Saturday, March 12, 2011

Apple Blossom Time


We have a very cool challenge for you this week at Our Creative Corner.  Our host this week is Kristin from LilyBeth Boutique and she is challenging us to incorporate fabric into our projects.  You can use it as an embellishment or as a background.  Stamp it, cut it, fold it, weave it!  Use whatever makes you happy - canvas, cotton, silk, satin, burlap, polyester, tulle.  The only restriction is that ribbon doesn't count as fabric.  We want you to try something new.  Wait until you see the wonderful job our design team did this week with fabric - lots of out-of-the-box thinking this week to inspire your creativity!

I bought these beautiful Farmer's Market tags from Isabella's Sketchbook a few weeks ago and have been itching to use them.  I was studying the image and decided I wanted to try to create apple blossoms out of fabric to go along with the tag.  You know I'm nuts over handmade flowers, especially fabric ones!  I used two dies, of course one was my treasured Tim Holtz Tattered Florals die and cut the second largest flower on that die.  I cut two in tulle and two in crinoline for each flower.  The other die I used was the Sizzix Flower and Vines #3 and I cut two in crinoline with the middle sized flower on that die.  So each flower has six layers.  I used a Certainly Celery brad from SU and a jewelry spacer in the center of each flower.  The leaves were cut from canvas with a Spellbinders die and dyed with Garden Green reinker.

What else did I use?  Humm...lots of tools and supplies but after I was finished, I realized there there is no stamping on this card.  The border is a Martha Stewart punch, the dry embossing is from the Organic Flourishes edge embossing folders from Cuttlebug, the DP is by Raspberry Road, but you won't find it because I changed it up quite a bit with my Photoshop Elements.  I found the sentiment line and used one of my cool fonts to type it on my computer and print it out (I also collect fonts).  And there these is a wisp of shabby seam binding that I left in its original color.  All the edges are very gently ink distressed with Creamy Caramel ink and I threw in a little stitching for interest.

I really love these Farmer's Market tags and can't wait to use more.  I am thinking of trying to do a little series with them so you will definitely be seeing them again in the future!  You should drop by Isabella's Sketchbook.  She has a whole series of hand illustrated collage sheets with floral tags, country roosters, Easter tags, etc.  Her digis are wonderful too!

Stop by Our Creative Corner and check out how the rest of the design team has used fabric on their cards this week.  Hope you will be playing along with us too!

Thanks so much for stopping by today and for any comment you care to leave.  Have a great weekend!
Challenges Entered:
Sugar Creek Hollow - Handmade Flowers
Creative Cottage - Tag, You're It
Flourishes - The Cut Above the Rest challenge

37 comments:

Margreet said...

Wow Linda....what an awesome card....and those flowers are TDF!!!!!
xxx Margreet

Suzi said...

Hey Linda, those flowers are just stunning as is every other element of your beautiful creation. Love the farmers market ticket and the sentiment. This is so classy.
Hugs
Suzi x

nessy said...

amazing card ~so much detail and beautifully created!!
vanessa xx

Jennifer Scull said...

you have knocked my socks off with this beauty, dear friend! just gorgeous!!!! I have just received that fabby die, but don't think I will do it justice the way you have. and I know Isabella will be thrilled with what you have made with those pretty tags. you have a talent most of us can only dream of......

thank you so much for dropping by my blog. it has meant so much to me! I am still borrowing hubby's compy since mine has kicked the bucket, but am trying to get back into blogging again. will do my best to stop by more often. enjoy your weekend!

Sue C said...

Gorgeous Linda ! It just proves that you can turn your talents to any medium and produce stunning work. Sue C x

Beverly Gotthardt said...

Beautiful card, and yes, when you get started with pretty papers, dies, and neat embellies sometimes stamping goes by the way.

Tasha said...

I love this - its so elegant and sophisticated with a touch of country cottage, love it!
love tasha xx

Mary Duffek said...

Beautiful card! Love all the fun vintage elements. Simply fabulous...Thank you for playing a long in the Sugar Creek Hollow challenge this week.

Heidi said...

Gorgeous card!
Beautiful design and details:)
Hugs, Heidi:)

Netty said...

Oh wow Linda this is one gorgeous card and your flowers are to die for. Beautiful work as ever my friend. Enjoy the weekend. Annette x

Cec said...

FAB-U-LOUS. I love the flowers and I have seen you use crinoline before but don't know where to find it. When I asked for it at the fabric store they looked at me as if I had two heads. Can you send me in the right direction? Isabella's little collage tags are awesome and makes such a nice addition to your card. While I don't always comment, I just love coming here for some of the best eye candy GF. Thanks you for joining us at Sugar Creek Hollow.
Hugs!
Cec

Leigh said...

