I am the hostess at the Mod Squad Challenge Blog this week. One Happy Cuts is the sponsor and one random entry will be chosen to receive a $15 gift certificate so go over the Mod Squad Challenge Blog and check out the challenge. As those of you who visit my blog regularly know, I like to make cards, even those for challenges, for the special people in my life. This card is no exception. I made this card for a very special lady whose birthday is December 25th. Donna Phelan is so talented and such a good friend and awesome cheerleader to all her crafting buddies. Her blog is fun to read because it reflects her positive attitude, sense of humor and creative imagination. If you have never seen her work, drop by her blog Donna's Blog and say hello. I wanted the card to reflect her tastes so I put this little paper flower garden of her favorite flower, hydrangeas, together for her.Then I used one of her favorite techniques, wood graining, for the background. I topped that panel with a beautiful frame from Spellbinders. It has so much detail and is both embossed and debossed. The center frame is from Sue Wilson's Vienna. The sentiment. which describes how we all feel about Donna, is from Melanie Muenchinger's Buds and Vases. The hydrangeas are Spellbinders and the butterfly is Cheery Lynn.
Donna asked me how I made these flowers so here you go, Donna. The flowers below are for a blue hydrangea for another special friend.
Cut 4 large and 4 small stems and 38 flowers
Ink the edges of the blossoms
Use stylus in the center of each blossom so it curls up
Put one blossom on each of the stems.
Build your flower on the circle die cut that comes with the set. Layer all the large ones making sure to offset each one. Shape the flowers to face upwards.