Wednesday, December 16, 2009

River Rock and Flowers


How things can change in a day.  Yesterday we had four inches of snow and today, it is basically all gone as it poured rain all through the night and it is up to 7C (46F) already.  Gotta love West Coast  snowfalls: here today, gone tomorrow!

I had two ideas in mind when I first saw this sketch, one being a focal sentiment and the other a focal floral (try saying that a few times quickly LOL!).  As you can see, the focal floral won out.  This Penny Black image has been a long time favorite of mine and I never tire of using it.  I decided to go with Black, River Rock and Cream because I wanted to stamp the flower image in black, and this lovely colour combination worked like a charm.  I used my Nesties for the ovals and had to stamp my  main image a few times because it isn't easy to get a good image on linen paper due to the texture it has.  However, after really inking up my stamp, attempt number three was successful LOL!   I used Itty Bitty Backgrounds for the River Rock panels for a subtle pattern as I didn't want to take away from the main image.  Wrapped things up (no pun intended LOL) with some sheer black ribbon and a sentiment.

Hope you are closer to being ready for Christmas :D  Have a fabulous day!

What's In It?
Stamps:  Penny Black, Itty Bitty Backgrounds (SU), Warmest Regards 
Paper:  Black, River Rock, Cream Linen
Ink:  Black
Accessories:  Oval and Scalloped Oval Nesties, 5/8" Sheer Black Ribbon, Dimensionals


Maureen said...

love this colour combo!! And the ribbon is yummy!! Such a beautiful and serene card :) Just finished the gingerbread houses...the kids always love this activity. My sister from Texas is up for a few days visiting and came in to help. We have gone from -22 to 0!!! It's actually sunny and warm now!! Good, my duty day is Friday!!

TrishG said...

Love the colors and the layout is fabulous! Great ribbon and placements.

Danni said...

What a gorgeous card!!

Unknown said...

marisa...this is just drop-dead gorgeous! love the pop of the black against the softer colors of the card, the clean and crisp lines, and the addition of the little butterflies!

thanks for playing along with my sketch for this've done an amazing job! :)


TannyP said...

Simply stunning! Your color combination is such an elegant, classy one that I adore and the way you've detailed - BEAUTIFUL!

I think we're hitting a high of 0 today, so it's a good thing you're on the coast with that tropical background or you'd really be freezing here =)

Amy Sheffer said...

What an uber classy card, Marisa! Love the subtle colors and the oval focal point. So elegant!

Denise Marzec said...

WOWWWW! Such elegant colors! I just love this!

Kristina said...

What a rich color combo! I totally agree that this sketch needed a big floral image in the middle. I've been leaning in the same direction. Some sketches just "speak," don't they? And that bow, oh gosh, that bow is gorgeous! I need me some sheer ribbon after staring at all of your cards everyday, lol!

One day until vacation! (And I'm totally putting a movie on in my classroom tomorrow... No teaching happening here, lol.)

Dawn B. said...

I wish we had snow.. They are saying maybe an inch here.. Which will shut the town down..Your card is beautiful.. I love River Rock. Probably because back home we have a Rock River..LOL. Great job Marisa.. Have a very Merry Christmas.

Silke Ledlow said...

FABULOUS CARD - Marisa!!! Very striking colors and perfect take on the Sketch!!!

The weather is really crazy....I'm ready for summer...LOL...I don't like these cold temps :( !!!

Happy holidays!!! Hugs ~S~

ChristineCreations said...

Oh the black and river rock is so classy Marisa! What a pretty card!

Michelle Woerner said...

Oh wow! This is so elegant! Great sypmathy type card!! Hugs,

Silli said...

Fab card Marisa, I love the flowerstamp. the colors and the ribbon is perfect. I wish you a happy day... Many thanks for all your comments on SCS! Big hugs Silke

Darlene Gabriel said...

Wow, love this card. The colour combo is so classic. Beautiful bow.
All over wonderful card.