Saturday, March 31, 2012

Celebrating Gardens

     Some of you may think this card celebrates Easter bunnies by growing carrots for them, but it really is a birthday card for a friend of mine who's celebrating his 78th birthday tomorrow and he still plants a vegetable garden every spring and tends it all summer long.  I added the sentiment "God doesn't deduct the hours spent in a garden" because I believe it's true, at least in his case.  :-D

Sketch is from Eat, Sleep, Stamp and the image is one from Shelly's Images, where the challenge is "Show Us Your Stripes."

Sketch 166

     The colors were inspired by the photo at Freshly Brewed's monthly challenge and I colored it all with ProMarkers.  The papers are from my stash, as is the baker's twine and the little Dew Drops.  I added the leaf charm as a final touch.  I'm not sure why it photographed so darkly -- it's more an emerald green IRL.

     Other Challenges:
Cardmadfairy's Digi Days -- Die Cuts or punches
Cards for Men -- Great outdoors (well, that's his great outdoors!)
Crafty Catz -- Use a digi
Crazy Challenge -- Add a sentiment
Digi Makeover -- For the boys
Kaboodle Doodles -- Circles and squares
Karen's Doodles -- For a man
Little Darlings -- Outside
Love to Create -- Masculine
Pattie's Creations -- Anything goes
Pile It On -- Masculine cards

     I think that's it for today.  I may get one more posted before I leave but if not, then you'll see my post on Monday for Lexi's Creations DT and the new challenge over there.  Enjoy yourselves.  I'll be without internet or e-mail for several days but I'll post something when I get back.  I won't be ignoring any of you -- just incommunicado and relaxing with family.  Hugs and happy stamping.  NanaConnie


Kathy said...

This is wonderful Connie! Love the image, so perfect for a gardner, he will love it. Such a great take on Tracy's sketch, too, looks like a hard one, been thinking on it, lol! Have a fun and relaxing time with your family.

Heather P said...

What a sweet card for your friend, I'm sure he will appreciate it very much! Great sentiment! Thanks for joining us at Pile it On this week!
Heather P :)

Sandi said...

Thanks for playing in our 'Anything Goes' Challenge #40, and for using a Digital OR Stamped image!
Sandi ♥
DT Coordinator for Pattie's Creations Challenge!
and Pattie's shop
Home of Pattieboop and Allie!

Zenita Smith said...

Very cute card!! Love how you were able to find something that sounds so perfect for your friend!! Thanks for sharing with us at Love to Create Challenge!!

Donna Hanley said...

Connie, Great card and I'm sure the gentleman will really appreciate it. I do hope you are lucky enough to have some of his harvest. Nothing like home grown veggies.

jimlynn said...

This is just a PERFECT card for a gardener! So pretty and I love all the colors!

Shelly Schmidt said...

Perfect card for a gardener- I love the fun carrot image- so fun! Our gardens in Illinois are so confused- the flowers are blooming about a months ahead of schedule because it is so warm....we'll have to see if the flowers do well, the bunnies are already feasting on my hosta's like they are ice cream!!! Enjoy your family time!

Cheryl said...

Very cute card! Thanks for playing along with us at Kaboodle Doodles this week.

Dawn said...

Great card for a gardner & a wonderful sentiment! Great work as ever NanaConnie!
Dawn xx

Glenda Atkins said...

Beautiful job on the card, love the sentiment. Your image, papers and embellishments are perfect for a masculine friend. Hope I'm still gardening when I'm 78!

Janette said...

Hi Connie, this is so sweet, really lovely card, thanks for sharing it with us at CraftyCatz this week.xx

Rose Petal said...

Hi there. This is so lovely, and a perfect card for any gardener. Love your design too.
Happy crafting.
Love Sandra xxx

Nannieflash said...

What a fabulous image, and I love your colouring. Thanks for joining us at CFM, good luck with the challenge. hugs Shirleyxxxx

Victoria said...

What a brilliant card! I love the image and the sentiment. Wonderful charm too. Hope you have a lovely time away.

Pattie G said...

This is so nice! I love your coloring and all of your added touches. Thanks for joining us at Pattie’s Creations Design Challenge.
Pattie ♥

Michelle VP said...

I like it when you can personalize a card for someone specific like this. I'm sure your friend will love his garden birthday card! So glad you joined our Digi Makeover Challenge at Paper Makeup Stamps! :)

Crafty and Green said...

Great Card! Love the Sentiment!! Thank you so much for playing with us this week at Love to Create Challenge!

Many Blessings,


Hi Connie
A fabulous card,thankyou for joining us this week at CraftyCatz
Hugs Dianne xx DT

Darlene (SCS:akronstamperdpk) said...

This is awesome Connie! What a FABULOUS way to use Shelly's images! Well done! Thanks so much for joining our "SHOW US YOUR STRIPES" challenge at Shelly's Images! Please come back and join us again real soon!!
Shelly's Images DT

Gillian said...

Great card and I love the sentiment. Thanks for joining in with the Cardmadfairy, hope to see you again. Hugs Gillian.

Heather said...

This is such a lovely card!!! the image and your shading is perfect!!!

Thank you for playing along with us at Freshly Brewed Challenges!
I hope you will stop in tomorrow to check out our NEW Month long prize challenge as well as stop in to check out our BIRTHDAY BLOG CANDY


sara said...

great card thanks so much for joining us at little darlings this week
hugs sara x x

Jen Leeflang said...

Thanks for joining us on our "Show us your stripes" challenge at Shelly's Images and esp for using a SI image!. Your creation incorporates the stripes beautifully!Love
Jen Leeflang

Tracy said...

Shut the front door! Connie this is fabulous. I hope you don't get tired of me saying that. And there are those Promarkers again. Ohhh trying to resist the urge!! Your friend will surely love this. This is definitely one of my favorites from you! Thank you for playing along this week!

Melody said...

Too cute!! Thanks forplaying along with us at Pattie's Creations!!