Thursday, December 9, 2010

Winter Thaw - New Beginnings


I've had the most compelling morning designing this project with the new downloadable 2011 Calendars by Flourishes.  First of all, it will be for my sister-in-law's Birthday in January.  She always wants me to create cards for her as a present, that she can give throughout the year, and I thought I'd do a series of cards with the Year in Flowers sets and create a calendar page for each one too.  So, this is just the beginning.   Just so you know I've given you the link to A Year in Flowers I, but there are sets II, and III available as well to complete the year.  


And what a beautiful compelling image for the beginning of the year.  Crocuses are the most hardy and yet delicate of flowers, and though we won't see them here in Canada in January they really are a sign of winter thaw and spring coming...new beginnings.  I love seeing them pop up through the snow.

I was listening to one of my favourite artists while designing.  Often I have it quiet when I design, but today I felt like listening to this new CD we bought from Matthew West - The Story of Your Life .  He wrote the CD after asking people to write in and tell him their stories, stories of hope and healing and God at work in them....and each song is based on one or more of those stories.  I don't quite know if I can quite describe how this album has touched me right in my spirit.  I highly recommend it, he's seriously awesome.   So, this whole theme of hope and beginnings was conveyed through the music and this piece!


Here is the Calendar, it's 5.5 inches x 8.25 inches.  I've stamped the Crocuses 2 times and then added a last single blossom popped up.   Remember you can click on any of the pictures if you want to see them larger.  


Coloring is done with Copics in light BG's (BG0000, BG01, BG11, B12) and BV's (BV00, BV04) as well as some soft greens (G12, G40, G82).  And I added some grass with the Copics to fill in the design a little along the soil line.


Above is the card, I kept a somewhat similar theme in the card too with the ruffles and Nesties Shape, as well as the metallic glitter velvet ribbon.  Perfect for that feeling of snow.  


These gorgeous Iridescent Crystal gems go perfectly with a color palette like this!   

I'll be showing you the rest of the months I've made in the weeks ahead!

The rest of the Flourishes Girls want to show off some beautiful Calendar Ideas today too....This calendar is now DOWNLOADABLE HERE :)  


Recipe:  Stamps - Flourishes A Year in Flowers I;  Ink:  Memento Tuxedo Black;  Paper:  SU! Always Amethyst, Soft Sky, Flourishes Classic White, Memory Box Enchanted DSP;  Accessories:  Big Shot, Labels 14, Lacey Circles and Foliage Frame Nestabilities, 1 inch Circle Punch, Zva Rhinestones, Glitter Metallic Velvet Ribbon, Large Scallop Punch, Scor Pal, Scor Tape, Dimensionals, Copic Markers. 

15 comments:

Marisa said...

Oh happy sigh...tulips are my favorite flower and you have showcased them fabulously here! WIll have to check out that CD too :)

GLENDA BROOKS said...

Oh I do love doing calendars! I have the three sets of flowers from Flourishes so this calendar set will be a wonderful addition to my "stuff". Your calendar is beautiful. Such pretty shades of blue. Gorgeous!!

DottyA Cards & Things said...

Oh what a Great Idea!! I think I'm going to steal it! Your card is just perfect, so fresh looking.

the whimsical butterfly said...

WOW! What absolutely GORGEOUS shading/coloring. You amaze me all the time!

Amanda said...

Oh My!! Christine, this is simply amazing and so elegant!! This is pure loveliness! You make me want to do this (and I know I will) like you did! Your SIL will love it :)

Stampvanwinkle said...

Hi Christine,

These pieces are absolutely beautiful. Wonderful work and a great idea.

I appreciate Matthew West as well. He is a very encouraging artist.

Thanks for sharing your talent and I hope that you have a good weekend.

Blessings,
Deb

Stacy aka Twinshappy on SCS said...

Beautiful! The blues are wonderful, love that you made a card to match. Beautiful....

Shari said...

This is so elegant! I've always wanted to make a calendar for myself. You've inspired me to actually do it for 2011!

Jerri Jimenez said...

These are so beautifully designed Christine. I love your calendar page, the blues are so soft and soothing, just beautiful!

KarinsArtScrap said...

wow christine what a beautiful gift set.
the flowers are beautiful also your coloring.
very beautiful project you have made.

greetings karin

Julie Koerber said...

Christine, this is absolutely stunning and I just know your S.I.L. will LOVE it.. I absolutely love how you used the Spellbinders frame and also how you popped up the flower -- just a true stunner!

Rose Ann said...

Your tulips look amazing, Christine...and I love the colors you've used!! What a gorgeous card and calendar!!

Leslie Miller said...

Beautiful in every way, Christine! Your sister is going to be extra thrilled with such a fabulous set. Love those cool blues and lavenders.

Laura (scrapnextras) said...

Totally beautiful! Your colouring, design and details are all perfectly put together!

BeckyTE said...

A truely beautiful pair you have created, Christine. The details on these are just perfection! I plan to make calendars again this year and this is a real inspiration for me.