Friday, 11 July 2014

Mollie's Flowers

Good heevnin peeps!

Well it's been a few days since I posted, Simon is on holiday this week so we have been decorating, gardening, going for bike rides, visiting tea rooms for a cuppa and yummy cake....

My fingers have been itching and I've been chomping at the bit to have a play with my Cricut® Explore.

There is a wonderful lady called Mollie that lives over the road from my mum; I call her 'Grandma Mollie'. She is such good fun and a brilliant laugh. Well it's her birthday on the 26th July so I thought I would make her a card using the Explore.

I used flowers and leaves from the Cricut® Flower Shoppe cartridge.

Cricut® Flower Shoppe
What you need...

Electronic die-cutting machine:  Explore - Cricut®
Image cartridge: Flower Shoppe (S120) - Cricut®
Card stock: shades of aqua, turquoise, brown, green
Stamps: Sentiment Sampler - Paper Smooches
Ink pad: Jumbo Java - VersaMagic
Pearls: white (assorted sizes)
Ball tool: 3mm/8mm - McGill
Foam mat

What you do...

On the design canvas insert the flower and leaf images and re-size as desired. Set the Explore to cut out the flowers in shades of aqua, turquoise and brown. Cut out the leaves in shades of green.

Scrunch up the flowers and leaves, then using the large 8mm end of the ball tool, rub the petals/leaves on the foam mat to make them curl up. 

Some flowers have tabs, add a spot of glue to the tab, close up the flower and hold in place for a few seconds for the glue to bond. Assemble the flowers and add a pearl onto the centre of each.

Create a 12cm x 15cm top fold blank and stamp the sentiment in the lower right corner. Arrange the flowers and leaves across the top. When happy with the position, glue each in place.

Ta da!

As you can buy individual images with the Explore, here are the image codes for the flowers/leaves I have used...

Leaf: #M3E197
Flowers: #M4709B; #M441C7; #M472BF; #M3D715; #M4709A; #M46100

I chose the cool hues of aqua and turquoise for something that little bit different and added chocolate browns to add a touch of warmth. I think aqua and turquoise always make a good combination with chocolate brown. Don't ever be afraid to experiment with colour. 

Some crafters are a bit nervous of choosing colours or they are not sure what combinations work. This is one of the reasons I decided to do the Cosmic Colour Challenge. 

There are lots of sketch challenges (which I love) but I wanted to make it a bit easier for crafters to use colour in their projects by having the colours together on one swatch. As the colours are already picked for you, all you have to do is use them to create your beautiful designs.

Talking of challenges, why not give the current challenge a go? Click here to take you to the colour swatch, rules and linky.

A big thanks to all of you have played along so far, I'm really impressed with your projects :o)

So that's me for now. Thank you for popping by. xxx

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  1. What a lovely card to give her. You seem to like doing the same things as us. My partner Simon was off for a week too last week and we also did gardening, cycling and visited a fish and chip shop as well as tea rooms. Snap!

    1. Oooerr! Weird! We had fish 'n' chips with friends last night. :o) x

  2. I really like your card! The colours are fantastic and the flowers are adorable. Cool :D
    Lots of love, Manuela

  3. A really pretty card. Love the combination of flowers and colours.


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