Floral Pretties - Past & Present

Friday, February 26, 2010

LINE of BLUE PANSIES

 

Here is a  5.5" square card I made with the Blue Pansies Set.  The pansies are on a ready-to print sheet, I got the dimension with the leaves by cutting out the individual "pansy with leaves" elements on the sheet ( as the leaves line up with the line of pansies arrangement) and removing some of the leaves from my cutout depending on where I was placing them on the line.( I wish I took a picture of my cutouts to show you  what I mean LOL)  Each pansy flower is 2 extra layers and I shaped and moulded the petals on the last layer... this one is really dimensional.  I used silicone glue to glue everything.  You have to wait 20-30 min per layer but it's worth it to get a perfect placement; ever try to correct an alignment mistake with double sided foam? :O  LOL.  The background papers here are included in the set.   I used Staples Matte Photo/Brochure Paper for this card. The colours of the pansies came out eye-popping-ly as I experimented with my Canon printer's "vivid photo" setting.  May avoid that setting next time LOL!  

I really enjoyed making this card... have I told you all lately that I really love pansies? heehee.

REMINDER:  Please don't forget to try the FSS February Challenge :) 

Have a great day y'all!

:)*  Fred

Wednesday, February 24, 2010

SPOTLIGHT: Shelly Skala

 I am happy have Shelly in the spotlight today.  Her designs are so fresh and pretty and she has a wonderful project to share today :)


HERE'S  SHELLY!:
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I hope you've been following Fred She Said blog for the DT project showcases. There have been some great ones so far. Since it was my turn I decided to make a fun little project using the Polka Dotty Flowers set. I love the idea of making handmade embellishments especially when I can make an unlimited amount of them for a fraction of the cost. The Polka Dotty Flowers set contains 14 different printable sheets, with 3 flower designs on each sheet. They come in a variety of colors so you can easily find one that is best suited for your project. Please see below for a step by step guide of how I used a printable sheet to create my own flower embellishments.

I started with the Raspberry colored printable sheet as seen below:


Then I cut them out leaving an 1/8 inch white edge around each flower. I also cut out the pre-colored leaves included on the printable sheet.


I sponged around the edges with a coordinating color ink and added glitter for a more finished look:
Then I added pink buttons tied with silver cord:

And placed them in a clear window rectangle tin decorated with a tag from the All Occassion Tag printable set from The Cutting Cafe.


Here's a couple of cards I made using the handmade flowers:




And finally here's a group photo of a fun little gift idea for a fellow cardmaker:

And to think that it all started with one printable sheet of paper. It may seem like a lengthy process but really didn't take very long. I tend to do my cutting in front of the television so time goes by quickly. Of course you could add different finishing touches such as brads or pearls in place of the buttons and can leave out the sponging and/or glitter. You can also choose how many layers you want to make the flowers and can choose polka dots, non-polka dots or a mixture of the two.
Thanks for dropping by and I do hope this post has given you a little inspiration. Remember you can check out the Fred She Said blog to view the remaining printable sheets as well as many others.

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Thanks so much, Shelly!  Your flowers embellishments are awesome!  Love this.


Have a great day!
:)*  Fred

Tuesday, February 23, 2010

COLOURED PANSIES SETS

BLUE and PURPLE PANSIES SETS are in the STORE!

I am late with these... I got a little over "ambitious" LOL  but I hope you like ;).  The following sets I make will be quicker and "smaller" in file size LOL!

I am almost finished making a card with the blue set.  Please come back tomorrow to see it LOL!

I am hitting the hay!  nighty nite!

:)*  Fred

BLOG HOP WINNER!

We have a winner people!

 
  And number 56 is DAWN EDWARDS  who wins a $20 GC to the Fred She Said Store.  woohoo, congrats Dawn and thank you so much to all of you who entered and had fun hopping!   I know I had fun hopping.  Thank you so much, Design Team, for all your hard work and wonderful and inspiring designs!   :)

We are doing this again MARCH 15th, I hope you will hop with us again ;)

Now I have to get back to "work".  There will be some coloured pretties later today!

:)*  Fred

Sunday, February 21, 2010

FEB 22 another Challenge!

Hi!

Please check out the FSS CHALLENGE BLOG for our monthly challenge tomorrow (or today depending on when you read this LOL) Monday February 22nd!  Deanne has cooked up another fun one!  The winner of last month's challenge will be announced as well!

Also, there is still time to HOP HOP HOP on the BLOG HOP if you haven't already!  But hurry... MONDAY FEB 22 is the last day to find the secret code phrase and enter for a chance to win a $20 GC to the FSS Store!

I am almost done getting some coloured pansy sets ready!  I will work feverishly  and hopefully have them available tomorrow :) EDIT..ok tomorrow Feb 23... I am almost done! LOL

:)*   Fred

Thursday, February 18, 2010

SPOTLIGHT: Maria Matter

I am so happy to have Maria in the spotlight today!  She is so awesome!  Here is her Lily of the Valley card.

