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August 29, 2012

WOYWW #169; Repeat Impressions DCC829 ~ Pressed Flower Card

Howdy Readers!
 
If you're a regular reader, you know that Wednesday is the day for What's On Your Workdesk? Wednesday (WOYWW), whereby I post a picture of my workdesk in the Playhouse to let you see what I'm working on right this very minute.  Then, after you look at my desk ~ and please comment, of course ~ you go back over to the Host S. Julia's site and hop on or hop up or hop down the bloglist and visit another desk and so on.  That's a lot of hopping (Mary, take it easy!), so it's air robotic, too!  Settle down.

Walla:
 
 
Before Myrtha came to visit for a few days, I was showing you the lovely pressed flowers I inherited from my friend and neighbor, Rae.  In the meantime, my blogfriend, Redanne, sent me a few pages from a book she has with instructions for making a card with pressed flowers.  What a generous and thoughtful friend she is!
 
So with the help of the pages Redanne sent, I worked today and made a card.  I'd like to enter it into a challenge, but I can't find one that's fitting.  I did find a challenge called "Joanna Sheen Challenge," which is cool because I understand that she is the prom queen when it comes to pressed flowers, but my card doesn't fit the current challenge there either.

I could just tease you with it and wait for a challenge, but I would more than likely put my card in a "safe place" and then forget where that was.  And by the time I found it, you would have forgotten I ever talked about pressed flowers and been confuzzled, so here it is!  Live!
 
  
You guys, seriously, I hadn't been drinking or anything, but this is what I stupidly did.  I made the card, right, which wasn't all that easy.  Still, it turned out well for my very first effort at this sort of thing and I liked it very much.  Except it wasn't quite right without a sentiiment or more layers of pressies.  Now you know I lean towards gravit CAS, so I didn't want to do more layers.  But who, I ask you, WHO would make that fragile pressed flower arrangement and THEN add a sentiment?  A fool, that's who!  I am one lucky, lucky ducky!!  That could have gone so wrong!
 
Okay, off you go then.  Enjoy your visits!  Link up while you're at it and let us see what's up your workdesk!  As always, thank you for stopping by to visit.   Special thanks to you if you take the time to join as a follower or leave a comment!

Edit: 

Another blogging friend, Allisa suggested that I take a look at the challenge list located at Felineplayful.blogspot.com.  I did and I found "Repeat Impressions Designer's Choice Challenge 829 ~ Flowers" from The House That Stamps Built and so I am linking my card there.  Thank you, Allisa!!
 

Paper:  PTI fine linen, white
Stamp:  Miscellaneous stash
Ink:  Marvy plum
Pressies:  Rae

34 comments:

Craftychris said...

You are a very lucky ducky! I would not have been that brave! Its a fab card and Joanna Sheen would be proud xx

CraftygasheadZo said...

Beautiful card! Take care Zo xx 118

scrappymo! said...

Gorgeous! This would be such a perfect card for a gardener or to make for a fundraiser at my Garden Club!

Thanks for the fab idea.

onecraftymama said...

Been there, done that- and it's gone both ways! You have a guardian card angel on your shoulders this week, with the dew 'incident' - Dewgate? - and now the sentiment addition....third time's a charm. I'm a little curious to know what close call is coming next! (since we know it will turn out OK!) I love the way you've layered these blooms with the fronds. Gorgeousness :)

Lunch Lady Jan said...

The fabric equivalent of the late sentiment is forgetting to put pockets inside a bag first before sewing up the side seams..I've done that before now and it's impossible to rectify without taking the whole darn thing apart!!

Hugs, lLJ #71 xx

Lynne said...

Beautiful card Darnell,very Joanna Sheen-esque.
Lynne xxx

Bonnie said...

Your pressed flower card turned out beautifully, Darnell! I always leave the sentiment for last. Crazy, I know, but that's why I have so many punches! Besides, I need to live on the wild side once in a while!

Redanne said...

Wow Darnell!! I have waited all day to see this and you have done a brilliant job. It is so lovely I think you should get in touch with Joanna Sheen through her website www.joannasheen.co.uk and show her your very first piece, I think she would be really pleased to see it and she could even put it in her Newsletter. I feel just like a proud Mum - well OK not quite Mum but proud and your neighbour would be too. Great job. Crafty hugs, Anne x #32

Bernie said...

Oh Darnell, this is spectacular! Hard to believe this is your first time. There was a time when I grew and pressed flowers for card making. What a LOT of work. No instant gratification that's for sure.
Hugs
Bernie

Sam said...

This is so beautiful Darnell!

I had to laugh at your comment about making the card, and adding stuff, and then adding the sentiment. This fool does that often, and it does go so wrong...regularly!

