Sunday, April 22, 2012

Dogwood Blossoms

 Today doesn't feel much like spring here in central Virginia!  It's in the low 50s and rainy!  Yuck.  But we're home from church and Sunday school and staying put (and dry!) for the rest of the day.   It's a good day to stay inside and stamp though!  Hopefully I can fit that in this afternoon after I watch some NHL playoffs.  My Philadelphia Flyers haven't looked so hot the last 2 games and we're hoping they can pull off the 4th win to win the series against the Penguins.  I know Philly fans get a bad rap but I'm really a nice person, I promise!  =)

  Right now I'm going to share another Creative Crew project from last month. I used my gorgeous dogwood trees as inspiration for this sketch challenge.  They are all finished blooming now and growing out their leaves but they were awesome for the 3 weeks or so that the blossoms lasted.  We were also to focus on using the soon to be retired In Colors for these challenges so I went with Blushing Bride and Pear Pizzazz and some Early Espresso since that's what the Color Coach suggested.

  Now for the card....I didn't have a better oval punch to use so the shape of the petals aren't exact but I think you can see where I was going!

  I used watercolor paper to make the petals and ink and an Aquapainter to color them.  I used a small circle punch to nip the ends off and then highlighted it with a Pear Pizzazz marker.  While the petals were still damp from the watercoloring I used my bone folder to slightly curl the tips up (kind of like using scissor to curl ribbon). Once they were dry I assembled the blossoms and popped them up on dimensionals. 

  For the centers I punched out a bunch of little circles using the Owl Punch and adhered them to a larger circle.  I added some Dazzling Details to give them a bit of sparkle....not exactly like the real thing but it's an "interpretation" right?

  The Blushing Bride cardstock base is embossed with the Elegant Line embossing folder and the Pear Pizzazz DSP is layered on top.  I added some Blushing Bride DSP to the inside of the card and cut away a bit of the front flap so it shows and then layered a piece of Early Espresso that was punched with the scallop border punch.  A length and a little bit more of the adhesive pearls finishes off details.

  The game is just about to start so I'm going to grab my bowl of popcorn and get ready to cheer!

  Thanks for looking!  Did you stamp today?

Stamps: Petite Pairs

Ink: Blushing Bride, Pear Pizzazz, Early Espresso

Paper: Blushing Bride, Very Vanilla, watercolor paper, Early Espresso, In Color Hostess DSP pack (retired)

Accessories: oval punches, Owl punch, circle punches, Dazzling Details, dimensionals, adhesive pearls, scallop trim border punch, Elegant Lines embossing folder



  1. Weather = yuk. Rainy and cold here too - our tomato and pepper plants are looking very sad. Beautiful card, Amanda! The colors are so soft and delicate, and your flowers are gorgeous! Enjoy your Flyers game, we have the Cardinal's game on! Hugs...

  2. SO pretty! I love how you showed your inspiration too!


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