Thursday, 6 June 2013

Three minute Best of Flowers

I don't think I've ever come over so floral in my life - and I'm loving it! I used to think that having a few florals in my collection would cover all eventualities but I've now realised that's like a garden planted with just one or two kinds of flowers! Secret Garden, Summer Silhouettes, Stippled Blossoms, Fabulous Florets, Field Flowers, Pleasant Poppies - they've all become firm favourites and I'm now adding Best of Flowers to the list. Today's quick card uses the gorgeous hydrangea image from the set - come and have a look:


I used an off-cut of Whisper White I'd been stamping on previously. It had some pink stamping still showing on it and I immediately saw that it could feature in a background. You'd be surprised how often your off-cuts can be turned into quick, 'arty' backgrounds!


The hydrangea stamp was inked up with Garden Green and Marina Mist markers, then the flower head was tapped with a Rich Razzleberry marker. I huffed on it, stamped it a couple of times and gave it a quick wash-over with an aqua painter. The scene was cut out with my trusty 2 1/2" circle punch and the edges roughed up and sponged before stamping with a sentiment, sprinkling with gems and mounting onto the card front.

I'm going to link this card up to Di's snippety playground where Miss will be having her work cut out getting us to keep our sun hats on this week!

Here's what you'll need for this card
Stamps: Best of Flowers, Petite Pairs
Ink: Blushing Bride, Marina Mist, Garden Green classic inks, stazon black
Card stock: Whisper White
Other: Garden Green, Marina Mist and Rich Razzleberry markers, 2 1/2" circle punch, Basic rhinestones, aqua painter, stamp-a-majig
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To those ladies that asked to see my Rampaging Rector, I couldn't possibly show you pictures of my wilderness er I mean garden but I promise there'll be a photo when the roses are out and and the Rector is looking his best! In the meantime though, how about this wonderful bloom that surprised me by opening out on my birthday last week:


It's a peony which I bought for just pennies at a car boot sale three or four years ago, planted and then forgot all about because it just sat there sulking. This year it's suddenly decided it's going to be happy after all! We live in such an 'instant' society but time and time again I'm reminded that being patient really is a good plan.

Do join me again tomorrow when there'll be more floral offerings of the inky variety - and also a very special CAKE!!!

12 comments:

  1. Hi Vicky, I found your blog a couple of weeks ago and just wanted to let you know how much I love visiting not only for your gorgeous cards but the way you write as well. It really feels like having a conversation, I love the little bit you add at the end about your family or your home, you have a great way with words :)
    Jaki (in Australia)

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  2. Beautiful as always Vicky-using the circle is so very effective and i love the soft mix of colours you have used.
    Your Peony is beautiful-and well worth the wait ! I am still waiting for mine which although in full bud has yet to bloom ! I have some of the most gorgeous and huge " frilly" headed poppies which are such a pretty sea of red-that's it....im inspired now ! while i have no time to craft i will take a few garden snaps to share this week !
    Nessa xx

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  3. Beautiful card Vicky, so pretty!

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  4. Hi Vicky
    Fabulous card.... Love the peony in your garden... My mum used to have one in her garden... And i think a pink one ... They are a truly beautiful flower... Still plodding through the catty....
    Hugs Sylvie xx

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  5. Beautiful card Vicky and such a stunning background effect

    Anne

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  6. WOW - you did that in 3 mins? Amazing. It's lovely - but would've taken me a lot longer!

    Hugs
    Sarn xxx

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  7. Love this card Vicky, I always think hydrangeas look like a bouquet of tiny flowers:) We had to dig up and replant things in our garden when we had the extension and luckily my acer and roses have survived! The weekend is looking good:)
    Val x

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  8. I love your floral delights Vicky and when you use this circular panel I love how you make it look so dimensional whatever you place on it :0) beautiful summery water-colours.
    Jenny x

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  9. Hi Vicky

    Wow this is just fabulous! Guess what, I'd STILL be working on it let alone done in three minutes.

    And how lovely that your peony finally came out of the 'sulks' - they are notoriously moody plants but oh so well worth it when they do behave. Ha, ha - a bit like naughty kids really :)

    Hugs, Di xx

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  10. You great big girly you! So pretty, the tinge of pink was a masterstroke, and I love that little best of stamp. Peonies have a reputation for sulking don't they, but it's clearly very happy now. Can't wait to see what it produces next year...

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  11. Lovely card as usual. I really like the soft effect you achieved with the inking, it's so pretty x x

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