Wednesday, June 24, 2009

Home Sweet Home

Stamps: Swimsuit Tilda; Bridge Deck; Just Sittin Here sentiment are all from Magnolia-licious
Paper: Kraft cs and Parisian Breeze Patterned cs from SU! Papertrey Ink White;
Ink: Memento Black; Chocol
ate Chip; Baja Breeze; Copics
Other: kaiser Pearls; Various Buttons; Nestabilties; Natural hemp; Gingham ribbon;
Card Measures 5.5" Sq



Hello! Thanks for stopping by today!

So whadya think of today's challenge? Are you going to participate? I think this an interesting one! Elena came up with this week's theme. Thank You Elena! She's so clever. I am typing this post on Thursday evening...so I have not read the other Challenge team members posts about their cards yet. I have seen their cards, though. I am interested in finding out the stories behind each of their cards! And don't forget to include the association between your card and where you are from.

I was born, raised, and still live in Massachusetts. When I was thinking about this challenge, I originally thought I would make a card that had to do with Plymouth Rock or the Pilgrims. But I don't have any pilgrim stamps and a card with a rock on it is kind of had to dress up. lol. The state flower is the Mayflower, of course. No Mayflower stamps and I don't know what a mayflower even looks like. (I do now...I just Googled it!) The state bird is a Chickadee...But I don't have many bird stamps as I am not overly fond of birds. Well, I'd have to do some research as to what other Massachusetts state symbols are. In the meantime, I started to make this card using the Friday Sketchers sketch. I really like their sketches because they tend to do sketches that are suitable for larger images. Most of the images that I enjoy working with are pretty big. They also do mostly square cards, which are also my preference. (aaaahhh...sorry another tangent!) When I was nearly done with the card I thought how it reminded me of my house on Cape Cod. We bought the house from a contractor who had bought it to remodel and sell. It was a flip. So he had painted the inside all this neutral sandy beige color. I just left it, because we knew we were renting it and others would be staying there. And the color reminded me of the sand. So I bought all the bedroom linens and dishes and such in blues (water). I am actually quite pleased with the calm and beachy feeling that the house has without being overboard on the nautical theme. (yet another tangent! sorry) . So I thought then, that I would use this card as my card to represent Massachusetts. Our state knickname is The Bay State. And we do have Cape Cod, Martha's Vineyard and Nantucket. So do you think that I am stretching too much on this one? I will continue to look for ideas that may be appropriate to "where I am from". I have noticed that with most challenges (mine or otherwise) I come up with more stuff or find just the right _____ (fill in the blank with paper, embellies, stamps....etc...) AFTER the challenge is over. For example, do you remember the purple challenge? That one was tough for me...because although I love purple, I really didn't have much in supplies that was purple. I was stunned at myself! I never noticed this. So now, I am still always looking out for and buying purple supplies....needed or not! LOL! And I have made several purple cards since. :) So you just watch...I will be coming out with cards that have rocks on them! LOL!


Anyhoooo, already I have seen something that I would have liked to use on this card....Jacque posted a delightful card yesterday with a lighthouse on it from Magnolia-licious....I hadn't seen that before! Now I have to place an order and get it for myself. Even if I never use it! LOL! I NEED IT! You can find the direct links to the stamps that I did use in the recipe next to the pic.

For this card I used my poor sewing to my advantage. Since I was going for the shabby look, I purposely started making non-straight lines. I know that you probably can't see it that well in the pic. But I wanted to make sure that if you could, you knew I actually did this one this way on purpose!! LOL!

I know that you wouldn't want to leave without my weather report: RAIN! LOL! Actually, the news is that it's suppose to stop being as rainy. We MIGHT even get some sun. With only partly rainy days for the next week. Well, it's getting better! Someone mentioned that summer has officially begun...at least that's what I heard! LOL!

I hope that you have Sunshiny Day!!!


22 comments:

Scrapmumur said...

