Today I had one of those days that you just get to dream about most of the time. Even though my life is spinning in circles I knew that there is no way I wanted to miss out on the opportunity of spending time with the oh so talented Susan Tierney Cockburn.
Gardening is one of Susan's passions and this love, added together with 120 inches of snow, lead to the development of a craft that is absolutely exquisite - paper flowers. These are no ordinary paper flowers though as you can see on the cover of the latest book Susan has authored - Paper Bouquet.
What an absolutely delightful and gracious lady Susan is. I had a wonderful time learning how to create a simple paper flower with Susan today!
This is Susan showing me the beginnings of a Tiger Lily I hope to complete on my own. We colored with Copis, airbrushed, glitterfied (just slightly)... oh what fun to see the workings behind these beauties. Gardening was once my passion as well and many of the flowers in Susan's book grow in my garden here in the Pacific NW. Can you tell that I would like to create more of these? Ü
This is one of the beautiful creations that Susan shared with me today, showcasing how she is using the Inchie Squares to create an interesting background. Susan also designs the stamped backgrounds for some of her flowers and I will give her a ring tomorrow and put a link into this post to share the site where you can purchase the supplies and information regarding this wonderful craft should you be interested. I also need to follow up and learn where it is that Susan will be teaching classes in the future so that you can have the privilege of learning firsthand the delicate workings of these gorgeous flowers. So please check back tomorrow for these links and additional information.
This is my very first paper peony. (So please don't look with too critical an eye - LOL!)
As Susan and I talked, I shared with her how I thought I would use it on an oval nestibilty - she finished my sentence for me - "almost like a cameo pin." Perhaps it should have been placed just a hair higher, but I just couldn't bear to possibly destroy it by tearing it if I lifted the glued flower from the paper.
Susan, if you are reading this, I thank you for sharing a bit of yourself and your love of flowers with me today. You are an absolutely wonderful teacher and I enjoyed having you here so very much.
I will close by sharing the beautiful peony card that Susan gifted me with and wish you all many gorgeous blooms and smiles brought to your lives today.
ETA: Supplies to create these beautiful flowers and Susan's book can be purchased from Ellen Hutson LLC.