Saturday, July 3, 2010

A Flowery Card for my Gardener Friend

My dear friend Mary and I lived next door to each other for 15 years. She has quite the green thumb. I.DON'T. The fern in the picture? Her housewarming gift to us when she helped us move here from IL 4 years ago. (I killed it; don't tell her or I'll blame it on the drought we had that year.)

When we were "side by side friends", I helped her weed, and we would chat while we pulled and check the progress of all her different specimens. She tried to get me to love gardening like she did, but I like foliage (variegated leaves and coleus) better than flowers. Thank goodness she didn't let it come between us!

Her birthday was yesterday. She's gone until early next week, so the card may still make it to her house before she gets home. This means it's not a belated birthday card, right?

In homage to Mary's gardening skills, I used A Flower for All Seasons and copied the layout from the new Stampin' Up! 2010-2011 Big Idea Book & Catalog. I stamped 2 of the images on scraps of Whisper White card stock, colored them, and then cut them out. It was time-consuming, but worth it. I popped them up on Stampin' Dimensionals to give the appearance on the card that this was a 3D grouping of flowers.

Mary's husband Dan has this saying about flowers: "A CUT flower is a DEAD flower." Well, at least Mary will have these flowers to enjoy without being concerned about them drooping or dying!

I wish I could be there to meander through the grove with my dear friend and sit on her screened porch and chat over a glass of iced tea. As they say, "Next year."


paperpotter said...

I love how you "grounded" the images with the shadow of .... is that River Rock? Are you as happy about River Rock coming back as I am? :)

Jenn in GA said...

river rock is what i used to create the "ground" on which the flowers sit. while it's not my favorite, it's great as a neutral. what i'm really lovin' is early espresso! so much richer than chocolate chip...

Nancy Riley said...

Jenn, I love these images together! You've made them look like one. Beautiful card!

gitz said...

WOW! I was wondering who made that card last week... the link kept directing it back to my site. This is beautiful. What kind of pencils, etc. do you use to color in the stamps? You do an amazing job.

Jenn in GA said...

these images were colored using markers from Stampin' Up!, sara. they have a brush tip end as well as a fine tip end, so you can make quick work of small spaces.

nancy, all i did was CASE this from the catalog!