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Build a Rose - Hugs Paper Players #384 and AECP

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Hi Everyone.  It's my pleasure to host our Paper Players challenge this week and I have a theme challenge.  

I know many of us are dealing with incredibly strange - and awful weather patterns and I know I am so ready for spring.  Whilst I was making my card this morning I heard the Canadian Geese on their way north and Lou heard the Cranes returning, too!  However, based on the weather forecast for the next couple of days, they were way too early!

However, as I am VERY tired of winter, I thought this would be a great theme for our challenge this week:

Tulips are some of my favorite flowers - they were my mother's favorite, too.  We both love(d) spring flowers; daffodils, tulips, croci, primrose, snowdrops, etc.  Although cosmos are not spring flowers in South Africa, they do bloom in March - which is Spring here in Minnesota!  So, I decided to use these flowers for my card.

I decided to position the flowers against a bright blue sky - typical of South Africa at that of year.  I took a piece of Neenah Solar White #110 and blended some Distress Oxide ink onto the yardstick.  I took care NOT to blend the color, as I wanted a more natural and textured feel.

I then stamped and die-cut the flowers and stamped the spring sentiment onto the card.  It took a little while for me to decide how I wanted to arrange the flowers and finally decided to make them into a little bouquet.

Here's a closeup of the flowers:

Stunning Cosmos PP closeup (1 of 1)

Aren't they gorgeous?  They make me smile just looking at them.  I also love the way the stamps have two images for the center of the flowers.  I popped two of the flowers off the card base with foam dots and adhered one to the card base.

For the stems, I adhered them only at the top and left them free down the rest of the card.  I added a little ribbon around the stems and adhered that area to the card base, but it still looks as though the stems and flowers are just resting on the base :-)

Here's my card:

Stunning Cosmos PP (1 of 1)

Ah... that brings back memories :-)

I hope you will play along with the challenge this week, we would love to see what YOU create.  As usual, if you are looking for some inspiration, you have to look no further than the creations from our amazing design team:

On a personal note:

It was wonderful to feel the 40plus degree temps today and feel the warmth in the sun.  Sadly, it isn't going to last long as we are under another winter storm watch for Monday.  I hope all my readers affected by the dreadful Nor-Easter are safe and sound.

I looked out of the window this morning and saw the deer crossing the woodland looking for some food.  They looked wonderful in the early morning light and were amazing well camouflaged against the bushes and grasses.


On Friday morning, I cam down and opened the curtains in Lou's office and was VERY surprised to see this peeking around the flower pot at me!


You can't see it behind the flower pot - but there are plenty of grasses left over from summer in front of the box and, because they are above the snow, she had flattened them down and settled down on top of them.  She was also protected from the wind because of the tree.  She lay there until about 11am before she got up and wandered off!  It's amazing to be so close to nature.  I feel blessed every single day.

I'll be back tomorrow with another card.  In the meantime, warm hugs and prayers for those of you who need a little lift tonight.



card recipe:

  • Card stock:  Neenah Solar White #110
  • Stamps:  Stunning Cosmos - Altenew.  Sentiment:  Spring Hills - Papertrey Ink
  • Inks:  Altenew.  Distress Oxide - background