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Hammockpleasures Life’s Simple Pleasures:

Image Credits:  "Life’s Simple Pleasures", Palm Tree Hammock (A Muse Artstamps)
Paper:  Madeira 4 Bar Blue Note Card, Palm and French Roast papers (A Muse)
Ink:  Memento Rich Cocoa (Tsukineko)
Coloring Tools:  Alcohol Markers in Sand, Pea Green, Yellow Green, Africano, Pale Porcelain Blue (Copic)
Ribbon:  French Roast Stitched Grosgrain (A Muse)
Embellishments:  Brown Mini Brads (American Crafts), Ultra Fine Multi Iridescent Prisma Glitter
Other:  Quickie Glue Pen, Clear Glaze Pen (Sakura)

I finally got a chance to stamp just for the halibut!  YAAAAAY!!!  Seems like forever!  OK, it’s been only 2 weeks, but for me??? That’s FOREVER!!! 

An old friend of ours is retiring, and this palm tree with a hammock, from last summer, seemed perfect for this design . . . Makes me think of lazy, relaxing days . . . It’s hard to see, but the sand was just hand-dotted in Africano, then colored over with Baby Skin Pink, actually, and then glittered.  I love the tone of dark brown and palm papers with the blue Madeira Notes–which is sort of a soft Prussian Blue.  I coated the coconuts in the tree with the clear Glaze pen to make ‘em nice and shiny.

Now that I think about it tho, mebbe coconuts aren’t really shiny?  Geeze, Jules–I don’t think anyone else ponders those things . . . (insert rolling eyeballs here)


Gardeningpleasures The Potting Shed:

Image Credits:  Flower Stack, Garden Tools, "Life’s Simple Pleasures" (A Muse Artstamps)
Paper:  Kitchen Collection Grass 4 Bar Note Card, French Roast Paper, Cottage Argyle Brown Paper (A Muse)
Ink:  Brilliance Graphite Black, heat set (Tsukineko)
Coloring Tools:  Alcohol Markers in Baby Skin Pink, Caramel, Burnt Sienna, Yellow Green, Lt. Rouge, Sand, Africano, Lime Green, Pea Green, Orange, Cool Grey #1 (Copic)
Ribbon:  French Roast Stitched Grosgrain (A Muse), Green Gingham (May Arts)
Other:  Micro Dot Twinkle Sticker (A Muse), Olive Eyelet (SU!)

I don’t often do things in earth tones, but, I wanted to use the Flower Stack for a gardening themed design–I think the Amuse Addicts had a challenge that featured it, but there’s been too much going on for me to go read all the details.  They are probably already on to a new challenge!  LOL!

Anyhoo, I love the way Lexi has used the Argyle pattern in the past to create some fun scenes, so I thought I’d try to create a "hint" of a potting table.  Couldn’t resist putting a little bit o’ bling there in the center of the flower . . . I stamped the Flower Stack again on another scrap of card stock, and hand-drew the rest of the pot rim so I could mount it 3D in my little scene.  Hand-drew the little nails for the tools to hang from.

Bubblypleasures Soothing Soak:

Image Credits:   "Life’s Simple Pleasures", Shower of Gifts SM, Mini Oval (A Muse Artstamps)
Paper:  Kitchen Collection Pink 4 Bar Note Card, Surf Paper (A Muse)
Ink:  Brilliance Graphite Black (Tsukineko), Rosebud Pigment Ink (Clearsnap)
Coloring Tools:  Alcohol Marker in Pale Porcelain Blue (Copic)
Embellishments:  Pink Mini Brad (SU!), Ultra-fine Multi Iridescent Prisma Glitter
Other:  Giga Scallop Square Punch (Uchida), Quickie Glue Pen (Sakura)

Since I was on a roll, and Dave was willing to cook dinner (smoked BBQd pork chops–yum!) I just kept going!  *chuckle* 

I thought for sure I had the large Shower of Gifts (can’t believe I do not have that one by now!) . . . Nope! But, it turned out the small one, which I did have, actually worked better for this design.  Now normally, this fun claw-foot tub is filled with packages, but I decided to trim that part away, and 3D mount it and make a bubble bath free-hand.  Mini Oval makes the perfect little "rug" under the tub.  I’m really tickled at how this design turned out–the tub really pops out as a nice bright white, against the vanilla background.  The surf and pink tones together seem to be a nice combo–kinda makes me think retro . . .

I was going to sponge the edges of the scallop layer, when I remembered Linda saying that she just brushes the edge of her Copic along it instead, and it dries so quickly that she never has to worry about accidental smudges, so I tried it! Sweet Mother of Pearl, as my niece Piper likes to say!  (which always cracks me–cuz, what 5 yr. old says that???)  Worked just spiffy!

DANG!!!  I’m feeling quite brilliant and productive tonight! 

Felt LOVELY to pull out some older images I haven’t worked with in a while.  I have a few more ideas swirling around in my head, but, I’ll hafta scribble ‘em down quick in my notebook; Taylor has a basketball tournament tomorrow, and, therefore, we have a chance to get off The Rock!

Hope ya’all have a super weekend!

  1. These are gorgeous cards. Really love the hammock one. Seems different than your normal style. But love it. Jennie

  2. Julie, they are ALL amazing–I especially taken by the amazing coloring job on the garden shed–SO beautiful!

  3. Gasp! These are all darling Julie! Love them all especially that garden shed!

  4. Great cards but I’ve got to say the Palm Tree with the Hammock just caught my eye right away. It’s wonderful!

  5. Beautiful awesome gorgeous cards! Thank you for sharing – thank Dave for cooking!

  6. These are ALL stunning! I am on the prowl to CASE these and I have just the peeps in mind to send them to. Keep the flow going!

  7. All of these are so adorable! Love your new picture too! Hey, my 4 year old son’s favorite saying is “holy shrimp paste”! Just imagine the utter terror on my face the first time I heard that coming out?! Wasn’t what I was expecting, but thank God! Way too much Sponge Bob…

  8. Your watercoloring is absolutely amazing!! The shading is beautiful!

  9. Oh My ~ I absolutely love these cards…the potting shed is my favorite. I need this stamp as my sister is an “idiot” gardner..I mean she is like we are about stamps, only it is about gardening and she is good at it…Thanks for Sharing…This is just great!

  10. Wow…I love all of these!! Your coloring looks amazing, and your designs are soooo awesome!!

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