Wednesday, August 24, 2011

Hydrangea Hugs for YOU!!

Hello!!!! I hope your Wednesday is off the a beautiful start!! Today's card was clean and simply inspired by this week's Creative Inspirations Paint Challenge:o) A long while back...I won't share exactly how long back, but it was before embossing folders hit the market...YIKES...I purchased a set of DCWV embossed cards. Really, I couldn't pass it up...I have a weakness for a good sale! You heard of the Frugal Gourmet...well, I am his long, lost sister the Frugal Papercrafter;o) So, when I saw this week's Clean and Simple Challenge, I knew where to start...time to dust off those embossed cards and get busy.

The darling image I chose is Hydrangea Hugs by Elisabeth Bell for SCACD Stamp Co. Isn't she a doll baby? I thought this precious image would be the perfect accompaniment with the embossed baby card. I colored the image with Prismacolor markers...added teeny dots to the centers of each hydrangea blossom with my Viva Decor Pearl Pen (Ice White)...and the bow received a dusting of Fairy Dust Creative Inspirations Paint. Actually, there is some Fairy Dust sprinkled in the hydrangea centers too...but my camera didn't capture the shimmer very well. Don't you love how I blamed the couldn't be me...the unskilled photographer could it? ;o) I used my large circle Nestabilities to cut out my image, then hand-stitched the circle to a doily I colored purple...and the purples are really much closer to the same color in real life...again, it's all my camera's fault hehehe. I'll also let you in on a little secret...I used a stencil from Crafter's Workshop (Mini Dots All Around) as my piercing guide to do the stitching. Finally, I added some flowers and pearl leaves to finish it off. Yeppers! Easy peezy, lemon sqeezey!

I hope you will join us in this week's Creative Inspirations Paint Challenge!!! I am also thinking and praying for all my fellow East Coasters as Hurricane Irene approaches...please stay safe; and for all my friends in and around Virginia, I am praying and hoping all is well with you...we felt the aftershock of yesterday's earthquake and we live hours away. I can only imagine what it felt like for those of you living right there.
Blessings and Hugs!!


Pauline said...

Beautiful card, love the embossed card and the purple doily, such a sweet image too! Thanks for joining us at The Ribbon Reel this week!

Heather said...

I collected those Anne Geddes pictures and books and toys when Hannah was a baby. I loved them!!! and this brought back those sweet memories. LOVE the purple against the white embossed background.

(hey, this would fit my challenge this week... embossing ;)!!!)

LOTS of love and hugs to you my sweet friend!!!


Rene said...

What a precious image! Just lovely!
Thank you so much for joining us at Cupcake Inspirations this week!
Rene :D

Doreen said...

What a gorgeous card,love thew image.Thanks for sharing with us at

Lizy said...

Aww just adorable! Love the purple doily too!

Thanks for joining us at Ooh La La! :)
Lizy DT x

Whimsey said...

Oh my heavens, that purple doily is DIVINE, do you hear me? DIVINE! and your hand-stitching? I tried machine stitching on a circle one time where you just use the wheel to turn the needle - we called it an **EPIC FAIL**. :D

Yours is delightful!

Thanks for joining us at Cupcake Inspirations; your card is fabulous!


Chris said...

I love the embossed card base, it looks so elegant. of course the purple is wonderful too. thanks for entering your card into this week's Cupcake Inspirations challenge. I hope to see you again.

Carmen O. said...

Wow what have I been so busy with that I haven't stopped by your blog lately! I nearly missed out on some awesome creations. I just love this sweet baby and the bold purple you surrounded her with. BEAUTIFUL!

Ellie said...

Beautiful project, thanks for joining us at The Fashionable Stamping Challenge.
Ellie xxx

Keilly said...

Such a cute card, thanks for playing along at The Ribbon Reel this fortnight!

cbuswell said...

Gorgeous, love the coloring and embossed background! thanks for joining us at The Ribbon Reel! : )

America said...

so sweet. Love that purple doily!