Monday, January 21, 2013

Purple Thistle

Hello everyone, I hope you are all doing well and staying warm.    I realize some of you live in parts of the world where it's always warm, lucky you !    Here it's pretty cold at minus 13 Celsius but at least the wind has calmed down.

The new Rose & Thistle set from Chocolate Baroque includes a variety of designs to work with and for this card I used the pretty Thistle.   It reminds me of Scotland & how much I've enjoyed my trips over there with my husband visiting with his wonderful family.    

I stamped the Thistle on smooth white cardstock with black Stazon ink and coloured with my Prisma Pencils.   I used a Spellbinder S5-015 die cut behind the Thistle.  I blended Shaded Lilac Distress Ink around the image.  The matting is deep purple (looks dark in the photo).

To create the background I started with a piece of  Basic Grey paper with a faint pattern  & over-stamped the Flower Sprig with Dusty Concord Distress Ink around the outside edges.  I used a white Prisma Pencil for a little highlighting.   I added two rows of rhinestone borders, but the light bouncing off them doesn't show how pretty they are (clear & mauve).

The beautiful scripted quote is from Chocolate Baroque's Fresh Blooms set (another favorite) stamped with Black Versafine ink.

Thanks for your visit and have a great day !


Shannon White said...

Oh Wow!! this is Just Gorgeous Shirley!! Love your Beautiful thistle image and your Coloring is just Wonderful!! your layout and touch of bling are just Fabulous too! Just Love the whole thing! 8-)


Gerrina said...

The flowerstamp is a beauty, and all the shades of green and purple make this a gorgeous card! Good idea to use a paper with a little motive; it gets some more dept together with the flowers you stamped! Hugs, Gerrina

brenda said...

You have such a fabulous eye for colour Shirley, a beautiful piece of artwork.

B x

Sue's Crafty Corner said...

This is gorgeous Shirley, I love all the greens, and just a little of the purple, it looks amazing. I also love the over stamping on the background paper, and the sentiment. Mine are all cut out waiting to go, just wish I had the time to get more crafting in at the moment.

Hope you are keeping warm.

Sue x

Sophie said...

Die Karte mit der Distel sieht traumhaft aus, Shirley.
Die Farben sind brilliant.
Mir gefallen die Farben und der Stempel ausgezeichnet, es sieht richtig echt aus und sehr ausdrucksstark.

Umarmung xx

Paula (PEP) said...

Your colours are just gorgeous & I love the way you stamped over the patterned paper. The gems look dazzling & make me think of clear droplets of water gathering in the flower-heads. The deep colour of the matting really brings the whole creation alive with the twinkling of those gems.
Paula (PEP)

Anjas-Artefaktotum said...

I'm every time excited visiting your blog! This creation is beautiful as always. Wonderful combination of stamps and colors!
xox Anja

Rosie said...

A very beautiful card, Shirley

Bärbel said...

Eine sehr schöne Karte mit wunderbaren Stempelmotiven.
Liebe Grüße.

Alie Hoogenboezem-de Vries said...

A nice flower and text stamp Shirley...nice card!

greetings, Alie :-)

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

GORGEOUS. Wow Shirley what beautiful. love that nice flower and the sentiment
Great combination
my lovely greet and big hug

Karin said...

beautiful card, the colors are great! Greetings Karin

Sue said...

Love it!!! this is gorgeous Shirley and Scotland has to be one of my most favourite places to visit me and hubby always try and get there at least once a year. Hugs hun xx hope your staying warm I'm sick of seeing snow ! lol

Bonnie said...

Beautiful, Shirley, just beautiful!

craftystamper said...

Beautifully colored thistle. Love it. Have a great week.

Donna Ellis said...

Shirley, this is one of my favorite cards from your gallery. How beautiful! The background looks amazing, but your intense coloring is spectacular. SUCH a pretty card! wow!

friemelchen said...

Eine traumhaft elegante Karte in wunderschönen Farben ist das!

maria's knutselplezier said...

What a gorgeous card Shirley, I rellay love the flower, o, the special background and the beautifull words !!Wonderful creation!!


cparsons said...

Wow, I love love this!! The image, the colors. I just recently bought a thistle stamp from Stampin' Up and you've given me some ideas!

MaryH said...

Absolutely gorgeous. Love the added touch of the rhinestone double row. Your coloring is perfection, and great idea of stamping on the pattern paper. TFS

Marn said...

Hi Shirley! Wow what a very very pretty card! I just love it! What a pretty image, the thistle is so pretty! Love the way you coloured it, beautiful greens, then that bit of purple, nicely done! Love that shade of green in the background, and really nice sentiment! Love the rows of rhinestones too, what a nice idea! Well done!
Warm greetings, Marlene