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Wednesday, 25 July 2012

A Flower Tree - Simon Says Stamp DT

Hello peeps,
It's another very hot & beautiful day here today :)
I got my hand x-ray results back yesterday so I now know why my hand is swollen & painful & causing me problems especially when trying to colour, I've managed to fracture my thumb and have some tendon damage. I breathed a big sigh of relief to discover it was a fracture & tendons as they will heal unlike if it was damage caused by wear & tear which was what my doctor suspected as I avoid using my left arm as much as possible to protect my shoulder from dislocating which makes my right hand & arm work extra hard & more vunerable from over use. Now I have a constantly dislocating left shoulder & a fractured thumb & tendon damage on my right hand, other than that I'm good to go, & we have sunshine which makes me happy so who cares if I'm getting old & falling apart lol. I'm still not sure exactly how I did it, but then half the time I am so drugged up on painkillers in my own little world & literally stumbling around like a drunk so chances are I wouldn't have felt it very much thanks to the drugs, if only that floor wouldn't move lol.

Today is new challenge day at
& this week it's that old favourite

This week my teamies & I are featuring the gorgeous Simon Says Stamp exclusive dies
I wanted to make something a bit different other than a card to show off the die I had chosen to feature, so I put my thinking cap on & decided to have a bash at making a flower tree. 
I started making my little tree a couple of weeks ago and have been making the odd flower here and there ready to assemble, all together it has taken several  hours to make & looks better IRL especially as I got a bit carried away with the glimmer mist :)
Ingredients -
supplies from my home which can be bought in a florist / garden centre - oasis ball & bamboo canes

Simon Says Stamp Challenge Blog
Pop over and take a peek at what my lovely teamies have created with the Simon Says Stamp exclusive dies, they are all gorgeous :)
As always our lovely Heidi is sponsoring our challenge with a $50 in store spending spree in the fabby
Simon Says Stamp
I'm entering my flower tree in the following challenges -
Make It Monday - anything goes, Inspire Me Fridays - anything goes

Thankfully I have several images already coloured as well as a few cards made recently for orders which I haven't blogged so hopefully if they fit the challenges I will be able to carry on with my DT's until my hand has healed, I'm missing my Copics already :(
Thanks for stopping by


  1. this is stunning Mandy! can't imagine how long it must have taken, but the effect is fantastic!
    Kim x

  2. This is such an awesome project! I totally want to make one!!!

  3. OOOOOH Mandy you poor thing, it seems you are falling apart but nevertheless keep making the most amazing gorgeous things!!!!!!It looks like a hydrangea in full bloom and I love it!!!!!

    Take care sweetie, Irene

  4. this is gorgeous. love it!!

  5. Absolutely stunning Mandy. Love it!
    Caz x

  6. I thought this was real when I first saw it! This is stunning Mandy!

  7. Absolutely stunning it must have taken your ages but well worth it as it's beautiful. Caroline xxx

  8. Hi Mandy. Sorry to hear you are falling apart but at least they seem to be able to pop you back together again. :)
    Awesome tree. The wrapping around the 'trunk' is a perfect finishing touch too.
    Tine :)

  9. Oh so sorry to hear you have fractured your thumb - take care and hopefully it will heal soon.
    Love, love, love your flower tree - so creative and absolutely gorgeous.
    Denise xx

  10. you have my sympathy hun - i have RA myself and it's a nasty thing but creating helps me to escape. not this, well this is gorgeous! beautiful, elegant, wonderful, want it! i dread to thing how long it took to make but it is really gorgeous! hugs Karen x

  11. Beautiful project, It must have taken you ages. Tinaxx

  12. Oh you poor thing do take care of yourself, this is lovely and truly creative, xx

  13. Wowwwwwww:) Mandy your creation is amazingly wonderful:)
    Big hug,

  14. Your flower tree is simply awesome! Oh wow!

  15. Beautiful project hope your hand feels better soon
    carol x

  16. Mandy you really are in the wars but then what a relief that you know what the problem is, you really should get that floor fixed!!! lol

    I just adore your flower tree its so beautiful and so elegant all in white! Take care and take plenty of rest Love Chanelle xxx

  17. Beautiful hun,

    hope it gets better soon, I miss my mail lol, hugs Liz xx

  18. With creations like this, you could have a 2nd job as a decorator, Mandy! Beautifully done, love how it turned out, with the little touches of butterflies here and there! Hope your hand heals quickly!

