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Anemone Flower Vase Cricut Tutorial

I’m back with another Dreaming Tree project, this time we’re making anemone flowers in a vase.

My tutorials assume you’ve added all the files to Design Space and saved them as a project. If you’re not sure how to do that, I have a tutorial which will help – How To Download, Unzip & Upload SVG Files

Anemone Flower Vase

anemone vase

You Will Need

supplies needed to make anemone flowers in a vase
  • Black card for flower stamens
  • Green card for long leaves
  • Green card for smaller leaves
  • 3 different colours of your choice for the flowers
  • Patterned card for the vase
  • Plain card for the vase
  • 3 x wooden dowel – 4mm diameter, 30 cm long
  • Ink
  • Makeup sponge
  • Green florist’s tape
  • Hot glue gun and hot glue sticks
  • Decorative gems/pearls
  • Ribbon – Optional

Cut all the pieces needed using the files from Dreaming Tree.

As usual, there’s a great video of Leo showing you how to put all the pieces together. My tutorial is for those of you who prefer written instructions and lots of photos 🙂

Method

Load the makeup sponge with ink and wipe the excess off on a piece of scrap paper.
Apply the ink to the middle of the petals. How dark the ink is, depends on how you want your flower to look.

Anemone and vase tutorial - inking the flower petals

Ink the first 3 sets of petals for the first flower. Two of the sets have pointed petals and the third has rounded petals.

Anemone and vase tutorial - inking flower petals

Using a dowel, curl the edges by holding the paper between your thumb and the dowel and gently pull the paper down between them.

Anemone and vase tutorial - shaping petals using a dowel

Put your first set of pointed petals on to the dowel. If you’re using a 4mm piece of dowel, the petal should fit nicely. Don’t push it too far down the dowel, just enough to leave room for the other petals and the stamens to be added.

Anemone and vase tutorial - put first petal on to wooden dowel

Put a little bit of glue around the dowel on the first pointed petal.

Anemone and vase tutorial - put some glue on first petal around the wooden dowel

Stick the second pointed petal to the first. Make sure you offset the petals.

Anemone and vase tutorial - put next set of petals on, offset from first

Add the third set of petals, the one with the rounded ends and again, offset them.

Anemone and vase tutorial - repeat with last set of petals

Using the dowel, curl the first stamen like you did with the petals.

Anemone and vase tutorial - shape first piece of flower stamens and glue to flower

Do the same with the second stamen piece and glue it to the first, making sure to offset it.

Anemone and vase tutorial - repeat with second set of flower stamens and offset from first

Add the third stamen piece, shaping it as before. Don’t worry about the little bits of hot glue, you can remove them with some tweezers.

Place the black circle piece on to a folded teatowel and use a ball tool to shape it. Press on the circle with the ball tool and use a circular motion to shape it. You want it to have a slight bowl shape

Anemone and vase tutorial - using a ball tool, shape the circle to give it some depth
Anemone and vase tutorial - circle after shaping

Using a hot glue gun, put some glue on the end of the dowel. Don’t worry if you get little stringy bits of glue, you can remove them using some tweezers.

Stick the black circle to the flower stamens.

Anemone and vase tutorial - glue circle into place

Using a dowel, shape the small leaves piece that are going under the flower. The leaves need to bend down, away from the flower.
Add some hot glue to the base of the flower and slide the leaf piece down and stick it to the flower.

Anemone and vase tutorial - shape small leaf set and hot glue to bottom of flower

This is how it should look.

Anemone and vase tutorial - leaf set glued to base of flower

Cover the dowel with some green florist’s tape. You don’t need to go all the way down because you’ll be adding more when you add each new leaf.

Anemone and vase tutorial - cover dowel in florist's tape

Ink your first leaf piece.

Anemone and vase tutorial - ink rest of leaves

Shape using a dowel then curl it around the dowel to help make it easier to attach to the flower dowel.

Anemone and vase tutorial - use dowel to roll and shape the leaves

It needs attaching to the dowel so that it sits just under the leaves under the flower without touching the small leaves.

Anemone and vase tutorial - use florist's tape to attach leaves to stem

Ink and curl 3 leaves.

Anemone and vase tutorial - use dowel to shape leaves

Attach them to the dowel using florist’s tape where you think they look best.

