Christmas Tussie Mussies ala Flourishes

 I have always loved the idea of Tussie Mussies and I finally got the opportunity to make some.  A Tussie Mussie is a small bouquet of flowers but the definition in current times also extends to the cone-shaped holder for the bouquet. 

I was actually going to make some to go on my Christmas tree and then I began thinking what a wonderful option they would be to store small gifts.  Then I remembered this ornament stand that I have had forever but have never had ornaments worthy of that kind of showcase.  I thought that if I could make a Tussie Mussie tree, it could be on display on a table near my Christmas tree and hold the trinket gifts that always seem to get trampled on or lost. 

I used the new Flourishes Birds and Vine Set, I love that set, it’s absolutely dreamy.  The vine stamp itself is huge and fits on your largest acrylic block and there is so much variety with the five different birds included in the set . . the possibilities are endless.  At any rate, I felt the foliage and the birds would give me a Christmassy, vintage feel. 

I selected a tan paper and stamped the leaves with SU Mellow Moss and singled out the flowers with a Warm Red Colorbox Chalk Inks Cat Eye.   I sponged on Antique Linen Distress Ink to vary the tone of the paper.  Then I made each cone, attaching a bell and embellishing with trim.  The Tussie Mussie is finished with a Nestability medallion featuring one of the five  wonderful birds.  To hang it I fashioned a handle out of wire and added a couple of curlycues.  Since I was on the curlycue kick, I made a long dangling curlycue and hung a bell from the end as an ornament – it helped me fill out the tree without taking too much attention off of the Tussie Mussie. 


Stamps:  Flourishes Birds and Vine Set
Paper:  Die Cuts with a View – Tan
Ink:  SU Mellow Moss, Colorbox Chalk Inks – Warm Red
Accessories:  Trim, Ribbon, Eyelets, Crinkle Gift Filler Paper, Wire 20 Gauge, Bells, Red Sticky Tape, Twine, Nestabilities

Thank you so much for stopping by.  I am working on many things  – several seem to be quite time consuming, so thanks for your patience – I’ll have things to show very soon.


  • Pansy JonesSeptember 26, 2008 - 10:33 am

    OMG Becca, this is simple amazing. It could be used as a gorgeous center piece for a table. You never cease to amaze me with your talents.

    God BlessReplyCancel

  • Laura (scrapnextras)September 26, 2008 - 10:50 am

    You floor me! This is so unbelievable and gorgeous! I just want to be invited for dinner to see all these amazing pieces, although I think I would feel like a bull in a china shop! I love this, every detail from the stamped cone to the bell on the bottom! WOW!ReplyCancel

  • StefanieSeptember 26, 2008 - 11:12 am

    Absolutely Beautiful !! These would make such an Elegant Christmas tree.ReplyCancel

  • Sharon in NESeptember 26, 2008 - 11:55 am

    Oh Becca, this is so beautiful! I just think I need to see it in real life. I’ll email you my shipping address. ;)ReplyCancel

  • Ethel A.September 26, 2008 - 1:02 pm

    Very beautiful, Becca!ReplyCancel

  • JanineSeptember 26, 2008 - 1:03 pm

    OH MY GOSH!!!!!!!!!!!!!! These are stunning! I hope you have a fabulous weekend planned. We are hosting a wedding shower for my our niece tomorrow so I am getting ready.
    Have a good one!!ReplyCancel

  • AnitaSeptember 26, 2008 - 1:12 pm

    Oh my stars – how cool is that!!!!ReplyCancel

  • DianeSeptember 26, 2008 - 1:15 pm

    One word…..STUNNING!
    And the trim, just beautiful. What a creative eye you have. WOW!


  • DesireeSeptember 26, 2008 - 1:31 pm

    Ohhh my…. Its so lovely and gorgeus! I love it, I think its the nicest thing I have seen lately!

    Have a nice weekend!

    From Desiree in NorwayReplyCancel

  • LorelieSeptember 26, 2008 - 1:41 pm

    Absolutely gorgeous…as always! I know you are a bus woman, but if you hop on over to my blog…you’ve been tagged.ReplyCancel

  • DeanneSeptember 26, 2008 - 2:26 pm

    oops, where did my comment go?? Can’t remember which post its on now lol!
    Well, it just said how much I like your blog and that I have added your blog link to my “who’s updated their blog?” link on my blog.
    I also said I found your blog through a link on Beate’s yahoo group. oops!! It was actually through SCS in the “share a tutorial” thread.
    Love your creative style – very inspiring, and I love the medallions. I have quite a few corner punches to try out.

