Tuesday 21 August 2012

Beyond the Garden huge flower

One of my favourite paper ranges of this year has been the Beyond the Garden range with its gorgeous florals. Here I used just a strip of it to embellish my card along with matching plain card stock:

Yes, it's another of my layouts with large flowers - I love them! The Curly Cute sentiments all work beautifully with this scale - and I have to ask myself why on earth did I leave it so long to acquire this set?!

The flower is made with the faux suede technique (punch a flower with the blossom punch, run it through a crimper several times to break down the fibres in the card stock, peel the flower into two). The insides of the two layers look all soft and tactile like suede and, when crumpled up and fastened together with a brad, make lovely flowers. This beautiful brad is from the Circle Ice range of brads and I don't think it'll be available for much longer...

Here's what you'll need to make this card
Stamps: Curly Cute
Ink: Basic Black and Pear Pizzazz marker for the stem
Card stock: Pacific Point
Other: Blossom punch, Circle Ice brad, Beyond the Garden designer paper, 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. If you are placing an order of £60 or more, you will receive a free Reason to Smile stamp set in your choice of wood or clear mount. The set is also available to buy for £18.95 wood mount or £14.95 clear mount.

Last week I went to my zumba class and only realised when I got there that I was wearing flip flops! Do you think I might need a holiday?!

By the way, I made some matching notebooks to go with this card and I'll show you those tomorrow.
See you then,


  1. WOWSERS!!! Vickie, this just jumped out at me! Sensational!! Love the blue and what a cool technique. Will have to try this - and probably have to CASE it too! Just beautiful!

  2. So simple and utterly lovely!

  3. The faux suede looks great, although I was taught to use a bone folder to break down the fibres and it took ages...the crimper makes much more sense! Allie x

  4. Your blue flowers is gorgeous! Love that color and the suede look of it. Ann

  5. What a beautiful bold card Vicky-and i love how you have created those flowers-(i just want to reach out and touch them!) x

  6. Gorgeus flower Vicky, and the sentiment is so pretty!

  7. Hi Vicky, the faux suede effect is just a brilliant discovery...... It really doesn't look like paper!!!!
    Beautiful colour for a flower too :0)
    Jenny x

  8. This is stunning, I love island indigo. Can you tell us how you did the stem of the flower, it's lovely.

  9. Just love te simplicity of this card Vicky the colour of your flower is gorgeous


  10. Beautiful card, love the simplicity of the design and the bold colour. x x

  11. I've never seen this technique before but can't wait to try it! The results are wonderful!

  12. Love the idea of Zumba'ing in flip flops!!! The faux suede flower is divine and works so well with the patterned border. Hugs, Buttons x

  13. Gorgeous colour and texture on the flower.
    Is Zumba not possible in flip flops?! xxxxx

  14. Love how you created the faux suede effect, Vicky. Your flower looks fabulous...lovely deep turquoise blue. Gorgeous card!

  15. The faux suede is such a stunning effect on your trademark big blooms.
    Hope you didn't break anything trying to zumba in flip flops!!!

  16. Hi Vicky - it's gorgeous. Love the colours you've used. I've never heard of this technique - thank you for describing how you make the flower. I'll have to try this soon hugs Karen

  17. This is vibrant and bold. Really lovely.

    Zumba? You swore! I tried twice and vowed never to go back again . . . it's insane!

    Sarn xxx

  18. Hi Vicky

    It seems ages since I visited your blog! I've had a look at your recent makes and they are all amazing as always. Enjoy the rest of your day!

    Sarah x

  19. What a fabulous flower Vicky, I'm off to have a go at this technique:)Love the paper border too.
    Val x

  20. Great card Vicky - this is one of my favourite designer papers too.

    Gill x

  21. Oh Vicky - I love the serene simplicity of this. It is just lovely! I now have that flower punch, and can't wait to make some of these pretty blooms.
    Cheers, Karen

  22. Vicky this is absolutely stunning. I swear you sell me more supplies than you do to your customers :)

  23. Oooh must try this! Your large bloom is so gorgeous and vibrant. Love those papers too. x


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