Thursday, October 2, 2014

exploration STAMPlorations sketched: daisy (Fusion, Sprinkle of Imagination, Time Out, SSS)

Have you seen the inspiration photo from A Sprinkle of Imagination?

"Ox blood red, regal purple, zest of lime" - reminds me of the colors I saw in the vineyards while harvesting Pinot Gris (on flat ground today, I'm happy to report). And to be truthful, the black and white were there too. In the form of mould that has to be snipped away from the good grapes before dropping them into the bucket. Eight people, eight hours, rain and shine. And even local TV. I'm pooped. But I've got a coolio card to share with you. And a story of how my cabeza works.

"Zest of lime". Made me think of Dylusions ink. And I was wondering how to create stems to turn the daisies into gerbera. Enter my SSS Wave stencil and clear texture paste, colored with a couple spritzers of ink.

I had heat embossed, watercolored and fussy cut the blooms. It was just a matter of bringing the blooms and stems together. Somehow.

Enter the current Fusion #25 challenge.

I'm gonna be daring and say I've fused photo and sketch!

Knew I wanted to use another of the cute sentiments from the Bloom Sketches: Daisy 1 on a die cut butterfly (from Clearly Besotted) but the finishing touch came about when I stamped a portion of the tail from PTI's  Happy Trails in red. Thanks for the idea, Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge!

And I'm playing with some great gals over at Time Out #15 where it's about stamping this time around.

Come back next Monday when the new STAMPlorations sketch goes live to see more purple and lime and another twist on these daisies.

Stop by tomorrow for more daisy action and the last day of my Exploration of the September STAMPlorations release. Remember, I will be drawing a winner (from all comments left on my Exploration posts this week) who will get one of the sets I've used.

Supplies :
Paper:  CS Bringmann, watercolor
Stamps: STAMPlorations, PTI
Ink :  Versafine, Hero Arts, Versamark
Tools: butterfly die Clearly Besotted, stencil SSS
Other:  white embossing powder. watercolors, texture paste


  1. Oh Maria, this is gorgeous. The shine on the stems is amazing. I have never heard of the clear paste but what a great look. Harvesting wine, can I join in??? Thanks for sharing this gem with is at TIME OUT Challenges x

  2. What amazing colours and the way you coloured the flowers is incredible!! Must be so nice to sit down and craft after working on your feet all day. We are at the other end of the weather here in Marlborough, New Zealand and all the grape vines are green and lush, although the vineyard workers seem to be busy no matter what time of year it is!!! I'm so very happy you joined us at TIME OUT and hope you come back for another challenge soon.

  3. So very pretty! Those blossoms look gorgeous! Thanks for joining along with the Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge!

  4. Gorgeous, Maria ... those wavy, dimensional stems are so yummy under the beautifully coloured, vibrant blooms! Yep, vendange going on here too! Delighted you played along with us at Time Out this time around! Anita :)

  5. Fabulous! Love those glossy stems!

  6. A standout card Maria. Vibrant colors on clean and simple. Does not get better than that. - Jim

  7. Gorgeous! Love the sheen on those stems and beautiful colours!

  8. Ooh la la...these vibrant blooms with their wavy, glossy leaves are stunning (I need to consult a thesaurus for more original words!). Loved reading about your work in vineyards...someday, I want to experience what it's like to see, and pick, grapes...

  9. NOW this is a WOW, OH WOW piece, HELLO! Gorgoeus!! Thanks for joining us at FUSION, so HAPPY you did Yahoo!

  10. How awsome are those bold blooms ... so glad you joined us at Fusion Card Challenge.

  11. Wow!! That close up has me drooling.. all that shiny embossing! Love the color and those big blooms!

  12. Only you can come up with this bold and daring beauty, Maria! I LOVE the creativity you've got going in this card!


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