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Monday, 25 November 2019

Festive roses

Hello crafting friends!

I'm always attracted to the idea of dark red velvety roses, nestling in winter foliage at Christmas. Sadly my house in winter seems to have the kind of extremes of temperature that knocks roses out within a couple of days, so I stick to hardy greenery, tougher blooms like carnations, and faux berries. The display on today's card would work well in the freezing churches of Great Britain though! Come and see:


I started by masking off the bottom of a kraft card base and stamping the fir branch from Uniko's Winter Foliage directly onto it. You need a nice bright green ink to pop against the kraft - I've used Stampin' Up's Granny Apple Green. The striped strip is a sticky-backed piece left over from a craft kit.


Next came the flowers and rose leaves. They're from Modern Roses by Wplus9, and I've coloured them with Spectrum Noir markers. I stamped some holly leaves from Winter Foliage too and fussy cut everything. Once I'd assembled the roses and leaves on the card front (without sticking them down), I could see where I needed extra interest in the background. I stamped the berries, again from Winter Foliage, using Stampin' Up Poppy Parade ink which also pops well against kraft.


The greeting, from Uniko's Pure Florals Poinsettia, was stamped in Versamark ink, and I also added some speckles around the fir branches with a Versamark pen, before heat embossing it all with gold   embossing powder.


Finally I stuck my floral display down, popping up the large rose with dimensionals, and added the white insert.

CHALLENGES
I shall link this card up with The Flower Challenge where we are asked to add spots or stripes to our projects this month. I'm also playing at The Snippets Playground as I stamped all my flowers and leaves onto raggedy little off-cuts of white cardstock and used up a sticky strip from the 'long forgotten' pile!


AND IN OTHER NEWS
Today is the day for sending my little Dogmobile to the garage to have her MOT. The Dogmobile is an ancient Ford Fiesta that takes Eva and her pals into the countryside for the long rambles and romps they love so much, so we've got all fingers and paws crossed here for a clean bill of health.


Eva thinks sedate walks around the local park are for lame nerds (according to my youngest son!) and is concentrating hard on a happy outcome!

See you soon,

12 comments:

  1. Gorgeous card, Vicky. Red roses with winter foliage is my idea of perfect and this is a perfect snippet make too. Hope Eva's concentration has worked and you little Dogmobile passes it's MOT with flying colours. Elizabeth x

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    1. The Dogmobile passed and you're right, it MUST have been Eva's concentration! x

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  2. SO Beautiful Vicky, I love all the little details adding up to a full floral display, it's really lovley on the kraft card.
    Hope the MOT was OK.
    Faith x

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    1. Thanks Faith. Yes, all good on the MOT and I can relax! x

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  3. Marisela Delgado said: You made me laugh. Your card is beautiful, by the way, but the comment about Eva thinking the walk at the park is for lame nerds made me laugh. My neighbor next door has a pit bull mix named Apollo. When she first moved in and bought the house, he would bark and bark at us when he was in the back yard. We miss my beagle Monster so we would talk to him. Well, now he knows that we love him and baby him and buy him treats so he IGNORES us now. We get so happy to see him and he's, like, YAWN. Sarah, his owner, says that he loves us so he no longer barks. We would just like some acknowledgement. ha-ha-ha I was just going to wish you a Happy Thanksgiving....ha-ha Wrong country. ha-ha Many hugs to you, Vicky. love, Mari

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    1. I think Sarah's right Mari, and you can take it as the highest compliment! Apollo probably only barks at people he believes to be intruders - looks like you're family now! I shall wish YOU a happy Thanksgiving instead! x

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  4. This is such a lovely arrangement, Vicky, and it looks great on kraft. Thanks for sharing your card with us at The Flower Challenge.

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    1. Thanks Bobby. Much easier to do flower arranging on a card!

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  5. Beautiful card, Vicky, and of course Eva is looking gorgeous! xoxo

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  6. What a fabulous card Vicky! So much care has been taken to get the balance just right - it works a treat.

    Wonderful photo of dear Eva!

    Hugs

    Di xx

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    1. Thanks Di! Always fun to do a spot of flower arranging on a card! Eva is not looking all that sure about having her photo taken! xx

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