Tuesday, November 9, 2010

Paperwhites



There is a beautiful flower we're going to show you today, that I had never heard by this name...you may have heard of them as Jonquils or Narcissus but these beauties are called Paperwhites.  Isn't that a lovely name?  It sort of evokes a feeling of fragile soft beauty.  Here is what I learned about them.

"A native to Europe and Asia, Paperwhites are now grown around the world. Paperwhites are smaller in size, compared to other daffodils. Only a few other winter flowers have a more delicious fragrance than Narcissus papyraceus, more commonly known as the Paper White. Their bloom time is usually sometime between Thanksgiving (US) and Christmas."  (The Flower Expert).   


Doesn't that sound lovely?

I'm going to do something different and show you a couple of pictures of this one, I'm still determining how much light I want in my photos....you tell me which you prefer ok?

Aren't these flowers beauties?


This above was the original picture I was going to use because the whites are not so bright white that it washes out the image, but the background is more gray....  I think I just need to add some background lighting.


This one has more of the bright white contrast, but it almost washes out the color...

Regardless, I stamped this beautiful bouquet of Paperwhites on Flourishes Classic White and then colored the background with this warm buttery soft yellow(Y0000 and Y00) to make the whites of the flowers pop.  The flower centers have the addition of Y02.  I did add some very soft BV0000 and C1 to the depths and shadows of the Paperwhites to give them a little definition.  And I used YG11, YG13, and YG17 on the stems and leaves.

I cut out the gorgeous shape with Lacey Circles Nesties pierced it, and wove some beautiful Satin Finish Cotton ribbon in Pear through the Lacey Circle, tying it at one end in a big bow and laying it on top of another layer of Lacey Circle shape off-set slightly.    This is a larger card at 6 x 6.



I thought the Lacey look would go well with Martha Stewart's Ring's border punches, so I layered it on a square and added an extra row at the bottom of the card.  I'm still not an expert at these border/corner punches, it's not always easy to get your alignment quite right!


The little sentiment is on the smallest of the Lacey Circles nesties.  I added the soft copic coloring first and then stamped the sentiment in Pear Pizzazz to finish it off.  Remember I told you I was so inspired by Yvonne Hagane's work?  This is inspired by another layout she did!

A beautiful set isn't it?

Well, you'll want to see the beautiful inspiration with the other Design Team members....


Remember to visit the Flourishes Blog to enter to win this beautiful set today, and you can still create something for our Pre-Release Color Challenge to enter to win the entire New Release! 


And the new release is also already available for Pre-Order HERE! 

Recipe:  Stamps:  Flourishes Paperwhites;  Ink:  Memento Tuxedo Black, SU! Pear Pizzazz;  Paper:  Flourishes Classic White, SU! Pear Pizzazz, Memory Box Enchanted DSP;  Accessories:  Big Shot, Lacey Circles Nestabilities, Cotton Finish Satin Ribbon, Basic Grey Pearls, Dimensionals, Copic Markers, Sewing Machine, White Crochet Lace, Martha Stewart Rings border and corner punch, Piercer.  

38 comments:

Marisa said...

Fabulous ribbon treatment!! Love it :) Gorgeous card and flowers too.

KarinsArtScrap said...

wow christine it's again a very beautifil card.
love the colors and that ribbon true the circel.

greetings karin

GLENDA BROOKS said...

Oh my goodness! This is beautiful!

Dawn B. said...

This is so pretty Christine.. I like the first picture best.. I think it really shows off your coloring. That ribbon is beautiful. Great job.

Marilynn said...

I think the first picture is better. Nice job with the flowers. Enjoyed learning what you shared about them.

Olivia said...

The first pic is best...beautiful card!

Emily Keaton said...

Beautiful, Christine!! Paperwhites are perfect for Christmas. Love this. Oh, and I'd say that I prefer the first of the two photos for lighting situations!! But either way in either light, your card is stunning :)

Amanda said...

WOW~! I love your card, Christine! I love yellow and your card is absolutely a wonderful yellow!! I love the beautiful edge punch you used, I may need to pick that one up :)

Holly said...

