Tuesday, November 05, 2013

Life is Beautiful

Hello everyone, I hope you are doing well.

I have a card today featuring stamps by Designs by Ryn, including her new Compound Leaf that has a wonderful textured pattern.  This makes me think of summer... it's not here..... it's been colder than normal..........brrrrrrrrrrrrrrr.  



Design by Ryn stamps:  Compound Leaf, Leafy Branch (at the top) and the beautiful Dragonfly Faerie.

"Life is Beautiful" is from the 2012 Art Specially Show in the Netherlands. 

The background was created with Squeezed Lemonade,  Peacock Feathers & Mowed Lawn Distress Inks using the Acrylic Block technique.  I stamped the Compound Leaf with Caribbean Sea Kaleidacolour Ink (using the darker colours on the pad).   I stamped Leafy Branch & the sentiment with Cottage Ivy Memento Ink.

I stamped Dragonfly Faerie on separate cardstock with black, coloured with Prisma Pencils, cut her out, added glitter to her wings and attached.  I added highlighting with a white Gelly Roll pen.


Thanks for visiting and have a wonderful day,
Shirley

40 comments:

aussie aNNie said...

Shirley you are just amazing, each time it's something more beautiful than the last...if that's possible. Love these colours...is that a new background blog you made>gorgeous.xx

Wendy McCarthy said...

Very pretty Shirley, great idea to combine leafy branch and compound leaf, they look great together! :) xxx

Alie Hoogenboezem-de Vries said...

The great stamps of Ryn combine so well on this card, as well as the great colouring Shirley...lovely!

Janny said...

We have only rain. Weather to make cards. Ant this one is beautiful. Janny

froebelsternchen Susi said...

just a dream dear Shirley! Amazing!

Shilpa Nagaonkar said...

life is beautiful and this card is totally awesome. I liked your distress inks combination. lovely!
fairy is cute!
I've missed your last couple of posts,during my break, I will catch them tomorrow! :)

Crafting Queen said...

Wonderful card, love the background.

Sue's Crafty Corner said...

Wow this is another stunner Shirley, I love the colours you've used. But most of all the amazing detail you've picked out on the wings, in matching colours. I love the new stamps too. They're on my wish list at the moment, but I did get to see and play with them at Eileens workshop.

Hope you have a great day.

Sue x

Creations by Shirl said...

Adoooorable card Shirley~
BTW - love your blog header your garden looks so beautiful with all the leaves changing like that.....

Valerie-Jael said...

Beautiful piece, love the colours, and the new stamp. It's got very cold here, too, brrrrrrrrr! Valerie

lynnesbowsandbelles said...

That is a beautiful leaf and you have brought it to life with the highlights of white, gorgeous touches.
This card is brimming with a feeling of joy.
Wishes
Lynne

Suzi B said...

A gorgeous leafy card... fabulous summery shades.
Suzi B xx

brenda said...

Just gorgeous.

B x

Jeannette said...

WOW ,this is are amazing dreamy card,love the colors and stamps,very beautiful,loove it to much.

have a great week,greetings jeannette

maria's knutselplezier said...

What an amazing card , dear Shirley, I really really love it,great stamps did you used!!

Greetings
Maria

Amanda said...

Shirley this is beautiful, love the greens and Ryns beautiful stamps
Love
Amanda x

sheila 77 said...

Each card you make is exquisite, Shirley, and I do like how you take the time to describe your process. The very names of the colours you use make me want to go and buy them, just for the names. I love all the leaves and your very cleverly cut-out and painted fairy.

Sue said...

So very pretty Shirley always beautiful choice of colours lots of huggles Sue xxx

Miranda said...

Hi Shirley, this is so lovely! Such fresh greens, it feels like Spring! It's cold here and Winter is definitely coming! warm greet Mirandaxx

Saakje said...

Hi Shirley. This is such a beautiful card with the lovely elf.
And georgious leaves from Ryn.
The colours are very nice!! "lieve groetjes" Saakje

Anjas-Artefaktotum said...

Here it is cold too, soon it will start snowing. Precisely because I love your card with fresh spring colors and your stamping is amazing combined. Very well done,
warm greetings Anja

Gerrina said...

Your colouring is so beautiful, just as the colours and stamps on the background! And the header gives such a warm welcome! Hope you´re having a fine and creative week! Warm greetings, Gerrina

LonettA said...

A wonderful card! I like the fresh colors and the wonderful leafs. This card let me dream of summer!

Alex Leitner said...

Another beautiful card of yours, Shirley!
Also the other cards I looked at are great. The photo from the back of your garden ist stunning. WOW, it is really large and the colours are just gorgeous!

Karin said...

great combination of stamps, I love the colors!
Groetjes Karin x

Patricia said...

Loveley!!!!!!
Great card!
Greetz Patricia

Ryn Tanaka said...

Hey Shirley, this is one of my faves from the last while. Just love how you combined Compound Leaf and Leafy Branch. The difference in size creates the feeling of depth and makes Dragonfly Faerie feel small. Great job with her wings especially. They look magical with the sparkles. Thank you so much :)

Darnell J Knauss said...

I swear you were a little garden fairy at one time, Shirley! Your depictions are so REAL and so dreamy!! Hugs, Darnell

Bianca said...

Wow what a beautiful card!!!

greetings Bianca

Shona said...

She's beautiful, and I am so in love with the gorgeous stamps by Ryn that you use. She is so lucky to have you to showcase them, as I'm sure no one could do it any better !
PS. It's not my hands I'm worried about. It's everything else in a 10ft radius, the dog, the floor, the walls, the computer etc. :D

Gay Peplow said...

Gorgeous! What more can I say :D lovely colours again :D Hope you're doing well Shirley and I hope it warms up a little for you, Brrrrr!! Hugs gay x

Lindeke said...

Life is beautiful and so is your card Shirley! It's so wonderful
I like the colors! They are so well chosen. Gr, Linda

MaryH said...

Wonderful background for your beautiful fairy. Your pencil coloring is so smooth! Great shading and loved the touch of green sash that shadowed her skirt. Your glittered wings showed up very sparkly too. Great use of the new Ryn leaves as well. I love your new fall garden header. If this is your garden, you're an artist in the garden as well as with paints, sprays & pencils! TFS & Hugs

Felicie said...

Your Card is Absolutely gorgeous Shirley.
Greetings
Felicie

Donna Ellis said...

How beautiful, Shirley! I especially like the spaces of "white" in the leaves and wings on your darling little garden fairy. Such rich, beautiful colors! hugs, de

Ellen said...

Gorgeous card Shirley! Love the design and the colors of your background! I too have missed seeing your creations and now that my pampered Crafters Retreat is over I will have more time to visit again. I wasn't expecting to throw a temporary full time job at the school on top of it but I am back. Love it!!

SYLVIA-ANNE said...

Another stunning creation Shirley! As always, your colouring is a joy to behold, and I am in awe of your "cutting out" skills too!
Hope all is well with you and yours - hugs, Sylvia xx

Shirley said...

Wow, Shirley, she is beautiful and the BG you created for her is lovely. I really like how your mounted her too, of course!!! :-) Hugs,

Bärbel said...

Eine bezaubernd schöne und ganz romantische Karte.
Liebe Grüße
Bärbel

Marn said...

Hi Shirley!
Awww what a very very pretty card you have made!! What a beautiful and sweet dragonfly faerie! Wow her colours are so pretty and I love the detail and colours on her wings, very nice! Love that sentiment too! :) The background is just stunning with all those pretty leaves and gorgeous greens! Looks so fresh and spring-like, I love it!
Warm greetings, Marlene :)