Tuesday, April 8, 2014

Soft Azalea Pair



Thanks for all your kind words on the Vancouver Island pictures friends! :)  I really do love photography especially when you can grab just the right shot.  Some of you have asked what kind of camera I have.  It’s a Nikon D3000 DSLR, and I do love it.  I have 3 different lenses I use, the base lens that comes with the camera, a longer AF 55 - 300mm, 1:4.5 - 5.6 and a portrait lens for macro/close ups and softer effects.  That’s it!  I’m just learning really, and have a long way to go with photography, but boy it’s so much easier with digital photography.  You can shoot a lot and delete what doesn’t work.  Every time you shoot you’re learning something!

Alrighty....since the family that let us stay in their home on the Island was so generous, I wanted to make some cards for them as a gift.  So, I think I’ll do 3 pairs or so and put them in a pretty box.  And, because we saw so many azaleas on the Island and in fact they have several varieties growing in their yard, I knew this was the perfect stamp set.  This is the first pair.  


I started with the gorgeous set Azaleas from Power Poppy.  Swoon!  I just heard today that it’s almost sold out for this order - so if you want it - don’t wait!  Or you will have to wait a few weeks :)  I began by stamping the smallest blooms onto this Kraft paper with Memento Tuxedo Black ink to create my own designer paper feel.  I coloured them all with prismacolor pencils and then ran it through a pretty diamond embossing folder.  I think it gives it a great effect, almost trellis like.  


Next I stamped some extra blooms separately on Kraft, colouring them as well, and then cutting them out.  These I popped onto a simple Kraft tag that I die cut the top edge of.  The sentiment is stamped in Memento Bamboo Leaves. I’ve accented with pretty faceted gems and some lace peeking out from behind the tag.  


Lastly you can see I added a vellum tag behind the kraft one that I embossed the azaleas onto.  These are tied on with some simple seambinding and Baker’s twine.  

I’ll see if I can finish the next pair and show you tomorrow or Friday :)

Thanks for stopping!


14 comments:

Liz Williams said...

Enjoyed your pictures from your trip and wow, is this a pretty way to say thank you! Love your colors on this. Can't wait to get my azaleas in the mail. Maybe today!!

KarinsArtScrap said...

wow this is gorgeous Christine, love it.

gr karin

Maria A. said...

Love Azaleas and love your card Christine!! What a beautiful gift for your friends, I'm sure they will absolutely love it. Your coloring of this beauties is simply amazing. Thank you for sharing!!!

Madeleine Barnett said...

These cards are absolutely spectacular Christine. I desperately want those stamps but will have to wait until after my move back to BC from Toronto this summer - I already have enough stuff to pack

BJ Searcy said...

Very pretty card, love the colors and the design.

Your pictures of your trip are awesome, thanks for sharing.

Marisa said...

Love the embossing in the BG and the touch of vellum you used. Gorgeous card.

Allison Cope said...

GORGEOUS!!!!

Conniecrafter said...

Oh I am sure they will just love these, such pretty coloring and that embossing folder is just perfect with the flowers!!

Barbara said...

I love this, every detail and there are many. Using that embossing folder was genius, it really does look like a trellis. The pretty soft pinks and greens are absolutely gorgeous on kraft, love this look.

RitaR said...

How I love your embossed vellum tag; and your azaleas are beautifully colored.

Rosy Newlun said...

I'm in some serious love here, {sigh}. I need to find more bravery - embossing images and adding velum tags. How breathtaking. Your trip must have been invigorating for you. Best wishes always!

Leslie Miller said...

Oh, Christine, so very beautiful and feminine. So many gorgeous blooms. Love the embossed lattice and the bright spring green to really set it off. They're going to love this, and I'm going to love seeing more!

Jerri Jimenez said...

Oh, Christine, I don't even have words! This is over-the-top gorgeous! So incredible!!!!

Susan (rainy) said...

The coloring on the craft... LOVE!! These are absolutely spectacular!