March 22, 2008

Springtime Lockhart Flowers

Now that Easter will soon come and go, it will be time for me to move on to my favorite decorating time of year. I put away all my Easter goodies and bring out my favorites......the floral and bird themed items. And that means that my crafting projects will follow suit. So here I'm starting early and have two pretty cards using Karen Lockhart's Hydrangea and Cottage Flowers stamps. I think Karen made a secret visit to my porch last summer when she drew up these two images........these two stamps totally capture the kind of fresh floral arrangements I do during the summer. And I use old mason jars and crocks and buckets, just like she has done for her stamp images. Love them.....need more.......Karen, are you listening? LOL!

Anyway on to the cards. For the papers, I used My Mind's Eye, I just love their soft, muted colors and patterns. Copic markers were used to color in the images along with Copic airbrushing. Spellbinder's rectangle Nestabilities were used to cut out the images, and die template was left in place to do the airbrushing. That's how I get that nice white edge around the main image. Sentiments from Karen Lockhart also and brads from Star Lit Studio. Notice that I usually draw in a horizon line for images that *sit*. I do this with black Copic multi liners. I love them. Copic markers and airbrush system, Nesties, and Lockhart stamps are available at Ellen's online store.
And my favorite finishing touch for these two cards was the addition of Ranger Glossy Accents to the crock and glass jar. It really brings the images to life. Now if I could just make my Hydrangea bush produce flowers!! I think it gets so hot here in the summer time that it stunts it's growth.
Did you know that's my one year blog anniversary was March 19th? I have some give aways coming up.....don't know when, don't know quite what all yet......but it's coming. My friend Val gave me this great idea to pick winners from previous posts, as a special gesture to those of you that visit often and always leave comments. So for the remainder of March, I'll be checking my posts, jotting down names, having prize drawings and doing give aways. Soooooo...you never know which blog entry I'll use as the name drawing pool. I've got to get my freebie items gathered up, I've got lots of goodies from the wonderful people I work with. Have a blessed Easter everyone!!

50 comments:

Wendy said...

Oh my these are gorgeous, Mish!!! I am loving Lockhart's images and you have done a wonderful job with these! Colored so beautifully! I just got a few Copics on my last order from Ellen so i'm just learning how to use them I hope I can do my Lockhart's justice with my Copics as you have here! Love them!
Happy Easter!
Wendy

Daniela said...

Beautiful. Love those images and the coloring is awesome !

Beth said...

These are wonderful! I love the way you have colored the images and "framed them with your Nestabilities and airbrush system. I have both of these stamps and you have certainly inspired me to go ink them up!

salusa63 said...

Very pretty. I love the Lockhart flower stamps too and especially love the adironkack chair stamp. Please keep hinting at her for more!!! Congrats on your anniversary and thanks for always sharing. You inspired me to start my own card sketch book!

Donna said...

these are beautiful as usual. I keep 'thinking' about getting one or more of these images but haven't taken the plunge (yet). I bet your home (only saw glimpses of the porch, decorated table & your craft room) is decorated just lovely. Happy 1 year blog anniversary! Thanks for sharing YOU with US

happiness blooms said...

Man Mishie, you and these flowers were made for each other! Gorgeous!
HB

Rose Ann said...

These are beautiful, and your coloring is fantastic!! I love the effect you got with your glossy accent!

Peggy Maier said...

I'm also looking forward to decorating with birds & put a lot of my arrangements outside into baskets, buckets, etc. Love the card - it is so springlike! Can't believe you've been blogging a year - happy anniversary! Wishing you a peaceful, blessed Easter weekend.

JoAnna said...

I love these cards. I just rec'd my set of Copic's and can not wait to sit down and pplay :)

JoAnna

leenda said...

Lovely, just lovely! I have those stamps on their way....can't wait. Maybe I should go hunt down that postman!!

Julie said...

I visit your blog every single day...you are such an inspiration. I have been a stamper/scrapper for 10+years...and a crafter since kiddom! Thank you for sharing your talents!

Iscrap said...

As I was reading (and looking) I thought holy moly how did you get that glossy look! I have to find some of this stuff..it really looks like water! Great cards!

Dawn Madigan said...

Love these cards, so fresh and light! Thank you for answering my question about the nestabilities! I will get those ordered soon, first order of business is some serious work on my taxes, how did those sneak up on me again!
Have a great Easter weekend and are you planning to show us your Easter baskets tags....please!
I better get those taxes started, and then those easter baskets and maybe there might be a sliver of time to stamp!

Stefanie Staniak said...

Oh Mish, these cards are beautiful!! Happy Anniversary - it has been one year that I have had this drooling problem every time I come to visit your blog!! Not sure if this is a medical condition or just a mental one !! LOL !! Thank you for a wonderful year.

Chelle said...

grrreat...now i can't live without the airbrushing system either! i just barely got a few copics to play with!! thank you for always being so inspirational (even if it affects the wallet)!! i will have to share my wedding pictures with you...the entire cabin that we were married in is filled with pitchers, ball jars, and crocks with flowers...daisies & hydrengeas being my favorites! you made them look gorgeous!!!
thanks! chelle

Kathy V said...

These are proof that spring is here (even if the weather has other things in mind! LOL). Beautiful job. I just bought the hydrangea stamp a couple of days ago. Guess I'd better quit surfing and get to stamping! Thanks for the wonderful inspiration!

Dottie K. said...

Beautiful flowers. I have to get some Lockhart imgages - that's going to be my next purchase. Just love what you did with the cards - always stunning. :)

mary anne k. said...

I visit daily and I am in awww of your coloring. Copics have not been in my budget yet but it's ok. Have a wonderful Easter

Lee said...

