Saturday, 11 August 2012

Glad Impulse Buys

I'm often guilty of impulse buying - I find it almost impossible to go into our local Co-op and walk out with just the one item I went in for.  In fact I have on occasion walked out with a bag full of bargains - minus the one item I needed.  Near closing time the other night I just had to "rescue" two bunches of Gladioli at 75p each, even though I knew I didn't have anything suitable to display them in.  They stood in a bucket of water for a couple of days while I wondered what to do.  Then I saw these two rather colourful vases in our bargain basement store for only £1.99 each.  I wouldn't have bought them normally as they're not really my style, but they were perfect for the Gladies - oh dear, another impulse buy!

But I could almost hear the Gladies' sigh of relief when they were arranged in the vases and they opened their flowers almost immediately.  I had to pull off some of the lower blooms but they too soon opened themselves in small glasses on the mantlepiece.

I haven't made any cards recently so I thought I would try to reproduce my Gladies as I remembered I had bought Papertrey Ink's Mega Vase dies last month and one of them matched my new vases - and wasn't there a Gladioli stamp in the Year of Flowers set?  On this occasion I don't think I regret my impulse buys!

Stamps: PTI - Year of Flowers Collection, Background Basics: Tintypes, Distressed Stripes, Mat Stack 3 Collection
Dies: PTI - Mega Gracious Vases collection, Sending You collection


  1. I dont like gladioli but I am sure that I , in your situation should have buy them also........ I am a very sale/soldes/uitverkoop girl!!!!!

  2. I honed in on those two vases before even reading what your post said. They are so bright and colourful. I absolutely love your cards with the way the vase is on the front and the flowers in the aperture . Hugs mrs a.

  3. Lovely cards and well done on rescuing the gladdies.
    At least your bargain provided some creative inspiration. Thanks for your good wishes too.

  4. Very pretty cards! Love the Gladiolas. Mine have not yet put up any flower stems. We think it has something to do with the drought this year. So happy to see you have vases full of them! Happy almost autumn to you!

  5. Ann, the cards idea is lovely! Art mimics life, indeed! I always love more color, so to me the vases are perfect! And the arrangement in the little glasses is so lovely, thank you for the inspiring pics:)
    PS: Maybe we should open a club for the impulse buyers... :)))


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