Saturday, January 22, 2011

Winter white rose ...

Hello friends!  It's a blustery cold day here ... temps are hovering around 10 degrees.  Just looking out the window makes me put on an extra sweater.  I'm enjoying my afternoon with the newest edition of Somerset Life.  I kow you love it as much as I do.  I have past publications piled next me ... waiting their turn.

I didn't have to go far for inspiration ... I only had to stop in for a visit at my favorite challenge blogs.  The City Crafter challenge is coming to a close.  I am so enchanted by the beautiful hand-made flowers I see there ... I want each and every one of them!  My favorite flower to make is on today's post.  I just love how it turns out every time.  Beautiful in shades of white and glorious in colors too.  The ladies at Colour Q put forth this beautiful dinnerware.  Isn't it gorgeous?!

Here is my post for today.  The base is Always Artichoke cardstock layered with a So Saffron polka-dot print from the Sunny Garden collection and a bright flower pattern from the Greenhouse Gala collection.  My ribbon is a Poppy Parade stitched poly with a sweet white button and tag sentiment.

I painted my chipboard and added a large circle of a Cherry Cobbler print.  I never intended the colors to match so closely!  It needed some sparkle so I "glitterfied" it with Mod Podge and a bit of Chunky Essentials Glitter.  The leaves were cut from a dark green burlap-like fabric ... a perfect match to Always Artichoke.  And the final touch was creating the cardstock flower with three different flower shaped punches.  This is my favorite flower - it's so easy too!  When done, I misted the flower with glitter to make it shimmer.  (You may have to enlarge the photo to view that.)  This one got a Rhinestone Jewel center too.  See it nestled down in the petals?  Sigh.

I mentioned my love of gardening in previous posts.  You were so kind to ask for photo's.  So please indulge me while I share some more hand-made flowers with you.  These are from my garden ... hand-made by God.

I appreciate you stopping by today.  I hope you found some inspiration in today's post.  Stay warm my friends!

Update - Here's a link to my tutorial showing you how to create this beautiful flower ... enjoy!



  1. WOW!!! Have you shared how you make this incredibly-realistic-looking flower? I am VERY impressed---an awesome take on the challenge!! Beautiful, as are your REAL flowers...just over-the-top!!

  2. What a beautiful card, Joanne! Your photo's of your tulip and your black-eyed susans and the butterfly are so inspring! I has been awhile since I saw the blue butterfly like this one. My hyacinths are peaking out of the ground! Thanks for playing the colourQ challenge again theis week!

  3. HI Joanne! What a gorgeous card and a beautiful flower you have made! I went to the link you provided for the instructions but was told I was denied access to that site!! I would just love to know how you got the petals with that natural wrinkled look!!

  4. Wonderful card - bold, bright paper and that flower is magnificent!!

    I love the pictures from your garden too - the tulip is fab!!

  5. WOW.. What a beautiful card. I love that flower. And the DP you picked to go along with your flower is so pretty!

    Thank you so much for showing us some photos from your garden.. It looks so beautiful.

    So glad you join us over at CCCB!

    Hugs, Linda

  6. Sigh.....I'm smitten. Your card; I think I see another winner :)
    I love the pictures of your garden; I love in a country which is famous for its tulips and this one is gorgeous! And the way you captured the flower and the butterfly on top of it is just perfect!

  7. Beautiful flower Joanne ... love your cards ... thanks for playing along at CCCB

  8. Pretty card, Joanne. Love, Love the flower you made. Each one you make takes on a life of it's own and has it's own personality. I love the picture you took of the tulip with the beads of water. And that butterfly is just gorgeous!

  9. Beautiful card Joanne! I love the center frame and the gorgeous flower! Your tutorial above was such a help - thank you! :) Your photo's of your garden are so pretty - I can't imagine living in MI you have seen any tulips just yet -same as here in Chicago! We can only hope that we have an early Spring - have a great week! :)

  10. This is gorgeous Joanne, I need to try one of those flower! Thanks for sharing it with us at CCCB! Good to have you here!

  11. Absolutely stunning!! LOOOOOOOVE that flower!
    Thanks so much for joining us at CCCB!