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Wednesday, 18 August 2010

Thank you, Wednesday Stamper, Grunge roses and Cardoons

I want to start this post with a HUGE THANK YOU to every one that took the time to comment (and email) on my previous post. I am overwhelmed that not only so many sympathised with my thoughts on the matter but also for the LOVELY things that were said about my ME-NESS, I never knew you cared!
In the course of those conversations I happened to mention to Hels Sheridan that I am also bored with grunge paper roses.....they seem to be everywhere........Hels came back at me with "well, here's a challenge for you, make one Sue-style"........not one to back down from a challenge I agreed to give it a go!
Now here's my next confession.......I don't really like grunge paper so I decided to make my flowers from something I do like.....book pages.
I stamped these little flowers onto the book page, need three for each flower, cut them out. These things are small, that's a 1p piece, this was fiddly I can tell you!!. Then cut pieces out of two of them, roll them up, glue together and then inside each other. So I suppose these are not really grunge roses but they are MY take on the idea and technique. You will have to judge fir yourselves whether I met the challenge or not?

This is how I used my flowers.......to decorate the cover of my book which is my entry for this weeks WEDNESDAY STAMPER challenge where the theme is STITCHING.




The stitching may not be obvious at first glance, but I stitched the pages together for my book, the stitches run between the strips of paper across the spine of the book. Those strips serve two purposes, first they look good and second they cover up mistakes........some of my stitching was not that good but now you can't see it!
I used recycled old book covers for the covers of my book.

Now to continue with what is turning into an occasional look at flowers in my garden. As you can see I like unusual stuff in the garden as well as in my art stuff! These things are CARDOONS or ARTICHOKE THISTLES, they are a thistle like member of the Aster family.....according to Wikipedia! All I know is they are over 6 feet tall and trying to get pics was hard! The last one I just held the camera over the flower facing down, pressed the button and hoped! I was pleased with the pic I got!!


34 comments:

Kaz said...

Fab flowers Sue and they look amazing on your book you've made. xx

mustavcoffee said...

Oh Sue, love your flowers, I have to admit here I haven't used any grunge paper so don't know what it's like to play with but newspaper is yummy and your stamp is great. I love your book the way you've recessed the front image is brill. So I'm looking forward to much more Sue,ness in the future:D xx

Yvonne said...

Fabulous, Sue!

Silvia(Barnie) said...

Your book looks great. Wonderful flowers, too.

Jennie said...

Great flowers ..lol she is one for a challenge is Hels!!

Craft Addicts - Tracy Evans said...

Love your take on the flowers Sue, must admit I do like to stamp flowers on text or book pages they look fab. What a great idea for a Sue Roddis book cover, a skeleton, I never would have thought you would have used a skeleton.....LOL. I know sarcasm is the lowest form of whit. Tracy x

*** Suzi B *** said...

I love em! and whats more I'll be pinching the idea... :)

~*~Patty Szymkowicz said...

your book looks great ... Love your skully with roses!
you have me curious about the convo I missed ... fabulous plant too, I've never grown one of those here in Virginia
oxo

Faye said...

Sue, I love your roses. Like Patty, I have missed the previous conversation, but whatever it is, I wish you well. I also like the huge (?) thistle.

Femmy said...

your book looks great!! love the skull and the flowers are fantastic!

Sheilagh said...

Love your flowers and your book. I still have the book I made at a workshop with you year's ago at Crabapple.

I admire your previous post too, maybe it is time for a Roddis
Movement to edge the Tim Mania off the page...

Susan Allan said...

This comment is for now just about your paper flowers.

I think they are really good and the juxtaposition between them and the scary part of your design is a fantastic contrast.

More later, I'm just going back to have a look at your plants.

Nuts xx

Effie said...

Fab 'roses'.......but I do love your cardoons!

Belinda said...

flowers are the perfect 3-d touch, fabulous book sue

Susan Allan said...

I love the book. There is no such thing as a mistake!

I love all books of all kinds. I bought your book on how to make books. Bought it ages ago.............a very good and inspiring read.
Sue A xx

Susan Allan said...

These are very regal plants and I believe, delicious.

Although, I understand globe artichokes are delicious beyond belief.. not tried them.

What fantastic colours.

Anilesse, who has a plot near to mine is going to give me an artickoke plant, which is also edible.

Cardoons are also supposed to taste very good!! Have you tried them?
Sue A xx

Hels Sheridan said...

Sue you have risen to the challenge and... I LOVE your "SueRoses"... they are gorgeous and how fiddly that must have been to cut them all out... loving the book, stitching all those pages is just a fabby idea... and of course, I am loving the skelington :O)) Brilliant art as always x

olive said...

what a great idea for roses... clever! where did you get the skeleton stamp Sue? I'm loving it. Keep up the me-ness. Ciao

Sarah Anderson said...

Love all your flowers - both paper and real ones :) x

Cath Wilson said...

GORGEOUS flowers - I love those, too! I quite like the idea of the skeleton wearing flowers, lol - and I love the idea of book page flowers, too - about the only one I've ever used, too, he, he. Well done, you for taking up the challenge. Oh and I don't like grunge paper or board either!!! Cath x PS love the book!

Athena said...

For me, you met the challenge in leeps and bounds. It's too easy to do all the things that we like best.

I've never made a grunge flower before and those look fiddly indeed.
Great work.

It seems that you've struck a cord with many.
I only admire you more :)

Robin said...

Your flowers and book are fabulous! Who needs grungeboard??

Amy said...

brilliantly cool..love it..artistic and dark-sweetness. Love the binding you made..truelly fab

Rosie said...

'Allo Sue!! Rosie 'ere... what ees Grungeboard???? Lol! I have never touched, seen or bought any, so I have no idea what all the fuss is about but I love your take on the challenge!

Shame about Home Impressions going away from us, but I am still in touch with Ria - how about you? =)

Basement gal said...

OOoo wow gorgeous flowers and I love your take on stitching. Beautiful book.

Anjas-Artefaktotum said...

Very beautiful book with so lovely details.
Hugs Anja

Carol Q said...

your take on grunge roses definitely works for me Sue! but I really love that skelly image that you've used. never seen thistles (or whatever family they belong to) that big before. do they seed??

Godelieve said...

Fabulous!

Sid said...

The whole book is simply gorgeous !!

Helen said...

Love your flowers - both the handmade and the ones from your garden! I do love grungepaper but these are just gorgeous! Sometimes you just need to be delicate!

Gez said...

Absolutely gorgeous flowers. :) Miles nicer!!
I don't really like the smell of grungepaper! yuck!
Fabulous book.xx

lena said...

great work! love those flowers composed to the skeleton! super.

Sarah A said...

Gorgeous Sue, both the "you" flowers and the Cardoons!

Love how you have used the book page to bind the book/hide the stitching!

Sarah x

Sue Smith said...

Very inspirational! I feel like 'stitching' a journal together now :)