Thursday, March 25, 2010

I loooooove poppies!


Today is day three of the There She Goes blog hop challenges where you have a chance to win the stamp set being previewed today by the Trendsetters! All you have to do is go to each of the participating Trendsetters blogs and comment on their sneak peek post. After you have commented on everyone's blog, hop back over to the TSG Blog where you can enter your name into the Mister Linky located at the bottom of the post.

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Seriously, I LOVE poppies! They are among my favorite flowers. Every time I see one, I immediately think of my gramma :) We have been extremely close my entire life and one of things we used to always do together when I was younger was to take a walk through her beautiful garden talking about the different plants and everything else that just happened to come up. To this day, the poppies she grows are my favorite part of her garden! The petals are always so bright and silky :)

When I first started working with our new illustrator Chris, one of the first things I told her was that I needed a realistic poppy set! Being the amazing artist she is, she was able to create my perfect poppies. You guys are going to have so much fun coloring these flowers! They are also great for layering, which you know I am all for ;)

For my project today, I wanted to create a vintage style frame decoration. I first created the clouds in the background then stamped my images in VersaMark and embossed in black before watercoloring with a paint brush and various SU inks. I used my sewing machine to stitch around the edges a couple of times and sponged the edges with creamy caramel and a touch of close to cocoa. The butterflies were added to the outside of the frame with sticky tape,
Jessica
I was having issues with my sewing machine acting up and didn't notice that parts of the stitching were coming out. Instead of scratching the whole project and starting over (like I normally would have done) I kept sewing around then trimmed off the excess string and just left it the way it was. I am so glad I did because it turned out to be the perfect touch for this project!

I know that poppies are traditionally red or orange (or at least that is what the sentiment on my project says lol!) but I really wanted to color mine in pink for some reason. So for the sake of this project, we are just going to pretend that it is a washed out red, ok? Good.
Jessica2

Now hop on over to the lovely Jessie's blog to see what she has created for you!

72 comments:

Melissa Cash said...

Such a beautiful piece of artwork Jessica! Being a Cali girl, this poppy set is calling my name!

Judy said...

Great card.

Iwona Palamountain (Chupa) said...

Oh my goodness Jessica.... this is truly beautiful!!! I LOVE poppies too, and I LOVE this set!!!

Allison Cope said...

What a gorgeous card! Love it!

Bev said...

Pretty pink poppies! Love it! :)

Gigi said...

Beautiful card - and I love the pinkish red poppies!!

Banu said...

Gorgeous....:) From what I have seen so far, this set seems just beautiful.

Patti.Jo said...

Love the pink poppies and the butterflies too! Terrific card!

Patti.Jo said...

I meant terrific frame, but it would make a great card too!

Melinda said...

I just love the colours you have used - I'm the same with Poppies - they always make me think of my late Nanna - always bring a smile to my face. :)

Mercy said...

oh WOW, jessica! this is one gorgeous piece of artwork! love the soft colors against that dark frame, and the bright butterfly perched on the outside...simply stunning!

Julie said...

These poppies certainly get my stamp of approval, another beautiful card to inspire me along the way x

Lisa H. said...

fabulous! great coloring, love that you put it in a frame,and yes, the imperfect stitching really adds to the almost vintage-like charm of this.

Gretchen said...

Ooo so pretty Jessica! I like the look of your messy stitching too- it adds a bit of vintage charm! Love those poppies!!

Pip said...

I love how you added the butterfly to the frame. Very pretty.

Silke Ledlow said...

So beautiful Jessica!!! Love the frame design!!! Hugs ~S~

Wendy said...

Ho!! This set is like peanut butter and shoes for me...I HAVE TO HAVE IT!!! Your frame idea, stunning. I am going to copy you when I get it!

Alison said...

This is so lovely! I love that you stitched (an unstitched!). And poppies don't have to be red! I love that you made them pink! And, the definition was a perfect addition!

Alicia a.k.a. Crafty Al said...

You have made a beautiful piece of home decor!! I love how you decided to leave the 'imperfections'. TFS!

marcelle schauer said...

This is wonderful the way you keep on going in spite of what you thought was a loss. Reminds us all not to throw away so quickly. Nice job.

Vickie said...

Very creative and beautiful use of the Poppies!

Maryu said...

They're your poppies--make them any color you want! (Did you consider white embossing, black petals, pink centers?)Gorgeous result, love the sewing.

Beth M said...

What a beautiful project! I love the idea of creating something more than a card . . . something that will be enjoyed for years to come. Lovely!

Jackie said...

Jessica this is simply wonderful! I am loving every creating I see with this set, these poppies are just fabulous!

inkypuddles said...

I love what you did with this project. Beautiful work!

mckinkle said...

