Thursday, March 28, 2013

African Daisies for Easter

Hello everyone,  Happy Easter Weekend!

I have a couple of cards today featuring stamps from Designs by Ryn.

This first card features Ryn's African Daisy, Seaweed set & Sea Bubbles.     I must have 'Spring Fever' with these sunny colours.    We are still waiting for our snow to melt, but it is getting milder, I can't wait to get into the gardens again.

The background is a piece of watercolour paper that I used as a 'mop up' sheet of green & blue from other projects.

I used both stamps from the Seaweed set - the outline and solid design to create the 'foilage' with Pine Needles Distress Ink.  I used a white Gellyroll pen to colour inside the outline branches. I stamped the small Sea Bubble along the edge with black Versafine Ink and again highlighted with the white Gellyroll pen.  I embossed the Daisies with black and coloured with my Tombow markers.

The sentiment is from Chocolate Baroque's Words of Gratitude set.

And below is a second design using the same African Daisy stamp.   The actual card is much more vibrant, the photograph is dark unfortunately and I tried many ways to get it to come out properly.   

I started with Dylusions Inks in the background (red & purple).    I used Dylusions Luscious Leaves stencil with Viva Decor Bronze Modelling Creme.  I love the texture & shine you get using this creme.  It dries quickly, you need to clean your stencil immediately with water after using. 

I used Seedless Preserves Distress Ink to stamp the Leafy Branch  and blended more around the edges of the background.  The African Daisies were embossed with gold,  I used Mica Colour paints to colour & added Copper stickles to the centres.    All stamps are available one line at Designs by Ryn's webstore.

The African Daisy is also available at Crop Circles. 

Thanks for stopping by and enjoy the weekend!


Sue said...

Stunning as always your work I truly do..its a bit warmer here the awful chilly wind has gone hope you have a wonderful Easter hun huggles Sue J xxxxxx

Sue's Crafty Corner said...

Two stunning cards Shirley, I love the zingy greens and yellows of the top card. But I also love the reds in the second, along with the leaf design in the paste around the edge.

Have a wonderful Easter, and I hope your snow soon melts.

Sue x

Ryn Tanaka said...

Hey Shirley, wishing you a lovely Easter! I just love the gold border that you framed the flowers with in the second card and the slightly different hues you used to colors the flowers with. The first card is my favorite. Amazing use of Seaweed Set as foliage and Sea Bubbles Set as a border. Very creative!

Darnell said...

Such visions of loveliness, Shirley! I especially love your "mop up" sheet. You're too much!! I wish you and your family a Happy Easter and the arrival of Spring full-time!! Hugs, Darnell

maria's knutselplezier said...

Great flowercards, Shirley, love your background and colors!!!

Have a piecefull Easterweekend !!!


Patricia said...

BEAUTIFULL cards, the first one is my favorit because i love the colours!
Happy Easter to you to!
Greetz Patricia

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

So beautiful Shirley. This card gives i little bit Spring. Outside here it is cold and it is freezing. Your flowers brings the sun.
Happy Easter and lovely greet and hug

Wendy said...

Wow! Both cards are beautiful Shirley! Love how you've used the seaweed- Ryn's stamps are so versatile aren't they? Those bronze leaves are just amazing, gorgeous effect on the red background. Have a happy Easter! xxx

Gerrina said...

Two beautiful cards! Love the warm colours and the gold on the second, but the first is fav! Slowly I´m getting a kind of spring-fever here aswell... Love the fresh colours and the perfect background for this flowers! Happy Eastern, hugs, Gerrina

brenda said...

Really like them both Shirley, but the colours of the first really are my favourites and the depth you have created with the highlighting.

Hope you managed to get into the garden over Easter, wishing the same here because like you we have a lot to deal with, about 2 acres and it soon gets away from you if left.

Wishing you a happy Easter.

B x

Karin said...

wow two beautiful colored cards, love the way you used the stamps on the edges on the first one! Happy Easter!

Paula (PEP) said...

I absolutely love your first creation - just the combination of your use of white with the colours & the way this daisies look like sea anemones - it's a gorgeous underwater scene & I love your matting technique with the black plus a colour from the image; maybe I see it because it's something I've been thinking of. Your second is equally striking but so different - there's a sense of luscious decadence & the mauve glow discernible on each of your flower centres is something else when seen alongside the copper.
With Easter Greetings
Paula (PEP)

Miranda said...

Hi teamie, lovely creations with the Ryn stamps! Great backgrounds and the first one is really creating a Springtime feel! Lovely Easter days! warm greet mirandax

ALIX said...

They are really spanning, those 2 creation, as usual!
The green one is my favourit , I love the way you made those white spots, it super!
Gr alix

Sophie said...

Zwei wunderschöne Karten.
Die Blumen sind so leuchtend und so charmant.
Die grüne Karte ist mein Favorit - ein Traum.

Schöne gemütliche Ostertage, liebe Shirley
Sophie xx

linda said...

these are both gorgeous shirley! i love them both equally for their vibrant colours and as always, i love the backgrounds you've created. i also love the gold leaves and edging on the flowers. hope your snow melts soon and that you have a happy easter weekend.

Nan G said...

Love love the first piece! Great way to use the seaweed and bubbles! So cool.

Zoe said...

These are both gorgeous Shirley, I do love the green one, I love you've used the sea bubbles, genius xxx

Suzi B said...

Gorgeous cards, I like them both but the first one is my favourite.... love it!
Suzi B x

Donna Ellis said...

OHHHHH, SHIRLEY!!! These are gorgeous! I especially like the "white" details in the top card, and the gold details in the red card. The African daisies are pretty in both cards, but they are each done so uniquely - does not even look like the same image! Amazing what the different art mediums achieve in the appearance, isn't it? BEAUTIFUL cards! I like that you used the "mop up" page for your background. Great idea! hugs, de

Ellen Taylor said...

Jaw dropping gorgeous cards Shirley! Love the frame you created on the first one with the sea bubbles and those golden leaves on the second one! Both are really outstanding! Wishing you a sunshine filled happy Easter!
Hugs and love,

Shona said...

OMG !! I bow to your brilliance!

Petra Tillmann said...

Beautiful cards, Shirley!

Happy Easter to you! Enjoy!

Alie Hoogenboezem-de Vries said...

Such lovely creations Shirley...the paste on the 2nd card is amazing!

Happy Easter, Alie :-)

Colleen Dietrich said...

Oh, Shirley, how gorgeous! I like both cards. The bronze modeling creme on the second one is just captivating. I had wondered at first how you 'embossed' the vine and made it look so perfect. Now I know your secret!

Those African daisies are beautiful. :) Happy Easter, my friend!

Bonnie said...

I wish my mop ups looked this amazing, Shirley! Happy Easter!

Barbara said...

Both beautiful the green one. I know what you mean about colours not looking as bright when photographed. I seem to have the same problem, but this green card looks very vivid xx ;-(

Shannon White said...

Both are soo PRetty and Vibrant Shirley! Love both!! Couldn't pick a favorite if I tried! 8-)

Hugs & Happy Easter Wishes!

Janny Jager said...

Very very beautiful Shirley.
Love them both.
Greetings Janny

Bianca said...

Both cards are beautiful, great colours

greetings Bianca

Marijke said...

just amazing, love them both