Friday, February 4, 2011

Thinking Spring

I woke up this morning thinking of Dogwood blooms.  They're one of the first signs of spring here in North Carolina.  I had bought the Floral Fusion Sizzlit last year thinking it would work for Dogwood flowers.  So I pulled it out and played with it a bit.

The challenge at Just Add Ink this week is a color challenge so I decided to go with pink Dogwood.   Here are the colors...

I punched the flowers out of Whisper White and punched the ends of the petals with my generic paper punch.  Then I creased each petal with my thumbnail and pressed a giant stylus in the center.  I sponged Regal Rose on the flowers and used a Rose Red marker to color the ends of the petals.

The stems are from the Great Friend set.  I inked just the stem with my Early Espresso marker.

The vase is punched with the Wide Oval Punch and flattened on each end.  I used the filigree stamp from Vintage Vogue to stamp a design on the vase.

When I was finished, I wasn't sure that I liked it.  Have you ever worked way too long on a card and then thought, ugh?

I had one flower left sitting on my table and a swirl was laying there and they kind of landed together and I really liked the look.  So I made this card....

I like the simplicity of this one better.  I'll be interested in which one you like best.

Card (1) Recipe
Stamps:  Great Friend, Vintage Vogue
Ink:  Early Espresso, Regal Rose, SU Marker (Rose Red)
Paper:  Early Espresso, Regal Rose, Very Vanilla, Soft Suede
Accessories:  Big Shot, Floral Fusion Sizzlit, Square Lattice EF, Wide Oval Punch, Regal Rose grosgrain ribbon, seed beads, Color Spritzer Tool

Card (2) Recipe
Stamps:  Filigree Background (retired)
Ink:  Early Espresso, Regal Rose, SU Marker (Rose Red)
Paper:  Early Espresso, Soft Suede, Very Vanilla
Accessories:  Big Shot, Floral Fusion & Swirls Scribbles Sizzlits, Ovals Die, Square Lattice EF, Paper Piercer, seed beads

I don't think we're close to Spring and Dogwood blooms no matter what the groundhog says.  But I know the beauty will be well worth the wait!



Doris said...

How clever, Bonnie! Both of these are really unique--and gorgeous!
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Emily Keaton said...

FABULOUS dogwood blossoms, Bonnie!! Wow, these are so clever and beautiful. I think you captured the look of dogwood blossoms perfectly with these. Thanks for the breath of spring air this morning!

nadine said...

I love these flowers, very pretty!

Bronwyn Eastley said...

I love your vase of beautiful pink flowers. Thanks for joining in with the colour challenge this week.

Benzi said...

Wow! They're both beautiful. I do love those vase you made. And, I really like how you punched the ends of those petals. Just super creations.

Danielle Daws said...

Those flowers are so precious! Love them! Thanks for joining in at Just Add Ink. :-)