Tuesday, January 7, 2014


Good Morning.  It is so nice to be back to creating every day.  It is very cold here but think we are lucky because other parts of the country are much colder.  I always look forward to Spring to see all the beautiful flowers and flowering bushes and trees come to life after a cold Winter.  I planted a pink dogwood tree six years ago, because I love dogwoods, but so far it has never bloomed.  I'm not sure why, but if it doesn't bloom this year I guess I will buy another one and see if I have any luck in getting one to bloom.  At least I can create very realistic dogwoods using dies for my cards and projects!

The most realistic flowers can be created with the Susan's Garden Dogwood dies. If you are not familiar with Susan's dies, every flower packet contains all the dies needed to complete the flower and the leaves.  There are picture instructions in the package to show you how to create the flower, plus Susan has a video for each one.   Here is a link to Susan Tiernery-Cockburn's Dogwood video showing you how to assemble these Dogwoods. I followed Susan's instructions and also placed the flowers on some wired sisal rope that I purchased from Hobby Lobby. This gives the appearance of the dogwoods on a branch.  I have created white Dogwoods, but my favorite are the pink ones.   Both the flower petals and leaves were die cut using white card stock and colored with Susan's Garden Pan Pastels. The pink highlights were colored using the Copic RV34 Dark Pink marker.   In order to show off these beautiful Dogwoods, I decided to place them on a simple black and white card.  The pretty stamped image I chose is the  Impression Obsession "Nest Collage" .  It was embossed using VersaMark Ink and Ranger Distress Black Soot Embossing Powder.   I plan to attach this piece to the top of a box which will include a birthday gift.

Below is a list of the products used from Ellen Hutson, LLC:



Dee in N.H. said...

Gorgeous card! Your pink dogwoods are really pretty!

Mihaela said...

Wonderful card, Selma! Love those pink flowers, very pretty!

Rita said...

How very beautiful Selma. You must be so thrilled to work with such gorgeous dies. Hugs Rita xxx

Antoinette Voorn said...

Wat laat je ons weer een creatieve en vrolijke kaart zien! Super leuk en we gaan er weer tegen aan dit kersverse jaar! Toppie gemaakt, joh.

Gr Antoinette

Glenda Brooks said...

I have this die but don't expect my dogwoods to be a gorgeous as yours! I did daisy flowers and they leave a lot to be desired. But you know me I'll keep trying. Your card is lovely and the flowers just add the extra touch!

Cathy said...

Beautiful card, the dogwoods are so pretty. I bought this die as I thought it would create flowers reasonably flat enough for easy posting. You've inspired me to use it now :) Cathy x

Leanne ... said...

Just BEAUTIFUL Selma! Love the black with the pink and white together.
You are the QUEEN of flowers. Yes...those Susan Garden flower die cuts are the best. I only own 1 set and wish I had more.

Wishing you a Happy New Year!

JD/ Jill said...

Beautiful card...

Ms said...

what a stunning card.... I was just playing with the Dogwood dies, not nearly this beautiful.... Now I have something to try.... Thank you for sharing your creativity

Eva Van Buuren said...

Oh Selma.....what a wonderful Dogwood! I love it!
A harbinger of the Spring!
I hope that the Dogwood in your garden goes bloom this year!
Hugs, Eva.

Eva Van Buuren said...

Oh Selma.....what a wonderful Dogwood! I love it!
A harbinger of the Spring!
I hope that the Dogwood in your garden goes bloom this year!
Hugs, Eva.

Eva Van Buuren said...

Oh Selma.....what a wonderful Dogwood! I love it!
A harbinger of the Spring!
I hope that the Dogwood in your garden goes bloom this year!
Hugs, Eva.

Bonnie Weiss said...

With -40 degree temperatures here, just looking at your beautiful dogwood flowers warms me up a bit. The black and white background is the perfect base to bring these pretty flowers to life.

Olga said...

Good morning, I love the flowers!!!! Dogwood flowers are one of my favorites!!!! Beautiful card,

Colorado Crafter said...

Dogwoods always bring memories of my mother. They were a favorite of hers. I don't know much of anything about growing trees or flowers -- have always said I have a brown thumb so I have no idea why some trees bloom and others don't. I remember back when my mom had my uncle bring her two dogwood trees from his property. They planted one in her front yard and one in the back. The one in front yard bloomed so beautifully every spring but the one in the back never bloomed at all. I guess some dogwood trees just don't want to bloom! :)

I finally got this dogwood die set before Christmas and haven't had time to try it yet. I hope mine turn out as beautiful as yours! Mine will be made in memory of my mother.

Jan Castle said...

Beautiful card Selma...beautifully done, as usual!

Winnie and Patty said...

Selma--this dogwood & music card is just beautiful! I love the dogwoods you created. They are one of my favorite flowering trees and are so lovely here in Northern Virginia in the spring! TFS!!!

Anonymous said...

My Dear Selma
your cards are so beautiful to say the least you have a gift to see beauty and recreate it.... I have kept every card you have posted to inspire me to my own creations.... I am very grateful to Heaven for discovering you and the joy you bring in helping me be creative, with sincerest appreciation from a grateful heart please know you touch others in ways you may not know.
Sincerely and as always wishing you JOY Thank You
Elaine Sherry aka QE

Anonymous said...

Hi Selma,

Once again, you outdid yourself on this project. It is gorgeous!!! What is your favorite weight of cardstock to use for Susan's dies? I'm going to get a bunch of white cardstock along with the Pan Pastel's and learn to "color" my flowers and leaves. Thanks so much for all you have taught me from your wonderful projects. Hoping there will be many, many more. :)



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