Anemone and vase tutorial - use florist's tape to attach 3 leaves to stem

Repeat the above steps for the other 2 flowers before moving onto the vase assembly.

Vase Assembly

Get the 5 identical vase pieces and bend all the score lines.

Anemone and vase tutorial - bend all score lines on vase pieces

Glue the the bottom side tab to the next vase piece, making sure you glue right to the edge of the tab and line the pieces up as precisely as possible.

Anemone and vase tutorial - glue bottom side tab to next piece

Continue gluing the bottom tabs to the next vase piece until all 5 pieces are glued together

Anemone and vase tutorial - stick the rest of the side tabs to each piece

Next, glue the 3 small tabs on the left hand piece and stick it to the next piece.

Anemone and vase tutorial - stick 4 small tabs to next piece

Glue the top tab, making sure the glue goes right to the edge and stick it to the next piece.

Anemone and vase tutorial - stick top tab to next piece

Always be as precise as possible when lining up the tabs to glue them.

Anemone and vase tutorial - continue sticking all the tabs

Continue gluing and sticking all the side tabs to their neighbour pieces.

Anemone and vase tutorial - vase with all tabs glued

Fold the base flaps and get the piece of base card ready to stick to to the tabs.

Anemone and vase tutorial - vase base to glue onto tabs

Start by gluing one tab and stick the base piece to the tab. Again, be precise.

Anemone and vase tutorial - stick base to one tab

Glue the remaining tabs and stand the vase up. Use a piece of dowel to put inside the vase and press the tabs down until they stick.

Anemone and vase tutorial - stick the base to the rest of the tabs

Get the patterened vase pieces ready to stick o the vase.

patterened vase pieces

There’s a little scoreline at the top of each long vase piece. This is to help you position the patterned piece to the right place on the vase.

find the scoreline

Stick the first piece into place; it’s the piece with the decorative cutout.

stick the first piece into place

Continue sticking the other long pieces onto the vase then stick the smaller pieces around the bottom of the vase.

For the top of the vase, there are 5 decorative pieces that need curling into shape. I wrapped them around my Cricut score tool.

curl the top vase pieces

Curl all 5 pieces.

Anemone and vase tutorial - get the 5 top pieces to attach to the vase

On the curled pieces, you can see little cuts. These are to help you stick the curls in the right place. Line them up inside the top of the vase, with the rounded end on the long patterned piece.

Anemone and vase tutorial - notice the marks that are there to help position the piece correctly
attach all the curled pieces

Get creative and apply the gems where you like.

add gems

Ink the long leaf pieces

Anemone and vase tutorial - ink long leaves

Use the dowel to shape the leaves.

Glue the leaves inside the vase to four sides, leaving the front without a leaf.

Put some sand or shredded paper inside the vase and use it to position the three flowers you made earlier.

Finished vase

Here’s another one I made 🙂

finished vase

I hope you enjoyed this tutorial. If you make this flower vase, I’d love to see your result; you can post in the Dreaming Facebook group, of which I’m a member 🙂

High Heel Greeting Card By Dreaming Tree – Cricut Tutorial

I love this little high heel greeting card from Dreaming Tree. I have lots of girly friends and family members who would love to receive one of these cards for their birthday. A great bonus is that the SVG files to make this card are totally free from Dreaming Tree 🙂

High Heel Greeting Card

If you prefer video tutorials to written tutorials, you can find the Dreaming Tree tutorial video here.

Before I begin the tutorial, I just need to let you know that in the first image below, it shows a white piece of cardstock. When it came to using the white card, I decided I needed a stronger colour and changed to a dark purple cardstock. I’d already cut some files before I decided on the change so I couldn’t retake the photo!

For this tutorial, you will need:

  • Cardstock in  a design of your choice for the shoe – I used glitter cardstock
  • Co-ordinating cardstock for the shoe embellishments – I used adhesive foil
  • Cardstock for the flower embellishments, the card insert and the envelope embellishment
  • Card/paper of your choice for the envelope
  • Glue
  • Cutting machine – I used a Cricut Maker
  • Cricut cutting mats – I used a green and a blue mat

High heel greeting card supplies

To see how I got to the cutting stage for this tutorial, check my previous tutorial – How To Download, Unzip & Upload SVG Files

1 – After you’ve clicked Make It in Design Space, you’ll be taken to the Prepare screen.