  • barb schramSeptember 26, 2008 - 3:01 pm

    OMGoodness, Becca, absolutely divine! Love all your creations and let’s just add this to the list! Thank you for sharing your talent with us…I am grateful!ReplyCancel

  • NancySeptember 26, 2008 - 3:03 pm

    Ooooh…so pretty! What an imagination you have to come up with so many gorgeous things!ReplyCancel

  • carmelSeptember 26, 2008 - 4:59 pm

    becca, i stumbled upon your site one day recently and WOW your cards are truly amazing. i have looked so far back at recent posts and I find inspiration in all of them. i just wanted to thank you for sharing your knowledge and talents with us.the quality is outstanding.
    well done

  • MARILYN NIMMOSeptember 26, 2008 - 6:11 pm

    What an absolutely beautiful idea. I have always loved tussie mussies and never knew quite what to do with them. What a lovely way to display them and a great use them.ReplyCancel

  • Cindy HaffnerSeptember 26, 2008 - 7:31 pm

    I’m with Laura you floor me, love your stuff girl.ReplyCancel

  • Megan LockSeptember 26, 2008 - 7:44 pm

    This is BEAUTIFUL!! What a great idea. I’m definitely adding you to my list of blogs to get inspiration from! I think your creations are just lovely. Thank you for putting them where I can see ’em!!!!ReplyCancel

  • Cindy LawrenceSeptember 26, 2008 - 8:36 pm

    Wowzers, Becca!!!!!! You are AMAZING, girlfriend! These are DIVINE!!!!ReplyCancel

  • KaySeptember 26, 2008 - 9:31 pm

    Who knew there was such a thing — Tussie Mussies! You are awesome! Do you host dinners for far-away blog friends (tee-hee)! Seriously, you outdid yourself!ReplyCancel

  • Debbie OlsonSeptember 27, 2008 - 12:55 am

    Becca, you never fail to amaze and delight!ReplyCancel

  • NancySeptember 27, 2008 - 4:12 am

    What a fabulous idea! Just amazing!ReplyCancel

  • PaulaSeptember 27, 2008 - 4:30 am

    These are so pretty that they are a nice gift in and of themselves. Love the trim you’ve used.ReplyCancel

  • LaurieSeptember 27, 2008 - 6:32 am

    Now you have us all searching for ornament stands! Just beautiful, Becca!ReplyCancel

  • Jerri KaySeptember 27, 2008 - 7:21 am

    THUD!!!! I’ve never seen anything so beautiful! Are you an interior decorator? Oh my gosh, this is just beyond anything I’ve seen. Gorgeous, stunning, breathtaking, all of the above, this is FABULOUS!ReplyCancel

  • Darlene LSeptember 27, 2008 - 8:02 am

    Stunningly elegant! I hope your share a photo of your Christmas Tree–I love the Victorian look. DarleneReplyCancel

  • jeannineSeptember 27, 2008 - 8:08 am

    OMG Becca! These are gorgeous! I love Victorian anything and decorate my tree in a Victorian theme every Christmas. This project is stunnng! I wish I had your talent. Beautiful job! Thanks for sharing!ReplyCancel

  • LaurieSeptember 27, 2008 - 9:15 am

    Wow Becca, you never cease to amaze me! Beautiful!ReplyCancel

  • Cindy H.September 27, 2008 - 9:34 am

    This is absolutely stunning!!! I saw these cones at my LSS and left them there because I had so much stuff to buy at the time. I went back shortly after and they were gone! Now, I *have* to have them after seeing your gorgeous display. I have never seen an ornament tree before – only the ones that hold single ornaments, but I’ll be on the lookout :) Thanks for sharing this lovely creation.ReplyCancel

  • edie3September 27, 2008 - 2:08 pm

    Wow, you never stop amazing me with your designs. That is beautiful.ReplyCancel

  • QSeptember 27, 2008 - 3:28 pm

    Just gorgeous!!! I love it and want to duplicate it. It’s so beautiful! Can you provide a step-by-step tutorial on how you made the tussie mussie? TIA!ReplyCancel

  • ConniecrafterSeptember 27, 2008 - 5:34 pm

    they are just gorgeous, love the trim with that paper!! and you found the perfect way to display them!ReplyCancel

  • jami {sgtStamper}September 27, 2008 - 8:41 pm

    What a cool tree! I’m with Pansy – what a fab table centerpiece this would be!! These are so amazing in every little detail. You continuously amaze me!
    hugs, jamiReplyCancel

  • HelenSeptember 28, 2008 - 12:16 am

    Thanks so much for sharing your Tussie Mussie’s and directions on how you did them. I loved your stand and Kathleen on the BB came up with some possiblities. HelenReplyCancel

