Hydrangea Garden

There’s a part of me that would really love to be a gardener.  The textures and colors of a well designed and maintained garden are so pleasing and soothing, and I especially enjoy seeing the colorful profusion of late spring through summer flowers.  It’s that well-maintained part that causes me problems.  My back and knees scream if I spend too long in the flower beds or behind a shovel.

Fortunately, stamped gardens don’t give me those kinds of problems (I have yet to require a shovel in my craft room, although I can’t say it will never happen.)  The beauty of stamped gardens is that they flourish in any kind of soil or climate.  Hydrangeas don’t thrive here at sea level on the dry side of the island, but they seem to be very happy upstairs on my desk:

Thankful for Hydrangeas

  • Because I Care (hostess) stamp set; Cornelli lace wheel
  • Marina Mist, Certainly Celery, Perfect Plum and Whisper White card stock
  • Marina Mist, Certainly Celery, and Perfect Plum Classic ink pads
  • Scallop Trim border punch; hand-held rectangle punch (retired)
  • Bashful Blue 3/8 inch taffeta ribbon

Now, I know you’re thinking that I cheated and used the retired Pale Plum Classic ink pad but you would be mistaken, my friends!  That pale hydrangea was stamped off a second time after I inked up the first image and stamped it.  I did the same with the Marina Mist and Certainly Celery flowers, and I could have gone on forever.

I did cheat a little with the rectangle punch and the Bashful Blue ribbon.  That punch is an old favorite and I just can’t get rid of it – I like the rectangular shape for feeding ribbon.  The ribbon…well, what’s a girl to do while she’s waiting for brand new 2010-2011 Stampin’ Up! Idea Book and Catalog goodies to arrive?  A girl’s gotta craft with whatever she can find.  I am in a world of hurt looking for accessories that work with all of my new colors.  Soon…soon.


6 thoughts on “Hydrangea Garden

  1. I’m with you, Maui, waiting on the ribbon! Nicely done and like the masking technique. Tellis us you stamped off with the plum let me know where you started so I can try my hand with MY new Because I Care set.


  2. OMG! I LOVE this card. I have always loved hydrangeas, but these. . . Love the colors, your technique, oh my. I can’t wait to see the stamp set.


  3. This is the most beautiful card I have seen yet with this set!I grow hydrangea’s and they are my absolute favorite flower. You did an awesome job with the color combo and soft feel of this card. I love your blog. Thank you for your inspiration.


  4. This is beautiful, so much so that I am posting a comment. Love your blog, love your cat.
    Those orange tabbies are such mischief makers! I had one that would push a toy train on the tracks with my son (years ago!) Wished I’d of video taped that!! They are smartie pants!!


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