Thursday, 15 September 2011

"Bloom & Grow" with Marianne Design Divas

Today sees the launch of our 2nd Marianne Design Divas challenge.  Last month's debut challenge was a huge success and we hope that you can play along again.  All you have to do is follow the monthly theme and use Marianne Creatables  products on your artwork.  These can be the gorgeous dies (my absolute fave), stamps, patterned paper to name but a view - just list what Marianne D product you have used.   

This month's theme is:-

Bloom & Grow
Show us your flowers
and we are sponsored by Cuddly Bunny Crafts this month with an superb prize! Cuddly Bunny stocks a vast range of Marianne's products.

I took my inspiration from Sue Roddis of Jabberwocky Fame who does marvellous things with old books and things....Sue kindly said I could take inspiration from her work - I always appreciate Sue's work though generally she is much more eclectic than me who tends to stick with her vintage shabby look - so my take is this:-
The pages have been folded, inked and then glued in places. Now for the deep part - the idea is that my garden is growing from the book - as I do believe that young people need education to bloom and grow and where better to get education than from a husband said he got my thinking but I am not sure lol:-
I have cut Marianne's branch garden flourish and various flower dies from K&Co Ancestry paper.  The flowers were inked around the edges with distress inks, layered and secured by a brad and then spritzed lightly with water to get that shabby crumpled look.....My word "bloom" was stamped using Papermania alphabet stamps again onto K&Co paper.

The young lady is from a Marianne Creatable Die sheet of vintage images and works wonderfully with the back panel which I have covered with Marianne Creatable patterned paper from the vintage range.  Paperartsy text added.  
I hope you like my take on the theme and hope I have inspired you to play along with us Marianne Design Divas - I hope so as dont forget there is a fabulous prize on offer from this month's sponsor, Cuddly Bunny Crafts-  

Marianne D products used are:-  Dies; Branch Garden LR0151, Small Butterfly LR0153 and Florals LR0106 & LR0107.  Marianne D glossy vintage image and pretty papers from "Songbook".

I am entering my altered book into the following challenges:-

Seen as this is sat on my mantlepiece I think it can be considered as home decor!
Suzanne ~x~


Suzi B said...

Now you're just showing off!... fabulous :)
Suzi B xx

Anonymous said...

Suzanne this is gorgeous, well done treacle

Irene said...

Suzanne, this is stunning and what a brilliant idea, just gorgeous.
Irene x

♥ anusch ♥ said...

Das ist ja eine geniale Deko.
Danke, dass du bei uns mitgemacht hast.
Viele Grüße Doreen EAC-Team

Fliss said...

Amazing! There's so much to see here Suz. A fabulous idea and I love the garden growing out of the pages.
Hugs, Fliss xx

Maria said...

This is so different Suzanne, but very beautiful! I love the thought and meaning behind it, and you've decorated it beautifully! Good luck, and thanks for joining in at the Craft-Room Challenge! Maria x

Nigel said...


That is a bloomin' lovely piece of work :)

Kim B said...

Very cute and creative. Thanks for joining us at Craft-Room Challenge. Kim x

Papillon said...

Suz, that is mind blowingly AMAZING-love it love it, LOVE IT!!
Chris M xx

Sue said...

FABULOUS! Glad to have been of inspiration:)

Zoechaos said...

Utterly delightful so dreamy and very very pretty. Thank you for sharing with us at Craft-Room Challenge and good luck XOXO Zoe

hazel said...

A fabulous piece - I love it. Thank you for joining us at Craft-Room Challenge.
xxx Hazel.

Shar said...

Absolutely stunning!!

craft-roomjulia said...

An amazing piece Suzanne, very original. Thanks for joining us at Craft-Room Challenge and good luck. Julia xx

Esther said...

Suzanne I absolutely love this, I'm a huge book lover and am also still studying so can often be found with my head over a collection of books from which I've learned so much and grown not only in knowledge but have 'bloomed' in confidence too so completely get your thinking !

Thanks so much for joining our Craft-Room Challenge..Esther xx

Cazro said...

Wowsome! Clever thing! Caz

Debi said...

so pretty Suzanne, and very different- thanks for joining us at Craft Room Challenge- Debi x

Mervi said...

Stunning creation,
thanks for playing in
at Craft-Room Challenge;-))m

JeanFB said...

This is soooo beautiful! Love the wonderful garden springing to life from the book (yes, I get your meaning!). Gorgeous piece of artwork.

Juls said...

wowzer!!! this is just incredible!!! Hugs Juls

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