With all the beautiful patterned papers on the market now, I really love making my own handmade flowers to include on layouts. There are probably 20+ tutorials in the blogosphere about how to make various types of paper flowers, but here's one I discovered on my own when playing around with some papers last week.
The paper I'm using (by Lily Bee Designs) has a hexagon pattern (that's six sides, if you're math-challenged like me). So I hand-cut the hexagons out of the pattern. However, if you have a die-cutting machine or punch that can cut a hexagon or pentagon (5 sides), you can get the same effect with any paper you have on hand.
I started by cutting out 18 hexagons (they're about 1 1/4" each) from the patterned paper.
Then I applied glue to only the bottom edge of each hexagon and glued it to a piece of scrap paper.
I glued them into a circle using about half of the petals (9 hexagons) to form the bottom layer of the flower. I used 6 for the second layer and three for the top layer.
When all of the petals were glued down, I cut the scrap paper from underneath the flower, leaving only a small circle that doesn't show from the top.
I used my fingers to pinch the edges of each petal so they would roll up slightly, adding some dimension to the flower. I also inked the edges a bit. Then I punched a small hole in the middle of the flower and topped with a large (28mm) brad. My brad was created with the Imaginisce i-Top tool in a coordinating patterned paper, but you could use any large brad or even a large button.
And finally it was ready to add to my layout.
Patterned paper: Lily Bee Designs
Cardstock: Bazzill Basics Paper
Die-cut frames: Lily Bee Designs
Die-cut letters: Quickutz
Letter stickers: Jenni Bowlin
Rub-on: Lily Bee Designs
Bling: Prima Marketing
Brad: i-Top Brad Maker by Imaginisce
Ink: Tim Holtz for Ranger Industries