A rose by any other name – A couple of cards

These cards  are a follow on from the cards on the previous post.  Isn’t it funny how you start off with an idea and then go in a completely different direction.


I was sitting here the other morning thinking about making the two cards on the previous post.  You know how your mind wonders and your thoughts go down different avenues.  I started to think how symbolic roses have been through out history.  I do have these odd moments now and again!! lol!


The thoughts of Tudor Roses and medieval maidens led to the ideas for these cards. I used a CB stamp for the main image.

I love this rose bush.  The flowers don’t last long but the they always look so perfect when they first start to open.


And for the second card I have gone with sage green for the colours.

Just before I leave you all.  I wanted to share Freddie’s bird box.  When he built the shed he built into the wall a little home for the blue tits.  He drilled a hole in a piece of stone and this stone is just held in place with some silcon sealant.


The babies flew the nest this week.

Happy Crafting everyone.  Tat tar for now.

Best Wishes Florence x

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  1. Beautiful roses! Such pretty, soft colors! I also love the cards you made! I noted the sewing on the mats and they look wonderful! I drug out my sewing machine last weekend and tested some stitches on paper – still have to get the knack of it. I made the beginnings of a card and am a little hesitant to post it! 🙂 But I might now – I love the look of stitches on paper. Mine doesn’t look nearly as nice as yours but hopefully with practice my stitches will be straight and elegant as your cards! Love it! ~Vanessa

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    • Hi Vanessa. Hope all is well. A friend of mine who is a quilter gave me the idea of sewing cards. I struggle, where I live, to find an adesive that sticks in the heat or doesn’t show any residue on the card after a couple of weeks. Thank you for calling in and for your lovely comments. Looking forward to seeing your projects.
      Regards Florence xx

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  2. Ohmymy! These cards are so beautiful! I can’t decide which is nicer 🙂 I really love the pearls on the first one but the bouquet on the second one is just too darling 🙂 I’ll just have to settle to love both just as much as the other 😉

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    • JOY!!!! It is so lovely to hear from you. Hope you are both well. Thank you for calling in and for your kind words. We are both in fine fettle thank you for asking.
      Take care,
      Florence xxx

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  3. Florence I love roses, so to see such a pretty display while we are in winter here is an “ahhhhh” moment for me. Your cards are beautiful and have a wonderful “gentle” feel to them. Love the die cuts you have used.
    Lorraine

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    • Hi Lorraine. Hope all is well. Patience grass hopper, spring will come! 🙂 Thank you for calling in and for your kind words. Always great to hear from you.
      Regards Florence xx

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  4. Florence its a real wonder you get any crafting done with that beautiful garden, I would be outside permanently. Your roses are beautiful and i can almost smell their heady scent ! Both cards are stunning and how different they look by changing the colours. Such harmonious work. You and Freddie make an amazing team. Now I am singing this is the way to Amarillo and I dont want to !!!

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    • Hi Marie. Now then, if anyone wants to join in with Marie….. are you ready…. on three….. When the day is dawning on a Texas Sunday morning how I long to be there with MARIE who’s waiting for me there….. La LaLaLaLa 🙂 🙂 🙂 Thanks Marie for your vistis and your lovely comments today. Take care.
      Regards Florence xxx

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  5. I am so in awe of those beautiful roses and your bird ‘box’ is the cleverest idea ever! I am trying to be patient for my two new rose varieties to start flowering. The buds are there…. it’s only a matter of time….!!!!! x

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    • Hi there, Hope all is well. I thought of you when I posted the photo of the bird house. So pleased you like it. We are really lucky with roses. They must like the soil and the heat doesn’t seem to bother them at all. One thing that surprises me is that if I take a cutting and just stick it in the garden it grows. No grafting or anything. Have patience grass hoper! your roses will bloom 🙂 I have now got Guns and Roses singing Patience in my head now. How bizzar is that! Could be worse it could be “Is this the way to Amrillo”! 🙂 Thank you for your lovely comments. You have made my day. Always great to hear from you.
      Regards Florence xx

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  6. Wow! Stunning photographs and stunning cards, the rose photo’s are all so pretty and the bird house in the wall is a lovely idea. Gorgeous cards, I love the die cuts and the layouts of them both and they are both so elegant and beautiful
    Lindsay xx

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    • Hi Lindsay. Hope you are feeling better. I am loving die cuts at the moment 🙂 Thank you for calling in and for your lovely comments. Always great to hear from you.
      Regards Florence xx

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  7. Your cards and roses compliment each other beautifully Florence and as for that little birdhouse in the wall – your hubby is a clever man, what a fabulous idea. xx

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    • Hey Suze. Hope you are ok. He is pretty handy. He likes to tat about! Keeps him out of mischief 🙂 Always lovely to hear from you. Thank you for calling in and for your kind words.
      Regards Florence xx

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  8. Florence, your cards are gorgeous. I love all the delicate die cuts and that focal image… And the flowers aren’t bad either LOL! You must be in heaven every time you step outside. If you’re ever in Ottawa, Canada could you stop by and help me with my poor excuse for a garden? 😉

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    • Hi Tracy. Hope all is well. If you are in next week I will pop over!!! LOL! Thank you for calling in and for your lovely comments. Always great to hear from you.
      Regards Florence xx

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    • Hi Anne. I hope you and Inge are both well and enjoying the weekend. I love gardening but some times it can be soul destroying because it only looks nice for 2-3 months of the year because of the heat. I always try and make the most of it though. Thank you for calling in and for your lovely comments. Always great to hear from you.
      Regards Florence xx

