As many others on the USA east coast yesterday, we in Delaware woke up to the start of our first snowfall of the winter….about 6.5″ here in the central part of the state. We used to live in western Pennsylvania but moved to South Carolina for 7 years, so coming back to winter again was a shock, but it’s still not as bad as in PA! So how do I cope? I have a cup of tea and dream of the flowers that I am going to plant this spring! And thinking of flowers made me think about a project that I was commissioned to do for a retirement gift. It was one of those projects that started out to be a card but kept growing and growing and ended up being………well, you’ll see!
The honoree, I was told, was a lover of flowers & butterflies so I planned to put some 3D flowers on the card. I played around with some Heartfelt Creations dies and came up with a bunch of flowers and arranged them on a fancy lattice oval, also from Heartfelt Creations. I used Copic markers to color pearls for the centers of 3 of the flowers and glued on some gold microbeads for the other 2. Pearls are used for the bodies of the butterflies. I added layered Spellbinders ovals with a printed “There’s only one like You”. Then……the project started growing when they decided they wanted a shadow box, plus some personalization. So using dies from Sue Wilson (Creative Expressions), including some leaves and the Swiss background die, I came up with this centerpiece that measures 6″x10″ and thought it would work in an 8″x12″ shadowbox frame. Added a few extra flowers and another butterfly and I sent it off for approval.
Then they decided that they would like something bigger……something that could be signed by all the co-workers at the company. So back to the drawing board! Still using the same centerpiece, I decided to go with a 16″x20″ shadowbox frame thus adding 5″ to each side for signatures.
In order to cover the backing board I had to use 4 sheets of 8.5″x11″ white cardstock and then used a ribbon to cover where the edges came together. I had a purple dot wide grosgrain ribbon that matched the main center mat and used that. Then I decided that it was too plain in the corners and used my Heartfelt Creations Blossom Corner die to cut 4 matching purple corners and accented them with pearls. I decided to only attach them at the outer edges so that a note or picture could be tucked behind them. (That’s what the yellow note to the buyer is about.) Anyway, here is the final project! I was very pleased with it and think the buyer was, as well. Hope you like it, too, and consider creating some flowers to brighten up your gloomy winter days.