OH MY!!! I just LOVE mason jars filled with wildflowers!! So beautiful.....I love the glossy jar!! That dainty dp is so perfect for Spring!! Even if it IS snowing outside my window right now!! LOL

Lisa G, Prinny's sis said...

Congratulations on your one year anniversary, Mish! I absolutely love your blog and am so thankful you started it. You are a very inspirational crafter and home decorator....so thank you again for sharing your ideas. Have a blessed Easter!

Anonymous said...

Now I know why I visit every day, we share many similarities!! While I was out shopping today I saw a metal tray that reminded me of your 2 tier wire basket so I had to buy the tray for my craft room. Todays cards are so delicate & feminine, simply lovely. Congrats on your one year anniversary & here's to many many more!! I so enjoy my visits & once again, TFS! Sheila

Sue said...

These are GORGEOUS!!!! If I send you some stamped images, would you color them for me???? I love the results youget with Copics - somehow mine never look as good ....

Happy Blogaversary ....

Anonymous said...

It would be wonderful to win. I love your site and visit every day. I should be getting my copic markers any day now.

DeeDee said...

WOW!!! Gorgeous....love them all!!!Happy Blogger Anny a bit late!!!! I love the shiney look on the jar and crock....a perfect touch!!!!

Lyn S said...

I love how you colour your images! I sooo wish that Copic markers weren't so horrendously expensive to buy here in Australia!

Louise said...

I, too, love Karen Lockhart's flower stamps. you have done a wonderful job with these two. Congratulations on your anniversary!

Brenda said...

These cards are gorgeous! I visit your blog daily, but neglect to comment as often as I'd like. Thanks for being such an inspiration - your work is truly beautiful!

Anonymous said...

I really like your cards, they are always wonderful to look at. And the card you made with the Crafty Secrets stampsets.. wow! just beautiful.
TFS/Tina F.

Jo R. said...

Congratulations Mish on your one year blogaversary! Has it really only been one year though? Seems like I've been checking your blog for longer than that ;) Totally love all your creations, and I love the sneak peeks at your home decorating too!

LeAnne said...

These ARE beautiful! I just love that DP! So soft & pretty! As usual, your coloring is gorgeous!
LeAnne

Chantelle said...

How nice you can look forward to summer days and beautiful blooms. We are heading into cooler days, so I'm sure going to enjoying seeing your summery creations. These are beautiful cards. Your blog continues to inspire me in many ways.

twinks said...

Gorgeous ensemble.

Happy Easter!

CherylQuilts at SCS said...

So beautiful! Love the colors and the papers...and love that wonderful tip of the line for those that "sit." Really makes a big difference. I've been looking at these two stamps...and I think this has pushed me over the edge! LOL! Thanks for your wonderful blog. Happy Easter!

Michelle said...

OHH!! I'll have to look for this at my Fav store. What a great idea. I love the projects you make. I check out your blog daily :)

RUTH ALLMART said...

Mish, these are gorgeous! Love the glossy accents you added, the perfect touch. Is hte airbrushing easy? I've never tried it. TFS.
Ruth

Anonymous said...

amazing coloring! these cards are just beautiful. congrats on your one year anniversary and thank you for all the inspiration!!

peggy lee

Theresa said...

I love the sentiment....beautiful cards! You make it look easy.

Shirley S said...

I am learning so much from your blog! I bought a dozen Copics after seeing your spectactular works. Having so much fun with them that I am getting more use from some old stamp sets and buying more to add to my collection! Happy 1st Anniversary and many more!

Kathy McDonald said...

Beautiful cards, Mish! I love Karen's stamps, too, and I think I own both of these! I'll have to pull them out and see what I can do with them. You always create such gorgeous cards. Another thing you've convinced me that I NEED is the Copic airbrush system. You just add such a nice finishing touch with it.

Thanks for the inspiration, and congratulations on a year of blogging! Your blog is my absolute favorite.

Kathy McDonald, Seattle

Tracy said...

I love to put a few flowers in mason jars. Makes for such a lovely, cottagey, arrangement. Happy blogaversary! Been checking in almost daily. I have got to start my own sketch book like you did- that's such a great idea.

Anonymous said...

Congrats on the one year blog anniversary. I love your blog and hope you'll continue a long time.I'm new to stamping and I kove everything you make. It is really beautiful and gives me a lot of inspiration. Thanks for sharing. Bye Irene from Holland.

Marilyn said...

Love the watercoloring on this card - you always do such an amazing job!! Congrats on your blog anniversary!!

StamperSharon said...

Beautiful cards, Mish -- such a wonderful vintage feel with this paper! Coincidently, I was just coloring these same images on the airplane this week! ;)

Kar said...

I just love this stamp.... Your coloring is always awesome!!

Beverly A said...

Mish, I love flowers and I love Karen Lockhart stamps. These two cards are gorgeous. Thanks for sharing your talent with all of us.

Carolyn said...

WOW, what pretty cards, I love the way you used the crystal effects type stuff on the jar and crock. I use mine alot but never thought about using it for glass. Thanks for sharing.

Anonymous said...

I have an addiction problem called "Mish Mash"! LOL I LOVE all of your creations, and your "inspiration station"....what a cool idea! You are one talented lady...thanks for sharing your ideas, and Happy Blogaversary!

Lisa Beeman

Susan said...

What beautiful cards! They're so soft and calm. I love the Ranger Glossy Accents! I've learned so much from you. Thank you!

Val said...

These flowers are just beautiful! I love this image...I forsee another order from Ellen...I guess I had better work extra shifts, lol.

Juanita B said...

Beautiful, beautiful cards! I love, love, love the papers you use, always! Happy Blogaversary...what a time for me to get so far behind, tsk, tsk. I hope you had a BLESSED Easter. TFS.

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