Wednesday, June 10, 2009

Sneak Peek - Life Love and Lemons

What says summer better than a nice tall icy glass of lemonade? Sometimes when it's so cold up here in Alberta over the winter that I dream of Groves of citrus fruit!

So, I have two little somethings for you today again from a fabulous new set again illustrated by the equally fabulous Marcella Hawley. (We LOVE her!)

Lemon Tree Very Pretty...
Ok, I couldn't resist throwing that little song in there (hopefully you recognize it too!)

Marcella draws trees really well doesn't she? I love the idea of a lemon tree, so I colored this one with copics and then paired it with crisp whites to make the green and yellows stand out. I added scoring lines on the white on the diagonal and colored some rhinestones yellow with a Sharpie marker. Doesn't the yellow silk ribbon go perfectly?

Alright on to number TWO

Limes and Life

I could not resist doing something a little different with this set. It so easily can become limes! (which I love by the way....give me lime flavoured anything and I'm a happy camper).


I watercolored these limes and leaves and blossom with reinkers in lots of shades of green and pale yellows. I tried to capture the texture of the limes and how the light bounces off the fruit.

I found this great paper from K & C CO that I thought looked really fun with the limes, and then added some Jenni Bowlin paper too, and then found found some great Prism paper to go with it (Candle Glow Light, Island Mist Light and Herbal Garden Dark).
I gave it an old world feel with the crochet ribbon from Flourishes and some elegant Kaiser pearls in a row, and a few of the blossoms stamped and trimmed out.

The Design Team has lots of other great stuff cooked up for you today...so to see more of this gorgeous set:

Cindy Lawrence
Faith Hofrichter
Julie Koerber
Latisha Yoast
Laura Fredrickson
Leslie Miller
Stacy Morgan

To win this set today see the Flourishes Newsletter.

Be sure to join us Friday for a fantabulous Short and Sweet Power Hour Release Party in the Splitcoast Stampers Forum on Friday night beginning at 9:00 PM Central time (8 PM for Mountain Standard people like me!). Games, prizes, FUN!

Recipe:
Lemon Tree: Stamps - Flourishes - Life, Love & Lemons; Ink: Momento Tuxedo Black, Summer Sun, Certainly Celery; Paper, Whisper White, Copic Paper, Basic Grey - Lily Kate DSP, K & Company - Roam Mat Pad, hmmm and either Yoyo Yellow or Summer Sun...I can't remember now!; Accessories: Big Shot, Labels Four Nestabilities, Rhinestones, Flourishes Silk Ribbon (Yellow), Dimensionals, Scor It.

Limes and Life: Stamps: Flourishes - Life, Love & Lemons; Ink: Black Stazon, Kiwi Kiss; Paper: Prism: Candle Glow Light, Island Mist Light, Herbal Garden Dark, Flourishes European Watercolor Paper, K & Co Roam Mat Pack, Basic Gray Lily Kate DSP; Accessories: Big Shot, Labels Three Nestabilities, Labels Two Nestabilities, Crochet Ribbon, Kaiser Pearls, Eyelet Punch, Dimensionals, Reinkers, Aqua Painter.

25 comments:

Christine Blain said...

BEAUTIFUL cards! Love the ribbon on the lemon card, and your colouring is stunning.

Cindy Lawrence said...

Well, I remember that song! It's the title of my blog post today! :) Both of your cards are just gorgeous! Love the way you colored the rhinestones with the Sharpie!

NancyK said...

Both cards are gorgeous! I love the lemon tree and how you paired it with the paper and the stunning ribbon. And I LOVE how you made a lemon image into a lime image!

Silke Ledlow said...

So fun and fresh - absolutely beautiful cards - Christine!!! Love your coloring :) hugs ~S~

Wendy said...

Beautiful cards! Took my breath away for a minute!

Denise (peanutbee) said...

Breathtaking, Christine! Love them both!!

Leslie Miller said...

I haven't been able to take my eyes off these cards for quite a while, Christine. I so admire the workmanship -- your designs, color choices, and your completely awesome watercoloring. I love the yellow ribbon, too. Oh, my! These are two fabulous cards!

Kimberly Crawford said...

Gorgeous!!! LOVE that you turned the lemons into limes! I turned the round slice into an orange on a card for next week. :)
LOVE your coloring, its always so inspiring!!!

Julie Koerber said...

Both cards are absolutely gorgeous!!! Your coloring is just so beautiful and I love the light reflective qualities you added in -- just exquisite!

Connie said...

Wow, Christine! These are so wonderful!! Love your pretty lemon tree with the lemon yellow ribbon, and those limes are just amazing!!!!!

Leeci said...

So Pretty!! And love the "limes" too!!

Renée said...

Wow, Christine, your watercolouring is SUPERB!! Both of these cards are gorgeous!!

Laurie Schmidlin said...

Christine, all I can say is WOW!! Your coloring is exquisite!! This Lemon set is probably my favorite Flourishes set so far!!

Betty Wright aka gbedwright said...

Christine, these are beautiful!!! Love the score detailing and coloring on the first. The second is just rich are fabulous. I agree, Prism cardstock will go with anything...wonderful stuff!!! Great cards!!!

Latisha said...

Christine, both cards are just perfecto! You coloring on the second one is blowing me away! I'm a big fan or yours!!

Ida P. Krause said...

Beautiful Cards. So lovely and Refreshing. I also love the Lemon Tree Song.

leenda said...

2 thumbs up!

Dawn (flowergal36) said...

I love these Christine. WOW can you color an image. I love lime too. I love the two ribbons you chose. I have been eyeing that crocheted ribbon. May have to invest in some. Super job..

Jodi Collins aka Kharmagirl said...

Woooooooo HOOOOOOO! These are AMAZING Christine! Your coloring just BLOWS me away and I LOVE the colors, stamps and layouts on both of these! The scoring on the first card ROCKS too!!!

Shannon Erskine aka e3stamper said...

Love your layout on your lemon tree card Christine! And yes that silk ribbon is gorgeous!! Love the lime card too! Im w/ya on the lime flavor! Love it!

Joan Ervin said...

Ooooh, girl, you are sooo Rockin those new stamps!!!! I love the images, colors, and your beautiful coloring!!!!!

Jill Haddad said...

Both of these cards are gorgeous. The lemon tree is so fresh and summery - and who would have thought to color rhinestones with sharpies!!!! Too clever. tfs

Stamp Talk with Tosh said...

Two absolutely gorgeous cards Christine!! Girl, can you color!! And your rhinestones are the bomb!! AWESOME!!

Amy Sheffer said...

Oh Christine! These are so beautiful! Your coloring is amazing!

the whimsical butterfly said...

These are so gorgeous I don't even know where to begin! Your coloring is just divine-and the softness of the cards that allow your main image to come across so striking are just perfect. These are AMAZING!!!