Saturday, 8 March 2014

Framed Lilies. . . . . . . .

Good morning everyone. What a glorious day yesterday. I felt actual heat from the Sun. Just puts a spring (no pun intended) in your step.
Mr Duck was definitely chastised. He was only checking his emails (he's not technology minded at all) and caused chaos and took ages for me to put right. I got 4 packs of Happy Shopper Cheesy Poofs (my favourite snacks) by way of apology.

I'm guessing my new follower Elaine is Nattyboots who has made it official. Welcome back Elaine. It wasn't Mr Nattyboots who messed up the computer was it ?

Now, today's card I wanted to look like an ornate framed picture, hanging on a wall.
The background card I bought from the NEC last November. Its from Touch of Crafts and each pack was 10 sheets for £1.00. its 250gsm and there is this colour, a rich brown and a stone colour with the same pattern.
Its an A5 cream card base. I'm really liking the thin black layer I have been seeing on cards but being tighter than the proverbial duck's bits, I decided to use black felt tip to give the illusion of a layer and it looks okey cokey.
I then popped the "wallpaper" layer on top.
The frame is made from SB Flourish Trim cut 4 times from gold mirror card and then cream card topped with a distress inked SB Tiger Lilies and the sprig from SB Botanical Swirls and Accents.
The frame is stuck to the top of the lily picture, rather than underneath. This was then foam padded to the "wallpaper"

I took this shot to try and show you the lovely sheen on this card. It almost looks like mica.
I have left it sentiment free as that seems a good suggestion I have picked up from some of you ladies. I can then use it for any suitable occasion that arises.
Hope you like it anyhoo.

Thank you for your lovely comments on my Spring flowers. Today, I'm regaling you with some snaps of, what my friends call, my "babies". I have 17 orchids (of which there are 5 different species) and these are the ones currently in flower. I have another 5 that have got flower spikes growing nicely too. I have had most of them several years (the youngest is about 2 years old and has been in flower continuously for the 2 years and cost me 50p from Tesco). Most I bought for £1.00 or less, usually half dead in a garden centre or supermarket bargain bin. A bit of feed and TLC and they are back on their feet again.

Look how tiny these flowers are on this Dendrobium.

I hope that I haven't bored you silly but there is just something about beautiful flowers that makes me smile and if I can make you smile too, then happy days!

Ang x


  1. Gorgeous card, love your 'wallpaper' and the black felt tip has worked a treat too. Your orchid collection is stunning, they are just beautiful
    have a good weekend
    Claire xx

  2. Morning Ang,
    Wow! your orchids are stunning so beautiful. The card's not so bad either, love the colours.

  3. Gorgeous card but your flowers overtake, they are stunning. xxx

  4. Hi Ang. Love the framing of your card and the background is beautiful.
    What lovely flowers. Fantastic orchids, so pretty and I would have thought hard to grow but obviously not. The are a delight.
    Love Val x

  5. Good morning Ang, I don't know which impresses me most, your clever techniques on your beautiful card or your green fingers reincarnating the orchids which are so pretty. I bought two bunches of daffodils on the market on Thursday and he was only charging £1. They have all come out now and definitely bring a smile to my face as well. Have a lovely weekend with your poofs! best wishes Jackie

  6. Like the card, but I am dead envious of your green fingers when it comes to orchids - I have no success with those or Christmas poinsettias (just thrown out my dead one).

  7. Morning Ang
    Hope you don't mind but I will be pinching the black felt pen border idea it looks really good!
    I love your Orchids. I too collect them and have even grown my own baby ones and successfully transplanted them and they have flowered! (I was so chuffed with myself lol!) I recently saw some wonderful displays with orchids in large vases with coloured stones in layers but the local garden centre were charging £40 + for them so decided to do my own. Bought the vase for £2 in a sale stones and coloured glass beads cost £2.50 from Ikea I did pay full price for a new orchid though so total cost of my display £12. So far everyone has thought I bought it as it is & payed a fortune. I am really pleased with it.
    Hugs Sue C x

  8. Im smiling with you Ang ,with the Orchids and you saying has Mr nattyboots broke the laptop ? WHAT NO ! thats the last thing he wouldnt do { only as he has to fork out for a new one } haha i just bet even you will see all the moths flying your way when he opens the wallet .
    Getting on to your card it is beautiful , i just love that too
    Elaine H X

  9. Hi Ang,

    Beautiful card, love the fame work and the backing paper, lush!

    Glad you got an apology of sorts that you like lol!

    Your flowers are gorgeous, I am no good with plants, they all die! The only things I have managed to keep growing are cactus!!!

    Love & Hugs

    Jacquie J xxx

  10. Hi Ang,
    what a super card. I think you have achieved what you were aiming for as this looks like a very lovely framed picture. Love that superb die used as the frame, must look out for that soon.
    I too have the same orchid as your 3rd picture, and have had it for about 5 years now. I re-potted it last year and it didn't flower, so I got a bit frightened, but hey ho it has just flowered I'm a happy bunny again.
    I see the Scottish Posse" are doing their thing in Glasgow today. lol.
    Lots of crafty love. Jenny L.

  11. You prove that everything grows with love. Your card is certainly beautiful and I am so glad that you did a close up picture because the background is every bit as gorgeous as your design.
    Sandy xx

  12. Gorgeous card Ang, I think I had some paper similar to that at one point - the shine/sparkle is fabulous. What a fab idea too - thanks for the tip! Once I used up my black paper and card I don't plan to buy any again as I don't really like it that much, overdid it when black was the colour to use on oriental, ten years ago, lol!

    Your orchids are fabulous! I have five of them - they love our utility room where it gets warm and some sun. I have two in flower right now and love them! TFS those photographs I know where to come when I need some tips in the future - especially as I am always happy when mine flower for more than a couple of weeks! Have a lovely weekend xx

  13. I like how you have made the frame up fom the flourish. That's a really good tip. Looks good in the gold card too. Hugs Mrs A.

  14. Hello Ang, your card is stunning, love the card, it is like mica, and the SB dies are gorgeous, love how youv'e done the fram.

    How wonderful to have such green fingers, your orchids are gorgeous, they are wonderful flowers. Damian gave me one for Mother's Day last year, and my heart sank, co I'm the kiss of death where plants are concerned, but it has flowered again this year so I'm well chuffed, hugs Kate x

  15. Beautiful card and gorgeous Orchids, I love them but can't grow them. SEC
    C very quite and a lot of the good stalls not there so didn't spend much, met Wilma so all in all we did have a good day. Hazel x

  16. Now you have me confused (very easy done) I don't know whether to compliment you on your stunning card first or all those wonderful flowers.
    The flowers certainly made me smile they are so beautiful.
    I love what you have done on the card.
    Have a great weekend

    Patricia xx
    Ooooppps!! Nearly forgot Elaine sends her love xx
    Got instructions today to do that.

  17. Beautiful and elegant!! Hugs!!

  18. Your card and your orchids are gorgeous! I am still nursing my broken foot but can now walk with the boot on. Got to go get my DT card done for next week. Have a great day.

  19. Stunning card and luvin the frame look and the wallpaper background xx luvin the orchids too and I know what you mean about them making you smile xx I just don't have a lot of luck with them unfortunately xx GailT xx

  20. Stunning card and luvin the frame look and the wallpaper background xx luvin the orchids too and I know what you mean about them making you smile xx I just don't have a lot of luck with them unfortunately xx GailT xx

  21. Beautiful orchids and love the gorgeous card and that framed look.x

  22. I am back again to tell you how very pretty your orchids are - they know you love them!
    sandy xx



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