Saturday, September 10, 2011

Back With A Tribute And A Card


Tomorrow is going to be a very sad day for me and I think for most of us.  I will never forget where I was while watching it all happening on TV and getting ready for work on the West coast.  I am in awe of those who survived, both rescuers, victims, and their families too.  I found a widget of the official 9/11 flag and a picture of the beautiful Reflecting Pools built at Ground Zero.  Prayers of energy and peace to the survivors, families, and friends, and to those who have used their time and energy to help and encourage those in need because of this horrendous event.

It's been a while and have I been busy!!   IO is planning a new store website and I have been gathering some information for Mitra.  Also, I have been working on some personal things and my yard.  It was so hot here this summer we were in drought again and I didn't do much.  Now is the time for getting the weeds out and seeding my lawn since it is only in the 80's now.


Now for my offering.  I love this Sweet Violets stamp set by Flourishes, but I had never used it until now.  Well, if you know me, you know I have to layer and emboss for depth, so............

I stamped the image on Neenah Classic Crest Solar White 80lb. cardstock twice using Brilliance Galaxy Gold.   I painted the images with Twinkling H20's Cherry Sorbet and Moss Green using my Niji Waterbrush.  I cut out my base image using my X-Acto knife and painted the edges with the colors of the violets and leaves.  Everything forward has been turned over on an embossing mat and embossed with a stylus.  Next I cut out the leaves on the second image as shown and mounted with 1/16" 3D pop dots.  I did the same with the backs of the flowers, but mounted them using only Glossy Accents.

I ran my new Marianne Die Cutting Frame Swirl 116 through my Cuttlebug using more Neenah Solar White.  The second time through was to emboss the center.  (Hint:  When it doesn't show enough I turn it over with the die in place and use a stylus to accent it more.  I used 1/16" 3D pop dots on the leaves of the Violets and 1/8" 3D pop dots for the flowers.  I put it aside to wait until I had the second die cut.

I put another piece of Neenah Solar White through the Cuttlebug using Spellbinders Curved Rectangles.  The second time was to emboss the center part.  I used the die as a stencil to get the center part using SU DP.  That was mounted to the center of the Solar White die cut with ATG Gold tape.

I removed the backing on the 3D pop dots of the Violets and mounted them and the Marianne die cut to the Curved Rectangle die cut as shown.  I love both these dies!!!!

I cut a piece of the SU DP to 4.25X5.5.  The image and die cuts were mounted to it using 1/16" 3D pop dots.  May Arts ribbon was run under the Marianne die cut for the outside ribbon.  It was run over and under the Marianne die cut for the center piece of ribbon.  My bow was done using the Bow-Easy.  There are 3 rounds of ribbon.  (Hint:  I hate trying to get the bow layers to stay separate and found that if I twist the flip the ends backward they look frilly, so that's what I did.  I like the look.)

The sentiment is from Impression Obsession's Mini Messages clear stamp set and was stamped using Memento Bamboo Green on Neenah.  The smallest Curved Rectangle on SU DP was used for the frame.

The pearls on the corner were purchased on EBay in the nail art section and were cheap and free shipping.  I think they were in Hong Kong.  Incredible!   The pearls on the sentiment are from Mark Richards 3mm pearl stickers.  The heart pearl is Making Memories and the beads are Czech.

That's it for now.  If you ever have any questions, please feel free to ask.  Thanks for stopping by to look and share.

Supplies:
StampsFlourishes Sweet Violets; Impression Obsession Mini Messages
Paper:  Neenah Classic Crest Solar White cardstock and SU DP
Inks:  Memento Bamboo Green; Brilliance Galaxy Gold; Twinkling H2O's Cherry Sorbet and Moss Green
Accessories:  Spellbinders Curved Rectangles, Marianne Die Cutting Frame Swirl 116; Making Memories White Heart Pearl stick pin; Mark Richards 3mm white pearl stickers; Czech pink faceted and pearl beads; Bow-Easy; May Arts ribbon.


 Shirley

46 comments:

jimlynn said...

WOW! This is gorgeous! So pretty with all those wonderful details on it.
LYnn

Patti J said...

Shirley, this is so beautiful! Should be in a frame on the wall, my friend! Thanks for sharing...

catdidit said...

I agree, you should frame this! This is a stunner Shirley!! Love all the depth you have achieved!

Conniecrafter said...

Oh my that is so Gorgeous, all the work you put into embossing and your lovely coloring sure shows through. Great combo of the two dies from framing.
I am with you it is finally nice enough to go out and work, so glad you could stop in and post a lovely card!

Donna Bowman said...

Beautiful card Shirley! Love how you did the leaves and the flowers - stunning!

Creations by Shirl said...

Hey Shirley,
It sure's been awhile since I last heard from you... Hope all is well with you and your yard...
Back to you card, this is just as gorgeous as ever... Luv all those details you did on this pretty card.. Take care!

6 wacky women said...

Absolutely gorgeous, Shirley!!!

Karen x

susanne said...

Such a beautiful card Shirley.
We were all gathered around the small tv in the lunchroom at work that day, shocked and in disbelief at what we were seeing ... deeply saddened by it all.
Sending you a hug.

Dawn B. said...

Wow what a card. This is amazing. I just love what you did with this set. Great job.

Shirley N said...

Just gorgeous Shirley!

Regina aka Mrs. Ham said...

This is just beautiful. I love those flowers.

Shannon White said...

Wow Miss Shirley! This is soo Gorgeous! Love the gorgeous dp's and all the fabulous layers! Such a pretty image and I love how you colored it up too! I actually have this one and have yet to ink it up, so thanks for the inspiration! 8-)

Hope you have Fabulous weekend!

