Saturday, May 28, 2011

Happy Three Day Weekend!

Well, the unofficial start of summer is just two days away! What do you have planned? I'm hoping to play with something that DS got for me for my birthday (this week). It's a Himalayan Salt Block! It is the most beautiful block of salt I have ever seen! It is maybe 9 or 10" square and at least 2" thick. The color is very close to a pale apricot. It's translucent and, yes, I had to taste it, salty! No, I didn't lick it! It is used for cooking! I'm thinking grilled scallops might be my first venture on Monday. I love playing with new kitchen goodies, and DS won my heart with this cooking toy! It can also be used to serve cold items and is pretty enough to go right to the table.

A sweet cyberfriend had my heart and prayers this week. Her town was hit by a very severe tornado. I was so worried about her all day. I logged on to a TV station in her area and heard my very first broadcasts from the station's constant on air updating. I had never heard anything like that before. What I saw on the screen gave me chills. I've only seen one tornado in my life. It was in the mid-1990s. I remember the atmosphere turned greenish yellow. As I looked to the south, I saw the "elephant's trunk" hanging from a very black cloud. I went to the teacher across the walkway from my door and asked him to verify what I was seeing. He did. It was not that big. It did touch down and do some damage. However, it was NOT like what I saw on my computer screen or on TV! Las Vegas wasn't the place one would see tornadic activity. The important ending to this story is that my sweet cyberfriend was safe and sound. She took shelter along with her family. Her area, however did not fare so well. There was much damage in her town in Oklahoma. Prayers were answered that day. Prayers of thanks are continually being given!

I have a lovely card to share with you today. I hope you like it. I loved making it. I used a one of my favorite images from the Magnolia wedding collection. I also added lots of goodies to compliment the theme. Here is the first image:



The cream cardstock is dry embossed with lovely floral impressions. I made some rosebuds (the ones with pearls). The edges have been distressed and inked. I gave Tilda a pearl necklace and rhinestones in her hair.



The second page of the card shows the dry embossed cardstock very nicely. I used Nesties for the center element as well as some pretty flowers.



This is the third side of the wedding card. I just love that die. It reminds me of Battenburg Lace.



Do you ever surprise yourself when you finish a card and it looks better than what you had envisioned or felt surprised that it came together better than you had anticipated? This card did that for me! I surprised myself! LOL

Well, my sweet visitors, thank you for stopping by. I am so happy that you took the time to visit. I so appreciate that you dropped in. Please come again!

XO,
Chris

I would like to enter this card into the following challenges:

1. Magnolia-licious Highlights Blog (ends 5/31) - wedding
2. Magnolia-licious Challenge Blog (ends 5/29) - color inspiration challenge
3. Creative Card Crew - (ends 5/31) - anything goes
4. Stamp Something (ends 6/2) - Something Sentimental
5. Mark's Finest Papers (ends 6/3) - ivory and lace

31 comments:

RenateKreativ said...

Beautiful card.
Hugs Renate

Barb Hardeman said...

This is beautiful Chris. I love creamy tones you've used on this card and the embellies are perfect. Hope you have a fabulous Memorial weekend. We have planned -NOTHING! Bill's sick again...
Hugs,
Barb

Rosie said...

Hi Chris! I just have to say you brought me to tears with your sweet message. I thank the Lord that my family was spared. I keep thinking about the little boys who lost their lives in Piedmont...makes me so sad.

I think your card is gorgeous! I love all the details...like the pearl necklace and pearls in Tilda's hair, and the flowers are amazing. You did a beautiful job and your creativity is so inspiring! Love you bunches! Rosie

Caryl said...

Love the design:)

paola said...

Stunning Chris such elegance and the inside as beautiful as the outside, you have inspired me to go through all my dies and try using them together as you have done. The pearl necklace is something i would have done too as i think that pearls are a must wear for a bride and i love all the stickles you've added.
smiles
Paola

Suzi said...

Gorgeous card, love the layout, Tilda and her flower girl are so pretty as is the adorable elements you've used on your card.
Hugs
Suzi x

Paula said...

