Sunday, July 15, 2012

Flowers, flowers everywhere


A couple weeks ago I was planning a project, and punched out a bunch of flowers with my Blossom punch.  My granddaughter, Emily, helped me glue them all together with a printed flower over a solid.  As it turned out, I decided not to do the project I had planned, and I put all the flowers aside thinking I'll find another use later.  So, I got a chance to use them this weekend. 
When I got up to our trailer this past Friday night I was rushing to beat a storm.  Dark clouds were following me, and I hoped to make it there before rain prevented me from unloading my car.  I had hopes of getting my stamp supplies inside before the rain kept me in for the evening.  Big raindrops started to hit just as I was getting out of the car, so I grabbed my tools and a few supplies and headed inside before the storm hit.  I thought this was going to be a quick downpour, but the slow steady rain that followed lasted for hours. 
When I looked at the minimal supplies that I had grabbed, I found the flower blossoms and decided that would be my challenge to make some cards using the flowers.  I had the bag of scraps that were leftovers from the flowers I cut, and decided to try a little bargello design using strips of the matching papers.  I cut 3/4 inch strips that I glued down side by side.  Then I cut across the strips every 3/4 inch to create strips of squares.  I moved the stripes up and down slightly to create a bargello design like you use in needlepoint.  It also gives it a quilt-like effect.  Its really fun, fast and easy to do.  You should give it a try.  The paper is retired DSP Cheerful Treat, and the Oval All greeting is also retired, but too cute. 


This second card also used the leftover DSP Cheerful treat, and I used a paper that was patterned stripes to create the border at the bottom of the card.  Super easy and really fun.  The polka dot frame from the Four Frames stamp set used inside and out was a perfect compliment to the dotted paper, and the stamps from Petite Pairs fit so well in those little frames.  I cut some leaves free hand, and crumpled them to distress them, and did the same to the flower to give it a little tattered flower look. 
There rain may have dampened the evening, but it really caused these blossoms to bloom.  Hope you like them.  Come again soon!
Mary Alice

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