Spread Your Wings

Good Morning fellow crafters and bloggers! :)  Well yesterday was a beautiful spring day here in Scotland, and I am sooooo ready for some sunshine!
My card today was featured in a recent issue of  Scrap & Stamp Arts Magazine showcasing the versatility of Cheery Lynn Dies, and in particular creating your own flowers.  This fits in with our new challenge theme this week and what better excuse to add a little spring and summer to your projects than with some pretty hand-made paper blooms.
This card is 8 x 8 inches (so quite a big size) and I hand-stitched and layered K&Co papers onto some 300gsm cream cardstock.  The image is matted onto 2 layers of the gorgeous Italian Flourish Doily die with the back layer cut in half and elongated to create a different look.  I then added a couple of strips of my favourite Lace Light Deco Border and some beautiful butterflies before creating and arranging the floral spray.
As you can see I made some really pretty and very delicate Carnations using lots of layers of pearly apricot paper.  This paper was almost tissue thin and so was really quick to cut lots of layers and to scrunch up in a carnation shape.  I think there are approximately 20 - 25 petals to each flower and they are backed with a couple of layers of the Sweet Williams die to make them look really full and rounded.  I used a brad to hold the layers together and once assembled I coloured in some lines to give a variegated effect to the petals.
I created the fringey flowers using BAF#1 and the tiny buttercups were from the Embellishment set.  I thought they complimented the dandelion image :)
I finally added some leaves, pearls, pearl brad, and an organza bow with a charm for a finishing touch.
All dies used on this project are:
I hope you find time to join us this week as I love to see hand-made flowers, and you still have plenty of time left to enter.  Dont forget there is also gorgeous, and fresh inspiration daily from the rest of the talented DT over on our Cheery Lynn Desings Inspiration Blog.
Thanks so much for visiting our blog today and have a smashing week!


  1. Just seen this card on Alison's blog, it is absolutely stunning!! I LOVE those flowers.
    Sue xx

  2. What a totally scrummy card, those flowers look real. Gorgeous work x

  3. This is just the cutest card and as always you have used the most gorgeous papers and image xx

  4. Alison, I don't know how you manage to make cute, adorable and gorgeous all in the same card...but you do. This card is so pretty, I just want to eat it up!

  5. Well this one is awesome Alison. I love the beige on beige with the touch of peach. Makes it so elegant. Love all the butterflys on it too. The stitching really adds that little something extra too it. Love it

  6. Love, love the spring colors! It is absolutely beautiful! Your flowers are so gorgeous!

  7. Beautiful. Love all the flowers and the soft colors. I love making my own flowers also.

  8. Beautiful card Alison, ditto what everyone else has said. Its gorgeous.

  9. Lovely card. Love how you have nested the two butterflies.

  10. Alison, such I beautiful card, I loved it in the publication and I LOVE it now. I simply marvel in your talent girl!.. You never cease to amaze me. Hugs xx

  11. no wonder your card was published, it's so amazing! lots of sweet details and great flowers...

  12. Those carnations are brilliant! Gorgeous card!


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