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Monday, June 15, 2009

I Love My Garden Guest DT Entry

Good afternoon! This is another card that I made for the Hanna Stamps Guest Designer Call (you can find all details here). I think this is a card that I will be keeping to hang in my crafting space. I love red and yellow, especially together and I love all the flowers in this card. I have been hoarding this paper from K&Co. for some time and decided to use it for this project. The paper helped me pick the colors for the rest of the project. I started with the I Love My Garden Hanna set and stamped the Hanna image and the flower pot and colored them with Copic markers.  Both were then cut out. Then I colored in my sky and grass, also with Copic markers and then stamped the lattice thingy with white ink and embossed it with white powder. I also stamped it onto a spare piece of paper so that I could use the flowers, which were also colored and cut out. After all the sky and grass were colored, I added all the pieces and the field of flowers. Stamp is from Hanna Stamps, paper is K& Co, card stock is DCWV, buttons are Making Memories and thread is DMC.

About the flowers: I have been trying to teach myself some quilling basics. So far, these fringed flowers are my favorite thing. I love the way they look and I think I have mastered the technique. This is the first time that I have tried making them with more than one color and I think the are he perfect complement to go with this stamp set and the paper. They aren't terrible difficult to make, but they are a little time consuming. You have to take the strip of paper and make all these little cuts into it before rolling it. If your aren't careful, it is easy to cut straight through the strip or to rip it when it is being rolled. I won't admit to how many were ripped before I came up with these seven flowers! Someone left my a comment on the other flowers I made and asked if I was fringing them by hand or using a machine. There's a machine that does this? 

I am thinking of getting an air brush system. Does anyone have one to go with their Copics? Any hints or information that would help me make a decision? I can't believe I am even asking that. I remember when Angela got her Prisma markers, I said, "Oh. I would never pay that much for markers". Then she let me try them. The first thing I colored was Riley with the little chicks. I was in love with both before I was half way done with the image. Then I got the Prisma markers too, because they were cheaper. Then I needed some skin colors and that led to getting Copics. Now I am looking at air brush systems! 

27 comments:

peggysue said...

I can so see hem selecting you for the design team, this card is gorgeous. I would display it too, it is such a happy card.

DaDoodleDiva said...

What a gorgeous card! Makes you feel like you are actually in the garden and I can see why you would want to keep this one in your craftroom. Good choice.

Becky said...

This is just gorgeous, and I love those flowers.

sarahw said...

This is just beautiful! I love how happy it is. :)

Susan (peebsmama) said...

I think you have a pretty good shot at the Hanna DT. They seem to prefer designers who can put their images in "scenes". And this garden scene is very pretty. I'm impressed by your quilled flowers. I tried quilling once. Just once! Too tiny for me to be able to do well.

Sara said...

Oh my goodnes, this is gorgeous!! I certainly hope you make the DT, it would be well deserved! You are amazing!

Grace said...

Oh another great one! I do hope you get the dt! You so deserve it! Your cards are fabulous!

Vicki said...

Great card and such detail! You did an awesome job with the coloring and the quilled flowers. Good luck w/DT and blessings to you!

Crafty Creations said...

Wow! I love when I click on a blog and the creation I see gives me a loud "awwwww". That's exactly what your card did to me tonight. It is gorgeous and I love all the details especially your quilled flowers. Beautiful!!!!!!

Susan Raihala said...

WOW! What an amazingly detailed and balanced card! Your coloring is divine, and the flowers are too too cute. Good luck with the DT!

Michelle said...

gina..every single thing about ths card is fantastic! amazing work from you! TFS!

laos348 said...

This card is gorgeous! I really like the coloring - you did a great job on that. If you get an airbrush system, let me know what you get - I've been thinking about it lately too. I really like the trellis with the flowers and all your flowers look great!

Melzie said...

fun!

specialcraftmom4 said...

This card really pops! Love the colors you used (:

Ann said...

This card made me smile as soon as I saw it! Awesome work!

linda said...

Great card for the upcoming summer!

Michelle Forrest aka transprntbutterfly said...

This is absolutely gorgeous!

One Creative Life said...

Your DT cards have been great Gina. Good Luck!

Leigh Ann Baird said...

You are awesome! This card rocks!

I'm going to try the Copic airbrush when my LSS gets the cans in and has a class--sometime this summer I'm told. I'll let you know in case you want to drive to Knoxville and take the class with me.

Diane (djuseless) said...

You did an amazing job on creating the background! Your coloring is outstanding too!

Keri Brown said...

What an amazing card hun.. I love this set and it's one of my faves. I love the look of the white trellis with your flowers and the buttons are an awesome embellishemnt... Good luck!!!

Keri
http://gotstamps.blogspot.com

Karen from PA said...

I LOVE this card. It is so bright and cheerful.

Scrubbysue said...

This is a great card gina!

Cr8ive ME said...

what a great card. Good luck!

M.E. aka CMCMaryD@SCS

Katy said...

Very pretty! I love the DP you used!

Cindy said...

What a wonderful card!! It is so vibrant looking! I love the buttons and the dp!!

Paula said...

The flowers make this card! I love it! Great work!