Thursday, 17 August 2017

Flirty Flowers

Hello, Crafters.

If you've ever wondered if I ever make cards that just do not work out at all, today's card proves yes I do get it totally wrong sometimes! 

Today's card is one of those that, if I'd had more time yesterday, I wouldn't be sharing it with you now, because I would have re-done it! LOL! 

I did consider put a Designer Series Paper flag strip over the poppy, but it would have looked like what it was i.e. me covering up a mistake!

If I were to re-make this card, I'd omit the green poppy and add some more Flirty Flowers in it's place. 

I would also use Pool party Ink for the sentiment, and I would have finished up with a card that I was happy with!

One of my ideas was to use one of the corner dies from the Card Front Builder Thinlits, to show that this set of dies will work all year round, not just at Christmas. 

If it's used with summer flowers as I have done here, the die cut flowers don't particularly look like poinsetties! 

I love the way the die cut flowers pull in the Pool Party Cardstock (CS) layer, too.

Photograph 2: I stamped the single bell-shaped flower using Basic Black Archival Ink onto the card front.

I stamped the image again onto a piece of PostIt Note and fussy cut it.

I used it to cover the stamped image on my card front, and then stamped the clusters of line drawn flowers twice, once just to the left of the image and then once to the right.  

Using Marker Pens I coloured the bell flower, and the bobble flowers in Pool Party, then the three "heart shaped" flowers in Sweet Sugarplum, and then all the leaves in Pear Pizzazz!

Photograph 3: the Pear Pizzazz poppy that sticks out like a sore thumb! I added the pearls in the centre, hoping it would help the poppy blend in a bit! Fat chance!!

Photograph 4: I used one of the two corner dies from the Card Front Builder Thinlits to demonstrate that these dies will be useful all year, not just for Christmas.

On their own, I don't think they look particularly like poinsettias - what do you think? 

I like how the cut outs bring together the Pool Party of the lower layer, as well as the punched trim above the sentiment. 

Photograph 5: I used the Happy Birthday stamp from the Happy Birthday, Gorgeous Stamp Set.

I die cut the sentiment using the second size oval die from the Stitched Shapes Thinlits Dies.

I used Pear Pizzazz Ink to try and tie the poppy in with the rest of the card!

Likewise, I added some Basic Pearls to the sentiment for the sma e  reason!

Photograph 6: Using Pool Party CS, I punched this border using the fabulous new Decorative Ribbon Border Punch. 

Photograph 7: to decorate the inside of the card I took a layer of Whisper White CS, and stamped three single bell flowers at decreasing heights. 
I coloured the flower heads using my Pool Party Marker Pen, and the stems and leaves using Pear Pizzazz Marker Pen.

As I said earlier, without the green poppy, I'd have been happy with today's card!

Oh well, today's another day. Until tomorrow, happy crafting!



  1. Delighted to see the flower die being used for other than Christmas cards, I think it looks great how you have used it, I agree you could have done the green flower in another colour, It reassures me when I see someone as talented as you make a mistake, !!!

    1. Hi, Kaye. The flower die doesn't look at all Christmassy if used with non-Christmas stamps, which makes it excellent value for money. I'm not a perfect crafter and I wouldn't want anyone to think I am, therefore I'm happy to share my failures, too! LOL!!☺☺☺ Happy crafting, JanB.

  2. Hi Jan!
    I like your card. I don't think the green poppy detracts from it at all.

    1. Hi, Kathy. Many thanks. I think we're all our own worst critics - I know I'm certainly mine! LOL! ☺ Happy crafting, JanB.