Monday, January 24, 2011

flower show!

judging by the amazing cards i've seen on everyone elses' blogs this week, i'm assuming absolutely everybody knows that the current challenge at city crafter is called FLOWER SHOW AT JERSEY CITY and kirsty has given us this lovely photo for inspiration:


and she's additonally added the challenge of incorporating some handmade flowers into our design. hmmmmm...both those things remind me of someone...who can it be??!?!

oh wait it's *ME*! :) :) :)

ever since making last week's painty card for the combined UPC/jingle belles prompt, i've been wanting to get a bit messy again, and this seemed like a fine time to do that; so a few short, fun, paint-n-ink-stained hours later, here's what i came up with:

(patterned paper: american crafts & sassafras + vintage sheet music all from the MY FUNKY VALENTINE kit at pixie dust paperie...along with the "indie girl" stickers and the dear lizzy rose brad; sticky-back canvas: claudine helmuth; acrylic paints: folk art; watercolors: grumbacher; spray inks: glimmer mist, maya mist & diluted ranger re-inkers; ink pads: colorbox, ranger, stewart superior; rub ons: basic grey, fancy pants, american crafts, recollections; white mini-brads: oriental trading co; HAPPY letters: recollections (outlined w/sharpie); adhesives: tombow monorunner, uhu gluestick, 3m foam tape)


yeah. i went a little bit nuts. first on the hand-made flowers, and then on the card that would hold them. i've used my last few bits of pink paper, sheet music, and a dear lizzie flower brad from the pixie dust MY FUNKY VALENTINE KIT... some flowery chipboard letters that i bought at full price in michaels even without a coupon... (unheard of!!!) and about a zillion tiny stickers and rub-ons. i was going for "a profusion of flowers". i think i may have overshot the goal somewhat! :)




the hand-made flowers are scraps of sticky-backed canvas cut with the sizzix layered flower die. they are sprayed and brushed with various spray inks, watercolors and glitter glue, they are stamped with acrylic paint and stamping inks, they have white rub-ons applied randomly on top of all the other bits. when i had an effect of color and pattern i liked, i applied the sticky-back canvas to scraps of tissue paper, crumpled and rumpled them into shape and fastened them together with decorative brads.

were they quick to make? nope. do i ♥LOVE♥ them??!? quite deliriously. (mission accomplished!)

20 comments:

  1. mission accomplished..indeed! Such a stunning card...I love it and it simply screams your name with the blooms and all that glorious PINK!

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  2. Lauren, this card is gorgeous! It reminds me of a delicious pink cake that you want to pick up and eat, but don't because it's just to pretty to wreck up the icing. Love it!
    Thanks for introducing me to some "new to me" challenge sites. So fun! :)
    XOXO

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  3. I think your card is definitely all about that photo inspiration. There may well be someone else you can think of who got the inner papercrafter on and was making stuff last week. Suffice it to say I was terrified and am still shaking!

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  4. "THEIR"! I meant to say "THEIR". D'oh!

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  5. Oh Miss Lauren you have really out done yourself with this ... TOTALLY A- MAZING!!! Those flowers like you are a one off! Thanks so much for playing along with us at CCCB ...

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  6. Oh my goodness, such lovely layers of floral goodness! I love the inspiration photo, manly because it is too cold right now. Your card just captured the colors and feel of spring!

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  7. Lauren, this is stunningly gorgeous! You have my address to send this to me, right? Bwahaha! Nah, I guess it isn't my birthday. ;) GREAT CARD!

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  8. First of all, you can't do anything wrong, and then, you can't do anything wrong with pink, and can't do anything wrong with flowers, and finally, nothing can go wrong with that ledger paper you put in the kit, I am still keeping it in 12x12, (RELUCTANT to use!!)
    GORGEOUS creation!!! And thanks for playing along with CCCB!

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  9. First of all, you can't do anything wrong, and then, you can't do anything wrong with pink, and can't do anything wrong with flowers, and finally, nothing can go wrong with that ledger paper you put in the kit, I am still keeping it in 12x12, (RELUCTANT to use!!)
    GORGEOUS creation!!! And thanks for playing along with CCCB!

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  10. OH MY GOODNESS!! This is Amazing.. Everything about is sooo beautiful.. That flower is beautiful! Thanks so much for joining us at CCCB!

    Hugs, Linda

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  11. OMG!!! Lauren, this card is gorgeous!!!!
    I love it!!!
    XOXO:)

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  12. Stunning card Lauren! Love the mixed fonts in the sentiment and the beautiful flowers!

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  13. This is absolutely GORGEOUS!!! Add this to my list of all-time-favorite Lauren cards :)

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  14. Absolutely wonderful cards, the colors and flowers are gordgeous :)

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  15. How can you overshoot flowery goodness?!?!?! I think you nailed it. It beautiful.

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  16. AMAZINGNESS!! This card is the trifecta of perfectness. I swear if my bday wasn't all the way in October again I'd be calling dibs. I wouldn't care. I'd be like save it for me! I'm going to have to check out your flickr and see if its on there so I can add it my favs.

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