 

From Maria:
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I used Lily of the Valley digi and my CAS style ( Clean And Simple) with some distressing!
My heart is to make cards that others can look at and be inspired
to make themselves!  

supplies used...paper: SU cardstock (lovely lilac) & the DP is Kaisercraft (lilac avenue)
I colored the leaves with koh-i-noor pencils and simply used a light gray marker for shadowing...
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I love it Maria!

:)*   Fred

Monday, February 15, 2010

New Designs in the Store!

 If you are looking for the BLOG HOP it starts HERE!

Here are the new designs at the Fred She Said Store :)

Favourite Flowers Digi's!!!!

Here is one of my favourite flowers... Pansies! .... in a tea cup... even better! ;)  Tea Cup Pansies:

 
 
There is also a Line of Pansies - this one have 7 images in it and a sheet FULL of pansies for "popping up" on your projects. 
  

I love this Corner Rose,  another favourite flower of Fred's!
 

Here is one of Darsie's favourite flowers!  Lily of the Valley:

Here is Carol L.'s favourite flower, the Carnation!  This one comes with the flower upright and laying down AND with 5 sentiments:

And there is a new EMMA!  Emma with a Sign Digi Set:

Emma comes with 3 sentiments " You are a Blessing!", "Happy Birthday to You!", "I Love You So Much!" and a blank sign.  She has a front and back and each sheet of Emma's has half the sheet FULL of flowers! Just print and GO :)  If you purchase this one, I will gladly make you up a custom sentiment for the sign if you email me and request it.  (Please 1 or 2 requests per customer and it must be short enough to fit the sign)

I hope you enjoy my new designs.  I had so much fun making them!  There will be PRE-COLOURED floral versions by next weekend and then Emma will get a colour treatment as well.  If you want you can request what colours you would like Emma with a sign in and I will go with the most popular LOL!

Have a great day!
:)*  Fred

Blog Hop Starts Here!

Hello everyone!  I am so happy to have for you another wonderful Blog Hop.  The DT have been busy, and I have been busy getting ready to have some new releases for you!  Please come hop along with us!

First up is Sonya!  Sonya is away on a trip so I am posting her "POST" for her :)

HERE'S SONYA!

Welcome to the SECOND "FRED SHE SAID" blog hop!!!

Please, we would love it if you commented on our posts. Here, at "Fred" we have been getting all FLOWERy to hasten the arrival of SPRING! Come see what PRETTIES we have in store for you :)

Also, along the way, you will see a special CODE WORD. Collect them all up! Once you reach the end of the blog hop (which will be the "Fred She Said" Challenge blog), follow the instructions to make your entry and your name will go in for a draw for a $20 Gift Certificate for the Fred She Said Store!

Here is my "Fred She Said" creation:


 
  
  

My card uses the TeaCup Pansies Digi.  I love it and knew the minute that I saw it that I would watercolor it and pop it up!   On the pansy card I printed it out on watercolor paper 4 times and water colored it with Tombow markers.  The white on the teacup is a mica watercolor and I accented the dots along the swag with a white gel pen.  The image was cut out and layered with pop dots to give it the dimension.  The very centers of the pansies were accented with stickles to give it some shine.

My special code word is:
RING

Here is a list of the blog hoppers in case you lose your way:

FRED SHE SAID  blog ( Sonya is posting here )  
Lisa F.  

This blog hop will run from today, February 15th until February 22nd. On the 23rd, the winner will be announced on the "Fred She Said" blog  .

Thank-you for taking the time to play along.  Now, to continue the blog hop, please visit Shelly !

When you are finished hopping, why not check out the pretty and new flowery things at the Fred She Said Store!

ABOVE post by SONYA :)

Please leave SONYA some love here! I'll make sure she reads it ;)    :)*  Fred

Friday, February 12, 2010

SPOTLIGHT: JUDY APPLEGARTH

I am pleased to have Judy Applegarth in the spotlight this week!  Judy has made this amazing little mini-album... from envelopes!  It is so cute and awesome, Judy!  She used the A Lovely Blossoms and Butterfly  Digi Set for this project.
 
 
  
 
 
 
 Please go to Judy's Blog to find out the details and how she made this mini-album  :)  I am so going to have to try this!!! 

:)*  Fred

Blog Hop Coming Up! February 15th!

Hi Peeps!

Where did Fred go?? Well Fred has been drawing and making files and the DT are getting ready for our SECOND BLOG HOP!  Woohoo!  Please come visit this blog Monday February 15th to see what is flowering at Fred She Said!  Oh I can't contain myself!  But I will.  The DT are excited too; also a few of them have made special requests for pretties and their wishes have been granted! Say no more....  What does the blog hop mean?!... YES!  New pretties in the STORE and a chance to win $20 Gift Certificate!  Another reason to come by Monday! LOL

Also did you miss the Spotlight post this Wednesday??? No you didn't... One of my DT's needed some extra time to make something extra special to share! So this weeks spotlight post is Tomorrow, Sat. Feb 13th.

