Tuesday, August 18, 2009

Sharing some happy mail!

Gosh, blog world is so fun... especially when your friends send a little love to your mail box! I have had a lot of cards sent my way this summer and I realized the other day, I have yet to share them here!! I thought I'd post them here so that you can be just as inspired as I am by these fabulous works of art!

This first one is just a creative genius at work! I keep telling Barb Schram that she is too talented for her own good! This card is actually a window card. You can't see it very well but the table and chairs are behind an acetate style shadow box and the "overhang" she created with decorative paper comes down over the "window!" Isn't that incredible?
I've held on to this one from Flourishes Owner, Sharon Doolittle because the set she used just was released last weekend (Cherries and Peaches)! Isn't her coloring AMAZING?

Speaking of amazing coloring, Christine Okken truly has a way with color and I admire her work immensely! I have to tell you, her artistic edge is even more impressive in person!

I got this beauty from Nancy Kirk (also an owner of Flourishes) and I loved how she created her background with color! Even after holding the card in my hands, I have no idea how she did it! Copics? Maybe. Watercolor? Hhhmmm... don't know! One thing I do know is... it is beautiful!
As many of you know, in mid-July, I hopped on an iron bird to meet up with some stamping buddies and we met up in Shipshewana, Indiana. Well, when we were there, we actually found this paper below that is the base of Darlene Pavlick's card! Isn't that hysterical! I thought it made up the cutest Thank You card! Thanks Dar!

This next card by my coloring buddy Denise Gooch has a funny story behind it! I open the card and see this beautiful wreath with my favorite shade of plum. I thought, 'With Kind Thoughts?' How sweet! What did I do to deserve this?
Then, I opened up the card and nearly threw it across the room! I screamed when I found this hopper inside (see photo below)! You see, I was telling Denise that our neighborhood has been literally overrun by grasshoppers. It's so gross! So, this was Miss Denise poking fun. After I nearly threw the card, I did laugh hysterically. Only Denise!

When Dee Jackson sent me this beauty, I couldn't believe the richness of her creation! She did this card using chalks and it is truly a stunning card not only in blog land but in real life! I wish she lived closer because I'd tell her to come over for a play date to show me how she made it!

Speaking of southern gals... Betty Wright mailed out this gorgeous card after she got her hands on some of the Copic collections that Flourishes put together. This card is just as beautiful and vibrant as Betty herself!

And last, but NEVER least is this java lovin' creation from my bud Janine Orchard. She is really my BFF in blog land! And, she knows my weakness--- COFFEEEE!! She is too sweet. Every now and then she'll send me some of the best beans ever for my afternoon coffee. So, this creation was very sweet!

I'm happy to say that each and every one of these creations is now on my inspiration wall....so I can look at these cards to help the creative juices flow!

Thank you ladies! You have no idea how much each and every one of your cards brightened my days! Thanks for stopping by! See you back here soon!


Janine said...

You are the SWEETEST ever!!!
What wonderful creations everyone has sent you... Hope all is well... Are you busy with work?
I had my niece here this past weekend... Fun to have her here.. Spent a ton of time in the pool!!

denise g. said...

As I scrolled down thru the beauty found in your mailbox, it hit me why I had to put that hopper inside your card. It was the ONLY way I could stand out amongst the truly INCREDIBLE mailbox droppings you receive, oh great stamping goddess! Thanks for sharing!

mochamama said...

wow Julie, you are soooooo loved girl! These are all beautiful

The Rubber Maid said...

What a wonderful bunch of mail to receive. All of the cards are just great. Lucky ducky you. TFS, MOM

Diane said...

Gotta love the great blogging land!
They are all so beautiful,just like you Julie!

Darlene (SCS:akronstamperdpk) said...

Thanks for sharing these works of art!! I certainly see a couple "casings" in my near future!! LOL!!
Hope you have a great week!!

Karen W said...

Wow, thanks for sharing these, they are all fabulous, lucky you!!!

Norine said...

your are very lucky to have all these beautiful cards

Betty Wright said...

Well, aren't you the sweetest ever to showcase all these cards!!!! What a concept? Love the suite of cards!!! Thanks for showcasing mine!!! I am glad you liked it!!!

Anonymous said...

Julie, what gorgeous show 'n tell creativity! Thanks for sharing; a most lovely read and oogle upon returning from (K miles) road trip.
That release party must have been something else! These new set cards ziprip the imagination. Ah, craft room. Keep Looking Up!