Wednesday, July 7, 2010

Flashback: Garden of Life

So glad you could join me today.  Apparently I did not set this post for yesterday so it comes a day late.

Garden of Life was a set that was inspired by my gardening exposure as a child.  I spent countless hours in the garden alongside my mum learning about many different plants and flowers.  When I created this set a few years back, I didn't have a garden of my own.  I had two years prior to that so I got my first taste of gardening in my own yard but it wasn't until this year that I was able to put my gardening skills to the test.  As many of you know, last year we had a blank canvas.  We had a big pile of dirt in the backyard and lots of excavators.  After months of irrigation planning, rock placement and dirt shifting I was just in time for planting my bulbs and trees last fall.  So as you can imagine I was most delighted to play with some REAL flowers and plants this spring!!  Now that we are into summer I have been planting the summer shrubs and flowers.  Here is one of the roses in my garden!

Today's card was inspired by the technique I used for THIS card which was created for the Garden of Life release in addition to my rose above :)

As you can see I stamped the image on the felt and cut around the circle.
Tip: Stamp it and let the ink settle overnight for best results.



Stamps: Garden of Life by PTI
Ink: True Black by PTI, Spring Moss by PTI
Cardstock: Stamper's Select White by PTI, Linen Vellum by PTI
Patterned Paper: October Afternoon Thrift Shop
Accents: Raspberry Fizz felt by PTI, Simply Chartreuse Felt by PTI, Vintage Cream Ribbon by PTI
Tools: Scissors


1. Create card base and paper layers
2. Stamp flower and cut.  Cut leaves.
3. Stamp flower stem and sentiment.
4. Make a bow and attach ribbon.
5. Adhere remaining layers, flower and leaves

Hope you have a terrific day!

P.S. Cards in the spotlight
My friends Kim Teasdale and Angela Thomas used my set Take Three: Summer recently and I just HAD to share their amazing cards.  Click on their names for a direct link to their cards and some inspiration!


Ted said...

Alli, this is gorgeous. I'll need to remember to try this technique. Very fun! Beautiful rose (in your garden) as well. :)

Diane Jaquay said...

Such a sweet little card Alli, I really love the pretty felt flower!!

cedargirl said...

great technique! and the perfect stamp to do it with. felt adds such a rich texture so easily. going to have to play with that more often. your rose is very beautiful and I hope it makes you smile everytime you see it! i love simple pleasures like that.

Merry said...

Oh I love this ....

Ann Flowers said...

Beautiful cards. These florals are gorgeous and nice job illustrating them!

Rose Gold said...

How did you that embossed rose on the card? It is strikingly beautiful. Would like to know how I can make these in time for christmas season.

Rose Crystal said...

That looks really cute! I bet my daughter will love to make one of these! Thanks for sharing such a wonderful project! I will definitely make this with my daughter! The Rose really looks lovely!