Thursday, September 23, 2010

Thankful Flowers MMSC72

This weeks MMSC72 challenge is an oval with accenting flowers. Well... I decided to make the flowers the center of attention. I hope you like my take on this weeks sketch and are inspired to join us at

My Card: Thanksgiving Blessing
Ink: Crushed Curry re-inker was used to color the doily. Classic pads Really Rust, Cranberry Crisp, and Chocolate Chip.
Paper: SU!scraps and Doily.
Misc: MS Glitter in Golden Beryl, Ribbon, SU! Scallop Circle punch.

To make the flowers punch 3 circles out of each(3)selected cardstock. You will find the thinner papers work well for this. This will make 3 flowers. Left overs are used for flower bud, (bud center scallop is half a circle). Once they have been punched, carefully cut 3 snips with pointed scissors in each scallop, leaving the center uncut and do not over lap your snips. Some snips will be slightly longer than others as you work your way around the circle. Using a sponge carefully antique front and back of circles to add depth of color. Be very careful not to pull while doing this as you do not want to rip the petals. Press the petal in your palm using your finger and carefully manipulate the paper into the desired shape. You can use your finger tip or a bone folder to "tip" the edges back. Then flip the flower over and manipulate into the final petal, squeezing the center to make the flower smaller. Your center piece will be squeezed tight and each layer will be more relaxed as you work your way out from the center. Glue each layer as you go. I used scraps of dark forest green for the center, deep red paper antiqued with chocolate chip ink, orange paper antiqued with cranberry crisp and yellow paper antiqued with really rust. I finished off the flowers with stips of dark green paper curled around a pencil and glued to the under side of each flower. Each flower was then tipped with glitter. The paper under the doily was glittered in a freehand design. Then I added the "Thanksgiving Blessing" as it just seemed to finish the card. Karen has some great flower tutorials on her site at YouTube has some great tutorials for several different flowers if you prefer to watch a video. I hope you enjoy this and try making some flowers with your punches. It is a fun way to use all those paper scraps. This was my first time trying to make my flowers so I just used the punch in the way I thought best.


  1. Cool flowers, I love your take on the mmsc! Cool pearls and scrolls. Fall, what a beautiful time of year! :)

  2. Great job on the flowers. I really like the strips curled around the flowers. I also like the colors you've chosen.
    It's indeed a beautiful Thanksgiving card.

  3. Hello Valarie - this is fabulous - I love the gorgeous colours and that doliy is nothing but divine! What a fabulous take on the sketch! Love it! Thanks for joining us this week at the Midnight Madness Sketch Challenge, we appreciate you support and would love to see you join us again next week! {{{hugs}}}
    Linda MMSC Design Team

  4. hi valerie these are beautiful flowers.
    lovely card

    greetings karin

  5. Valerie, this is fantastic! Great colors and the created flowers are terrific! Great look with the doily, too! Lovely card!

  6. This is beautiful Valerie! Love the colors and warm feel. Love al the sparkle!
    Thanks for joining Midnight Madess Challenge. Your support is highly valued, and we hope to see you playing with us again real soon ;o)



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