Saturday, May 13, 2017

Empty Mailbox

     I got an image a few weeks ago from Beccy's Place and am so in love with it!   In a way, it's kind of sad and nostalgic because happy mail so rarely arrives in our actual mailboxes anymore.  Everything is email or text message, or the occasional fax (and even those are dying out!)  I've done half a dozen cards with it, using different color combos each time and you'll see two or three of them over the next couple of months.  This first one is done in monochrome blues.

I based my design on the sketch from
My Favorite Things, flipped side to side.

Sketch Challenge 332 #mftstamps

     I used watercolor pencils and ProMarkers to color this one, then cut it with a die from Spellbinders.  I also cut the blue background with the same die and inlaid the image into it.  I added the sentiment and then wrapped the card front with sheer ribbon.

     The butterflies are cut with a die from Press Cut and the leaves are die cut from three different shades of blue CS (Cheery Lynn die.)   That Cheery Lynn die is probably my favorite small die of all time.  I remember being concerned about the cost of it when I first debated buying it because, up to that point, I had pretty much only used framing dies.  I decided to order it and I think I have used it more than any other small die I own.  Why did I even hesitate?  lol  Once I tried using it on something other than green CS (being so literal minded at that time), I discovered exactly how versatile it is, not only with flowers but by itself or layered with multiple shades as I did here.

As You Like It
Aussie Artists
Crafting from the Heart
Crazy Challenge
Digi Choosday
Dragonfly Dreams
Pammie's Inky Pinkies
Simon Says Stamp
Through the Craft Room Door

     That's all I have for today but I'll have another post again tomorrow so be sure to stop by.  Happy Stamping.  NanaConnie


Linda Simpson said...

This is beautiful and I have to agree technology is taking over the art of writing letters or cards.
Linda xxx

Doreen said...

This is beautiful,love the gorgeous

Donna Ellis said...

It's beautiful, Connie! I can see why you like it - and what a great way of featuring it by using a bold monochromatic theme! FANTASTIC card! hugz, de

Emma Williams said...

A really pretty card and I love the colour you've used! Thank you so much for sharing and for playing along with us over on the Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge Blog... x

Beccy said...

Your card is absolutely beautiful NanaConnie, the shades of blue are so relaxing. I love the scalloped image panel and the fabulous sentiment. The leaves and butterflies are great embellishments and work perfectly with the rustic old mailbox. I'm looking forward to the other versions of the design!

Juls said...

loving the monochrome look thank you so much for sharing it with us at digi chooseday, crafty hugs Julia

Glenda Atkins said...

Oh yes I have used this image before and it is indeed a little haunting. Memories of a bygone time for me. You did a fabulous job on this one.

Zw@@n said...

Beautiful card and lovely colours. Thanks for joining us at As You Like It. Luv, Wilma

Daffodil Cards said...

Stunning card, with the blue monochrome and those lovely die cuts to enhance the beautiful image. Love it.

GalFridayStamping said...

What a lovely creation! Love the blue. Thank you so much for joining us at Polkadoodles Digi Choosday and best of luck with your entry.

Jane DT for  http://

Unknown said...

So beautiful card! Thanks for joining us at The Crazy Challenge. Good luck and hope to see you again! Valentina DT

hester said...

Fabulous card!
Thank you for joining us at Digi Choosday! Hester

Jarka Ef said...

beautiful :) Thank you for sharing with us over here at "Aussie Digital Artists Challenge" and best of luck with your entry.

Jarka DT