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,