Beautiful card!!!! Love that ribbon going thru the eyelets in the circle!!!

BTW - the first photo is the best one as it doesn't blur the edges so much. :-)

Chrissy D said...

Christine - this is gorgeous! Love the ribbon treatment around your focal point! TFS!

Stacy aka Twinshappy on SCS said...

Christine this is beautiful!Very fresh with the yellow and white, awesome layout and that ribbon treatment is fabulous. I did the same thing and researched these babies. hee hee

Conniecrafter said...

Beautiful, love the yellow and green combo, such pretty threading of the ribbon and love the touch of pearls too, love your border punches too!

Stampvanwinkle said...

Christine, this is so beautiful. I love how you used the ribbon and pearls and your coloring is wonderful as well.

Blessings,
Deb

Charlette Finley said...

Beautiful card. Color choice really different. Really love the way you did the bow. TFS

Anonymous said...

The first one is best for me. Lovely card.

Anonymous said...

Gorgeous card, Christine! I LOVE the ribbon woven through the lacy circle and delicate green pearls! The flowers are lovely! Sue (suen)

Wanda Cullen said...

GORGEOUS card and what a unique ribbon treatment! I vote for the first card as far as the lighting...the second one is a little too 'washed out' appearing IMO.

Connie M. said...

Oh my, Christine! This is just sooo beautiful! I so love your ribbon frame, and the yellow outline around the image!

crzymom said...

Lovely card. I love the colors.

dpkennedy said...

Your design with that ribbon running throught the lace circle is stunning! I love the bright happy yellow! So pretty Christine!

Annie said...

a beautiful creation with these beautiful flowers.
hugs, annie x

Theresa said...

Love how you used the ribbon and this punch. Beautiful card.

Ravengirl said...

So pretty! I love the woven ribbon here!

Leslie Miller said...

Oh, how I love this with the gorgeous yellow! Stunning ribbon framing, Christine! Since you asked, I rather like the lighting in the first card. It's a struggle sometimes, isn't it?

Jodi Collins aka Kharmagirl said...

This is just STUNNING Christine! LOVE this stamp and the ribbon/pearl combo is GORGEOUS!!

Laurie in MN said...

Lovely card.
Keep taking pictures with both lighting choices until a variety of color samples are shown before making a decision.

Denise (peanutbee) said...

VERY cool!! Love how you did the ribbon in the loops!

Silke Ledlow said...

Soooo gorgeous Christine!!! I love how you showed off this fab image with the ribbon frame!!! Hugs ~S~

Heather Jensen said...

WOW! This is beautiful. Love the colors of paper you chose.
I think the lighting in the first photo is the best. Sometimes I have a harder time getting the best light at different times of day. I use light coming in from the right side and put a piece of white cardstock to the left to reflect back. That is the best I can get without a light tent. Hope that helps. :)

Jerri Jimenez said...

This is absolutely stunning Christine. The ribbon weaving is beautiful, and I love the pearls! The little tag is so sweet. I can't wait to see this stamp set, it's absolutely gorgeous. Every month Marcy's designs are over-the-top!

Joan Ervin said...

OMG!!! This is gorgeous, Christine!!!! The flowers are beautifully colored and I LOVE the wonderful ribbon treatment...absolutely stunning!!!!

stampqueen said...

Beautiful card - very springy feel.

Lee (LuvLee on SCS) said...

Ooooo WOW!!! I have GOT to CASE that ribbon treatment! And the flowers are just stunning!!

Linda Carson said...

What a creative beauty!! Love the unique way you did the ribbon & the added piercing. I like the first picture the best.

Laura (scrapnextras) said...

This is absolutely stunning! Love the way you threaded the ribbon and of course your colouring is amazing!

Vera said...

Oh, I love what you've done with the ribbon, Christine! Fabulous card!

Shannon Hatfield said...

Gorgeous card! What a creative color palette with the Paper Whites! I prefer the first picture over the second one. It shows the coloring better!

Julie Koerber said...

This one is going down as my favorite of yours this release! JUST LOVE everything about this including the way you wove the ribbon around your frame -- fantastic!