Monday, May 17, 2010

Paper Music Roses, Inspired by a Friend

My dear friend Staci is always inspiring me to create new things. She has also taught me everything I know about felted wool sweaters. That has lead to her teaching me about the art of shopping at the thrift stores.

Initially, when I would shop at the thrift stores, I was only looking for wool sweaters. Now, I explore the entire store. Aside from being relaxing, it feels like I am on a treasure hunt.

Recently, Staci did some wonderful projects using music sheets from a vintage music book.

I also recently came upon a blog by Helen Croft (Scrap a Little) with numerous flower tutorials. Among them was a tutorial on paper roses. That blog stated she "stole" the idea from another talented blogger, Nancy Burke.

Between the paper roses blog and Staci, it inspired me to created these "music" roses. After seeing Staci's project, I went to the thrift store and found a wonderful book of music for $1.00. Almost 200 sheets of wonderful music paper! So, here is the result:

After I completed my roses, I added extra ink to add some more color.

I also love that the music paper is thin, so it made rolling these roses pretty easy.

I Could not stop at just roses. So using my circle scallop punches. I used several sizes to create these layered flower. Since the music paper was in really good condition, I antiqued it by spraying them with Walnut Ink from Tsukineko and Glimmer Mist for a subtle sparkly effect.

I added some pin packs and made pins. My daughter, Laura, loves her new pin. Although, initially she was a little horrified I was tearing sheets from a music book. She plays the I had to explain, it was not one of her books and I purchased this book with the intention of using the music sheets just for this purpose. Afterwards, she asked that I make a pin for her Orchestra teacher as well.

I just love paper. Back in the day, I only purchased scrapbook paper from the craft or scrapbook stores. Now, I am purchasing some of my paper from the thrift store. I will have to try this with the dictionary paper. Yes, Staci also introduced me to the concept of purchasing a huge Webster dictionary at the thrift store....$2.00!

I am working to convince Staci to take pictures of some of her projects and let me post them on my Blog. Hopefully, she will and you will see what she can do with music sheets, among other things.


  1. These are gorgeous! Glad to have you on Indie Junction!