Tuesday, February 25, 2014

I'm Allergic to Flowers!

Hello, my friends.  Thanks for stopping by today.  I am allergic to flowers -- especially those with strong scents.  Maybe that's why I struggled with today's projects!
I have two things to show you today.  The Cutting Cafe design team is featuring flowers this week -- either the Layered Flower cutting files or the Paper Flower template and cutting files.
First, I'll show you a Mardi Gras mask I made for a challenge on The Pinque Peacock Challenge Blog. This was totally out of my comfort zone, but it's good for me to stretch and I had fun on this! 

I found the mask in the Silhouette Online Store. I offset the original mask to get a little more contrast, then I started embellishing. 
Papers for both the projects today are Carta Bella Traditions 12x12.
Here's a close up of the embellishments:

The paper flowers were made from the Paper Flower cutting file from The Cutting Cafe. I worked and worked on these flowers, and finally got 3 that looked good.  Phew!  There's a video with the flowers on The Cutting Cafe, and Tmika Miller does a great job of showing 5 different ways to use these flowers.  She makes it look EASY! 
There's other great embellishments on here too, from Pinque Peacock.  I used a small "Farm Fresh" Splendid Swirl, and All Purpose Feathers -- Natural, found at The Discount Hut@Pinque Peacock. There's also a Sparkles Clear Flourish  and a large rhinestone from Close To My Heart. And that's my mask!
Now, on to the card:

I used the same Cutting Cafe Paper Flower cutting file on this flower.  I cut out various sizes of flowers, using double sided paper.  I varied the size of the flower and alternated the color to get this look. The card base is also from The Cutting Cafe. It's the Set of 7 Shaped Cards set.  I love this set! There's Coral Crush ribbon (part of the Caribbean Splash) from 3 Girl JAM on the card, and a Sparkle Flourish from Close To My Heart. The sentiment is part of a stamp set from Unity Stamp Company called "On Vintage Wings".
And that's it for the flowers.  Hope you enjoyed today's floral arrangements.  I'll be back tomorrow with even MORE flowers!

I'd like to enter these projects in the following challenges:

Craft my life: All Crafts Challenge -- Anything but a Card (mask)
Card Mania Challenge -- use a sentiment
Craft-Dee BowZ -- must have a homemade bow
Crafting From The Heart -- use flowers
Love To Create Challenge -- anything Goes
Make it Monday -- Anything Goes
Make My Monday -- a Grown Up Card
Scrapbook Stamp Society -- Anything Goes (make your own flower )
D.L. Art Thankful Thursday -- February Linky Party
Just Be Creative Crazy -- February Linky Party


  1. You stretched out of your zone perfectly with that mask, Julie!!! Love it so much. As for the flowers…sorry you're allergic but at least you can create these beautiful ones that you use on your cards to enjoy all year round! So pretty.

  2. I love your mask. That would be out of my comfort zone too but you did a great job!! Thanks for sharing with us at Love to Create Challenge.
    Zenita (aka Scrappinwith'Z)
    DT member Love to Create Challenge

  3. Gorgeous mask and card Julie. I saw this on MIM..Loz

  4. WOW!! beautifully done Julie I would wear that I like how you put red around the eye holes, pretty papers to.
    Thank you for joining my DL.ART Thankful Thursday Anything Goes February Linky Party. Have a great day
    DIANA L.

  5. Both very beautiful projects Julie. Thanks for playing along with us at Bunny Zoe's Crafts.

  6. Lovely projects. Thank you for sharing with us at Make My Monday this week
    Rosie x

  7. What a great card with such happy colors! Thanks for submitting to the February Craft-Dee BowZ challenge.

  8. Hey lady you did an excellent job in your flowers and the colors just pop. Love love your projects this week. Hugs

  9. Julie! Nice work here chica. Your mardi gras mask is brilliant with the handmade flowers and I love the feathers and gorgeous follow up with that beautiful card. These are wonderful to look at won't make you sneeze!
    Lisa x

  10. Hi Julie what a beautiful card you have made. and a great mask.

    Thanks for join us at ScrapbookStampSociety Challenge.

    Greetings Karin DT Coördinator

  11. Your flowers came out great! LOVE the mask!!

  12. I am so happy that you tried a mask Julie...this is terrific! I love the color combo and adore your embellishments. That card is oober darling too!

  13. Beautiful Venetian mask great texture and details-thanks for joining us at Crafting From the Heart
    Carol Dt x

  14. love that paper.. what a great mask..
    Laura D.

  15. Fabulous projects! Love the mask! thanks for sharing at Love to Create this week! Mo dt x

  16. Both are fabulous projects loving the masequerade mask its nice to see something different. Thank you for joining our challenge at Crafting from the heart this fortnight.
    Fiona blog co-owner x

  17. Lovely projects! Thank you for joining our Anything Goes Challenge over at Love to Create this week.
    Ruza, LTC Admin/Designer
    Ruza's Craft Corner

  18. oh my! That mask is super cool! Love your flowers! So pretty!

  19. WOW an Beautiful mask and a card. I love that burlap flower on your mask.

  20. Such a cute card! Thanks for joining us at Make it Monday.

    Rocio -DT

  21. Your mask turned out great. I really like the flowers you made. Your card is beautiful too. Thank you for joining us at All Crafts Challenge.
    Deborah ACC DT

  22. Fabulous work! :-) Thank you so much for joining our All Crafts Challenge, hope to see you join in again soon :-) Elaine DT -xxx-