Tuesday, July 29, 2008

My American Iris

Our first home when we lived in the US Midwest was purchased from an elderly lady in our church. I was on staff at the church and we were newly married. Our Pastor said...hey you two should look at buying this house from this woman, as she was moving into assisted living. She loved the idea of us buying it, and soon we had a little peach colored house, with a huge yard and countless perennials that had not been cared for in years. So I spent the next year weeding, moving, pruning, dividing and digging. Eventually it was a really beautiful flower garden again.

One of my favourite flowers we had in that yard were a gorgeous deep burgundy colored Iris. They were just such a stunning color and I've never been able to find something like it since. So, when I got this set from Flourishes I remembered my beloved Iris from our life in the US. As a bonus...at the end of the post I've added a picture of my newly blooming Day Lilies in our yard here in Canada.
I realized after I took the picture that they weren't Siberian Iris', so it's really the wrong sentiment (ha...too late now!). But you get the idea.

This flower was colored with reinkers and SW Markers on watercolor paper and cut out. The sketch is wonderful for the use of great designer papers, so this is a mix of several SU DP's some retired as well. I like the depth of color against the deep color of the flower. A pretty organdy bow and some (as always - I really need to break out of this!)...piercing and brads. Sorry the picture is never as good a night but the sun set here a while ago!

Thanks so much for stopping by. Not much stamping for me in the weeks ahead so I'm trying to get it all in this week!

Recipe: Stamps: Flourishes Siberian Iris; Ink: River Rock, Bravo Burgundy, Always Artichoke Paper: Watercolor Paper, Rver Rock, Bravo Burgundy, Always Artichoke, River Rock DSP, Always Artichoke DSP, old SU Christmas Burgundy paper (sorry I can't remember this ones name!); Accessories: Brads, Piercer, Reinkers, Aqua Pen, SW Markers, Dimensionals, Word Window Punch, Burgundy Organdy Ribbon
Here is one of our Daylilies in our yard here...I love it's deep orangish yellow color!


leenda said...

WOW! What a breathtaking piece of artwork! I feel as if I can touch it right on my screen! Brilliant!!

Jerri Jimenez said...

Stunning, absolutely stunning Christine! Your color choice is beautiful!

Sharon (notimetostamp) said...

Hi Christine -- your burgundy Iris is just gorgeous and your story is lovely -- oh, memories!!! My sidebar is shamefully behind, so I'm linking you now -- assuming that's OK?

Jill Haddad said...

You have such AMAZING, God-given talent Christine! Your work is stunning and your color combinations are so rich and vibrant. I'm lovin' your work and just subscribed for you updates. I'm also adding you to my bloglist so my readers can see your breathtaking creations!!!! Beautiful work!