Aug 26, 2012

"Floral Fantasy"

Handmade/Floral Challenge at FSC

To know me is to know that I shudder at the thought of making handmade flowers.
For this challenge it isn't necessary to make your own,
but how would that be challenging myself?
(sometimes I wonder about myself)
Thanks Fliss for this really was fun!

I had treated myself to the Tim Holtz Tattered Florals die set recently
and found that there is a small one in the set which looks great,
so I made 3 flowers in some of my favourite colours.

Then I had to come up with a card!

I am also taking part in the Claudine Hellmuth Collage for Composition course this month
so I have tried to incorporate some of the things I am learning into this card.

And toilet paper!

Yes, the gorgeous blue and yellow background is toilet paper.
Rolled through my cuttlebug and sprayed with dylusional inks
 and a little Perfect Pearls Mist.
(thanks Shirl, our industrious leader, for that idea)
I am really liking the flakey, natural look of it.

Other details for those following are the memory box die that I have used as a flourish and heat embossed, with black embossing powder, to give an overall lushness to this piece. The three black birds were facing the other way, so I cut them out..turned them over...and black embossed them.  (It is just one little stamp).  The fairy is stamped onto some scrap alcohol ink cardstock which I lighted a little in the middle, with blending solution, to give a highlight to the image.
I love that you can go back at any time and still keep working with these inks!

One of the hardest things about this making this card
was knowing when enough was enough...

And that's about it
Just a little alcoholic ink, some dylusionals, toilet paper and hey presto!

Please pop over to FSC and check out the other incredible creations from the Stampettes.

Be inspired.
And join in the fun!

You'll have a chance at winning an on-line voucher
 from Marina's Cottage Crafts shop


I am entering this card into the following challenges -


Yvonne Garner said...

Be still my heart Dot! What a fantastic card you have created! I admired your bravery and really need to acquire this die. Hope all is well for ou. Best, Yvonne

Brenda Brown said...

Wow Dot, this is a fabulous make. I love the composition of the design and the colours and textures have come together beautifully. Perfect.
Hugs Brenda xox

maria's knutselplezier said...

What a gorgeous creatine, I love every detail of the card!!!


Shirl said...

Gorgeous detail everywhere sweets love absolutely everything about this card especially the flowers.

Hugs Shirley x x

lynne said...

Hi Dot
Well what a stunning card. It brings to mind an Autumn Maiden, the gorgeous colours.
Sensational card.

Alie said...

Such a nice flowercard...but I'm a bit worried about the toiletpaper :-))
Lovely creation!

greetings, Alie :-)

Claire said...

This is so beautiful Dot, from the stunning fairy to the little birds and swirls and of course those gorgeous flowers. I'd never have guessed you don't like making them
Claire xx

Silvia(Barnie) said...

Dot, that's an amazing card. Love all the details and elements. Great colors, too.

Rosie said...

Your card is a wonderful creation, Dot. Thank you for following my blog. I will follow yours.

Have a lovely Sunday, Dot

~ginny said...

OMGosh! I LOVE your card! I love the surprise of the burgundy flower - (I just didn't expect that color and it fits beautifully!) I love the TP idea and I am going to have to try that. I am adding your site to my Google Reader so I can follow your posts.
I'm so glad you joined the challenge at Craft Your Passion and I hope to see you again next week!
CYP Design Team

Julia S-W said...

A beautiful card - I love your image and flowers.

Fliss said...

So glad you enjoyed this challenge Dot and it really shows in your totally amazing creation.
The colours and textures are fabulous and love the stamped image and beautiful flower embellies.
Hope you're having a lovely weekend and enjoying your Claudine class too.
Hugs, Fliss xx

Paper Creations by Shirley said...

Hello Dot, your work is gorgeous ! Just found your blog from another one that I follow and have enjoyed looking at your designs. This one is stunning ! Love your work so will join as a follower :) Greetings from Canada, Shirleyx

Ellie said...

What a gorgeous combination of materials and colors.

Meggymay said...

Wow, gorgeous project, its hard to believe you used that'household product' to create such a fantastic effect
Yvonne x

Janny Jager 't Hooft said...

Lovely card Dot and i love the paper flowers you made.

Greetings Janny

Terry said...

Before mouth hits the floor, "Happy Birthday," Dot! Once again I am amazed at the depth and interest in your creations! Love the flowers and image and that black embossing and foliage just pop! Beautiful!

Sharon said...

You have certainly made an eye catching card Dot. The flowers are gorgeous but I do hope you don't run out of toilet paper!!! Love the three birds and the dies. I am now a follower of your blog. Thanks for joining us at Diva's by Design. Good luck.
Hugs Sharon. x

Esther said...

Well - what is a card without a bit of toilet paper ! It looks amazing,like expensive hand made paper..gorgeous handmade flowers too and lovin the colours....Esther xx

Sue C said...

Gorgeous work Dot, I love the colours and the flowers are beautiful. Sue C x

Asia King (aka Joanna K) said...

Gooooooorgeous card Dot! Absolutely love the colours and the use of quite unconventional materials lol ;). Beautiful! xx

inkypinkycraft said...

Areally beautiful make, love the focal image,trace x.

Maria said...

Hiya Dot, I love this! I am absolutely rubbish at handmade flowers and purchased the Tattered Florals die, only to find that I was still rubbish at them, lol. Yours are gorgeous! I love all the beautiful colours in this and have to say that the toilet roll looks amazing. A really eye-catching creation!

Maria x

Dezinaworld said...

Dot that is fab. its got everything, gorgeous florals, beautiful lady, texture and great background and distressing. Love it
hugs June x

Brenda Brown said...

Just popping back to say thanks for your kind words on my new DT position, I really appreciate it.
Have a great weekend.
hugs {brenda} xox

Mrs.B said...

Hi Dot, Fabulous card, would never have thought you didn't like making flowers. Your layout, colours, and embellishments, just perfect.
Have a great weekend.
Avril xx

Buttons said...

Any number of fab ideas and tips here. It is also very self evident that you are mastering composition. You have so got right when to stop on this and how to put it all together (in my humble opinion). Love the embossed die cuts and the colours you have used. Need to see what else you create so I am now following. Thanks for your lovely comment. Hugs, Buttons x

Anjas-Artefaktotum said...

Magnuficent collage! Love how you combined all stamps and details, also the colors are fantastic.
Wish you a nice weekend, hugs Anja

trisha too said...

Dot, this is charming, what a pretty card!


butterfly said...

Absolutely glorious colours... what a fantastic card!
Alison x

Jean Straw said...

A beautiful card. Great composition and I love the gorgeous colours and the fairy image. Jean x