Raspberry Suite Color Challenge #19

Hi folks! I am back again, today with a card share!! It has been so long since I have been able to play in any kind of challenge, and I so love them! This weekend though I had a few minutes to play with some awesome colors from Dawn McVey, inspired by her Pioneer Woman t-shirt. Love the colors, love P-Dub, so I had to play along. Here are the colors:

There are lots of them, but I wanted to make a fun spin on a holiday card. I also got to break out a few new Papertrey Ink goodies that just arrived-including the Turning a New Leaf stamp set ( I am already in love!). Here's my card:

I used the small branch in the leaf set and stamped repeatedly to make a semi-wreath, then cut it out and accented with flowers from PTI's Peaceful Poinsettia set. Also stuck on some gems, clear that I colored with a Bic marker to sort of match Lavender Moon. Lots of cutting on this one, but I am pleased with the result.

Thanks for looking!

Supplies used
Cardstock: PTI Raspberry Fizz, Dark Chocolate, Spring Moss, Aqua Mist, Lavender Moon, and Vintage Cream (on pink flower)
Stamps: PTI Background Basics Polka Dot Basics II, Turning a New Leaf, Peaceful Poinsettia, and Signature Christmas
Ink: PTI
Spring Moss, Aqua Mist, Lavender Moon, and Raspberry Fizz; Versamark; Colorbox Chesnut Roan
Other: PTI satin ribbon in Aqua Mist, PTI cream button twine, Kaiser Craft and Hero Arts gems, Bic marker, Paper Source envelope in Pool
Tools: Fiskars scallop sentiment border punch, Marvy corner rounder, hole punch, pop dots



Just a simple share for you today.

I have loved Ranunculus flowers forever. I see them in magazines artfully arranged with their lush petals piling out of cute containers. I coveted them when planning my wedding but opted for locally grown buds. I have one picture, torn from a magazine, that looks at me everyday from my bulletin board. I love them.

Nevertheless, I have never actually seen them in real life. That is, I hadn't, until yesterday. I went to the store to pick up some things for dinner and I opted for Fresh Market, which isn't my normal choice because it is pricey, but on occasion I go and make some good finds (particularly in the produce department). I always check out their fabulous flower dept and keep walking but yesterday I noticed, tucked into the corner, were bunches and bunches in all colors of these delightful flowers. Alongside them were another of my constant favorites, hypericum berries. As a little treat for the past rough weeks I've had, I scooped up some bunches and when I got home, set immediately to arranging the petite blooms in a small vase. The fading sun was streaming in the back door right onto the kitchen counter where I was arranging them, and it struck them in such a way that I had to grab the camera and take some snaps:

There was just something about fresh flowers, finally seeing these in real life, and the setting sun that just made my day. It is sometimes the simple things that make life so sweet.

Hope you're having a great weekend...look for the sweet things.



And the award goes to...

Me. For being possibly the worst blogger ever. I know, I know. I have missing for quite some time now, but rest assured, missing IN ACTION, definitiely applies here. This is a busy busy time for work and school for me, as always as the last third of the semester approaches. This year the last day is Dec 2--less than one MONTH away!! And that includes three days off for Thanksgiving. Yikes! This frenzy is not going to end any time soon...

The real reason I am posting today, and another reason I haven't had anything crafty to post here lately, is that my work has gone wholesale!! For the past few weeks I have been working like crazy in my (few) spare moments to complete my very first wholesale order!

I already have some holiday items in place (and more things coming) in a little shop called The Lemon Tree, in downtown Wake Forest, NC. It is a new shop, soon-to-be cafe as well, and in fact, it just opened on Tuesday. They specialize in handmade local products and on top of that, are part of a downtown revitalization project, and I am always a fan of keeping history alive and kicking. They are having a grand opening party today, so all you in the NC triangle area should stop by and check out this shop. Their website is here: http://www.thelemontreewf.com/index.html and you can become a fan on facebook, too: http://www.facebook.com/pages/Wake-Forest-NC/The-Lemon-Tree/158271496198

Thanks to Stacey for working with me. I am excited for them and this oportunity for me. Hopefully soon I will have some new goodies posted in my Etsy shop and get back to our regular scheduled programming...is there even such a thing around here?

Have a great Thursday!