Inspired by Nature

Inspired by Nature

It was so exciting to be in the Stamping 411 Showcase last week.  I had a really hard work week since I was on call and had calls in the middle of the night three nights in a row, so it was such a pleasant surprise.   I had hoped to get some time to stamp this weekend, but time flew by with little time indoors.  It has been not only hot in Florida, but also smoky in North Florida and South Georgia from forest fires.    Today was a beautiful day with little smoke so I had to take the time to work in the yard.  I have had a knee problem since the end of May, and had a cortisone shot last week that seems to be working (boy do they hurt).  I am taking some much-needed time off later in the week, so I know I will have some time to stamp and hopefully participate in at least one challenge.  I am also planning on cleaning out my clothes closet and linen closet.  I am hoping someone will come help me with the hard decisions of parting with clothes that do not fit.

Now on to the card, I made this card a week or so ago for my in-laws fifty-third wedding anniversary.  My mother-in-law really liked it, and it used one of my favorite sets Inspired by Nature.  Nothing fancy, but I love the Top Note Die and SU DSP Beyond the Garden.

Keep your fingers crossed that the cortisone shot holds in my knee, even though I will have more time to stamp.

The Paper Players Color Challenge #51

Today I decided to enter the Paper Players Color Challenge #51, http://www.thepaperplayers.blogspot.com/  using the colors Wild Wasabi, Melon Mambo and Daffodil Delight.  This is the first time I have entered this challenge.  When I saw these colors SU DSP Beyond the Garden jumped out at me.  I made the card focusing on the DSP, and the embossing folder Flower Garden.  I embossed the featured flowers with the EF, but loosely colored the flowers on the reverse side.  I try this technique on Sunday using different colors and I liked the results.  After I inked over the image with SU markers, I cut out the embossed flowers so they would stand out better.  I must confess that the flower stems are inked with an Old Olive marker. I thought I had some Wild Wasabi ink but all I could find was paper, I think I had a marker that some small hands have probably dropped behind the desk.  The last time I was missing a marker I could definitely identify, I asked if anyone had seen it, and one of my kids told me it fell behind the desk.   As a final note I used the Postage Stamp Punch and Pretty Postage Stamp to make this a birthday card for a friend of mine.   I hope you enjoy.

While I have been busy making cards my husband has been busy reading and blogging as well.  He actually got me started with my blog last fall, yet he stopped posting.  Today he posted about a book he is reading.  I must say this is a perfect example of opposites attracting.  After reading this I feel so inconsequential, oh well after working all day-the intellectual part of my brain shuts down, and silently I play with paper.  Here is a link to his blog if you feel intellectual.  http://sardonicsunlimited.wordpress.com/2011/06/14/book-review-common-as-air-by-lewis-hyde/

Flower Garden

Close up Flower Garden