Sunday, August 26, 2012

Hiking Edwin Celebrates a Birthday!

Good morning, Sweet Readers,

Well, another month is coming to a close. Thank you for always coming and visiting my blog over the months. I so appreciate it!

Life has been quiet. The end of summer can be felt in the air. There are flocks of geese heading south. I've seen three flocks just this week! I'm waiting for my little hummingbirds to leave "home" and head south. This brings me to a "Soapbox Moment." LOL

I was thinking about how often I hear the word "AMAZING" being used. I watched a TV show the other day. A woman was describing an ice cream flavor as "AMAZING!" To me, something that is amazing is our ability to reproduce! What an AMAZING miracle that is! The fact that my little hummingbirds fly over a thousand miles, as tiny as they are, to their southern roosting grounds only to return, the following Spring, to the SAME place they left in the Fall! THAT IS AMAZING; ice cream - not so much, LOL The hummingbirds manage to remember the way to and from, remember the location, and manage to survive! I'd love it if you left a comment telling me something YOU feel is truly AMAZING! I'd love to read what you believe is amazing.

Oh, let's pick a winner from those of you who left a comment on my post, "Tilda Sends Sew Much Love." The lucky gal is ---


Please e-mail me using the link on the right so I can send a goodie out to you!

I have a really fun card to share with you today. The challenge at HOOKED ON CRAFT is...


How fun is that? The sentiment is up to you! All we ask is that you make it a masculine card! Oh, of course, there will be one lucky person who will win something I would love to win! How about a

Here are the details: This challenge will run from August 27 through September 29. You are being challenged to create something for a male. Think about Father's Day (in Australia), a birthday, Congratulations. It's up to you. HOOKED ON CRAFT has the most gorgeous flowers! They have beautiful colors and are very well made. Karen does ship world wide! Take a peek and give her flowers a try if you haven't done so yet. You will NOT be disappointed!

Here is my creation to help your creative juices start flowing. The flowers found on the front and inside are from HOOKED ON CRAFT

For the front of my card, I used the following HOOKED ON CRAFT products. Just click the link to go right to the store's listing.

FERN LEAF - I thought it looked like a nice shrub.
Green Leaves
Brown Calla Lilies
Peach Carnation
Medium Peach Carnation Bud
Small Peach Carnation Bud
Green Tiger Lily

I loved creating the scene so that Edwin wasn't just standing there with nothing behind him. I finally had a use for the Magnolia airplane stamp! I added Diamond Glaze to the windows so that they look like glass and KindyGlitz to the waterfall and clouds. The clock and tree dies are Tim Holtz. Just before falling asleep, I got the idea to have the plane pulling the birthday banner, LOL. Talk about a time when my brain is creative - right before I zonk out! LOL The stamps are available at MAGNOLIA-LICIOUS. If Diana doesn't have them, just contact her and I'm sure she will order them for you. MAGNOLIA-LICIOUS has the best prices on Magnolia stamps! There are great discounts as well in addition to store credits accumulated with purchases. Customer Service is the very best! Please look into shopping at MAGNOLIA-LICIOUS! I do!

Waterfall Background - 2009 Pet and Animal Collection
Hiking Edwin - 2012 Turning Leaves Collection
Airplane - 2010 Bon Voyage Collection

Now for the inside. Here it is:

I wanted to keep the very rustic theme of the card. I love the background paper that I found in my stash. LOL **I just can't throw anything away!** The moose and the tree are rusted metal. Years ago, I bought a ton of these rusted metal embellishments. Again, before dozing off, I remembered I had them somewhere in my scrap room. The operative word is "somewhere." I had NO idea where I had put them! LOL I carried over the burlap strip from the front and repeated it on the inside. I also added some Autumn colored feathers. I love, love, love feathers on cards. Here is the list of flowers I used from HOOKED ON CRAFT. Just click the link to go right to the store's listings.

