Wednesday, December 10, 2008

New Release Roses!

Oh...I'm in LOVE! Yes, with my husband...but also with the newly released Rose set from Flourishes. It is the perfect Rose set, I don't think I've seen anything to match it anywhere. Full roses, rose buds, leaves, single stems, different sizes, gorgeous sentiments...all illustrated in Marcella Hawley's artistic perfection, she is a watercolorists dream!


When we were in the mountains last week on our staff retreat, all the *boys* went skiing one day and all the *girls* stayed in the house in town and had a very relaxing day. I watercolored all day! It was bliss! And as this piece was coming together the girls asked me if I would put it on a card, and as I looked at it and realized the amount of work I was putting into it and the beauty of the roses, I said, "you know what? I'm going to frame it!"




The roses are masked to give a real sense of a bouquet or rose bush. I used varying tones of pinks and corals to watercolor the roses and tones of green and coral to give life to the leaves. I added a very light outline around the arrangement with Pretty in Pink and then gave it a light wash in the background with pinks and greens.



The Regal Rose base layer is also stamped with the smaller single stem rose from the set and sponged to give the feel of patterned paper. I've used limited layers, embellishments and ribbon to dress it up - but to keep the focus on the watercolored roses. I takes me back to my old days of watercoloring larger pieces for framing.....I so love this creation!




Frame is from IKEA, I've taken out the glass layer and won't put it back in because of the dimension of the piece...but I will have to be careful to protect it from any *ahem* small children (as in mine) or other messy creatures :)


Thanks for stopping by....to see the other Flourishes newly released creations stop by these Flourish girls today: Laura, Cindy L, Cindy H, Betty, Latisha, Jan Marie, Faith and Julie.
Recipe: Flourishes - Rose Ink: Black Stazon, Regal Rose, Rose Red Paper: Regal Rose, Basic Black, Watercolor Paper Accessories: Reinkers, SW Markers, Aquapainter, Oval Punch, Rose Grossgrain, White Taffeta Ribbon, Scallop Edge Punch, Rhinestones, 1/2 Pearls, Dimensionals.

20 comments:

Rose Ann said...

Oh my goodness...this is stunning, Christine!! I love how you've colored those beautiful images!! Wonderful card!!

Laura (scrapnextras) said...

This is a jaw dropper! Love those roses and your colouring is amazing! They are just gorgeous in pink!

Denise (peanutbee) said...

Oh my worrrrrd, Christine! {sigh} Your vibrant coloring on these roses is just awesome. Oh my goodness, what a gorgeous card. Breathtaking actually!

Betty Wright aka gbedwright said...

Oh, my word!!!!!!! This is stunning, Christine!!! Gorgeous, gorgeous coloring!!!!! Love the frame idea, too. Beautifully done!!!!

Markie's Mom said...

Very pretty!!! WOW!

Julie Koerber said...

OH MY! I can see why you framed this beauty! It's a work of art! Wow! I am trying to pick myself off the floor!! :-)

Leslie Miller said...

Yes! I'm totally in love with this set, too, but what you did with it -- WOW!! Beautiful coloring in the delicate pink. Love how you framed it. Oh, my goodness, this set is going to be a HIT! Gorgeous work, Christine!

Renée said...

oh wow, Christine, this is gorgeous!!

Evelyn A said...

Frame it? Absolutely! It's beautiful! And your watercoloring is inspirational, as well.

Michelle (sf9erfan) said...

Oh Christine! This is breathtaking. I love the coloring and the framing. Just a perfect card!!

Lisa Graves said...

Beautiful card!!! Your coloring is amazing.

Latisha said...

CHRISTINE!!!
Holy moly girl!
This is so creative how you put the roses together, and your coloring is amazing...just perfection.

Terry Okken said...

I'm glad you clarified you are still in love with me (jk - I know you are). But you knocked this one out of the park baby - great, no check that, outstanding job on the watercoloring! Can't wait to see where you will want this hung up.

Silke said...

Amazing card - Christine!!! Your watercoloring is gorgeous!!!!

Sewflake said...

Yes, this piece deserves a frame, it is as pretty as a picture. The coloring is to die for!!!

amazingpapergrace.com said...

Wowwwwww!!! Love it Christine!! I'm so glad you framed it! It will be out where you can always see it!
--Becca

Kelley said...

I am faurly new to your blog but I just had to tell you this cards is STUNNING!! So beautiful!!!

Laurie in MN said...

Gorgeous.

Jerri Kay said...

Absolutely gorgeous Christine, this is one beautiful stamp set! I love your interpretation and presentation, just fabulous!

Cindy Lawrence said...

This COULD NOT BE any more gorgeous, Christine!!!!!!!!! Just drop-DEAD, breath-takingly GORGEOUS!!!!