Sunday, June 23, 2013

My misty morning garden & OWH sketch #178 cards

I woke up to a soft rain, so perfect for early morning planting.  Those who've been following this blog for a while know that in Tennessee, we had a large yard with many planting areas and every year I'd plant 800-1000 bulbs and dozens of flats of seasonal annuals.  Well, we may have downsized moving back home to the Pacific Northwest, but that doesn't mean I'm doing without flowers.  (Or my herbs and veggie kitchen garden, which is in another part of the yard.)

Here's the early morning planting.  The annuals should spread fast and fill in. Hopefully. 
Then, this weekend's Operation Write Home sketch #178 seemed to be made just for me. A chance to mix papers with cardstock borders?  What's not to love?  It's totally in my wheelhouse and the second easy one in a row after two tough ones, so Marlene is now officially my new BFF.  :)  
 

Since I've been using vertical sentiments lately, I did decide to flip my cards for this week.  As I've been trying to do lately, I made one that's more feminine, one that could be more masculine, then others for kids, but those, I think, could also be age/gender neutral. I seldom worry about using the measurements, although they're always a guidelines help.
This is Bazzill cardstock top, Teresa Collins Tell Your Story paper, the sentiment -- stamped with Memento Teal Zeal and Hero Arts Shadow Soft Pool -- is from MFT. Also, the brads are Candies.
Cardstock top is Bazzill, paper is BoBunny Timepiece Collection, one of my faves, which is (weep) getting impossible to find, and the sentiment is from MFT.  Brads, again, are Candies, and I like the way the stripes echoed the base paper.

Bazzill cardstock top, paper is from Echo Park Paradise Beach; the image, which I colored with Copics while at the Oregon Coast a couple weeks ago, is Penny Black; brads are Candies, which I really like because not only do they squish in envelopes, I never have to worry about punching holes in the wrong place for metal brads, which I've definitely been known to do.


Same image, colored while at the coast, BoBunny Barefoot and Bliss collection, which is one of my fave summer papers, so I've stocked up on bunches of pads for the sad day it runs out. 

That's it for this week!  Thanks for visiting! I read and love all comments.  And now I'm going outside to plant more flowers in more areas.  (I'm making a blue lobelia river.)

xo,
JoAnn

16 comments:

Susan Strawser said...

all of your cards are so cute... love the colors of the last two especially

JoAnn Ross said...

Thanks! I like making summer cards because they're such bright, happy colors.

Linda said...

Wonderful group of cards...I cannot pick one that I like better than the rest as they all are great! I like the flip of the sketch! tfs!!!

JoAnn Ross said...

Thanks Linda! I had fun with this one.

Diane said...

JoAnn- you always pick such gorgeous papers to go together! And your kids cards- so happy and cheerful! I love the PB image!

JoAnn Ross said...

Thanks Diane! The fluffy PB kitties are some of my fave images!

Angela Boutiller said...

You're cards are great. I especially like the cat floating in the inner tube!
Your flowers look great. I don't have a green thumb! I admire those that do.

Carol L said...

You've made another wonderful collection of cards, and I absolutely LOVE the sentiments! Your garden is just beautiful too!! Well done :)

StampTramps said...

Your garden is lovely! Who wouldn't want to get up every morning and see that! Your cards are lovely too....I can't pick a favorite, I like them all.

BobbisTreasure said...

I have been hoarding the last bit of my Timepieces pad. I love the way you used the papers, and will be CASEing it! Love the way you turned the sketch.

Debbie Caldwell said...

I am such a big fan of your cards (and your books) they are always so well balanced and done so well. I get much inspiration from your cards.

Donna Hanley said...

Your cards are all lovely and cute, but I absolutely love the sentiment on your first card. Your garden is just gorgeous.

roseofs said...

That Penny Black kitty stamp is adorable! All these cards are lovely - wonderful colors, perfect layering. Oh, and your garden is amazing! Thanks.

Newlexness said...

Love the coloring on your cards. And you said colored on the coast, wonderful! I am going to search for those Candies because I too have mis-poked holes.
:)

Jen said...

Hello, overachiever... 4 cards? how are the rest of us supposed to compete?? :) Just kidding! :) Love the last two with the cat - they are so fun!! Your garden looks great; the annuals always fill in. Even for me, and I kill plants. :)

Shirley said...

Joann, your gardens already look spectacular. I really wish I liked to work in the yard. As for your cards, they are all so different and all wonderful. It's amazing to me the way different papers can so change a sketch. I don't have a favorite, but I'm leaning toward the last two.