Daily Archives: July 12, 2017

I Brake For….Strawberries!

Hello my fellow stampers!  Is your summer being filled with  fresh from the garden vegetables and juicy sweet fresh fruit?  Even thought it is hotter than you know what here in Florida, I love the summer for all the great fresh produce.

So…how do you like some strawberries?

This wonderful stamp from I Brake For Stamps is called, of course, Strawberries and can be found here.  The image is wonderfully drawn with shading to help you when you color .  I stamped it with memento black ink and colored  it with copics.  Although I used 4 red copic markers on the berries it went really fast.  I added some highlights on the seed portions with a white pen.  (BTW, if anyone ever invents a white pen that doesn’t have to be constantly shaken  to work, or one that does not dry out after a few months they will end up being very rich!!)

I used a stitched rectangle die for the main piece, and a silhouette file  scalloped rectangle in the background.  Some patterned paper on the bottom was topped with a red gingham ribbon and green button.

On a personal note…we lived in California for many years before moving to Florida.  We were next to a city that was known for its strawberry fields and each year at harvest time, starting in March, you could buy flats of fresh, ready to eat strawberries direct from the farms at roadside stands for next to nothing.  It was wonderful!  We would have smoothies, shortcake, and all sorts of wonderful strawberry filled treats.  I do miss being able to get such a deal here where we live.

I hope you like the card and that you will hop on over to the IBFS store where you will find this and thousands of other stamps .  Use code SAVE10NANCY and get 10% off your order.

Thanks for stopping by today!!

 

 

Sisterhood of Crafters

Hello my fellow crafters.  I have some news to share with you today…I am now on the Design Team for the Sisterhood of Crafters Challenge Blog!! This blog offers challenge on the 2nd and 4th Wednesday of each month.    The challenge starting today is to make something representing the part of the world, country and/or state where you live. 

I live in Florida  – which means I have so many things to choose from – anything Disney, beachy, tropical, fruity…and how about flamingos?

 

This super cute Flamingo stamp is from Viva Las Vegastamps and I’ve had it for years and actually started coloring it awhile ago, but never finished.  This challenge was perfect to push me to finish it and make it into a card.  The sentiment and tag die are from a Hampton Arts set.

Now…let’s talk flamingos shall we?  I love the bird – the color is pretty, they are tall birds and they walk funny!  But here in the Northwest part of Florida the only flamingos are in the zoo – they are not found in the wild up here.

Here are my two flamingo stories…

Several years ago my husband and I took a cruise to the southern Caribbean.  Once of the places  we visited was the beautiful  island of Bonaire.  Since we were only going to be on the island for a few hours we elected to take a guided excursion.  We saw one offered by the cruise that said “Flamingos!”  The description went on to describe how we would see these beautiful creatures in their natural habitat. There were a few other island stops as part of the tour, but the focus was going to be on flamingos.  SO – sign me up!!  We hopped on the tour bus and it takes off,  The guide gets on the microphone and starts telling us all the sites and animals we will see.  And then he says we probably won’t see any flamingos…..

WHAT?????

I was dumbfounded.  The whole point of the tour was flamingos.  He went on to say that it had been dry lately and flamingos like wet areas and by they way they are shy and if there are any they won’t be very close…..

To say I was disappointed is an understatement but we were stuck on the bus at that point so there was nothing I could do.  We did the tour and at the very end the bus pulled up along this area where there was a very large pond.  The tour guide then pointed out that if we looked carefully we would se a flamingo way off  in the distance.   I squinted my eyes and noticed something pinkish way across the pond.  It may have been a flamingo, or a piece of pink cloth.  It was too far away to make out what is was……

So, after the tour ended we walked around town before heading back to the ship and I found a refrigerator magnet to remind me of my time in Bonaire – one that depicts the flamingos we did not see!!  Here is the magnet!

My second flamingo story is much better…  A few weeks ago Tropical Storm Cindy blew though here and dumped a bunch of rain on us.  The worst of the storm was west of us but we still ended up with a ton of rain.  Now, remember I said the only flamingos in our area are the ones in the local zoo?  Well the morning after TS Cindy came through people saw several flamingos on our local beach – Johnson Beach and snapped these photos.

Everyone thought they were escapees from the zoo, but the zoo reported that all their flamingos are accounted for.  So – these were real, wild flamingos!!  The experts think they got caught up in the storm and came up from the Yucatan Peninsula!  It was so cool to know we had some wild flamingos here!  I have no idea what ended up happening to them.  I hope they were able to find refuge somewhere along the beach.  The area of Johnson Beach is part of the Gulf Islands National Seashore and has many protected areas so it would have been the perfect place to land!

Thanks so much for stopping by today and I hope you will check out the Sisterhood of Crafters blog here and take part in this challenge.