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!


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


The first panel…


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


…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…



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  1. i was going to work in the garden today too, but instead im visiting blogs. besides it is HOT out today! always nice to see your new creations.

  2. Hi Julie... oooh, I love that pretty journal! It has all of the things I love in it... I so wish I knew how to make those things... wishing you a beautiful day... xoxo Julie Marie PS I remember how I loved the fog rolling in when I visited Morrow Bay California... are you near there?

  3. So so lovely my alway inspire..and I did dig in my garden. xoxoxo Hugs for a great weekend. xoxo

  4. So beautiful. Too hot here for gardening so some gorgeous projects like these may be just the thing!

  5. Julie,

    How did you get so good at these sweet little things? I always enjoy seeing your delightful creations. My garden is woefully overgrown but this weekend is supposed to be nice and cool so I'll try to get it cleaned up.

    Thanks for buzzin' by! I always enjoy seeing you've stopped by.

  6. Julie, your cards are so beautifully sweet! I just love them! I especially love the second one with those fabulous glittered flowers. You amaze me with the way you are always coming up with new ideas! You are a true artist and talent!! I know what you mean about gardens taking off while you are on holidays. After three weeks in Canada we came back to a jungle!! It's lovely though. All too soon the leaves will be changing and things will be dying out. Lots of love to you on this lovely August day, and loads of huggles too!! XXOO

  7. wonderful cards! I almost always would chose creating over gardening! Though I like to be outside and I like the garden, I just really prefer to create!
    have a great weekend

  8. Beautiful garden cards, Julie! We've been enjoying the bounty of our friends' gardens this year, as we're still working on our front porch project. Next year we hope to put in a square foot garden. Yum!

  9. Julie, I love your pretty cards. I believe, its wonderfull to live in California. I've visit L.A. and San Fransisco 2 times and I was so exited. You are lucky you live there.
    I live in Athens, Greece.
    With my love

  10. Well, you've hit two of my very favorites with this one, birds and blooms!! Just gorgeously lovely, as always! Thanks so much for sharing! Suddenly, I have a hankering to get some DIRT under my fingernails in the garden!!

  11. Loved every single one of these!


  12. I love your shadowbox and your card!
    My weeds were getting out of control, too and the kids helped me for an entire day and now they're undercontrol. It is such a dreaded job!
    Love Graphic 45!

  13. Julie, I will be happy if you want to give you my hospitality, whenever you want to visit Greece.
    Have a good day

  14. Wow your work is just gorgeous !!! I adore the three panelled piece its one of the most beautiful things i have seen.
    I have a new challenge at my Dezinaworld blog if you fancy a go but if not, just keep on making beautiful art
    Hugs June xxxxx

  15. Hi Julie!!!!
    Girl, the garden can WAIT!
    Crafting is a PRIORITY :)
    And besides, your garden cards are much more cleaner, cooler and prettier to look at :)))
    Just don't look out your window and you won't see what all is waiting for you~
    Problem solved.
    Just call me when you have another delima like that, although I think you made the right choice on your own! haha
    Glad to have you back girl!!!!!
    Missed you :)

  16. I just found your blog...wonderful work you do...will visit more often........
    Cynthia Schelzig...a.k.a. Cynnie

  17. Absolutely beautiful Julie! It's so hard to drag yourself from the craft table isn't it!

  18. I love a beautiful garden, but given the choice, I would rather have glue & glitter on my hands! :)
    Wonderful creations, Julie! I love every gorgeous little detail!!!
    Happy weekend to you & yours,

  19. I am ALWAYS inspired and awed when I visit!! So pretty!

  20. Lovely and charming cards as always. I too have neglected my weedy flowers this year. Too hot and humid.
    Blessings and hugs~

  21. These are so beautiful! Have a wonderful and creative week:)

    Hugs Hanne

  22. Great garden cards and I don't blame you for choosing the ink over the dirt!

  23. Oh gosh, your creations are just sooo beautiful! xo Paulette ;)