Wednesday, July 16, 2008

Four Seasons in one post!

I always find it totally amazing how I can sit here at my computer in Sydney Australia (where its a mere 5.7°C or 42.3°F) and pitch black outside and the summer sun can be shining in Utah with a little cloud and 78°F at exactly the same time.

You guys are sweating in your summer weather and we are freezing our butts off in Australia!

Its just so all things work together for good - we need the cold winter for the plants to have a rest and start working on those Spring buds and new growth - Spring is exciting for us in Australia as we are getting a gorgeous new mini catalogue and all those in USA and Canada are anxiously awaiting the arrival of their new Fall/Winter Idea Book & Catalogue and we are all brought together at the same time by this marvellous technology!

Speaking of Se
asons not only does it remind me of a favourite passage of mine in the Bible but it also brings you some lovely eye candy from Christine Rebbert. Christine lives in Elkridge, Maryland, and has made this set of gorgeous cards - one for each season.

"Perennial Favourites". This is Whisper White and Buckaroo Blue (In-Color '06/07) card stocks, and again uses the embossing resist technique with Clear EP and brayer. I also used the 1-1/4" punch to make the little windows on the bottom, stamped the snowflake on the Whisper White base so they'd show through the windows, and then used packing tape to face the windows (i.e., sticky side out) and then sprinkled Dazzling Diamonds glitter over sticky. I also used a marker to draw a line just inside the edge of the card all around -- sometimes when I think a card needs just a li'l something more, a line around it like this turns out to be just the thing.

"Year After Year". This set didn't stay around long, did it? I remember it was in the Preview Brochure for the Fall/Winter Collection '07. Card stock is Pumpkin Pie (of course!) and Very Vanilla. I think I used the slit punch to make the bottom scallop-y thing. I used Aqua Painter to watercolor the pumpkins, and a piece of the wide twill, fraying the edges a bit.

"Year After Year". This was one of my convention swaps last year; in addition to highlighting a stamp from that set, it also used several of the then-new In Colors -- River Rock, Groovy Guava, Wild Wasabi, and Purely Pomegranate, so it was also sort of a "sampler" for those new colors.

"Touch of Nature". My friend/customer Trish is an excellent photographer, and whenever she has a workshop, she'll give me some photos and say, "Here, create the make-and-takes using these." Then she'll print out enough of the photos so everyone at the workshop can make the same card.

So that's her beautiful photo of a butterfly in her garden, and I used Mellow Moss and Always Artichoke card stocks, and Versamark and Always Artichoke inks for the background. Always a little photo-turn thing and brad from the Antique Brass Hodgepodge Hardware kit.

Arent these cards just great?? Thank you so much Christine for sharing them with us ... and the world!!

Have a great day all .... I'm off to bed!



carolm said...

78 degrees and sweating???

how 'bout 90 with humidity out the wazoo. you're killing me leonie.

christine, cute cards. love the butterfly!

cheers ~ carol.

EdieB said...

Awesome post. Love the cards and fun season by season card representation. The photo of the butterfly is just lovely.

TFS, EdieB