Friday, April 17, 2015

Gardening time of year ...

Happy Friday Everyone!
Well with the April Showers, we will soon have May Flowers, so it's time to get out in those flower beds and get busy!  

With that thought in mind, I decided to make a fun shaped card using the Gardening Boot image from the Crafty Secrets 'Garden Style DAS-117' Digital stamp set.

I simply brought this image into a blank Word10 document and resized it to the card size I desired.  Then I proceeded to have fun coloring with it laying open so one side mirrored the other.  The bottom portion of the boot has a lighter shade background and a shine (like real garden boots) from the Crystal Effects used.  Sorry, I could seem to get a good photo but you get the idea.

Since my alcohol markers could be seen on the inside of my card (used the wrong paper when printing ... oops, lol) I simply laid my open boot on white card stock, traced the image with a pencil then fussy cut it and adhered each side panel to the inside.  

I used the 'Just Because' sentiment on the inside because I thought this card would be perfect to JUST brighten someone's day ... no special occasion necessary.

The only embellishment my 'Garden Boot Card' needed was a flower & a butterfly.
Luckily I had made up some paper flowers a few weeks back in various colors so I just grabbed one the color I wanted ... added the little Martha Stewart punched butterfly and VIOLA!  Ready to go!

Challenges to share in:
Moo Mania & More Challenge - Feelings of Spring
Whimsy Stamps Challenge - Color an Image 
As You Like It Challenge - Favorite? Alcohol markers or Distress Inks and why.
( I love my alcohol markers for coloring images ... like these boots!  I really like how they blend.  
And, I like my distress inks mainly for my sponging techniques.)
Moving Along with the Times Challenge - Anything But a Square Card

Thanks so much for stopping by today!  
I hope you've had a nice week and are looking forward to an even better weekend ahead!
As always ...


Kathy/NorthCarolina said...

I cannot begin to tell you just how much I love this card! It is so much fun...and so perfect for this time of year! Your coloring is amazing, as always, and I am green with envy! I'm so glad you made this..and I've shared it on our FB page today! Thanks, Dar, for all the amazing work you do! Hugs!

Alter This said...

oh i do love this, what a clever idea, hugs from your newest follower

Jac x

froebelsternchen Susi said...

I adore this beautiful card ! Stunning!

Great that you shared it with us over at
Moo Mania & More Challenges
Happy weekend!

Jennifer Scull said...

this is so cute and perfect for this time of year! now I want a pair of wellies just like these! grins! :)

have a most wonderful weekend!

Valerie-Jael said...

Love your boot, thanks for joining us at Moo Mania and More, Valerie

Rosie Schirrmeister said...

A wonderful card

Thank you for joining us at MOO-MANIA & MORE

Crafting Vicky said...

wow that's fabulous I saw your make on moving with times and just had to come and take a closer look! I was sure it was a real boot!!!!! How clever!!!!

Joann6274 said...

Wow this is fantastic Dar! I love how realistic this boot looks! Amazing my friend!!! I surely hope you have a wonderful, wonderful weekend!!!!

Janice said...

A brilliant "welly" boot as we call them! Fantastic and perfect not only for the garden but would look good on a festival goers foot too! Love your colouring. Thanks for playing at MAWTT, Jx

Michelle said...

WOW and WOW, this is fantastic. The idea is great.
Thanks for playing with us at Inspiration Destination. Hope we see you again and good luck.
xxx Michelle (DT)

Diane said...

LOVE this garden boot, and I want a real pair..just like these..flower and all!!! I guess somehow I missed this "stamp" but you have certainly brought it to my is fabulous!!

Dr Sonia S V said...

WOW Darlene ...such a stunning card
Dr Sonia
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Annette said...

Fabulous boot card!! Love it.
Annette - Netty's Cards
Proud to design for :
The Sugar Bowl Challenge,
Lili of the Valley,
Without Words Challenge
As You Like It Challenge, and
Tiddly Inks