Happy belated birthday! Very pretty card. I love all the details you added, nicely done:)

Linda said...

Wow what a beautifu card!!!! Love the colors and the glitter!!! Great job!!!!

Cricket said...

This is gorgeous. Love the bling.

Christina C. said...

This is beautiful, Chris! Such a stunning bride...love the glittery dress!!! A totally stunning wedding card!
Have a fabulous Memorial day!

Juliep said...

This is gorgeous. I love how you've colored this card and all the glitter on the brides dress. Very pretty wedding card.

Karen's Fun Blog said...

WOw, this is gorgeous! : )

charlene said...

Just beautiful I love it and Tildas dress is just perfect !
Hugs

cathylynn said...

Oh Chris your card is BEAUTIFUL!! Your coloring is fantastic as well as all your details. I'm loving all the different die cuts too! Great work!!
Hugs, Cathy-Lynn

Rene said...

This is such a beautiful card! So soft and pretty and romantic! And look at you putting jewels in her hair! Brilliant!!!! :D
Rene :D

Danielle said...

Beautiful card, Chris. I love this image so much, gorgeous wedding dress. The inside is beautiful
Hugs.

Riet said...

What a beautiful card Chris.

Hugs Riet.xx

Scrubbybubbles(sue) said...

This is so beautiful! What a special gift too. :)

Myrna said...

Beautiful coloring, card and LOVE her dress! Wonderful job!
I've always lived with tornadoes. You learn a healthy respect for them quickly! I'll always remember we were coming home from vacation and Randy had gone into pay for gas and I sat there and watched a tornado come down and go up again!! I couldn't believe what I was seeing! My camera was right there and I didn't take a picture!!

Cathy said...

One of the most beautiful brides and flower girls I have ever seen. I would love to know how you did the bride's stress. Just beautiful!

Sharon Caudle said...

Gorgeous!!! I love the colors and your image is just stunning, Chris! All the flowers are so pretty! Hope you're enjoying your weekend!
hugs, Sharon

Harriet Skelly said...

What a beautiful wedding card - inside and out!! Thanks for playing with Speedy's Friends!

Winnie and Patty said...

This card is beautiful!!! I love everything about it! Thanks so much for playing along with us at Speedy the Cat's Friends challenge this week!

Colleen Dietrich said...

That Himalayan salt block sounds interesting! Now on to your card...oh, wow! It's amazing what you've done with it. It has so many fantastic details. THanks so much for playing with Speedy's Friends this week!

Susan's crafty chaos said...

What a beautiful card! Thanks very much for playing along with us at Creative Card Crew this week, and good luck :)

Sandy said...

Hey Chris -- this card is beautiful inside and out! I love the way you have colored the images.
XO
Sandy

Iulia said...

Hi Chris! Hehe, great minds think alike, they say! I used the same image and even a golden corner similar to yours! Isn't this image simply adorable! You have colored it beautifully and I love the glitter on the bride's gown. The flowers look amazing and your layout is beautiful as always!
Adorable card, I just love it!
Hugs, Iulia

Janiel/ janny said...

HIYA Chris, THis is just Beautiful dear!!! Hope your long weekend was great!!!

Thank you for joining in with the fun at Magnolia HIGHLites Challenge Blog.
hugs, Janiel

Joanne (jojot) said...

a real beauty...thanks for playing with Speedy's Friends

Patti Jo said...

Gorgeous card Chris! So well designed inside and out!!! Love how you've colored the gals and added the glitz!!!

Norma said...

Chris, it’s so heart wrenching to see on TV the distructions those tornadoes can do. I cannot image what it would be like to live through one of those. Thanks goodness, your friend is okay.
A precious card you’ve created. It’s such a lovely image of a sweet moment and you’ve coloured it beautifully. Beautifully decorated inside. I don’t think I’ve seen that Nesties die on the left side of your card—it’s a wonderful design. You did a terrific job in putting this card together. Love it.
Hugs,
Norma