Thursday, January 1, 2009

Stamp Simply --- Truly Thankful!

Happy New Year everyone and welcome to the very first Stamp Simply challenge of 2009! This one --- Stamp Simply 68 or ssnotime68 on SCS is all about being thankful for our blessings in the new year! If you are anything like me you have a million thank you cards to send out! So, today's challenge courtesy Sharon Johnson is all about making a Thank You card! That’s it — no other rules!!!

So, I had this sketch idea on my head and -- from start to finish, my card took less than a half hour. That is always a plus when it clicks! I used paper from Paper Crate and stamped the background stamp from Flourishes Stamp Simply Thank You set on my brown piece using Burnt Umber Palette ink. I outlined the brown piece with some gold leaf pen and then stamped the tulip in the set on watercolor paper. Use some markers and a water brush to paint it up, mat it onto some green decorative paper, add a ivory satin ribbon and some gold pearl style gems, add the sentiment in the lower corner and bam... done!

Here's a close up of the flower. I just did a real light watercolor style wash on it.

Before I go... I want to make sure to tell you to visit the rest of the Stamp Simply team! We have a new face on board too! January's Guest Designer is Deb Saaranen who's blog is Dream in Color. She is an amazing artist so it will be great to see what she cooks up each week! You can also check out Janine, Jennifer, Tammy, Dee, Becky, and AJ.

Hope you can make time for some play time!


p.s. The ever so talented Melanie Muenchinger is celebrating a year of blogging and stamp designing over at her blog "Hands, Head and Heart" and I'm hored to be a part of her anniversary celebration! Click HERE to check out cards she's sharing from all her sets released through Gina K. Designs and tune back in here Sunday when I'll have a card using one of my favorite Mel sets! Oh, did I mention prizes will be up for grabs? With great sponsors like Gina K? My Favorite Things? Scor-Pal? Paper Temptress? Even Mel herself? So head on over and check it out!

21 comments:

Dee Jackson said...

Gorgeous Julie!! Happy New Year!! May 2009 make all your dreams come true!
Hugs,
Dee

Becky said...

This card is so beautiful julie. it is just so soft and yummy. So warm and fuzzy...can you tell I love it?

Velta said...

Just plain stunning Julie...I have both of these sets from Flourishes and love these images. Happy New Year, if I haven't already said so :)

mochamama said...

Beautiful card Julie!! Love the colors and layout

A Stroke Above said...

Thanks Julie. This is just what I was looking for! It is so fresh and pretty. Love the colors. Happy New Year! Linda Crowder

Norine said...

love it the colors are just perfect
Hugs
Norine

Joan Fricker said...

Julie, this is beautiful! I love the soft colors and the way you did the water color wash on your flower. Very, very nice!!!!

Joan

Janine said...

Hi Julie!! Very pretty card.. Love that ribbon!!
Have a great weekend. We still have a housefull.. Both my sons here with their girlfriends... It has been such a fun time!!

The Rubber Maid said...

Lovely card DD is it for me, for all the great and wonderful things I do?? Have fun at Chico Hot Springs and have a dirty Martini while sitting in that awesome hot pool. Mom

Silke said...

Gorgeous!!! Your choice of colors are devine!!! Have a great weekend!!!

Deborah Saaranen said...

So beautiful! Your painting is just gorgeous! Love everything about your design!

Tammy Hershberger said...

Absolutely gorgeous, Julie! The colors are beautiful and that nice, big satin bow is over-the-top lovely!

LeAnne said...

Very pretty, Julie! Love it!
LeAnne

Shirley said...

So elelgant! I really love your colors and the design!

Cathy said...

Oh, Julie, this is one of my all-time favorite stamp sets ever and I so love what you've done with it! Happy, Happy New Year!

Kimberly said...

Beautiful!! Such soft and elegant colors!!
Have a wonderful and happy new year!!! :)

Anonymous said...

Hope you made Chico! Roads were so treacherous that friends canceled their reservations for this weekend. Trusting that you are safe! Thankfully the highway crews are being allowed overtime eventho our state has exhausted most of its weather excess funds! That savings must be the 55 mph. allowed state maintenance vehicles. Tell that to a crew member!
That tulip has so many talented appearances. Thanks for showcasing them for us all to ooggllee. Great ink contrasts. Thank you!

Mary said...

Your card is gorgeous. The colors are all so very pretty.

Mary

lovely gd Cee said...

oh... you took down your christmas trees and ornaments off of here.

happy new year!

you make the "perfectest" bow! i wish i could do the thinking in 30 minutes like you can.

Lastel said...

Beautiful card !

Tanya said...

This is beautiful!! Wow!