Monday, December 5, 2011

Card Set and Flower Photos

Happy Monday!

The weekend was a busy one, with working, stamping, inking and decorating. I have the day off today and I did something I rarely do. I went back to bed after my youngest son and hubby left for the day. Even though it felt awesome, I am now way behind on all the things I wanted to get done today. I haven't even visited your blogs yet, or stopped by the Flickr sight to comment on cards, but it'll all get done - it always does. :)

I created a card set yesterday for the Hero Arts December contest, using their gorgeous background stamp called, Flower Dot Pattern.


All were stamped with VersaMark and white embossed. The red and green ones were created using regular, white paper, then colored using Distress Stains. The light blue one, in the back, was stamped and embossed on vellum, then I used Stream Alcohol Ink on the back side of the vellum. The purplish one was created the same way, but I used watercolor paper. I don't have any purple distress stains, so I used Broken China and Worn Lipstick stains to get the purple shades. I love the result! Each card was then sprayed with Perfect Pearl water, for a shimmery effect.

Here they are individually:








I have another share for you today too. Just a few pics from work. Most of you have seen some from last year, but in case some of you don't know, I work in the flower department of a small grocery store. This time of year, I'm especially grateful for my job because it's cold and snowy outside, and it is so nice to work among flowers! The store is now decorated for the Christmas season. Here's our big tree, with all red and silver ornaments. Our bookkeeper made the beautiful bow at the top!


This year we decided to add some big snowflakes and ornaments, above my bouquet case, to match the tree. The "open ceiling" isn't my favorite thing, but I LOVE the way the pretty snowflakes and ornaments look up there! Makes me smile! :)



Here are two of my favorite poinsettias this year.


This white one with gold glitter is so elegant - everyone loves it!


This one is new this year. It's called "Cherry Chocolate" and I cannot keep it in stock!

The last thing I want to share is one of my favorite bouquets. It has beautiful, white lilies, combined with a sprig of spruce and some red berries. Just love it!


I want to give a special thanks to those of you who commented on my Lily Pad guest design post. It was quite an exciting day for me and all those comments made it even more so! Thank you, thank you, thank you!

Hope you all have a great week, and thanks for stopping by! :)

45 comments:

Annette said...

WOW your cards are absolutely amazing...I love how you embossed and then used the distress stains...they are all beautiful...

Lisa said...

Wow- those cherry chocolate poinsettias are stunning! Never seen those before- no wonder they fly off the shelf!
Your cards are marvelous! I'm just gaga ocver the last one!! I'm in love with the things you do with this stamp, Barb! Because of you I decided to get this one with my winnings from the other day! So excited to receive it :)

Tracey said...

GORGEOUS set Barb!! LOVE them all!!

rcwidow (Linda) said...

love your cards! That stamp is on my wish list!

Janet a.k.a. swanlady21 said...

Gorgeous set of cards - so vibrant. And love those poinsettia varieties. we have nothing like that here . . . and of course the ones we do have, flower in July!

Katie said...

these cards are amazing! Just stunning.

Lin said...

Always love seeing your "posies", Barb, and your cards are equally wonderful today!

Sue McRae said...

Wonderful colours on your cards Barb and I love the deep colour of the Cherry Chocolate Poinsettia!

Stamp In Style (Suze) said...

Beautiful Cards ... and beautiful Poinsettias! I can understand why that Cherry Chocolate one is going fast it's Gorgeous! I haven't seen any that colour or white ones in the UK we only get red ones.
Unfortunately they don't seem to last long either.
Thanks for sharing
Hugs
Suze x

Brenda said...

LOVE your set of cards Barb, that background stamp is so beautiful! I am thinking of getting it out today for some Christmas cards perhaps!Love those Poinsettias, wow, both as just so beautiful! Have an awesome day Barb!

Rachel W K said...

wow I LOVE the 'purple-ish' one, the colors blended together so well! Your holiday bouquets look lovely, and I love the ornaments hanging from the ceiling! Hope the fire department doesn't nail ya for hanging stuff! lol :)

Andi (RrlScrapGal) said...

Oh I love the rich colors on your card set! Very nice!!!!!!

And the tree and poinsettias are beautiful! The BEST poinsettias I have seen this year!

Donna Bowman said...

