Friday, May 06, 2011

Ne'er Cast a Clout....

...'til May is out
goes the old saying - whether that means the May Flower or the month of May seems undecided and to be honest  the only connection with this post is the word May.  It's just a contrived title, but there you go.
Today is the first Friday of the month so time for the Daring Cardmakers to return to our 2011 theme of Flowers of the Month.  I like that each month has a choice of flowers - gives a bit of room for manoeuvre, which is always good, plus it adds a bit more variety to the cards on the blog.  
May's flowers are the Hawthorn and the Lily of the Valley.
I went for the latter - my mum's favourite flower and one I've failed dismally to get to grow - which annoys me!
Mum had lily of the valley in her wedding bouquet so in honour, I thought I'd add in a bit of lace to my card - any excuse, eh?
I think the blue is too deep a shade - probably because I changed my mind and went over the original pale turquoise-blue inked background with a bluer one as I decided I wanted to use that baby-blue seam binding.  I was being lazy, I admit it - I should have started again with the new colour.
I just couldn't get a photo I was happy with, this is the best I managed.  Maybe I'll give it another try today.
I used:
Distress Inks, Bazzill card (2 x green shades),
White pearlised card  for flower heads and white pearlised paper for fan 
(no idea where these came from
Cuttlebug Swirls embossing folder, Spellbinders Doily die set,
Baby blue seam binding, green large headed pins, small piece of lace with seambinding threaded through (Creative Treasures)
Perarls are from the iRock collection and fixed with the iRock tool (Imaginisce)
There's crystal Glamour Dust on the flowers but it doesn't 
really show up on the photo.
The flowers were cut using my Craft Robo from a template made 
using free clip art pictures

If you would like the GSD file for the flowers email me via the link in my sidebar.

Please visit the Daring Cardmakers blog to see more May Flower cards and also to find out the identity of our very talented Guest Designer this month.....

Right, I suppose it's my turn to make the coffee. Thanks for visiting, please leave a comment


Angelnorth said...

Relly pretty Kathy, the folded fan is a perfect touch behind the spray of flowers!

Lynda said...

Wow what a beautiful burst of colour - this is just gorgeous Kathy.

Love Lynda xxx

Karen said...

This is lovely Kathy...the Lily-of-the-Valley looks fabulous! Oh & I always believed that it was to do with the May Blossom not the month :-D xxx

Sandy O said...

Oh My Gosh!!! What is not to like about this. Stunning. lily of the valley happens to be my favorite flower and I see it is your moms too!

Lythan said...

its beautiful Kathy - I love the lace at the bottom of the bouquet and the folded seam binding and the 3d-ness of the flowers and, well everything really!

Janice said...

Beautiful card. I love both of those flowers, the scent of lily of the valley is one of my favourites.

Dolly Mixtures said...

Lovely card as alwys Kathy. It must have taken you ages to cut out all of those flowers! Like th addition of the fan and the doily and the serene colour scheme.

Rein said...

Really sweet card kathy!

lisa said...

Hi Kathy. It seems an age since I stopped by. What with Easter hols and Bank holidays blogging time has been short.
I've had a catch up though and you've been busy with some lovely creations, both paper and edible!!
Your day out looked great too, thanks for shaing the photos.
Your lily of the valley card is just beautiful. I can't grow it either, but a neighbour complains about how vigourous her's is which is weird!!
I like the blue you've used, it sets the white flowers off really well.
Hope all is good with you.
hugs Lisax

Zuzana Obert said...

Wow Kathy, that is a stunning card! Love the blue and white - sooo pretty.

Love Zuzana x x

Hazel said...

Superbly cut lily of the valley, Kathy - you are definitely the queen of the robo (and your mum would have been very proud of you). x

glitterangel said...

You are too clever with your Robo! I think Lily of the Valley has a bit of an old fashioned feel to it, but by cutting them out, you've managed to create something with more of a contemporary feel - I love it!