Monday, May 3, 2010

May Flowers are Bloomin' at The Beary Scrap

Update: I'm over the moon to  announce this card won a Top 3 for the "Girly Creations" challenge at Charisma Cardz! Thank you so much ladies!

Hello friends! I hope you had a wonderful weekend. My husband and I had grand plans to do loads of yard work, but went outlet shopping instead. We have just a few more weeks before tourist season hits and travel around the Delaware/Maryland peninsula becomes difficult. At least, travel to the Delaware outlets, anyway!

You know how, every once in a while, you want to try something new in your garden? Weeelll, I'm trying something new with this week's theme. I've wanted to try homemade organza flowers for a while and decided this week was it. After all, it's...
May Flowers Week!

I cut rough flower shapes from pink fluffy organza and -using tongs- hovered it over a burning candle. It doesn't take much to curl the edges, that's for sure! Luckily, I also discovered that you can snip off the burned bits and re-curl. :) Hey, I've said it before - I'm here to make the mistakes so you don't have to!
There are 3 organza layers on each flower, all held together with a fabulous Basic Grey fabric covered brad. Once everything was tamed with the brads, I used Fabri-Tac to adhere the lace to the back. Not one to do more than necessary, I just squeezed a ring of adhesive around the back and stuck the lace to it. :)

My flower stalks are made from May Arts leaf ribbon - how cool is this ribbon? Sadly, I couldn't capture how well the flowers and leaves pop off the page - holding this card is definitely a different experience than viewing it on screen. :)

Card Recipe

Have you seen our Beary Sweet Challenge #1? The challenge theme is "May Flowers" and all week you can view inspiration projects on our design team blog. Enter your project here any time before the end of the day on May 14th and you could win!

Oh! And definitely don't forget to enter our blog candy by Wednesday, May 5th. The prize is incredible!

Thanks for stopping in. I hope you check the design team blog tomorrow to see Kimm's wonderful project!



Elise said...

Oh Susan! This is truly gorgeous! I love how you've made your own organza flowers!!! It's fun isn't it? And I love how you've added lace to the back most layer of them! Gorgeous! And yes, the stems of these are BEAUTIFUL!!! And these look even more gorgeous in person?! Oh gosh! You're lucky I'm not there to hold it! You'd be chasing after me, screaming, "Give it back! Give it back I said!!!" LOL!!! ooooh, I can't wait for the flowers we have in our yard to bloom as well! But ... change of plans to go shopping sounds great as well! lol! Craft shopping, that is!!! I love this Susan!!!
Big Hugs,

Linda Coughlin, the funkie junkie said...

This is too cool. I love the combo/colors of the DPs and the hand made flowers are perfect. I am so into hand made flowers these days and it's so fun to see the variety of them popping up all over. Great job on yours!

Edith said...

I love the colors you use in this card, Susan. Your flowers are beautiful. Great job!

Faye said...

My gosh. Your card is just so pretty, I keep going back to look at it. I'm going to lose a lot of time here! Thanks for playing at Sweet Stampin. x

Sassy Scrapper said...

WOW Check you out girlfriend. Look at those gorgeous flowers. They are soooo sweet. I just can't tell you how much I love them. Oh please please sell me a dozen. Hee Hee Your probably saying yah right make your own. And all I can picture is my craft room burming down to the ground. Fabulous Sue!
Hugs Bonnie

Mary Lou said...

Hi Susan! Cool idea for your flowers--totally different for me:)) Love the ribbon for the stems and leaves!! Thanks for sweet comment.

Jo said...

how clever are those flowers?! *claps*
and a stunning card to boot ;)
Thanks for joining in the fun this week at Sweet Stampin!
Jo xx

Linda Coughlin, the funkie junkie said...

Hi Susan,

I saw your comment that you thought you could use that vintage image I used for May Flowers so I emailed it to you. It's a free vintage image so no worried about sending it from one person to another. That way, you won't have to waste a lot of time looking for it on her site.

Thanks for the nice comment!


Robin said...

Those are the cutest flowers I ever did see!!! Love your card!!! Thanks so much for playing in our first challenge at My Partner in Crafting Crime, Robin

coldwaters2 said...

Oh WOW Susan those flowers are awesome what amazing work a very beautiful and creative idea I am in awe.
Lorraine x

Margreet said...

great card your flowers...thanks for explaining.........thanks for joining Sweet Stampin!
xxx Margreet

Queen La Rubba said...

Susan ~ Your card is FAB! I lvoe the flowers you created! They are gorgeous and I love your DP! Great colors! Thank you for joining us for this weeks "Sweet Stampin" challenge! I look forward to seeing more of your SUPER FABULOUS crafty works in the future! I invite you to hop on over and celebrate my DT positions with me by entering in my candy giveaway!
Rach ~ Queen La Rubba

Mandy said...

Fabulous card.

Thank you for joining in with our challenge this week at PTW.


JR Creations said...

Wow excellent card and inspiring technique! Thanks for sharing and playing ar My Partner in Crafting Crime.
Jenny T.

Unknown said...

Susan, this is another winner! Your flowers look stunning. Everything about your card is bright and cheerful. Thanks for all of the sweet comments on my blog! You always make me feel great. (could you tell that Webster's Pages were their digi downloads -too cool!)
Talk to you soon!

Shirl said...

Wow Susan those flowers are fabulous will have to try and make those. Card is stunning and looks as if you had fun making it.
Thanks for sharing with us at Craft Angels.
Hugs Shirley

Chelsea said...

So Fresh and Beautiful, perfect for a summer theme card. Your handmade organza flowers are gorgeous Susan! I also love the added vine on them, great idea.

Sweet Stampin Guest DT

Sassy Scrapper said...

Yippie for Sue! Congratulaations sweetie on making top 3. That is so awesome. And look at the pretty badge you got. Sweeeet! Big huge hugs for you!!! YEAH!!!!!!!
Hugs Bonnie

Helene said...

Cute flowers! Thanks for entering the Alota Rubber Stamps challenge

Anonymous said...

This is so creative. Gorgeous

Linda Coughlin, the funkie junkie said...

Congratulations Susan on being Top 3 at Chrisma!!!!! I love that card and the flowers are seriously wonderful. I see why it was chosen. Thanks so much for letting me know I was in the top three too. How cool is that? I am away on a short vacation with the family so haven't been keeping up with things. Congrats again and it's great to be in good company with YOU!

Anonymous said...

OH!!! That is fabulous! Congrats Sweetie! I am so excited for you... doing the "happy dance!"!!!!
Hugs, Kimm

Sylvia Blum said...

This is so absolutely gorgeous!!! LOVE LOVE LOVE your handmade flowers.. truly amazing!!!
{hugs} Sylvia

Peggie said...

What a cute card and great idea. Thanks for sharing.

Amy said...

Cool flowers! What a unique idea.