Tuesday, April 21, 2009

In the City

We went to see State of Play this afternoon; I recommend it. It is fast paced and doesn't disappoint; plus Russell Crowe is a great actor.Then we stopped by Scrappin in the City, a LSS; they've just moved into a lovely Victorian house in a historic area in town. These girls have created a fabulous store. I didn't buy much because I have a PTI order that is supposed to be delivered tomorrow, so I only got a few patterned papers; I was strong and passed on the ribbon. They have some absolutely beautiful ribbon! Anyway,just a quick post; chores are waiting. Here is a card I did a few weeks ago with Guidelines 2 from PTI.
Have good one!
Stamps: Guidelines 2
Cardstock: Oceantides, Lavender Moon,
Bitty Dot Basics (PTI)
Ink: Oceantides, Lavender Moon
Other: Ribbon, milk glass bead

Monday, April 20, 2009

Earth Laughs

"Earth Laughs in Flowers"--Ralph Waldo Emerson

The Smoky Mountains are happy right now, where the spring wildflowers are blooming. Last Friday we hiked Porters Trail, where the trillium, irises, wild geranium, and violets are blooming. I wish my photos could actually do justice to the beauty of the Smokies. The white and pink trillium are in full bloom while the yellow trillium will probably bloom this week.

These are violets that are growing on a fallen tree.

And another look at violets.

This is the large image from the Flourishes new release Sweet Violets. I wanted the card to resemble a botanical from an old book. I stamped the image with Versafine Sepia ink on cream cardstock and colored using Prismas. I colored a small blossom, cut it, and adhered it inside the

I hope the earth is laughing where you are.
Stamps: Sweet Violets (Flourishes)
Ink: Sepia (Versafine)
Cardstock: Cream, Dark Chocolate (Papertrey)
Other: Prisma colored pencils

Thursday, April 16, 2009

Vintage Violets

I love two of the new stamp sets just released last week by Flourishes--Vintage Wallpaper and Sweet Violets. How could I not love the Sweet Violets set? I have violets in my garden, violets in an urn that I can see from my kitchen window, and violets prints in the house.The small pitcher in the photo is one I bought in Ireland a few years ago by Shannonbridge Potteries. I just love that while violets look dainty they can survive the winter here. Although they may look a a little scraggly during the winter, they flourish (no pun intended) in the spring. They come in so many colors now, although I prefer those with purple like the wild violets that spring in the yard. No, those wild violets are not weeds, at least not to me. Violets have such happy little faces!

This card is the first I made using Sweet Violets. I made it for Flourishes Timeless Tuesday Challenge, also a first for me. The challenge is to use piercing which is used around the image and on the bottom. Another first was using the new Score-bug to pierce the straight lines on both sides of the ribbon. Here's another view of the piercing.

I stamped the violets with Sepia and colored with Prismas and stamped the background with Antique Linen. I wanted a muted background just like old faded wallpaper.


Stamps: Sweet Violets and Vintage Wallpaper (Flourishes)

Ink: Sepia (Versafine), Antique Linen (Ranger)

Paper: Lemon Tart (PTI), violet (stash)

Accessories: Prismas, Nestabilities, Fiskars border punch, Score Pal and Score bug
Thanks for stopping by and have a good day!

Wednesday, April 15, 2009

Spring Flowers

I love this time of year; I can check on the progress of perennials and flowering shrubs. Some of our azaleas are blooming while others have only buds. The dogwoods are dressed in their spring finery this week. Thankfully, last week's snow and frigid temperatures didn't seem to cause any damage. Of course, with all this beauty of nature, comes work-- some plants to divide, some to fertilize, some to prune. I'm waiting on a warmer, sunnier day, however. Yesterday and today have been cool gloomy days. Where's the sun? Iguess I'll just have to settle for a bright, cheery card.
This card uses Papertrey products. The stamps are the Life set, one of my favorites. For this card I again created flowers that look like coneflowers. I also used Tags for Spring for the sentiment Spring Flowers. I added a few blossoms beneath the sentiment. I used the oval and scalloped oval Nestabilities as well as Fiskar border punches. I used Spring Moss and Raspberry Fizz paper and ink. I add a brown center to each flower with a brown marker. A cheery card to brighten someone's day.

Monday, April 13, 2009


Welcome and thanks for stopping by my blog.

Well, here I am a member of blogworld. I never would have imagined this, but since I became interested in stamping and papercrafting, I noticed that so many people have blogs to share their creations. So I have decided to join the community. There are so many exceptional papercrafters that I am somewhat intimidated to share my creations. I hope those who stop by enjoy their visit and will return. Also please leave comments and tips on how I may improve in this craft.

I am certainly not the most computer savvy person, so this will be an adventure for me. I've much to learn, but that's good--don't want the brain to turn to mush. I hope the technical side of blogging becomes clearer, and I hope to improve the content of posts.

Now the reason for this blog is to share cards so here is a little info for this one. It is one I made a few weeks ago for Dawn Mcvey's color challenge. It was my first challenge. I used PTI paper, ink, and stamps (Life by Lisa Johnson). I love this set. I love flowers--guess you can tell that from the blog's title. So there will plenty of floral images on my cards.

Again, thanks for stopping by and I hope you will return.