Monday, 21 February 2011

Handmade crochet flowers and partly recycled

Hi bloggers,

So this is the third week of February already and soon daffodils will be smiling... :)

I have been wanting to make my handmade flowers for a long, long while but somehow could not get down to it... This time I thought I would try something different - so I made some crochet flowers with woolen yarn.

I remember trying my hand at crochet as a 10 year old girl and then years later I gave a go at crochet flowers which were not really brilliant...

I have to thank Helen of for inspiring me to these flowers again... You honestly have to check out her brilliant site - she creates the most amazing crafts.

They are not the best because I think wool is a bit much for summer cards.

 I could not find a thinner crochet needle so here I am with my woolen flowers which I do think are a bit bulky.

The three square blue backing papers behind the flowers are actually wall paper - a free sample from a home store in the UK. So I recycled yet again!!! Just a teeny-tiny bit, but still...

The metallic steel grey cardstock is from my stash and so are all those ribbons. 

I weaved the ribbon through after punching with my new Fiskar's border punch which is my fave companion these days. 

And yes, the turquoise satin roses are not made by yours truly - they were bought from a store in Mumbai.

I am going submitting this card for the following challenges: - one colour (all shades of a colour are allowed - so hopefully my card fits the bill) - birthday card - I hope this can pass off as a birthday card. - monochromatic - Monday Linky Party




Shirley-Anne said...

I love your hand made flowers with the other flowers as centres.Your ribbon border is quite effective .
Hope you are all well .
hugs Shirley-anne

Always with a Sentiment said...

Hello Monica. You are so talented my friend. I love the design of your card and all the different shades of blue. Your flowers are so pretty, and I admire you doing the crochet flowers, I cant do that, they are very effective. Happy crafting.
With love, Sandra xx

Helen said...

Hi Monica,
Your crochet flowers turned out nice and the rosettes for the center, love it! Thank you SO MUCH for your wonderful words about my creations and the link to my blog.

jimlynn said...

WOW are just so talented! Love those flowers - and your card. Very pretty.

Sylvia x said...

hi monica..i love your crocheted flowers, i saw your card over at peartree so thought i would come and say hi.

sylvia x

Donna said...

Hello Monica

Your crocheted flowers are fab!

Thanks for joining us this week at PTD and good luck

Donna x

Andrea said...

Love your crocheted flowers - I keep thinking I would like to learn to crochet so that I could make flowers, but somehow don't get around to it LOL!
Also love your ribbon threaded through the border - very effective.
Love, Andrea xx

Anonymous said...

Very pretty card. Thanks for joining us at Stamping With The Dragon.

Karin said...

These flowers are so cute and handmade embellishments are so trendy right now :) I wish I had the patience to make them and well done on the recycling! This card has it all...It will have to be given to someone super special!

Terry Oulboub said...

Monica, these are gorgeous crocheted flowers! I think your yarn is fine; not bulky at all - you did fabulous - the rosettes make a perfect center! I love the ribbon weaving - definitely adds elegance - what a lovely card; love it!

fatmonica said...

I just love the crocheted flowers.What a fab idea!You've inspired me to find my crochet hook and go find my wool!

Michelle said...

Hi Monica

Wow, you are so talented. Your flowers look beautiful.

Thank you for linking up to Make It Monday.

I hope you and your family are all well.

Michelle :-)

Flutterby Trina said...

LOVE those flowers, I must learn how to make them! Love the card! Thanks for joining us at PTD this week, Good Luck


Amanda@RelovedRubbish said...

Monica, this card is so sweet! I love your crocheted flowers and the shades of blue you chose. What a special card!

Maria@Crafty Cre8tions said...

Very pretty Monica! Love the ribbon threading on the bottom and those crocheted flowers are awesome!
Great job!

Unknown said...

Love the handmade flowers!

Thanks for joining us over at PTD!

Good luck.

Lou x

Love crafts forever said...

Thanks for playing with us at Stamping With The Dragon.
Hugs Nataliya.

Jennifer said...

Hi :-) Ooh clever you! I've paid a fortune for similar xx Jenny xx

Catherine said...

Gorgeous card, love the texture...

Blissmade Designs said...

Beautiful card! The crochet flowers look great, not bulky at all! That is such a good idea to combine two crafts together, crochet and papercrafting!

Susie said...

Great card, love the crocheted flowers and colours you've used. Thanks for joining us at Pear Tree Designs this week and good luck xx

Loraine Arderne said...

Monica, you clever lady! I am trying to learn to crochet again so that I can make my own flowers for cards.

Naturally Me Creations said...

Those flowers are so cute! :) I think it's fun to use things other than paper on cards, it makes them so interesting! My mum gave me some soft bark for xmas from a tree in her yard that i still want to use on my cards too.

Elizabeth said...

Monica, I love this card. I crochet myself as do some of my daughters. We enjoy finding crochet thread at the second hand stores and using those odd bits to make craft trims. One of my girls, (Sis on my blog) is even selling some to fellow crafters lately.
I really like your reuse/repurpose/recycle approach. So many craft worthy things out there.
And thanks for 'following' me! I'm returning the honor!