June 2, 2007

Strawberries........yum!





Don't you just love fresh, ripe strawberries? I love them so much that I themed my summertime dishware around them. I found these fun strawberry plates, bowls and cups at Target and then also matched up some place mats, napkins and wicker baskets. I re-decorated my porch this summer too! I got some wicker chairs at Target, and scored some fun vintage pieces at garage sales which include a wicker ottoman, a red ice chest and a red metal serving cart on wheels. And then I added lots of pretty flower baskets. We're planning on having fun *porch picnics* all summer long.

And that brings me to this cute card and other photos. I made this card as a little centerpiece for a little porch picnic we had last night. I made that yummy fruit dip I posted a few days ago and we munched on fresh strawberries all evening. Those are photos of my front porch with my new wicker chairs, etc. I thought the strawberry card would make the perfect little centerpiece to go along with my other strawberry goodies.

Here's the details, prepare yourself! I just received a bunch of goodies from Ellen Hutson's store and boy am I in heaven. I knew the first thing I wanted to get my hands on was the strawberry stamp! The first photo shows a bunch of the other supplies I used to create this card. Can I first say that Karen Lockhart's stamps are TOP quality. They are constructed of red rubber on wood and they are splendid. The images stamp nicely and the wood mount is nice and smooth. And to me, the images seem much bigger in real life that what appears on Ellen's website. Seeing(or touching) is believing, girls! You can purchase them from Ellen Hutson's online store.

Okay, on with the details. I stamped the strawberry image with Palette Black Noir ink(from Ellen's store) on a piece of Arturo notecard. I then colored the image with watercolor crayons and an aquapainter, adding darker detail with colored pencils and a grey outline around the finished image. The color scheme I used matched the strawberry bowl I purchased from Target. For the polka dots on the bowl, I brightened them up with a white gel pen (SU!). Image is backed with red card stock then mounted onto the Arturo card front with SU! dimensionals. The patterned paper is a snippet from the Homespun 6 x 6 Collection from Ellen's store. Cute, cute little papers just perfect for cards. Ribbon and eyelets were also added to the card front.

Here's the best part, ladies: The basic supplies used to create this card are available in a kit this month at Ellen's store!! Check out the kit here. You will receive the strawberry stamp, Arturo notecards, the ribbon, eyelets plus a piercing template all in one fun little package! The patterned paper I added to my card is not included in the kit though.

I've got lots of other fun stuff to come using Lockhart stamps......so stay tuned!! Think I'll go have me some more strawberries now. It's such a beautiful day!

27 comments:

Linda (LSN on SCS) said...

Super cute Michelle! Farmers market is starting up here in Colorado Springs and I can't wait to sink my teeth into some fresh produce.

I really like how you based your colors off your Target dishware. I just LOVE Target! LOL!

Linda

Well Said Cards said...

I love Karen Lockhardt stamps! The fruit and the cupcakes are my favorites.

beate said...

Gorgeous card, Mish!

Flossie's Follies said...

What a wonderful card, so clean and crisp, Gotta go now, have some strawberries in the fridge and suddenly have a desire to munch on a few

Sherrie said...

Love your pics of your card as well as your inspiration! TFS! Love strawberries too....Yummmm....

HB said...

Mishie, your porch looks SO inviting!! LOVE the way you stage your pics. And the card... over-the-top as always!

Jenn in GA said...

strawberries make me think of summer when you still enjoy it because it's fresh and clean. your card could have the same description.

how'd you do with your g. sale? how many of the profit-making cookies actually made the girls money? hope it was successful...

Anonymous said...

Oh Michelle! I'm in love with your front porch! Simply timeless! I have to ask where you got the adorable birdhouse next to your wicker chair - I would love to find something like that for my mother-in-law. Oh, your cards are beautful too! Thanks for your inspiration.

Jeannine

Anonymous said...

Oh Love it and the PP matches perfectly. Where did you the sentiment?

QC said...

Mmmmm.....strawberries!!! I can't wait until mine are ready, but I have a while yet to wait...about 5 weeks at least ~ the flowers are just starting to open!!

BEAUTIFUL work, as always....

Juanita said...

I really wish I had a porch!! Your's looks soooooooo inviting!!Your card is magnificent!! TFS.

Juanita said...

Hi Again;

I've been trying to leave comments in the older posts and weird things a happening. I commented on one post and it went to another, go figure??? I think very nighly of your work and want you to know that I appreciate it deeply. I'll try again tomorrow.

Shabbychick Junk said...

KEY-UTE MISHIE! OMG THOSE ARE MY 2 FAV. COLORS TO COMBINE, YOU DID THEM PROUD, GIRLIE! Love that strawberry stamp!

Ida said...

Michelle, We both had the same idea (Strawberry cards)that is. I'm not nearly as organized or decorative as you (that's just not me but I do admite you) but I can't resist Straberries either & you can check out my card and posting on this subject over at my blog: http://faithartistry.blogspot.com
Love your card too! Ida

Marilyn said...

I ordered the strawberries stamp today, and I have all of her cupcake stamps - glad I found her stamps! You are bookmarked in my blogs, and I love all of your cards? How much better are copic markers than prismacolor??

chelemom said...

I just love all of your creations! And I love your name too! (I'm Michele with one L though!) This card is deliciously cute!

Cindy Keery said...

Absolutely adorable! Love the whole strawberry theme!

Viv said...

Gorgeous! I have that stamp, sentiment and paper, now I can just copy your beautiful card. I love it!

susan todd said...

Love the strawberry stuff!!!

wondering if you could help me with the pattern that you used to make the envelope cards on Cambria's site?
susantodd@optonline.net
any help would be appreciated! thanks

Anna Wight (SweetMissDaisy) said...

I LOVE LOVE LOVE this card!! I looked at those bowls/plates this weekend...they're super cute too!! =)

Rose Ann said...

I love your card of yummy strawberries! Wonderful card!

christina (cmf1216) said...

Michelle, I just discovered your blog -- don't know why it took so long! I've just spent some quality time diving into your posts! :) I'm a big fan -- your work, photos, and directions are simply fabulous! I'll be back! :)

Debbie Olson said...

Michelle, this card AND these pictures ROCK! Great job, and lovethe haircut too!

Bethany Paull said...

Great card! Love your red ice chest too.

Aunt T said...

Wonderful pictures and great card. So fresh and summery - reminds me of my summers visiting my grandparents farm.

Teresa

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