Sunday, May 27, 2012

Scenic Country Cards

I want to apologize to my followers for not being very active lately.  May is the last month of school and life becomes so busy for me that I usually come home exhausted.  It makes it hard for me to be very creative.  The good news is our adorable class graduated on Friday so the stress will be less.  They did an awesome job and looked so cute in their little blue gowns and hats (I make new hats and tassels every year).  Our newest student, who joined our class three days before graduation, did a wonderful job, too.  I came home ready to crash but first had a lovely dinner out with my hubby to celebrate our 27th wedding anniversary.  Then I slept for 12 hours, took a nap in the afternoon and slept another 9 hours last night.  I am feeling much more creative now. 

Today was my day to post at the Sparkle N Sprinkle blog.  I love doing scenic cards so I shared two cards I made using an older set called Country.  This is a larger set, with 21 images, and works perfect for so many different themes.  I stamped images in black over lovely backgrounds created with masking and ink on white glossy cardstock (see the Zindorf Technique at Splitcoast Stampers) 

These cards use the Cream Cans and Old Wagon images.  I added barbed wire fencing to this first card and the sentiment is from the Just For You Stampette set. 

This second card has some apples in the wagon and grass created with Sea Oats.  The flowers are created using embossing, fussy cutting, and shaping.  The sentiment, Faith Is…Bird, and the Flying Bird are both from the Bird Swirl Set.

Head on over to the SNS blog to learn more.  You will want to remember to visit them again on Tuesday for a new Technique Tuesday.  I am sure April will have another terrific technique you won’t want to miss. 

Don’t forget there are only 4 more days to enter our May Sketch Challenge for a chance to win a free stamp set of your choice.  All the details can be found here. 

Have a wonderful week. 

E. Marie

These cards are entered in the following challenges:
Top Tip Challenge 77 - Dig Out The Old (Sentiment Stamps older than 6 months)
Crafts and Me Challenge #85 – Fabulous Flowers (see card #2)
Crafty Catz Weekly Challenge #134 – Card For a Man (see card #1)
Creative Card Crew Challenge #11 – Dimension (see flowers on card #2)
Delightful Sketches Weekly Challenge – Flowers (see card #2 – 3 dimensional flowers/3 flowers in image)
DYSU #73 – A Little Birdie Told Me/Use Birds (see card #2)
Ladybugs Crafts Ink Challenge #61 – Something With Wings (see card #2)
Oldie But A Goodie Challenge – Things With Wings (see card #2 – Sentiment over 6 mo. old)
Sentimental Sundays Challenge #104 – Pocket Full of Posies (see card #2)
Totally Paper Crafts Challenge #118 - Animal (see card #2)
Stamping Scrapping May Challenge - Dad/Masculine (Card #1 used Spellbinders Label 17 and Distress Inks)


Craft Addicts - Tracy Evans said...

Absolutely stunning cards , your backgrounds are gorgeous combined with the stamped images. Thanks so much for joining in the Simon Says Stamp and Show Challenge. Tracy x

Pia S said...

This is real artwork! Fantastic coloring of highest quality!

Sandra H said...

Hi Marie, Well that rest really did you some good if your producing such beautiful cards like these they are absolutely beautiful words cannot discribed the beauty you have here oh so stunning:)x

Catherine said...

Gorgeous cards....

Gerlinde said...

These are absolutely gorgeous, Marie! I'm not usually a country fan, but I would LOVE getting one of these!

Janine said...

Really gorgeous cards.

Brenda said...

Your take on these country stamps is stunning! Love the deep colors.

Lisa Jane said...

what beautiful cards - love the backgrounds
Thanks for joining us at Oldie but a Goodie this fortnight
Lisa x

Debs said...

Two beautiful cards - so peaceful and serene.
Thanks for playing along with us at An Oldie But Goodie this time.
Good luck.
Debs xx

April said...

These are beautiful, Marie! Love them both!

Hugs, April

Barbara Bruder said...

Marie, your scenes are spectacular!!!! WOW is all I can say.Incredible.

Pauline said...

Two very lovely cards, I love the inking and the sky effect you have created!
Thanks for joining us at DYSU this week!

WencheP said...

Fabulous card, awesome colours. Thanks for joining us at Do You Stack Up.


Cathy said...

What a great card. Thank you for joining in this week's Animal challenge over at the Totally Papercrafts Challenge.
Hope to see you next week.
Cathy xx

Ren-Yi said...

What a stunning background. Thanks for playing along with us at DYSU.

Curlybear said...

Thank you so very much for Joining us at Crafty Catz A card for a Man Challenge, with this absolutely gorgeous creation,

Have a lovely day,
Good Luck with the challenge,
Hugs Bridget Crafty Catz DT :0) x

Anonymous said...

Fabulous card and well done great representation of the tutorial you followed too! glad you could dig out some old stamps and play along with us at Top Tip Tuesday this time hugs Samantha :0)

Susan Flynn said...

What beautiful backgrounds you have created! Just lovely sentiments too! Thank you for sharing with us at Delightful Challenges this week hugs Susan x

knitmachinequeen (KMQ) said...

Thanks for joining us this week at Sentimental Sundays.


Archana said...

Congratulations, you are our Sentimental Sundays Challenge's one of the winners!
Hugs, Archana