Tuesday, September 13, 2011

Botanical Birthday

Today is the birthday of a good friend of mine.  She loves nature, and decorates her home in an earthy palette, with simple, elegant pieces.  I always feel peaceful in her presence. 

I made this card for her, using several beloved sets from Stampin' Up! - Nature's Pace, En Francais, and Botanicals (new to me, from eBay).  The sentiment is from Mark's Finest Papers Just Dandy


I used a page from my old Miss Manners book, too, as a background paper (which you can hardly see - doh!).  The lace - love it! - is from Mark's Finest Papers, and the velvet ribbon I think might be old SU stuff. 


Challenges entered:
Thanks for popping by today! 

Colleen

Stamps:  Nature's Pace, En Francais, Botanicals - SU; Just Dandy - Mark's Finest Papers
Paper:  Always Artichoke, Crumb Cake, Whisper White - SU; Miss Manners  book page
Ink:  Walnut Stain, Antique Linen, Frayed Burlap Distress inks - Ranger; True Thyme, Crumb Cake, Mellow Moss - SU; Versafine Onyx Black - Tsukineko
Other:  lace - MFP; pearls; velvet ribbon - ?; dimensionals

27 comments:

Julie Koerber said...

Colleen, this is sooo very pretty! Love the soft colors and the feminine feel -- just fabulous!

LeAnne said...

Gorgeous, Colleen...right up my alley!

NanaConnie said...

Colleen, This is worth framing and hanging on the wall! It's a gift, not just a card. :-)

Emily Keaton said...

This is so ELEGANT, Colleen! Great minds think alike--I just posted a card for the Flourishes Colors of Fall challenge, too, and we're neighbors in the gallery. How fun is that? At least we're neighbors *somewhere*!! Just wish you were my reality "cup of sugar" neighbor, and not just a virtual one. Sigh. Anyway, I love the peaceful collage feel of this card--great earth tones you used here along with some fabulous embellishments. Your friend will love it!!

Tenia Nelson said...

Gorgeous!!

Joanne Travis said...

Hi Colleen!
Love this card, it is so soft, serene, and beautiful.

NanaConnie said...

And now a second comment on this gorgeous card from the Tuesday Throwdown DT -- It's still gorgeous enough to frame and hang on the wall! Love the one big pearl.
NanaConnie TT DT

Bumblebee said...

Amazing, this is just a glorious card!

Savannah O'Gwynn said...

This is sooooo gorgeous! I love your stamping--and I LOVE how vintage this turned out! OHHH that velvet ribbon is LUSH! LOVE your design--this is FABULOUS! LOVE everything:) LOVE YOU!

Benzi said...

I love botanicals and you've created a beauty for your friend. Maybe she will frame it...she should.

redwasher1 said...

Colleen, this is so beautiful and elegant!!!

Stacy aka Twinshappy on SCS said...

Very soothing and pretty birthday card. I am sure your friend will love it. Thanks for playing in Flourishes Fall Fashion Challenge.

~Tammy~ said...

The first thing that comes to mind is this is so soft and comforting~ I love when you create with botanicals I just ohhh and awww! :-)

Linda R. said...

This is so beautiful.. The colors are wonderful.. Yep, I love it!!

Linda Callahan said...

Soft and gorgeous!

Marisa said...

Love the lovely neutrals you chose for this card. Great details and use of the images. Wonderfully done :)

dpkennedy said...

These lovely neutrals are so soothing and elegant! Beautiful card! Thanks for playing the Flourishes color challenge!

Bonnie said...

She's going to love this card! Isn't it fun to match a card to a person's personality?

Stella said...

It's always lovely to open a post from you in my dashboard. The first thing I am stumbling upon is that amazing picutre of a hydrangea. Love that! :)

oops off track; sorry. On to your card. ( in fact jewel..)

You made a combo in colors of fall and the result is a card with a soft, almost calming and serene look. I love that. Subtle but very elegant. Gorgeous design and a perfect mix and mtach of stamps, papers and embellishments!
XX

Ann Schach said...

Gorgeous, Colleen! I love the vintage look!

Stacey G.- 2 Craf-t-4u said...

Love the softness and the elegance of this Colleen! The lace is quite pretty too!

Tracey said...

GORGEOUS!!! SO soft and pretty Col....LOVE it!!!!

Andrea Ewen said...

Love the vintage feel, the distressing, the sponging and the beautiful stamping! I'm sure that your friend will adore this card!

lynn said...

so soft and pretty, colleen! she'll love it:)

Krunoslav said...

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E.T. said...

this is stunning, so elegant.

Deedee Anderson said...

Beautiful card! Love the soft, vintage feel of it. Thanks for sharing at Tuesday Throwdown! :-)

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