Tuesday, March 15, 2011

Texas Tuesday - Wildflower Season

Spring has sprung in the Hill Country. We didn't have the winter rains we needed to have a super wildflower crop like last year, but we should have some colorful scenery here and there. I decided to devote this week's Texas Tuesday to the flowers we see in this area. I got fired up and created 2 cards for you this week. No stories this week, just card descriptions…so here goes.

The first card is a bit whimsical because as we all know bluebonnets do not grow on trees. But I thought it was a cute idea for a card. I used the large tree and small bluebonnet stamps from Deadbeat Designs. The card base is a Bazzill color with a lil texture. The other cardstock is scraps from my stash. (I am a hoarder when it comes to paper. I honestly have to make myself throw away a paper scrap. They sometimes come in very handy.) The tree is inked with memento Rich Cocoa, the bluebonnets are done in Memento Danube Blue and Cottage Ivy. I put a few white highlights on the flowers with a Sharpie poster paint pen. The ground is Copic YG03 and I used a Zig Millennium microliner to draw in some grassy accents. I freehanded the yellow ribbon on a scrap of yellow cardstock and added some accents with Copic Y17. The clouds in the sky are courtesy of the Rosie’s Roadshow cloud template and some baby blue ink. I also used a corner rounder on all of the pieces.

The thought for the second card came to me while I was putting the first one together. Those little bluebonnets looked an awful lot like Mountain Laurel blooms when I looked at them upside down. So I planted a lil Mountain Laurel tree on the second card. The card base is a green polka dot paper by A Muse. The card mat is Bazzill purple dotted swiss, and the tree is on white cardstock scrap. The stamps are all by Deadbeat Designs (tree, bluebonnet, leaves). Inks used: Memento Tuxedo Brown, Cottage Ivy, and Pear Tart for the tree, and Versa Magic Purple Hydrangea chalk ink for the blossoms. Again, I used the Sharpie paint pen to highlight the blossoms. The ground beneath the tree is again Copic YG03 with the Zig pen for grassy accents. I even added some birdies in the sky – hopefully they are all flying back north and winter is officially over. I freehanded another yellow ribbon for the trunk, and added clouds with the Rosie template.

I know I said no story, but I have to say this – there’s an awful lot of tragedy in the world these days. It’s like Mother Nature is taking her frustrations out on us. That awful situation in Japan, floods in the Northeast due to snow melt, some areas still having lots of snow. And I can’t forget our troops who are still protecting our freedoms and giving their lives for us. So that’s why the yellow ribbons are on my trees. Here’s hoping everyone is reunited with loved ones who are near and far away. Thanks for stopping by my little blog. Hope you enjoy what I have. I’m looking forward to seeing what everyone else did this week.


  1. great cards! and who cares that bluebonnets don't grow on trees? reality is way overrated!

  2. I love both cards. I like the whimsy of the bluebonnets growing on a tree. And the Texas Mountain Laurel card, wow. The Texas Mountain Laurel in my background blossomed this past weekend and it looks just as beautiful as your card.

  3. You know it reminds me of the wysteria that grew on my grandmother's tree in her front yard when I was younger. It looked just like this! Lovely!!

  4. So creative. I love both cards! Thanks also for adding the yellow ribbon to the trees. I pray for the troops everyday. My Godson is in the Marines and right now is on a ship off the coastline of Japan.