Monday 7 May 2012

Apothecary Art bouquet

I've put Masculine Monday on hold for a few weeks because I'm delighted to say I'm guest designer at Make My Monday for the month! I'm so excited because not only do I get to join in with the team of very talented ladies, but also this month's overall theme is Flowers which I'll thoroughly enjoy! The specific challenge this week is to make a card featuring lily of the valley flowers or any other white flowers. Come and see what I made:

I don't have a lily of the valley image but my new Apothecary Art set was out on my desk and I've been eyeing the roses on it! I stamped the image a couple of times using Wild Wasabi ink and coloured the flowers with White craft ink and the leaves with Certainly Celery and Wild Wasabi markers before cutting them out. Here's a close-up:

The 'bouquet' was made by folding strips of Certainly Celery card stock into a piece of vellum paper and adding the cut out flower clusters with glue dots and dimensionals...

... and is tied up with the scrumptious Calypso Coral bakers twine.

It's laid on a background made of smooth and textured card stock layered with some green and white designer paper from the Twitterpated range. I added some scoring and a scalloped border for extra interest and chose one of the beautiful sentiments from the Apothecary Art set.

I hope my card has set you thinking about white flowers - it would be great if you'd join in at Make My Monday!

Here's what you'll need to make today's card:
Stamps: Apothecary Art, 
Ink: Wild Wasabi, Calypso Coral, Whisper White craft ink
Card stock: Calypso Coral, Certainly Celery, Whisper White smooth and textured
Other: Vellum paper, markers, Calypso Coral bakers twine, Twitterpated designer paper, Scallop border punch, Simply Scored, stamp-a-majig
I'd be delighted to order any of these items for you and can have them delivered to your address in the UK. I'm committed to providing excellent customer service and am always happy to offer help and advice. To place your order, just send me an email or give me a call on 01280 820593.

It's great to have my family with me for the bank holiday. My teenage son is going through a dramatic phase. Yesterday he stubbed his toe getting up from the sofa and we watched open mouthed as he spun round and round on one leg, clutching his toe and yowling, and finally casting himself on the floor in a heap. "Are you alright?" I asked him anxiously. "Yeah I'm fine," he said cheerfully, picking himself up and disappearing in search of sausage rolls to keep his strength up.

I hope everyone in the British Isles is having a great bank holiday weekend and happy Monday wherever you are! I'll be back tomorrow with a couple of zingy birthday cards - hope to see you then.



  1. Vicky, this is FABULOUS!! You have such an eye for using stamps in less-obvious ways. What a beautiful card. I love white flowers (my wedding bouquet was a simple one of white tulips - perfection!), and I love the greens you've used to complement the roses.

  2. Totally stunning card Vicky! Lovely bouquet, so cleverly made.

    Laughing about your son's dramatics - don't knock it, he could end up on the stage :)


  3. Lovely card your bouquet idea


  4. Ooh, Congrats on your DT spot Vicky. Have a great time . . . perfect theme!

    Great DT card too!

  5. A really gorgeous card here Vicky. Love the bouquet you've created (I nearly went for roses too) and the touches of green and red look beautiful.
    Lovely to have you as our guest designer this month and looking forward to your other creations.
    Have a great day.
    Hugs, Fliss xx

  6. Love your bouquet Vicky,
    M x

  7. A bouquet of flowers on a card - how clever, and such a lovely feminine card too ! Enjoy your Monday !
    Jane x

  8. Hi Vicky - as always you have made a gorgeous card, I love the variation in the smooth and textured card stock. The white roses are very pretty and I think I want that stamp now!!!
    - great to have you with us at MMM - Jacqueline xx

  9. What a great illustration of how to use that lovely stamp in a completely different way - it works perfectly.
    Tara x

  10. Vicky, you've been very clever in making your bouquet, anybody receiving this would love it. Thanks, too, for your lovely comments on my blog. Helen (Sydney)

  11. What a gorgeous card Vicky, you are so clever.
    Hope you are enjoying the rain today!
    L x

  12. How pretty this is. The pops of red enhance the card and make the bouquet a grew focus point.

  13. Such a gorgeous card and a very clever use of the roses stamp. I love the simplicity of the colours, with the "pop" of Calypso Coral - lovely. x x

  14. I would never have thought of chopping up the roses like this - it works so well as a bouquet. Love the other pops of colours that just make that bouquet leap off the page!

  15. Wonderful Vicky, that you are GD, look forward to your makes, as usual :)
    Love the white roses here, so pretty and I love how you have done the border, all delicious

  16. Wow Vicky this is stunning Luv Sue x

  17. Hello Vicky

    Your card is fabulous, I love it. The white roses are so pretty and I especially like the touch or orange.

  18. Soooooo excited to have us with you this month at MMM as our guest! LOVE this--the way you've created your bouquet wrap at the bottom is FABULOUS! I really need to use my Apothecary Art set more... :)

  19. Congratulations on the DT gig. They are very lucky to have you! I love the way you created your floral bouquet. So unique!

  20. Your bouquet of roses is gorgeous Vicky and congrats on the GDT spot this're loving all these new stamps I can tell :0)
    jenny x

  21. Delighted to have you aboard as GDT for Make My Monday. I always love your cards (though very different from my own cluttered style - your style is something I aspire to)...and this one is no exception. It's beautiful! Suzanne :)

  22. Congratulations on your guest DP Post thoroughly deserved ! Another beauty from you and once again clever use of your stamps.Love this great design and the velum is a perfect touch.



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