Tuesday, February 26, 2019

SOS390: fabulous february

even for the shortest month of the year, february seems to have flown past particularly quickly! so this fortnight at shopping our stash seems like a good time to celebrate some of the things that make february fabulous, such as the birthstone, amethyst; or the official flowers, iris and violets! here's what i made:

velvet violets and leaves, plus the ledger paper behind the pot: petaloo; clay pot fashioned using a clipart template from tonic studios embossed specialty paper; purple patterned paper: bo bunny; ink: ranger archival; adhesives: elmers brand gluetape, 3m foam tape, gluedots

by an amazing coincidence, just before i started working on this, my friend elisabeth gave me a whole pack of some older but still very beautiful velvet violets with equally beautiful velvet leaves. so i knew immediately what i wanted to do. i printed out a piece of clipart in a shape of a clay pot, very much like the ones in which jeff's grandmother used to grow african violets. I used the clipart as a template to cut the pot from a scrap of embossed specialty paper in the right shade of terracotta. i cut out two of the rim, so that i could add a little dimension at the top of the pot, which is a little easier to see irl than in the pic, but yeah, it wound up mostly being covered by the leaves lol. i added a bit of shading with an archival ink pad and a sponge applicator. since the package was still sitting right on my table, i had time to notice that the cardstock from which it's made is this gorgeous distressed ledger paper. AND it just happened to be perfect colors to serve as my background. my purple mat is actually an ancient piece of halloween paper-- the black pattern is spiderwebs!-- but i don't *think* that's obvious the way i used it and the dark shade complements the flowers really well.

i hope you'll be inspired by fabulous february to play along with us at SOS. remember that we are fortnightly now, so you have until march 11th to link up! ♥


  1. This is gorgeous, beautiful flowers and great job with the terracotta pot. I wish my violets would bloom that well. Awesome job

  2. Those velvet flowers simply jump off the page! They really look like real flowers. Nice!

  3. Looks like a real pot of African violets! And, NO!-- I would not have known that was Halloween paper back there! Great job!

  4. Gorgeous, purple is my all time favourite colour (is that because my birthday is in February???)
    You did an amazing job with these gorgeous flowers!

  5. This is gorgeous! Major score on those velvet flowers! Love the terracotta pot, and nope, never would have thought that was Halloween paper in the back! Well done!

  6. Lauren, I can't wait to see the Pansies and Violas pop up of the ground and flower pots, they will look as beautiful as the ones on your card, the velvet flowers look totally real.
    The Spider Web Halloween paper must be really scary but it works wonderfully with just a border showing, great idea.
    Beautiful card.


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