Friday, 17 May 2013

Blooming Marvelous!

You'd think that the cue word of "BLOOMING" would be a blooming breeze - we all love flowers - have tonnes of flowers in our stash and loads of ways of using them right?  Well, it is the cue at CASology this week http://casology.blogspot.co.uk/2013/05/week-44-bloom.html  and I've been VERY unsuccessfully trying to do "something different" with flowers all week for it.....

I played with felt, with masks, with stamps, with die cuts - you name it - I probably played with it - but everything was just bleugh!   I did spot this card by Maille as part of the new release for PTI this week though and I was really drawn to how she "squared off" the stamped and die cut images and I decided to try and case it.  I went with a die cut daisy which it turns out, is not the easiest shape to do this with - too much open space between the petals (hence the double daisy for the largest flower) but after a lot of messing around and taking things on and off about 2,638,452 times - I ended up with this.....



I used PTI embroidered blooms to add interest to the die cut centres and layered them up for dimension using the die cuts in the xcut daisy set (it has round and scalloped centres of different sizes to match)  The card stock is American Crafts Tropical set (another lovely bargain from TK Maxx) along with some spotty DP from my snippets draw.  I thought it needed quite a large sentiment to balance the flowers so went with one of my favourites from Many Birthday Wishes from Hero Arts

I'm also going to enter this into the simon says flower power challenge this week http://simonsaysstampschallenge.blogspot.co.uk/2013/05/simon-saysflower-power.html

and into Di's Sunday Snippets challenge - I didn't make much of a dint in my stash with this one - just half of a left over half sheet - but as the famous supermarket says "every little helps!"  http://pixiescraftyworkshop.blogspot.co.uk/2013/05/pixies-crafty-snippets-playground-week_12.html




19 comments:

  1. um...just picking my jaw up off the floor!!! I love everything about this card Tara... it was well worth all the messing around and I think we have a winner here. seriously!
    Jenny x

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  2. I love this! It looks so good being squared off. Might have to CASE this

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  3. Wow, wow, wow I love everything about this. The design looks fabulous squared off and your colours are gorgeous.
    Lynne xxx

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  4. Wow! I think this is fabulous. Love the colours, the sparkle and the gorgeous papers. You've outdone yourself here! Good luck!

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  5. Wahoo Tara - fabulous design and perfectly made. Love the vibrant colours you used too!

    Hugs, Di xx

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  6. What a pretty design, Tara! Thanks for playing with us in our flower power challenge at Simon Says Stamp!

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  7. Love this - great colours and design! Thanks so much for playing along with us at CASology this week!

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  8. Gorgeous - love the squared off corner - great colors & bold design!

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  9. I love all the dimension of your beautiful flowers and the rich colors are just gorgeous! Love your CAS design, too...Very pretty card!

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  10. How lovely. Great card- love your colours and design.Lovely.

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  11. I love this Tara! So beautiful, fab zingy colours and love the use of space! I've pinned it!

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  12. FABULOUSLY cheerful, happy card! LOVE the bright colored blooms. Great inspired card! :)Note: Saw your card posted in the CASology 44 gallery.

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  13. Hi Tara! Fabulous card, I love the bright colours and design, your spotty leaves are perfect:D
    Thank you for your kind words on my blog :D For my masked poppies I inked through with 2 shades of red distress inks and moved the mask to the position that I wanted. I masked the rest off so I didn't smudge. The trick is to add ink slowly building up the intensity where you need it!
    Big hugs Gay x

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  14. It was worth all the effort. What a stunning vibrant card, simply gorgeous.

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  15. WOW, this is so cool! I love what you've done here with your die cut flowers. The colors are stunning too! Thanks for playing along at CASology this week!

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  16. just fabulous - lovely and bright!

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  17. I feel your frustration Tara but I'd say you've been VERY successful in the end - this is a stunning card and I love these gorgeous bright colours you've chosen! Vicky x

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  18. Thank you Tara - it's even more beautiful in real life! Love it!

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