Sunday, 14 February 2010

Greenhouse frenzy!


Instead of apologizing once again for my blogging absence I thought I'd treat you with a whole bunch of stuff on one day!

Yesterday, Nichole Heady issued a challenge on her blog to create some flower embellishments that you could present as a gift to a fellow crafter. She had several cool examples and I had seen some of Dawn McVey's awesome embellies done in this way so I thought I'd have a go myself! The wonders of being on half-term meant that I didn't have to rush to do just one before getting on with work stuff - I could play blissfully all day! So I ended up making three sheets of embellishments in three different colourways. I used the lovely Greenhouse Garden stamp set, which at the moment you can purchase with part of the price going to the Haiti earthquake appeal - Stampin Up are donating £1 from the sale of each set to this appeal so now is an excellent time to buy this one!

The first one I did was in soft colours of plum and saffron. Here's the card I made using some of my embellishments:

And here are the embellishements attached to a sheet of window plastic. I folded a strip of coordinating DSP over the top of the clear sheet which really adds to the presentation - thanks Nichole for this tip!
The large flowers were stamped with Pale Plum and Perfect Plum. I added a little flower in the centre of these that I stamped with Perfect Plum and Elegant Eggplant. I also added a pearl in the centre of these flowers (from the Pretties Kit). I threaded some cotton through the hole in the pearl then threaded it through the centre of the flower and tied in a knot at the back. I added a glue dot underneath the pearl to fix it to the little flower securely.

The medium-sized flowers were stamped with So Saffron and More Mustard and I added a Pumpkin Pie brad in the centre. I also added some glitter with a 2-way glue pen and Dazzling Diamonds glitter.

I then decided to go in a completely different direction and dip into my Bold Brights stampin spots - eek! This one turned out very tropical!
I scored two lines around the edges of the whisper white panel after stamping the stems to add a bit of interest. The sentiment is from Bella's Bloom.

These are the bold brights version of my flower embellishments.

As you can see I used the same stamps and format for my flowers - just changed the colours and embellishments.

I stamped the large flower using Tempting Turqouise and Brilliant Blue, the medium-sized flowers were stamped with Pixie Pink and Pink Passion. The small flowers were stamped with Yoyo Yellow and Only Orange.

To embellish the flowers I added turquoise gem brads through the centre of the blue flowers and added glass beads (from the Pretties Kit) to the centre of the pink flowers with a glue dot.

To attach the flowers to the clear sheet I used some Tombow (I put a small amount on the back of the flowers and left to dry before attaching to the sheet - this makes it repositionable).

This is my favourite version of my flower embellishments, and my favourite card out of the three - what a surprise that it uses Earth Elements colours lol!

I dipped into my non-SU stash for a few parts of this one - I used a curved border punch for the Very Vanilla strip on the bottom of the card and I used some stamps from Papertrey for the background and sentiment. The buttons in the centre of the red flowers are also from Papertrey.
For my earthy flowers I stamped the larger flower using Ruby Red and Chocolate Chip and added a chocolate button with linen thread through the centre.

The medium-sized flowers were stamped with More Mustard and Really Rust and I added a vanilla flat-back pearl in the centre. The small flowers were stamped with Really Rust and Chocolate Chip.

I love these flowers so much I don't think I'm going to be able to give them away - but hey they make really quick embellishments for your cards and they help a card come together super fast!

I hope you've enjoyed all my creativity yesterday - try having a go at this yourself - it's a lot of fun!!

Thanks for stopping by!

x Amy x


Dana said...

Wow, Amy! Beautiful cards and embellishments. They look as perfect as if they were store bought!!

Jane said...

Those are beautiful Amy, lovin' the tropical colours :)

ubeestampin said...

Amy, I love your flower embellishments. Those look nicer than the ones you buy at the store. I'm going to try to make some of my own. Beautiful cards also. Thanks for the details.

Stacey Schafer said...

these are amazing, Amy! will you email your address to me? thanks...