Wednesday, June 9, 2010

Stampotique Designer's Challenge

With the official first day of summer fast approaching, Valerie challenges you to bring the heat! Your creation should reflect what summer means to you. We hope you'll get fired up about this sizzling challenge and join in for a chance to win a smokin' hot $15 Stampotique gift certificate!! You may use any stamps that spark your inspiration. You are welcome to use any stamps you please, but make sure that you link your image up to the Stampotique Designers Challenge Blog

Summer means a lot of things to me. I love the Sun, the smell of fresh cut grass, spending time at the lake, the smell of the steaming popcorn machine coming from the concession stand at the Drive-in, Cold Beer and a Splash in the lake, which I've experienced already! We're having unseasonable warm weather here and I've been swimming since the end of May! For me, the beginning of summer is symbolized by the blooming of beautiful flowers and the appearance of Butterflies fluttering by. Here are a few pictures of my garden. Since my Mother is the gardener, I'm not quite sure what the flowers are, but they sure are pretty!

This little guy has special meaning for me. He is one of several ceramic gnomes that I painted for my Grandmother. He snoozed in her garden while she lovingly tended her blooms up until her passing a few years ago. My mother has placed them in her garden now and it's nice because I think of Grandma, each time I see them.

For my card, I used two images, Sunfleur and Small Butterfly. The Butterfly is stamped in medium green ink. Sunfleur is stamped in momento black ink and coloured with Copics. I added a tad of white gel pen for highlights and sponged around the image with Blue Grey and Celery Ink.

I hope that you all have a wonderful summer! I'm surely looking forward to mine.


  1. British Summertime officially started way back in March....but in reality it only really 'gets going' in May.

    Love your card. Has a really fluttery lightness to it.

    Your gnome made me smile too...I also went through a phase of painting gnomes for people lol

  2. I do not have a green thumb at all so your Mom's flowers are beautiful! Great card, love the butterflies!

  3. I love the warmth of your card and am not in the least bit jealous of you swimming in a lake already!
    Your flower looks very similar to one I bought last week - it's a clematis I think but don't quote me on that! xx

  4. What a wonderful card; love your Sunfleur!

  5. This is such a bright and cheery card! It makes me smile!
    Kim P.

  6. Your card is GREAT Vicki!! that flower girl always makes me smile :D

  7. Love this post Vicki! The card is adorable, the clematis is beautiful and the gnome made me smile. I spend most of my summer trying to convince things to grow in my garden... and the rest of the time trying to convince the slugs and snails to leave the plants alone! LOL!
    Val :)

  8. Your cards are always great... but that Gnome.... OH VICKI!!!! I SO love my gnomes!!!! I always re-arranged my G'mas and got in BIG TROUBLE from my Mom... Grammy didn't care!!! She KNEW they were bored being in the same place all the time, so i gave them adventure!!!! :)

    Thanks for making me smile!!!!!


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