Monday, July 30, 2012

A Peacock and Gardens

Hello everyone !

I hope you had a great weekend and getting a chance to watch some of the Olympics.   I haven't had time for crafting recently - it's summer & we are busy, but I thought I would post a card today that I created recently for a friend's birthday.

She likes Peacocks so I took out my Chocolate Baroque -  Peacock Fan set along with Impression Obsessions - Peacock Feathers 3065-SM to create this card. 

The background was created using Tombow markers, water & salt on watercolour paper.     This one was created by using left-over paint on my craft mat so the colours are subtle.      The Peacock, Feathers & Centre were all embossed with gold, coloured with Tombow markers, cut out and adhered to the background.  A few rhinestones, and layers of cardstock and it's done !  

I've been able to garden a little more as my knee is doing much better :)  I'm so lucky.    It's not 100% but I'm happy to get back into physical activities again.    I thought I would share some photos of our gardens here.

Our sweet boy Archie (our male kitty) likes to hang out & watch me as I make my rounds.  Above he is sitting on the patio as I'm taking a photo through the gardens.

Thanks for stopping by and have a great week.


Creations by Shirl said...

You sure have a beautiful garden. How big is your lot? Very home too! lovely card and I'm sure your GF will enjoy it as much too.....


The Peacock images are wonderful Shirley - love the colours too. I am pleased to hear that your knee is much better - I hope things continue to improve.
As for your gardens - WOW, they are magnificent. I just scrolled down to begin with, and assumed you had visited a stately home!!
Take care - hugs, Sylvia xx

Anneke said...

Love the colors of your card, beautiful!
And your garden is awesome, wow, beautiful pictures, thanks for sharing!

cparsons said...

I like peacocks too! I have a stamp from IO that is a butterfly made out of peacock feathers. Stampin' Up has one that I want too. Your gardens are lovely, so lush and green. Like much of the U.S. we are suffering from a drought. Glad your knee is better!

maria's knutselplezier said...

Your card is so beautifull , I love the subtle colours and the way how you made your background!!!Really lovely, and your garden is so beautifull, waw, thats really a garden to sit in all day, but I think you olso have to work in it all day?,When I was young we had such a beautifull garden too, but all the free time of my father went to the garden, it's a lot of work to get him so beautifull isn't it!!??,


Marijke said...

both your garden and card are beautiful

Marja's Stamp Addiction en Marja's Creativity said...

Dear Shirley your card is beautiful but I love your garden so much. Wonderful and I understand what time it cost to hold them up to date. marvelous. Have a nice day and my lovely greet

Sophie said...

Wow, Shirley, du hast einen herrlichen Garten.
Einfach nur dasitzen und träumen...wunderschön.
Aber ich weiß auch, dass ein Garten ganz viel Arbeit macht, wenn er so aussieht. So schöööön...

Und deine Karte ist dir auch wieder sehr schön gelungen.

Ganz liebe Grüße und viel Freude im Garten

Sue's Crafty Corner said...

A gorgeous card Shirley, I'm sure your friend loved it. I especially like the way the background is more subtle, it makes the peacock stand out more.

Your garden is amazing, and so big. It's a good job you like gardening, I think I'm gardening when I go out and sit in mine, and look at the plants (I won't call them flowers, because I think some may be weeds).
I'm glad your knee is healing so nicely and you are getting to do all the things you normally do.

Sue x

Alie Hoogenboezem-de Vries said...

A great card Shirley! The peacock is so nice as well as the've used great colors for it!

And your that needs quite some time to make it look as gorgeous as it looks...some kinde of paradise!

greetings, Alie :-)

Miranda said...

Hi Shirley, lovely peacock card! And wow your garden is so lovely and definitely need a lot of time to keep it that way, you must be a busy lady doing that! Like Alie said, it looks like a little paradise!
warm greet Miranda

Marn said...

Hi Shirley,
What a very very beautiful card!! Beautiful and subtle background, and just love those soft blues and yellows throughout the card! The peacock is sooo pretty, what a great job with the colouring as always! Just love love those feathers too, wow they are great, what a nice touch!
And last but not least, your garden is looking VERY good, so pretty and so lush! Yes I agree, a true paradise!
Warmest greetings, Marlene :):)

Ted and Helen Howard said...

Hi Shirley,
How beautiful is your card!Love the backgrounds especially being a Tombow girl myself.
I absolutely think your gardens are stunning and see where you get all your inspiration from.Thanks so much for sharing with all of us.

Ellen Taylor said...

Wow Shirley your gardens are booming gorgeous! So glad to here your knee is doing better! Your salted background is awesome as always! Perfect with those gorgeous feathers and peacock!

Ellen Taylor said...

P.S. Thanks for sharing my blog candy! Good Luck!!!:)

Ina G said...

Wow - wish my garden looked like that but then it is winter here and I am looking forward to getting back into mine as soon as it warms up a bit. Thanks for sharing.