Tuesday, 22 March 2011

FTL Challenge 132 - using Greenhouse Gala paper

Wouldn't it be nice, I thought this morning, to make a card for a challenge! I popped over to the Clean and Simple Stamping site and found this sketch there.
I had a great plan involving lollipop trees but don't they say that the best-laid plans go awry? Mine went completely skew-whiff! Eventually I came up with this:

What is it? I'm not sure... I went into a little world of my own when I was making it and, when I came out of the little world, this is what had happened! I know that there is no plant on this earth that looks like this and while some people might call it artistic licence, others would call it taking liberties!

Globe asparagus? I've no idea really!

This is my favourite bit! I thought the scallop trim border looked like victorian garden edging in Cajun Craze and I do love those little tags tied up with linen thread.

Here's how to make this card:

  • Cut an A4 sheet of Crumb Cake card stock in half vertically. Score and fold in half to make a card base.
  • Using Always Artichoke ink, stamp some stems onto the card front and add some leaves. Cut some of the artichoke shapes out of Greenhouse Gala designer paper (DP) with sharp paper snips and glue to the top of the stems.
  • Cut a 9.75cm x 4.25cm piece of coordinating DP. Decorate the edge of some Cajun Craze card stock with the scallop trim border punch, trim to fit the paper and glue under the edge.
  • Use snail adhesive to position a length of Early Espresso 5/8" grosgrain ribbon around the DP and tie it with a piece of linen thread.
  • Stamp a decorative border and sentiment from the Tiny Tags stamp set onto a scrap of Crumb Cake card stock and cut out with the jewellery tag punch. Cut another tag out of Cajun Craze card stock. Pierce a hole in the tops of these and push the linen thread through them. Finish with a bow.
  • Glue the DP panel onto the card front.

Stamps: Tiny Tags, Greenhouse Garden (stem), Just Believe (leaf)
Ink: Cajun Craze, Always Artichoke
Card stock: Crumb Cake, Cajun Craze
Other: Medium jewellery tag punch, scallop border trim punch, linen thread, Early Espresso 5/8" grosgrain ribbon

While I was making this card my youngest son wandered into the room. "Thank the Lord for underwear!" he announced in a heartfelt way. I asked why (rather bravely I thought!) but he had already left the room. So we shall never know what dreadful disaster had been averted by his trusty underpants!

Thank you for visiting me today. I shall be back tomorrow so do come back and join me if you have a minute.


  1. Hi Vicki! Even your "mistakes" turn out great! I hope you never have to find out about the underwear! (..Thanks for the LOL!!)

  2. Totally love you artistic globe aspargus card ;-)! Would love seeing more cards made in Vicky´s little world :-) Have a nice day, Janna :)

  3. Beautiful card, I must remember to use my tiny tag punch more. Isn't it great how many ways a sketch can be interpreted..I have mine to upload later. X

  4. This bud shape always makes me think of the triffids from Invasion of the Body Snatchers! Eeek!

  5. This is just gorgeous.. I love your colour combo.. really gorgeous and elegant.. :)

  6. I really like this Vicky. They could even be stylised grape hyacinths ( maybe)I agree with you about the border punch, gorgeous.
    Lynne xxx

  7. This is lovely Vicky, and who says you can't invent your own plants!!!
    Margaret x

  8. I'm sure I've seen this plant in a greenhouse somewhere :), I love what you have done and the tags and the paper and the ribbon, Oh! OK I love the card

  9. This is gorgeous - unusual and quirky! Love the colours too.

  10. I think I would call these artichokes. I would also call them lovely and unique! And those little tags are so sweet!

  11. Love it, such a great colour combo too, who cares what flower it is lol :O) Viv xx

  12. Your fanciful flower has a bit of an artichoke look to me. I'm quite sure they don't grow on long stems, but... why not be a little creative? Glad you cleared up the underwear mystery in your next post. I was quite intrigued to read the beginning of the story! (I have a couple underpants stories from my son, but I'll spare you... maybe if we ever get to meet in real life... :) )


I love reading your comments. Thank you for taking the time to leave them! Vicky x