Thursday, April 28, 2011

Hydrangeas


They had beautiful pots of hydrangeas lining the vestibule at the church for their wedding service. Beautiful, full purplish bluish blooms standing tall. I was so dang excited when I was told to take one home with me. The husband wrapped a blanket around the delicate stems so the rough bumps during the long trek home wouldn't disturb the beautiful blooms. Then, I planted it in the ground. Sigh. I shall not tell what transpired over the next couple of months. Let me just say that I do not have a green thumb.



Mandy decided that this will be Limelight's last sketch challenge as her family has grown by one cute little boy and time to create has dwindled. Will you join me in playing along (use your favorite flower stamp!) and wish Mandy and her family well? Thanks, Mandy, for the opportunity! Up for grabs is a Basic Grey Accessories Prize Pack! Upload your creation here for a chance to win.

I once again took some creative liberties with the sketch. Truth be told, circles are intimidating to me. I used, rather, the shape of TiffanyDoodle's digital Hydrangea Stamp as the circle and created the division shown in the sketch by debossing only a portion of the white background. The hydrangea flower, leaves and white panel were layered and then glued to a light blue card base. For the flower, I printed in black ink the whole image then "smooshed" the petals into a blue/purple watered down ink mixture, let it dry and did the same to the leaves. I then cut the image apart and reassembled in layers to create some depth. The sentiment is handwritten.

So please join in on the last sketch challenge over at Limelight Papercrafts, and be sure to check out the amazing deals still left in the store.

Supplies Used:
Cardstock: (White) Office Max, (Teal) The Paper Company
Stamps, digital: (Hydrangea) TiffanyDoodles
Ink: (Peeled Paint and Broken China Distress) Ranger, (Perfect Plum Pigment) SU
Tools: (Swiss Dots Embossing Folder) ProvoCraft, (Black Pen) Pilot

39 comments:

  1. oh my WOW!!!!!!! Gorgeous schtuff Karen...that Hydrangea is absolutely perfectly wonderful...

    Although I totally understand where Mandy is coming from....wwwaaahhhhh...I love the Limelight papercrafts sketches....

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  2. Beautiful card! I'll try to find time to play. I have played many times and just loved her sketches.

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  3. WOW is right! Your card is just gorgeous!

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  4. WOW is right! This card is absolutely stunning. I will miss Mandy's sketches.

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  5. You are so clever! LOVE this flower, it's perfect and your handwriting is fabulous Dahling! Fabulous!

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  6. Gorgeous, love hydrangeas and I love your card!

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  7. Such a beautiful card Karen and your shading has made it even more life like. Great take on the sketch :)
    Jenny x

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  9. I love what you've done with the swiss dots for the polka dots. It's okay that you don't have a green thumb, you don't have to excel at everything.

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  10. I adore this card! It's beautiful! Cirles are my favorite shape but circle cards intimidate me.

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  11. WoW!! Beautiful!!! I love the technique you used on the flowers and petals--gorgeous!

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  12. I have one word GORGEOUS!!!!!! Absolutely beautiful Karen!!! :-)

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  13. What a beauty! Those leaves look so real!!!

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  14. Karen, seriously... you have to give tutorials of your fab colouring style... heheheh... they seems endlessly gorgeous :)

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  15. elegant card and such lovely colors!

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  16. Seriously WOW, Karen! This is breathtaking! You have captured the variegated beauty of these blooms perfectly. Oh how I hope my hydrangeas look half as lovely this summer.

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  17. absolutely gorgeous colors on the flower! and i really like your hand written sentiment. gorgeous card, Karen! love it!

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  18. You are so creative, Karen! I love your take on the sketch. If this is for your anniversary, your husband is going to love the memories it brings! The leaves look REAL. You are a colouring queen and your handwritten sentiment is gorgeous - maybe you should be designing some of your own sentiment stamps?!

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  19. I thought the same thing as Emily when I saw your writing Karen - it is gorgeous! Your hydrangea is stunning, love the mix of colours :)

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  20. Beautiful card Karen and HUGE Congrats to you for being featured over at Moxie!!
    You are so deserving!!

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  21. Hydangreas are my favorite! And I absolutely love the colors...it looks real! And I do not have a green thumb either...so this gave me a chuckle! Not a single plant inside my house :(

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  22. Woah, that's pretty! I'm loving the smooshyness! Just an awesome card.

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  23. really stunning, Karen- so life-like! And your sentiment is GORGEOUS!! Guess you can't be a graphic designer without developing beautiful penmanship too...!

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  24. You just work wonders you know!!! Really! And I don't have a green thumb eaither...however in Hawaii I did alright with Tropical plants.

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  25. Love the stunning eye candy!!

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  26. Oh my! Those hydrangeas look good! :)Though the process of getting them there sounds complicated..

    P/s: I take liberties with sketches too...they are just guidelines right???

    Hydrangeas are pretty sensitive...personally mine grow better in a pot albeit a big one...lol

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  27. Karen- GET OUT! That sentiment is hand written! Perfection! Love the coloring of the hydranga...and love the liberties you took with the sketch! Hydranga's are one of my favs....I think I have like 4 or 5 in my yard!!!

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  28. Those hydrangeas look so real! Gorgeous card.

    Where the Red Fern Grows is one book I never chose to read, and movie I chose to never watch. I have a distinct feeling I should chose to read it now. I am so super sensitive when it comes to animals.

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  29. Just gorgeous! I love that hydrangea! The color variation is fantastic!

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  30. This is gorgeous, Karen! Love the debossed background and the "smooshed" colour effect. I am also insanely jealous of your gorgeous handwriting! :) Have a wonderful weekend!

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  31. Your flower is stunning, Karen! Your handwritten sentiment is perfect for the style of the digi too.

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  32. I think that flower is a great replacement for the circle!!!

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  33. that is one pretty hydrangea Karen!

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  34. wow! you don't need a green thumb with a card like this:) beautiful flower and leaves, karen:)

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  35. something different on this card...love the flowers and the green leaves are just so stunning ..!!

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  36. You've been very quiet the last few days. Hope everything is okay with you and your family. Hugs!

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