Tuesday, 8 May 2012

Flowers, stockings and peas........

I've had some extra time to play this week as I'm on holiday so I've done quite a few challenges so I have a couple to show you today.

Firstly I made a "white" flower for this weeks Make my Monday challenge http://mimchallegeblog.blogspot.co.uk/2012/05/mmm-week-48.html

The literal challenge was Lily of the Valley as it's this months birth flower and all I know about this flower is that it is NOT one of those!  I have no idea what it is, or what colour it should be, but I think it looks OK in white so lets go with it ok....   I just did very quick watercolouring with distress inks (bundled sage, forrest moss and peeled paint with a hint of spiced marmelade for the stamens).  I did use a tiny bit of  bundled sage on the "white" petals to give some subtle shading.  I used an embossing folder for the mount and cut it by hand after embossing and finished with a craftwork cards sentiment.

Next I made 2 cards using the great sketch this week at 52 Christmas Card Throwdown (I'm loving this challenge and have almost a full shoebox of Christmas cards already and it's not quite half way through the year). http://52cct.blogspot.co.uk/2012/05/sketch-challenge-5.html  I made one card with the sketch as is, and a second with it turned on its side.

For this first card I used my favourite Christmas pun stamp "peas on earth" coloured with copics, some paper from My Minds Eye 12 Days of Christmas and a fab greeting one of my local stores got made up so we can do localised greetings.

For this one, I turned the sketch sideways, used an old Magenta framed stocking stamp, stamped twice and paper-pieced the second layer of stockings in pink cardstock coloured with pencils to match the paper (same MME stack) and finished with a No Peeking sentiment from Waltzingmouse.

Right - off to get some jobs done.  Catch you later.


  1. I'm gong to be a plant nerd now and tell you that I think it's a Crown Imperial (member of the fritillary family) and should be yellow or red!!
    I agree it looks stunning in white...let's hope they evolve to come in that colour too :0)
    Two fab Christmas cards too...love the peas, a timeless pun!
    Jenny x

  2. An artist licence, your flower can be any colour you wish, it does look lovely in white. Thanks for sharing with us at Make My Monday. Caz

  3. Brilliant cards and nice to have time to,play....just live the peas ,...


  4. They are all great cards, Tara! My fave is....I can't choose!

  5. Love all the cards Tara - and I'm a plant nerd too - 'cos the plant is a Crown Imperial :)

    Love that you can get your fave sayings made into stamps - what a great idea!


  6. I think these are all beautiful! LOVE the embossing of your frame on the first one and the subtle colors, too. BUT your Christmas cards are amazingly colorful--LOVE THEM!!! :) Thanks for joining us at 52CCT and MMM! :)

  7. Hi Tara - fantastic cards - both of them, thanks for taking part in both challenges - MMM and 52CCT. I love your white flowers, I have the orange versions in my garden but I really wish they came in white!! - Jacqueline xx

  8. Beautifully done! Best wishes, Yvonne

  9. Hi..the white flowers card is a beauty?! The subtle colouring is gorgeous. Thank you for sharing with us at Make My Monday. Suzanne :)

  10. Very impressed at Jenny and Di's plant nerdiness! I didn't know what it was but at least you got some bell-like flowers going on Tara! I love the layout of the card and the soft colouring. Vicky x

  11. What a fabulous white flower card... very elegant
    thank you for joining us at MMM.
    suzi b xx

  12. Really lovely cards and your white flower is very classy and gorgeous.
    Thanks for joining us at Make My Monday to share your lovely creation.
    Fliss x

  13. Fabulous colouring ob your flowers - yes - I agree they are Crown Imperals as well - and they look very dramatic is real life, unfortunately not in white yet.
    Thanks so much for joining us at MMM.

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