Daffodil on vellum for Mother’s Day card

This is the Mother’s Day card I made. I embossed the daffodil on vellum and coloured and blended with layers of polychromos for the flower and Pan Pastels for the background.

Daffodil vellum Mothers day cardI don’t have time to write a full post tonight but I’ll try and finish it asap so please reread it if you want to know more! Here are a couple of close ups.

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I’m entering the Creative Loops challenge- flowers



Floral inspiration- 44 ideas for Mother’s Day and our March Challenge

Floral inspiration- 44 ideas for Mother’s Day and our March Challenge

Creative loops challenge march flowers mothers day

Today I’ve got lots of inspiration for our March challenge- flowers. The challenge topic (flowers) just needs to be a starting point for your inspiration so you could do a creative project made from flowers, using flowers, featuring flowers, inspired by flowers….anything you think is linked to flowers.

The Creative Loops challenge is for all types of creatives and is truly anything goes- art, mixed media, sewing, knitting, quilting, card making, papercraft, crossstitch, photography, altered art, creative writing, graphic design, floral design……if it is creative and inspired by the challenge theme you can join in. The idea is to connect and inspire creatives. We are a local group that meet weekly but anyone is welcome to join the challenge and link up their project.

Feel free to add any ideas and to chat about inspirations in the comments.

Here is an inspiration board of ideas you could use with the links listed below. Links with tutorials or patterns are shown with a *. Links to items which you could buy are shown with **

Please add your finished projects at the bottom of this post.

Floral inspiration 44 mothers day ideas

By members of Creative Loops

  1. Carrie Trigg (cut ’n’ sew) teaches sewing and she taught the Creative Loops group to make this floral organiser.

2,3,4 Carrie also makes beautiful clothing from retro, vintage fabrics. These makes from floral prints are great inspiration…..or you could just buy one from her Etsy shop CarrieJTrigg and make something else for the challenge 😉

  1. My colouring calendars feature a couple of floral images **
  2. One of my hand painted bags with a floral henna style motif I designed **
  3. This was made by Annette for the challenge last month but as well as featuring a heart it also has some beautiful flowers. She drew using a fine black pen and then coloured with watercolour pencils.
  4. My Lord of the Rings inspired woodland scene **
  5. A colourful floral card from Kristina
  6. Beautiful artwork by Jocelyn Leigh on display at a local tea room

Inspiration from others

  1. Nail polish earrings** by SenJewelry with video tutorial*
  2. Felt rose mobile tutorial by tiffercolabear
  3. A list of 16 free flower knitting patterns at in the loop knitting*
  4. Flower vase card tutorial at notableNEST*
  5. Chocolate flowers….who would not love getting these!! Photo tutorial at all day boutique*
  6. Using forced perspective to photograph flower girls. Love this technique. It has taken me half an hour to track down the photographer- Tatiana Mikhina
  7. Blooming monogram with silk flowers tutorial at Urbanic Paper blog*
  8. I believe the original tutorial for this picture is at icreativeideas.com*
  9. How about making a floral Easter style bonnet like this one shown in CountryLivimg.com
  10. Tutorial for felt hydrangea cushion*
  11. A 3D card I made for Mother’s Day featuring lots flowers
  12. Beautiful textures in floral art by Paula Nizamas
  13. I’ve got one hand in my pocket and the other one is giving the peace sign Hand embroidery by Mariana on Flickr
  14. Tutorial for needle felted flowers at craft me happy
  15. 10 free crotchet flower patterns collated at Chaleur Life
  16. In series 1 of the Great British Sewing Bee Stuart Hillard added tulip pockets to his skirt in a refashion project. Great idea executed in double quick time!! He brought out a book called Sew Fabulous but I’m not sure if it features this project.
  17. Delicate cut paper flower by Maude White at Brave Bird Paper Art
  18. Loom knitting flowers- I’m not sure where the photo originates from (please contact me if you know). Video tutorial on loom knitting flowers here.
  19. Why not try a tulip style dress or skirt. Free tutorial for this tulip dress at The Felted Fox
  20. Several patterns for this hippo available using African flower hexagons
  21. Beautiful altered shadow box scrapbook layout at The Dusty Attic Blog
  22. Caught in crystal technique with flower stamp
  23. Painting watercolour hydrangea- step by step tutorial*
  24. Mixed media art by Toni Burt
  25. Altered art shabby chic clock attributed to Asuka Miyamoto. Definitely uses her chipboard layout.
  26. Alcohol ink painting by Teri Jones
  27. accredited to A Fairy’s Dream at afairysdreamonline.com but blog appears to be inactive
  28. zentangle meets embroidery by hoooooplaart on tumblr
  29. Altered frame using products by ArtC (Momenta) at CHA 2016 and shown on Create and Craft TV
  30. Vase book folding pattern and tutorial* for sale on Etsy by Foldilocks**
  31. Vase and flower book folding at Bev’s Book Folding Blog with link to YouTube tutorial on making the flowers*
  32. Wet felting by Renata on Flickr
  33. Screen printed t-shirt with dimensional flowers added was available at Zara
  34. Recycled denim bag by Alla Larkin. She has a shop on Etsy and a blog

Hopefully that provided enough ideas to inspire you. Now all you need to do is

  1. Get inspired
  2. Create (original and new creations only, please respect copyright)
  3. Take photos of your creation
  4. Link up
  5. Check out the other linked projects, comment on them etc. We want to build a community.

If you have a blog please write about your inspiration, how it links to this challenge and include a link to this post. Add a photo of your project with your name and a short description below. If you do not have a blog post you can upload and share your photo or email me a copy of the photo and details. If you have any problems linking up there is a how to video and tutorial here.

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Lovely Lili for mum!

Lovely Lili for mum!

I was really happy to get the free Lili of the Valley pictures in a magazine. I thougnt this image was perfect for Spring colours and I used some ideas from their great ideas to inspire.

As ever I coloured with Promarkers and I used glossy accents on the balloons and nose.
The punches I used were all Martha Stewart.

The ribbon was another magazine freebie. The LOTV sentiment was decorated round the edges with a flexmarker to look like petals. The embossing was done freehand.

I made up the card design made up from a couple I had seen and using acette for the window.
The flower gems were also freebies and all the flowers were Wild Orchid Crafts.

I decorated the back with another LOTV image from the magazine coloured with Pro and flexmarkers. I added a panel with my message.

I would like to enter the following challenges

Lili’s Little Fairies – Anything Goes
Wags ‘n Whiskers – Flowers
Lily Pad – Flower Challenge
Fairy Fun Fridays – Spring
Moving Along With The Times – Cute and Cuddly
Rainbow Lady’s – Butterflies
ColourQ – Color Challenge