Thursday, August 5, 2010

A Summer Garden

Good morning, my friends!

A beautiful day here near the coast…a bit foggy, but we’re used to that here in the summer…

I’ve been looking out my window at my roses that need pruning and dead-heading…my fruit that needs picking…my flowers surrounded by weeds…Too many summer vacations can really make your garden OVERgrow!

Well, instead of getting my hands dirty and  going out to do something about it, I did what any addicted to cardmaking woman would do…make some garden cards!

Here’s what I have for you today…first:

Garden Girl

This is to remind me of what I SHOULD be doing today…!  I love this beautiful collage image and designer paper from Graphic 45—so very vintage!

Lace, ribbon, and vintage buttons, as usual…a layered flower made with different-sized circle scallop punches.  I just cut between each scallop to make the flower—so easy!  Lots of platinum Stickles, a touch or two of Dazzling Diamonds, and we’re all done!

Next, another one of my favorite playthings…Vicki Chrisman’s 3D Shadowbox die, available precut from Crafty Secrets—LOVE these!

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Here’s a few close-ups…all the images are from Crafty Secrets’ “Birds and Blossoms” Images & Journal Notes booklet and “Calendar” Creative Scraps…

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The first panel…

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…and the center…love that gorgeous vintage birdie!  And what about those sumptuously glittered Prima flowers?!  And the leafy trim—yummy!

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…last panel…big, fat, cabbagey roses…just the way I love them!

Lots of lace, of course…gingham ribbon and crystal rhinestones…some of my very favorite things.  I also altered the color of the central panel with Ranger’s Crackle paint.  Lots of platinum Stickles, too, of course!   I gave the whole thing a good, healthy spritz with “Iridescent Gold” Glimmer Mist….love it!

Well, that’s it for me today…got some more projects covering my kitchen table, so I’d better get busy! 

Well, whether you decide to dirty your hands today with garden dirt or ink…just make something beautiful today!

See you soon with something new…

 

Julie

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