Thursday, February 20, 2020

Peaceful Blue Heron

Well, hello again!  Something a little different today... a super easy and quick watercolor.  I spent a LOT more time on the frame than I did on the image, sheesh.

The stamp is by Magenta -- Reflective Blue Heron - a gift from my blog friend, Christine.  I've waited a ridiculously long time to use it, but that's how it goes with me.  I dance around a stamp quite a bit before I decide what to do with it.  Christine made it look so amazing when she used it, and then I was intimidated, but, hey... I finally went for it.  The stamp pretty much does it's own thing as the reflection is already there, which is what I thought was so awesome about it.




As mentioned above, I watercolored, going for a sunrise look.  After that I was totally stumped as to what to do with the rest of the card.  Not sure I'm crazy about the black.  The colors look tropical to me -- unintended, but pretty.

As for the frame, I layered Memory Box Oval Master Frame over Poppystamps Thicket Frame and tucked some Impression Obsession Grass into the corner.  Layered a Power Poppy sentiment over that.  Love this sentiment set, Good Thinking: Renewal.  Hmmm... just noticed it's on sale.  More on the inside:





That's all this week.  We've been busy with different things at the Miller house, especially because the sun came out for most of the week.  Got lots done in the garden -- trimming and such.  Still too wet for digging.  It actually looks like spring out there, but the rain isn't done yet, sigh.

Till I see you again... have a lovely day!


25 comments:

Glenda said...

What a gorgeous card...the more I look, the more I love! That sunrise is stunning and the colors you chose are amazing. I'm not sure I would have been able to create such a lovely card but you totally aced it!

aussie aNNie said...

Beautiful, have never used Magenta stamps but love this one. Peaceful and serene.xx

jenni1st said...

I think it's lovely. Not too much color; I would've been tempted to fill up the whole bg with color. Your idea to leave some white is so much better. Well done.

I share your not totally loving the black. I've encountered that in my silhouette cards before too. Tried softer grays, etc. Have yet to find the perfect answer for silhouettes that you don't wan too stark.

Diane said...

This is very pretty and I do like the black as it shows off the bird so well. Love the touches of color too and what a fabulous stamp this is! We have a blue heron that walks our creek (I call him big bird) and Mack absolutely can't stand him..so funny to watch!!

Loll said...

You made a beautiful card with this wonderful image, Leslie! I love the soft watercoloured with the water and sun rise. Gorgeous colours. The soft, beautiful image really pops against the contrasting black framing -- it's awesome! xx

Witchcrafted Life said...

What a serene, immensely lovely design. This puts me in the mood for leisurely, soul uplifting summertime evenings something fierce.

Autumn Zenith 🎃 Witchcrafted Life

Darnell said...

I wish some of your rain could make its way south, Leslie! We have had nary a drop this whole month of February and it's normally a rainy month. It does not bode well for a hot dry summer and fires. But I won't dwell on that, instead I will reflect on and enjoy your beautiful card and its message. Aaah, there now. All better! I think it's gorgeous! I think it looks like a sweet sunrise on a lake or marsh anywhere, not just in the tropics and the black is stunning. It really makes the eye draw in close to the heron and its reflection! Hugs, Darnell

Cat Craig said...

It looks like a soft sunset to me, from a sweltering day that finally is livable. I adore all the black it focuses the eye to your beautiful scene.

Kathy Krug said...

Love how you layered those dies together over the pretty backdrop. Great sentiments.

Donna Ellis said...

Love that Emerson quote - it gets me every time, Leslie! and such a fun font. Your silhouette is amazing! And they made the stamp like that already! Leave it to Magenta. I have so many gorgeous M stamps that have never seen ink! I remember when they were the Hallmark of the stamp world. The soft colors and oval die are just a perfect scene for your lovely new stamp. hugs, de

Maria Rodriguez. said...

Leslie, this is a beautiful image, imparts a message of peace and tranquility, it looks like a sunrise to me, with the amazing watercolor sky, and the die-cut framing this scene couldn't be more perfect.
The sentiments, both outside and inside and full of wonderful meaning.
Thank you for sharing.
Hugs.
Maria.

Pauline said...

Leslie, your card is beautiful. I love that bit of colour with the black image and frame. Very serene! I also like your choice of sentiments. I must confess, I purchased this stamp back in late summer along with another magenta stamp that is similar, figuring they are great for either sympathy or masculine and I have yet to ink them up - shame on me! The IO grass is a great addition to the frame. Well done! Thanks for the inspiration today. Oh, I can't wait to get out and work in the gardens, but I'm afraid winter is not over for us. Not until mid April till we can start! Have a wonderful day!

Cindy Beach said...

I think the pale colors contrasted with the black frame are a beautiful combination. I love the soft colors you chose! Again I love the sentiment. and the inside too. We see blue heron often and they are a beautiful sight!

Anne Buckingham said...

Love the card. The black around the picture gives an early morning look as you were going for. The subtle colors give a restful look to the card. It would be appropriate for sending a thank you, sympathy, birthday, thinking of you, or get well. Well, guess that means it is good for all occasions. Great card.

Yogi said...

Beautiful and serene. I love herons. Used to see a lot of them when I lived in PEI. Have a great day

Verna Angerhofer said...

I certainly can see why you wanted this stamp image. It is so gorgeous and the subtle colors you added to the image is perfect. I am so glad you took the plunge and inked it up.

Nanny's Pansy Patch said...

I love the card and think the black makes it. The stamp is so neat - I like how you framed it and the sentiment as well. It's too cold for us to go outside yet. Counting the days to Spring!

Conniecrafter said...

I love the sunrise you gave to this image! The framing you did of it was such a clever idea and looks wonderful! Like how you brought the grass to the inside of the card!
How wonderful that you have been enjoying some nice sunny weather, the ground around here is just frozen but we have seen some sun so that is nice!

Christine Alexander said...

Leslie, the card is a stunner in a wonderfully serene way, I'm so happy to see how you used the stamp. I love your black frame and of course as always the inside of your cards are as beautiful as the outside.

Ros Crawford said...

It's so dramatically beautiful Leslie... I love the black frame and the colours... The sentiment goes perfectly!

pam said...

Really beautiful scene on your card Leslie, love the look with the black frame.
wonderful finishing touch your sentiment.
Hugs Pam x

Lynette said...

A totally awesome card one more time, Leslie! So peaceful, for sure.

How wonderful that it looks like spring there. Not so much here! It was quite cold a couple days this week, but will hit 40 degrees today, so that is pretty fabulous.

Margaret said...

This silhouette image is so beautiful. I love the hint of light coming up behind it. It looks so peaceful. One of my nieces has a lake house and posted some photos of real blue herons that she saw up at the lake. They are really majestic looking.

crafty-stamper said...

Absolutely beautiful stamp and love the delicate watercolouring -I think the black frame makes the image look more delicate if that makes sense? as if you are watching from a hide
Carol x

laurie said...

A very gorgeous scene....and a beautiful card!

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