Friday, 4 April 2014

Hardwood Rose Garden


Happy happy Friday folks! So glad its Friday! Looking forward to a break from kids now as its the Easter holidays! I'm a little sad my time working front desk in Student Services has come to an end, its been very different and challenging but I've genuinely enjoyed it! I'll miss all the lovely ladies who work there too! 

Now, I've got card club this weekend, we're using Mosaic Madness as this month's set which is just beautiful! Also some manic sewing to get a project finished - I'll share it once its finished and gifted! 

 I've just got time to share with you the therapeutic crafting I did last night - it was a bit of a rubbishy day but I am so thankful to be able to come home, sit in my little sanctuary and just craft away the worries of the day! Today's card is for both The Paper Players and Freshly Made Sketches challenges!

I loved the choice with the paper players challenge this week. I chose to use the 3 boxes down the left hand side - Birthday, Yellow and Paper Piercing. 

Such a cute sketch and thought it'd work well with the vision I had for the Paper Players challenge too! I love it when things just work out like that!

Stamp Set: Remembering Your Birthday, Hardwood
Ink: Versamark, Baked Brown Sugar, Crushed Curry, Strawberry Slush
Cardstock: Crumb Cake, Baked Brown Sugar, Blushing Bride, Crushed Curry, Strawberry Slush, Gumball Green, Vellum, Gold Foil
Punch: Petite Petals, Itty Bitty
Big Shot: Little Leaves Sizzlit, Spiral Flower
Other: Fringe Scissors, Essentials Piercing Pack, Gold Embossing Powder
Embellishments: Pearls

I realise there's a lot going on here but I kind of think everything works! In all honesty I got some new toys - Hardwood, spiral flower, fringe scissors....I just HAD to play! 
I thought the vellum would be nice as the over layer as I didn't want the top layer to be heavy - the hardwood and flowers were the real stars of the show. When I stamped and embossed the sentiment in gold it looked brilliant but a little lost on the size of vellum so I went back in with the versamark pen (unfortunately SU no longer sells it but I still have mine kicking around) which I used to hand draw in some cute little hearts! 

I thought I'd add just little pops of yellow - the crushed curry is a really powerful colour so just a little still has a big impact! 

The rose is so pretty, isn't it? I sponged crushed curry on the inside edge and strawberry slush on the outside edge to make the flower look more realistic! the centre is a rolled up strip of the fringe strip. after the flower was rolled up and glued I went back in and used some tweezers to fold back the petals. I thought the addition of gold leaves with green was a nice touch to marry the gold sentiment and flowers together. 

I hope you enjoy this. It definitely made me feel better! 

Happy Stampin',


  1. Gorgeous flower! And I love that hardwood background! Thanks for joining us at FMS!

  2. Amanda, this is just lovely! So soft and pretty yet rustic with the Hardwood background. So glad you joined us at The Paper Players!

  3. This is gorgeous, Amanda! That hardwood background is such a perfect backdrop for those beautiful flowers. I just got my hardwood stamp yesterday and haven't inked it up yet :) Thanks for playing Tic-Tac-Toe with us this week at The Paper Players!

    1. Thanks Sandy! I am loving Hardwood, its been on my wish list since I first saw it but I was trying to be good....glad I finally indulged in it though! Enjoy playing with yours! x

  4. Gosh another beautiful rose! Love the little yellow blossoms and beautiful woodgrain background, too.

  5. Very pretty card Amanda! I love all of those beautiful flowers! They look fabulous against the woodgrain background! Thanks for joining us this week at Freshly Made Sketches!

  6. Gorgeous! Congrats on your feature at FMS!