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  9. Been loving the photos of your garden Florence, and the roses are truly exquisite! I love the blush rose and sage green colors you used, so soft and feminine. As always your work is a true work of Art!
    Hugs to you* Joann

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    • Hi Joann. Hope you are all ok. They are not the normal colours I use but I really enjoyed making them. I would like to use more softer colours in cards. Always great to hear from you. Thank you for calling in and for your lovely comments.
      Regards Florence xxx

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    • Hi Yvonne. Hope all is well. I am really pleased with the roses this year. Thank you for calling in and for your lovely comments. Always great to hear from you.
      Regards Florence xx

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    • Hi Cynnie. Lovely to meet you. Love the card you made for dear Lynne. Thank you for calling in and for your kind words. Have a wonderful weekend.
      Regards Florence xx

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    • Hi Alice. Hope you are well. What did we do before die cuts!! 🙂 Thank you for calling in and for your lovely comments. Always great to hear from you.
      Happy crafting.
      Florence xx

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    • Hi Von. Hope all is well with you. Great to hear from you. Thank you for calling in and for your lovely comments. Have a lovely weekend.
      Regards Florence xx

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  10. Oh Florence your garden is lovely! Wish I had a green thumb. Once again your cards are works of art : ) You are much braver than I when it comes to stamps! Keep the pictures of your flowers coming…they are delightful! G

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    • Hi G. Great to hear from you. I have been thinking about you for the last few hours. I popped over to see your latest post and saw the questions. Thinking of five things is really hard! LOL! Sorry, I think this maybe the end of the flowers now. Summer is definately here and the temperatures are starting to rise. Everything just burns off except for the pot plants 😦 All the work for just 2 months in a year. Thank you for calling in and for your lovely comments.
      Regards Florence xx

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  11. Hello Florence
    As you know, I am not able to spend as much time visiting blogs but this afternoon I was determined to eek a little time and energy to do so and how I am glad as this post has made me breath out and all the stress has been released from my body.
    The photos of the roses are exquisite, absolutely divine and then we follow with your cards which are perfection. I love the subtle colour scheme and your beautiful details.
    Then the sweetness of the birdhouse.
    A beautiful post in every regard.
    Wishes to you
    Lynne

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    • Hi Lynne. Great to hear from you. Are you sure it’s not that chocolate that has made you feel better!! he he! So pleased you like the photos. Thank you sweetie for calling in and for such a lovely comment.
      Regards Florence xx

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  12. We share a love of gardens and flowers I see! What a sweet place you have. Your cards are wonderful – love the images and layering. Happy Summer!

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    • Hi Lisa. Great to hear from you. I think the love of gardening comes from my Dad. He is an avid gardener, although age is now creeping up on him. Thank you for calling in and for your lovely comments.
      Regards Florence xx

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    • Hi Smidge. Lovely to hear from you. Hope all is well. They are very clever little birds. What amazes me is that the babies wait until know one is around before they fly away. Seriously, we have had them nesting in the boxes for years and I have never once seen them leave the nest. Once they leave, thats it, they are gone until the winter 😦 Y’know, I feed them throughout the winter with coconuts, and special fat ball ,clean out the nest box, give them plenty of water and there are no goodbyes… Zilch!…… Nada!!…. Nothing!!!! he he! Thanks for calling in and for your kind words.
      Regards Florence xx

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    • Hi Tanya. Great to hear from you. The only thing is they don’t last that long 😦 I have some beautiful deep wine coloured, velvet petalled roses but they are already sun scorched. They look interesting though. They look like fabric flowers blasted with the heat gun. Everything is on the turn now isn’t it. Thank you for calling in and for your lovely comments.
      Regards Florence xx

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    • Hi Valerie. Hope all is well. I am so pleased you like Freddie’s bird house. You should see the chicken coup he built!!! It’s a palace and has its own outdoor gymnasium (two doors which they use as a trampoline) and a health spar style dirt bath!!! 🙂 It was featured in last years Casa and Capo for Chickens! 🙂 Always great to hear from you. Thank you for calling in and for your lovely comments.
      Take care,
      Florence xx

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    • Hi Lucy. Hope all is well. Thank you for calling in and for your lovely comments. Lucy, I am still having problems leaving comments on your blog sweetie. Sorry, I do keep up today with what you are up to it just will not let me leave a comment. Have a lovely weekend.
      Regards Florence xx

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  13. Hi Florence, your roses are exquisite, perfectly beautiful, do they have a delicious perfume? Many roses don’t seem to have the beautiful fragrance I remember as a child or perhaps my sense of smell is diminishing LOL! Your cards are as exquisite and delicate as the roses, beautifully stamped and love the Tudor theme, a favourite period of English History for me, I will imagine your beautiful lady is Elizabeth Woodville. Have a great weekend. XX

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    • Morning Paula. I can see where you are coming from with EW. …you never know 🙂 They all seem to be depicted with that slightly bolding look. Obviously the in thing at the time! LOL! Giggling now! Funny I love the tudor theme as well but I am not that knowledgeable I have to say. I used to spend hours drawing these fair maidens when I was a child. Thank you for calling in and for your lovely comments.
      Regards Florence xx

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  14. Oh more wonders of your garden Florence it must be the nicest place on earth I think and such inpiration you get from it for sure. The cards are beautiful with the delicate colours and everything else that fits just right.

    Love Chrissie xx

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    • Morning Chrissie. Unfortunately the garden has now past its best until the Autumn. Everything just starts to burn off now. I always try and make the most of it in April and May. Thank you for calling in and for your lovely comments.
      Regards Florence xx

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