1/11/2017

You're Special!

Hi there! I'm slowly getting back into my art studio after the holidays. When I saw this week's cue word for CASology, I knew I had to play along. My brother-in-law recently retired as Director of State Parks. He has a birthday coming up and I thought the cue word 'forest' was a perfect fit!


Following in the footsteps of many bloggers this year, I'm reaching for some of my older stamps. This pretty pine tree is by Hero Arts. It's stamped with Ripe Avocado ink (PTI) with some first and second generation stamping. I inked the upper portion of the panel with a soft blue then die cut with my Pretty Pink Posh Scallop Circle die. I cut some extra layers of the outer circle for more depth. This nifty pine embossing folder was also a good fit. The DeNami Design sentiment is on a PTI Tiny Tag die, also one of my older dies. In fact I think it was one of the first things I purchased from PTI!



I would love to know what you think of my new blog design! My profile pic needs to be updated. Hubby has been working lots of overtime. We'll get around to it one day. Other than a bit more mileage, I look the same LOL!!

32 comments:

Karen B. said...

What an unique masculine card. Love the details and the softness, but it is still totally masculine. Job well done!

Jen Mitchell said...

What a great card for your brother in law. I love the textured background and your forest of trees looks fantastic. And speaking of fantastic the blog design is just that! It's got your style written all over it!

Lindsey said...

This is so pretty, Lisa, in a wonderfully masculine way. I love the idea of reaching for the older sets....plan to do that, too!

TK said...

Gorgeous trees, and I've always admired that ef!

Greta said...

Beautiful card, Lisa--wonderful stamping & design & just perfect for your BIL! Your new blog design is wonderful--simple, elegant & beautiful!

Rosemary said...

perfect card for your BIL, lisa!! love the beautiful stamping!

Jacquie Southas said...

The blog update is clean & fresh! I love the embossing folder on this card - so much great texture without taking away from the white space, Lisa. Thanks so much for playing along with us at CASology this week!

Joyce said...

This is fantastic in every way. Love how your forest is reflected in your beautifully stamped trees as well as your embossing. And, yay for old stamps!! Thanks so much for playing along at CASology this week.

I Card Everyone said...

Your new blog design is fabulous ... clean, bright, and very feminine! beautiful, just like you!
I also love your card! Lisa, your BIL is going to flip, it's so gorgeous - yet masculine!
=]

LeAnne said...

What a lovely card....your BIL will certainly appreciate it! What a great layout as well!

Vicki Dutcher said...

Perfect image (and challenge) for your bil's card! Awesome job

Kim Heggins said...

Such a beautiful birthday card...love your embossed background and your amazing forest, stunning and so perfect for your brother-in-law.

Kay Miller said...

Oh Lisa that is really stunning! Very unique and pretty card! I have been having fun with some of my older stamp sets too lately!

Mona Pendleton said...

Such a pretty card Lisa! Love the embossed background and the pretty scene that you created!

Jill Norwood said...

Love this handsome card Lisa! And very nice new blog design too!

Claire said...

What a great card Lisa - so fitting for your BIL! Love the colurs you've used..they're so soft and serene!

Sharron said...

This is such an amazing card, Lisa! Your stamping is fabulous. Love that your design can be masculine and also perfect for any nature loving friend!

Celeste Goff said...

This is just beautiful Lisa! I love how clean and simple it is!

Isabelle Siry said...

Very beautiful card Lisa ! Your embossed background is fabulous and your forest so beautiful! Very gorgeous showcase for this challenge! Thanks for sharing.
Izzy Scrap

Virginia Lu said...

Is this ever gorgeous, Lisa! The colors and textures are outstanding!

Melissa said...

What a perfect card for your brother-in-law, Lisa! So pretty, but yet perfectly masculine too! The detail on those trees is amazing and I love the embossing!
Thank you so much for joining us at CASology this week! :)

Bobby said...

I love the blue inking and second generation stamping, Lisa. It gave a soft ethereal look and plenty of dimension to your forest.

Jen W. said...

Glad we provided this cue word for you at such a perfect time! :D Your forest is gorgeous and I love the depth you added to the frame. The sentiment tag is so adorable too! I must remember to do that in future! Thanks for playing along with CASology this week!

Anita in France said...

What a gorgeous lush forest, Lisa ... fabulous set amidst that fabulous texture of the pine branch embossed background! Your new blog look is gorgeous ... soft and feminine and just lovely! Hugs, Anita :)

Michele K. Henderson said...

Lisa, this is amazing! One of my very favorites from you! I LOVE the trees!
Take care!
Michele

Katie Ann Brooks said...

so pretty, love the textured background!

Judy1223 said...

LIsa, this is so perfect! What a great occasion, glad the cue matched up with your need for a card this week! I adore the trees, layered in such beautiful colors, and framed so sweetly. And, I must ask, why I have never seen this embossing folder before? It is wonderful! (And I thought I had them all!) The little tag is the perfect touch. Your new blog design is so pretty...perfect fit for you! Making me think I need to relook at mine...its been six years! Thanks for playing along at CASology!

Greta said...

Congrats on the HM, Lisa!

Tracey McNeely said...

Your forest is breathtaking!

Birgit said...

This is a great masculine card! It's so nice to go back to using sets that have been in our stash for a while. It's too easy getting caught up in all the "new releases" and trying to buy everything. I like way too many stamps! Thanks for a gentle reminder to love what we have. Your card is fabulous! <3

Kim S said...

I love the look of the scalloped circle cut from the already stamped forest!! How perfect for a retired Director of State Parks!

Jinny Newlin said...

Oh, he'll love this, Lisa! Great texture and beautiful stamping!