Monday, July 30, 2012


I worked with a few new products today; they are the MFT Hibiscus die and one of the  Sizzix "Heart and Ornate Frame Set" embossing folders I just picked up at Joan's Gardens.

I used the Hibiscus dies from MFT but I also want to tell you that Memory Box also has a new "Hibiscus Flower" with includes a long stamen; the MFT hibiscus does not have a long stamen.  I will be working with that die next time I create a hibiscus. I die cut the flower using salmon card stock then sponged on Distress Ink "Fired Brick"  in the center.  I die cut the center of the flower in black card stock then used a punch to create a hole in the center.  I had to get creative to figure out how to make a hibiscus stamen and ended up using a yellow pipe cleaner.  I added glue to the top portion of the pipe cleaner, then rolled it in yellow beads.  I poked the pipe cleaner through the hole in the center of the flower and cut off the pipe cleaner so I had just enough to bend along the bottom of the flower so it would stand up.  I attached the flower with a large glue dot.  You have to allow time for the glue to dry before attaching it to your card because the beads will fall off if you handle them too much. The beads stick really well once the glue is dry. These stamens might be a little large but I think look pretty realistic  until I can come up with something different.

I placed the flowers on the side of this 6" x 5.5" card front; I embossed the Ornate Frame on the right side.  When I think of hibiscus, I think about being in San Diego or Hawaii.  I decided to add the sail boat in the center of the embossed frame since these flowers and sail boats, in my head, seem to go together.  The boat is by Marianne Design.  The wave border is a new die from Memory Box called "Oceana Border".  The sentiment is from the JustRite "Anchors Away" stamp set; it was cut out with a Spellbinders petite oval and attached with dimensional dots.

I think I will give this card to one of my grandsons when we go to San Diego.  Both of them will have a birthday in August. 

You can purchase all these products from Joan's Gardens:
My Favorite Things "Hibiscus"
Memory Box "sail boat" (LR0199)
Memory Box "Oceana Border" (98335)
Sizzix "Heart & Ornate Frame Set" embossing folder (657339)
JustRite "Anchors Away (CR-03710)
Spellbinders "Petite Oval" Nestabilities


Sue W said...

Amazing Selma! Love your hibiscus....such a clever trick to use a pipe cleaner too!

Glenda said...

Sooooo pretty! Love the waves!

SiskiyouSue said...

Beautiful card. I love the technique you used on the sails, I'm going to have to try it myself.

sue - bearhouse said...

Gorgeous card, I love the design and the flowers are so beautiful


Sheila - Ginger said...

Wonderful card and I love how you made the hibiscus Selma. Your mind is just a whirlpool of talent.

Love Sheila xx

Olga said...

this is absolutley gorgeous!!!!!

Sandy said...

Selma your creation is gorgeous. I love your design work. Beautiful!

The Other Patti Sue said...

Super pretty! Love the hibiscus!


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