Thursday, September 11, 2014

Do you hoard flowers?

Wow - where has the summer gone?  I cannot believe I spent all my time playing outside, and not participating in a single challenge!  The new challenge over at Craft Hoarders Anonymous caught my eye, and since I love a good 'collection' as well as anyone.... Flowers certainly caught my eye.  I have been obsessed with flowers of any kind - stamps, paper, dies, pre-made, you name it forever.

Challenge #15 All the Pretty Flowers
This challenge is for all of you flower hoarders! Maybe you hoard pre-made flowers. Maybe you hoard flower punches or dies. Maybe you hoard flower stamps. "Dig" out those flowers and use them on your project!

We have two prizes this time! Therefore we will have TWO winners! One talented participant will receive this prize donated by Crafty Secrets.

A second winner will receive this prize, donated by Heartfelt Creations.

All you need to do to participate is head on over to Craft Hoarders Anonymous, read the details, and get on your way to creating an entry.  

I was a little short on mojo after being away so 'borrowed' a design from our hostess Gloria.  

I love, love halloween colors, so dug into my inks and pulled out everything purple, green, and orange.  I started with a beautiful fall leaves embossing folder that I inked up with mini-distress inks (Seedless Preserves, Ripe Persimmon, and Peeled Paint) and used to emboss a sturdy piece of white cardstock.  This imbedded the color into the leaves in the design.  That didn't quite work like I'd hoped, so I sprayed the cardstock with some of my new and neglected Dylusions ink sprays:  Fresh Lime, Dirty martini, Crushed Grape, Squeezed Orange.  Added in some Tattered Angels: Monster Mash and Pumpkin Spice.  Once I liked the color concentration - I spritzed it all over with my all time fave:  Perfect Pearls Mist: Heirloom Gold.  Just the right amount of shimmer!  You really need a sturdy cardstock for this one, so it doesn't get all warped.  

I created the flowers using Tim Holtz Pinecone Die.  If you haven't tried this yet - it's one of the most easy to use dies ever, and creates gorgeous flowers.  Once the flowers were rolled and curled to my liking, I dipped them in some glossy accents and added distress glitter for a little bling.  I tucked in a flower from my Wild Orchid stash as well.  I added a few leaves, sentiment, and bow to top it all off.

Thanks for looking, and I'd love to hear what you think.

Tim Holtz:  
Distress Ink: Seedless Preserves, Peeled Paint, Ripe Persimmon, Walnut Stain
Distress Glitter:  Seedless Preserves, Spiced Marmalade, Black Soot
Tattered Pinecone Die
Tattered Banner Die
Simple Sayings Stamp Set
Wild Orchid Flowers
Spellbinders:  Frame and leaves
Really Reasonable Ribbon - September Ribbon Club