Thursday, February 10, 2011

Mom's Garden

My mom has such lovely flowers blooming in her garden every year.  These lupines were blooming at our Memorial Day gathering there a few years back.

Amy over at Scrap-Friendzy had a great pre-crop challenge posted this week.  Her recipe:
-The word "LOVE" ~ on the tag
-The color PINK (any shade) ~ photo mat and flower centers
-Distressed paper (either torn, tattered or inked) ~ photo mat, tag, and twisted wires
-An EMBOSSED element (dry or heat embossed) ~ leaves
-A NON-SCRAPPY element ~ chicken wire, twisted wire, old t-shirt, and gold tulle netting looped behind flower.

Here is my take on the challenge:

For the flower centers, I punched a 2 inch circle and put a small hole in the center.  I took a 6 inch strip of 1/2 inch wide, white ribbed T-shirt fabric and pulled one end through the circle.  Then I started twisting and as I twisted, I spread FabriTac glue on the circle to hold down the fabric as I formed the flower.  When I got to the end, I cut the cardstock circle down to size and glued the end of the fabric strip to the back of the circle.  To make them pink, I tapped my tattered rose Distress ink pad on my non-stick craft sheet.  When I had a nice layer of ink put down, I spritzed it lightly with water, then rubbed my rosettes in the pink ink.  To soften the color and spread it out more, I then spritzed the flower with water and played with them until I had the color I was looking for.  When dry, I spread tattered rose Distress Stickles on the raised portions of the rosettes.  At first I was going to make a flower cluster with them, but after playing around, ended up using them as flower centers for these larger fabric flowers.

For the leaves, I used a foam leaf stamp by coating it with adhesive from an embossing pad, then stamped on the green patterned paper.  I heat embossed clear embossing powder on the stamped image.  Once it cooled off I rubbed several colors of Distress ink into the paper around the embossed area which acted as a resist.  Then I cut out the leaves and curled them slightly for dimension. 

I also twisted craft wire to fashion the wire hanger at the top of the layout - to give it a distressed appearance, I brushed portions of it with black alcohol ink.

The photo mats and tag were distressed, and I added ink to the edges of the tag.

The focal background paper is from K & and Company as well as the paper for the tag.  
The photo mats and leaves were created from my scrap stash.  
The chicken wire was from my scrap friend, Brenda, who enabled me in my odd request last year when I asked for the wire to put on a page of us buying their DD's 4-H chickens.
The craft wire is left from my days of beading, and 
The ribbon is from my hoard of ribbon

I am also entering this layout in the following contests:
Cards and Things Color Challenge #65 to use concord crush ~ purple, bashful blue, and pear pizzazz ~ green.
Kabookle Doodles Challenge #53 ~ Break out that ribbon
Simon Says Stamp and Show some embossing ~ My leaves were heat embossed
Simon Says anything but a card ~ I am entering a scrapbook layout using Tim Holtz distress ink and stickles
Woodware USA ~ Use ribbon and/or bows in your creation ~ I used several kind of ribbon in my LO.
Sweet Stampin Challenge Blog ~ spring flowers ~ I used a stamp to emboss the leaves

Thanks for taking the time to stop by!
~ Blessings ~


  1. Absolutely page...Thank you so much for adding my candy on your sidebar...

  2. My Goodness, what an outstanding LO!!!
    So beautiful!
    Thanks for playing at Kaboodle Doodles and good luck!

  3. I adore every element of this!! Simply amazing!

  4. fab card and those leaves look amazing. Thanks for joining us at Sweet Stampin this week.


  5. Wow what a beautiful page & very innovative use of products. Love it. Thanks for playing along with our Sweet Stampin challenge x

  6. this is gorgeous!! love the flowers!

  7. Fantastic work.
    Thanks for joining in by SSC this week.


  8. Very pretty! Thanks for joining us at Kaboodle Doodles this week!

  9. This is beautiful I love the flowers.
    Thankyou for joining us girlies at Sweet Stampin Challenges, good luck.

    Hugs Vicky xx

  10. Oh WOW WOW WOW!!! Love this layout and the addition of the chicken wire, the wrinkled wribbon and the pretty flower embellishment. It's just perfectly serene! Thanks for playing in the WoodwareUSA challenge this week. Good luck!

    Kerry WWDT

  11. A lovely floral layout!! Your use of ribbon as a design element is beautiful! So glad you joined our challenge on WWUSA blog this week!!

  12. great way of using different elements not normally used. Enjoyed seeing this in person too!

  13. This is beautiful!!!
    Thank you for joining us at the Simon Says Stamp & Show Challenge!

  14. WOWZEROOONIE....lovin' all the different elements to this!! AWESOME job!!

    THANKS bunches for playing along with the crew at Simon Says Stamp and Show!!!!

  15. You knocked this one out of the park! Just so gorgeous! Love all your details.

  16. Very pretty !!! Thanks for playing along with C&T !

  17. Love what you did with the flowers(have just read your post about them on SF) xx

  18. awesome job on the challenge! so pretty

  19. Hope you're doing well! I'm going to a crop this weekend, if you're interested, I would love for you to come!!! Let me know asap I have to RSVP to my friend who is hosting it. emailed you details :)


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