Saturday, April 12, 2008

For my dad...


My father was a fabulous gardener. He would play in the dirt for hours, tilling the soil, planting the seeds and giving them such love and care until the fruits of his labor could be picked and enjoyed.

Alas, I am NOT. I have tried and tried to grow things. Oh, I start out great... watching those first sprouts peek up through the dirt is just so exciting! But then it turns hot out, and the bugs come out, and the next thing you know, it's August and I have a patch of weeds with vegetables peeking through.

So, since my dad is now gardening in heaven, I must resort to the Farmer's Market. I LOVE to cook with fresh produce... homemade sauces, scrumptious casseroles, new baby red potatoes... yummmmmm! Oh, sorry, I digress...


This card is in honor of my dad (I know it looks kinda flowery, but he also planted flowers, so it's ok!).


I brushed Ranger Glossy Accents on the boots so they look like rubber. The butterfly is from Anna Wight's Posies for You set. I stamped it on acetate and then put white dots on it from behind with the Inkssentials opaque white marker. I then glued the center of it to a piece of blue cardstock and trimmed it out. Makes the wings fluttery!

Can you see the double row of dots around the edges? This is done with my very very favorite tool - a Tracing Wheel! Using a ruler and this tool I can make fabulous edges easy peasy!

Do you have the gift of growing things? (I'm jealous!)
HB

Supplies:
Stamps: Whipper Snapper Designs (Potting Plants, Posies For You)
Paper: Imaginisce (for peeps sake), CTMH, SU!
Ink: Palette Noir, Copic markers, Inkssentials opaque white, Ranger Matte Accents
Misc: ScorPal, brads (from StarLitStudio), bling, tracing wheel, shimmer chalk

7 comments:

SweetMissDaisy (Anna Wight) said...

Beautiful.....

Heather McNally said...

HB - this is just beautiful!!! Your Dad was one amazing man - obviously - he had YOU as a daughter! :)

Shannan Teubner said...

This is gorgeous! My favorite part is that teensy butterfly. Love it!

Jenn Balcer said...

oh, HB! I just *gasped*! This is gorgeous!

Sue said...

Magnificent card, HB, in keeping with your history of marvelous creations.
I love the tracing wheel trick!!! (hmmm, is mine actually in my sewing basket? Or will I have to go to the folks' and liberate one?)
I also sympathize with the gardening woes - my family has largely been blessed with green thumbs. I got the recessive black one....

Stefanie Staniak said...

Love the story of your Dad, HB. It brought back a lot of memories of my dad and that will always put a smile on my face. This card is as lovely as the sentiment. Thanks for sharing another part of you !! :)

Sandy said...

Gorgeous card!! I love that part of the flowers extend beyond the layer with the main image. Love everything about the card ... colors, paper, image and sentiment.