Sunday, March 30, 2014

Breathe in the Beauty!


Sweeping and free, this set simply named Azalea is begging to be colored with reckless abandon. It could inspire an outrageous upsurge in your use of pink markers, colored pencils, and paint! Use the lush blooms of these images to let a friend know how much she is missed, or to say thanks to another who is just plain amazing! This 4" by 6" set was illustrated by hand with a whole lotta love by Marcella Hawley. 

I just adore the thought of being able to go out into the garden and snip off a flowering branch just to enjoy! And this stamp allows you to do that -- all year long! I stamped my image with Tuxedo Black ink, colored with Copic Markers (R81, R83, R85, R00,  RV0000, G40, G43, G20, BG0000) and then I accented with a white pain pen and some glitter glue! I kept my layout really simple because I wanted those flowers to be the star of the show -- so to speak! Use a Stampin' Up embossing folder, add a little paper piercing, some silver cording and then.... stamp that darling little Azalea tag from the set and add it into the mix! The gems are from Queen and Co. and on one of the layers I silver leafed the edge (thanks to a silver leaf pen).

Here's a close up!


Doesn't that image just make you swoon? Don't wait to exhale, breathe in the beauty and hop on over to see the rest of the Bloom Brigade!

Allison Cope
Christine Okken
Cindy Lawrence
Danielle Kennedy
Dawn Burnworth
Julie Koerber
Kathy Jones
Katie Sims
Leslie Miller
Stacy Morgan
Tosha Leyendekker

Tomorrow's set is sure to deliver a little dose of serenity. Need some? Check on back to see the Bloom Brigade and all its Zen-like creativity! 

~Julie


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26 comments:

Patti Willey said...

Ah so pretty! I hope to improve my "watercoloring" technique like you girls! love these stamps that just beg for you to sit down and enjoy that peaceful passtime! Lovely!

Cheryl said...

Love the watercolor look. This is a beauty.

Katie Sims said...

Julie, your card is simply stunning! Love the simplicity of your design...it most certainly does let your incredibly colored image be the star of this show! The embossing really adds a nice touch as do your gems! :)

Heather Jensen said...

What a stunning vase of flowers, Julie! I love the detail on each flower. I am in love with this set, I MUST have it. :)

Karen W said...

So pretty, these new sets are just fantastic, can't wait to get them

Allison Cope said...

Wow... Julie, it's amazing!!! I love the glow around your stunning bouquet! They just seem to jump right off of the card front. Incredibly beautiful!

Sewflake said...

So pretty, I have just the plant to use as inspiration for coloring!! A Native Azalea! I can see this one finding a place in studio. A beautiful creation with the combination of peaches and reds.

Cindi said...

Love this stamp and especially love the light colors that you used. Would you mind posting the colors you used? Thank you

Leslie Miller said...

Oh, my! Delicate and lovely and utterly sweet! Your gems are a perfect companion for this gem of the garden. A beauty, Julie!

Stacy aka Twinshappy on SCS said...

Fresh, beautiful and super coloring. Wow... Julie this screams Spring... come join me. ;-) Your sparkles on the tips of the flowers is perfect.

CherylQuilts said...

Wow, Julie, this is gorgeous, and this image is fabulous! I'm loving all I see in these beautiful floral images!! Hugs!

905lovestostamp said...

I absolutely LOVE the delicate coloring and how you've kept everything so elegant in a beautiful, understated way to keep your GORGEOUS coloring that definitely has a stunning watercolor element to it. And those little sparkly gems in that beautiful shade of pink just mesmerized me, couldn't stop looking at your card. That SU embossing folder really was a wonderful touch. Just genius, that's all I can say!!!

I'm thinking "oh dear", I like so many of these new Power Poppy stamps, but then with Marcella creating her usual floral art, I am powerless to resist!!! I'll start my LONG wish-list!!! :) Blessings to you Julie, Hugs from Ontario, Canada Joanne Lowe

Liz Williams said...

I love azaleas and mine are in full bloom in my backyard right now. I have to have this stamp so I can enjoy azaleas anytime I want.

Becky said...

Your card is just beautiful!

Grace said...

Julie I'm in love with this image and you have really brought it to life with your gorgeous coloring! I'm actually drooling over this set!!!

greenize said...

Love this card... The flowers you have brought to life. Thanks for sharing your artwork!

AussieParcher said...

Another stunning creation and the colouring of these flowers is tops.
Beautiful card.

Marcella Hawley said...

Ohhh, Julie. Your talent is so off the chart, it's not even funny. Not even a little bit funny! Not even a chuckle. Stop laughing! Straight up FOR REAL this card is pure divinity! There are so many interesting places for my eye to go, I don't know which to indulge first. Sigh. Thank you for sharing your incredible gifts.

Cindy Lawrence said...

This is soooo pretty, Julie! Love your choice of soft colors, and the white dots on the blooms really set them off beautifully! Fantastic card, my friend!

Kathy Jones said...

Oh Julie, this is so soft and delicate and your azaleas are coloured to perfection!!! So beautifully framed and accented and love how you used the sentiment!! BEAUTIFUL!!!!

Ravengirl said...

This is delightful! I feel like if I leaned into my computer screen I could smell the sweet scent of the flowers!

Mary Gillmarten said...

Love the azaleas - my favorites! I'm sure ours would bloom if it would ever stop snowing!

dpkennedy said...

Oh, this is so soft and pretty and romantic, and made me say "oh" when I first saw it! Gorgeous!

Tosha Leyendekker said...

Another beauty...but, then again, I expect nothing less from you Julie!! Your coloring, the distressed frame, the embossed background, and then the sweet little tag...all combined to create one beautiful work of art!! I'm in awe!!

ChristineCreations said...

This is totally dreamy feeling girl. the white dots really make the flowers come alive!

Jerri Jimenez said...

Julie, I don't know where all my comments went. I commented on all of your designs each day and I'm not seeing any of them. Just dropping by to say I'm so happy for all of you and the designs are all over-the-top gorgeous!