flower card and etsy treasury

yay, it's friday again!  it seems that monday-thursday gets so busy and i don't have time to blog or do much of anything besides homework.  the good news is that i'll be done with the semester on may 17 so that could free up some time.  the bad news is that i need to find a job and that will likely usurp (yes, i said usurp!) a whole lot of my time...we'll have to see but i'll do my best to keep up with writing here.

i'm popping in today to post about a quick card i made this week using products from Cosmo Cricket's Upcycle collection.  i have been itching to make some cards using a layering technique and while this is not exactly what i envisioned, i think it turned out to be a cute way to get sidetracked!

to make the flower i used the Borders paper which is already divided into different strips.  i trimmed them and made v-cuts on each end.  i did the same thing to some strawberry-colored lace (Wright's) and layered them together.  i topped it all off with some messy gray thread and a book paper flower that i made.
the book paper flower was super-easy--i stacked 9 scalloped circle punches (i think they were 1.25") on top of each other and held them together by pinning a brad through the center of the pile.  then, one by one, i just crumpled each layer around the brad until the last layer which i left flat.  i made a bunch at one time so i had some on hand for future projects. I got the idea from reading this post on Dawn McVey's blog a couple of years ago.  you can go here to see a tutorial by Wendy Smedley.
the pink frame is another strip from the Borders paper and the pink, cream, and yellow circle tag is Elements paper.  the border sticker is from the same collection.  the "happy birthday" stamp is from Papertrey Ink.

i also wanted to share with you a gorgeous Treasury on Etsy, curated by Heather Elizabeth.  it's called "Aqua" and is filled with 16 beautiful aqua lovelies from different Etsy shops.  She featured my French-Inspired Paris tags in the collection so i was especially pleased to be in such good company.  eveything in the treasury was really beautiful--please go and look for yourself.   
heather's shop, Rosebud's Emporium, features some stunning jewelry pieces.  i especially like these butterfly earrings:
that's all i've got for today.  please, please, PLEASE check back on sunday as i will be having a giveaway right here at thurston post!  you won't want to miss it!