Seattle Chocolates.. Oh the truffles!  My hubby gave me a box of them for Valentines.  The box came all tied up with a big wide organdy ribbon.  And as much as I LOVE chocolate, {{ribbon}} is right up there on the list as well.  After the chocolates were gone, the ribbon found it’s way to my craft table.  Today it became a flower!

The challenge over at Stampin’ Sisters in Christ this week is to use a flower(s) on your project.  I played along with my new little creation.  (Now after reading the challenge more carefully, it says that the image must either be or have a flower in it.  Well, technically the flourish stamped on my designer paper does have a couple of silhouetted flowers.  So I’m hoping my card still qualifies.)

To make the flower, Jim Holtz Alterations “Tattered Florals” Die was used.  I cut six flowers out from the ribbon.  (Sometimes there are little threads that can be clipped with scissors as in the picture below.)

Using a heat gun, the cutout flowers were “melted.”  In the picture below I am holding the flower with my fingers.  However, I often will use a pair of tweezers to avoid any, “Ouch.  That’s hot!” moments.

It doesn’t take much to really get them to crinkle.  Here are all six flowers melted to various amounts.

To add a little more fun to the flower, I pulled several threads on the ribbon leaving them attached on one side.

Clipping off this end, I then heated these threads just enough to slightly alter them.

Taking a brad, I pushed through the center of each flower starting with the flowers which were crinkled the most.  When all the flowers were secured together, the threads were attached at the back with a couple of glue dots.  Voila!

This was so fun, and I still have a lot more ribbon to play with in the future!

Happy Crafting!

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Stamps: PTI Birthday Bash Sentiments; SU Baroque Motifs

Papers: PTI Vintage Cream and True Black; Basic Grey “Little Black Dress” DP

Inks: Archival Brilliance “Graphite Black”

Accessories: Organdy Ribbon; Jim Holtz Alterations “Tattered Florals” Die; EK Success Plaid Border Punch; Decorative Brass Brad

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