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Monday, April 27, 2009
Happy Monday!! Sorry for my absence over the weekend. I have been having some health issues these past couple of weeks and it esculated over the weekend so I layed low. Thankfully I am feeling much better although I am not 100% yet. I hope you are all doing well!

It has reached almost 10o degrees here over the last couple of days which is unbelievable in New York in April!! We actually had to put our AC on upstairs since it was 90 degrees up there and very difficult to sleep in. It has really sped up the blooming of my spring flowers. Here is a weeping Cherry Tree from in front of our house. Isn't it beautiful!!
This week's featured stamper on SC is Kathy Wattle (FS116)!! I have always love Kathy's creations!! She is also the sweetest!! Congrats Kathy! You so deserve this!! Since spring is here and when I think of spring and summer, I think flowers, I decided to case this card of Kathy's. I used the same image and layout and changed my colors, ribbon, sentiment and made many additions including dry embossing behind my image, watercoloring my image 3 times and layering it, using my cropodile to put holes around the scalloped circle, sewing around the edge, created a marbelized designer paper (cameo coral, appricot appeal, and pretty in pink) using today's TLC218 Rolling Marbles, adding a punched border to the bottom and adding pearls to my flowers. This week's OCCC challenge was to use your favorite color combinations. I love any pink, peach, or blue with brown. I decided to use cameo coral and Bitter Chocolate.
Stamps: Bloomin Beautiful, Fresh Cuts
Paper: Cameo Coral, Bitter Chocolate, Whisper White
Accessories: EK Success, Swiss Dot and Textile Cuttlebug folder, pearls, hodgepodge hardware, Cuttlebug Vintage corner die, American crafts hardware
This second card is made with In God We Trust a sneak peek to be released on May 1 from Our Daily Bread Designs. I cased another one of Kathy's cards here for the layout and colors. I used my favorite dp from SU, Parisian Breeze.
Card Recipe:
Paper: SU Parisian Breeze, Kraft, Black, White
Accessories: pearl from ODBD, With the Grain Black Ribbon, Nesties, Kraft and black ink, Brass Spiral Clip
I hope you enjoyed today's post. Thank you for stopping by and for all your comments. I so enjoy reading them! I look forward to blog hopping after my absence over the week.


coldwaters2 said...

Oh Chris sorry to hear that you have been so unwell and glad you are on your way to recovery. Blimey 100 degrees is hot hot I am afraid I don't like it too hot its to uncomfortable. The cherry tree looks amazing and doesn't it cheer you up. I love your two cards they are so beautiful I think have done amazing considering you not feeling 100%.

Lorraine x

Cheryl said...

Your tree is simply gorgeous! I would love to plant one in my yard. Your card are also simply gorgeous! I really like your CASE card beautiful.

Hope you continue to feel better.

Connie M. said...

Stunning cards, Chris! I am just in love with that new set from ODBD...can't wait to see it all!

Nicola said...

Wowza such stunning creations Chris. That tree of yours is a dream, love all that blossom.
So sorry to hear you are under par so sending healing hugs your way.
Nicola -x-

Cheryl said...

Stunning!!! I love that Stampin'Up! set and don't have it yet,you have just made me want it more! I hope you are feeling better soon!

Riet said...

Wowww Chris,what a beautiful cards,l love the image and colours.

Hugs Riet.x

Heather Schlatter said...

Hey Chris,

This is so so so gorgeous!! I love the colors and those corner embelishments and I have wanted that stamp for quite a while now and I love your coloring too!!! Wow wonderful card!!!


Elena said...

I am so sorry you didn't feel good, Chris... But glad that you are doing better now.
Wow! It really is hot in NY! Gorgeous Cherry tree! Thank you so much for sharing!
I Loev your flowers card! Really love the dimension you created!
And your second card is so beautiful! Love the warm colors!

Danni said...

Oh I hope that you're all better asap! Nothing worse than having health issues!!
Gorgeous, gorgeous cards! I just {heart} the first one...your work amazes me!!
Love the photo of your flowering tree too!!

Kathy Jones said...

Chris do you have any idea how honoured I am that you cased not one, but two of my cards??!!! They are both gorgeous, although the flower one made my jaw crash to the desk!!! All those popped flowers and pearls!!! I'm also amazed that you have managed to create these beauties when you have had sickness in your family.....poor you and I hope things are better now! {HUGS} If you think your weather is weird - it's been snowing in the southern states of Australia in April....too weird!!! Your tree is beautiful BTW!!!

Lynn Put said...

Gorgeous cards!!!
Sorry your not feeling well, sending out get well wishes!
Wow 100 degrees I thought our 87 degrees was way hot for April!

Shirley said...

Beautiful cards and love the tree blossoms too! I really like your flowers and the other card is really pretty too! What type of sewing machine do you use for your cards and I noticed you sell them on EBay. Has that been really successful? I am sure they sell beacause your cards are stunning, but do people pay enough for all of your work? I've thought about it too!

Cassie said...

Wow, those are suitable for framing! Love the soft colors and all the texture ;D

Unknown said...

Sending well wishes your way, hopw you feel better! What lovely cards! Just stunning, so gorgeous and elegant. Love your colors and layouts.
Hugs, Christine :)

Ann said...

Ooooh, gorgeous cards! I love the coral/chocolate one!

Jackie said...

Wow!! Your cards are so awesome Chris!! I get eye candy everytime I visit....tfs!!!

Dawn B. said...

Hope you are feeling better soon. I have had strep. Never had it in my life. These are such super cards. I love them both. This new set is going to be a great one. TFS

Stamp and Smile said...

BEAUTIFUL CARDS!! Love the coral colors in the first card. The vintage die adds so much elegance with the pearls! SO SWEET! Love your tree in full bloom. I hope you feel better soon! :) Smiles... Michelle

Gina Lindsay said...

Thanks for sharing two great cards! I love the top one, it is beautiful, love the colors and the layering of your image.

Ying Pang, said...

your card and tree is beautiful !!

Monica Anderberg said...

So pretty! So wellbalanced and lovely colorcombo! It is so fun to visit your blog and see all the wonderful things you are making.

Hugs Monica

Silli said...

Hello Chris, the cards are so beautiful I love both soooo... I love the colors.... Happy day for you and big hugs!

Janna said...

Oh Chris I am so sorry to hear you are having health issues but glad that you are starting to feel better! I hope you are 100% very soon! And what a gorgeous picture of the cherry tree! Wow, wow,w ow! So stunning! As are your cards! I mean they are amazing!! I love the way you laid our your first card with the beautiful image and the stunning details you created by popping off the flowers and embossing! But your eagle card is taking my breath away! The colors are stunnign and I adore the way the eagle is so subtle yet striking in the background!


Deb Neerman said...

WoWzA! These are gorgeous!! I'm in awe over here!

Kelley said...

Awesome cards! I love them!!

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