Wednesday, February 23, 2011

Simple Pleasures

Good Morning! I have a list of things around the house that I was going to do. I went down to start mowing through the craft room and found this image I colored a couple of weeks ago when I got together with my stamping friends. I decided I would work around the mess and make a card with the image instead of cleaning. It definitely made for a happy day for me!

The pretty striped DP is one of the freebies from Bearly Mine Designs for February. The colors in it are so my favorites and love the color on color stripes. When I started to put the card together I couldn't find any floral DP in my stash that complimented the back round and matched the colors I used on the image so I made my own DP. I pulled out my Rubber Stamp Tapestry sets, my ink pads (they are so neglected since I started coloring with Copics) and some white shimmer paper and started stamping. I am really happy with the results, the colors match pretty close. I decided to add some sparkle so I dabbed the flower centers with a bit of Crystal Stickles. It was quicker to make it than looking through my stash of DP for some that worked.

Here are some wonderful challenge that fit my card

Bearly Mine Designs Challenge #4-This challenge is all about "Ribbon and Pearls". Two things I use almost always on my creations!

CES Challenges #24-This week the challenge is spots and stripes, two of my favorite things!

Charisma Cardz Challenge Week #7-Their challenge is "Spring Has Sprung". I am so hoping for the snow to melt and see signs of Spring soon like on every one's creations!

Creative Inspirations Challenge 100- This week the challenge is to use "Stripes" on your creation!

Let's Ink It Up Challenge #9-This month the challenge is all about "Romance/Valentines". This card reminds me of first love. We all had that first crush that you remember, right?

LOTV Challenge #84-This week their challenge is all about "Your Favorite Colours". These soft shades of blue, green and pink are definitely my favorites!

My time to Craft Challenge #129-This week the challenge is to use "Hats" on your creation.

Paper Pretties Challenge PWC142-This week the challenge is to use "Glitter" on your creation. I glittered my paper and the roses!

Sketch and Stash Challenge 55-This is the fabulous sketch that I used for my card and my new stash is the digital DP from Bearly Mine and the beautiful pearl button from Tim Holtz. I love the detail on it!

The Creative Cottage Challenge 33-This week the challenge is "Fabulous Florals" I love using flowers on my paper and as embellishments!

Tuesday Throwdown Challenge #37-This week the challenge is 3D, I popped up the butterfly on my card.

Paper Romance Challenge #38-This week the challenge is to use Buttons, ribbon and lace on your creation. I used a lace punch for my lace and a pearl button and my favorite 2 colored ribbon!

Party Time Tuesday's Challenge #4-This is a new challenge blog for me and their fun challenge is "Anything Goes", one of my favorite themes!

Sweet Stamps Challenge #3-This is another new challenge for me. Their challenge is to use flowers on your creation this week. I love flowers on almost any creation!

Tip Top Tuesday Challenge #23-This week their challenge is to "Bling It On". I love lots of sparkle on my creations.

KB Cute Monday Challenge #4-This challenge is asking us to use "Glitter" on our creations. I love to make my cards sparkle!

The Pink Elephant Challenge #94-This week their challenge is to use "Buttons, Lace and Ribbon.
For my lace I used a lace punch.

Simon Says Stamp and Show Challenge-This challenge would like to see some stripes on your creation. I love seeing stripes! Great new challenge blog for me!

These are some really wonderful challenges so be sure to stop by to see what they created and play along with them!

Thanks so much for stopping by today to see what I created. I really appreciate all the wonderful comments that you leave for me to read.

Happy Creating,


Sandra P said...

Oh my gosh! This is beautiful! Love the flowers and layering. The image is wonderfully colored :)

Thanks for joining Paper Romance this week!

Sandra P

NGCARDS said...

Oh this is beautiful, love that image! Thanks for joining in with our challenge of Stripes at Creative Inspirations Wednesday Challenge Blog!
Don't forget to check out my blog for the Celebration Candy! xxx

Marie said...

What a lovely looking card! And such wonderful back ground you have made for the LOTV image. A great creation. Thanks for playing with us over at BMC this week.
Love n hugs

Posh Cat Crafts said...

Wow a gorgeous card, love those spring like colours. Great post love all the information about the different challenges. Thank you for joining us at Sweet Stamps! this week. Hope to see you again soon.

Hugs Tamara Posh Cat Crafts!

~@ngie~ said...

awwwww this is just beautiful... I love the image & the papers... the colours are just gorgeous 8o)

Thanx for joining in with us at Sketch N Stash... good luck ;o)

xXx Angie xXx

Shirl said...

