BIG Blooms!

This is a set that I simply HAD to have when I saw the summer mini, but then I started playing with other sets (Stem Silhouettes to be precise) and got kind of sidetracked!  Well I have dusted off Big Blooms and have been having a whole lot of fun with it recently.  Wanna see??

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This one I made for a little pre-school friend of Hannah's whose birthday party was on the weekend just gone.  I usually shy away from the brights as I'm a little bit unsure of how to deal with them and find it a lot easier to use the earths and regals.  Well I had a little dabble outside of my comfort zone for this one and am quite happy with the result.  Besides, when ever can you get out the brights if not for a five year old's birthday??!

The thing I love the most on this card is an idea I found on Marelle's blog.  Brayering onto designer paper - how cool is THAT?!  The spotty green piece at the back was actually spotty vanilla that I brayered with Gable Green.  I believe the original idea came from Teneale Williams, but I wasn't sure where to find the actual card that she made with it.  You simply MUST check our her website though, she is one of the most talented stampers I've ever seen!

Then all I did was stamp the different flowers on different bits of the brights cardstock in their matching inks and layered them all on!  I roughed up the edges of each layer with my fingernail just to give the flowers a bit more texture.  You can see that better from this angle:

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Colours used here are Pixie Pink, Pink Passion, Gable Green, Orchid Opulence, Only Orange and Yoyo Yellow.

For this next one I did a similar thing of layering the flowers, but back inside my happy little place of earths and regals!!

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Like I said, same idea with the layering of the different bits of flower, but for this one I made a slightly different card layout.  I think I have seen it on Splitcoast somewhere, and I believe it may have a name something like a "Z fold", but I didn't follow any directions, just sort of flew by the seat of my pants and I got the result I was after!  You can see the fold better from above:

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See?!  So when you open the card it folds right out flat and inside behind the flower panel was a gift card, which happily rather matched my colour scheme!  Those being Cameo Coral, Apricot Appeal, Rose Red, Certainly Celery and Old Olive.

This next one is one that I demo'd in several workshops I had during February:

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Using one of my favourite ever colour combinations of Certainly Celery, Regal Rose and Rose Red, this one is really quite simple with just a bit of layering of the single flower using dimensionals, and a Celery brad to tie the colours in.  The scalloped Regal Rose edge was made using the slit punch and just moving it along the edge of the card and the tiny bit of Sweet Shop ribbon is tied through a hole punched with the horizontal slot punch.

I jsut realised that the greeting stamped at the bottom is from a Sale-a-bration set, but could be interchanged with pretty much whichever greeting fits the occasion!