And a reminder, the FSS January Challenge is still going on at the FSS Challenge Blog!  It ends Feb 21st.  There is still time to make a card and enter it for a chance to win a $20 gift certificate to the FSS Store. :)

Back to my drawing tablet...

:)* Fred

Wednesday, February 03, 2010

SPOTLIGHT: Carol Hurlock

HAPPY WEDNESDAY! It's SPOTLIGHT DAY at Fred She Said and I am delighted to spotlight Carol H.!  I swear this girl knows how to throw the hearts around!   Check out her blog and see the valentine decorating and cute pillow ornaments she has been making!  Beeootiful!  Now here's CAROL!:

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You can't believe how excited I was when I saw this fabulous Digi from Fred She Said Designs. With a houseful of baseball fans and players it is the perfect image for a Valentine's Day Card!!! Tracy's images are some of the best on the net. This wonderful image is called "Catch Your Heart" and can be found here at her store!

I LOVE shaker cards and knew this image would be a perfect shaker....but with a twist. If you look closely, you will see a package of Terrifically Tacky Tape. I am forever throwing out that nice domed piece....and suddenly in December it hits me that I could use that...and so this shaker card was born. You too should save that piece, because I am going to tell you how to use it for your next easy peasey "Shaker Card".
The size of my card is 6 x 6. You can see here that I cut around the plastic and left about a 1/2 inch or so. I filled the bowl with this shaker material. Hint: If you are having problems with static electricity inside the plastic dome, you can take a dryer sheet and wipe the inside before placing your shaker material. You are going to glue this to your image....you can see mine in the foreground. I use 3-in-1 Advanced Craft Glue for my adhesive.

Once that has dried, you are going to make the portion of the embellishment that slips over the dome to hide the edges. In this picture, I cut a 5" x 5' piece of designer paper. This is so easy to do as long as you have your measurements correct. In the middle of that piece of paper, I used Martha Stewart's round circle cutter and put the blade of the knife in the 3-9/16 hole and cut out the circle. I then used the heart around the page punches from Martha Stewart. I used the same 3-in-1 glue to attach it to the card. I love inking the edges of my cards...so I have used the Rangers Tea Dye distress ink around all the edges. The hearts are a Martha Stewart punch and I cut a plain heart to line the underside of this lattice heart.
Here is my card with the envelope I created. Keep in mind you will need a thicker style envelope to place your card in. I used the 6 x 6 Envelope Kit from "Priscillastyles" found here.You can see in this picture what I am talking about with the thickness.

The kit comes with a template to help you cut out the envelope. I have lined the inner part of my envelope and all the flaps, and this is how you form your envelope around the form. I hope you enjoyed viewing my project and will start using those pieces of plastic you would normally throw away. Just think about all the fun and fascinating things you can create with them and reuse these items to help save the earth!

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 Gorgeous, Carol and what a great way to recycle packaging!

Have a great day!
:)*  Fred

Monday, February 01, 2010

FSS Challenge Blog: Are you a winner?

The FEB 1st FSS CHALLENGE FOLLOWER  winner is announced on the FSS Challenge Blog.  Are you a winner?!  ;)  If you aren't we are doing it again March 1st!  Just follow the challenge blog and you can win a free image :)

My offending ribbon & Monday PICK ME UP

I issued a  Fun With Fred challenge last week, in a moment of craziness LOL!  You are to use a ribbon you blindly pick out of your stash  OR choose one that has been "perplexing" you, like colours you don't normally use, or pattern or it is just CRAZY.  It is just for fun, if you would like to "perplex yourself" grab a ribbon, make a project and post it on the FSS Group Comment Wall.    Well I chose and it took me a few days to get it together LOL.  It DOTH perplexed me!!!  The ribbon I chose is in an autumn stripe... these are colours I just don't normally use... ( look around my blog and the various assortment of pastels LOL)  Well, it came together in the end... and also leads to this week's   MONDAY PICK ME UP.  I used a paper I designed but haven't got around to working it into anything.  A "petite fleurs" patterned paper.  This pack contains 5 little flowery papers.  And can be downloaded HERE.  If you can't access, please email me and I'll try to email you the zip.

CARD DEETS:
Green background paper is ink brayered to get that soft blocky look then CB embossed.  The leaves and paper strip are sponged with distress inks.  EK Success border punches and MS butterfly stamp/punch combo, Bosskut daisy leaves die, orange stickles.  Perplexing Ribbon... no idea, a gift from a friend.  My digital petite fleurs paper in yellow orange.  I coloured the Flower with pencils/OMS.

Happy Monday!
:)*  Fred