Sunday, July 6, 2014

Hollyhocks

This morning as I was reading new posts on my favorite blogs, I came across Karen's latest card, which features some hollyhocks.  I loved it so much and was disappointed that I don't have a similar stamp.  Then it occurred to me that, with all the tiny flowers in my collection, surely there was one I could adapt.  And sure enough, I found it in Avery Elle's Oh Happy Day set!  I had a fun play this morning, and here's what resulted:


supplies: Avery Elle's Oh Happy Day, Hero Arts Canteloupe and Bubble Gum inks, Worn Lipstick, Shabby Shutters, Peeled Paint, and Tumbled Glass distress inks

Don't you just love that little bird (on the sentiment) that is also in the stamp set?  After forming all my flowers, I smooshed some Tumbled Glass distress ink on my acrylic block, spritzed it with water, and then watercolored in the "sky" around the flowers.  

Next, I decided to try and group them:


This one uses Simon's Cotton Candy ink, along with the Worn Lipstick and Canteloupe from above.  I added my sentiment and stopped there.

Thanks, Karen, for your inspiration!

16 comments:

Betty said...

love your creative hollyhocks - i never use those bitty flowers very much and this is such a net idea - first card is my favorite with the watercolored background

Cat Craig said...

Wonderfully creative idea Lin. Your flower stems are beautiful.

adele holcomb said...

Love hollyhocks, and how clever of you to create them from what you have!

Kara said...

super cute!!

MarcyK924 said...

Lin - these are AWESOME! How clever sweetie! I love the grouped one with the sentiment right over the stems. SO pretty! XOXO

stampingandstitching said...

Lin, gorgeous card! I love the pretty colours and the creative way you created the hollyhocks! The little bird looks so sweet perched on the sentiment!

Tracey McNeely said...

Beautiful stamping Lin!

donna mikasa said...

Oh, so creative, Lin! To think there were hollyhocks waiting to be made from those stamps! Amazing!

Barb said...

Both are so pretty, Lin! Love the shades of pinks and peaches with the greens - yummy!

Tenia Nelson said...

Gorgeous cards!

Melinda Gleissner said...

Lin, Your artistry and creativity never cease to amaze me. What lovely hollyhocks! Your card makes me want to run out and plant some...until I read your comment for Karen. What part of Ohio do you live in? I, selfishly, hope in the northern part so I still have a chance of growing some. :) Thanks again for all of your beautiful inspiration.

Sarah G said...

Stunning, Lin! Such a clever way to use these stamps and perfect stamping as always :)

Dawn T said...

Just delightful Lin. The colours are fabulous. Great use of the small stamps.

Candyce said...

I love them! I'm going to give it a try.

Karen Dunbrook said...

oh Lin, so glad you liked my card. Thanks so much for the shout out. I love hollyhocks too. Tried growing them but they really don't like the clay soil I have in my garden.
It is always a thrill for me when someone likes my cards..I love your work so a real honor for you to link up my card.
hugs mf.

Cathy P said...

I saw your card on the Avery Elle blog and had to pop over for a closer look! This is so cute and creative. I thought it was a Hollyhock stamp until I read more closely! The whimsy of the flowers matches the sentiment fonts so well. Love both cards!