Tuesday, April 11, 2017

Windmill for Spring

     We're starting a new challenge at Ike's World today and, as usual, we have an Anything Goes theme.  However, our optional theme this fortnight is "Easter or Spring Flowers."   The one time I got to visit friends in the Netherlands, all the tulips were in bloom and I have never forgotten the sight of windmills and tulips so Ike's glorious image of "Windmill" was the one I definitely had to use.

    I used my polychromos pencils to color the image, then die cut it and the dp/CS frames with stitched dies from Die-namics and pinpoint dies from Memory Box.  The dp I chose were all scrap pieces, as were two of the ribbons I used.

     The ribbon for the bow doesn't count as a scrap since I make up those bows by the dozens, toss them into my stash and then pull them out as needed.  The bow was white but I "dyed" it with a ProMarker.

     I used as many different geometric patterns as I could find in both the papers and the ribbons for some visual texture, keeping everything within the same color family so that it wouldn't be too "busy."

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     I hope you'll come and join our challenge this week.  You can use any image from any company but we tap out our happy dance whenever you use images from Ike's Art.  :-D  No requirement to use the optional theme, either, so feel free to enter anything you've created.  Happy Stamping.  NanaConnie     


Anne Temple said...

Gorgeous card and amazing coloring. Love your bow too. Great idea to make up a bunch ahead of time and use as needed.

Donna Ellis said...

Lovely card design, Connie! I've never been to the Netherlands, and he must be breathtaking during the bulb blooming season! Your shading is breathtaking, and a definitely air of "welcome spring" greets those who gaze upon your masterpiece! Happy Easter, Connie! hugs, de

Linda Simpson said...

This is gorgeous Connie, I love the windmill in the background and the tulips are beautiful.
Linda xxx

Tina Föcking said...

Beautiful Crad.
Thank you for joining us at Colour Crazy Challenge.
Tina - DT

Darlene said...

Oh Connie this is just fabulous! LOVE the image and your coloring/design are perfect! Thanks so much for joining in the fun at our Double D ‘Neon / Brights’ challenge! We hope you’ll come back often.

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Janette said...

Thanks for sharing your gorgeous card with us at CraftyCatz this week....xx

aussie aNNie said...

Beautiful designed creation, very creative, for our current challenge, lovely colours too...hope to see you next challenge.. Double D Challenges{DT aNNie}

ike said...

Absolutely fabulous card design and I just love the colours. The teeny bow is amazing.... didn't know you made those !!! Cooooool :-)
I have never been to Holland but would love to see the Tulip fields (well - and anything else there too of course !) LoL
Thank you very much for making this for me at IWC :-D

IKE xx

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Donna Phelan said...

Beautiful design and images! Love your windmill, we have several around here and I find them majestic! Beautiful filed of tulips. Love your creation! Thanks so much for playing along with us at The Double D Challenge Blog, Donna, DT Member.

Teresa Arsenault said...

Wowzers, this is gorgeous! hugs, Teresa

Sara Barker said...

A beautiful spring scene! I love those stitched dies! Thank you for sharing this with us at Scrapy Land for our Anything Goes challenge! Hugs! Sara Emily DT

Super Stick Chick said...

Stunning card. Thanks for joining us at Quick Quotes.

Jane Savage said...

So lovely, that is a great image!
Thank you for joining us at The Colour Crazy Challenge! Jane S (DT) xxx

Golden Goddess Designs said...

what a lovely floral card! thank you for sharing with us at Quick Quotes this month


CraftyNatalie said...

Lovely creation. Thanks for joining us at creative inspirations this fortnight. CraftyNatalie-DT

Kerin said...

I love your windmill and assortment of tulips! Someday I'd love to go to the Netherlands to see them in person! Thanks for joining us at SugarPea Designs!

Titbelsoeur, mixed-media addict said...

Thank you so much for sharing your work with us at Creates and Makes

Lisa Lara said...

Beautiful Connie. I love the European image with the Tulips. Love it. So happy you joined us this month at SugarPea Designs.

Connie Mercer said...

so pretty! Thanks for joining us at Quick Quotes!

Susie Bentz said...

Tulips are my favorite flower and this card is so well done! Thanks for joining us at Quick Quotes!