Wednesday, June 10, 2009

Fields of Poppies and Friends with Personality!


I would love to have a field of poppies. They have always been one of my favorite flowers, ever since my father gave me a painting of some poppies when I was in college. I love this Flourishes Poppy Patch set - the drawings by Marcella Hawley are so realistic and easy to work with. I used SCS Sketch Challenge 232 for my layout. Click on the picture to see it close-up!


After stamping in VersaFine Onyx Black ink on watercolor paper, I used my Tangerine Tango reinker and an aqua brush to paint the flowers. Tangerine Tango retires this month, and I have hardly used it, so I am putting it to work on this card!

I used some of my stash of Magic Mesh for the 3A and 3B panels, as I didn't want to cover up any more of the poppies than I had to to follow the sketch. I made panel 2 slightly larger.

My designer paper is from the Brandywine Memory Box collection, and I used it to frame the poppies. Flourishes Timeless Tuesday Challenge this week was to find ways to use designer paper.

And now to share my friends with personality! This past weekend, after our trip to Estes Park, I was able to catch up with my wonderful friends, Cindy (Mothermark) and Holly (Toy). We didn't have a lot of time, but we were able to share some yummy Italian Sodas and coffee drinks while we chatted. And here is the obligatory picture that they graciously posed for. It was a windy day! In fact, as soon as we left the shopping center (we were at a Barnes & Noble) there was a fierce hail storm and tornadoes touching down in the surrounding area! But it was all worth it to see my friends!

They forgot to tell me about the dress code though, so I could wear pink! You can click on the picture to see it REALLY close up -- I do actually have eyes -- I was just squinting in this one!

Thanks for visiting my blog today!


Stamps: Poppy Patch by Flourishes
Paper: watercolor, Pumpkin Pie, RHR, Apricot Appeal, Memory Box DP
Ink: VersaFine Onyx Black, Tangerine Tango, Certainly Celery, Summer Sun
Accessories: Diamond Stickles, Magic Mesh, designer label punch, organdy ribbon, heat gun
Techniques: watercolor

25 comments:

Kim Nath said...

Gorgeous card as always! I love the mesh background, such a nice unusual touch and the coloring is incredible. What a supremely talented group you three make! I would think the room would explode with all that creative energy in one place.

Cook22 said...

The magic mesh looks great with those poppies - love the look of it with the ribbon.
I love poppies too - and DH thought he did till about year 3 after I planted some Oriental Poppies and they took over the garden.

Monica Hunter said...

Ooh - I love poppies, and these are so rich & gorgeous! Beautiful card Judy, and so glad you got to meet up with friends!

Vicki (basement stamper) said...

Your card is just gorgeous Judy!! Really love your take on the sketch!! :) What a couple of awesome friends to hang out with!!

Connie said...

This is soooo stunning, Judy!! WOW!!!! Love all the poppies!! Looks like you had a great time with Holly and Cindy too! How fun!

Gloria Dojlido said...

Your poppies are just gorgeous! You coloured them beautifully. How nice that you got to visit with fellow splitcoast friends.

RosesMarijke said...

What a beautiful card Judy...gorgeous!!

Tenia Nelson said...

Very nice!!!

Charlene Merrick (LilLuvsStampin) said...

I LOVE your stunning poppies, Judy! And your idea to use the mesh for the required sketch panels without covering your panels is ingenious! Gorgeous card!
What fun that you got to meet Cindy and Holly! Where was Traci? Couldn't she come out and play? :-)

Mothermark said...

You would have to mention clicking on it to see a closer view! Bad idea! Hee! So glad we could hook up! It was very fun and we gotta do it again when there is more time.....

Your card is wonderful! I love the mesh and the crinkley ribbon! Very nicely done Judy!

Holly aka Toy said...

EEK! LOL.. couldn't you have cropped the right side of that photo out!? I so hate seeing pictures of myself. But I LOVED seeing YOU!! You have the sweetest family, too!

Come back soon!!! Oh, and I love the card!!

Hugs

Julie Koerber said...

Gosh Judy -- this is fabulous! Your color just pops off that white! What fun getting to meet up with friends and talk stampin'!!! :-)

Sandee said...

Judy your card is amazingly gorgeous as usual! And what a fun time you must have had getting together!

ChristineCreations said...

What beautiful work with these poppies Judy! I was just weeding my poppies today. The first pods are starting to grow, so it won't be long till I have little orange poppies everywhere.

And what fun girls to see too!

Kelley said...

How fun!!!! So happy you got together!

Betty Wright aka gbedwright said...

Beautiful, Judy!!!! Love those wonderfully colored, poppies!!! Thanks so much for playing FTTC!!!

Buttons Ribbons and Pearls said...

Beautiful poppies Judy.I like the use of the mesh as part of the sketch. Brilliant!

Miss Iowa said...

Love the poppies! The color is spot-on.

Julia Aston said...

Love your poppies and the fun mesh panels - I have about 10 poppie plants in a hillside garden in my yard and I just love them!

how super fun that you got to meet up with Cindy and Holly! thanks for sharing the pic!

Dawn B. said...

I am sure you had a blast. I saw there were lots of tornados there. Luckily you are all safe. This card is beautiful. We have lots of poppies on the side of the roads in NC. They are so pretty. Great job.

Angel said...

Love this Judy! Makes me want to pull out some mesh! I forgot I had that stuff. And I am with you, I need to use that Tango too! You did an awsome job coloring these poppies!

chelemom said...

Your coloring is just fabulous!!! What a gorgeous card!

Stacy aka Twinshappy on SCS said...

Beautiful Judy! Your flowers look awesome, wonderful card.
So love the pictures of you three. I bet you had a great time. So jealous here... :0)

Stamp Talk with Tosh said...

Those poppies are FABULOUS Judy!! Talk about gorgeous!! And what fun meeting Cindy and Holly!! I'm sure you guys had a riot of fun!! Woot!

Cindy said...

What a great take on the sketch challenge...I LOVE that mesh - have never seen it before!