Tuesday, June 16, 2009

Birthday Thanks

I recently lunched with some former co-workers who just got out of school for summer vacation.
We were at the restaurant for over four hours! We had some major catching up to do. I had recently celebrated (I'm not sure celebrate is the correct term when turning 55) my birthday, and although I gave strict instructions-no gifts, they ignored me. What a sweet group of friends. So these are a couple of the thank you cards I made for them. I like the floral images combined with the gingham paper--so summery!
Thanks for stopping by and have a good day,
Stamps: Cottage Flowers, Delphinium and Peony (Lockhart Stamps), Sweet Violets -sentiment (Flourishes), Mixed Messages (PTI)
Ink: Tuxedo Black (Memento), Raspberry Fizz, New Leaf (PTI)
Paper: Ripe Avocado, Hibiscus (PTI), gingham -Hobby Lobby
Other: Prismacocolor pencils, Nestabilities,Hibiscus twill ribbon (PTI), gingham ribbon (stash)

Monday, June 15, 2009


China, linen, crystal. I love them and love tablescapes. What a quick way to redecorate, to set a mood, to welcome a season. Because the inspiration photo for Raspberry Suite Color Challenge # 9 included china and crystal, I envisioned two different tablescapes and then created cards to correspond to those tablescapes. First, a bold modern country flavor- a heavy pine farm table, plain cream china, rough linen napkins, green crystal, black pails filled with large flowers, perhaps mums. Are you seeing it? So, the first card has strong graphic elements. The vibrant green combined with black and cream lends itself to a simple design. This is the card I created one with stong graphic elements. This could be pop art or a modern quilt design. The image from PTI's Beautiful Blooms stamped on a Cuttlebug die cut represents those mums placed on the table. I pierced the the squares and the placed the stamped images on pop dots. A sentiment with no embellishments and the card is complete. I like the CAS look with this color combination.

The second tablescape corresponds more closely to the inspiration photo. An elegant country table--a dark, heavy plank trestle table, heavy cream baroque china (similar to that in the photo), heavy crystal , antique silver containers filled with ferns, lots of cream candles in silver holders, black linens, and then a touch of the unexpected--a bright green brocade table runner.Oh, I want to dine at that table.

The use of Nestabilities Labels 4 corresponds to that elegant feel of the second table. The fern image and the ribbon are obvious.

I hope you'll soon be dining at a lovely table.

Thanks for stopping by,

Modern Country
Stamps: Beautiful Blooms , Tags for Spring -sentiment (PTI)
Ink: New Leaf (PTI), Tuxedo Black (Memento)
Cardstock: Vintage Cream, New Leaf, True Black (PTI)
Other: Cuttlebug Die, paper piercing

Elegant Country
Stamps: Wildflowers (Clear Art Stamps), Background Basics Text Style, Mixed Messages (PTI)
Ink:New Leaf (PTI)
Cardstock:Vintage Cream, New Leaf, True Black (PTI)
Other: Nestablities Labels 4, ribbon (American Crafts)