The Teapot Tuesday story this week was wonderful and had my mind racing at a 42,000 miles an hour as I read it. It was about a lovely young Native American Indian girl and her story telling. I pictured a step card, river, teepee, dream catcher.....You can imagine my shock when I read that this weeks challenge was to be tranquil - peaceful setting - inspirational words. Added to that, extra cookies for "children" and the colour blue.
Half way through this challenge I realised that I don't do "peaceful and tranquil" very well. I punched out heaps of little bright orange and bright yellow flowers, stuck them on the back wall of the card and added liquid pearls to the centres. While they were drying I cut out the little girl and garden scene. At this point DH walked in and said, "Gee that's bright"....you guessed it, for the next half hour I plucked off the little flowers with tweezers. It was worse than dead-heading roses!!
All of the dp is Graphic45 "Secret Garden" . I cut out the little girl and background with a blade then gently inked the edges. I used a Spellbinders EF for the brick wall and planter box and roughed up all the edges with an old blade (carefully)! and swished distress ink over it. The flourish (I call it my Jack and a Bean Stalk die) was done with pearlised cardstock, so is the little wrought iron fence and trellis. The trellis is actually the fence, with the little knobs cut off. I find metallic and pearlised cardstocks very pliable and forgiving, it was easy to wrap the beanstalk around the fence and trellis.
This week our cards are going to a wonderful young lady, Jessica, who has just returned from 8 months missionary work with disadvantaged children from around the world.
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Tue, May 21, 2013 @ 6:12 PM
Oh Susie!!! This is so precious!!! LOVE your little sweet girl in the garden! How clever to use her right from the DP AND make the trellis from the fence! LOVE all the little flowers in white (worth all your efforts!!!) with their tiny centers and all the leafy folliage! Your cards always delight! Another one for my favorites!!!
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Tue, May 21, 2013 @ 6:46 PM
Susie, you had me laughing so hard. Girlfriend I've been there! I have never been able to master "right-angle" punching, and told people I looked like the crazy cat lady at 3:00am with bits of paper stuck all over me.
Frist, let me say, I absolutely adore Graphic 45! Love it!! And when I saw this step card using the Secret Garden collection I just had to get a closer look. You can no longer say you don't do "peaceful and tranquil" cards. Susie, your card is full of beautiful detail, and I think it's the perfect welcome home for Jessica.
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Registered: September 11, 2009 Location: Vancouver BC Posts: 6569
Tue, May 21, 2013 @ 6:51 PM
As always....amazing. Most of the time when people need tranquility, joy works as well. Your cards are always joyful and the tiny little bright orange and yellow flowers would have been just as wonderful as the white ones.
I love your trellis idea and you can look for me casing it in the future.
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Registered: May 9, 2007 Location: Wisconsin Posts: 6031
Tue, May 21, 2013 @ 6:55 PM
Susie, this is absolutely divine! Every little detail is so intricate and special. You have created a masterpiece. Jessica will adore this!
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Registered: March 24, 2006 Location: Deep in the Heart of TEXAS Posts: 17825
Tue, May 21, 2013 @ 7:26 PM
Wow! Susie, you are an incredible card creator. This is just stunning - as all your cards have been! What a talent! You are just amazing putting so much work into each of these wonderful treasures!!
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Tue, May 21, 2013 @ 7:44 PM
Wow, Susie, this is incredible!!! I think this is my favourite of all your cards - I love the pretty dp you used and how you cut out the little girl, the trellis going up the wall, the flowers & flourish - lovely colours and so very tranquil!! Into my favs!!
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Registered: October 21, 2010 Location: in the okanagan in b.c. canada Posts: 7937
Tue, May 21, 2013 @ 8:44 PM
My friend...for not doing peaceful and tranquil much...you rocked it here....the picture adn little girl is so precious...wandering in the garden....Beautiufl job...love all the layers adn details...TFS..:0)
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Registered: March 17, 2011 Location: beautiful Middle Tennessee Posts: 47
Tue, May 21, 2013 @ 8:54 PM
Susie, The Secret Garden is one of Jessica's favorite books (as well as the movie). I love the quote on the card - Frances Hodgson Burnett. This card is so precious, it has so many details, and with the pearlised card stock I bet it has a shimmer. Love the flowers, vine, trellis and the fence, the little girl...stunning! She will love it!