Thursday 27 March 2014

Crowning Glory

Hello there.  I made this card for a friend's birthday which was a couple of days ago, using a set of stamps from Chocolate Baroque called Lily.  To be a bit technical for a minute, this is a type of Fritillaria, the most common of which is the Snake's Head Fritillary which has purple flowers with dark checkerboard markings and several flowers up one stem.  This one here is called Crown Imperial, which presumably is because it has that crown of leaves on the top and lots of flowers in a circle underneath.  Anyway, thats enough botany for today, so here is what I used to make the card:


A5 Pink Card
White Stamping Card                                              
Pink Coredinations Cardstock
Freebie Papers Set - Jennifer Ellory
Spellbinders Die - Decorative Labels Eight
Tonic Punch - Doily Border
Craft Concepts EF - Woodgrain
Chocolate Baroque Stamp Set - Lily
Memento Ink - London Fog
Adirondack Ink - Pink Sherbert, Lettuce, Bottle,
Sunshine Yellow
Distress Ink - Picked Raspberry and Walnut Stain
Creative Expressions Sentiment
Green Gems

I stamped the image on to a snippet of white card using Memento London Fog and then coloured using the various inks as above.  I didn't want the flowers to be too dark so I did water the Picked Raspberry down a fair bit.  I then cut the flower out and layered it on to the embossed Coredinations cardstock which I had sanded down so the colour core showed through.  Over this I used a frame which I made using the S/B Decorative Labels Eight and some Dovecraft green paper which I had cut a while ago but not used. It is the largest die from the set with the middle cut away.

I don't very often use papers for the background of my cards as I tend to leave them plain or use my stamps and inks, but I have had these for a while, and it is good to ring the changes and use things which have been tucked away and forgotten about.  So these, along with the punched strip in a snippet of the coredinations pink card left over after the embossing was done, make up the background.  Once all was layered I cut the sentiment mat using a snippet of the same Dovecraft green paper and the smallest S/B Labels Eight die, on which I stamped the sentiment using Adirondack ink - Bottle.  I then finished with a few green gems.

Thank you for stopping by my blog today, and I hope the upcoming weekend is good!

Happy Crafting,
Pat x 

I am entering the follow challenge:

Pixie's Crafty Workshop  where we use up our snippets of paper/card.  I used snippets of white card and green paper.
Cuttlebug Mania  where they are celebrating their first birthday by asking that we go 'dotty'.


Julie said...

I loved my card Pat it was well designed & made. I've been waiting for you to post it, so that everyone can see how clever you are.
Carry on carding!! xx

Anonymous said...

Oh---doesn't pink and green go beautifully together---? Another really pretty card, Pat! I love flowers so was interested in your description of a bloom I'm not familiar with --- the Fritillaria. I like the way that all your designs which have pretty frames, refuse to be confined by them, expressing themselves by pushing themselves forward leaving their surround merely as a backdrop---- With love Marilyn. xx

Jean said...

A lovely card Pat, really pretty colour combo and a beautiful flower.
Jean x

Darnell said...

Great job, Pat! Wonderful use of your snippets and your NBUS and a fab biology lesson!! See you at the Playground!! Hugs, Darnell

Darnell said...

Oops, I meant to say botany!

Di said...

Laughing at Darnell and the biology lesson :)

Fabulous card Pat - love the pink and green together and the Crown Imperial is gorgeous. Many years ago I actually grew some of those - they're a beautiful and very elegant flower!



Sarn said...

Hi Pat . . . really pretty card. Tried to grow that type of flower - but the lily beetles attacked it - was beautiful while it lasted though.

Hugs, Sarn xxx

MaryH said...

Pat, breathtaking on this one! Love the elegant framing around this gorgeous flower. Good for you knowing all the botanical info...I'd have been clueless. It really is one show-stopper though. I loved your pink woodgrain. Perfect for this particular background. The pinks & greens are spot on for a Spring birthday card too. This is just a stunner. TFS & Happy wkend.

debby4000 said...

Lovely card, what beautiful colours.

Dragon said...

Very pretty card.

maria's knutselplezier said...

What a pretty birhtday card !! I love the colours and the way you coloured the flower!!!


Paper Creations by Shirley said...

Wow Pat, that flower is so beautiful. I hope you are doing well, it's very busy at my end of the world. Have a great week, Shirleyx

Kimbo said...

Such a pretty card - lovely colours. And thanks too for the botany lesson - they are beautiful flowers

Thanks for playing along with our Dotty challenge at Cuttlebug Mania x

Kerry said...

Gorgeous blooms. Thank you for joining in with our Dotty challenge at Cuttlebug Mania x