There is a new challenge blog called http://thenextlevelchallenge.blogspot.com- it is a completely different format, more like an online magazine than your usual blog, with some interesting tips. the first challenge was to do a card with an aperture and lollipop flowers (tutorial included). The flowers are fiddly, and take some time to make, but could easily become addictive!
This is my attempt, using Tim Holtz and Elusive Images stamps and lots of glimmer mists.
The card was sprayed lightly with blue and green glimmers, then the foliage from the Elusive Images wild meadow and hedgerow plates was stamped in a mix of distress weathered wood and blue jeans inks, marvy blending ink in reds and finally versafine black for the big spray - the mini flowers were dotted with inksessentials white pen. The bird from the Tim Holtz urban tapestry set was stamped with versafine black and clear embossed on the inside of the card. the white patches on the bird were masked out before Glimmer mists were sprayed through a circular mask in gold, starfish and midnight to try to give the effect of sunrise.
The flowers were made from bits of leftover background papers sprayed with candy apple red in the hope that they would look like poppies - didn't quite work, but not too far off for a first try.