Sunday, May 24, 2015

Hibiscus, Hummingbird and a Blog Break

Hello everyone,  I hope you are doing well.

I have a design to show today that features a background that I created while on a recent vacation.  Miranda showed us how to create backgrounds using Ecoline Inks with embossing.  I created a card using the background after I returned home.


We started by embossing a Hibiscus flower with clear power here and there.   Next added some Ecoline inks and then embossed a few more flowers.   Next I stamped a Hibiscus using Distress Inks.   I was stamping on a very uneven surface and ended up with 'non perfect' stamping which actually created more interest (I think) to the background.

The Hibiscus, leaves and Hummingbird were all stamped on watercolour paper with cobalt archival ink and then coloured with Brushos crystal inks.  Lots of fun.

Design by Ryn stamps used:    Hibiscus set, and Flying Hummingbird 2

With the return of nice weather we've been very busy with outdoor chores, other activities and I haven't had too much time or energy to be in my craft room or on my computer.    So I'm taking a break from blogging, I don't know how long but I will be back.... soon... I hope :)     

Thanks for stopping by and have a great day
Shirleyx

35 comments:

brenda said...

A wonderful card to sign out with Shirley, great inkiness as always.

Enjoy you garden and I am sure we will see you back again at some point, certainly hope so.

B x

Anjas-Artefaktotum said...

Dear Shirley, I love the card. Great effects and the coloring combination is brilliant. I love specially the bold turquoise, my favorite color.
Have a funny time outdoors:-)
Big hugs Anja

Valerie-Jael said...

Wonderful colours and design! Hugs, Valerie

froebelsternchen Susi said...

Wonderful card Shirley! I will miss you meanwhile!

Amanda said...

Beautiful card Shirley, love the technique
Love
Amanda x

Miranda said...

Hi teamie, you've made a beautiful card with that background! It was fun working together! Wishing you a good and joyful break, enjoy your free time outdoors! Sometimes we need to do that to regain energy, inspiration and building up new MOJO! big hugs and we stay in touch! xxMiranda

chrissies said...

Wonderful rich colours and very beautiful images all make this a stunning creation

Love Chrissie xx

kaybee said...

Fab card - I've just got Ryn's hibiscus stamps - love them! Have a great summer, and looking forward to your return to blogland.

Sue's Crafty Corner said...

A stunning card Shirley the background is gorgeous and also the colours. I hope the weather says fine for you and you enjoy redesigning your new garden. Look forward to seeing you when you get back to blogging.

Sue xx

sheila 77 said...

You have made a terrific background, I've never done embossing, it sounds a bit mysterious.
Love the cobalt blue strip and the bird and flower.
Have a good break from blogging! Hope you come back with your wonderful and inspiring art again one day.

Pat said...

This is beautiful Shirley as are all your creations. It is good to take a break sometimes to recharge the batteries but we will miss you and hope it will not be too long before we see you back here. x

Anneke said...

This card looks gorgeous Shirly. Wonderful
background. Must give it a try myself.
It looks Wonderful. Anneke

Darnell J Knauss said...

Oh, goodness, Shirley Girley, you are leaving us drooling for more!! This design is absolutely jaw-dropping!! Enjoy your break and the good weather and don't stay away too long! Mwah! Hugs, Darnell

Sandy said...

Really gorgeous Shirley! You are indeed the master of color combinations.
Sandy xx

Wendy McCarthy said...

A beautiful background with those special inks Shirley! A very pretty card. Xx

Beth Norman said...

Shirley, your background is beautiful. I love the details. Beautiful card. Enjoy the weather and get out into those gardens. Relax on your blogging break. Everyone needs a break at one point.

maria's knutselplezier said...

What a gorgious card!!! Great colours !! and beautiful image, again a really stunning artwork from "Shirley"!!

Greetings
Maria

Ryn Tanaka said...

Really liking the colours and patterning in the background of this card! Thanks so much Shirley :) Wishing you a good blog break!!!

Alie Hoogenboezem-de Vries said...

Amazing colours and a great technique Shirley! What a gorgeous blue colour on top!
Enjoy the wind and the sun, the garden and the birds, the flowers and the people...enjoy your blog break Shirley!
All the best, greetings, Alie :-)

Di said...

Beautiful card Shirley. Will miss visiting your blog but hope you enjoy your break.
Di xx

Barbara (C) said...

Beautiful colour combination - a lovely card. Have fun during your break Shirley - this time of the year is always busy....a lovely season for all things nature...a time I love too....Hope to catch up with you again later in the year... Barbara x

LonettA said...

Absolutely gorgeous card with a great colour combination! I wish you a good time during your blog break and I´m looking forward to see your wonderful artwork here again!
Best wishes, Annette

Gerrina said...

Beautiful colours and such an elegant background with those flowers! Hope you had a fun weekend!

Lori said...

So beautiful! You created a gorgeous background with the inks and embossing!

Enny said...

Wow, absolutely fabulous ! Great technique and beautiful colors ! Enjoy your break and your garden ! I'm off to the South of France, so I'll catch up with you in a few weeks time !
Enny x

Win Dinn said...

Gorgeous card, Shirley - I agree that the non-perfect 'accidents' add much visual interest here (and anywhere, actually). I love the look of humanity it brings to made-from-real-life work.

~*~Patty S said...

Beautiful background and card!
Your color combos always speak to me!
Hope you are enjoying the great outdoors Shirley!
oxo

weim house said...

Beautiful! I like the background technique; you have inspired me! I played with my all purpose inks the other night on water color paper. What a difference paper makes! Thanks for sharing and glad that you got away! :) Have a great weekend! Love your card!

Stamping With Bibiana said...

so beautiful, love the colors
bibiana

Donna Ellis said...

Hi, Shirley! Your last three designs are so beautiful - sooooooo colorful and eye catching! I love each one. I especially like this hummer image by Ryn, and enjoy the fantastic color choices and shading in it.

I am beginning to feel a little better. Still difficult to use my fingers, as my hand-eye coordination is very poor, and the fatigue is exhausting! LOL But I can sit up now for brief periods of time, and enjoy doing some things around the house. I have missed you and your pretty cards very much. love, de

Asha said...

WOW! Utterly gorgeous, Shirley. Glad to hear you're having lots of fun outdoors. Hope to see you back soon!
hugs, Asha

Greta said...

Just catching up on your blog, Shirley--always so enjoyable to see your beautiful projects! Hope you enjoy your break & that the good weather holds!

aussie aNNie said...

Hi Shirley, have missed a few of your great designs...LOVE this one and gorgeous colours. I received my stamps from Ryn and am eager to play with them on my mixed media and art journals....thanks for being an inspiration.xx
{aNNie My Personal Blog}

Laura Leeder said...

Here in the Creston Valley hummingbirds and hibiscus(Rose of Sharon) are highlights of the summer. Love your card design!

Dortesjs said...

Very sweet and pretty card, romantic in beautiful colours