Monday, January 1, 2018

New Year’s Botanical Framing

Happy 2018 friends!  I hope that you’re encouraged and feeling renewed purpose for your life in the new year.  We’ve had some good family time in the last week, despite all of us kind-of limping through head colds.  I’ve appreciated a little extra space and rest.  

We’ve also been in the midst of a fridgid cold-snap here, with crazy windchills at night in the -50 celsius (that would be -58 F).  Sheesh!  I’m so grateful for a furnace that works and a warm house.  With all the cold we’ve been having, I’m longing for some spring!  This is also the year where my husband and I have a sabbatical coming.  Four months for study and rest and it begins mid-March, so you can see my anticipation of Spring is even greater!  

So January on the blog will be a big focus on the colours and themes of Spring!  

Today I’m kicking 2018 off with a pretty pop of colour and some beautiful Spring flowers.  I pulled out Power Poppy’s Daffodils Stamp Set and Big Scripts Stamp Set to create a botanical framed card.  I began with a 4 x 5 1/4” piece of XPress It Blending cardstock and stamped part of the daffodils around the paper, being sure to leave a large white space in the center of the design.  Then I took my sharp paper snips and cut out the hole in the center of the paper and then trimmed carefully around the outlines of the images.  

Inside I embossed the Big Scripts sentiment in white and added some Nuvo Iridescent dots for a touch of sparkle.  It’s quite a simple design, but the pops of all the colour really make it shine.  

Inside I stamped the image in SU Almost Amethyst ink.  Here’s the colours I used below.  

Thanks for stopping by!  Blessings friends!  Spring is coming!


Shelly Schmidt said...

Just beautiful! Loving the beautiful coloring you used. The center cut out is a great accent!

CherylQuilts said...

Happy new year, Christine, and wow! That is cold! Yes, having a warm furnace is a must-have where you live, and I hope you are feel better soon. Well, you certainly have more than a good reason to look forward to spring, and what an exquisite card! I LOVE your coloring and how you've framed this lovely sentiment! What a stunning coloring combination! I LOVE it! Warm, sunny hugs and love, sweet friend! Spring is coming....xoxo

Anne Lewis said...

Happy New Year, Your card is beautiful. I will have to give it a try. Thank you so much for all your inspiration.

Pretty Paper Junkie said...

This is a beautiful design. I am always astonished by your talents. Your coloring and colors are so bright and cheerful.

Leslie Miller said...

One just has to be happy and hopeful looking at this colorful beauty! Look at all that gorgeous coloring. I love the Daffodils stamp set! Happy 2018, Christine!

KarinsArtScrap said...

very beautiful Christine
Gr Karin

Conniecrafter said...

Oh wow I can't imagine -58, I thought -16 was bad. We too are getting over colds here, we were sick through Christmas. i bet your ready for spring, I am too :)

Your card is just Beautiful, I love this design idea and your coloring and stamping are just wonderful!!
Wishing you a wonderful year ahead!

Nora N. said...

Oh this is STUNNING!!! I love the frame on this. Those colors just take me away as I am living through a huge cold stamp and just wishing for the warm weather!! Happy New Year!!