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Tattered Pinecone A Journey

It's true...I haven't enjoyed my Tattered Pinecone.  In fact, I loathed my tattered pinecone.  We just never connected.  This is unusual for me and ANY of my TH Sizzix dies.  I love the end result of this die but I have always hated the journey to get there.  Until today...
 I'm not going to lie!  Seeing Tim's tags the 1st of the month are a creative highlight.  I love the inspiration.  But there they were...those tattered pinecones as beautiful little flowers.  This is a creative hurdle I have never succeeded at...UNTIL TODAY!  Today is my day and I wasn't stopping until I perfected this challenging die.
BEHOLD, 30 flowers.  You read that right, 30!  Do you Facebook?  These are the dorky things we chat about on my Facebook!
It took me until about flower 12 to start enjoying making these.  FINALLY, I have arrived to this creative plateau!

The Project...Altered Metal Frame! 

It started with wanting a photo of my sweetie and I for the frame.  I LOVE this man! 

My husband has always written me love notes so adding this awesome "nature walk" stamp to canvas is fitting.

I used the medium tied bow for the top of the ornate frame.  I then inked these chit chat words with tumbled glass ink.

I love adding metal to all my projects.

Ohhh what's this idea-ology thing called?  Ummm...I call it the knob.  Anyway I hung the ornate frame from it like a vintage photo.

I layered with the lattice frameworks die

I bunched up 3 of my flowers!

I cut the tiny tabs tag and stamped the #hashtags "love".  I crackled the mini jar and glued the cork to the side. 

The letterpress is a great layer.  I painted distress paint tumbled glass to our initials then attached a crown.

The floral bouquet looks great in the crackled jar!

I doubled this flower making it a big one.  Attached to the top with the green sprigs of greenery.  I added some clear rock candy for a sugary effect.

I'm not a flower kinda girl...but I think that has changed!

It's always bothered me not enjoying making pinecones or flowers with this die.  But now that I spent 3 hours making 30 flowers I love it. Thanks for checking out my flowers...oh ya and the frame. 
I'm entering this in the Simon Says Monday Challenge, Anything Goes 
SanDee & amelie's Steampunk
Leave me a comment...Tattered Pinecone Die, Love it or Hate it?  Do you want to perfect the tea roses or have you already?
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  1. Gorgeous I am so glad you got the hang of it and enjoy making them, so that we me enjoy them-- love the love notes that your husband sends you--Have a blessed day
    DIANA L.

  2. I haven't bought this die because I'm afraid my fingers just aren't nimble enough.Now I may have to suck it up and try-these are gorgeous!

  3. Wow! Congrats on mastering the pinecone die and the flowers challenge (just ordered that die after I saw Tim's tag and the beautiful flowers you can create from it...well, if you can. Honestly I am not too good at fiddling these I can understand why you and that special die had to make friends first ;).

    I LOVE LOVE LOVE this altered frame! There's so much thought and goregousness in it! And the picture of you and your husband is so lovely! Perfectly framed I'd say ;)

    Thank you for sharing this beautiful make with us at SASPC!

    Claudia x

    1. Claudia,
      Where did you get or order your pinecone die from? And the price?

  4. This is a stunning creation Nicole! You inspired me with your last Prima frame to buy one and now I can't wait for it to arrive! I love everything you have done to the frame and your flowers are wonderful, well done for persevering! It was worth it.. Anne x

  5. The Pine-Cone-Flowers are fabulous! and your altered metal frame is gorgeous and so filled with details and lots of love.

    Thank you for participating in Sandee & Amelie's Steampunk Challenge.


  6. Wow wow wow!!!!! You know that i love all your creation but this is absolutely incredible! your roses hit my heart! All together are a wonderful vision! I like every little details in this work! Totally in love with this! Wonderful project! Thank you for joining us this week on Simon SAys STamp Monday Challenge! BArbarayaya

  7. Oh I just love everything you do !!!! I also love the way you write, I enjoy reading your post (when I can!) immensely!!! I am so happy you fell in love with your pine cone die, you did a spectacular job making them and they look gorgeous on your projects,have a fab day my crafty friend! hugs

  8. So glad you persevered this die…your flowers look awesome.
    This may be my favourite piece you have created. Maybe because of the subject matter, it is so sweet.
    I love all of your attention to the details.
    I don't have this die…even though Wayne tried to convince me that I needed it, teehee.

  9. Saw this on Pinterest and love it!

    Great work!

  10. I love this idea. Really need to upgrade my die cutter so I can get some things. heehee

  11. A very lovely and amazing artwork with a lot of fantasy. I love it so much. A wonderful, heartwarming reminder for you and your husband. Very great!

  12. Stunning! I love your project and I must admit I am member of the tattered pinecone failures anonymous club. I did make mine but gave up and smoooshed them. :) Glad to see we can overcome this and I will have to prevail and perfect as your inspiring flowers tell me I can do this!! Thanks for playing along with us this week in our Anything Goes Challenge at Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge.

  13. Most impressed with that flower production! And the altered tv project is absolutely gorgeous. So many details to catch the eye including that cracked bottle and the chunky wooden letter blocks. Jenny x

  14. I have to admit - that I dont love my pine cone die as well. I think I got a defective one too cos the outer spiral part of theend doesnt cut all the way through. That might be the biggest part of the reason I dont love the die as much as I would like to. Big up to you for creating all those roses - just making one with the die is enough to send me into fits or frustration punctuated with piercing howling. You have my respect!

  15. Oh my goodness! This is so full of coolness! I just love it all - Thanks so much for joining us at the Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge Blog!!! - Ashli :)

  16. Wow, this is gorgeous!!! Love seeing all those tattered flowers! Your frame is fantastic. Such wonderful details, such as hanging the ornate frame. Thank you so much for sharing with us at Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge Blog!!

  17. Your frame is gorgeous, so many details and embellishments !
    Thank you for your participation at Sandee & Amelie stempunk challenges


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