Tuesday, 10 July 2012

A Bit Obsessed With Flowers....

Hi Chums!

I know I said I was going to post soon after the last one, but I just don't know where the time went! Simon's been off on hols for this last week, the weather has been a bit up and down, so we've had a few days out and some pottering around at home, plus, I've had an extra commission to do for Crafts Beautiful - busy busy busy!  I have managed to do a bit of gardening and catching up with the plants. Though I still have some new pond plants to pot (I'm sure they are not bothered about all the rain).

I don't think we're going to get any apples or plums this year, we had plenty of blossom, but with all the wet weather the bees haven't had chance to pollinate the flowers. Oh dear, we'll have to wait and see. It's a shame because the apple tree produces the most wonderful Granny Smiths.

Right, onto the cards. I've got a bit of a thing about making shabby chic roses at the moment, it's so relaxing sitting scrunching and twiddling paper. The first is a birthday card I made for Simon's Mum.

The flowers are a mix of punched and handmade shabby roses in various papers.They were  randomly attached along the top half of the card, then finished with some flat backed pearls and a rub-on sentiment.

Patterned papers - Country Drive; Hello Summer; Summer Days - Echo Park
Dies - Chinese Roses - Marianne Design Creatables

This next card I made just for the sake of it (plus good chance to make more roses). It is only 9cm x 12cm, perfect for a thank you or note card. I kept it quite simple, using a background paper that would not distract from the floral corner.

I chose a 6x6 paper collection with small design, which would be more suitable for a small card. Again the roses are made with the Chinese Rose die. It was then finished off with a simple flat bow.

Patterned Papers - Green at Heart - Basic Grey
Dies - Chinese Roses - Marianne Design Creatables

Lastly, this is a wedding card I made for someone I know. Not really being into the over sentimental slushy cards, I again kept this really simple.

I think the colours are unusual for a wedding card, blues, red, brown, lime and white. But it does work. For the roses, I matched solid card to three of the colours in the paper.

The paper was attached to the lower right hand side of the card, I die cut a heart on the left hand side of a smaller piece of white card (missing off the edge of the heart) and then embossed it with a dot design. This piece was then adhered onto the patterned paper.

The card was finished off with a stamped sentiment, a diamante and a brown scrunched bow.

Patterned paper - Alora - Bo Bunny
Dies - Homespun Hearts - X-Cut
Embossing folder - Swiss Dots - Cuttlebug

Well, that is it from me at the moment. I'm on with another commission for Crafts Beautiful.

Hope you like the cards, thanks for looking and happy crafting!

Colette x


  1. LOVE the flowers and that lush ribbon!! fabulous card!!

    1. Thank you Lyn. Glad you like. The ribbon is a bit lush isn't it? I tend to have a thing for ribbons, buttons, twine..... the list goes on. One can NEVER have too many lovely little things! ;)

      Colette xx

  2. Wonderful work Colette! I am loving all the florals and just love the way you have punched out the heart in the wedding card, it's got quite a retro feel about it.
    Spent a lovely time with your niece on Saturday as she stamped and coloured some La-La Land stamps with copics and promarkers, quite the colour'er in'er she is :) I believe she will be visiting you shortly, hope you have a lovely time together, she tells me she is looking forward to crafting with you and going to the beach :)
    Dawn xx

  3. Hiya Dawn! Thank you for your lovely comments. I am looking forward to Emily coming to stay. She's coming for two weeks this year! Phew! I've got lots planned for sunny & rainy days. When I bring her back home, I'll have to pop up to Embsay to see you. :)

    Love Colette xx

  4. This is a beautiful set of cards Colette. I really like your flowers.
    Take care, Heike xx

  5. Hello Heike! I'm so pleased you like the cards....and the flowers! Thank you! :)

    Colette xx

  6. Wonderful cards, Colette. I love the 'random' arrangement on the top one and the cut out heart on the third one is a great idea.
    Nikki x

  7. Hi Nikki,

    Thank you. The random flower arrangement was inspired by something I'd seen in an American magazine. I did the cut out heart as an experiment and I'm glad the way it turned out. Something a little bit different (that's me all over!!!!).

    Colette xx


Thank you so much for taking the time to comment. I really appreciate it - Colette xx