  • AngelSeptember 28, 2008 - 12:38 pm

    How lovely and elegant! I bet Christmas at your house is stunning!ReplyCancel

  • Nancy ParkSeptember 28, 2008 - 1:34 pm

    I have just spent a quiet Sunday afternoon going back over your older posts. You just amaze me with your use of colors and design. I am very artistic and love soft color, you inspire me to get to work! I came accross your ribbon storage idea..FANTASTIC!!! I own many of these little sets of drawers but have never thought to use them for ribbon storage. This is close to my heart as I can not even count the spools of ribbon I own, it is a RULE, I can never leave the craft store without ribbon!!ReplyCancel

  • NancyKSeptember 28, 2008 - 2:20 pm

    Oh Becca – this is another beauty you have made for Flourishes! Gorgeous!ReplyCancel

  • Amy ShefferSeptember 28, 2008 - 5:02 pm

    Oh my Becca, the beauty of these is astounding! So classy and elegant. You continually amaze me with your creative ideas and flawless execution!!ReplyCancel

  • Sammie BryantSeptember 28, 2008 - 7:52 pm

    I love the Tussie Mussie’s they are gorgeous! I looked and looked for a sample of these back in May, I was looking for bridal shower favors. Maybe I called them the wrong thing, I know them as posies. I think they are so beautiful and they look so great on your tree, what a wonderful holiday addition.ReplyCancel

  • Kay McBrideSeptember 29, 2008 - 2:19 pm

    keep em coming this is so fabulous, i always look forward to see what u will create next.

  • CherylSeptember 29, 2008 - 6:52 pm

    Wow! You knocked my socks off with this design! And the tree is to die for! I always enjoy looking at your new creations, you are uber talented! Thanks so much for sharing your artistry with us!ReplyCancel

  • GiovanaSeptember 29, 2008 - 7:07 pm

    WOWWW, this is so pretty!!!!
    Amazing idea.

    God bless

  • Leslie MillerSeptember 29, 2008 - 11:32 pm

    This is beautiful and so elegant! What a wonderful idea for how to use it, too. I can imagine you must have a lovely home considering all these gorgeous decor items you have such a flair for. I don’t think I could begin to pull something like this together. It’s absolutely divine with all its amazing details!ReplyCancel

  • Jeanne CampbellSeptember 30, 2008 - 11:57 pm

    I love the tussie mussies! So elegant and pretty. You do inspire me to try new things, thanks for your inspiration!ReplyCancel

  • Pat JOctober 1, 2008 - 1:58 pm

    I’ve read the comments and can only add “ditto” to them all. This is a beautiful display. I arrived here through the Bible Verses challenge forum and am so glad I chose to do so. TFSReplyCancel

  • Rhonda K.October 1, 2008 - 6:58 pm

    These are absolutely beautiful! What a great little treat for family and friends during the holidays.ReplyCancel

  • SusannaOctober 3, 2008 - 8:16 am

    Becca, wow. I mean really, wow.

    You were the Runner Up Craft of the Week at Card of the You can see the original post here.

    I did use a picture from your post, with links back to the site and the original post. I hope that is OK. Please feel free to email me if you need me to change anything.

    I also have an “I was featured” on badge for you if you want it :D

    Thanks again for sharing!ReplyCancel

  • ConnieOctober 3, 2008 - 3:33 pm

    Absolutely beautiful! Your choice of colors, stamps and trim is great but the presentation is spectacular! Your talent is awesome! Thank you so much for sharing!!!!!ReplyCancel

  • susie mccormickOctober 6, 2008 - 4:36 am

    I love your site and work. You are my favorite blogger. Your work is gorgous. Do you happen to have a template for the Mussie Tussies?
    Not that mine would turn out anything like yours!!!!! Looking foward to more of your work!ReplyCancel

  • Pam FredricksonOctober 6, 2008 - 5:40 pm

    Oh my gosh!..your work is absolutely gorgeous..I would also like a template for the Mussie Tussies?..I would like to attempt some but who knows what they might look like…anxious to see what you have been working on…can hardly wait!!!ReplyCancel

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  • AnneNovember 9, 2008 - 7:27 pm

    Where did you get the stand from? It is just gorgeous, well, it became gorgeous when you added your touch of magic to it!!!

  • cathyDecember 20, 2008 - 5:55 am

    Hi – came across your site looking for a how to on tussie mussies – love yours gorgeous – what size paper did you use

  • Nancy FlecknellAugust 4, 2009 - 5:25 pm

    Someone help me, I fainted when I saw this!!! Becca, your blog title says it all girl! Excellent job!ReplyCancel