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Wednesday, 4 March 2015

Spring Blooms for Inspiration Journal

Well, you would never know that Spring is just around the corner in this part of the world, we had heavy snowfall yesterday!  But that does not stop us wishing for Spring..... and at Inspiration Journal this month the theme is 'Spring Blooms'.

Your projects will need to include flowers in some way.  They can be stamped, floral paper, floral embellishments or die cuts - your choice entirely.  We are hoping that Flower Power may just speed up Spring!  You have until March 31st to enter.

Firstly, I must thank Inspiration Emporium for asking me to stay on the Inspiration Team for another 6 month term, I am so thrilled to have been asked and of course I said yes!

At the moment, I am besotted by Tim's new Flower Garden set of stamps (CMS215) and I am particularly drawn to the gorgeous Cone Flower (or Echinacea as we call it in the UK) so I have used that again for my card (as well as artistic licence in the colour!).

The flower is stamped onto Ranger Watercolour paper and coloured with Distress Markers in Scattered Straw, Antique Linen, Rusty Hinge, Peeled Paint and Shabby Shutters.
The background has been stenciled with Tim Holtz's Flourish Stencil in Gathered Twigs Distress ink.  and once dry I replaced the stencil over the pattern and covered the design with Wendy Vecchi Translucent Embossing Paste, it really did make the flourish pop.  Once dry I spritzed the background with Peacock Feathers Distress Spray Stain, adding some water with a spritzer to blend the colour.

To finish off I added some rusty wire from my stash to 'ground the flower' and Tim's Crinkle Ribbon which has been coloured with a mix of Gathered Twigs and Rusty Hinge Distress Stain.

We look forward to you joining us at Inspiration Journal with your 'Spring Blooms' creations.  As always there is a fantastic prize of $50 to spend in Inspiration Emporium's on-line shop, for one randomly selected individual.  If you are shopping at Inspiration Emporium and you use my code of Redanne, you will get 10% off your whole order.  Shipping rates are excellent at $5 for the USA and $10 for European customers.

Thanks for looking and hopefully commenting, I hope to see you again soon!  Hugs, Anne xx



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30 comments:

  1. BEAUTIFUL use of the TH Echinacea stamp Anne, love the contrast of the dark background to the light flower panel. A fantastic card ! :-) xxx

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  2. Doesn't that flourish stencil compliment the Echinacea beautifully! Love the shading around the flower too. A beautiful card Anne. Jenny x

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  3. So pretty... I was just eyeing my Flower Garden Stamp Hoping to get some inspiration for this month's challenge ... like minds here ! :)

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  4. The colours on your card look stunning together Anne, and the flourish looks fabulous. I really love the shape of Cone Flowers. {{Hugs}} xox

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  5. Another stunning card, Anne! I love that stamp (as well as the actual flower) and you have done it justice with that gorgeous watercoloring! Just to let you know your butterfly and dragonfly are linked to the Spring Blooms challenge post, not this beauty! Hugs!

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  6. Congratulations on being asked to serve on the Design Team again, Annie! They are so lucky that you said yes!! Your card is so sweetly spring from every angle! I adore cone flowers and even had yellow ones (I take you don't) last summer so your expertly colored one looks like it came right from the garden to me. It's so stunning against that lush stencil background and I adore that touch of wire!! Hugs, Darnell xxoo

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  7. Congratulations on being asked to stay with the team Anne, you are such a great asset to them.
    Your card is stunning. I love the image, perfect colouring and gorgeous background too.
    hugs Sue xx

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  8. Hi Anne congratulations and look forward to your next 6months showing TH inspired projects. Today's is lovely and all the colouring and shading around your flower is great x

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  9. Gorgeous use of the flower again - it's so delicate, and I love the rusty mesh at the foot. Beautiful flourish background too... fabulous!
    Alison xx

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  10. A beautifully striking and vibrant card Anne. Love that flourish background, your extra stencilling with clear paste really adds and makes it pop. Such an elegant flower, gorgeously coloured. The grounding gives it lovely strength too. So pleased you are remaining with IE, they are lucky to have your talent. Very chilly over here too. Stay warm, Nicola x

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  11. So stunning Anne!! I love that flower stamp and the amazing bright colours you used, it is such a fabulous contrast to the rich background and bow! Outstanding! hugs :)

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  12. Stunning card Anne, I love the flower stamp and you have used such beautiful colours..stunning! hugs Carole Z X

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  13. gorgeous make anne! i live the fluorish and have caved in and bought the flowers too. beautiful xx

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  14. A beautiful flower on a stunning background - just fantastic! Love the embellishments too xxx

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  15. I forgot to say congratulations on being asked to be on the DT for another six months! I don't blame them, they are lucky to have you and your awesome talent!

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  16. Congratulations Anne, lovely card, the shading around the flower is a lovely touch. I am loving using this flower too and I love them in the garden too. Lovely background using the stencil too. Hugs . Tracy x

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  17. This team is so lucky to have you Anne! I should congratulate them for persuading you to stay on!! Beautifully made Sugar.
    Sandy xx

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  18. Congrats on being asked to stay on the DT, you are such a talent and an inspiration. I adore what you're doing with Tim's new flower stamp set, they're definitely in the right hands :) xx

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  19. Hi Anne, love the card. The colour scheme is perfect and the yellow on the flower really makes it pop. Love the way you grounded the flower too. Happy crafting, Angela x

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  20. Stunning Anne. Your flower is coloured in so beautifully. Congrats on another 6 months with IE they are so lucky to have you.
    Julie x

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  21. Congratulations on your next 6 months' duties, but they are lucky to have you on the team, and smart enough to realize what an asset you are!!!! I love this look. The flourish stenciling does remind me of flowers, and brilliant idea to do the stenciling, then add the paste (hmmm...filing that idea away...as I have some of the Dreamweaver translucent paste, if it's not dried away after years of storage!). The blue peacock & brown were a heaven made color team, and the yellow of the flower simply sparkles against that blue. An awesome touch of the rusty wire mesh too! You must have every TH product produced! And know just how to use it to best effect. TFS & Hugs. Off to enjoy some posts I've missed. Stay warm in the snowy temps.

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  22. Gorgeous card Anne! I love the new Tim flowers - going on the list but heaven knows when I'll get to the bottom!!! Congratulations on being asked to stay on for another 6 months! Hugs, Chrisx

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  23. Oh I love the stenciling and love that gorgeous flower! Beautiful springtime card, Anne! I am sure IE is just as thrilled that you stayed on! You are a real asset to the team in many ways! Congratulations! Hugs!

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  24. So pretty, love the colours in your background!

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  25. Beautiful card Anne. The flower just pops from that lovely background colour.
    Toni xx

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  26. Gorgeous use of the flower and wonderful background Anne. I might have to get those stamps! Nikki xx

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  27. This is very striking. Love your colouring of the Echinacea - it looks brilliant against the turquoise background!

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  28. Gorgeous bloom, and love that brown ribbon!

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  29. Beautiful contrasts with the gorgeous fresh flower and deeper background and I love the rusty ribbon to ground it.
    hugs Brenda xxx

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  30. Everything sits on the card so well and the added rusty wire is so unique, love it all Anne.

    Warm crafty hugs from Shirl x x x
    ShirlsCards.

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