Apr 01 2011

Stamping 411 – Build A Blossom Iris

We have another fun sketch for you to try this week over on Stamping 411!  OK…I'll admit…this is my second try…the first one bothered me…so I started over!  I think I was just trying to rush too much to get it done.  I let the card sit for a couple hours, came back and tore it apart to start over.  Anyone else ever done that???  lol!



OK…here is my finished card.  The iris was heavily inspired by a MDS card that I saw Sue Erickson do.  I just knew I could use the Build a Blossom stamp set and punch to do mine.



I love Irises…I think they are my favorite flower…or tied with hydrangeas and lilacs.  My grandmother gave me several starts from her garden when I was VERY young.  I dug them up and moved them with us each time…but somewhere along the line I dropped the ball and don't have them any longer.  Actually, I think the movers thought they were just a bag of dirt and threw them away during a winter move.  I gave a neighbor some of my bulbs one year…maybe one day I'll knock on the door of the people who moved into their house and ask if I could dig up a couple!  lol!


Anyway…onto my card.  As you can see, I flipped the sketch and let the Iris be the scalloped half circle (I think that is what bugged me with my last card.)  I used Concord Crush with the Build A Blossom stamp and stamped it 5 times, then punched them with the Petal Blossoms Punch.  I used the small "leaf" for the Daffodil Delight tongues of the irises and added a Designer Button to the center.  I curled the petals back with my fingers to make them more dimensional.  The base of the card is Whisper White and I layered on Concord Crush and then the Hostess Level 1 In Color Designer Paper in Pear Pizzazz.  I  added a strip of Daffodil Delight cardstock and used the Scallop Edge Punch along one side.  


To hide the seam, I cut a stem from Pear Pizzazz and hand-cut some leaves.  I inked and textured them with Pear Pizzazz Classic Ink.  Finally, I stamped You're a Gem in Concord Crush and punched with the Small Oval and layered on the Concord Crush Large Oval punch.


Now THIS card turned out the way I wanted!  Make sure to check out the rest of the Stamping 411 Design Operators to see what they have done this week!  Then play along with us!  Have a GREAT weekend!


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14 People have left comments on this post

Apr 1, 2011 - 08:04:44
Terry Blais said:

I love this – it looks just like an iris! I know you do Stampin' 411 and your own challenge with Mary Brown. Any chance you'd upload a card to a new challenge blog – http://alacardmonkey.blogspot.com?

Apr 2, 2011 - 10:04:04
TXJennyWren said:

LOVE IT!!  I, too, brought some iris from my mother in law's garden with me to Texas.  Our winters are usually not cold enough, so they have not bloomed in 4 years.  But this year we had some freezing temps and I have blooms!!!  yippee    txjennywren.blogspot.com

Apr 2, 2011 - 01:04:31
Sue Duffy said:

This is just wonderful, Connie!  I will definitely have to CASE soon and share, too.  TFS

Apr 2, 2011 - 06:04:26
Deb B (Debadoo) said:

This is beautiful!  My UL loves Irises.  I will have to make her one of these. 

Apr 3, 2011 - 11:04:58

Super pretty!  I love the rich and bold colors in this.. Fantastic!

Apr 3, 2011 - 11:04:23

oooooo……great idea!

Apr 3, 2011 - 05:04:57
Kerin said:

Well isn't that just TOO clever!!! Love your iris! The bold colors really make this card pop too!

Apr 3, 2011 - 10:04:47
Lee said:

OMG!!! This is to die for fabulous Connie. Great idea that I hope to case soon!

Apr 5, 2011 - 05:04:28

Wonderful card–Love that you made an Iris out of that punch & set!!!

Apr 5, 2011 - 08:04:40

I am with everyone else when I say I LOVE THIS!!!! Great job!!!

Apr 6, 2011 - 01:04:21
Lorraine said:

Connie, this is so beautiful.  I love irises and you've captured their beauty wonderfully.  Thanks so much for sharing your talent.

Apr 6, 2011 - 10:04:11

I loved this card and your take on the layout!!  I enjoyed doing the Stamping 411 Challenge this week.  It was a great sketch.  TFS

Apr 7, 2011 - 02:04:21
Patti Chesky said:

It looks just like an iris!  What a wonderful Spring card!

Apr 8, 2011 - 10:04:18

Connie — what a great idea to create an iris out of the new punch shapes — BRILLIANT!  Thanks so much for sharing your creativity! Blessings, Gretchen