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Monday, June 24, 2013

Summer garden...

Monday morning and time for a challenge from Craft Your Passion.  This challenge is "In the Garden" & requires you build a garden scene or use garden themed images.The image I am using (Pure Innocence 012) is by Heather Ellis & is currently on sale at the artist's site HERE.

Having  a black thumb when it comes to plants of ANY kind... I made a rose bush with buttons - LOL!

I started with 3 coordinating papers from Basic Grey - the top one is covered with flowers.  Each was matted with a bright pink CS that matches the buttons and areas of the DP.  The flowered panel has notches cut in the edge to accommodate the embroidery thread & hold it in place.  I made the tassel that gathers the three threads and then tied a pink ribbon around it.
Next I printed two images, colored them and then cut the top image in thirds (legs & shoes, dress & one arm and finally her head).  The bird in the rose bush is also two layers.  These were sculpted from the back with a ball tool and then attached with new glue system I recently purchased to achieve dimension.  (See the Supplies list for details).  The edges of the image panel are inked with Distress Inks and the three button were glued down.  Finally the sentiment was added... celebrate summer, the garden, whatever!
The CYP Design Team has a lot of ideas to stimulate your creative mojo... and once you create your version, submit your entry before 6/30!

Fussy and Fancy #91 - Button Up TOP 5
ABC Challenge - P= Pretty in Pink
Crafty Sentiments - Fun in the Sun
PaperTake Weekly - Hot, Hot, Hot
Thru the Craft Room Door - Anything Goes
Divas by Design - Distressing
Aud Sentiments #83 - Summer + sentiment
2 Sisters #149 - Summer Fun
613 Ave C #25 - Anything Goes & create a fat page
Osaat #169 - NOT Square
Sentimental Sunday #160 - For the Girls + sentiment

IMAGES:  The image is (Pure Innocence 012) by Heather Ellis
PAPER:  Neenah Classic Crest Solar White 80# Cover Wt. used for the images; DP is from Basic Grey's "Sweet Threads" collection; base CS & pink mat CS is from stash. 
EMBELLISHMENTS:  The sentiment "Celebrate" is a self inking "Mini Word" on a SU punched tab and mat; buttons, ribbon & embroidery thread from stash; embroidery thread tassel with ribbon bow is handmade.
GLUE: Olba's LijmKit Universal Glue used with syringes (sold seperately) is a new purchase from  Whimsy Stamps.  It works really well for my style of card making technique with sculpted images.  The syringe allows me to deliver a  pinpoint of glue, as in under the bird, or to elevate the rounded/sculpted dress, legs and head.  I am able to make as large and high support as I want - then carefully lay the piece on top of the glue.  It dries fairly quickly, but cure is a 24 hour wait for best results.  I was able to clean up the syringe and my fingers with warm soapy water right after using.  This is a Universal acid free glue good for glass, metal, paper, most plastics - I really like it so far!!  The only concern I have is that it might go pretty fast for me - I need to do a cost analysis with the double sided foam tape I have used historically.
INKS: "Peacock" Distress Ink was used to distress the edges; the image was printed on a Canon PIXMA printer & colored with Copics:

May you color with abandon, create wildly and always make what amuses you!



  1. Oh, this is so pretty!

    Thanks for joining us at One Stitch at a Time this week, and good luck!

  2. What an adorable card Ginny! Thanks for sharing with us at Crafty Sentiments - good luck!! Susan xx

  3. Such a pretty card, love how the pink ties it all together, thanks for joining us at Divas By Design this week. Jac x

  4. So sweet, just love the button tree, very clever! Thanks so much for playing at Crafty Sentiments this week:)

  5. Fabulous card and design gorgeous colours . Thank you for joining us at Aud Sentiments challenge good luck Ginny ♥

  6. Lovely card and such a sweet image. Thanks for joining us at Divas by Design this week.
    Hugs, Janine xx

  7. great card thanks for sharing with us at 2 sisters this week , good luck with the challenge Tracy x

  8. Hi Ginny,
    your card is fantastic. Lovely way you used the buttons. And I like the colours you used.
    xxx Michelle

  9. Hi, Ginny! LOVE your button garden - the birds are happy with it, so that
    is saying something right there (tee hee!) - very sweetly colored with
    beautiful interior, too. The shading in your little girl's face is so
    natural - I have trouble with that. Darling card, Ginny! hugs, de

  10. Really cute!! Love the papers you used! and the buttons and tassle! Great coloring too!! :) Thanks so much for playing along with us at One Stitch At A Time!!! Good Luck! I hope I see you again for our next challenge :)

    - Susan, DT @ OSAAT
    {Scrap A Thousand Words}
    {Sentimental Susan}

  11. Ginny, I love your button blooms! What a clever idea.

  12. You have completely captured her innocence and sweetness with your amazing colouring. Love the blue shadow around subtle yet effective. The details are wonderful on this card. The handmade tassel, the buttons on the tree, the crisscrossed floss, and the gorgeous sculpting all combine to create an adorable card. Kudos ~ginny. Thanks for the tip about the new glue system. It sounds interesting.

  13. Your papers are beautiful and bright and I love that button tree!

    Thanks for sharing with us

    Lin xx

  14. Congratulations Ginny, you've been chosen in our top 5 over at Fussy and Fancy :-)

    Please pop over to the blog to pick up our badge for your blog.

    xx Sazzle xx


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