Hello my creative friends!! I am super excited to share the new French Lilac digital image by Power Poppy!! Did you see what the Instant Gardners did with this digital image earlier this week? If not, click HERE for the links to all their blogs. Shoot, even if you did already, they are worth another look. :)
I have fond memories of Lilacs. We lived in a small town in Illinois (pop. 1200) and would walk to school each day. On the way I would pass this HUGE Lilac bush. It was so tempting to break off a branch and carry it the rest of the way...but I didn't want to steal. *sigh* But I stopped every day to take a gigantic whiff.
For my card today, I printed the French Lilac image twice onto X-Press It Blending Cardstock and colored one of the image entirely with Copics. I only colored a few (about 20) of the petals a second time, cut them each out and adhered them to the first image giving the image even more depth. I also add some super tiny pink rhinestones to their centers and some Glossy Accents to the ladybug.
eta: I forgot to mention that I edged the matting frame with a Gold Leafing Krylon Pen, and spritzed the entire image with Gold Sheer Shimmer Spritz (Imagine Crafts)
Here's a close-up angled photo so you can see the depth of the petals better.
Also, since it's Friday, we'd like to invite you to participate in our Power and Spark Challenge issued earlier this month by our very own super talented and sweet, Julie Koerber! For all the details, click on the image.
Here are three sunrise photos that I used for inspiration for this card. I was blessed to be able to spend my 25th wedding anniversary in Maui this year, and we biked down the Haleakala mountain. Before you can bike down though, they drive you up to the top (about 10,000 feet) leaving around 2:00 am. Once you get there, you wait for the sunrise. It's incredibly cold, but oh, so worth it. You are above the clouds, so you're waiting for the sun to rise above them, and it's quite a show. My pictures do not do it justice. The first picture is the one I used for my inspiration.
Here, the sun is just starting to rise above the clouds.
There are audible ooohs and ahhhhs as the sun finally peeks above the clouds. It is incredible irl. And then the steam starts moving toward you at quite a speed. This is the second time we've done this in our lifetime, and I would do it again, and again. There's nothing like it.
Now, if you haven't already, you will want to check out what the rest of the Bloom Brigade has to share. Here are the links to their blogs:
- Allison Cope
- Christine Okken
- Cindy Lawrence
- Dawn Burnworth
- Julie Koerber
- Kathy Jones
- Katie Sims
- Leslie Miller
- Stacy Morgan
- Tosha Leyendekker ---You are here!
Copics: Blooms: BV13, BV00, RV11 Leaves: YG95, YG93, YG03, YG21 Stem: E27, E15 Ladybug: R39, R29, R02 Background: Y28, Y26, Y23, Y21
That's it for me everyone! I hope you've been inspired to join us in our Power and Spark Challenge!
Stamps: French Lilac (Power Poppy)
Paper: X-Press It, White (PTI), Vintage Spring Basics (Maja Design)
Ink: Antique Linen (Ranger Distress)
Dies: Petite and Elegant Ovals (Spellbinders)
Accessories: Copics, Gold Leafing Pen (Krylon), Dew Drops (The Robins Nest), Ribbon, Button (Haberdashery), Rhinestones (Pizzazz Aplenty), Gold Sheer Shimmer Spritz (Imagine Crafts), Glossy Accents, Lace, Sewing Machine, Distrezz-it-All (Zutter)