Hi Mary very naughty of me I haven't visited you for ages but your cards are still as beautiful as ever I see. Brilliant DP matches the card perfectly. Making cards definitely beats cleaning hands down. Thanks for sharing your creation with us at Let's Ink It Up.
Hugs Shirley x x

mamichelle said...

This is so sweet, Mary!

Cleaning is overrated. ;-)

Crystal said...

AWWW Mary HOW BEAUTIFUL and sooo super sweet!

Dragonlady said...

Hi Mary

Love your stamped background paper and beautifully coloured image. Thank you for sharing at LIIU.

Hugs Ali x

Stacey Richardson, said...

This is a beautiful card! I think you did a great job creating your own DP for this...the watercolors look so soft and pretty. Great coloring! Thank you for joining in the challenge and Good Luck!

CraftyC said...

This is gorgeous Mary, so colourful.. Thanks for joining in this weeks CES & LOTV Challenges!

Katarina said...

WOW! I love how you made those clouds, I may have to try that some day! Thanks for playing along with us at the LOTV challenge!

Lizzy xx said...

Oh wow this is just so pretty ~ thanks for joining us at Sketch N Stash ...good luck!

xx Lizzy xx :)

Donna said...

Gorgeous card Mary, and making cards is definitely more fun than housework any day. Love your flower arrangement and your own paper design, it works wonderfully well. Thanks for playing along in the Bearly Mine challenge.
Donna xx

Chris said...

very pretty card, I love all those flowers.
thanks for playing with us at Paper Pretties.

Maggie's Crafts said...

Fab card!

Thank you for joining us at Top Tip Tuesday @ Please come back on Tuesday for another brilliant tip! :)



Nancy Wethington said...

So cute! Thanks for joining the challenge at Simon Says Stamp & Show.

Judy Rozema said...

Beautifully colored with gorgeous design and flowers! Thank you for sharing at Paper Romance this week!

Bella´s Bastelecke said...

What a gorgeous card, thanks so much for joining us at Bearly Mine.....


MollyD said...

I really enjoy how you have addded all the additional accents in one corner of the card - so beautiful I must say!

Thanks for partying with us over at Party Time Tuesdays!

Molly - PTT~DT

Sue said...

Hi Mary
wow what a stunning card, awesome colouring, beautiful papers & embelies, lovely design,thank you for joining us at CES this week, hope to see you next time, sue,x

SuzanneK said...

Oh my, this is gorgeous, I love everything about it. Thanks for joining us at LIIU, good luck, Suzanne x

Pat said...

Beautiful card, gorgeous image and colouring, thanks for sharing at MTTC this week.

Pat xx

Vicky said...

Gorgeous card the image papers & flowers are beautiful.
Thank you for joining us girlies at CES Challenges, good luck.

Hugs Vicky xx

Chrissie said...

Mary, this is such a beautiful creation, I love what you did with our sketch and everything about your card works perfectly.
Thanks for joining in with Sketch n Stash.
lol Chrissie xx

Davi said...

Such a beautiful creation. Love the image, dimension and colors. Thanks for sharing it with us at TT this week.

Tracey said...

Beautiful card, I love the image & the colours are dreamy :o)


Tracy said...

beautiful card i love all the flowers. Thanks for joining us at The Creative Cottage, Tracy x

crafty amy said...

A girl after my own heart :D I LOVE it It always takes me forever to tidy my craft room as I always find something that has to be created with even in the middle of the chaos.
This is gorgeous and your colouring is great :D
Thank you for joining us at CES and good luck.


Amy xx

Sandy Hulsart said...

Fabulous card, what a wonderful design and gorgeous flowers. Good luck and thanks for joining in on the fun at Sweet Stamps blog

Fuzzy Slippers said...

What a darling card! I enjoy looking at all the detail. :) Thanks so much for playing with us at TTT!

Patchi said...

Adorable card! I love the colors and image. Thanks for joining PTT this week and we hope to see you again soon!


Sandy Fredrick said...

Beautiful card, you really made it look like they are in a park. Thank you for joining our challenge at

Mona Evy said...

Beautiful card and a lovely image. Thanks for joining us this week at Wednesday’s Creative Inspirations Challenge!!

Jacki Randolph said...

Oh Mary, this is absolutely beautiful!! Love your colors and the sweet bunch of flowers with the stick pin!!
Thanks for sharing with us at Sweet Stamps!