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Flower Power


It’s Wednesday again, these weeks are flying by.  Only 4 weeks on Friday until my holidays – yeah! (I’m not really counting down – honest!)

Have you all seen the details of the new Forever 21 Challenge that started on Sunday?  Flowers are the theme this month.   There’s so many gorgeous floral stamps in the Indigo Blu range, the difficult decision is going to be which ones to use.

Sticking with the floral theme, I’ve been having another play with some of the stamps that I used for my inspiration piece for the challenge, and those that I used for my last lot of DT samples.  Well, I did eventually get around to giving the old craft room a tidy, and instead of getting more stuff out of boxes I thought I’d use what was already there …….. see how tidy my desk was (I say WAS, because you should see it again now!!).

Here’s what I came up with …….

I’ve used the lovely Wild Meadow stamp set.  I started by stamping the sentiment into the bottom corner of a piece of white cardstock (approx. 7 inches square).  I then used a circle cutter to make an aperture window, (about 4 and 1/2 inces diameter) cutting around the sentiment.

On another piece of white card, I marked with a pencil, where the aperture was going to sit, then I stamped the grass and flowers border, across the bottom of the circle, using Black Versafine ink.  I used a circle mask to create my sun, and inked the sky using Distress inks (Stormy Sky and Tumbled Glass).  A touch of Mustard Seed gives the sun a nice glow.  The tiny little bird in the sky is from another Indigo Blu stamp set – Nature I.

I continued the grass and flowers border over the front aperture panel.  For this I used Black Versafine ink, but used the third generation stamp, as I wanted it to be nice and pale.

The front panel was then layered over the top of the meadow scene using foam pads, to give a bit of depth.

The glorious butterfly from the set has been stamped twice, once onto cardstock, and once onto acetate.  The cardstock was coloured first using Distress Inks – from yellow through to red shades.  I cut out the butterfly, gave the wings a bit of shape using a bone folder, then layered the acetate version over the top.

Iused a fine liner pen and did a bit of faux stitching around the aperture, then the whole thing was attached to an 8×8 card blank.

While I was tidying up, I also found some of the cardstock from weekend, that I’d coloured using Pan Pastels, along with the little trailing rose stamp from the Clockworks set.  You know me, I don’t like to throw anything away.   Here’s a really quick and easy card that would be suitable for any occasion ………

I stamped the little rose randomly over the cardstock, then used my Rotating Eraser to take the colour away from the open roses.  This technique is more dramatic when done on a darker background, but it’s still quite effective when used with more pastel shades.

The panel was attached to the front of an A5 cardblank then I scored two lines, top and bottom to add a bit more interest, and added a gemstone to the centre of a few of the flowers.   The sentiment is from the Poppy Meadow stamp set.

I couldn’t do a floral post without using another of my favourite Indigo Blu stamps – the Sunflower.  I love this stamp!  This was one of the stamps I used on the samples that I sent off to Kay when I applied for the DT, all those moons ago.   Here’s one of the cards ………

Seems such a long time ago now (sigh!)

But, here’s what you call a really quick and easy card ……..

The sunflower’s been stamped onto white cardstock, slightly off one edge, using Mustard Seed Distress ink.  A piece of co-ordinating ribbon has been tied on the side, and the sentiment stamped, cut out and layered using Nesties, then added to the centre with foam pads.   A layer of black cardstock – Done!  Perfect for those ‘Oh no!  I’ve forgotten’ moments that we have from time to time.

I hope I’ve inspired you to get your floral stamps out.   Why not give the Forever 21 Challenge a go.  There’s a great prize up for grabs again, but you have to enter to be in with a chance of winning.

Thanks for spending time with me today.  Enjoy the rest of your week.

Cherrio for now.  Happy crafting!

Linda  xx

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6 Comments on Flower Power

  1. Morning Linda, …wow….wow…wow…such fantastic inspiration…I love them all and they are all so different…so hard to choose a favourite….( a bit like the stamps….) …have a good day and catch up soon. Hugs. Jo. X

    Jo. Rice | April 24, 2013 at 9:24 am () ()
  2. Wow! Linda, you have been busy. I absolutely love the first card with the aperture and will def have a go at doing that design. And the sunflowers are beautiful, all we need now is the sun. Pat x

    nannapat | April 24, 2013 at 12:27 pm () ()
  3. Lovely as usual. I think I may have to do a bit of recreating! !!

    Susan Marsden | April 24, 2013 at 4:06 pm () ()
  4. Wow Linda – not one but four fabulous cards!!!!! I absolutely love the first one which has given me an idea for my son’s birthday (it can be a trial coming up with something suitable for men!!) so thanks for the inspiration.

    Take care.

    Heather Woods | April 25, 2013 at 9:48 am () ()
  5. Four beautiful cards. Love the first one. Going to have a go later. Looking forward to seeing you at HSNW.

    Val in Spain xxx

    Val | April 26, 2013 at 10:38 am () ()
  6. What beautiful but simple cards (usually the best) luv them all xx Gail T xx

    Gail | April 26, 2013 at 1:15 pm () ()