Thursday, May 14, 2009

New Release - DIY Topiaries

Don't you love Topiary Trees? There's something so sculptural about them. I was in Ikea today (Wednesday) and they had these beautiful little sculpted myrtle plants shaped in a ball. They're SO pretty. I really want two for our Fireplace Mantle...but at $25 a pop...that will have to wait a while.
But now I can create my own Topiaries with this new set by Marcella called DIY Topiaries. It's the coolest idea, different bases and topiary plants that you can put together how you like!

I've designed a couple of cards for you to take a look at today.
Topiary Roses

I love the elegance and whimsy of these topiary roses. I stamped them with Stazon on watercolor paper and colored with my Stampin' Write markers or reinkers. I added my new Stardust pen from Flourishes to the roses to give them a really pretty sparkly look (I so wish you could see it better!). The image is cut out and sponged with my Labels Three Nestability.

I also used my new Piercabilities template and the Ornare Piercer and mat for the beautiful piercing. If you know me you know I love piercing and can't wait to try more with these awesome templates. They do so much more than pierce alone! But I just love the elegance some piercing like this can give.


I actually started this card with the designer paper. This is Memory Box Rhubarb Tart and I love the colors!

Vellum Topiary

I do appreciate the softness that vellum can bring to a project. I watercolored this three tiered Topiary on watercolor paper, and then stamped a second image of the Topiary on Vellum Cardstock in White Embossing Powder. After sponging all the edges on both layers I put them together to really give a soft effect to the topiary. By adding the sentiment on top you can hide the adhesive between the layers and hold the vellum down better. It has a very architectural feel, so I added this Basic Grey Perhaps paper to keep it in that structured feel.

See what the rest of the Design Team has in store here:

To win this set today see the Flourishes Newsletter on how to enter.

And join us for the release party Friday evening in the Splitcoaststampers Forum!

I wanted to mention to you that there is a Virtual Convention going on over at The Rubberstamp Chat forum (http://www.rubberstampchat.net/) and Flourishes is participating in it. What does this mean for you? Well, instead of offering a new release bundle at a discount this month on Friday after the release, we'll offer 10% off the entire store from Thursday May 14, through Thursday May 21. All you have to do is enter the code: rsc99 in the promotion code box to receive the discount! Who doesn't love a sale!

Recipes:
Topiary Roses: Stamps: DIY Topiary, Signs of Spring; Ink: Black Stazon, Ruby Red, Black Stazon; Paper: Riding Hood Red, Watercolor paper, Memory Box - Rhubarb Tart; Accessories: Big Shot, Nestabilties, RHR Taffeta Ribbon, Circle Punches, Pewter Kaiser Pearls, Dimensionals, Reinkers, SW Markers, Stardust Pen, Piercabilities template, Ornare Piercer

Vellum Topiary: Stamps: DIY Topiary, Thank You; Ink: White Craft, Always Artichoke; Paper: Always Artichoke, Whisper White, Basic Grey Perhaps, Watercolor Paper, Vellum Cardstock, Kiwi Kiss; Accessories: White Embossing Powder, Scalloped Oval Punch, Oval Punch, Pewter Kaiser Pearls, Apple Green Organdy Ribbon (Flourishes), Chocolate Chip Taffeta Ribbon, Scallop Punch, Piercer, Dimensionals.

20 comments:

Betty Wright aka gbedwright said...

Beautiful, Christine!!! Love the colors and the piercing details. The vellum look is wonderful, too!!! Lovely work!!!

Silke Ledlow said...

Absolutely beautiful cards - Christine!!! Love how you showcased this new Set!!!

Dawn Easton said...

Absolutely gorgeous Christine! Love your layering and piercing on your first card....so pretty!

That vellum topiary is gorgeous!

Denise (peanutbee) said...

Gorgeous, Christine!

Stacy aka Twinshappy on SCS said...

Awesome! Christine these are both just beautiful. I like how you stamped it on the vellum, so cool!

Karen RI said...

Beautiful!! Both creations are awesome, but I especially love the white embossed ones!!

Karen RI

Joan Ervin said...

What gorgeous cards, Christine....love the new stamps and how you showcased them with all the fabulous piercing, colors, layouts, and the vellum looks soooo AWESOME!!!!!

the whimsical butterfly said...

I DO love Topiaries! These are gorgeous, and I love what you did w/ the Labels 3 layered w/ different angles. beautiful!

Kimberly Crawford said...

Beautiful! I really really love the vellum card-WOW! What a fanastic idea!! Its gorgeous!

Renée said...

Gorgeous cards, Christine! Love all your colour choices and details!! Did you ever think of making your own topiaries? You might get two for the same price as the one at IKEA!

Laura (scrapnextras) said...

Beautiful! Love the piercing and the embossing on the second is just gorgeous!

Laura (scrapnextras) said...

Beautiful! Love the piercing and the embossing on the second is just gorgeous!

Chriss Blagrave said...

Beautiful set! Love the rich colours you used.
The velum sample would also be beautiful used as part of a wedding set. Thanks for your inspiration.

broni (waterchild12) said...

Oh, Christine, these are both so gorgeous!! I especially love the composition of the first one and those beautiful colors! LOVE the way you embossed on the vellum as an overlay for the second card. Truly classy, girlfriend!

leenda said...

Beautiful artwork! Absolutely beautiful! Can't wait to get my hands on this set! Woohoo!!

Leslie Miller said...

Gorgeous, Christine! Your coloring always blows me away. The white on vellum is pretty amazing. I thought you'd made a wedding cake at first. Gave me ideas! Love the rose tree. Love this set!

Latisha said...

You are one talented gal!! Both are so creative, I love the one where you stamped the topiary in white...love that!!

Stamp Talk with Tosh said...

Girl, did you ever work these topiaries!! They're both gorgeous!!

Julie Koerber said...

Your creations are just off the charts beautiful Christine! You are a true artiste! :-)

Rose Ann said...

Your topiary cards look so beautiful, Christine!! I love all of your piercing on the first, and your use of vellum on the second!