Lovely Peony

     Posted by Norine on May 29, 2013

I think, if I could only have one, and had to choose between growing peonies or roses in my yard (not that I can do either here where I live) I would choose peonies.  They are such a classic, old country (old woman) bloom, and I just love them.  I always have.  Roses were flowers “other” people could grow.  But peonies were within the reach of even the most elementary gardener such as myself!

So you can imagine how quickly I clicked on “add to cart” when I saw these dies from Memory Box, in Lori’s store!

My first thought was to try cutting the background shape from paper that features large frowsy blooms like a peony’s.  And then cutting the detail layer from a solid paper that coordinated well.

Like this:


and this:


And then I got looking around my desk and seeing what else there was to cut the dies from and, well, vellum and a cheesecloth-like fabric fell into my hands.  And that too, produced beautiful results!


In the end, this is what I finished up by making into cards.


This vellum bloom is colored on the back with Copic markers, although the Tim Holtz or any others would do just as well.


The bloom on this card is made from 2 layers of vellum and one layer of cheesecloth, as well as the detail die, layered all backwards and upside down for extra edges.


This is a totally fun die set and one I can see I’ll be using a lot!  The possibilities are just endless!

I hope you’ve found something here to inspire YOU today too!

6 Comments so far

  1. Linda May 29, 2013 11:27 am

    Oooooohhhhhh! Norine those are so lovely. I am off to see if I have that die or not!!!!   TFS. I love the vellum and cheesecloth peony . They are one of my fav flowers.

  2. WandaT May 29, 2013 2:30 pm

    Oh wow!  Very nice.

  3. Peggy May 29, 2013 3:42 pm

    I love seeing all the possibilities with this die.

  4. Lorna May 29, 2013 7:39 pm

    Wow! You have created some wonderful items Norine! I especially love that last birthday card!

  5. Cathy R April 4, 2014 11:54 pm

    Hi Norine, saw your cards on pinterest and was inspired to CASE your cheesecloth idea, fabulous cards, Cathy x

  6. Cornelia (fun stamping) April 5, 2014 10:35 am

    Just amazing - came over from Cathy’s blog and had to check this out - well worth the visit!

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