome ! Sue C x

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  36. Beautiful, what an inventive way to use the ribbon. Thanks for the tips.
    Lydia

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  37. Love those flowers and the gorgeous colour scheme xx

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  38. Love the flowers what a wonderfully different way to use the ribbon.

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  39. gorgeous flower so many possibilities, never thought to stain it, thought the colours might run. Fab use of ribbon.

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  40. Fabulous design and love all the different images and the flower is stunning. Thank you for the inspiration.

    Hugs
    Linda xxx

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  41. Gorgeous and I love the flower will have to try it
    Andrea

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  42. Another stunning project, Trish - such fantastic inspiration from the DT. Thanx for the chance to win in the hop.
    Hugz, Jan xx

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  43. I am so into flower making at the moment and you have given me a stunning idea to make something different. Love the whole project, it's brilliant.
    Jeannie xxx

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  44. Having a great time hopping today. This is just lovely thank you

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  45. Stunning colour combination and the background looks amazing.
    Loving this blog hop!

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  46. Great canvas. The flowers and stems are lovely. Another good idea. Thanks.

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  47. Love it more ribbon and inspiration love it.

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  48. great idea for the ribbon..lovely inky project...
    Christine in Darcy...xx

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  49. Hi Michelle wow what a great project and looks so funky too, what a great way to make flowers I'm definitely going to give them a go so thanks for the brilliant ideas!! Love Lesley x

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  50. Lovely! I'm not good with ribbon - have loads but tend to stroke it and put it away again! Thanks for the inspiration.

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  51. Wow Wow Wow beautiful project, thank you for sharing. I am blogging every where today

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  52. I love everything about this, right up my street. Sam

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  53. Ooooh...going to have to try these flowers, lovely!
    Karen

    http://frayedroundtheedges.blogspot.co.uk/

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  54. Lovely project,love the ribbon! Louise x

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  55. Lovely background colours, particularly like the purple chopped flower.
    Best wishes
    Lynne in Spain

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  56. This is stunning, love the flowers and background x

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  57. Love the colours and finished effect is stunning! So inventive love it

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  58. I love flowers and these are brilliant, they go so well on the project x

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  59. Hi Trish, the background to this piece is stunning. I love the colours, textures and stamps you have used, they all work so well together. And what a great way of making flowers...x

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  60. hi trish i love the flower must try that

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  61. Wow Trish, what a fabulous canvas, I absolutley love the flowers that
    you have created with the Grosgrain Ribbon, fabulous idea and i think the wire stems are genius they match perfectly with the Sam Poole stamps!
    What a fabulously inspirational blog!
    Thanks Creative Expressions for bringing these blogs to our attention!
    Hugs
    Sandra Riley

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  62. Love the ribbon flowers,thanks for the tutorial

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  63. Oh my word, this is gorgeous! I love the ribbon flowers, so dramatic!

    love Mags B x

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  64. Hi Trish,
    Your use of the striped ribbon is inspiring.........very striking.
    Sonia x

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  65. Hi Trish ,love this ,the flowers are amazing,great step by step
    Smiles
    Ita

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  66. This is wonderful, Trish, will definitely try that ribbon idea,

    Lucy x

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  67. Hi Trish
    Great step by step instructions will definitely be trying this, thanks for sharing
    Hugs x
    Heather T

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  68. Fab flowers & a great background x

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  69. Hi Trish
    I love the stripe ribbon got some from C&C also Sam Poole makes great bows but never in my life would I have thought about colouring it or making flowers with it, way to go! Bril flowers to match projects. You've reminded me I've still to get chicken wire folder thanks for sharing with us one I will def be trying, love it!

    Hugs
    Fiona P
    xxx

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  70. My goodness Trish, what a fab idea using ribbon to make the flowers. They are a must try! Thank you for sharing your creation with us!

    Brittx

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  71. Another amazing creation, love the stripy ribbon flowers

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  72. My kind of easy crafting. I will definitely try making these flowers - have a huge stash of ribbons. Thank you for sharing.

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  73. Fabulous! I especially like the flowers!
    Thank you!

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  74. Trish your flowers are truly gorgeous, love this colourful canvas. xx

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  75. I love this ribbon, wht a different way to use it. WIll definatley give this a try

    Carol B

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  76. Love the flowers, and the tutorial is great.Thank you very much for sharing the whole project. Love Helen

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  77. What a fantastic and unusual way to make flowers and the colours are great.Love it.
    Thank you.
    Sheila H

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  78. WOW! You folk are simply amazing. TFS
    Hugs,
    Trish

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  79. Hi love the flower very funky x

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  80. What a fantastic way to use the stripy ribbon, great clear instructions too x

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  81. Gorgeous flowers Trish & fabulous direction on how to make them too, Love the colours you've used!! Off to my next blog for more inspiration!! Hugs Ann xx

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  82. stunning flowers would never of that of that .melanie

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  83. Hi Trish,

    Love all the colours and texture of your backgroun and how you continued the stripeyness through into your grass and side trim, great use of ribbon to make the flowers.

    Donna Jones

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  84. How cool, that's a fabulous idea the whole project looks wonderful.

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  85. Hello Trish, A blog hop GREAT. Love the way you have made the flowers out of the wonderful ribbon, very clever.

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  86. great - thank you for sharing!
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  87. Gorgeous !! Love the background and the flowers are amazing xhugsx Nikki

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  88. Hi,
    I love this ribbon but never thought of making flowers with it. My mistake!!! Your flowers are lovely and I love the colours you have used.

