Thursday, 30 June 2011

Five petal flower punch

Good morning all.Today I'm entering another challenge over at Less is more which just so happens to be another sketch (although this one is a bit easier thankfully!) I've said before how much I love the idea of less is more, that the entries should be clean and simple, have minimal embellishments. I find that it allows me to focus on one embellishment or stamp and really let it shine.

Here is the challenge sketch. When I saw it I instantly thought of the five petal flower punch which I haven't used in a while. I used Rose Red as it is my favourite colour at the moment. I was a bit stumped on the band across the card until I came across some of my Subtles designer series paper. To jazz it up a bit I used a border punch and drew around the scallops with a Basic grey marker. These markers are amazing, they have a brush tip for colouring but they also have a journalling tip which makes work like this so easy.

Here is a close up of the five petal flowers, isn't the embellishment in the middle clever? I wish I could claim credit for it but I CASEd it from a swap that Michelle Last brought back from her amazing incentive trip to Prague. I have had a look through her photos and cannot for the life of me find it or remember who did it, so if you know, please let me know so that I can acknowledge them. The centre is a crystal brad which worked perfectly for this project. i love brads and bling so the two together is fantastic!

Finally the birthday stamp from occasional quotes fits perfectly into the oh so useful modern label punch. I've been making all of my cards birthday cards recently as my husband went to my stash of cards to get one and non of them were birthday cards! (speed crafting ensued!)

Remember that all of the hostess sets retire with the catalogue so you won't be able to get them again after 30th September and what better time could there be to throw a party and get one than when Stampin' Up are offering a massive £20 extra for anyone placing a big enough order or booking a party in June or July.

I hope you liked this card, I thought that it was a bit plain so I jazzed it up a bit by punching through the layer rather than placing embellishments on top. Here is the more ornate version of the top card.

So there you go, two cards today from one sketch. Don't forget to check out all the entries over at less is more you will be so amazed and inspired by the amazing cards people make, I know I always am.

See you soon,


  1. Wonderful idea Claire, love it!
    I hope you are keeping well, do you have any news?
    Luv Lynney

  2. Two lovely cards, prefer the design of the first but love the colors of the second!


  3. FAB card Claire
    Love how you created the centres, very effective
    Thank you
    Diva LIM
    "Less is More"

  4. 2 gorgeous cards, love the centre of the flower x

  5. WOw these are fancy flowers!
    Super cards.
    Thanks so much
    Lady LIM
    "Less is More"

  6. Very pretty flowers you've created here! Lovely cards!
    My Card