This is a beautiful card. I love the label.

Bettina said...

Wow Linda This is georgeous! i love it. your flowers are absolutly stunning. i love everything about it, just everything. stunning work lady.
hugs!

Linda R. said...

I just love stopping by here. Your cards are all ways so wonderful. And this one is no different. I just love it.. And those flowers look wonderful.. Hope you are having a wonderful weekend..

Hugs, Linda

Vicki B. said...

Seriously took my breath away!!! I love those flowers and they make me want to jump on a plane and head to your house so you can show me how to make some!!!! I want some!!!!

Sarah Gough said...

Gorgeous Linda, this is my fave out of all your recent cards! The flowers rock!

Irene said...

Hello Linda

Thank you so much for your comment on my blog. I am beginning to feel more my ususal self.

Linda this card is fabulous (as are you other ones) I love the Apple Blossom embellishment, the flowers, dies, everything about your card. Perfection.

irene
xxxx

Miriam said...

Linda, This is stunning. You've inspired me to pull out my edge embossing folders!

Grace said...

OMgoodness Linda.... I think YOUR cand is absolute perfection!!! You certainly did make apple blossoms! Love the little detail of the jewelry spacers with the brads... the layering is wonderful and they look so real! Love the dyed leaves as well! Thanks for the inspiration!!! Have a great week!
hugs,
Grace

Heide said...

Such a fabulous card! Love what you did with the vintage apple blossom image, beautiful flowers too!

Sharon said...

Linda, you always come up with the most creative work I have seen! Your use of famer's market tags and fabric to create an apply blossom card, is just so ingenius!

Lori Rider said...

So pretty, Linda - love the vintage take on the challenge. Your flowers are fabulous with all the different textures! Wonderful card as always!

Rebecca Ednie said...

OMW, I just LOVE that apple label! And those flowers are awesome! I can't believe you made them!!

Kristin said...

The flowers are stunning ~ they match the tag perfectly! This is completely wonderful, fantastic job!

Diane Gilbert said...

WOW!!! I LOVE your fabric flowers, BEAUTIFUL!! Your card just screams out 'spring'!!!

ChristineCreations said...

What a great card with all the dimension, texture and details! Thanks for playing in the Flourishes challenge with us!

Dawn B. said...

Beautiful card..Love all the added goodies..Thanks for joining us at Flourishes. Hope to see you Thursday night at the release party on Splitcoaststampers.

Leslie Miller said...

Oh, now, this is just fabulous! So much fun to look at with all the different elements of interest. Love all the texture and trims. Glad you could join us for Flourishes Cut Above challenge! I wouldn't have wanted to miss this beauty!

Donna said...

Beautiful card and tag! Thanks for joining in the fun at The Creative Cottage :) Donna x

~ Kendra ~ said...

AMAZING card Linda! Stunning! It's perfect in every way!

Stacy aka Twinshappy on SCS said...

This is country goodness at its best. Love the layout, ribbons, colors all of it. Fabulous country card. Thanks for playing in Flourishes A cut above the rest challenge.

bosenberries said...

Fabulous card Linda! Your apple blossoms are just amazing... love the way they turned out! Thanks so much for joining our retro challenge at My Partner in Crafting Crime, Robin

Annika said...

Hi! Sorry for being absent for so long! To add to everything else my youngest managed to take apart my laptop keyboard - now half of the keys are loose and typing is a challenge, lol Today they'll pick up my laptop for repairs, no idea when I'll get it back. :(
I love the delicate feel of this card - utterly admire your knack for PERFECT layout! How do you get your fabric flowers to fluff up like that? They look amazing!!
Hugs
Annika
PS. Thank you so much for your card - not only was I moved by your thoughtfulness but I also got to hold and admire a card that was designed and implemented so impeccably that it almost gave me a complex of inferiority!! :)

Nancy said...

I just love this card and especially love the apple blossoms!

Conniecrafter said...

very pretty, great image and love your flowers!

Sharon Basel said...

Gosh Linda your creations always just take my breath away! This is no exception. It is a gorgeous card - I adore your flowers - especially the beautiful brads used as their centers. Wonderful sentiment with the apple card too. We love seeing your work in the Sugar Creek Hollow challenges. Thanks for joining us this week.
Sharon, DT

marsha said...

Linda, you always dazzle me with your gorgeous creations! I love your card - you are so talented and those flowers, just breathtakingingly beautiful! Thanks so much for joining us for this week's Sugar Creek Hollow challenge, I always love seeing your creations!
Hugs,
Marsha

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