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Friday, February 25, 2011

Flowers and other die cuts

I have not been able to do much this week - firstly because I was too upset about what has happened to poor Christchurch in New Zealand (keep remembering our lovely holiday in that beautiful city); and secondly going to see my second granddaughter get her Blazer presented at her school for her position on the SRC.  Also saw her and two other girls sing a Missy Higgins song in unison - very impressive. she looked very contained, proper and upright in her blazer, but I know that inside she was a bundle of nerves, and just containing the giggles!

Because I could not get my head around making a card for a few days, when I was in the craft space I decided to use some new die cuts and make a few flowers. I had picked up a Marianne Design Creatable die cut of two flower shapes and a flourish leaf. They are thin metal dies and so it is difficult to get the paper or card out of them but I got quite adept in the end! I used up ends and bits of card and paper that were laying on the desk, and then decided to tidy up further, and use some other dies to get rid of my growing mound of scrap card, so I have cut out many labels, tags, hearts and shapes using dies and the Cuttlebug or some of my many punches. (Also managed to cut a hole into my rubber embossing mat - don't ask, I cannot believe I was so stupid!).  I have then put these diecuts into plastic bags and now have a store of many different colours to draw on if and when needed!  Be prepared to see lots of these on cards in the future. Here are the flowers and leaves and a card made from the pink ones!

 This card uses DP from DCWV's All Dressed Up cardstock, and the flowers have a SU brad in the centre.  I have included a label cut using a Nestability Label 4, some pretty ribbon, some leaves die cut and a heart shape punchout, as well as SU Mambo Melon ink, with clear EP.  It is all assembled with dimentionals and double sided tape, and put onto SU Pretty in Pink folded into a card shape. 

The flowers have three levels - one of card, and two of paper.  I used the ball on the end of a stylus to gently make the petals sit up, and tried to get the petals to sit properly but they keep moving back into place.  I think I should glue them next time. 

My next lot of cards were for the Creative Cottage Challenge - Fabulous Florals. Again,  I mixed the flowers I made with other die cuts and various DP and SU card. In the first one, the negative from the piece of paper where I had cut out the swirls was too intriguing to throw away, so I incorporated it in this card. Two punches of the heart swirl (in blue), and a Verve stamp, stamped in SU ink, a lace doily and a blue circle diecut, and a scrap of blue ribbon. 

This one used an image on the DP of the green bird (I added a black crystal for the eye) and three other pieces of bling.  The sentiment is a Verve stamp and I backed it on a blue card on a blue card - tried to be subtle. 

This one I used the WMS label's 14 stamp set and a Label 14 Nestability to create the label, and a WSM stamp for the sentiment, stamped in SU inks (Soft Suede and Moss green).  The small Kaiser brads make the centre of the flowers in this one, and the backing DP is a piece of scrap from a long time ago - no idea what is is. 


Ira said...

Wow, what a splendid abundance of flowers Susan! They're every so pretty! And don't worry about your rubber mat, that's probably why they invented tape :-) Have a lovely weekend, Ira

Monica said...

Stunning cards... love ALL of them... such pretty flowers... well done. Will excitedly wait to see more your brilliant creations.

xxx Monica

Curt in Carmel said...

These flowers are just beautiful! I love these and the colors that you chose for them. What beautiful cards they make. Great work on these Susan! Best, Curt

Suzie McFloozy said...

Bloomin' gorgeous !!
They are all so very pretty - thnaks for joining in with us at the creative cottage challenge blog this week x
((hugs)) Suzie xoxo

Jean said...

Beautiful flowers and beautiful cards! And a great way to use up scraps. I pull out my punches occasionally and do the same. Glad all is well with you and yours Susan. Your part of the world has had nmore than its share of hardship and tragedy in recent days. Trust your knee is all healed up and you are back on top shelf in all ways real soon. As always, I've enjoyed my visit and catching up on what's happening in Hobart. Take care and all the best from Twillingate, Newfoundland - the new windy city! :)