Click Continue

cut high heel shoe

Choose your material by clicking on All Materials.

high heel greeting card - choose material

I’m using Glitter cardstock.

high heel greeting card -choose material

When you’ve set your material, you will be taken to the following screen and on the Cricut machine, the Load button will be flashing.

high heel greeting card - cut high heel shoe

Load your card onto a mat – I used the green mat because it holds the glitter cardstock well – then place the mat under the guides on the machine and while holding the mat in place, press the load button.

Press the Cricut Go button when it flashes.

When your first piece has finished cutting, carefully remove from the board and set aside.

Load the next piece of card onto the mat. I used Adhesive foil and the blue mat. Remember to change your material settings.

high heel greeting card - cut 2 - embellishments

Load the mat into the machine and press the Cricut Go button when it flashes

adhesive foil embellishments

Unload the mat and remove the embellishments carefully, from the board.

embellishments cut

Load your envelope card/paper onto the mat and then load into the machine. Press the Cricut Go button when it flashes.

envelope

Unload the mat and carefully remove the envelope and excess card/paper from the board.

envelope cut

Load the mat with the card for the next piece then load the mat into the machine and press the Cricut Go button when it flashes.

main card

Load the mat for the final time and load into the machine.

second set of embellishments

Remove the card from the mat and fold along the score line.

main card cut

Glue the high heel piece to the card ensuring it all lines up along the edge then glue the embellishment piece onto the shoe piece.

attach high heel shoe and embellishment

Using a piece of dowel or similar, shape the flower embellishment petals by holding the flower and dowel together then pulling the flower down between your finger and the dowel while slightly bending the card as you pull it.

Glue the flowers to the card.

add flower embellishments

Stick the flower middles onto the flowers.

add middle of flowers embellishments

At the bottom of the heel, you’ll see two tiny cuts. These are there to help you with placing the heel piece in the right place.

cut marks show where embellishment is to be placed

Glue the heel piece into place.

attach bottom of heel

There are also tiny cut marks to show you where the sole needs to be placed.

cut marks to show where sole is to be placed

It should look like this:

attach purple sole

Add gem embellishments.

add gem embellishments

Fold all the score lines on the envelope piece then apply glue to the inside envelope flap.

high heel greeting card - fold envelope on score lines then put glue on inside flap

Glue the envelope flap piece into place.

high heel greeting card - stick purple flap to envelope

And that’s your card and envelope complete 🙂

high heel greeting card - completed card and envelope

 

Rolled Roses Box Frame Cricut Tutorial #Ad

This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Cricut. The opinions and text are all mine.

We’ve just celebrated Mother’s Day here in the UK and this year we made my mum, Ant’s mum and Aiden’s step mum a rolled roses box frame. We used the Cricut Maker to cut the roses and vinyl for the front of the frame then personalised them for each person, like the one below.

to the world you are a mother but to your family you are the world. Box frame with paper roses

We loved how nice they looked so I decided to make a small one for us, to celebrate the coming of Spring. The following tutorial is picture heavy to make it easier for beginners to follow along.

Rolled Roses Box Frame Cricut Tutorial

You will need:

A Cricut Maker – here’s mine on my shiny new trolley from Hobbycraft! The super wonderful husband added the storage baskets on the side for my vinyl rolls and we’ve ordered a magazine rack for the other side that will store my 12×12 papers 🙂

trolley on wheels from Hobbycraft with my Cricut maker on

  • A box frame. I used a 6×6 white frame from The Range.
  • Medium Cardstock in your choice of colours.
  • A glue gun and glue sticks.
  • A quilling tool.
  • White vinyl
  • Cricut transfer tape.

box frame, glue gun, yellow card, cricut tools

Design Space

Open Design Space and click on Images. In the search box, search for #M3D7E1.
This file is free for me because I have Cricut access. I’m not sure if you have to pay for it if you don’t subscribe.

Design Space - file for creating rolled roses

 

Click on the image of the spiral and click on Insert Images.

The image will open in Design Space. Click on Duplicate and move one spiral underneath the other.

files opened in Design Space

While holding the Shift key, click on each layer so that they’re both selected and click on Attach at the bottom of the layer palette. This will keep your images in the right place when you click on Make It.

Selected layers in Design Space

Click Save and name your file.

save project in Design Space

Cutting The Roses

Click Make It. Design Space will prepare the mats and you can change some options here before starting to cut.

