Friday, February 19, 2010

Teacup Pansies

Hi all! Just a little update for the lack of posting and then to the card details. We have been on a camping trip with the 3 grandkids, daughter and son-in-law.  My oldest daughter is going to have her fourth child, a girl, and is due April 1st, so we decided to go now rather than wait.  My grandson LOVES dinosaurs, hence the reason we camped at Dinosaur Valley State park.  Which just happens to be down the road from Dino World, a theme park with over 100 life size dinos. He was in dino heaven!!!  We watched the weather forecasts and knew that it was going to be cold and wet the first day, maybe two that we were there but decided to go because it was going to clear up and be nice.  Right.  After a 4 1/2 hour trip we arrived, set up our travel trailer and their tent. It began to sleet with a snow mix.  I said wouldn't it be nice for it to snow enough to cover the ground.  Well, I got my wish because when we woke up this is what we found:

A snow covered park, snow covered dino's to my grandson's delight!  Eleven inches of snow had fallen!  So pretty and the kids played all day in it.  My youngest daughter was not happy that she couldn't come because of her nursing classes at Steven F. Austin SU and would miss the snow.  Not so!  The same system went right over Nacogdoches TX and she didn't miss a thing!  I can't wait to see the pictures of her sliding down a snow covered hill on a trash can lid!!!!

Now to the card details.  I made this card for the February 15th Fred She Said Blog Hop but would not get to post because we were camping.  I can't seem to get my auto post to work so Tracey posted it on the Fred She Said site as the first Blog Hop Stop.  Thanks Tracey for letting me participate while away!  This is one of her new release digi images and I couldn't wait to play with it, I love seeing these cheery pansy faces brighten the brown winter Texas landscape!

First I printed out the Teacup Pansy image 4 times onto watercolor paper. I heat set the images so that they wouldn't run when watercolored.  Then I watercolored the images with my Tombow markers and waterbrush.  I cut one complete image out as my base and then cut portions of the pansies out to layer onto it to give it a lifelike dimension. The topmost layers of the pansy petals are not just flat layered, I tilted the petals in a more lifelike position as you can see in the close up and tilted pictures.     

The centers of the pansies are accented with Stickles glitter for a little bling and the white swag on the teacup is painted with a white mica watercolor paint.  The dots are a white gel pen. The bow on the teacup handle is the same shade of purple the pansies are but it didn't seem to translate as that in the picture. 

The teacup image is popped up onto a Spellbinder Fleur de lis pendant accented with Stickles glitter and lavender pearls. I used my new Janome Sew Mini to sew the four panels.  The DP paper reminded me of china and coordinated beautifully with the blue of the cup, I purchased it at Hobby Lobby some time back and don't remember the name, sorry. The inside of the card is decorated with the Flourishes sentiment "Live life in color", from the set with the beautiful peacock, perfect for this card. It is also on Nestability die labels. I used another of the fleur de lis pendants in cream as a place to write a message.  You will see more of Tracey's new flower images in the days to come, they are awesome!

If you want to participate in the February Fred She Said Blog Hop, start here and see what the other wonderful Fred She Said design team members have created for your inspiration!  A $20.00 gift certificate to Fred She Said will be drawn from all who participate in the Blog Hop and find the words that make a sentence.  You can see the details on the FSS Blog Hop start page, have fun!

Well off to watch the Olympics and create more cards!  See you later!

Comments always welcome and appreciated, I have read each and every one left for me on the FSS Blog Hop Post!! Thanks so much!


Juliunka said...

Very beautiful card, flowers, stunning, as living. Very much the volume image.

Ann Martin said...

I love pansies and these are so beautiful! Wonderful job on the sewing and painting - you put lots of love into this card. :-) Cannot imagine camping when it's cold enough to snow, but it sounds like you all made the best of it and then some! I remember when my youngest was a dino fanatic; he would have been in seventh heaven on a trip like this.

Regina said...

Sonya!!!!! Your card is absolutely stunning! I also love violets!!!
Have a wonderful Sunday!!

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