Hugs
Shannon

♥ Sonja Bekker ♥ said...

Hello Shirly

The happenings of 9/11 are terrible!
No one wil ever forget!!!

But your creation is so so beautiful
Lots of hours work you put in it:)
Love it^_^"
Hugs Sonja
xx

Valerie said...

This is absolutely gorgeous Shirley, I thought the flowers were real at first glance! You have coloured them brilliantly:) Every post is like a tutorial and I look forward to each creation!
Val x

April said...

Shirley, I love your beautiful card! You did a great job on it!

Maria said...

Very lovely, Shirley! It is so pretty with great dimension and layers...love it! Take care!:-))

Lyn S said...

Beautiful tribute card Shirley, your card is so stunning!

Julia Aston said...

What beautiful violets Shirley! love that sheer ribbon too!

Sue Lelli said...

Shirley, such a GORGEOUS card! LOVE LOVE LOVE how you cut out the violets! (I am pathetic with an exacto knife so I am drooling at your masterful cutting!). LOVE the layers, too!

*Vicki* said...

HI Shirley!! So lovely to see you friend! :) Such an amazing creation!! Gorgeous layers, colors and design!! Thanks for sharing this special tribute!! HUGS AND BLESSINGS!! :)

Cibele Glazer said...

Glad your back! What a beautiful post - in every way. I love your card. It's simply stunning.

mustavcoffee, Gay Peplow said...

Hi Shirley, Many thanks for your visit and wonderful comments, I love your card, it's soo pretty, fabulous flowers:0) Hope you're cooling down a bit now and the yard is done! Hope all goes well with all the website changes, big challenge, good luck, Gay xxx

Mona L. Pendleton said...

Stunning card Shirley! You did an amazing job coloring those beautiful flowers!

Anesha said...

Beautiful card, love the layers and the soft colours. Thank you for your sweet comment on my blog. :) Hugs anesha

Benzi said...

Yes, you have been missing for a long while. But, you have come back with a beautiful creation. Those violets are just gorgeous.

I don't think any of us will ever forget the moment and where we where when we were attacked..a very sad time.

redwasher1 said...

So glad to see you back!!! What a beautiful, stunning card you have created!!! It's one most gorgeous cards I've seen!!!

Lisa M said...

Wow....took my breath away...this is stunning!

Curt in Carmel said...

Seriously Shirley, I had to click on the picture because I thought I was looking at silk leaves and flowers. This is amazing! You always do incredible work when it comes to the detail in your card. This is certainly a work of art. I too remember exactly where I was when 9/11 started. I will never forget that day as long as I live. Hope you are well. Best, Curt

Keri Lee Sereika said...

Your card is beautiful and so light and airy Shirley! Thanks for pop by my blog! :) Happy Tuesday!

Colleen Dietrich said...

Shirley, this is positively beautiful! I love violets too, and you've colored them so daintily, and surrounded them by die cut / punching heaven!

Heather Jensen said...

Shirley, this is stunning. I can't believe you sat and cut all that out. I would have made a mess of it. I have this set and think is is so pretty too. :)

mustavcoffee, Gay Peplow said...

Hi there Shirley, I hope all's well with you and maybe you're not quite so busy but I sort of doubt it, LOL Thank you for your lovely comments, Gay xxx

Melisa Waldorf said...

Shirley that images is gorgeous and with the way you layered the dies / ribbon it's stunning! I love it! So sorry I haven't been able to be more supportive of IO and play along with the challenges. I bet you guys have tons of great new stamps. I will have to hop over to the store and check them out! big hugs and thank you sooooo much for all your sweet comments Shirley!

Donna said...

Oh My SHIRLEY! How gorgeously imaginative your creations are! When I grow up, I want to make the lovely nature cards - so full of love and beauty. The "fussy cutting" combined with the laciness of your details really creates a "feel". Thank you for sharing your incredible talent!

marsha said...

This is absolutely gorgeous, definitely a work of art! Love your tribute to 911, I was vacationing in Townsend, TN and desperately trying to get news of my SIL who was then working at the Pentagon.
Thanks for visiting my blog, I appreciate all of your lovely comments! I'll be coming back to visit!
Hugs,
Marsha

Jenny Gropp said...

WOW, Shirley... this one is a show stopper!!!! Stunning!!!

Shirley-anne said...

Hi Shirley , thank you for stopping by my blog and leaving lots of love .
This is some card art , Shirley . I admire every thing about it . Amazing .
Shirley-Anne

Shelly Schmidt said...

Wowzers- I am so in awe of this gorgeous card!!! Love everything about it!

Theresa said...

WOW!! What a gorgeous card. Love all the details. The colors are just perfect. Thank you for visiting my blog and becoming a follower. It's an honor from someone as talented as you.

Joan Ervin said...

Oh my word, Shirley...this is absolutely gorgeous!!!! I sooo love the dies you used and what fabulous flowers and colors...I love every little detail!!!!!

Kimberly Gajewski said...

This card is simply GORGEOUS Shirley! What a beautiful mix of dies! The flowers are lovely too! Truly AMAZING! Hope you are doing well! I think that I fixed my "cookie" problem. Please disregard my last email! Thanks so much! :D

Ellen said...

Stunning! your whole card is so elegant! Belongs on a wall!

Suzanne C said...

Stunning card. Love the layers and details so elegant and beautiful!

Tammi said...

Absolutely gorgeous, wow, lovely work and detail on this! Flowers are so delicate and pretty.

Elizabeth said...

Beautiful card! Thanks for the tip on bow easy. I have a Bowdabra that works well for me.

Cheryl said...

Shirley that is just beautiful. You do such an amazing job using your ingredients.

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