Hello, Friends! When I was visiting my daughter in Baltimore last week, we found a wonderful walking trail at Gunpowder Falls State Park. They have transformed an old rail line into a beautiful trail that is bounded on both sides by wildflowers, rock walls and a lazy, meandering stream. Liz and I walked and chatted in this lovely spot each day of my visit. It was a relaxing, soul filling, healthy way to spend time together. We even happened upon 3 gentle does grazing one afternoon! I also spied one of my favorite flowers….bittersweet, growing along the path. My mother carried a bittersweet bouquet at her wedding back in the 1940’s so it has a special place in my heart. I came home wanting to find an image of bittersweet, and was thrilled to find one on the Crafty Secrets Creating with Vintage Illustrations CD. I also found a load of other wonderful images that I’ll be sharing with you here as the month goes on. But for now, here’s the card I made with this gorgeous focal image.
Now, I am not a botanist, so maybe this is not bittersweet, but it looks enough like it to satisfy me! Any of you floral experts can set me straight if I have missed the boat here. I re-sized this image in PaintShop Pro and then printed it out on 80# text paper. After fussy cutting it, I embossed the edges with Stampendous aged gold embossing powder and backed it with DCWV glitter cardstock. My background paper is also from Crafty Secrets. It’s from the Creating with Vintage Patterns CD. I altered the colors using PaintShop Pro and kind of roughed it up with some of the digital tools. That’s the beauty of digital papers!
The aged gold embossing powder has larger granules than most, so it leaves a lovely, heavy layer on the edges, but if you sprinkle it sparingly on the image you are embossing, it also leaves beautiful splotches of gold. I stamped the sentiment using the Grand Greetings set that is in my stash. I also “flicked” some ink onto the printed image to distress it and give it an “artsy” feel. I had some leftover ephemera in my stash that I’d printed from the Vintage Typography CD, so I tucked that around the edges of the printed image.My flowers were made with the Heartfelt Creations Classic Sunflower Die. I didn’t stamp them first, as this glittery paper doesn’t take ink well. I also used some vintage sheet music to make my flowers and added Mustard Seed Distress Glitter to the centers.
I wanted to use a rustic sort of bow, so chose Center stitched burlap ribbon for its texture and soft colors.
The inside is finished simply with another panel of my altered digital paper, a strip of sheet music, and a stamped sentiment on torn paper. I love these rich autumnal colors.
And, here’s an enabler alert! Sandy is having an amazing BLOWOUT SALE in the online store. She’s clearing out her US warehouse. There are 6 sale kits loaded with goodies. Here’s a photo of the Christmas kit.
I also thought you might want to see a couple of photos of the trail we walked on. I haven’t felt that relaxed in a long time! It is a completely level path that goes on for miles and miles. One day, we’d gone 4 miles before we even realized it! That’s how enjoyable it was!
PS: Don’t forget the amazing