Sunday, July 20, 2008

A Butterfly - a Country Home - and an Anniversary Celebration!

Susiestampalot was the Featured Stamper today on Split Coast and I chose this lovely card of hers to CASE. Things I changed: I made mine a full card rather than an Artist Trading Card, used a butterfly instead of a flower and changed the colors - but I liked her layout and used that.
I stamped the butterfly on the card stock as well as on a piece of designer paper. I cut it out of the DP and attached it over the stamping - bending up the wings. I pierced the flight pattern added the colorful Basic Grey designer paper and ric rac on the bottom half.
Stamps: Verve Visual: fluttering by
Paper: white: PTI, buckeroo blue: SU, DP: basic grey - Cupcake
Ink: Buckaroo Blue: SU, onyx black versafine
Accessories: paper piercer, ric rac, bling

My second card is from the Inspiration Challenge on Split Coast. I love the inspiration pieces - country folk art by Kay Lamb Shannon shown to us by Anne (itsapassion) who guest hosted the challenge. I chose this fun thrift shop picture to be inspired by.

And here is my card.

As you can see - I had the close to perfect stamp for it - one I've had for some time and never inked yet (how many of those do we all have!!!???). It is an unmounted stamp and unfortunately I didn't write the name of the company on the stamp so I forget where I got it! Edited: I got the stamp at Alotastamps - a fellow SCS'er let me know she saw it there!! thanks I should have realized that - they have a lot of super fun stamps!

There are so many fun details on this stamp which is pretty big - it took up the full 4.25x5.5 card here. The 2nd story shutters have little hearts cut into them and a couple of flower pots sitting on them!
The polka dotted curtains and field stone foundation add to the homey look. I made the clouds using a home made cloud template (from a punched scallop circle - then sponged over the edge and kept moving the template up) you can see how I make clouds on this post - and the grass is stamped.

I stamped the 'welcome', punched it out with my oval punch, sponged the edges - went over the word with a gray Prismacolor marker and mounted it with foam dimensionals.

DH, Kent, and I were up at Bailey's Island - off of Portland, Maine - this weekend attending a 60th wedding anniversary of his cousins parents. They live in a beautiful spot overlooking the ocean for 4 months of the year - here are some pictures of our day there.

There are 3 cottages on their property - this is the largest one where they live - their children or guests stay in the other 2 when they visit.

This is the view of the ocean from their cottage.

This is a piece of artwork on the property - they have things like this in several locations!

This is the view from the lower cottage - right on the ocean!

And here is the bride - Joanne - standing - and her husband Walter, seated to the right. The dinner was actually held in a 'still being built' garage on the property - being the only room large enough to hold about 18 people! It was a lovely place to celebrate a momentous occasion with family and good food!

Stamps: cottage: Alotastamps, grass: sutton enterprises, welcome: warm wishes SU
Paper: White PTI
Ink: onyx black versafine, soft sky , Meadow: Adirondack
Accessories: Prismacolor markers, oval punch, sponge, hand made cloud template, dimensionals


One4Joy said...

What an awesome spot for a get away, Julia. Thanks for the pics of 'your' coast! I'll have to put some up next week of my left coast spot!!! I love your case, great idea to frame that basic grey paper. Very nicely done butterfly track too

LeAnne said...

Cute card and wonderful pictures of the lakeside cabin!

Anonymous said...

What a perfect stamp for this challenge! Lovely coloring! Looks like a wonderful place to spend a few relaxing days and looks like you had a good time too!

Catherine said...

what a gorgeous card and great pics =)

Jennifer Muraoka said...

Wow, lots of reasons to celebrate! That house stamp is amazing! You're right, so much detail in it! And I love your butterfly know how much I'm loving butterflies! I left you an award on my blog. When you have a chance check it out! Hugs, Jenn PS I can't wait to see what you ordered from Kristin!

Karen Madden said...

Your cottage card is simply beautiful! What an amazing job you did!
And 60 years...bravo to the happy couple!