Sunday, April 11, 2010

IC227 Northern California

I started working on my card for the inspiration challenge over at Splitcoast yesterday morning, and then received a call from a friend who wanted to take a walk together.  As much as I love spending time in my craft room, losing myself in my creative endeavors, I love my friends more, so I left my card for later and had a wonderful time at the farmer's market and walking the hills near my home with my friend.  I ended up finishing my card this morning, and here it is.

The challenge was to create a card that represented the things you love about your state.  Well, I have to say there are so many things to love about living in California, but my favorite things are the redwoods and the ocean.  Driving through a redwood forest can really transport you to another time and place, and when you combine the gorgeous Pacific ocean with those beautiful trees...well, it's just awe-inspiring.

I tried to capture the ocean beyond a grove of redwood trees on my card with the sun cascading through.  I used two stamp sets to achieve this:  Lovely as a Tree from SU, which is one of my all-time favorite stamp sets; and a Close To My Heart set, but, I'm sorry, I'm not sure of the name of that set.  I used lots of the techniques that Michelle Zindorf teaches.  See my sidebar for her blog.  I also added some faux stitching, punched triangle border and a cuttlebugged background.  The pinecones were handmade by using a heart punch (more on that in my next post), and greenery was from a MS punch.

I'm glad I was able to complete this card and still have time to spend with a friend.  Now, I'm off to do some much needed housecleaning.  Hope you are all doing something fun this weekend.

Til Next Time,


  1. Very pretty. Love the redwoods as well! Have a restful week.


  2. This is beyond beautiful! The colors are so pretty together. Love all the little details like the beams coming off the sun, the raffia, your border framing your scene....and especially love the pine cones. Looking forward to your post on how to make them:) Kathy

  3. Hello!

    You have captured California in your card! I would love living by the ocean! :<) So pretty with the great color combination! I love the pinecones and look forward to your next post to see how you made them! :<)

    Wishing you a good week!

    Barbara Diane

  4. That's what California is all about!! Beautiful card. I Love the way the pinecones give it a 3D appeal; but, they look different from the one to the side. How did you make that one?