Saturday, February 16, 2013

Spring Bouquet


Hi everyone.  Today's card is for the Inkspirational Photo Challenge #7 and SCS Free For All (F4A156 - Go To Your Happy Color Place - use colors you love).  I went fairly literal with my interpretation of the photo, creating a vase of flowers using the same colors as the photo (I love these colors!).  I added Crystal effects to my vase to make it shiny and "glass-like" (not sure it shows in the photo too well).  I made a whimsical bouquet of flowers, so I added a white-stitched, red ribbon to the top with a simple knot to mimic that look.  Hope you like.

Here's the inspirational photo:





Stamps:  Precious Butterflies (sentiment stamp from SU!)
Paper:  White, Old Olive, Pumpkin Pie, Melon Mambo, Real Red (SU!)
Ink:  Early Espresso (SU!)
Accessories & Tools:  Big Shot, Tall Vase die (Poppy Stamps), Hydrangea punch (Martha Stewart), Leaf and stem punch (part of the 2-part bird punch from SU!), Stitched Real Red ribbon, white gel pen, glue, Stamp-a-ma-jig, and dimensionals



I die-cut the vase with Real Red cardstock and then cut a bit of the top and bottom to get the size of vase I needed.  I covered the vase in Crystal Effects and let it dry.  After it was dry, I used a stylus to give the sides a bit of a curved shape.

I layered the stem with leaves (six) until I was happy with the placement on my card front and then glued down the stems (the leaves are loose and have movement).  I glued on the hydrangea blooms that I had shaped and added centers with the white gel pen.  A few of the flowers I pinched up tight (to look like new blooms that weren't open yet), and added them as well.  A simple sentiment and a red knotted ribbon finished the card.  Sorry for the poor quality of photos ... it's very cloudy outside right now, so it was hard to get a good photo.  Need to figure out a good way to light my photos ... another new project to add to the list :)


Here's a close-up of the bouquet:



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Also wanted to share that my "Hydrangea for Susan" card was picked as one of the top 3 at CAS - Colours & Sketches Challenge blog.  Thank you to Jacqueline and her team for picking my card!!

And I received a request for recipes for my Valentine's Dinner that Gord and I made ... thanks for your interest Dolly!!  I'll work on putting together a quick list of how and what I did and post it soon.





23 comments:

  1. So pretty. I love the flowers in the vase. I've seen this hydrnagea punch before and really would like to get one. The flowers just look too too pretty!!

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  2. So pretty! The vase is awesome and the flowers match the photo perfectly! Congratulations on your top 3 pick for your "Hydrangea for Susan" card!

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  3. Oh, wow, that vase really looks 3D on my monitor, Lolly! I love the gel pen centers, too, and how you did three dots. See, you're so smart. I would have put one dot and putting three takes it to a whole new level! The entire card is so beautiful!!

    Congratulations on your Top Three win and thanks in advance for the recipes!!

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  4. Loll, I'm thrilled that the card you made in my honour was picked as a top 3!

    And I love your happy colour place card - a fabulous colour combination. I have to get busy making mine.

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  5. SUCH a gorgeous card! LOVE your beautiful bouquet and the glossy effects looks fab on the vase! Thanks for joining us at Inkspirational! :)

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  6. What a beautiful card! You have such a lovely blog and lots of inspiration. I have been admiring your cards and tutorials for the Brayer. I finally got to make a card. You can find my card here, http://sendajoyfulcard.blogspot.com/2013/02/brayer.html

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  7. Hi Loll, this is a beautiful bouquet of flowers and do close to our photo! Great idea not to open all flowers, I love it when I get a bunch with a few buds like this, you know it is going to last longer! And congrats on top 3 at CAS-COLOUR and Sketches. Thanks for joining us at Inkspirational.

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  8. This is beautiful Loll, the colours match the photo perfectly! The vase looks 3D from my seat and I love the wee flower peeking up from it's rim :)

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  9. your card is beautiful, brings the spring :-)
    Cathi

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  10. SUch a lovely vase of flowers, gorgeous colours and matches the photograph so well....

    Anne

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  11. absolutely beautiful card Loll :) :)

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  12. Another stunner Loll...you inspire me with all your lovely creations, so uniquely you. Hugs Carole

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  13. Really beautiful! The vase does look really real and the bouquet is soooo pretty. Wish it was spring already!

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  14. CAS perfection Loll - beautiful, bright and cheery! Love the glossy vase!
    Thanks so much for joining our challenge at Inkspirational & I really hope to see you playing along with us again soon! Ruth x

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  15. Congratulations on your hydrangea win! It is a beautiful card! This is another! Love these tiny flowers and the shiny vase!

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  16. Wow! This is so pretty Loll! I love the vase and the knotted ribbon across the top. So glad that you joined us at Inkspirational!
    - Shauna

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  17. Loll this vase of flowers is fabulous! I love the CE on the vase and the punched flowers. Makes me want to cut some flowers from my yard! Thanks so much for joining us at Inkspirational this week!

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  18. This is absolutely georgous! Love the punched flowers, and the glossy look on the vase! Thank you for joining us at Inkspirational :)

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  19. I love how you were inspired by that photo Loll. Love those punched flowers.

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  20. Beautifully composed! A great take on the photo. Thanks for joining us at Inkspirational.

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  21. such a pretty bouquet loll beautifully CAS.

    Marie

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