Wednesday, June 9, 2010

Ferns and Fiddles




You're going to love this set today.  It's the perfect set for elegance and classyness - even masculine features - without too much work.  The details Marcella gave this Fern Set is amazing.

I have to say though - I almost laughed when I first saw this set - just because I have a vivid memory of ferns.  Our first home was a little bungalow we purchased from a lady in our church.  She was too old to stay on her own anymore and wanted us to buy her house.  We did and I have many fond memories of our little place, and the huge flower beds.  Much of the yard had gone untended for years, and I had to do tons of work to get it back.  One of the issues were countless ferns growing like crazy in several flower beds.  It was to the point that I just hated them!  LOL!  My husband spent many an hour digging out those babies.  So these polymer ones are much more my style!



I just love the look of white ink stamped on Kraft paper, and the Mellow Moss is such a nice contrast with it and white.  I lightly colored the main ferns with my prismacolor pencils, and then just stamped all the other ones on the other layers, adding some fancy piercing with an Ornare template and some pretty ribbon treatments with the faux suede ribbon that I puckered against some sticky strip. 

The Big Scalloped Oval Nesties give all the great shape to the card. 

Now I have something entirely different on this next one, I went very bold and rich with this card using emboss resist as a technique.


I stamped the main panel ferns in White Craft ink and embossed them with white embossing powder.  Then I heavily sponged the Old Olive and a little Night of Navy ink overtop.  I added a smaller focal panel just stamped in navy ink and these great papers from Webster's Pages.  I added some pretty crochet trim ribbon, and the little butterflies in copper paper with a Finishing Touches Ribbon Slide through a sliver of the designer paper. 


To win this gorgeous set today see the Flourishes Blog to enter. 

Well, the girls have beautiful things to show you today.  Cindy, Danielle, Dawn, Julie, Laura, Leslie and Stacy

Be sure to join us tonight...


Recipe:  Just Breathe - Stamps - Ferns and Fiddles;  Ink:  Mellow Moss, White Craft;  Paper:  Mellow Moss, Whisper White, Kraft, Flourishes Classic White Cardstock;  Accessories:  Big Shot, Big Scalloped Ovals Nestabilities, Dimensionals, Prismacolor pencils, Faux Suede Ribbon, Kraft Taffeta Ribbon, Linen Thread, Oval Punch, Sticky Strip, Ornare Piercer and Template. 

Nature Art of God - Stamps - Ferns and Fiddles;  Ink:  White Craft, Night of Navy, Old Olive;  Paper:  Old Olive, Night of Navy, Very Vanilla, Webster's Pages, Copper Cardstock;  Accessories:  Big Shot, Beautiful Wings Embosslit, White Embossing Powder, Green Crochet Trim Ribbon, Dimensionals, Finishing Touches Ribbon Slide in Copper, Sponge, Glue Dots.    

16 comments:

Marisa said...

Absolutely LOVE the first card, Christine! Great colour combo, use of nesties and layout. Stunning! Loved the fern story too :D Glad you can get rid of ferns by just putting their container away - ha! Great colours on the second card.

Diane said...

Gorgeous as usual......love the white stamped onthe craft!!!! I have ferns, too, but most of mine are growing across the creek...a great story!!

Denise (peanutbee) said...

Stunning as always, Christine! Love EVERYTHING you do, girl!

Beate said...

Both cards look fantastic, Christine! I love all the details and layering of your first card, but the second card really pops. I LOVE sponging over resist and yours looks so good!
I just got a notice that my preordered stamps shipped! Can't wait to play with them.
Hugs and smiles

Dawn B. said...

Ferns are hard to dig out.. I agree that these are much prettier.. Your sponging and embossing is beautiful.. Great job.

Donna said...

I love ferns. Such a gorgeous set. You did a wonderful job with your cards!

Crystal said...

WOW you really showed this new set off Christine..These are GORGEOUS!!!

Traci M said...

Both of these are fabulous, I am glad I don't have to pick a favorite! You achieved totally different looks with each card creation!
And I bet you have a totally different appreciation for ferns with your experience, Christine!
We lived in Oregon when we were first married, and they were everywhere!!
Thanks for sharing!

Jerri Jimenez said...

Both cards are gorgeous Christine, I love this new fern set! You know, it's a "green" thing . . . LOL! Hugs!!

Yogi said...

very pretty.

Charlette Finley said...

Boy oh boy what beautiful cards. The color combo is really wonderful. TFS

Nerina said...

I absolutely love your first card - the ferns on the kraft. Soooooo beautiful! I love the different card layouts you chose to showcase this set! I really looked at ferns in a different light through them!

Stacy aka Twinshappy on SCS said...

Both of these are so pretty. I love the stems in white and the colors are wonderful.

Monica said...

Both of your cards are beautiful but my oh my that second card is stunning! I love it!

Leslie Miller said...

Christine, your light coloring and silhouette stamping is really the best way to show off these particular fern images. So beautiful and delicate! Just gorgeous cards! It's funny, but we told similar, yet different stories about ferns in the garden. I can't bear to dig them up! One day, I'm sure, I'll have nothing but ferns and shrubs here!

Joan Ervin said...

I just love the white on the kraft, Christine...the ferns are just beautiful!!! Love the colors and design on the second card, too...both of these cards are STUNNING!!!!