Peach Carnations
Aqua Tiger Lilies
Brown Daffodils
Brown Fern Leaf
Large Brown Leaves

Thank you so much for visiting! I hope you will come back again! I love your visits and reading your sweet, supportive comments. Thank you for taking the time. Remember, leave a comment sharing something that you think is AMAZING! I'll have our son pick a number, and one lucky gal will win a little somethin', somethin' from me, OK?



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


..Karen said...

This is great! : )

Paper Tails said...

WOW! What a masterpiece. You did a fabulous job with the design, coloring and DP.....


Rene said... I just left this hysterical comment and it is floating in cyberspace somewhere (which is why I can claim it was hysterical...I mean, who can dispute me since it's lost?!?)! So annoying! Anyway, your card is...wait for it, wait for it...AMAZING! Lol, you knew it was coming, right? If I were Edwin, I would never come home. Your forest scene is awesome...I think trees are AMAZING!
Rene :D

Candy said...

Hi Chris,
My goodness what a fabulous card!
It must have taken days to make it.
You have been able to put so many embellishments on it!!!
The outside is wonderful with all the colouring you have done.
Inside your paper choices are great!
Love the addition of the pretty feathers.
It's the perfect card for your rusted metal :o)
Big hugs, Candy

Anonymous said...

What a wonderful scene and just perfect for a male Birthday, Beautiful card inside and out
hugs Julie P

Leslie Turner said...

Absolutely gorgeous card, Chris! I don't do man cards very well and this is so inspiring! I just love Edwin! Now, what I think is AMAZING is Fall weather after a hot summer (I live in north FL)!!

Leslie Turner said...

P.S. I'm tickled to be a blog comment winner! Thank you so much! :D

paola said...

GORGEOUS Chris, i just love that you also managed to add flowers, and to a mans card, you go girlfriend!! the scene you created is so sweet, the whole ensemble another little masterpiece inside and out

Jean said...

Chris, I love, love, love your card. so much color and such great coloring. Your Layout is so perfect for Edwin and I LOVE the inside.. the paper is so gorgeous and it is all so stunning.. A great little card. Great job done!
Hugs, Jean (from hurricane country right north of New Orleans!)

EnblogSail said...

This is a WOW WOW card! Very interesting!

Lisette Morris said...

Wow!! Such amazing detail! Fantastic card!

As.I.Do.Rodos. said...

Fabulous card hugs Ginny ♥

Doreen Horats, Clayton said...

Wow this is a fabulous card. Very fun and colorful.
Blessings Doreen

Christina C. said...

OK.....what is truly AMAZING to me is the birth of a child!!!!

Your hiking Edwin is gorgeous, Chris....I've been thinking of using that very same background from the Bon Voyage collection....too funny!
The inside is spectacular....loving all the fabulous details and your coloring is superb! I just love that Tim Holtz pine.....must get that!

Linda said...

Wow what a stuniing scene Chris!!!!! This is really gorgeoius work !!!!!! I love it!!!!

Suzan L said...

Hi Chris, your card is gorgeous inside and out! I love the scene you have created with the Hiking Edwin! I just used him as well!Have a wonderful day!

cathylynn said...

Looks like Edwin is on a real adventure! Lots of great coloring and details. You did a fabulous job!
Hugs, Cathy-Lynn

Norma said...

Wow, Chris, fabulous card. Amazing attention to details. Love the scene you've created. Awesome colouring. The inside is just as beautiful as the outside. Terrific job in putting this card together. I love it!!!

Kelly Neis said...

God's Grace is amazing and his son dieing for our sins to be forgiven. My life as a mom to watch and teach my children and see who they are becoming is amazing.
Chris on a craft note, I think your card is amazing because it has so many artistic talents in it, I love every inch of what you created and colored, the style and embellishments you put into it. This card is one of your bests.

Cathy Lee said...

This is gorgeous, Chris. Edwin looks so handsome and I love how you decorated the inside. Fabulous card.
Cathy Lee

Pam said...

Gorgeous card Chris....inside too. Love all the details.