Sunday, 16 August 2020

Reminder: The Flower Challenge #47

Hello there! We are already half-way thru August which is just crazy. Its been a weird week here in NZ too as good old COVID turned up in Auckland. A family of four. The father was sick first and none of them have had any contact with anyone in isolation etc. They think he got it from boxes of frozen food (he works in a coolstore) that came from the US, as they found it on them. This is so frightening to think that we don't only have to worry about getting it from people but also from stuff!!

The theme for this month at The Flower Challenge is 'Add Sparkle' and the Gallery is already full of gorgeous sparkly creations. For some reason the thought of 'adding sparkle' really stunted my ability to think of designs. This happens every now and then, I get so focused on the theme I can't think of anything else. 

Well, while watching YouTube I came across a video by Kirsty Partridge Art where she Draws on Black Paper for the first time with white pencils. I thought it looked so good I wanted to try that myself with some colouring:

Unfortunately it didn't work out as well as I had hoped as my pencil just wasn't bright enough but in the video I watched she suggested another type, so going to order one of those and try again. The same with my white gel pen!! But I didn't want this to go to waste, so created these two cards instead.

I started by white heat embossing the MFT Stamps 'Loosely Lined Flowers Background' stamp on black CS. I then added shading with my Faber Castell Polychromo white pencil. Not only was it not bright enough but I realised half-way thru that I was doing it the wrong way around. I should have been adding white to the highlighted areas, not the dark areas so will try that next time. So much practice to be had......

Once I finished with my pencil I used my Wink of Stella 'Clear' around all the flowers. I let it dry then added a second layer, the sparkle is incredible!! I decided that it would look better to use smaller portions of the coloured image so I cut the background in half. I die-cut a Uniquely Creative 'Frame Die' six times, gluing two lots of three together. This was then glued over the floral panel.

To add a bit of colour to the card front I cut two panels of light blue CS and glued to each card. The floral panels were then popped up on black foam.

I wanted a 'kindness' theme for both cards, so stamped sentiments from MFT Stamps 'Kindness' on pink and yellow CS strips using Versafine Onyx ink and then clear heat embossing with SSS Clear Embossing Powder. I glued each strip to the frame and some pearls from Studio Katia.

You have until Tuesday 25th August to link your projects to The Flower Challenge and pop over to the blog to see what the rest of the Design Team and our gorgeous Guest Designer Darnell of djkardkreations have created for you. Can't wait to see what you come up with!

Take care


  1. You may not have coloured them how you intended Shona, but these are gorgeous cards... I love how they have turned out with just the wee pop of colour on the sentiment strips.
    Of course to add to the 'interest' covid arrived here too.... so far only the two cases, but.... we are a tight knit community and there were many potential contacts.... for some folks to get tested they had to wait hours, shades of Auckland!.
    Stay safe

  2. Frankly, I'm baffled that you don't see what I see when I look at these two cards. They're elegant, fresh and simply gorgeous. Blue was the perfect color to surround those gorgeous panels. Wish I could see all the sparkle, too. You and your family stay safe, please.

  3. Right or wrong, I think your flowers look gorgeous, Shona. Making two smaller panels was a gift and you used it wisely by making the dark frames and placing them on the beautiful blue panels that pull out the colors on the flowers.