Lovely frame, it looks so pretty in the soft watercolour shades. Lovely to see such a variety of ways of using the gorgeous stamps.

Happy hopping!

Keryn :)

rhonda said...

beautiful card!i love the pink!

SnappyStamper said...

Just delightful! I love the idea of the framed picture - I may have to 'borrow' this idea!

Mary Giles (OhioMary) said...

Beautiful set and lovely story too. Pink...washed out red...it's all good. Fabulous project.

Christi said...

This is so beautiful! I loved framed stamped art! I love poppies too, the wild ones are in full bloom here in the Franklin mountains!

Rosemary said...

what a beautiful project!! and hey, the stamp set is yours color the poppies any color you want!

Tiffany Heilman said...

Beautiful clouds. Pretty piece of art.

jan farnworth said...

great job.

Dani said...

This is sooooo lovely!!!

Crafty Math Chick said...

I really like all the little butterflies all over.

~Meredith

donna calamari said...

Beautiful. the touch of green and teh butterflies really make the project pop.

Teresa Kline aka va.sunshine said...

wow, this is stunning!

enjoy *~*

Jodi Collins aka Kharmagirl said...

Oh Jess! What a piece of artwork this is! STUNNING! LOVE the frame and the design is AMAZING!!!

Carol Dee said...

Nice framed work of art.

Kim Teasdale said...

Cool frame! Love that you did the vintage effect with the poppies! The result is gorgeous and the missing stitches are the perfect compliment :)

Beautiful Greetings said...

What a beautiful picture! I have so many frames and nothing to really put in them. This gives me so many ideas! Just gorgeous!

Donna said...

Jess... This is just STUNNING!! I LOVE that you have framed the poppies and the butterfly on the outside is just the perfect touch to finish this gorgeous creation off...Beautiful work!! Xx

Laura.K said...

Lovely. I like your washed out red.

latricia said...

LOVE THE WAY THESE LOOK IN THE DARK FRAME ... GREAT JOB AND GREAT IDEA

silvia said...

Pretty framed artwork!!

kolling143 said...

What a gorgeous piece of art! Love this stamp set!

Anita said...

Amazing project! I love seeing the poppies in pink.

rosie said...

Very pretty and different in pink, love all the different ideas, neat. rosie

akagreenhouse said...

What a fabulous project!

Becky Carafa said...

So pretty, Jessica! Love the colors!

Theresa said...

Wonderfully done! See you're getting it - beautiful work needs to be framed.

Geri said...

Your sky looks amazing! Beautiful card!

Carrie's Corner said...

Cute project. I like the stitching. I definitely think that it belongs. Great stamp set!

Sheila D said...

Wow, just fabulous! I love the your style, I love everything!
this stamp set is a definite must-have.

Chris said...

WOW Jessica, this is an amazing framed piece of art, such a cool idea and your beautifully coloured poppies are perfection in pink. I loved the story about your Gramma's garden, lovely memories for you and I've had pink oriental poppies in my garden from time to time, they're kind of transluscent just like yours. Thank you for your beautiful words too, (I blush) you're the sweetest. Chris :)

Stacy said...

Great project!

Heather P. said...

GORGEOUS frame, Jessica!! Wow!

Susan said...

Beautiful! Love your coloring.

Michele L. said...

very nice work of art! I would love to have that on display

Shirley N said...

Your frame is just beautiful. I just love this poppy set!

Kate Pape said...

Poppies come in all sorts of colors, not just red and orange, so feel free to color them however you want. Yours are gorgeous.

Pam Varnell said...

Girl this frame is outstanding. Love the coloring, the sewing and the distressing. I would be proud to display this in my home. GORGEOUS!!

Kay's Creative Corner said...

Such a beautiful piece of artwork! STUNNING!

Alyssa S said...

Beautiful piece of art! You've just inspired me to make some of my own art for my house - thanks for the inspiration!

Sheila said...

And so do I love poppies.


Thanks so much for sharing your talent.

Scrapping Haven said...

Oh I just love green pink and orange together. So much spring is just amazing.
Hugs,
Ray

Piali said...

Beautiful!!

stampencamper said...

love the poppie images and the great color combo

Anonymous said...

Hi Jessica~

What a wonderful piece you ended up making! To me the lost stitches, helped to age the piece. As well as the pink (red faded in the sun over years to pink!) poppies! You end up with a wonderfully vintage look! I am crazy about the butterfly on the outside of the frame!

He IS Able,
Traci S.

SueB said...

LOVIN' these flower stamps and the card's a beauty - TFS and thanx for the blog candy opp!

Sharon said...

Very pretty in pink I think! Fabulous stamp set that I can't wait to call my own!

TropicLuv said...

This set of stamps are beautiful and you really showed them off! Super card, love it in the frame.