Monday, December 26, 2011

Inspired by a Poppy

Merry Christmas, everyone!  Did you all enjoy your holiday?  Did you get any crafting goodies under the tree?   I bought crafting supplies before Christmas, with gift money I received early.  That makes me happy.  But my favorite gift of all was getting my wedding band/engagement ring set re-sized to fit me once again.  It's been much too long since I resorted to wearing a fake diamond ring from Target ($15, but hey, it's really pretty, and fooled everyone I met!) since my rings didn't fit over my knuckle.  :o)  The jeweler told me he didn't think he'd have it ready in time for the holiday, but I got a call near closing time on Christmas Eve!  What a nice present.

On to card talk.....
My neighbor grows the prettiest pink poppies in early summer.  They always catch my eye when I am pulling out of my driveway, and I'd love to grow some in my own yard.  Here's a stock photo from the internet of a pink poppy like my neighbor's:

Photo credit
I made this birthday card for someone special (the birthday sentiment is inside):


I used my set from Blockheads Paper Arts, which stamps so beautifully:

After coloring the poppy image, I mounted it on a Fleur de Lis rectangle die cut, and added pearls (loooove my pearls!):


When I matched my Regal Rose cardstock with the Copic markers I used, it looked like a great pairing in real life.  The camera tells a different story, however, and they don't look at all alike.  Oh well.

I am entering this card at Tuesday Throwdown (challenge:  make a card for someone special), and also at Splitcoast's Inspiration challenge.  The online store to be inspired by is Urban Loft Art.  I chose this poppy image as my inspiration:



Thanks for joining me today!  Enjoy your holidays.  :)

Colleen

Stamps:  Flower Garden - Blockheads Paper Arts
Paper:  white - PTI; Basic Black, Regal Rose - Stampin' Up!
Ink:  Memento Tuxedo Black - Tsukineko
Other:  Big Shot; Fleur de Lis rectangle die - Spellbinders; Copic markers; pearls

28 comments:

Anonymous said...

Gorgeous! The flower looks like something I have seen before but I guess I didn't realize it was a poppy. Your coloring is great and the card is just so soft and pretty. Great job!

I didn't get any crafting supplies but plan on taking some of my Christmas bonus and buying some stuff just because I can!

Happy New Year!

Chris R. from Iowa

Lesley said...

Love how you used the die as a background, so pretty as is your colouring!

Marisa said...

Beautiful card, Colleen :) I just love poppies and have some peach ones myself. Love the nestie you used to frame it and the added pearls are lovely.

Three cheers for the rings being resized and now proudly worn :)

Ann Schach said...

Beautiful coloring, Colleen! I love the fleur de lis background with the pearls!

Carol (Gingerbeary8) said...

Colleen this is gorgeous. I love your beautifully colored pink poppy. It is one of my favorite flowers to card craft with. It's just so pretty. I love your Fleur de Lis die cut too.

How exciting to get you diamond engagement ring back. You sound so happy to have it and that is wonderful. I got spoiled for Christmas and got crafting goodies. As soon as I get better I will be pumping out some cute things...lol

Savannah O'Gwynn said...

SOOOOOOO pretty! I love the color of your poppy and I LOVE the pearls!!! BEAUTIFUL! And hoooooooray for getting your ring back in time!!! Merry Christmas--Happy birthday, Jesus!! <3

Joan V said...

I didn't know that poppies could be pink. I thought they were only red. DUH. I love your card, how pretty. I am loving that sheet of flower stamps. I'd love to use my Copics on these.

Bonnie said...

I love poppies and the pink is so elegant! It definitely goes with pearls and lacy edging. Hope you had a wonderful Christmas.

Emily Keaton said...

Breathtakingly beautiful, Colleen! That frame is perfect for that fabulous poppy image, and your coloring couldn't be better. Looooooooove those pearl accents, too--what great additions! You are doing fabulous, wonderful things with that stamp set, each one better than the last. And I thought your first project would be hard to top!!! :D

Maria said...

Truly a very lovely card, Colleen! The poppie pops right off the card with fabulous beauty! The fleur de lis rectangle die frames the poppy perfecty! And added pearls are the perfect touch for a perfect card. One of my favs...great job! Glad you had a wonderful Christmas...Happy New year! Take care, hugs!

Lisa said...

This is absolutely beautiful Colleen! The pearls are so pretty with your poppy. Glad you had a wonderful Christmas! Our sweet daughter-in-law had the flu :( We'll celebrate with her and our son when she's up to it. She said we raised a sweetheart...he's taking very good care of her!

Sue Lelli said...

Colleen, I've never heard of pink poppies either! Wow! Just Beautiful! LOVE your coloring and all those pearls! LOVE that you got your ring at Christmas! Happy stuff!

Janny said...

I love poppies and the pink is so beautifull. your coloring couldn't be better. I love theme. Janny

Donna Bowman said...

Gorgeous card Colleen! I love how you colored the poppy and added the pearls on that awesome border! Stunning!

Karen McAlpine said...

Such a lovely card! Your coloring is super fab. Love how you added just a touch of gray for shading around the flowers. Glad you got your ring back. I need to do that too. I have had it resized so many times the band is too thin to be resized again. I have to have it reset. Good idea about the target ring.

lynn said...

beautiful flower, colleen! glad your xmas was great and hope your new year is wonderful, too!

Benzi said...

Ooh, what a beauty! I love that stamp set you've been using. It looks like a wonderful investment. Maybe I should get it. :-)
Glad to see you entered your card into the Tuesday Throwdown challenge. That 'someone special' is really going to enjoy this card.

Yes, I did receive lots of new crafting goodies...made sure I did.
Ordered some of them myself and when others wanted to know what I wanted, I made them a list to choose from. So, I am a happy camper today and really look forward to using them.

Leintje* said...

What a great idea! I love this card and the inspiration!!
Thanks for sharing.

Love from The Netherlands,
Leintje*

Leslie Miller said...

Gorgeous! Beautiful coloring and design. I know how the camera plays tricks. I was thinking what a lovely color combo with the sherbet shades of the poppy and the rosy pink background. It's beautiful here, but it must be a quite a looker in real life!

Linda R. said...

This is so lovely.. I just love your coloring.. A perfect job...

Hugs, Linda

Hanne said...

Such a wonderful card Colleen!
Hanne

~Tammy~ said...

Wow, this is just breathtaking and so life like! Your cards are always pieces of art and your receiver will surely treasure! The pearls are an amazing elegant touch!

I hope your Christmas was wonderful! It sure sounds like you got everything you wished for and more! You deserve it sweet friend!

Shirley said...
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Shirley said...

Elegance plus, Colleen! Love the colors of your poppies, and love the pearl tx too!

Marlena M. said...

Exquisite card! I love the touch of pearls and the lovely, soft colors. I'm so glad you got your ring back in time. ;) Have a blessed New Year! ;)

wendyp said...

Beautiful coloring job!!! I am loving those flower images!!!

Hope you had a Merry Christmas! And yes, the fire truck did come around! The kids love it and it always cracks me up a bit. I grew up in the boonies so I had never heard of Santa coming around on a Firetruck until I moved to HT.

Here's to a happy and creative 2012! Happy New Years!

Andrea Ewen said...

Wowzers! How gorgeous Colleen...you should pull out the coloring utensils more often! Love that beautiful, delicate flower and the absolutely elegant frame around it...Fabulous!

Leigh S-B - The Sharpie Domino Queen said...

Hey Colleen! I absolutely LOVE what you did with the poppy which is one of my favourites from Blockheads! Beautiful composition and combo of Spellbinder die cut and embellishments!

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