Monday, February 24, 2014

Pot of Spring Flowers

Hi everyone.  Wishing you a lovely day!! ... just like the card :)  This is for the LOVEFEST2014 challenges at SCS - challenge E - inspiration photos and hosted by The Cat's Pajamas.

The pictures are a series of garden scene with sweet little bird houses.  I focused on the garden itself, stamping this pot of spring tulips.  This card is Clean ... but not Simple.  It took me several tries to get the pot just as I wanted it.  But I'm happy with it now.  I do love the Pocket Silhouette stamp set and have used it a lot over the years ... I never get tired of it.  I'm enjoying making spring cards, even though spring is a while off yet.

Here's how I stamped the pot of flowers ...  I stamped the pot and then masked around the outside, sponging more ink to give the pot dimension.  I removed the outer mask and then masked the pot itself.  I stamped the three sprigs of blooms, inking them with my markers - green for the stems, pink for the blooms, and thumping a darker pink on the edges before stamping - this gives the two-tone blooms.  I removed the mask on the pot.  I inked my leaf sprig stamp and stamped twice before re-inking and repeating until I filled in the pot (second generation stamping).  I added a little green sponging above the rim of the pot to fill in any blank spaces.


We've had basically no snow this winter ... until now.  I was so excited when last Friday, the weatherman predicted the possibility of a little bit of snow overnight - yay!  It was an understatement as it has been snowing for the better part of three days.  We have about 8" of snow and it's so gorgeous - pure, white and so pretty on the trees - LOVE IT!.  I'll include a few pics.

This is our backyard ... the large tree is a vine maple that is starting to sag on the left side from all the weight of the snow.  Will try to get out there today and see if I can knock some snow off so the branches don't break.

and here's the front yard ... the red maple tree is gorgeous (yes, we Canadians love our maple trees!). :)  You can tell in the pictures that we still have what I call "snow sky" ... looks like we're in for another day of snow - yay! :)

Stamps:  Pocket Silhouettes (SU!); Pot (Rubber-Art Stamps); Cause A Scene - Master #1 - Kittie Kits (Rubbernecker Stamps); Be Happy Sentiments (Amy R)
Paper:  white (neenah)
Ink:  Sahara Sand, Pear Pizzazz, Regal Rose, Rose Red, Crumb Cake (SU!)
Accessories & Tools:  sponges, post-it note for masking, stamp-a-ma-jig



Stamps and Paper said...

Such a Lovely birthday card Loll like your gorgeous pot if your snowy photos all you want is a little bit of glitter and you have two lovely Christmas cards..


Canonbury creations said...

Love your pot of flowers Loll, so pretty! Your snowy photos are great but you can keep it:) We haven't had anything resembling winter at all this year, just lots of rain but the temp hasn't dropped below freezing at all. I hope this doesn't mean we'll get a rubbish summer but with the weather so warm for the time of year everything is flowering:)
Val x

Lee-Anne said...

Love that image...all the masking really paid off Loll! You are on a this! Wow...that's a whole lot of snow for you folks at one is pretty...but.... If it makes you feel any better it was minus 50 with the wind chill earlier this we are a balmy minus 33 :)

Anita in France said...

Sooo pretty, Loll ... definitely worth the time! Fabulous photo's of all that wonderful snow ... looks gorgeous! Anita :)

Cathy said...

Such a pretty card Loll, love the 2 tone flowers. Fabulous snow pics too, Cathy x

Anonymous said...

Thanks for taking some of our snow! Another beautiful card and I love the colors. Details are just perfect!

Benzi said...

That is the sweetest pot of flowers, Loll, and the variations in the flower colors is so pretty. Wonderful second generation stamping, too.
Your snow photos are absolutely beautiful, too. I get to see that where I live, occasionally.

Becky said...

What a beautiful pot of flowers..Gorgeous CAS card.

shirley-bee said...

You're an expert at this sort of card, Loll - it's beautiful! Love the snow pics too!

Barb Ghig said...

I can really see that you went through a lot of changes to create this was really worth it! I love the soft colors and your two toned stamping on the pretty!
Thanks for sharing these pics with us...hopefully, you'll be able to save the branches on your pine maple...I'm sure it brings you a lot of nice shade during the summer.

MaryH said...

Thanks for explaining the 'how-to' of this lovely card. I like the dimension on the pot and your overstamping the trailing vines added so much more interest. Along with the shading on the flowers. I forget about 'thumping' to shade. TFS the snow pics too. They are breathtaking, but you can keep the snow up your way....I'd rather see it in pictures, than have to deal with it IRL! :-) We had a beautiful sunshine-y warm day, but think we will get a little of the artic blast that I'm reading about. TFS & Hugs

Karren said...

Beautiful card, Loll, and beautiful snow pics. I didn't recognise Pocket Silhouettes as the stamp set, so you've done a great job using this set in a new way.

Unknown said...

Another lovely card Loll. You've achieved such dimension with the pot......gorgeous.

Karen x

Bonnie said...

Pocket Silhouettes is one of my all time favorite sets too! I don't have a pot to put them in though. Thanks for all the information on how you did this! It turned out beautifully! And how about all that beautiful snow! Be careful if you go out!

Deepti said...

Spring cards make me smile although the photos u shared is a complete opposite :)