    Lesley x

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  89. Hi Trish,
    Love the flowers, what lovely colours too, like the idea with the chicken wire.
    Hugs. x
    Jan

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  90. Wow, another fabulous piece of art from yourself, I adore the flowers and would not have though. to do that with ribbon, another one to try, gonna have lots at the end of this hop x

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  91. Such a clever way to use the ribbon, had not thought of this at all.
    Really like your mix of colours
    Aileen xx

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  92. That is ery inspirational love it to pieces




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  93. Fantastic flowers i do love this ribbon it always looks so lovely whatever you do with it. Love the background too xx hazel

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  94. It's good to know the ribbon can be dyed. Cute flowers.

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  95. A beautiful creation!!! Those flowers are grungy and gorgeous and I love how you did the stems, something a bit different!!!

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  96. This is just so fantastic Trish from the colour to the effects you have achieved. great blog hop
    x catherine

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  97. This is so lovely I am loving all the new stuff I am learning thank you !

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  98. Never thought of dyeing the ribbons, will have to give this a try. Beautiful work.

    Wilma x x x

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  99. Fabulous flowers and the ribbon looks great coloured changes it completly another one to try, great background love the inkiness of it, thanks for sharing

    MaggieH

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  100. This blog hop is great - am seeing really different ways of crafting! Love your colour combination.

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  101. WOW, I just love your flower ribbon creations and thanks for such great instructions! This is a great hop.

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  102. Flowers and the ribbon looks Fab,must have a go
    Hugs
    Sue xxx

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  103. Just beautiful and the ribbon is amazing x

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  104. Cool flowers so simple when you know how, thanks x

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  105. Fascinating to see all your creations! Love your fantasy flowers! Certainly giving our artistic abilities a kick start (in the nicest possible way) ! Thank you.

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  106. Hi,Just love the flowers and the colours are lovely Jean Z xx

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  107. What a stunning creative piece! I adore what you did with the ribbon! A fabulous creation in your usual arty style, - love it!

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  108. Oooo Trish, Just gorgeous colour combo, love your flowers what a fab use of the stripy ribbon, really adds to the flower design. Kimx

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  109. Beautiful project, great idea for using up smaller pieces of the ribbon.

    regards
    lorraine - scotland

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  110. Hi Trish, I love your inventive use of the gorgeous creative expressions ribbon. Theresa x

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  111. I have my plastic down ready to splatter as artistically as you have! never thought about doing the flowers with ribbon like that.

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  112. Wow I love how you have made those flowers from the ribbon they look fantastic and makes the ribbon look so different.
    I love your background that is right up my street

    Ria

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  113. Love it - very similar to street art Banksy style!

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  114. Love the background and what a wonderful flower

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  115. Hey sweetie,

    I love your project especially the colours you have used, I have that striped ribbon I might make some of these myself thanks for the idea hun, and a great hop!! Hugs, Vick xxx
    the-artful-codger.blogspot.com
    My YTChannels vixcrafts & saturatedcanary

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  116. Wonderful background you've created - I love it!! The ribbon flowers are just a fab idea. Fantastic inspiration - thank so much.
    Juliax

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  117. Stunning background Trish and wonderful colours. The flowers are nice and contemporary too. Love the whole piece.

    Hugs
    Lesley Xx

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  118. What brilliant ribbony flowers, and they look wonderful against one of your trademark fabby painty canvases - gorgeous make, Trish!
    Alison x

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  119. Love how you've created the flowers, quite a distinctive look and go so well with the background. Joy B

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  120. Stunning background and wonderful flowers, thanks for the detailed tutorial Trish, will definitely be giving the flowers a go.
    Crafty hugs June x

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  121. Cannot believe the inspiration I am getting and I'm only on the second blog hop. Love your ideas.

    Janice

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  122. Fantastic creation, love those flowers
    Rosie x

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  123. Very different - liked the background.

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  124. Wow, love the flowers and the background colours. Great step-by-step. Thanks. Moira x

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  125. I love the virbrant colours and fantastic tutorial. Thanks for sharing.

    Michelle E x

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  126. Absolutely inspirational. You are so talented. I love the colours.

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  127. Hi Trish
    I do love getting all inky with ribbons and lace , i love the peacock colours you have used
    Rachel taylor

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  128. Love the flowers, I like to see different way of making them. The back ground is fab. You gave me lots of inspiration. Thank you

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  129. Love how you have recoloured the ribbon and those are two great flower designs. Hugs, Jenny x

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  130. Woohoo, a fantastic project, love the flower and the way you made the stem!

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  131. Your art is awesome! I love the black and white flowers, and I never thought of using coiled wire for stems. Wonderful!

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  132. Fabulous creation Trish, love the background and awesome floral detail. xx

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  133. Stunning flowers that really pop against that gorgeous inky background:)
    Val x

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  134. Another big WOW, I love your canvas, love the stamps, love the flowers and all the paints and inks used too!

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  135. Great way to use ribbon Trish & love the colour. What a great way to use springs & love the way of using the bubble wrap in the background xx Lovely! XX Love Karen xx

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  136. Super fab piece! What a cool,way to use ribbons. And those coils for the stems....über cool!

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  137. Love what you have done with the ribbon. Fab finished item. Jackie x

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  138. Love the background...sets off the ribbon flowers beautifully.

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  139. Gorgeous Trish, really love the striped ribbon flowers.

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  140. This is fab. Those flowers are gorgeous. I have always shied away from wide ribbon but now I can see what thinking out of the box does. Thank you for sharing the tutorial.
    Pat x

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  141. This is fab love the colors and the flowers are just amazing so unusual it great :)

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  142. Love the bright colours on the background, ribbon flowers are great must have a go at these. XX

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  143. Great idea for the flowers

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  144. i loved the flowers especially the one you cut into stripes a couple of leaves gut out of same ribbon at the back colored turg/green would go well the flower
    on holiday just now and got itchy fingers
    anne from Elgin

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  145. This makes what at first appears to be quite a 'masculine' ribbon into something really pretty.

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