  19. Gosh Mandy what a unique and pretty idea! Ouch to your hand hope it all heals soon hugs rebekah xx

  20. Ouch Mandy, you poor thing, no wonder it's all swollen and so painful. Please take lots of care of your hand, and the rest of you of course! Your tree is simply stunning, so elegant xxx

  21. WOW!! Beautiful floral creation, Mandy! It looks SO real! Love it!

    Simon Says Stamp!

  22. WOW!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
    Kate x

  23. Absolutly amazing. Gorgeous creation.
    Hugs Aartje

  24. saw that you had entered this on Make it Monday Mandy and it really is stunning. I'm now having ideas of making something similar but Xmas based - gorgeous creation hugs Karen x

  25. You always inspire me Mandy, this is absolutely stunning, would be great for a wedding table dec.
    Cheers, Elaine

  26. This turned out gorgeous!

  27. Oh dear Mandy, I do hope that your hand is soon back to normal...hugs
    What a wonderful selection from you since my last visit. This flower tree is stunning :o)
    Jackie xx

  28. This is just simply beautiful, I love all the stunning little details.
    I hope hand is soon recovers and not bothering it too much.

    Heather xx

  29. One word, Mandy. Stunning!!!
    Very creative - would look lovely decorating someone's wedding reception.
    Thanks for sharing over at MIM this week.
    Remember, to be in the running to win the prize from our sponsor this week just leave a comment for another entry. Be sure to mention you saw them on Make It Monday. The more entries you comment on the more chances you have of winning!
    Sandy DT

  30. So very pretty. Saw this on MIM

  31. OMG Mandy such an awefull story but thank god your hand will heal!! I believe you miss your copics lol, but you made a stunning and gorgeous Hydrangea. Absolutely amazing. Hope you're feeling better very soon. Hugs, Nicole

  32. You are just too clever... I love it xx

  33. This is a sensationally beautiful project! I'm sorry your hand is keeping you away from your copics for your sake, but for our sake - if it means we get to see more of these - I'm not so sad! Wonderful way to show off a lovely die...
    Alison x

  34. Hey Mandy, LOVE the flower tree! It does look like a hydrangea in full bloom. Beautiful and elegant, it'd be a wonderful table decoration for any occasion.
    Hope your hand is healing well. Thanks for stopping by and for your advice, I wasn't even aware of that! Thanks!
    Hugs your way :D

  35. WOW Mandy this is awesome and so beautiful can't believe you managed to make with a fracture hand, hope it mends quickly.

  36. Amazing work Mandy!! I am speechless again!!


  37. So very sorry to hear about your hand, Mandy! I hope it heals quickly! WOW, is your topiary ever STUNNING!

  38. Oh wow Mandy I love that flower head, youve created it so beautifully, its just stunning (it looks so real). hugs Shirleyxxxxxx

  39. Wow! This is stunning Mandy! Hope your hand heals soon:)
    Have a nice day!
    Hugs Kjersti:)

  40. This is Gorgeous!! .. FAB use of the die! :o)
    And I love that you have kept it white!.. Stunning!! :o)

  41. wow it's stunning Mandy!! very clever!!, sorry about your hand hun hope it gets better soon!

  42. Wow! This is jaw-droppingly GORGEOUS! Absolutely STUNNING in every way!

  43. Sorry to hear about your hand Mandy, hope it soon heals and you don't have pain for too long.
    The Tree is Stunning!! It is so different and very very creative.
    Sending you Hugs xxxx Mau

  44. Beautiful tree and so delecate looking, love it! Sorry to hear your thumb is fractured but it will heal if you follow doctor's orders ;) take care.
    Hugs xo


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