Friday, 24 April 2009

A Friendly Challenge...

Every month or so, a group of my crafty buddies takes it in turns to set a 'Bits'n'Pieces' challenge, and this time, the lovely Kaz sent us the following goodies:


With the additional challenge of including a handmade flower on our cards...eek!

I've made a few flowers using Nesties before, so I thought I try something a bit different. I tore the piece of Japanese silk paper into 4 strips (roughly 4cm wide), then folded them like a concertina and joined them together. I then stitched through the bottom of each fold, so that when I pulled the cotton tight, it held it's shape. I then sewed a button in the centre, to cover the join. I mounted the flower on a couple of Nestie shapes embossed with the Cuttlebug 'D'Vine Swirls folder, with the feather behind...it's supposed to look like a leaf! As the flower rather dominates the card, I've kept the rest of it really simple, adding a sentiment (from the 'Circular Greetings' set by Woodware), mounted on Nestie shapes, with the glittery brad from my 'kit' in the centre.

As the flower is huge...I'm going to enter this card for the Daring Cardmakers Challenge, where the theme this week is 'Supersize me'!

13 comments:

Amanda's paper palace said...

wow fab flower helen!gorgeous card!hugs amanda xx

Ellepiggo by Vanessa said...

WOW, the flower is fab and huge! A fabulous card :)

Vanessa.

Elaine A said...

Helen -

What a wonderful job you've done, really love that flower. The whole card is really sweet.

Elaine Allen

Cathy said...

Helen that flower is amazing!! I love this!!
Hugs
Cathy xx

Lythan said...

that is wonderful Helen and I love that feather peeking out!

Ellen said...

that is gorgeous Helen, great use of all the bits Kaz sent you

that flower is certainly huge :)

Riet said...

ohh wowww Helen,what a beautiful card.

Hugs Riet.x

Elle-phan-tastic cards said...

wow it looks great, you've done a great job x x

Karen said...

ooo this of so serene Helen...lovely flower X

Pauline C said...

Fantastic flower Helen - love it! Great use of the kit .. it was really fun wasn't it?
Hope you're enjoying the weekend
Pauline x

Maria Matter said...

Oh, this is fabulous Helen! great job with that flower!!!
Blessings, Maria

Leigh said...

so soft and pretty.

Tasha said...

Oh this is gorgeous i love yor homemade flower and the colours are fantastic
love tasha xx