Design Space prepare the mats

I wasn’t sure how many copies I would need but I estimated around 30-36 should do. Set the number of copies you will need for your frame and click apply.

Design Space select project copies

Click Continue. Design Space will work out how many it can fit on a 12×12 sheet of card and will tell you how many mats you will need to cut.

 

Design Space prepping mat for multiple copies

I wanted to cut mine on A4 paper because I didn’t have enough of the same colour sheets in 12×12. I went back to Design Space and duplicated the image until I had 6 flowers and arranged them vertically rather than horizontally.

When you’ve set your number of copies, click Continue and select your material type. I’m using a light cardstock. I’m using the green mat throughout.

choose your material

The Load button will start flashing on the Cricut Maker when your material type has been selected. Hold the mat and apply gentle pressure while pressing the Load button then let go and let the mat load.

When the machine is ready, the Go button will start flashing. Press the Go button and let the machine do the job.

load mat

Assembling The Roses

When all the spirals have been cut, it’s time to start assembling the roses.

spirals ready to roll

Using a quilling tool, slide the outer end of the spiral into the tool.

rolling paper rose

Roll the spiral gently and try to keep the edge of the spiral lined up.

rolled paper rose

When it has all been rolled, slowly let go and let the flower unroll until it’s the shape you want it.

rolled paper rose

Hold the flower and turn it upside down. Apply hot glue to the last circle of the spiral.

using hot glue to glue the flower together

Press the circle onto the bottom of the rolled rose.

glued paper rose

Your first flower is now finished. Only another 30 or so to go!

finished flower

When all the roses have been made, cut a piece of white paper to the same size as the inside of your frame. Attach the roses, using hot glue, in any design you wish. We did 3 lines of different colours on the first ones we made for Mother’s day, but this time I wanted it to look a bt different so I placed them on randomly.

framed paper roses

Cutting The Vinyl

It’s now time to cut the viny for the front of the frame.

I used a free download from lovesvg.com for the spring vinyl design. Download the file and unzip it.
In Design Space, click on Upload file.

upload image

Click on Browse and browse to the folder where you unzipped your file.

choose file

Click Save

click save

Select the file by clicking on it and then click on Insert Images

load file onto canvas

The image will open on the canvas in Design Space.

svg file opens on canvas

You can resize the image by clicking and holding the circle with the arrows and dragging it to the required size.

change size if needed

Make sure all the layers are selected and click on Attach at the bottom of the layer palette.

select all layers and click attach

The image will turn to all the same colour. Clicking Attach tells the software that you want it to keep the image as it is. If you don’t click Attach, the software will rearrange the image on the mats to save materials.

image will change to all one colour

Click Make It.

prepping the mat for cutting

If your laptop is still connected you can just choose Vinyl for the material type. If not, connect your laptop or phone to the machine.

select vinyl

Follow the instructions to load the mat and start the cut when the machine is ready. There’s a progress circle to show how much cutting is left to do.

cutting in progress

Attaching The Vinyl

Unload the machine when the Load button starts to flash again and remove the vinyl from the mat.

cut vinyl

Peel away the excess vinyl.

removing excess vinyl

Weed the tiny areas in the letters with the weeding tool or a pair of pointy tweezers. The eagle-eyed amongst you will notice that I missed a bit in the F on Life. Don’t worry if this happens, you can weed it using the weeding tool of tweezers once it’s been applied to the frame glass.

weeded vinyl

When it’s all weeded, cut a piece of transfer tape big enough to cover your design.

using ransfer tape to transfer vinyl onto frame

Stick the transfer tape to the design and rub over it using the Cricut scraper tool.

transfer paper attached to vinyl

Remove the backing from the vinyl and place the design on the glass.

sticking vinyl and transfer paper onto frame

Using the scraper tool again, rub over the whole design. Whilst you need to apply pressure, make sure you don’t apply too much and break the glass.

I’ve found the easiest way to remove the transfer tape is to pull it back on itself, keeping it flat on the glass. Go slowly and use the scraper for any stubborn bits that didn’t stick.

rub over design to ensure it has stuck to the glass then peel off the transfer paper

And that’s it!

Cricut rolled roses and vinyl frame

Your new rolled roses box frame is ready to hang where ever it will give you joy 🙂

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