Sunday, February 6, 2011

Paper Roses (and fabulous dresses....)

One of the most talked about displays at CHA was the DCWV booth with the amazing paper dresses, party displays and the fabulous roses the staff members wore on their aprons.

Erin Madsen did a video showing the method for assembling the roses - you can see the video on the DCWV YouTube channel HERE.  There is a PDF template to cut for the roses in Erin's blog post HERE but I thought this was a perfect opportunity to make use of the Cricut to save all of that hand cutting.

I have created a Design Studio file and you can see my "test roses" at the top of this post.  I want to "tweak" the file a bit and make some more samples before I post it - I have some variations in mind...

I have some photos of the amazing dress display to share - I posted some photos while I was at CHA but I have edited some more of the images to give you a better idea of the details that went into the designs.  The dresses were started in October and finished just as the show opened.  I hope you enjoy the eye candy!

Here is the main "runway" with the elaborate gowns.

The "leaf" dress had an amazing train.

The glitter edges and the woven bodice were incredible.  I can't imagine how long it took to add these details.

The dress design was short in front with an elaborate train.

The "leaves" were all cut and detailed with glitter with a few pink roses sprinkled here and there.

Here is one more view of the back of the dress.  Absolutely incredible!

The center dress on the runway had these beautiful "ruffles" and layers.

The front and the back were equally beautiful.

These flowers are a different style than the roses - I am trying to make a file for these as well.

The dress at the front of the runway used the Natural stack - one of my favorite "masculine" stacks (I used it for the Father's Day word book HERE).

There were hundreds of fan pleated pieces that made up the dress which ended in a short train.

 Simply beautiful...

 There were several short dresses - this pink one was so soft and delicate.

The detail in each design was lovely - look at the tiny pearl "buttons" here.

 The stylish pleated skirt on this dress was very flirty and fun.

 This "flapper" dress included a string of pearls and a boa!

The butterfly dress was one of my favorites.

 The large flower at the waist was stunning and there were butterflies everywhere!

Just imagine how long it must have taken to fussy cut all of these butterflies.

The neckline and the flower necklace or headdress were perfect.

This dramatic red and black dress was made from the "Immortal Love" stack.

A few carefully placed paper roses accented the skirt.

These enormous blossoms were also in the "Immortal Love" area.

This table setting also used the large roses in a centerpiece.

Even more paper roses and some cute card ideas...

Paper flowers were everywhere at CHA.  I have been inspired to come up with some files to make various styles of dimensional flowers.  There are so many ways to create flowers and I know it will be fun to devise my own twist on this trend!

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  1. Oh, Dianne, that rose is beautiful! I sure hope you can share the file soon! thanks so much for all your hard work and for sharing the beautiful pictures!

  2. I think I misspell your name every other time I write a note! It only has one n. Sorry!

  3. My gosh these pictures are beautiful!!! I cannot imagine the time it took to complete these dresses and table settings but its so amazingly beautiful to view! Thank you for sharing!

  4. These are just so stunning, absolutle masterpieces, works of art how would you explain them. Thanks for taking the time and putting them on your blog would of loved to have been there to see them.

  5. Thank you, thank you. thank you Diane! Of all the things at CHA the pics of these dresses was breathtaking. It has all sorts of ideas running in my head. TFS, Mary

  6. I concur. The flowers are gorgeous. I hope you are able to come up with a file. Thank you for even attempting.

  7. Wow! Those paper dresses are BEAUTIFUL!! Thanks for taking all those great photos to share! :)

  8. Diane -- cannot tell you how much I appreciate your sharing these gorgeous creations with us.

    A question: will you do a gypsy file for those of us who don't have Design Studio?

    Many thanks!

  9. Stunning and amazing that anyone could dream these up!

  10. Diane,
    Only you could look at these creations and think I bet I could duplicate many of them with my cricut! You go girl! That is why we love you and are so jealous. Can't wait to see the files you create. Your roses were as good as any they showed. Thanks for sharing your talent with us!

  11. I don't even know what to say looking at the dresses and roses. I am so rose challenged it is sickening but I sure do love seeing them and it don't stop me from trying to make them. Thank you for sharing.

  12. Hi, Diane! I'll bet the mere sight of these gorgeous dresses took your breath away... I know that would have been my reaction! I was blown away by your first photos but these really do show all of the intricate and beautiful details. Thanks so much for being our eyes and ears at CHA. One of these years I hope to be able to attend myself but until then I appreciate all the information you bring back to us.

    Have a great week!

  13. It's amazing to know that these gorgeous dresses are made up of paper! Can't wait to see what you come up with for your roses!!

  14. I've loved looking at all the photos of these dresses. They are so great in the photos, they must have been something in person. Looking forward to your post of the file and I really appreciate all you do. Thanks for sharing ;- )

  15. Diane, you have stunning photos of these amazing dresses! TFS

  16. Hi Diane,
    These dresses are beautiful and I love all the paper flowers. can't wait till you have a cut file for them. I also can't wait to see your ideas on other flowers. Do you know of anyone who maade a cut file for the cuttlebug quilled flowers?

  17. I had already watched Erin's video on the paper roses and I am looking forward to seeing your file. You always come up with such wonderful cut files.

  18. I had not seen the flapper dress before. These are all amazing but my favorite is the one that looks like a peacock.

  19. Absolutely stunning! I'm curious to know how they transported them to the show. That must have been quite a packing job. I loved all your photos. You should enter them in a local fair.
    Mary Ann

  20. I can only imagine the work that goes into making one dress. I watched the video on the roses and cann't wait to try it. I dread doing the hand cutting, so I look forward to seeing what you come up with the help with the cutting.


  21. Your test roses turned out awesome! I can't wait til you post the file (I hope you use carts I have lol) These paper roses seem to be all the rage.

  22. These dresses are just absolutely stunning. Love you flowers and would love to see what you used to make it.
    Kim xXx

  23. Those flowers are AMAZING! thanks for taking the time to make a file. Would I be able to put it on my gypsy too? Thanks Again!!!



  25. Diane, Thanks for keeping us uptodate with pictures from the show. I can learn alot from your picture taking. All the pictures of the dresses and flowers are breathtaking. I like your take on the cricut roses. Unfortunately I don't have the Accents Essentials cartridge. Could the design have been created with say a basic cartridge like George? I appreciate all you do, you are awesome!

  26. Wow, wow, wow! Those dresses leave me speechless!

  27. Oh my... I am speechless. Those dresses are absolute masterpieces!!!! I am utterly awestruck and very inspired. Thank you for making the world more beautiful. Love & light *~*~*


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