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Tuesday, January 31, 2012

Love is in Bloom

Who doesn't like to receive a beautiful bouquet of flowers on Valentine's Day?  At my home, most of my flowers that I have received are wooden.  That's right, wooden.  They are roses made out of wood and they last forever.  My husband doesn't like getting real flowers that will fade away in a few days.  He prefers to give me ones that will last.  Sweet, huh!

So I wanted to make a card with a cute bouquet of flowers for Valentine's Day.  I sat and thought long and hard and finally came up with an idea.  Off to work I went.  I have to tell you I was surprised at how easy it all seemed to come together.  Want to see it?  Here it is:

So what do you think?  I wanted to stick with a heart theme so I used my full heart punch and my small heart punch to do all the hearts for this.  My base card is made with Elegant Eggplant card stock.  The only layer I added to this one is a Whisper White layer edged with Elegant Eggplant ink.  Do not attach this to your base card until you have attached the vase to it.  To make the plant flourish, I turned to my Wedding Sweet stamp set.  I used the large stamp from it and used my stamp-a-ma-jig to line it up.  I stamped it in Wild Wasabi ink.  Then it was time to add the vase.

I used the full heart punch and my glimmer red card stock to make this.  I punched out the heart and adhered it to the card stock where I wanted it.  I then turned the white over and trimmed off the piece of the heart hanging over the edge.   I knew I would use the small heart punch and the glimmer red card stock to make some of the heart flowers, but I wanted more colors than just red.  I turned once again to the glimmer silver card stock and set out to make other colors.  

I took one square of the glimmer silver about 2" x 2" and added Melon Mambo ink to it using my sponge.  Remember, the more you add the darker the color.  I have found that I use the darker colors of ink for this so it will show up.  I also used another square same size of the silver and added Elegant Eggplant ink to it with a sponge.  Once they were colored with the ink, I took my small heart punch and punched several of each color:  Melon Mambo, Elegant Eggplant and Glimmer Red.  Once they were punched, I simply placed them on the flourish until I was happy with the look, then added adhesive and stuck them down.  Easy as pie to make and beautiful to look at.  
I wonder what I will make for tomorrow.  I guess I will find out as my day goes along.  I do promise to have something ready to share with you.  Thanks for dropping in today.  I will see you tomorrow.

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