Friday, July 8, 2011

Glorious Geraniums

Happy Bellariffic Friday folks. Can't believe how fast two weeks flew - after having a little break so everyone could celebrate the Canadian and American holidays we are back with a ribbon challenge. Hope you found time to enjoy your families, friends, food, ok and maybe some creating time too. Hubby and I decided to explore the fabulous Catskill mountains by motorcycle and I have to tell ya the views are breathtaking here. From one peak we actually had a 5 state view. But we also had a day of rain so I found time to create and complete this weeks challenge.

Summer at the Groden's always has geraniums. I struggle between choosing pink ones or red ones. I LOVE red, reminds me of the front porch of the Grand Hotel on Macinac Island in Michigan. They have about a bazillion red geraniums in white window boxes lining the front promenade. With that in mind you'll know why I just had to color Rustic Window box, a Mo Manning image released in rubber through Stamping Bella, in brilliant red. I chose Cosmo Cricket Garden Variety 6x6 design paper and paired it up with my favorite compliment - black cardstock. The solid red cardstock is Ruby Red by Stampin' Up!

The image was stamped on Bella's Bestest white cardstock using Memento Tuxedo Black ink and colored with copics. I have to tell you that I drew inspiration from Tammybella's card a while back...she colored the windows in. Windows usually intimidate me but after looking at hers, I tackled this and really like the result. Thanks Tammy!

Of course, I needed to add a ribbon for the challenge so I made a bow out of black grossgrain and added a red button tied with black Bella jewelry cording I found at JoAnn's. I know you probably thought it was a Stamping Bella product but no - it seems like I find lots of Bella's in my life to love. I also added a small sentiment using one of the Billboard sentiments stamped on a tag cut using the Nestie Tags 5 die. I also chose to use black machine stitching so it would pop with all the white and red. Oh and the scallop was made using the MFT big scallop die-namic.

Now head on over to the Bella blog and see what all the sistahs have to share. If you want to play along next week, the challenge is to use a Bella or Stella. And don't forget to send a photo of your creation to by Thursday so she can put it in the post and we can see too.

Enjoy your weekend and thanks for stopping by.



Jess-The Whimsical Butterfly said...

This is SO beautiful, Cath! Your coloring really brings out the beauty in this image and great touch of ribbon!

Ebru Vatansever said...

Super card Cath, Love the paper and your coloring bella !!!

Dana White said...

Cath this is stunning. You did an amazing job coloring this image up.
Have a great weekend.

Pauline said...

Your glorious geraniums are gorgeous! Beautiful colouring and layout. Love that little tag too!

Tammy Hershberger said...

Second try.... Blogger is being impossible!

Fabulous card, Cath! Your coloring is awesome, and the black stitching around the panels sets it all off so nicely!

Anonymous said...

Cath, this card is so beautiful ... but then again, so are all your other cards. :) Glad to hear you had a fun week. Wish we could have explored the mountains with you!

paula said...

man, i too am having heck of a time with blogger... I love this image and just colored mine up and sent as a sympathy card. :)

Steph said...

Love this stamp, it reminds me of quaint window boxes we saw on hols in Italy. So pretty! x