Thursday, 7 June 2012

Play Date Cafe & My First Grunge Flower

Hi, I’m back today with a card for The Play Date Cafe and I thought I would try my hand at a grunge flower.  I think it will take a bit of practice, but I had a go lol

We have some luscious colours over at The Play Date Cafe for our challenge this week.  PDCC was one of the very first DT’s that I joined and I haven’t taken much time off so it was a bit weird not joining in on the fun!  I’ve missed everyone! It’s like one big family and Julie, our boss is fabulous!  Julie is celebrating her 3rd blogaversary by honouring those that have become part of her blogging world.  She is having a big celebration over on her blog June 14-17 but until then why not join in on the fun over at facebook with the pre-party
PDCC 135
I have kept the card blank for the moment, it’s for a friend of mine that has suffered a stroke and I haven’t made up my mind whether to do it as a get well card or thinking of you.  For my card I used some of the gorgeous Kaisercraft papers which worked really well for the colour palette but as I didn’t have the two blues I used some Stormy Sky Ranger distress ink to smooch in a bit of blue to make a couple of the flowers a little darker.

The grunge flower was the hardest part of the card for me.  My lovely friend, Sarah Anderson, taught me how to make one of these flowers a few years ago in a workshop but I couldn’t for the life of me remember how to do it.  If you haven’t checked out Sarah’s work you should pay a visit, she is Mixed Media Queen and she’s done some gorgeous BIG doodles lately!!  I miss not having her on the PDCC team, she’s so lovely.

Another fab friend Asia taught me how to make them this time around, she’s brilliant at 3d work and flowers/vintage is totally her thing.  You have to check out her AMAZING Jubilee project, she’s obviously got far too much time on her hands lol ;o) 

Anyway, for my card I stuck a piece of paper onto grungeboard and die cut some flowers using my Sizzix Tattered Florals die.  I then made up the flower using a hot glue gun. (By the way glue guns seriously burn when you’re a novice lol)  I had to add in loads of extra layers of flowers because it wasn’t quite working. To finish the flower I spritzed it with some glimmer mist spray, so close up it’s pretty with all of the metallic. I really need to make a few more though, it’s not great, but I’m pleased for my first attempt on my own.  
story135 aquamarine, poolside, clay
I hope you’ll pop by the rest of the DT for a visit, there are some gorgeous projects to get your creative juices flowing.  Pop on over to the main PDCC blog to be inspired and for details of our prize too.
The Craft’s Meow are our wonderful sponsors this week. 

Thanks for popping by.  It’s great to be back!


  1. Colours are divine Ruby and I think you did a great job of the flower, Thinking of You or Get Well Soon, your friend will love it. I wish her well also. Great to see you back x

  2. I love these colours Ruby, and you have showcased them perfectly with this beautiful grunge flower. I love the sheen from the spray mist you used, and the gorgeous papers and pearls, and the crochet lace, a card after my own heart! I hope your friend is recovering, and is feeling better now, I'm sure she knows you are thinking of her.

  3. Gorgeous card Ruby! Love the grunge flower, I'm going to have to try that. I have that die and have never used it. Love how you sprayed it to make it look metallic.

  4. absolutely the bloom!

  5. SOOOOOOOO pretty! I love your grunge flower--you make it look so easy! LOVE! I think your friend will love this card! I hope she is feeling better soon--maybe you could use a verse or friendship quote on the front? Just thinking:) HUGS! Love ya!

  6. So sorry to hear about your friend, Ruby. :( This card is loverly, and I think will be highly appreciated.

    I've missed you at the PDCC, Mrs.!

  7. Oh Ruby! Your card is super beautiful, the paper is lush and I just love that little lace touch. But hang on, do I see a GRUNGE flower???? Wooow, well done Ruby - the flower is stunning, loooove all the extra yummy layers and the little rose inside :) I am SOOOO proud of you, hun! I'm sorry to hear about your friend and I think 'thinking of you/your friendship means a lot' would be that tiny bit more special... And thank you so much for the mention, how proud am I? lol ;). Must meet again soon, really miss you and Tink! xxx

  8. What a beautiful take on the color story, Ruby! I wish Sarah could teach me, too! I so miss her unique style to our inspiration parades! And I know your friend will appreciate your thoughts and prayers! Hugs!

  9. Your card is absolutely gorgeous! You did a brilliant job with the flower - I'm inspired to give it a try!

  10. thanks so much for such lovely comments Ruby!!! I do miss you guys. And have something on the table here waiting to be posted out to you - sorry I missed sending it in time for the wedding xxxxxxxx

  11. Your flower is so beautiful and elegant, that I'm sure it'll cheer up your friend no matter how you present the card to her. Blessings.

  12. well, that is one fabulous grunge flower. absolutely beautiful.

  13. Ruby this is simply beautiful!!


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