Monday, March 4, 2013

Flower power

With every fiber in my being I am ready for winter to be done. I am tired of shoveling snow, trudging through slush, slipping on ice and climbing over snowbank after snowbank. But alas, it's only March -- often one of the snowiest months for us -- and, you guessed it, it's snowing. So, since I have no influence over Mother Nature, I decided to inject a little spring into my crafting by focusing on the power of flowers.

Supplies (all Stampin' Up!® unless otherwise noted):
Stamps: Central Park (Raisin Boat), Petite Pairs
Card stock: Whisper White, Basic Black, Melon Mambo
Ink: Jet Black StazOn, Daffodil Delight, Melon Mambo, Basic Black marker
Accessories: Brights Buttons, Daffodil Delight stitched grosgrain ribbon, white crochet thread (DMC), Sticky Strip, Dimensionals

I don't know what could cure the winter doldrums better than a giant bright pink daisy, do you? The oval image I used to make the daisy petals is actually a treetop, but I think it works great here; I love how the scalloped lines within the ovals align to create circles radiating from the center of the flower.

I didn't use many embellishments on this card because I really wanted the flower to have the spotlight. A Daffodil Delight button adds some dimension to the center of the daisy, and a piece of Daffodil Delight ribbon helps break up the Melon Mambo card base. I also hand-drew a border around the focal panel for a little visual interest.

Supplies (all Stampin' Up! unless otherwise noted):
Stamps: Central Park (Raisin Boat)
Card stock: Whisper White, Going Gray
Ink: Going Gray, Lucky Limeade, Wisteria Wonder, Summer Starfruit, Pool Party
Accessories: Lucky Limeade 1/8" taffeta ribbon, corner rounder

I chose a softer color palette for this garden-inspired card. The layout is almost as simple as it can get: a stamped piece of white card stock layered on a card base. Easy peasy. I added just a bit of ribbon and a simple bow along the bottom of the stamped panel for a subtle embellishment.

I'm always happy that no matter what the weather outside, I can always have flowers in my craft room. Thanks for stopping by!


  1. Andrea - I love the flower idea using Raisin Boat's Central Park stamp set. I never thought of that! What a great idea and now I'm going to have to try it, too!:) Both cards just make me happy! Bobbi

  2. Wonderful flower cards Andrea. I love them. Thanks so much for sharing and joining us at the Raisin Boat challenge with your wonderful cards. Happy crafting. Linda