Amazing card set Barb! LOVE those poinsettias. I never get them because of my 3 dogs - but they are so pretty - I can't decide which on I like more!

MarcyK924 said...

WOW, what a card set - the green one is singing to me, but I love them all! I HAVE to have that chocolate cherry poinsettia!! Gonna see if I can find one here!! TFS!!

mimijudy1975 said...

Your cards are beautiful I think the shine with the perfect pearls adds so much. Each one is just as pretty as the other.
I looked forward to your pictures of holiday flowers all weekend. Even though it's a very busy time, I'm sure you see a lot of happy customers .
I love all the varieties of poinsettias you have,but there's something about the lily ,berries and spruce that is striking also.

sheila said...

This is a fantastic card set Barb. I am so glad that I came over here from the HA Flickr because the colors show up so much better here on your blog! The shimmer is amazing...just really wonderful design, colore et all! And I love your holiday flower pics! The poinsettias are gorgeous...just adore that flower!

Lynn said...

You must have needed the extra sleep Barb! I rarely do it, but when I do, I'm always surprised that I can go back to sleep that night! Your card set is STUNNING! I love the different colors..gorgeous.

pcm said...

Beautiful cards!

Debbie said...

your backgrounds are absolutely stunning!!

paula said...

Wow Barb you have been busy. Love, love the cards & seeing where you work. Sorry I missed your guest post over at Lily Pad (will go check it out soon)xoxoxoxo

Judy1223 said...

Wow, Barb, I'm sorry I'be been MIA but I had to sign in and comment on your goregous card set! WOW! Each one is stunning...I love all the different colors and effects on different papers. So beautiful!

Jackie said...

Those are beautiful! I totally forgot that I have some Distress Stains and now I have a good reason to use them.

Simone said...

LOVE this card set Barb! The background and the colours on each of those are so stunning! Love the photos from your work too, the Poinsettias are gorgeous!

walchowDesign said...

Beautiful set of cards, Barb! Love the white embossing on the different colours.

I was waiting for this moment of the year to see your "store" again. Have never seen this Cherry Choco before - it look very special!

Dawn said...

what an incredible set Barb. What delightful flowers and decorations too. Thanks for sharing.

Sue said...

Great Post Barb.
Your cards are stunning and I love the technique.
Glad your post at the POND was rewarding for you.
Smiles:)

patscrap91 said...

All these flowers are beautiful and the Christmas tree also.

Jacqueline said...

Gorgeous set of cards Barb - lovely to see your photos!

Kathy (krolski) said...

Hi Barb. Your card set is so gorgeous! I love all the ink colors. Wowzers! Also love the photos of the flowers. So beautiful!

Karen B. said...

Your cards are breathtaking! Absolutely breathtaking! I would love to take home one of your cherry chocolate poinsettias. This post reminded me so much of my wedding. We were married a few days before Christmas and I had pink and white poinsettias and then my bouquet included some of those gorgeous white lilies.

Maureen Morton said...

Hi, my friend! I am late getting here - we are all so busy! But this post is a true joy! Not only seeing your beautiful set with the great rich colors, but seeing your lovely shop! Love those poinsettias - unique! What a nice environment for working. Great job!

ivy said...

TFS the pictures of your work, it so brings back memories of when i worked in the pharmacy and we were right next to the floral dept.
beautiful set of cardS! love the last one & how the colors came out!

Elizabeth Allan said...

Barb your stamp designed papers are magnificent. Gorgeous combination of colors and sparkle. Thanks for this year's fabulous flower pictures. I love when you post these.

Tiffany said...

Really beautiful set of cards, Barb! Love the shine and glow and the distress stains give off such wonderful color! Never feel bad about getting some extra zzz's...I should do that more often! ;)

donna mikasa said...

Hi Barb! Your card set is gorgeous! I love the elegant colors and the simple design--so beautiful! And thank you for sharing your wonderful photos! I do love the cherry chocolate poinsettias, too!

Nancy said...

I love your gorgeous set of cards, Barb! I can see where you get your inspiration too! I love the "Cherry Chocolate" poinsettia. I can see why it would sell out!
The lilies look so beautiful with the winter greens too.

Suzanne C said...

Beautiful set of cards! Love the rich colors. The tour through your store is beautiful as always!

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