Sunday, March 20, 2011

Happy First Day of Spring!

What a wonderful first day of Spring it was - temps in the 50s, a gray overcast sky, and rain coming! Any rainy day in the desert is a good day because we need the water! Also, I know that on any given day in June, July, August, or September, I'll be dreaming of temps like today!

As I sat at my scrap table and gazed out the window, I noticed that my two bridlewreath plants had fresh, green leaves! They're awake! I love bridlewreath bushes. We had them at our home in Bucks County, PA. We also had gorgeous forsythia bushes which just don't grow well here. At least the bridlewreath can take the heat!

I have a new card to share with you today. I thought I had the frog stamp. I just KNEW I had the frog stamp. I went through all my stamps and it must have hopped away, because there was no frog stamp to be found! So, I ordered one to complete the card I had started. I am such a reflective person. I have ideas bouncing around in my head for months before they all fall into place. Such is the case with this card. I hope you like it. Here it is:

I loved this Basic Grey paper! It was just right for a masculine card such as this. I've inked and distressed the edges, added lots of layers, too. There is machine stitching around the stamped image. The wings have been filled in with glitter glue as is the frog's crown. It adds just the right amount of sparkle! I had to have flowers. What can I say? LOL So, I chose to use masculine colored flowers instead of girly ones.

The next image is of the upper inside of the card. Again, I added my flowers and used my computer to print the sentiment. I love these papers!

Below is the lower inside of the card. Here is the frog that got away! LOL His crown has been filled in with yellow glitter glue. I thought about using one of the gold shades that I have, but I liked the yellow so much better! Again, the sentiment was printed on my computer.

The last shot is of the what the card looks like on the inside.

This card was so much fun to make! I really got into this one for some reason!

This card is available for purchase in my Etsy Shop.

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

1. Magnolia-licous Challenge Blog - green
2. Let's Ink It Up - Die cuts/punches
3. Sentimental Sundays - Sentiment
4. tamptacular Sunday Challenge - Sentiment
5. Delightful Sketches - Green
6. Moving Along with the Times - Good Luck

**A note about the word verification** - I apologize for leaving it on. I have found that when I turn it off, I am receiving disgusting messages from "anonymous." When it is on, the bot that leaves these pieces of trash is unable to do so.
Thank you so much for visiting my blog. I so appreciate the time you took to visit and leave such a treasured comment!

Chris Christenen


Stamper Gyrl said...

I love your card Chris! Its adorable!

Unknown said...

This is beautiful in everyway, the colors are awesome!!!

Isbel Ahmad said...

Beautiful Card!!!!!!

H said...

Hi Chris Your card is so gorgeous,I love frogs.
hugs harma

Julie said...

Your card is gorgeous! Your coloring is just lovely, and the inside is decorated besutifully.


♥♥RubyM:)♥♥ said...

OH WOW Chris this is just beautiful!I love all these gorgeos colors and paper YUMMY!!! The coloring is fantastic and the sentiment is too cute lol!WELL DONE I SAY IT'S A WOWSER, LOL!RubyM:)

Candy said...

Oh Chris!!
What a super card :o)
Love your paper choices and all the layers. The stitching on your card is just perfect too!
Tilda and her 'Frog' are beautifully coloured. I really love the punches you have used on your cute sentiment! Great 'male' flowers LOL
Thanks so much for entering our Magnolia-licious Challenge Blog.
Big hugs, Candy

Chris said...

Chris - I love your card. It is adorable. I particularly like how you finished the inside.

Claire said...

What a gorgeous card Chris, such beautiful colours and so much detail! Love it! Thanks for joining us at LIIU and good luck
Claire xx

Lisa Jane said...

wonderful card
Thanks for joining us at MAWTT
Lisa x

Hazel (Didos) said...

Sweet card, thanks for playing along on our Good Luck Challenge on MAWTT this week Hazelxo

Becca said...

I agree with Ruby - it's a WOWSER! Love it! Great coloring and fab choice of papers. Anybody who gets this card will be well impressed and be one lucky person! Hugs, Becca

Unknown said...

Such a beautiful card and I love the frog too~!!!!

cathylynn said...

