Sunday, July 18, 2010

She May Be Blue, But She's Not Blue!

I finally finished the invitations and the directions/registry cards. The envelopes are addressed, stuffed, sealed and ready for mailing. WOOHOO!!!!! One more project down before I leave for AZ on Wednesday. I have to say that I colored 6o of the Something New images by Phindy O'Neill and I still love the image.

Sequed right into my card of the day didn't I? This week at Phindy's Place Challenge Blog, the challenge was "Got The Blues?" Good thing that that meant color and not emotional state, because, I don't think there's a Phindy image out there that looks sad or blue. I'm so hooked on the summer cuties(found here), that I'll be using them for a while to come. Phindy added the cutest little image called Catch Something this week, and much as I love him(and I do own a copy of the image), he wasn't my first choice for my challenge card. Instead an image called Little Swinger did?

Do you remember the sheer joy of swinging on a hot summer day and creating your own breeze as you pumped to make yourself go higher and higher? I think that explains the look of sheer bliss on this little cutie's face.

One of my favorite fabrics to smock little children's summer outfits out of was micro-checked gingham. I found a free printable microdot paper on line(can't find the link), and it was perfect for paper piecing her dress and hat. I also decided I wanted her swinging from a tree, so I found a tree shape to go by and cut it out and colored it up with Copics. I mounted the limbs of the tree with foam adhesives along with Little Miss Swinger and the clumps of leaves for a 3D effect. I tied a knot in some twine, shredded the end to give it a rope look and tied it to a limb to make her look like she's really swinging. The grass was a piece of scrap paper and the blue of the sky is the base of the card. I cut the smaller violet blooms off a package that I had purchased from the Dollar Tree, and voila' I have a challenge card. The sentiment simply says "Happiness" and isn't that so true?

Now close your eyes and think back to those hot summer days of your childhood. Do you remember that feeling of being on a swing, with your feet extended and pointing to the sky and looking down at the ground as you pumped harder to go higher and higher. Oh, what a feeling!

Thanks for stopping by and hope you enjoyed the visit. I love hearing from you.


  1. oh shirley, that is just way too cute hun, i love his real string and the trees look fab xxx

  2. You've outdone yourself! Great dimensionality, the rope and the tree are wonderful!

  3. Shirley, I adore this card! It is like a happy children's book illustration!
    I love the 3D effects and the clever addition of the little rope.
    Thanks for playing along at Phindy's Friday!

  4. This is amazing! LOVE the dimension you put on the card by cutting out all the elements *wow*
    Really really love your card!!!
    Thanks so much for playing along with us at Phindys Place challenge, Shirley! It's always a pleasure to see your beautiful cards you make with Phindy images! :)
    Sylvia xx

  5. This is just perfect in every way!! That tree is so awesome and just perfect for that darling image!!!

    Thank you for joining us at Phindy's Place this week and we hope to see you again!!! :)

  6. thanks for the great "visual"and feeling of swinging once again-from your post and ADORABLE card! glad u joined us at Phindys!

  7. Shirley---this is fabulous!!! Yup, I loved smocking that mini gingham, too. I love your paper piecing and all the dimension in this card-it's just beautiful! Thank you for joining us fro the Phindy's Place Challenge this week.

  8. What a cool idea, the card truly looks like a summery scene!
    Thanks for playing at Phindy's this week and hope to see you back soon!

  9. Shirley my dear, this is absolutely...TRULY Gorgeous! I had a similar idea with this swinging cutie. She is adorable isn't she? You've made such a creative card, and you've truly captured the innocence of that sweet little girl out enjoying her swing. =)
    Big Hugs,

  10. this is just the sweetest card! love her swinging in the tree...memories so precious!
    so enjoy your projects..thanks so much for faithfully playing in Phindy's challenges (-:

  11. Shirley this is amazing! Such a clever card and the tree is a perfect background for this cutie, LOVE IT! Have a safe trip, Thanks so much for playing along with us at Phindy's Place, hope you'll join us again


  12. Wow what a wonderful card! I love the whole scene you've made...
    Thanks for joining us at Phindy's Place challenge.
    xxx Anne-Marije

  13. fab - it really looks like she's swinging... love it.

    Paula x x x