This is simply gorgeous card!!!
Lovely colours and details...I love your scene.
Hugs, mumur

Moni said...

Waw the card is so gogrgeous and really do love it! Great colours, details, fab scene! Hugs, Moni

Nancy said...

Your card is just adorable love it! I like the colors and paper you selected and your scene is so cute. You did a great job!

Cami said...

Kerry, you did a fab job with this sketch and Tilda looks so cool on that deck, enjoying summer. I love that SU! Parisian Breeze paper because it is textured and is so classy. Your coloring is just fab (as always) and I love the interesting story about where you come from. It's a beautiful place and someday I'd like to visit there. Don't be surprised if I CASE this card of yours and I do want to make more cards with this DSP. Thank you for sharing your thoughts, ideas, and talent. You truly inspire me! Hugs, Cami

Ann said...

I love your card and I think it is perfect for your home state. I went to Massachusetts many years ago (I'm in the UK so it's not nearby) and loved it. All the places you mentioned we went to - oh it brought back fab memories.
I think your card is perfect for the coastal feel of the state. It's just fab.
Ann xxx

Cheryl said...

Kerry, your card is fabulous! I'd love to play this one if I could find the time!!
Love that shabby flower and your stitching!
Have you ever seen Mags sandcastle-It is terrific! Hope to get a card made with it soon!
I check your blog daily and LOVE it! TFS!

smallcity said...

I love your card, It is so peaceful with the pretty blues on it. Great job.

smallcity

Barb Hardeman said...

The blues, brown, and sand colors work so wonderfully well together. I'm lovin' that Lollipop flowers at the top corner. So cute and perfectly perched beside Tilda. Your coloring us fantastic. It was interesting reading a bit about who you are too. TFS.

Lisa Somerville said...

Stinkin' cute!

Christina C. said...

That is a darling card, Kerry. Love the dp and Tilda in her swimsuit is one of my favorites. Who am I kidding??? They are ALL my favorites. . . who can choose between Tildas???? Hugs, Christina

Fran, said...

So cute! I love the flower.
(i want to make one)
Cheers

Katie said...

Kerry I love it!
Lovely calming colors and beautifully created.

Elena said...

I loved reading about your state and house, Kerry! This card is so precious! I really love the warm colors! The flower you made is so cute! Love your sewing!!!

Jacque said...

Aw, Kerry, what a cute, cute card!! I love that little Tilda...I must..I just used her on my card this week too...lol...and that lollipop flower is so stunning on this card!! I enjoyed making those too!! Your colors are beautiful and your coloring is wonderful...Love it!! Thank you using the FS sketch!! Hugs..Jacque

Ida P. Krause said...

Wow! Who cares about the "rock" when your card is this cute! Love that flower you did and the colors just are so peaceful and serene. Makes me wish I was sitting there with Tilda.

Chris said...

Such a wonderful card with your paper selection and coloring - it's beautiful! I'm so excited to be the sponsor this week at Friday Sketchers and I'm so happy that you played along this week.

www.amazingpapergrace.com said...

Kerry, she is absolutely adorable!! I love the colors you picked and that flower is amazing!
--Becca

tanja said...

Your card is just adorable love it! I like the colors and paper
xxtanja

cabio's craft corner said...

This is a darling card. Tilda sure sat on the log very relaxing and waiting. love your water & bronw contrast for the blue DP!
Hugs,
Cabio

MJ said...

Geez, I feel like I just took a class on Massachusetts. And you know I googled the mayflower and only got pictures of the boat! I never heard of a mayflower flower and now I wan to know. Anyway, it was a great challenge and your card is perfect.

Ila said...

So Gorgeous!!..I love the scene you've created, your coloring and the Fabulous story behind the card!!...Hugs, Ila

Mary C said...

I have seen the Plymouth Rock and it doesn't do anything for me so your Cape Cod choice is much cuter, hehehe!
I love the colors you used for the card, it came out wonderful like all your cards. Great challenge this week, I am so glad to be back playing!

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