Monday, April 25, 2011

Daffodil Spring - Welcome to SSC's first blog hop!

HELLO!!
WELCOME to their, and MY first-ever Blog Hop! I'm so excited to be a part of this madness!


Our theme for this hop was "Seasons." The mission: Create a design keeping our own part of the world's current season in mind. Well, we're in Spring here in Central NY, and all it's done is rain, rain, rain! I try not to gripe about it, though. It just means sunny days and warm breezes are right around the corner! 

To me, Spring means daffodils. I adore them for all their brightness and uniqueness, (honestly, what other flower is shaped so crazy?) as well as their resilience. I didn't have a daffodil stamp and couldn't find a digi I liked...I considered taking a photo of one lone daffodil that is growing next to my house, but no time for all that. What to do...what to do...
Lucky for me, the love of my life is a super-talented artist. When he came home from work and I said, "Can you draw me a daffodil?" (and I won't lie, I might have batted my eyelashes a little...) he said, "Sure." Friends, I watched over his shoulder as he sketched out this lovely flower in about 3 minutes on a piece of cardstock. 

I colored it in with a combo of Marvy Brush Markers and colored pencils (no yellow or orange Copic in my life right now) I fussy-cut it and struggled with the perfect layout. Tough. So I decided that the flower was too spectacular for a layout and just placed it on the card. It needed a stem, though, so guess what!? I drew one! Not the real artist in the house! ME!
The butterflies were cut from an old calendar page that I had in my stash, and the sentiment is from Stampin Up!'s Friendship Blooms set (now retired.) I added the bow for a little extra color.

Happy Spring, and WELCOME to everyone!
Interested in joining the SSC community and/or getting involved in future hops??
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21 comments:

CTgirl said...

What a fabulous card & a story to go with it!!
Thanks for joining the SSC Blog Hop!
Happy Hopping!!
Rene

SCRAPPIN BUTTERFLIES said...

beautiful card.....

dalia

{Chrissie} said...

Wow, just beautiful Mary! And you did a fantastic job drawing the stem - I never would have known!!!! Thank you so much for playing along!

Melissa S. said...

What a beautiful card. I love Daffodils and I'm missing mine already. The blooms never stay around long enough for me. I should have this card hu? Great first bloghop job.

MomsBeenScrappin said...

Daffodils are one of my favorites and this is just beautiful!
Doris :)

Julia said...

Beautiful image and the coloring is great, very inspiring!

Hazel said...

Lucky you have your own personal artist on hand,
H xx

Chris / CS Designs said...

Mary, Very lovely card, and I really enjoyed reading the story behind it. Thanks for sharing this, it makes it much more special. Enjoy the SS Hop and I look forward to seeing you on SS. :) Chris / CS Designs

Sparkly Engineer said...

lovely card. Daffodils are a favorite of mine. The tiny butterfly is just the right embellishment

Yvonne said...

Very pretty card!
~Yvonne
OneCreativeMomma.blogspot.com

Cathy -Mercieschild said...

I love this card. I too love daffodils, I am from the other side of the country (Washington State, new here from Arizona, what a change) and the daffodils are beautiful. Not too far from us they have fields of daffodils and tulips, swaying in the breeze, So your card stirs my heart. Thank you bunches hugs Cathy (Mercieschild)

Gwen said...

Wow, love that daffodil! Great artist! I have some just about ready to bloom outside.

Mari said...

It's been rain, rain, raining here too! Ugh.
Love the butterfly - it pops so well against the flower!

Tenny Kusuma said...

Hi Mary,
I'm hopping from SSC April Blog hop.
Your card is so pretty. You did very well on the coloring. TFS. Hugs -- Tenny

Sharon said...

Lovely card! Daffodils are a sure sign of Spring! Great inspiration for the blog hop!

Marisha said...

Beautiful card.I remember when I lived in Russia if you saw people selling Daffodils on the local street markets -there was a right sign of upcoming Spring :)))

Cre8tiveVet said...

Daffodils are my favorite flower!!! They always make me smile. Your card is beautiful! TFS! Cre8tiveGirls.blogspot.com

Paper Bagley said...

I love daffodils...and do not have a stamp...I am working on a LO that is a must see once I get it submitted...be watchin, I am figuring by the end of the week! Cute card and story...hopping along... Tootsie

Tammart Designs said...

Lovely daffodils and great blog site.
Thanks

Gracie said...

Gorgeous... lovely card. I love it.

Dana said...

Wait...you joined the SSC blog hop and I missed it? MAN O MAN...this card is truly spring-like and makes me smile. Remember how we used to be able to buy daffodils in elementary school in spring? They were like $.25 or something.
Your bow around the stem is perfect as are the tiny butterflies alighting on the petals. Love this one.