Tuesday, 19 July 2011

Flower Power

Hi all, it’s been a week or more since I last posted but that doesn’t mean that I’ve not been busy, just that I was making things that I couldn’t show you just yet.

I’ve also been out and about, first on a day trip to the Hampton Court Flower Show which was spectacular but silly me forgot to take my camera with me.
The show gardens were amazing and so was the flower marquee but unfortunately because of the rain it was packed solid with people trying to avoid the showers. Still, it didn’t spoil the day and I saw lots of beautiful and strange plants.

This Mauve and White Clematis ‘Florida Sieboldii’ caught my eye first because of it’s really large flower heads.

What made it really unusual was the fact that as the White petals fall off you're left with a sweet little Mauve flower because the centre is still intacted, so you get two for the price of one.

The other very unusual flower that caught my attention was this odd looking one.

It’s a Tacca Chantrieri, also known as a ‘Bat Flower’…………very strange!

I was visiting even more gardens last week because I went on a four day break down to Ferndown, in Dorset to visit my aunt.
We had a day out at Compton Acers, near Sandbanks, which has lots of themed gardens to walk round and it's well worth a visit if you’re ever in that neck of the woods.
I won’t bore you with all my photos because I took loads (think I was making up for not having it with me the week before, Lol!) but here are a couple of the Italian Garden and the Woodland walk to give you a taster.

Now then, onto my main reason for visiting this afternoon and the card I’ve made for this week’s challenge over at the The Daring Cardmaker’s.

Can’t say I’ve ever heard of Pinterest before but Nat would like us to find a picture on the site and use it as inspiration for a card.

I picked out this one and tried to use the same colours.

Patterned Papers
Artylicious Peacock Summer Party

Rubber Stamps
Papermania - Hampstead

Other Equipment
Craft Creations – Embossed Hammer Card Stock
Craftworks Cards – Greeting
Martha Stewart – Brownstone Ink
Promarker Permanent Ink Pens

Stashrganza Ribbon
Brown Lace
Blue Gems


Lynda said...

A fabulous card Sue - love those earthy colours. I'd never heard of Pinterest either - it just goes to show how much is out there that we are totally oblivious of! Hope you're ok.

Love Lynda xxx

Dolly Mixtures said...

A fantastic colour combination and you've captured it so well in your pretty card. All those flowers at Hampton Court must have inspired you too!

Anonymous said...

Great card Sue - I love the colours, they work so well together. In fact that's one of the things I love Pinterest for, the pics for colour combos that people pin for brides to choose their wedding colours translate so well to papercrafting, it'd be rude not to use them! ;o)

Angie said...

That Card is gorgeous ..and fits the colours so well. I have never experienced pintrest ...maybe I should. Your photos are fantastic ...those flowers and garden settings are breathtaking.

Kathy said...

I love the photo you've chosen Sue - what fab colours! You've done a beautiful job on your card, it's lovely

Miri said...

That's a great idea... and a beautiful colour scheme. Nice card!

Oscar said...

Beautiful card and love how you've interpreted your inspiration photo. Thanks for sharing with us at The Daring Cardmakers this week!

Sharon (glitterangel) said...

Wow what a gorgeous card, I love those flowers and the colour scheme is just fab. Isn't pinterest great? I'm glad I discovered it thanks to Nat! Thanks for joining in with the Daring Cardmakers this week x