Tuesday, August 17, 2010

(Almost) Farewell to Summer

Every year about this time, summer begins preparing to relinquish her reign and give way to autumn. This is the one season change that always makes me a little sad. It means having to wear more layers of clothing, keeping a more regimented schedule, and spending less time with the kids. But it also means seeing my favorite creature: the delicate dragonfly with his sturdy body and gossamer wings. I experimented this week with a stamp I love, the large dragonfly, and stamped him on acetate. I get really excited when I can use someone else's cast-offs, and that's where the acetate came from. (The company I worked for a few years ago was going "high-tech" which meant putting presentations on PowerPoint and getting rid of transparencies. I got a brand new box of 100 sheets!) I knew I wanted color to show through his wings; I searched for an entire afternoon but wasn't happy with anything in my stash. Then yesterday as I was "playing" with my delightful friend Elena (seebeautyallaround.blogspot.com) we thought of using stamp pads directly on paper to create colors I liked, then cut them into "twinchies". While I was doing this, Elena searched until she found a challenge for this card. After I mounted it all on a Cuttlebug embossed background, I entered my card in the:
Cuttlebug Cuttin' Up! challenge
Raise The Bar Challenge ABC: (A)nimal -- is a dragonfly an animal? (B)lue twinchie, (C)uttlebug
Totally Gorjuss  Aqua (bottom right twinchie)
Paper Pretties Challenge  Summer


Erica said...

Such a lovely card, and I think a dragonfly definitely qualifies as an animal ;o) Thank you for joining us over on Double Dutch! Your grandson is adorable BTW, I can imagine he lights up your life :D


Mary J said...

Hello Gracka! Lovely, lovely creation! I am lovin' your blog - you write beautifully and it's fab that you experiment so much! I wish I had more time for that!

Thx for joining us at Totally Gorjuss and I hope you can join us for the next challenge with your inspiration!

Stampvanwinkle said...

Very pretty card. It has a simple elegance.

Kat said...

I love this card, it's so elegant. Thanks for joining us at TG this week.

Kat x

~*Joni said...

What a beautiful post! I would consider any non human thing an animal, so this dragonfly is just too adorable. I love your feelings on the transition into Fall, I feel the same way too. :( But we have tons of dragonflies already flying about here in our area. Beautiful card! Thank you so much for joining us in our ABC challenge!
~*Joni RTB DT

Jana said...

Very pretty card. Love the watercolor squares. The dragonfly is perfect.