Hi Everyone. Happy Saturday.
I don't know about you... but I am STILL not ready for Christmas. I know it's just around the corner, but I seem to have so much to do before I can call myself remotely ready!
Our dear friend, Rach has not been at all well the last week, so I made this card just for her. I saw that the new From the Herd set - SU Occasions Catalog 2015 - has a get well sentiment, and I knew this would be perfect.
This is such a fun image and, considering our house tends to be a bit of a menagerie, the image is totally appropriate :-)
So, Rach - I hope this brings a smile to your face and we did want you to know that we have been thinking about you this past week :-)
There is so much going on for the front of this card, that I left the inside nice and plain - so that the sentiment could shine - and I love the way it follows on from the outside sentiment :-)
I began by stamping the animal stamp onto xpress paper - it really is one of the best papers for use with Copics and then got to work on coloring the critters. You can tell that I had a lot of fun coloring them in and it was very relaxing!
You might be wondering about the background - that fabulous forest background - well, that's from the new SU Adventure Bound specialty paper. It's actually photographs and I thought it made the perfect backdrop for my little menagerie. Once I finished coloring them, I fussy cut around them and then adhered them to the photo DSP.
I didn't want the sentiment to really detract from the image, so I stamped the sentiment onto a piece of self-adhesive mulberry vellum and adhered that to the top part of the card.
Rach, I hope you enjoy your card and we really do hope that you are feeling better.
On a personal note:
I thought I would share a couple of shots from the garden with you. It was the first time we had seen sun in nearly two weeks, so I took advantage of that and enjoyed watching the wetlands with a fresh fall of snow.
As my long time blog reader's will know, when we built our house the builder wanted to remove the tree stump - we told them under do circumstances were they to remove it... and we are so glad we made that decision. The woodpeckers love it - as you can see from all of the holes in it now. The Pileated Woodpecker always makes me smile - but I loved this shot of him.... oh... and it was taken before the sun came out :-)
Don't you love his red head? They really are so amazing and so prehistoric. We are so lucky to share our little spot of wonderland with them.
I'll try to be back with another card tomorrow. In the meantime, warm hugs and prayers for those of you who need a little lift tonight. If you are traveling for Christmas - safe travels!
Card recipe - all ingredients Stampin' Up! unless otherwise noted:
- Stamps: From the Herd
- DSP: Adventure Bound
- Card stock: Basic Grey. xpress (Copic)
- Inks: Memento Black. Copic Markers