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Tuesday, August 6, 2013

Flowers From Trees

Our challenge this fortnight at Crafting With Dragonflies is to alter something. We are sponsored by Kenny K and Crafts and Me. I chose to use altered elements on my card. Some of my other teamies chose to alter objects. I look forward to seeing your interpretation of this challenge! Please remember to be a follower of our challenge blog so as not to miss out on any of the great prizes.
I used the image Unstoppable Mom by Kenny K for my card and colored her with Prismacolor pencils. I also paper pieced her shopping bags with Kraft paper. Wanted to stick with the recycling theme. Then I printed her onto a Silhouette cut file frame and added the Happy Birthday text before cutting. Distressed the frame and used some Tim Holtz distress ink in broken china around the edges.
Some navy blue cardstock and my script embossing folder make the base. For my altered elements I took a cardboard box and cut a 4"x4" square (my card is 5"x5"). Then I ripped the top layer off of the cardboard. This can leave quite a bit of paper stuck down still but I just picked it off. Then I used white acrylic paint to distress it a little further.
Next came my flowers from trees. I used the pages of a book to make my flowers (get it, flowers from trees, well they used to be trees, lol). I felt a little guilty cutting pages from a book but I made sure I chose a story I didn't like. That helped my conscience a little. I followed this tutorial here and I used Tim Holtz distress inks in walnut stain and antique linen to mark up my pages a bit.
Then cut out 10 scallop shapes 1.75" using my Silhouette. 5 from each page so that I would have an equal amount of both colors of stain.
Pile your shapes up, I alternated the stains, and put a brad through the center.
Then begin scrunching. Start with the top flower layer and scrunch away all the way to the bottom one.
Awesome or what!?! I made 2 and then filled in with some Wild Orchid Crafts flowers and there you have my altered elements card!
 I'd like to share my card at:
Sarah Hurley Challenge texture and dimension, closes Aug. 25
 

5 comments:

Susan Hogan said...

A Stunner! Those flowers look so good and the busy Mum is sure busy! Like the idea of recycling some cardboard too.

Ina said...

Love your recycling - fabulous idea and love your flowers and clever paper piecing. Great use of your digi. Super project. Ina

Taniaj Scott said...

Great take on the theme I do love those flowers hugs txx

kel Acopan said...

barb this card is super cute... i absolutely love the flowers you made!!

lovies, =o) kel

Kate (Small Bits of Paper) said...

Wow, Barb! This card is gorgeous!! Your paper flowers are so beautiful and I love the white on your mat. What a fabulous touch!