Sunday, March 20, 2011

Spring Thoughts & Blossoms

Today is the first day of spring and with that I look forward to brighter skies, blooming flowers and the emerging of green leaves.  Spring has always been a sense of renewal for me.  The tiny buds on the trees, delicate flowers as they bloom, the radiant sunrise and sunset all bring me a feeling of hope.

I find when life places such demands on our time I don’t always take time to enjoy the amazing wonders life has to offer.  It is only until tragedy befalls our doorstep do we awaken and realize how swiftly things can be taken away.

I vow to spend more time in my gardens this spring and enjoy summer days sitting in our gazebo or by the pond.  There is something so peaceful about the sound of moving water and watching the fish glide through the pond.  I anxiously await to see my first butterfly of the season and listen to the sounds of the wind chimes blowing in the breeze.

I wish for you a springtime of happiness, good health and hope you will see how magical and beautiful each day can be.

Now our card for today is about spring blossoms.  I bet you would have never guessed this card was created with the Stampscapes Spooky Branch stamp.  I stamped the branches on Whisper White paper in StazOn Timber Brown then used the blossoms stamp from Stampin’ Up’s Artfully Asian set also stamped in Stazon Timber Brown.

I colored the leaves with a Mellow Moss Marker then went over them and the blossoms with a VersaMark pen and heat embossed it using clear embossing powder and a heat gun. 

I punched a 1 3/8” circle from a post-it note and used it as a mask for the moon.

Rather than sponge the background I decided to use a stipple brush for a different effect.  The colors I used were Distressed Antique Linen, Crumb Cake and Close to Cocoa.

I cut a Spellbinders Label Three from Whisper White paper and stamped the sentiment in Chocolate Chip and embossed it with clear embossing powder and a heat gun then stippled it with the same colors as above.  I cut another Labels Three from Blushing Bride paper which was sponged with Chocolate Chip.

I found this pretty ¼” ivory and gold organdy ribbon in my stash and created a triple loop bow with my bow-easy.  Kaiser Pearls in Chocolate finish off the card.

I would just love to see what you create with your tree stamps.  Please feel free to email me with a link to your artwork.

Card Recipe:
Stamps:  Stampscapes Spooky Branch, Artfully Asian, Elements of Style
Paper:  Coco, Close to Cocoa, Blushing Bride, Whisper White                              
Ink: Branches - StazOn Timber Brown; Leaves - Mellow Moss Marker then VersaMark Pen with Clear EP; Blossoms - VersaMark Pen with Clear EP; Background - Stipple Brush with Distressed Antique Linen, Crumb Cake, Close to Cocoa; Sentiment - Chocolate Chip with Clear EP then stippled with the same colors                                   
Accessories:  1/4” Ivory/Gold Organdy Ribbon, Kaiser Pearls in Chocolate, Labels Three, 1 3/8” Circle Punch for moon, Bow Easy
Techniques:  Embossing, Sponging
Card Size:  4 ½” x 6 ¼”


KarinsArtScrap said...

donna this is gorgeous, love the branch and the colors.

greetings karin

Morgan said...

Very pretty, love the branch too!

Connie B. said...

I plan to take more time to enjoy Spring, too this year. My first year of retirement. Your card is quite lovely. The ribbon is a nice touch.

Anne Marie Hile said...

Donna, such an incredibly creative way to use that spooky tree for a gorgeous spring card. Wow! What a wonderful post you shared, too. It is so very important to take time to enjoy day. Very well said. :)

Jennipher said...

Donna your blog is truly beautiful. Just love the overall design and feel of it. And your card is a total wow! Thanks for stopping by my blog and leaving kind words. Hope to visit you more often.

Pam~ said...

Great card to showcase for our first day of spring! Your gorgeous bow tops this beauty off perfectly!

Gisèle said...

Very beautiful work! I'm amazed at the different scenes that you can create with the Spooky branch stamp - this one and the Savannah Sunrise. Best wishes to you as you enjoy the spring and I look forward to your next creations.

Rhonda Langley said...

Lovely colors! Love the "moon"! Doesn't look spooky at all LOL!

Sherry Kushibab said...

It was a wonderful spring day - blessed to have been able to be outside part of it. What a lovely card, I really like the effect of the stipple versus sponging - good call.

Francie G. said...

Beautiful elegance, Donna! Your tree is amazing! Love the stippled background! You are so right, we all need to slow down and take advantage of the beauty around! TFS!

The Mama Monkey said...

Gorgeous! Thanks for the inspiration to make the sun in the background! I have done this for a night scene...around Halloween, but never for a less-dark occasion! I love it! And I just got a new cherry blossom stamp that needs to see some ink!

Becky said...

This is gorgeous Donna, so quite.

gale said...

What a beautiful card. I love how you do the backgrounds w/ the moon. Very cool.

Jodi said...

Donna, I would love to come set with you by the pond and watch your fish and butterflys, doesn't it sound so peaceful, I enjoy my hummingbirds the most in the summer. I really love this time of year.
Your card is very nice, I love the way the branches frame the top of the card...very nice as usual. PRETTY!
Thanks for sharing.

Cindy said...

Donna, This is just beautiful!!! I don't think that is a spooky tree stamp!! I love to make cards with trees!! I need to make more now!!! Thanks for visiting my blog again!!!

Polished Moxie said...

What a great card. I too am looking forward to spring. My bulb flowers are starting to peek up from the ground and I heard peepers over the weekend.

Cheryl said...

Gorgeous card! I love this elegant scene

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