Saturday, 2 January 2010

A Lover of Flowers

Hi all,

Hope your weekend goes well so far?

Our snow still lies unmelted, and ungritted, with the odd small flurry just to top it up now and again. Some of you might wonder why we fuss so much about it as you get shedloads every year and manage pretty well. Our problem is, we don't get very much, and so there is no infrastructure to cope with it when we do get loads.

Here is a pic outside my front window. Yeah, I know there ain't much snow there really, but it is frozen solid. Our council last ploughed three days ago, and we had thre or four inches fall after that. Since then, nothing, no plough, no grit. Somewhere in the foreground is the footpath!

It is so sad in this over-taxed country of ours, that our councils still cannot afford basic things, like a stockpile of grit for the roads. . .it appears that ours has run out of grit, so our side-roads remain frozen and slippery, as do our footpaths. I pity the old folk - it is so dangerous for them. We have an RC Church three doors down from us, and a lot of folk use it on a regular basis, so you would think someone would have been down by now - they have Sunday mass tomorrow!

Enough whingeing! On to my card for today, which has been made for only one challenge, that of Midnight Madness, and their lovely sketches:

I have taken a complete break from the norm here. No winter scenes, none of my own images! What, I hear you cry? Yep, my card is made totally of printed images and papers from the Joanna Sheen CD - A Cardmakers Year, March.

I made a tint of the first backing paper for the background, and used a second one printed in full colour for the triangle corners, which are layered with foam pads. I printed out the topper from the set and layered it. There is a lovely verse in the middle which is almost unreadable, even on the original on the disc, but it says:
'To a Lover of Flowers.

The rose repays thee all thy smiles,
The stainless Lily rears
Dew in the chalice of it's wiles,
As sparkling at thy tears
The glances of thy gladden'd eyes
Not thanklessly are pour'd,
In the blue violet's tender dyes
Beheld them all restored.'

Sounds lovely, but I have no ides what it means! LOL

Finally I made some flowers out of various punches and the same paper, with some bazzill green for contrast, and some gold stickles for a touch of bling.

Stay safe everyone!


Anonymous said...

WOW!! Teri, this is just stunning!! I love love love the flower framing you've created with the sketch!! Fabby job!! Happy New Year!! HUGS

Lil Daffodil said...

Hi Teri,
This flowery card is stunning - absolutely beautiful.
We got home in 5 hours but the weather was a bit iffy. One or two accidents held us up. It took hubby 45mins to dig the car into our drive when we got home.
Fiona x

Phyllis said...

Gorgeous, gorgeous card. Love the colors and all the flowers!! Just AWESOME!! The MMDesign Team thanks you for playing with us this week. Blessings to you and your loved ones for the New Year!!

Phyllis MMDesign Team

Lovely Linda said...

Wow Teri - this is just stunning - I love the dimension you have shown us and the colours in varying depths - this is just gorgeous! Your floral wreath is just perfectly done and 'popped up!' I am loving this!! Thanks for playing along with the Midnight Madness Sketch Challenge this week, we appreciate you support and love to see what you have done each week Teri! We look forward to seeing you again! Happy New Year to you!! {{{hugs}}}
Linda MMSC Design Team

Darlene (SCS:akronstamperdpk) said...

We too have more snow than we need ... but at least we have had the plows and brine put down and the roads are clear!

Your MMSC creation is AWESOME! I really need to take lessons from you on adding dimension ... you do it SO WELL! Beautiful job my friend ... simply beautiful!!

Christine said...

WOW, WO , WOW Teri
A stunning, fabulous card, you have put so much thought into making this. It may be images from a CD but you have the know how to make it different.
Christine xx

Kim said...

OMG Teri, if this isn't the most breathtaking card I've ever seen! Love the quote on it too! Your little teeny flowers are so very delicate and fragile. All the little details are just amazing! Good luck on the snow melting. We had about 3 inches fall last night. It is a fluffy dry snow though, nothing like the heavy wet snow from two weeks ago.
Kim xxx

Chris Olsen, Glowbug said...

Oh Teri, I am so sorry about the roads. They do look awful. What state do you live in? We live in NY state and speaking of is getting really bad here and almost impossible to live in.

Your card....Wowzers!!! This is beyond stunning. I love every detail on it. The colors are gorgeous with the image and design!! The dimension is fabulous! I think this is one of my absolute fave using this sketch this week. Awesome work!!

Happy New Year!


Carol said...

Teri....I just love this card. It reminds me of shabby chic and cottage designs. Just beautiful. You did a fantastic job with the sketch. Thanks for playing along with us at Midnight Madness this week. Have a Very Happy Cardmaking New Year!!!

Bear Hugs,
Carol :o}
Midnight Madness Design Team

Jane, at Thepaperaffair said...

Very beautiful.


Grace said...

Oh my goodness this is so beautiful!!! It's feminine... a little shabby chic, and oh so gorgeous! Love the flower layering!!! Love your take on the MMSC! So glad you played along!!!

Jeni C Slack (^0^) said...

Wow, Teri! This flower frame is Gorgeous and much have taken so much time to put it all together. I love it. Thanks for showing us what an AWESOME Frame card is like. This ones takes the cake :) Thanks for joining us this week and Happy New Year, xox ~Jeni & MMSC DT