Friday, 9 March 2012

Floral fluffiness

We have four more fluffy little chicks at Bally Farm - woohoo! The older ones have gone out to their new accomodation in the greenhouse and are happy as larry in all the space, and the spare room now has the four tiny tweeters who are just gorgeous little balls of fluff. It's amazing how quickly they grow, but great to enjoy them while they're so tiny :-) Anyway, if you want to read any more about our flock, you should check out Tom's blog Bally Poultry for all the latest news.

All this chick hatching just keeps inspiring me to make Spring cards. Forget the bad weather and think of all the flowers! This one is for my little sis:

"Happy Birthday Kimberley"

You might recognise some of the flowers from my good mate Lee's blog. She makes fab flowers and has lots of tutorials. She made the pink fabric flowers on the bottom and the two big white ones with pearl centres on the main panel, and was kind enough to send them to me (thanks Lee!). The others are all from my flower box - there's a handmade organza one, a Tim Holtz rosette with a frilly lace edging dyed with distress ink, a small lace flower with a pearl centre that I made using one of Lee's tutorials, some pink paper ones made using the Tattered Florals die and distress inks, and a couple of tiny pink ones from a small bunch from "The Works".

"Front view"

The stems are made with lace fixed to the background with glossy accents, and the backing papers are gorgeous "Websters Pages" that came free with a mag this month. I cut an extra layer of flowers from a second copy of the top paper and decoupaged it onto the first, but its hard to make out in the photo.

"Card in box"

Of course, every dimensional card needs a box, so this is one I rustled up from some strong white card, more Websters pages, lace and distress inks. If you make your easel card 6" x 6" and not too dimensional, so that's it's only 1" thick when folded, then you can make the box from A4 card. Just cut two squares, one  8 1/4 " and the other 8 1/8" and put creases in 1" from the edges.

Sizzix Decorative Strip Die: Tim Holtz' Rosette
X-Cut round corner punch
Distress Inks: Victorian Velvet, Tattered Rose
Websters Pages (free with Simply Cards & Papercraft 94)
Sister Sentiment (free with Simply Cards & Papercraft 94)
Other Sentiments from Henbury Lane decoupage packs
Cardstock: white, 300gsm
Tim Holtz Seasonal paper pad (to cut rosette flower & for matching backing card)
Lots of scrummy flowers
Adhesives: glossy accents (for box & lace), PVA (for matting), Pinflair (for flowers & decoupage)

Entered for the following challenge:
Joanna Sheen - Spring / Easter
S J Crafts - Flowers
Let's Ink it Up - Show Us Your Flowers (there are stamped swirls on my pink card flowers)
CES Challenges - Flower Frenzy


  1. This is beautiful! :) Gorgeous flowers and a fabulously designed card.



  2. This is gorgeous, lovely flowers on your card. Glad to hear the chicks are doing well.
    Avril x

  3. Lovely - I love flowers so I am going to hop oveer to Lees blog now. xxxx

  4. Your card is just gorgeous, your sister is going to love it. Super use of Lee's flowers, she's a great inspiration.

    Thanks for your visit.

    B x

  5. Pretty flowers, very delicate card!

  6. This is stunning!!! Thanks for playing along with the S J Crafts challenge this month!

  7. Fantastic card, so girly and I'm loving the fab flowers you have added! Thanks for playing along with us this week at CES :) Donna ♥ x

  8. Wowww really love this one !! Soooo pretty !! Thanks for joining us at LIIU and good luck. Hugs, Marion

  9. Stunning piece of work. Love your dimensional card.

  10. Wow what a fabulous floral display! Love Jayne. x

  11. oh wow Hun,this is just brilliant,the floral display is amazing Hun,fantastic detail hugs Cherylxxxxxxx

  12. Wow those flowers are just gorgeous. Thanks for taking part in our challenge at LIIU, good luck. Hugz Suzanne

  13. oh beautiful so pretty
    Hugs Kate xx
    ps I have some candy if you are interested :)

  14. Stunning card, beautiful detail.
    Becky x

  15. Thanks so much for the inspiration...needed a special card for my sister's friend's 40th. Perfect.

  16. Hi Maddy, this is absolutely gorgeous! I love your flowers, and the lace behind the rosette looks beautiful. Nearly bought this rosette die on Wednesday - I wish I had now, lol. I will be searching the shelves in Sainsbury's tomorrow morning to see which magazine has these papers in free! Thanks for joining in with us at LIIU, and good luck.

    Maria x

  17. A great deal of flower power going on here! Thanks for joining in at LIIU and good luck!

  18. Very pretty card - so feminine.

  19. Wow ! stunning card & box x

  20. I could have sworn I typed a comment on this card last night but I cant find it now! Ack well, I obviously typed it and forgot to press the publish button. This card is beautiful girlie and filled with flower power. Your flowers are beautiful too, glad one of my tutorials came in handy. And thank you for using my flowers too, youve made them look lovely on your card. Its a stunning card, your sister will love it. Lee x

  21. Beautiful flowery card. Love it. Gorgeous papers and colour. Love Lee's flowers and yours. xx

  22. Your easel card looks wonderful.

  23. Gorgeous easel card. Love the box that goes with it. Thank you for joining in at LIIU. Hugs, Velma DTM

  24. a very pretty card.Thanks for joining in with SJ Crafts challenge

  25. Maddy this is soooooo beautiful, love all the lacy flowers.
    Kathy x

  26. Really pretty card so many flowers thanks for joining us at S J Crafts this month.
    Jenny x


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