Tuesday 17 February 2015

Bonsai Tree

Good morning fellow crafters.
Today, as it's Tuesday, means a new challenge over at Cardz4Guyz.
With Chinese New Year around the corner we have gone all -


Now again I was a bit stumped but then I thought of a card I made way back in September (here) but that was too girly but I thought I could do something along those lines, you know not flower arranging but similar. There a few challenges out there that have the same theme and they inspired me to create this card.

Bonsai. I think this is blokey enough, I know girls do it too but it seems to be more of a male thing.
I did think of stamping and I swore I had some green flower soft in the stash somewhere but sadly not so I used cloud die cuts in green Core- dinations card scraps and a couple of branches cut in brown using my MB die, which I layered up to give a twisted bow look to the trunk.
The base is a Spellbinders Label 25 die with the top cut away and a strip of red card added.
For added interest I used textured card and cut a square panel using my MFT pierced square dies. Sentiment simply stamped in black is from the stash, of unknown origin! It could be Molly Bloom.

I shall enter a few challenges with this such as-

I went with the tree branches and the Oriental theme

Simply Create Too - Anything Goes

My Time to Craft  - Oriental

Crafty Catz Weekly Challenge - For the Boys

OK, that's about it from me. Pop over to check out the rest of the DT's inspiration and have a go.

Thanks for stopping by, come back again soon. 


  1. Jules, your bonsai card is definitely 'handsome and striking': perfect guy card indeed! Using cloud dies for the clusters...brilliant! Thank you for sharing your creativity in the Inkspirational gallery!

  2. Fabulous card, great ideas


  3. A gorgeous card, very calming and elegant - very Zen!

  4. Okay, seriously, this is a brilliant design masterpiece, Jules! To build that planter box and then that bonsai out of branches and clouds is simply incredible and breathtaking!! Thank you for playing along with the Inkspirational Challenge!! Enjoy your day! Hugs, Darnell

  5. This is so creative Jules!! xx

  6. Lovely and peaceful card design. Thank you for sharing with us at Simply Create Too - Myrna DT

  7. Oh this is brilliant, love it.

  8. Beautiful card Julie thank you for joining us this week at CRAFTY CATZ
    Dianne x CC DT

  9. What a beautiful card!! Thanks for joining us at “Simply Create Too”, hope to see you next time again.

    DT-Member SCT

  10. You were "stumped"? Was that an inadvertent tree pun. :D I think this is very cool and very "blokey".

  11. This is awesome, Julie! I love that bonsai tree and how it sits outside the frame. Great design! :-)

  12. A really great card, Julie and very clever too.

    Thanks for joining us at My Time to Craft.

    Helen x
    GDT Member

  13. What a simply beautiful Bonsai! I love the subtle textures! Thanks for joining in at My Time to Craft!

    love Mags B x

  14. Wow... this is beautiful! Such a creative idea to use a cloud die for the bonsai and I like the white frame. Great design and perfect for our photo challenge! Thanks for sharing with us at Inkspirational!
    - Shauna

  15. So unique. So fresh. So well balanced. Lovely work, Jules. Thanks for joining the fun at Simply Create Too!


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