Sunday, March 28, 2010

Just For You

Wow this card took awhile to make; perhaps those 396 leaves on that tree had something to do with it...

...but I digress. I shall start at the beginning.

I wanted to do a card using my new Magnolia Tilda Picking Lilacs stamp using Flower Soft, so I drove over to the local scrapbooking store to pick up my very first jars so I could begin.

That was last Monday.

Then came my brilliant idea (since I now had all this Flower Soft!) to make a lilac tree for Tilda to pick her flowers from... yeah. Tres smart. Instead of simply DRAWING a tree, I realized my new Martha Stewart punch had just the right sized leaves (the same one used on the inside of this easel card). So I foolishly punched 22 times in four different shades of green cardstock. I then had to gather only the leaf shapes (not the flower petals, centers or swirly bits), piling them safely out of the reach of my cat Tawnee, who had plopped herself right in the middle of the table, unable to resist playing with all the pretty confetti I was producing.

I drew the branches and base of the tree with Copics, added glue and attached the leaves and Flower Soft piece by piece, using tweezers and toothpicks. Then I added some leaf details with my Copic Multiliner and glued some Sage Ultra Fine Flower Soft for grass at the base of the tree.

Cutting out that sucker took all of last night. (Click on all the images for zoomified versions)

I added some pearls, ribbon and a silver charm, as well as a layer of mulberry paper with silver threads running through it.

Well, at least I finished it... hopefully next time I'll think twice before trying to recreate Mother Nature down to a single leaf.

Here are the details:

Martha Stewart deep edge punch "Floral Vine"
Bazzil cardstock
Beary Patch 2004 Classic Holly Winter's Day paper
Recollections Self-adhesive pearls
Michael's Celebrate It Holiday ribbon
Floral / pearl charm
White and silver mulberry paper
Stampendous! "Just For You" Friendly Messages stamp
Delphinium Blue and Ultra Fine Sage Flower Soft


Face - E00, E11, R20
Hair - E25, E49, E51, E59
Shirt and shoes - N0, N3
Highlights on shoes - Bic Wite Out
Jumper and socks - Y00, Y11, Y15, BG10, BG72
Leaves and grass shadows - G82, G85
Branches - E13, E15
Basket - E55, E57, E59


  1. Super cute card, Maureen! Beautiful colors and Tilda looks awesome!

  2. Oh, I love it!!! You understand these things! All of your work was well worth it, your card is fabulous!!! Beautiful Tilda with a fantastic 3D tree! Great use of the flower soft. Terrific work Maureen!

  3. Hi Maureen!

    I love your tree and Tilda is beautifully coloured. I can sympathize with you. Being a flower maker and punching out all the pieces for classes is no joke.
    It's worth it in the end though.
    Your flower soft turned out terrific.
    hugs Marion

  4. Oh my Maureen your card is gorgeous! What a awesome job you did with the tree wow oh wow! Tilda looks beautiful! Awesome job!

  5. All your hard work was so worth it! It is just beautiful!!! I love coming to see what you've created next. Myrna

  6. Wow Maureen, your cards are soooo AWESOME!! You are a very talented lady! You should be designing for someone because your artistic abilities are amazing! Rosemary :)

  7. you win for the most leaves ever contest!!!
    You win...."more leaves"!!! lol hehe, couldn't resist that one! lol
    I love doing creative things w/pieces and I don't mind little pieces either. I totally appreciate what you've created here and it's awesome Maureen!!! LOVE it! Wish I could see it up close and personal and ooh and aaahhh IRL!!!
    Pam Going Postal

  8. Holy Maureen, You made a stunning creation. What a work of art?! Beautiful done with those fabulous Flowersoft. Awesome Tilda card to share :o)

  9. I agree with everything that everybody and anybody has said - you are extremely talented and very creative. Love your work!

  10. LOVE it!! (Love your blog about the Fonz too!) Pat Frank


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