WOW Chris this card is phenomenal! Awesome colors and details! Glad you found your frog because it sure completed your card. Love it all!! Hugs, Cathy-Lynn

scrappinpeg said...

Adorable...... Love your cute saying inside as well. Great job coloring....

Kelly said...

I love the decorative edges used in your card as well as the DP papers are really pretty. Your card is so pretty and enjoyable.

Christina C. said...

Oh my goodness, Chris, this is absolutely GORGEOUS! lOVE the fabulous papers, design, details, and, of course, your sweet Tilda!!!!
The colors are fabulous...a stunning creation!!!!!

Anonymous said...

What a wonderful card Chris! You've put so much care and thought into this card. Love your sentiment stamps and your images are colored beautifully! hugs, Angela

Rene said...

Chris you have been on a roll lately with the FABULOUS cards! I LOVE your background papers and how Tilda REALLY stands out against them! Fantastic!
Rene :D

Anonymous said...

Chris, your card is fabulous!!! I really love your coloring and design. Just absolutely gorgeous! And yes, it is true that you have to kiss some frogs to find your prince =)

Barb Hardeman said...

Awesome job on this card Chris. Everything is just perfect from your choice of gorgeous paper to your layout and every extra detail. Your coloring is impeccable! Wonderful use of your images for your "prince".

Iulia said...

Adorable card, Chris! I love the colors and your gorgeous coloring! Fabulous choice of sentiments too!
Love it!
Hugs, Iulia

Pen to Paper said...

Wow Chris,

Absolutely beautiful!!! I love how everything is so detailed! You've decorated so wonderfully!



Norma said...

Chris, a beaut of a card. Wonderful masculine colours. Gorgeous paper from Basic Grey—I haven’t seen that one! Am loving the way you colour Tilda and the Frog—beautifully done. Great attention to details and the inside of your card is just as beautiful as the front. Cute sentiments, just perfect for these images.


Suzanne B aka brookfies said...

Everything about this card is beautiful even the thought behind it. I especially love the colours you have used...makes it so different. Thank you so much for playing along with us at LIIU. Suzanne B

Treacle said...

Wow another stunner Chris. I love this card and the sentiment is something I always say lol.

Hope you are well. Nothing new from me lately i've been so busy. Hopefully i'll have something finished soon lol


Anita said...

Beautiful card! Thanks for joining us at Delightful Challenges.

Sandy said...

Beautiful card Chris - love your flowers and the card has a nice texture feel to it. You know, I don't think I have ever kissed a frog. A couple of rats maybe but no frogs!!

cabio's craft corner said...

Gorgeous DP pick with the lovely card both inside and out. Thanks so much Chris for joining us at the Magnolia-licious Challenge and sure would love to see you joining us again for the next ones :o)

Cheryl said...

Beautiful card! Thank you for joining our “Let’s Get Sentimental” challenge at Sentimental Sundays .


Sharon Peele said...

Wow Chris, you have out done yourself!! your card is a masterpiece!! I love all the die cuts and punches you used!! Thanks so much for joining us at LIIU and good luck!!!

Asia King (aka Joanna K) said...

What a gorgeous card, lots of fabulous detail to look at! Thank you for joining our to ‘die for’ challenge at LIIU ;) x

Rosie said...

Oh my word girl, this is fabulous! The papers are beautiful, the layout is fantastic. I LOVE the definitely needed the frog! Hugs, Rosie :)

Cami said...

Hi Chris! Your card is beautiful inside and out, and quite humorous too! Lovely papers and beautiful coloring!
Hugs, Cami

Unknown said...

What a gorgeous card, inside and out. Lovely DP and love how the sentiment is half hidden on the front. Thanks for sharing with us at LIIU this time.
Dawn xx
PS. It would be a big help if you could turn off your word verification. Thanks

My lucky socks said...

This is a gorgeous creation, Chris! The front is so beautiful, and the inside is perfect! Sounds like a wonderful first day of Spring... we are longing for weather like that. Right now I would settle for anything that was above freezing and didn't involve snow.

Ann English said...

Both are wonderful-the toad, though, is such fun! I love him!
Thank you for joining us this week at Sentimental Sundays.