Friday, February 20, 2015

French Lilacs ~ Power Poppy
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., 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:

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

  Happy Stamping!

StampsFrench 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) 


Lori said...

I love the shabby chicness of your card.

Angella D. Crockett said...

Hi, Tosh!!! Your card is absolutely amazing!!! Gorgeous 3d lilacs and I love how you used pointillism around the edges...brilliant! Awesome sunrise pics too....sigh.....

Anonymous said...

As usual, love your card! Oh man, the pictures are totally AWESOME!! WOW!!! God showing us His awesome creation!! Thanks so much for sharing them! Joleen

ChristineCreations said...

Your pictures are just amazing! I bet that was a memorable experience! Gorgeous work on the lilacs, I really love the dimension and the centers are so pretty with the rhinestones!

Kathy Jones said...

Tosh - you are amazing!! You do classy vintage so, so well and I just *love* the way you've added dimension to the flowers and cut the extras! What a way to make this image truly shine!!

Gab said...

Wow, what a stunning card

Stacy Morgan said...

Vintage soft elegance miss Tosh. THe gold accent is fabulous and the lace trim beautiful. The tiny blooms popped up are darling. Fabulous Lilac card girlie.

Leslie Miller said...

Ohhhhh, so romantic and gorgeous in a shabby, vintage kinda way! You cut out and popped up a mere 20 blooms, huh? Uh, WOW! What a fabulous touch! And then with those darling tiny rhinestones and the gloss on the ladybug -- LOVE! The photos are an amazing display of glorious nature. Thanks for sharing all, Tosh!

CherylQuilts said...

Oh, Tosh, your card is absolutely exquisite in every way! I love the photos that inspired, what beautiful skies that God has given us to delight in His glory! I love the shade of lavender you chose and the amazing way you popped only a few (20 is more than a few...hehe!). But what dimension you achieved in the card popping them up and adding the rhinestones! And I love the die and gold edging with your beautifully shabby chic style using the lovely die, lace, ribbon, and beautiful button! Stunning!! Warm hugs!

Pet73 said...

Very, very beautiful!

Rosy Newlun said...

Completely awesome, including your pics of Haleakala. We live on BI. I love how you colored the first image, then toled some petals over it. I also love the gold edging and dots around the image. Beautiful ♥

Becky said...

OMG.. This is just stunning Tosh.

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