Thursday, April 25, 2013

Heartfelt Thanks


Welcome to Friday friends!  We have a wide open Friday at Flourishes where the girls are picking any little set their heart delights in to show off to you!

I was asked to make some thank you cards for Administrative Professionals Day this year. I like to make each of them special as I know each person they are going to, so all of them get unique cards.  This year I made 9 of them, and this is the first one I'll show you.  


This is using the beautiful Hydrangea stamp set.  I've said it before and will say it again...love me those blue hydrangeas.  I think they are spectacular.  I stamped the image on Flourishes Classic White cardstock with Memento Tuxedo Black ink, then carefully trimmed around the image with a wee border.  I coloured up the blooms with some yummy copic colours, and then added a Perfectly Pierced Classic Window die behind the popped up flowers to really set them off.  I used some pretty bluey-purple paper I had in my stash (old Memory Box I think), and then accented with Iced Lime seam binding, white crochet lace, some pretty rhinestones and some embossing on the lovely Color Made Easy Pistachio green cardstock.   


Here's a tip on colouring greens.   Do you want some extra depth in those shadowed places of your leaves?  Want your image to really tie in together nicely?  Take one of your B markers that you used for the flower petals (in this case I think I used B63) and add some of that blue into the depths of your leaves, it makes all the difference in cooling the shadows of the greens and the tones then balance nicely together too.  


Be sure to check out the Flourishes Inspiration with the rest of the Senior Design Team....and check the Flourishes Blog for some exciting news I have to share!  For following in the footsteps of a small lady - I still have some big shoes to fill!  


  • Amanda Havon
  • Christine Okken (you are here)
  • Cindy Lawrence
  • Danielle Kennedy
  • Julie Koerber
  • Maki Jones
  • Silke Ledlow
  • Stacy Morgan


  • 18 comments:

    Rosy Newlun said...

    Ohhhhhh, my FAVORITE flower!!!! Droooool. Thank you for this treat :) And I did not know you can add blue to green leaves -- TFS!!!!

    Jill Norwood said...

    Gorgeous! Go niko blue hydrangeas! Thanks for the great tip on coloring the leaves!

    Kathi said...

    Wow, this is just gorgeous! I too love me some hydrangeas! I have two bushes, one that blooms in all blue and one that blooms multi-color blues and pinks! I can't wait until they start blooming again. Thanks so much for the tip on coloring the leaves, I will be sure to use it!

    Conniecrafter said...

    Gorgeous coloring of the flowers, that corner bling treatment gives it a big Wow statement too, lovely colors all around!

    KimCreate said...

    Oh, this card is so gorgeous! Thanks for the tip on adding blue to the leaves when coloring blue flowers. The coloring on this image is spectacular. Congrats on your promotion!

    Mrs. GraceWorks said...

    First - your card is lovely! I appreciate the copic tip about the shadows, too!

    Second - CONGRATULATIONS! That is SO exciting and you are going to do splendidly!!!!!! YAY!

    Tricia

    TLady said...

    WOW CHRISTINE!!!!!!! THIS IS GORGEOUS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! :) LOVE THIS IMAGE!!!!!!!!!! (NOTE: Add this one to my Wish List!) :) What a GORGEOUS COLORING JOB!!!!!! CAN'T WAIT to see the rest of these cards!!!!! :) AND CONGRATULATIONS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! ;)
    (I actually thought you were in charge of the DT already!!!!! ) :)(Not sure WHERE I got that idea from!) :)

    colleen howell said...

    I love your card, Hydrangas are one of my favorites, and the blue is too

    Candy said...

    Hydrangeas are one of my favorites and your leaves are colored to perfection!

    KarinsArtScrap said...

    wow another gorgeous card Christine and a stunning colour of blue.

    greetings karin

    Stacy aka Twinshappy on SCS said...

    Beautiful! Fabulous coloring, so cheerful. They will appreciate them I am sure!

    Cathy said...

    Gorgeous card. And the colors are so pretty together.

    Heather Jensen said...

    Oh how beautiful Christine! I love your Hydrangea flowers and pretty bling. Your work is always beautiful. :)

    Hugs~

    Cheryl said...

    What a gorgeous card! Fantastic coloring, and I love the bling. Thanks for the coloring tip about adding blue to the leaves. And, BIG congrats on your new position over at Flourishes...exciting news, for sure! ~Hugs.

    Allison Cope Israels said...

    Goodness that's gorgeous Christine! I love the gorgeous depth of your colouring. Beautiful details - your gems look like water droplets!

    Makiko Jones said...

    I am so happy that you are now our coordinator! I know you will do a fantastic job.
    Your card is gorgeous! Love how you colored your Hydrangea colors!

    stampqueen said...

    Beautifully done - My hydrageas get that color forthe most part - with bits of pinkish purple too....

    Silke Ledlow said...

    So beautiful...I love all the blue hues!!!