Friday, April 27, 2012

Pretty Dogwood Branch


Do you love dogwood flowers?  I think they are so pretty.  I planted a dogwood tree four years ago and so far it has not bloomed.  I am really hoping it will this year.  Our weather is still very cool and our trees are just starting to get leaves.  I'm so anxious to see if I get those beautiful flowers this year!

Today I used a new Memory Box stamp I just received from Joan's Gardens.  It is the "Dogwood Branch".  I stamped the image using green ink on green card stock then stamped it again with pink ink on white card stock.  I cut the green image out so I could layer it over my window. The leaves were shaped using the self-closing tweezers from the Flower Tool Kit.   The "white" flower was cut away from the branch so I could shape it.  The edges were sponged with pink ink then shaped and attached over the flower on the green branch.  I used some tiny green and yellow beads to form the stamen.

This is a 6"x5.5" card.  I used the inside design on the new Spellbinders "Elite" M-Bossabilities (EL-001) for my embossed background.  These embossing folders are larger and the whole front fit inside the folder.   The window is  the Poppy Stamps "Grand Madison Window" (815); the new "Grand Madison Window Shutter" (832); and the "Grand Flower Box".   I tried something new today with the window.  When you die cut the window, it die cuts the four rectangles that fit inside the window panes.  I saved these and sponged them yellow then placed them back inside the window.    I lightly sponged some light gray ink around the edges of the window to help make it stand out from the background.

I wanted to use real small flowers in the flower box because I wanted my focal point to be the pretty dogwood branch.  I used the two Cheery Lynn "Olive Branches" (B147) for the green foliage.  These small leaves work great in the flower box.  I pulled out some of the very small flowers from my "stash".  I decided to use the cat from the Cheery Lynn "Screen Door w/Cat" (A2 164) die to sit on the box.  I die cut him using white card stock and sponged on gray ink, and drew on an eye and nose.

All products I use can be purchased from Joan's Gardens.

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14 comments:

Sheila - Ginger said...

Well I have just arrived home from a craft fair and I have to say Selma you have cost me a fortune, I couldn't stop buying all the fabulous dies that you have used on your beautiful creations!!! Lol!
Talking of beautiful cards I love this one and the way you have set the scene with the cat on the window sill and then trailing the flowers under the window. Wonderful!

Love Sheila xx

GLENDA BROOKS said...

I'm a sucker for dogwood blooms and this one is fabulous! Our trees have already bloomed and gone but yours brings back such wonderful memories! Gorgeous use of all the dies!

Jan said...

Hi Selma, I just found your blog and am now a ubscriber. Your work is absolutely amazing. I love the way you did the window, very elegant. I put a feed on your blog so I will be following you. Thanks for sharing your beautiful work.

Rita said...

Absolutely Beautiful Selma. The colours are amazing too. Hugs from Scotland. Rita xx

Mrs. Swandog said...

Selma, I love this card...what an awesome way to use the kitty from the screen door!

The Other Patti Sue said...

Super,super pretty! Love the little window!

Yogi said...

very pretty. love the die cut window. nice coloring. Have a great day

Betty Benton said...

Love your dogwood and the sweet kitty! Just beautiful!

ednamburgess said...

As always, this is an adorable card. The kitty and the flowers just add to the design. Edna

Sandy said...

I just adore your card Selma. I love home and cats and dogwoods are our state flower. You have made a stunning card!!!!!
sandy

cathylynn said...

Selma your creativity is totally awesome!! Every card you do is beyond gorgeous!!! I'm always inspired by your work!
Thanks so much for sahring!!
Hugs, Cathy-Lynn

Diane said...

So pretty...and I LOVE the kitty sitting on the window...so clever!!

redwasher1 said...

OUTSTANDING creation Selma!!! Love it!!

Sue W said...

Beautiful card Selma!

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