Friday, 11 September 2015

Nature's Change

Today is a day that we remember the events of 911.  A day of shock and horror for all of us.
The Hopeful Change challenge today at Splitcoast, is to honor this day by creating a card that depicts transformation, hope and the goodness in the world.
  Today, I decided to transform the fading flowers on my geraniums into a pressed image onto my card front.  What was dying has found new life!

I began by placing some geranium leaves and the flower petals onto my watercolour paper.  I then ran it through my Cuttlebug to get a pressing of the flowers.  When you press flowers, they release a lot of moisture so I let the piece dry before removing the petals and leaves from the paper.
I was left with lovely, watercoloured looking images.  To enhance the images, I added a tiny bit of colour using my watercolour pencils.
Lastly, I stamped the sentiment from Impression Obsession.  I think it gives such a feeling of hope.

This is a difficult day for me as it was the last day I saw my Dad before he passed away and I remember this day and watching as the planes hit the second tower.  Just a surreal moment.
Praying for the families who lost someone today.

Adding my card to these challenges:

Simon Says- USE A STAMP 

Addicted to Stamps- ANYTHING GOES

Craft Stamper- TAKE A STAMP

City Crafter- FEELING FLAT
(I pressed my flowers flat and it fits into a reg envie) 

Crafting with Attitude- ANYTHING GOES

Thanks so very much for coming by and taking a look.

Supplies:  stamp- Impression Obsession/ Cuttlebug/ flowers from garden/ Memento bl/ watercolour pencils/ Scor-bug


  1. how beautiful and what a lovely idea to run real flowers thru the cuttlebug!

  2. How very beautiful your card is ... Thanks so much for playing along at CCCB!!!

  3. That is so very creative, way to rock the supplies :) simply beautiful !

  4. Gorgeous card! The beautiful sentiment says the meaning of the day very well.

  5. I tried this technique the other day with some azalea flowers my grandson picked! It didn't work this well but I had the technique wrong. Thanks for the tips. I'm going to try this again! Your flower transformation is awesome!

  6. Beautiful card. Love the color left by the flowers.

  7. I'm with Bonnie on this, turned out dreadful for me, probably because the flowers were wet, but do so want to achieve anything that looks remotely like this beautiful beautiful card.

  8. Karen thanks once again for sharing your technique. A beautiful card and love the purple. I will go out in the heat and pick a geranium and leaves and gove the technique a try. Sorry for your loss. Nine eleven is a day all of us will not forget and know where we were when this attack occurred.

  9. I love your idea of using our cuttlebugs to press flowers, Karen - can't wait to try that myself! Your results are just gorgeous, and also a wonderful tie-in with today's date. Thanks for sharing this with us at the Simon Says Stamp Wednesday challenge!

  10. What a beautiful card, and such a great technique! This day must be very hard for you...hugs!

  11. Gorgeous project... lovely colors!!
    Thanks for joining in with the Craft Stamper challenge ... good luck!
    xxx Ellie Knol xxx

  12. Beautiful card! So sorry for your loss. Blessings,

  13. Oh, Karen, this is a gorgeous card, and I so love this technique and your reminder to let it dry. Stunning and so beautiful with this sentiment. Yes, this is a hard day for us all, but for you, it's harder remembering the day you lost your dear dad. Yes, surreal indeed, and praying for all those who lost loved ones and for all the first responders. May we never forget, and I'm sending you a special hug today, my friend! You are loved!

  14. Love this card and the idea with the flowers is great. Will try this for sure!

  15. Well, dear friend, I just tried this. We have Mexican petunia in our front courtyard, and Walt just picked some for me to "smash" between two pieces of watercolor paper. I had the foresight to put extra paper over each side to catch the "stain," and now it's drying. I'm so excited to see what it will look like! It's my first try, and thanks for the inspiration, dear friend! Tender hugs!

  16. You always have such perfect sentiments for your cards, Karen. This one is wonderful with your pressed flowers.

  17. I love the soft colors you used for watercoloring a GORGEOUS background,. The sentiment is lovely. Thanks so much for joining us at CCCB this week!

  18. I love the flower pressing, I use two pieces of watercolor paper and get a positive and negative. Thoughts to you as you remember your dad.
    Death leaves
    a heartache
    no one can heal,
    Love leaves a memory
    no one can steal.
    from a headstone in Ireland

    Peggy P White Bear Lake, MN

  19. Beautiful background and sentiment. Thanks for joining the Crafting With An Attitude challenge.

  20. Gorgeous card. Sorry to hear about your Dad. The last that I saw my Dad was at my older sister's funeral at New Years. He died 3 weeks later with a heart attack. So New Year's Eve is always a sad night for me. There is never a good time. You are so creative and can use your crafting to forget sad memories.

  21. This is so beautiful. Thank You for joining in with the Craft Stamper Challenge .... good luck! Linda xx