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Saturday, June 9, 2012

How Sweet It Is

Finally!  A new art post.  Seems like ages since I've created something.  I thought I'd start small.  Good thing.  It took all day to get back into the groove.



I made a 4x4 inch coaster using a plain white chipboard coaster.  I selected from the Gecko Galz Rose Paper sheet a small square of patterned paper and resized it to 4x4.  Then I took a Gecko Galz Rose Girl freebie image, changed it to a ping file and placed it on top of the resized rose paper.  (Gecko Galz offers beautiful digital papers for crafting in addition to images and digital stamps.) 


Other materials:
the Paper Studio Spare Parts jeweled brads
shimmery ribbon from an early Gecko Galz win before I joined the design team.  
Stampin' Up rubber stamps for the label and sentiment
Sakura gelly roll glitter pen (on the roses)
cotton lace trim and satin rose bud from my stash


I made this coaster specifically for these challenges.  To me nothing is sweeter in the summer time than sitting on my deck in the backyard looking at our beautiful flowers in our garden.  It's all thanks to dh's green thumb.  This lovely rose girl epitomizes our flower garden.  I often pick a bouquet to put on my dining room table.  And, of course, I look just like her, too! 


1) Vicki's Cheerful Stamp Pad challenge: the Sweet Life

2) Starr's challenge at the Shabby Tea Room: Sweet Summertime using teal or aqua, pink and brown  (yes, there are some pink roses in the bouquet!)

3) All Sorts Challenge #158 Ice Cream Colors 
(I like hot fudge sundaes and butter pecan ice cream and chocolate dipped waffle cones--so those are my ice cream colors!)


And let's not forget Beverly's Pink Saturday, although it's almost the end of the day!  I took photos of the potter's bench and pink hydrangeas this morning.  But then it took the rest of the day to make my coaster!  So here are a couple of photos of those flowers in our yard that I've been talking about! You'll also spot a water pump, herb container garden and a table from a relative's auction being used as a potter's bench. 



Have a great weekend!  We've been enjoying the weather, sitting and eating on the deck.  I even sat out there this afternoon while putting together my coaster project. 

21 comments:

Linda Cain said...

Great projectand LOVE the flower pictures. Gorgeous!!!!

~Linda

joyce said...

Wecome Back Helene....didn't take long for you to get back into the groove. Pretty work.

Annesphamily said...

This is a beautiful project. I am so glad I stopped by. You have a wonderful talent. HPS!

Sharon said...

This is a really sweet little altered coaster!!! Glad you had some time to create Helene!! Also thanks for linking up to The Cheerful Stamp Pad Sweet Life Challenge!!

Shelly Schmidt said...

Love your coaster- and the BG paper and image- I love the flowers too- and the sweet sentiment + the lace!

craftattack said...

Greta little project and the garden looks great, too! Valeroe

hazel said...

I love you coaster, the image is lovely and the flowers in your garden are beautiful.
xxx Hazel.

Anita Houston said...

It was worth the wait...this coaster is the most beautiful I've seen...a very shabby and romantic feel to it! Those hydrangeas are outstanding...wish I could grow some in dry and hot West Texas. Beautiful work all around!

Shelley said...

It (she) is beautiful! I love it!

Michele said...

sweet perfection Helene! so glad you are creating and so glad you joined the fun at the cheerful stamp pad! xo from michele

Brenda Brown said...

A gorgeous coaster Helene, the image is beautiful as are your Hydrangeas. Lucky you being able to sit outside all we are getting at the moment is rain!!.
hugs {brenda} xox

Marjie Kemper said...

What a beautiful card! Love the way you used the coaster as a base... it's wonderful!

Cathy L. Calamas said...

great coaster. lovely image,

Vicki Romaine said...

Your coaster is adorable. I love the image and the bow is beautiful. I am so glad you chose my challenge to get back into the "groove".

Jules said...

Lovely lovely lovely!

Kristin said...

What a beautiful coaster, flowers and blog! Thank you for your visit and for joining in The Summer of Color! I am so happy to have you and look forward to seeing more of your elegant work, Kristin xo

Silvia(Barnie) said...

Such a lovely project.

denise said...

Hi Helene! I found you over at the Pink Saturday Party. The coaster that you made is darling. And I love all your beautiful pink hydrangeas. Denise englishpurpleribbon.blogspot.com

1CardCreator said...

Love the fun coaster and the pictures of your garden are glorious too!

Micupoftea~ said...

Love the Hydrangeas...ours are growing gangbusters too!

Mummy lade said...

Lovely colours! Thank you so much for sharing with us at Allsorts this week and good luck!

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