A Flower Cluster … Or Two!

Hello … bonjour … hope your week is starting well!  Today I have a couple of cards to share, the first of which is going to be joining in some current challenges (see below).  The second, which is similar, is a bonus … and was fun to make look slightly different, even though the basic design and main supplies were the same.  Here’s the first …

The leaves and flowers were die cut from coloured cardstock … I sponged over Distress Ink to give them depth … and used a white gel pen to add definition and highlights.  They’re arranged on various levels of foam dots on a die cut striped pp panel, which had been adhered flat to the card base.  The sentiment is from Simon … all the die cuts are from Concord & 9th.

Here’s my bonus card …

I dropped the design from the upper third to the lower third of the card … used the same floral and leafy die cuts, this time in yellow with black detailing (also sponged with Distress Ink) … and cut a banner from the same striped pp.  The sentiment, from Simon, was stamped onto a foam mounted banner that was trimmed to mimic the pp strip.  Voilà … similar … though just a little  different … I like them both equally … d’you have a favourite?

I’m joining in the fun at …

Color Throwdown – Lavender, Green, Grey

Happy Little Stampers Dies – Anything Goes

Seize The Birthday – Show Me Your White Space

The Flower Challenge – Add Leaves

Watercooler Wednesday – All About Occasions

Thanks so much for coming by, your visits and comments are always a joy!  Anita 🙂



40 thoughts on “A Flower Cluster … Or Two!

  1. Jeanne

    Such pretty cards, Anita. I really like that you used the same supplies in different colors to show the versatility of the products. You get such a different feel to the card by simply changing the color. I “know” about this, but it’s always so neat to see it in action. Thanks for sharing!

  2. Michele F

    I LOve the purples, and yellows. But, let’s face it, no matter the color, Anita, these darling little posies would make any card, for any occasion, that much more delightful! How wonderful they are!
    oh… you had me at grey stripe, btw!

  3. Marcia Hill

    These are both SO pretty Anita! They may be small, but they really deliver a WOW! Love the soft colors and really like the added gray striped DSP on each too! Sweet, sweet cards my friend!! :0)

    1. mypapercraftworld Post author

      Thanks so much, Anne! The dies you asked about are from Concord & 9th … they’re part of a kit called Everyday Bouquet Turnabout Toolkit that came out a while ago. I’ve put the link here but if this doesn’t work, it’s searchable at Concordand9th.com. It’s still available at the moment too! I’ve emailed you separately. Anita 🙂

  4. Bev Kastman Buenker

    You’ve got a couple of stunners here, my friend. Simple beauty. Blushing up the colored card stock really makes it shine, and it shows on those blossoms. Your arrangement with the leaves and buds behind those flowers is equally lovely. And everything pops perfectly against those stripes, too. Love this dynamic duo. Sending love and hugs. xoxo

  5. conil

    Things must be blooming at your house to inspire these gorgeous cards. Such lovely arrangements of those diecuts on both and your shading makes them look so fresh and real.

  6. Bobby Hagen

    The spray of buds and leaves are fantastic behind the lovely large blossoms, Anita. I love the subtle pp as a sentiment strip. Thanks for sharing your card with us at The Flower Challenge.

  7. cat

    I love your purples for CTD! That is one gorgeous card. My heart lives in the second card…yellow white gray..for me those fabulous colors and some of my most favorite.

  8. tinstar05

    CAS perfection Anita. Love the use of the striped banners to ground your flowers. Love how you’ve chosen one colour scheme for each card – really makes those flowers pop. Thanks for joining us at the Watercooler Wednesday this week. Tristan DT.

  9. Barbara Roe

    Fun cards Anita. Do I have to choose? If so I will select purple, not sure why but maybe it pops off the page. I love the use of the striped paper – nice touch. Big hugs, Barb

  10. djkardkreations

    Your SBD (same but different) designs are so cheerful and bursting of hope for spring, Anita! I love that flower and the way you arranged your cluster with the awesome striped panel! These are absolute winners and I’m delighted to see you playing for fun!! I want to wish you the happiest birthday and many, many more!! I’m off to a doctor appointment, but we’ll talk soon! I’ll raise a glass to you this evening! LYAMYEDMA!) Hugs and kisses, Darnell

  11. Brenda Lawrence

    First off Anita, I want to wish you a very happy birthday today!!!! Then I want to apologize, I mailed your card late, but it is on it’s way as of today. I forget to get international cards out early because it takes longer! sigh I’m hopeless. But on the bright side, I hope it keeps your birthday celebrates going longer! Now onto your cards-they are gorgeous! I am so loving the striped paper. I have a similar flower like your larger one, but really love those little flowers and leaves. Will have to check it out and put on my wish list. Yes, both of these cards are definitely gorgeous and I love the color combo of both! Hugs, Brenda

  12. Marisela Delgado

    Now you know I am going to love anything purple….ha-ha. They are both gorgeous, Anita. FELIZ CUMPLEANOS, mi amiga. And many, many more. Happy Birthday!

  13. Brenda in IN

    Beautiful spring flowers and so needed in this cold weather here. The colors are lovely and I really like all the sprigs and greenery around the flower. I also want to send you the happiest belated birthday wishes.

  14. Mac Mable

    YAY to being the watercooler rockstar Anita with your beautiful CAS card. Both versions are so pretty and the compositions look fabulous. Thanks for spoiling us with the two versions x.

  15. TK

    Beautiful! The first is striking with its bold flower and wider, striped banner but the second is my fave — can’t tell you why but it just hit the sweet spot!

  16. Cathy R

    Both versions are beautiful Anita, love the soft striped background in each, it really makes the flowers pop. Love those delicate leaves too, need to investigate this set lol! Thankyou for joining in at STB too, Cathy x

  17. scrapperatheart

    Oh, Anita are these fabulous! I struggle with CAS designs and you have got the eye for it for sure! The striped background really works wonders and makes the flower pop! So happy to see you in our gallery at Seize the Birthday! Hugs!

  18. momentsofcrafting

    Both combinations are beautiful, Anita! I’m always amazed how such small changes can make such a different card! Love the colours and the subtle stripe banners behind them! Thanks so much for joining us at HLS Anything Goes with Dies Challenge this month!

  19. Creatingpaperhugs

    I love the spring CAS design, beautiful cards. Thanks so much for sharing this with us at The Flower Challenge.
    Rachel DT

  20. Claire A

    I must have missed these two! Pretty colour combos and I love the addition of the striped strip in the neutral grey. There’s a couple of challenges there that I haven’t joined in with before…I must have a go!


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