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Sunday, July 4, 2010

Inspiration Just In My Backyard....

So a couple people asked me to post where my inspiration came from on my Hot Cocoa Hydrangea...as I mentioned, it was from my newly planted Rose Garden!!! So here is a quick snapshot of them roses......
So the whole purpose of this post, is to show you that you need not look further than your own backyard for inspiration when creating a card. One of my favorite aspects of my backyard are my Swedish Aspen trees. A few years back, I planted these and have enjoyed watching them quickly grow!!! But the most cherished thing about these trees is, on days when a gentle breeze blows through my yard, the little leaves make such a beautiful rustle, that is so relaxing and soothing!So without any further waiting, I have decided to show you what I made with Bouquet Bunch from the new Summer Mini Catalogue. I used the trunk stamp, and then stacked the leaf bunches three to a tree to create my own Swedish Aspens!
I then colored in the leaves with Pear Pizzaz and outlined them with Old Olive to achieve the depth in color of these beauties!
I also used Crumb Cake, Early Espresso, Whisper White, Soft Suede & Pear Pizzaz in cardstock colors. A little stitching to add some punch, and some scraps of torn paper from the Elements Of Style Butterfly cards from a previous post rounded out this card.
Going with the same theme, I used Bouquet Bunch again to create this 3x5-1/2 card, planting the leaf bunches in pots this time. A simple card to say "I'm Sorry" for any time you need one...I find I need to make these in batches of 10 for my husband to give to me!!! Bwahahahaha!
Colors used here, were Crumb Cake & Marina Mist, Whisper White, Pear Pizzaz & Old Olive. The butterflies were from a retired set called "Branch Out" but were the perfect size for this little card, so I had to use them. Same coloring technique as the first card to create depth. Finished off with a little Hemp Twine and voila!!!

36 comments:

Gabrielle said...

These cards are wonderful!! I love them!

Gabbie
www.scraphappygabbie.blogspot.com

Dany said...

I love the Swedish trees card... it is great, and such a neat idea too.

Julie said...

Loving your blog! I just about choked when I read your caption at the top - "It's all fun and games until someone loses an eyelet!!" Too funny. I have a sign on my scrap tote that says "Mess with me and I punch out your eyelets" Love it :-)

Julie Babcock
www.craftasticpassion.com

Jeanette (Forest Ranger) said...

WOW! What gorgeous cards! And I loved the pictures from your backyard!

Emkay said...

Two great cards, using your wonderful inspiration. Love the stitching on the first and the twine on the second.

Marla Reed said...

These cards are great and I'm not surprised you get so much inspiration from your backyard- it is amazing! I really like both of the cards- the coloring of the leaves is fantastic! TFS!

Marla Reed said...

These cards are awesome- I love the way you colored the leaves! Very nice work! I'm not surprised that you gather inspiration from your backyard- it is amazing! TFS!

Karen said...

Love these cards! You pot shading is awesome! The tall trees are darling!

Sarah Newman said...

Brilliant idea! I love how you coloured in around the leaves to make it bigger! Too cool!

Sarah
www.k8allinkedup.blogspot.com

Heidi Baks said...

Great detail on these cards! And thanks for posting the inspiration pics!! ;)

EmilyB said...

Wow! Just LOVED how you colored the leaves! Shaking my head because I never thought to do something like that. Beautiful! Love the pot shading, too! Just gorgeous!

Amanda said...

Great job with your own aspens on the card! Very neat idea

Elke said...

Wow Bella, your cards are awesome..The swedish tree was very clever!!!
you have a great backyard..along with a great deck!!

Elisa said...

Love all the details on your cards - the coloring, the sewing... I get inspiration from all over, too. Great job on using your backyard.

Kim said...

You have a beautiful garden and some beautiful cards.

Thanks for sharing,
Kim

Holly said...

These came out great.. Love the coloring and your backyard looks beautiful.

lindiloo said...

great ideas!!

Karen said...

How creative. Love the rose and your backyard. going to look at the rest of your posts.

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www.papercreationsbykaren.blogspot.com

Jaime Benavides said...

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Wonderful cards...TFS! ;)

Shannon Willis said...

OH MY. You cards are gorgeous. I found you on Stampin Connection and am following you now. I can't wait to see more. Thanks for sharing.

Be Blessed,

Shannon
www.shannonscropstop.blogspot.com

Shannon said...

Thank you! I just started following.
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Patty (LaLatty) said...

First, I have just had to say what an amazing back yard you have! Your roses and trees are absolutely gorgeous.

Your inspiration card is just perfect, and I really love these new colors. That was a great idea to use the butterfly from the Branch Out stamp set; I didn't realize that they would be the perfect size to add on some of my other cards.

Kim P said...

Love the colors in both of these cards!!

Valerie K said...

Great job on making this stamp set so versatile!! I love the tall trees you made with the leaves stamp!! genius.

Jessica Ying said...

beautiful

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Lois said...

How cool are your cards! And a beautiful rose. Love them both!

=o) kel said...

very very cute!! love the flowers too!!

lovies, =o) kel

Tam said...

TOOO! Adorable, love your cards!

createwithnicki said...

Your colouring is just to die for! Your cards are lovely and makes me even more excited for our new catalogue release in September.

Christel said...

I love both of these, but especially the 3x5-1/2. I love how the pots turned out when you painted them.

Laurie said...

Very pretty cards!!

Kimberly said...

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Nanci said...

Very nice cards! I'm following you from SC. Hope you'll join me too!
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Germaine Ferrao -Lenn said...

love your cards! TFS.. Hugs always! G

Andrea said...

I'm following you from SC, Great cards!!

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Amy Rogers said...

Beautiful card!!! I'm following you...
Amy
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