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Thursday, October 2, 2008

Blogiversary Bluebonnet!

Ooohhh! I am SO proud of this one! This started as a 'small' embellishment for the kids-in-the-bluebonnets photos that nearly everyone who's ever spent a spring in Texas has. So I put this photo (which I took myself, crawling around on my elbows in a field by our library) in front of me, and looked at my punches:

I reached for my Five-Petal Flower punch (same punch used for my chrysanthemum). Each petal group consists of 3/5 of a five-petal flower punch--a two-petal group, then a single petal glued between them. Here's a close-up:
I used Ballet Blue cardstock, and sponged Lovely Lilac in the center before cutting petals apart. For the topmost petals, I used a combination of blue and white punched pieces. I sponged Ballet Blue in the center of white five-petal punches. The very tippytop white piece is just a corner of the new scalloped square punch.

For the grass, I used Mellow Moss and a hobby knife to cut the grass blades. Added center veins with my MM marker, then dragged the pieces across my MM ink pad.
Finally, as I was putting the page together, it occurred to me that I needed a bug. It's a flower and grass... we need a bug. As I was trying to figure out how to accomplish that gracefully (somehow my Bugs & Kisses stamps just wouldn't do), I noticed that the trio of petals on my bluebonnet sorta looked like the back end of a bee. So I got out my trusty Five-Petal punch again. YoYo Yellow butt...er, ABDOMEN, white wings, and a black 1/2" circle for the head. Wish I had a 3/8" circle punch, though. Stripes added with marker.
Finished the page off with some Styled Silver Hodgepodge and some white Taffeta Ribbon, and viola! A HUGE bluebonnet embellishment on an otherwise very simple page.

10 comments:

Jenn said...

This is very adorable and a fantastic use of 5-petal flower punch! Congratulations on your Blogiversary :)

CJ said...

Stacey -

I love the Bluebonnets. I am going to have to share this with at few of my friends.

CJ

Trinka said...

Love this...my favorite flower is the bluebonnet. Are you selling this kit? Where can I find this punch? Adorable layout...this would make a cute card also~

Clarisse said...

Wowww...took my breath away, beautiful. TFS.

Rhonda Langley said...

I love this!!! How cool is this? Very creative of you!!!

Julie said...

Oh my goodness this is soooo beautiful. I'm originally from Texas and I do miss those beautiful bluebonnets in April....

Julie

Twila said...

Great job on the flowers! Thanks for the idea, I think it's a great one.

texaskris said...

This is so pretty. WOW!
you should enter this in some contest!

Carolynn said...

That is just so creative an beautiful! I must try it! Thanks for the inspiration!
I love new ideas with punches!

Lisa Brown said...

You're awesome, Stacey! So glad I found your blog!!!