Friday, March 03, 2017

March Creative Crew - Favorite Florals

The March Theme for the Creative Crew at Splitcoast Stampers is Favorite Florals!

I've been in a very Mixed-Media-kind-of mood this year.
Hopefully, people can find the inspiration in these projects even though they aren't standard cards or pages.  Feedback is always welcome in the comments and emails :)

 For the Inspiration Challenge,
I fell in love with the photo of the flowered terraces.  Inspired by the photo,
I finally dove into the retired Stampin' Up! Build a Bouquet Kit.

I just love these flowers, but, oh boy, they do take some strong intention!!
I ended up putting the flowers together over the course of about two weeks (eek!).

You have probably seen the trend of the vertical garden.  The ones that I see most often these days are done with succulents.  Stampin' Up! has a gorgeous paper one in the current Occasions Catalog that is simply titled Vertical Garden Project Kit.  It's very cute!!
But that's not the vertical garden that I created - lol :)
The wooden box is 12x12 and just one-half inch deep.
Some of the flowers were created onto the floral wire stems and then snipped off.
Some were simply created around the center parts with no stems.
All are stuck, stuck, stuck with Tombow glue, glue dots, and some hot glue.
I love it :)  Totally worth it!

Now, switching to the Sketch Challenge.
I wanted to create a print with current Stampin' Up! stamps and inks to match
the retired Build a Bouquet flowers.
Very different from what I would usually do, but I think it's quite pretty.

The stamp sets from the current Occasions catalog used:
So In Love, and
Oh So Succulent.

 And the inks:
Pool Party,
So Saffron,
Blushing Bride,
Pear Pizzazz,
Soft Sky,
Rose Red,
and Basic Black.

The stamped sentiment is with StazOn Jet Black ink onto Wild Wasabi Seam Binding Ribbon.

 I really, really, really appreciate that the hostesses of the Creative Crew challenges
give the freedom to run with inspiration from the given theme and challenge specifics.
There have been times these last few months when I've let momentum take me
through my projects for the challenges, and then I get done, and I think,
 "Huh.  This might not still fit the challenge."
These next ones fit into that "Huh." this month.  lol

The Step It Up Challenge :)
Floral birdhouses.
So, I considered that these might have ended up too far off the path of the Step It Up Challenges.
I considered just keeping them to myself and madly trying to create something elses that better fit,
like cards or scrapbook pages, normal somethings.
But it's been a long winter of up and down crummy health,
and that seemed a little overwhelming,
and I am Excited about the birdhouses.  I like them.  A lot!!
And the kids like them, so here they are :)
Step One Birdhouse
Another little home made with the Home Sweet Home Thinlits that were carried over from the Holiday catalog.  But this one is adapted to birdhouse-ness.
The floral paper is from the Succulent Garden Designer Series Paper.
The bird is from the Birds and Blooms Thinlits,
and the butterfly is from the Bitty Butterfly Punch.
(The perch is actually made from the dogbone die of the Home Sweet Home Thinlits set!)
 Step Two Birdhouse
The big brother of floral birdhouse siblings :)
Definitely a mixed-media art project.
So, this is the "stepped up" version of the little house.
The base is a Build-a-Bear giftbox (thank you, Ellie).  Do they resemble birdhouses to anyone else?!
The floral is my favorite floral thing in recent times - a sweater that I shrunk beyond reason.
 The roof is Tip Top Taupe cardstock embossed with the Woodgrain Embossing Folder.
The birds and butterflies are done using the same dies and punches as the little house,
and the same patterned papers from the Succulent Garden Suite in the Occasions catalog.
The birds' perch is one of those very rustic pencils carved from a branch.
And they have nesting material made from kraft paper strips.
So, hopefully, Stampin' Up! traditionalists are able to find some bits or pieces of inspiration
from my non-traditional Creative Crew projects.  (Can you feel that stretch out of your comfort zone?!) :)

For the full Creative Crew Gallery at Splitcoast Stampers,
click here.
To play along with the challenges, click here.
(to be updated shortly with links!)

And don't forget!
Sale-a-bration is in its final month!!  
To check out all of the awesome products that may soon be gone,
please click over to my Stampin' Up! website and shop, shop, shop!!
The more you shop, the more free Sale-a-bration stamp sets you get to choose :)

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