The little things that make me happy here on Bliss Road~~Emily Keaton

Friday, August 6, 2010

Garden Fresh Berries

Well, after a few days of running errands and being exhausted, I finally had some time to make a card this afternoon. And I'm so happy~~I got to watercolor!!! This card was for two challenges at Splitcoast, one of which was today's Free 4 All F4A24--to make a card or project with the main image being from your garden. I chose strawberries! I stamped them with Palette noir black ink on Canson watercolor paper and then watercolored with various dye inks. I love to watercolor!! That is so my little slice of bliss.

The other was yesterday's Ways to Use It challenge WT282, Stick It. I "stuck" my card by sewing on it with my sewing machine AND by using a safety pin. That was a fun challenge! The gingham "DP" is actually a scrap of fabric that I sewed on to my kraft card base.

I managed to fit in a number of other challenges with this card, as well:
  • Limelight Sketch and Product Challenge, LLPC053, to use this sketch and Pop-Up dots. Each of my circle elements is popped up on dimensionals.
  • Delightful Challenges, Distressing. I used my favorite distressing method, taking an emery board to the edges of my card base and the middle rectangular panel.
  • The Play Date Cafe Challenge, PDCC41, to be inspired by the colors in this photo. I interpreted these as red, saffron, and white. You can see my saffron a bit better in the close-up photo below in the flower centers in the DP and the saffron flocking in the centers of my stamped strawberry blossoms.
  • Simon Says Challenge: Sing It, Baby , to be inspired by a song. I was inspired by--what else?--the Beatles' Strawberry Fields Forever. :)
  • Flourishes' inaugural Bringing Back Beautiful challenge BBB01, to color with your favorite medium. I, of course, chose watercoloring!!
  • Paper Sundaes, PSC29, to include stitching--real or faux--on your card.
  • Just for Fun Fridays color challenge JFFCC23, to use these colors
Would you like a close-up of my card so you can see some of the details (like the flocking, stitching, safety pin, distressing) a little bit better? Well, then, here you go--your wish is my command!!!
And now, it's TGIF!! Time for my DH's out-of-this-world homemade pizza and a movie with the kids. Have a super weekend--and, as always, thanks so much for dropping by. It makes my day when you do! :)

SUPPLIES:
Stamps: Flourishes Strawberries
Paper: Canson watercolor paper, PTI kraft CS, Cosmo Cricket Garden Variety DP, generic CS
Ink: Palette noir black, Palette l'amour red
Accessories: CM 1.25" circle punch, CM 1.5" circle punch, SU 1.75" circle punch, CM circle cutting system, emery board for distressing, sewing machine, red gingham fabric, glue dots, saffron flocking powder, dimensionals, narrow red satin ribbon, red safety pin, watercolor paintbrushes
Techniques: watercolor painting, machine sewing, distressing

28 comments:

GLENDA BROOKS said...

You did a really nice job watercoloring! Lovely card. Thanks for playing along in the JFF Color Challenge this week!

Karen said...

Very pretty, thanks for joining us at Delightful Challenges.
xx

acreativeneed said...

This is really lovely Emily! So many sweet touches!
smiles,Deena

Rachel said...

Gorgeous card Emily!! thanks for joining us this week at Delightful Challenges.
hugs,
Rachel :0)

Joanne (jojot) said...

just the sweetest in dp, design, image and coloring...fab

Marisa said...

Cute :D Love the gingham. Reminds me of grandma's jam and goodies - yummm!!

KathyJ (Wattle) said...

This is wonderful!! Love how you used the strawberries and they work fabulously with the gingham!!! Beautiful watercolouring!!

Benzi said...

Oh, I know you are enjoying that watercoloring. You always do a good job with it. Love the gingham fabric stitched on. Just a yummy card. Wish I could have played the SCS challenge today. No time. Wonderful card, Emzi!!!

Mona L. Pendleton said...

Such a sweet card Emily! Great job coloring those lil' strawberies :) So swwt

fi's cards and crafts said...

very pretty..love those strawberries thanks for joinig us at Paper sundaes this week.

Fi
x

Sally Atkins said...

Ooo, I can see I have missed some wonderful creations the last few days! I love this beauty - the gingham scrap of fabric is gorgeous! I love the stitching too x

Anita said...

Yummy card! Thanks for joining us at Delightful Challenges.

alicaz said...

amazing! love the colors and the fabric you used and great job on stitching!
Thanks for joining us at Paper Sundaes this week!

Crafty Math Chick said...

This card looks great Emily! Love your signature use of fabric and playful layout. If you are interested, TSG's challenge this week is watercoloring if you want to link this creation for a chance to win a $5 gift certificate to There She Goes Clear Stamps. Looks great.

~Meredith

Cec said...

What a great card and so summery. I love how you used the fabric. Thanks for joining us at Delightful Challenges.
Hugs!
Cec

Paul said...

Yum, those strawberries look so lifelike and juicy. Love the use of fabric, you don't see it used nearly enough in cards. Px

Starla said...

Love your gingham background with your strawberries!! Glad you could join us this week for the color challenge at JFF!

Mandy said...

Wowzers! You incorporated a LOT of challenges, and you came up with a gorgeous card! Featuring your card on my blog today.... LOVE that gingham fabric!! :)

Rica said...

Gorgeous card Emily, love the check background and fabulous stitching. Your image/s are so sweet and wonderfully coloured.
So glad you could join us at the Simon Says Stamp challenge.
hugs Heather xx

Broni said...

What a scrumptious card, Emily! Love your gingham "tablecloth" background and all the stitching! Just a great card! Thanks so much for playing along with us in the JFF color challenge!

Ruby said...

Very pretty card! Love your stitching and the little safety pin, so cute! Thanks for playing along with us at the PDCC this week :o)

Emily (stampingout on SCS) said...

This is one amazing card, Emily! LOVE it! :)

suzARTe said...

I just love this card Emily, its really beautiful. You have done a fantastic job with the sketch and the colours.

thankyou so much for becoming a follower on my blog, it would be fantastic if you join in my first monthly challenge as well so that you can go into the draw to win a small prize

Suzanne C said...

LOvely card. The details are fantastic. The close up was a great shot to see all the lovely details. Thanks for joining us at the PDCC this week.

Colleen Dietrich said...

This is a fabulous strawberry card, and I can't believe how many challenges you rolled into one! Wow! I like your close-up too, so we can see the safety pin. How 'bout you finding two color challenges that are virtually the same??

snailzpace said...

i'm glad you found time to watercolour; don't you love it? your card is beautiful and you did a great job on the challenges, which is also a challenge.

Savannah O'Gwynn said...

What a fun card--great colors and papers! I love that ribbon/string! Love your take on both challenges:) Thanks for playing along and joining in the fun at the PDDC:}

Anita said...

Emily, your card is beautiful. I love the fabric that you used and your watercoloring looks lovely.