Best wishes...

Allisa said...

Fabulous card! Love those flowers. Do you check the challenge lists at felineplayful.blogspot.com? I know there are various flower challenges at the moment, your card would be perfect for those!

Ali H said...

Lovely card - keeping summer with you as Autumn comes in ! Ali #56

Victoria said...

Oh my goodness, Darnell, this is spectacular! I am speechless for once!

Princess Judy Palmer said...

Oh my gosh! I never, never, never get it right if I decide to add the sentiment last. Nope, I'll stamp it poorly or upside down or somehow screw it up. You dodged a bullet with that one, I say! The pressed flowers are fabulous on a card, just striking!

stampwithsandy said...

What a beautiful creation, Darnell. My mother used to press flowers and then make framed art from them. Your project reminds me of my Mom :)

trisha too said...

What a lovely card, so very pretty!

:) Happy WOYWW!
trisha, #148 this week

Sue from Oregon said...

Oh so pretty...and so glad it found a "home" LOL I stamp out of sequence all the time and irritate myself too!

Patti J said...

Beautifully done! Thanks for sharing with us at The House That Stamps Built!!!

Lynette said...

Oh my gosh - this is SOOOO beautiful! Your sentiment worked out absolutely perfectly, too. I'm so glad you were steered to the Repeat Impressions challenge - thanks for linking up for all to see! PS - I checked out your Playhouse. Totally amazing. I'd sure love to play in there!

sandee said...


Beautiful card, and as for adding the sentiment later, it sounds like something I would do! lol waving hi from the hills of North Carolina :)

Kara Lynne said...

So beautiful, Darnell! I'm so happy for you that the sentiment came out, and it looks perfect with the dried flowers!

fishydesign said...

WOW! My mom loves using dried flowers in her card... but they're too fragile for me. Absolutely in love with the composition of all your flowers!

Sandy said...

I so would have mucked it up and only half of that stamp would have worked or smudged. Brave you. Love the dried flowers such a lovely card. Sandy :) #59

Eliza said...

There is only one word for this card and it is 'BEAUTIFUL' because it is. You neighbour will be impressed and happy.

Eliza #36

butlersabroad said...

Lo that was brave of you! I've had it go both ways before! Love the finished card though and the view out of the playhouse this week. What's that big book on coloured pencils you've got there?? Can we see it please!!? I turned the HM stamps around so my swapping partner, who is also a WOYWWer wouldn't see them!! She gets a nice surprise that way.

Hugs
Brenda 18

Paper Creations by Shirley said...

Beautiful pressed flower arrangement on your card. Love it ! Tricky to get that sentiment stamped without it 'messing up'. I love your elegant CAS style :) Have a great day, Shirleyx

505whimsygirl said...

Hi Darnell,

Your card came out looking great! How nice of RedAnne to send you a guide!

Still visiting desks even though it's Thursday.

Happy WOYWW
Hugs, Kay #17

Barb King said...

That came out great, I love pressed flowers. Barb #131

Kim said...

Your card is so stunning...what a beautiful floral design using pressed flowers. I'm going to have to check out the challenge you are doing to see what everyone else has made, but I am sure yours is just as beautiful as the rest.

Queen Lightwell said...

It's a beautiful card. :) I know what you mean about adding the sentiment last...I usually do that! But if I'm worried about placing it right I just use the stampa-ma-jig and get it right *most* of the time. Well, it wouldn't be crafting if I didn't get it wrong sometimes, now would it? lol :)
Thanks for stopping by my blog and leaving an encouraging comment. I think organizing my supplies is almost as much fun as using them! Sometimes more! Hey, that can just be our little secret, right? :)
De, uh, signed:
Anonymous

Julia Dunnit said...

Oh Marge. You are so not alone..it doesn't seem to matter what the subject, how many the layers, how delicate...I always finish a card and think it wold be beter with some text on....enter the fumbling-ink-dropping-me!! Love this arrangement, it's gorgeous...bet your neighbour would be thrilled to know what you've done with the flowers.

The-crafty-corner said...

Hello :) This is uch a pretty card ,and how lovely that the flowers have gone to such a good home :)
I know EXACTLY what you mean about the sentiment though,so many of my creations have had to be "tweaked" so that i can cover a sentiment gone wrong tee hee-not so with this lovely creation though :) x

Shirley Pumpkin said...

Love your space!! I have a friend that wants to make a playhouse into her space I will have to tell her to come by your blog!! I am going to start following you!!

Hugs
Shirley Pumpkin #75

Tertia said...

Your desk is looking really productive and the card is fantastic!
Happy very belated WOYWW!
Tertia #49