Friday, August 12, 2011

Sweet Watermelons, flowers, and a GIVEAWAY for a Summer "Send-off"...

Ok...I am not REALLY sending off Summer because part of the reason I live in the South is to PROLONG our summer as long as possible!  However, school has been in session for TWO weeks now, can ya believe it?  I still can't.  My heart has literally left me in little pieces these past few weeks as I watch my children grow up before my eyes...thankfully these pieces are returned to me, almost in tact, each day they return off the bus  (even on those 'chaos' days, haha!)

Anyway, I have a card today debuting a BRAND NEW stamp from Stamping Bella, this little chick's name is JASMINE and she is DARLING, is she not?!  LOVE her.  Today for the Bella-riffic Friday challenge we had a 'paper piercing' challenge so as you can see I had fun piercing :)   Next week's challenge is to pull out those CUTE "huggabuggs" and use 'em!  Check out the rest of my Bellariffic teammates too- links are on my left sidebar here!


So....my last trip to the Nashville Farmer's Market inspired me to think of how much I LOVE flowers and watermelon, in particular, during the summer.  That may sound funny, but it's where my mind went while making this card, which is also featured today over on the TWINERY BLOG!.  Also inspiring was a card I received for my birthday (another one of my favorite things about summer!) from a dear friend of mine who used Twinery Twine that she created into a handmade flower embellishment.  I loved it SO much I had to try it and here's what I came up with:


I took some BLOSSOM twine snippets and glued them down to the back of a button, being careful to leave the button holes open until I achieved the desired look of this flower.   Wrapping some HONEYDEW twine around my card  (see the cute watermelon-inspired paper?) I pulled it through the button and tied it into a bow.  This was SO EASY and so much fun to do!

Now, speaking of ALL this cute Twinery twine, have you seen the newest COLORS?   Check them out:
As I am feeling UBER grateful for my friends in the stamping community (I'm hanging out with TWO of them TODAY, as a matter of fact...can you guess WHO they are?  LOL!) and my family, I am GIVING AWAY a sampler pack of this new TWINE!

Leave me a comment here saying what YOUR favorite thing about summer is and I'll announce the winner on Monday at 12:01 AM CST so you have all through SUNDAY NIGHT to enter!

Good luck and thanks for sending-off SUMMER with me so sweetly!  <3


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74 comments:

Kim Y. said...

What a sweet card, Jess! I love watermelon too! The best fruit for summer! Well, that and cherries and strawberries!

faithnme said...

Wow Jess, When I saw this I just had to come by and leave some "love... Love everything about it.. the colors are just "gorgeous" ...I had to read how you made your cute little "flower" button.. I will be giving that I try,, If you don't mind :0)

Hugs

cappuccino and colour said...

this is just gorgeous. that flower is so cute and the colours are fab!

Caz said...

Fab new colours....love your card.

My favourite thing about summer is the long days...and sunshine (when ewe get it here in the UK...not been bad this year).
Caz
x

Aideen said...

Your twine flower turned out great-this is such a cute image too :)

My favorite thing about this summer was going on hols with my parents & my sister & I brought my two kids... We stayed near a lovely little beach... It was a lovely few days & we even got a lil sunshine :) x

Tanya Tahir said...

awww she is super duper adorable and so is your card! The thing I love most about summer is the long days. I loooove that I can hang outside with my kids later in the day and have bbqs, a few drinks etc. That's the best :)

Tracy said...

Great card. What I love about summer most are late afternoon walks and bbqs with the family. :)

Leslie said...

That is such a sweet, fresh, summery card! I'm loving all the new imags I see from Emily. You did a great job on Jasmine and I like how you coloured her hair! Oh and my fav thing about THIS summer is all the extra time I've had to stamp - yay!

Jennifer Roach said...

I'm loving the new Bella releases. Can't wait to see them all.

Thanks for the chance to win some twine----it's my new obsession LOL!

Kelly Massman said...

Your card is so sweet! I love the flower you made!!! Thanks also for a chance to win the new colors! :-) P.S. I love travelling in the summer!

Janet said...

What a great card...it's a real beauty! What I love about summer is the beauty that surrounds me....it's full of inspiration! Thanks for the chance to win.

michib said...

very cute card Jess! my favourite think about summer is sleeping with the windows open, feeling the cool night breeze and the fresh air fill the house.

readysetlove said...

I'd have to say my favorite thing about summer is longer days... After working 8 hours, going home in dusk is never fun. But in the summer, you feel like you have so much more of the day left!

Tracey said...

What a fabulous card! Adorable!!

And I love the new twine colours! Thanks so much for the chance to win!!

My fave thing about summer is that I work for a school board so I am off and can spend lots of time with my daughter!!

Debbie Carriere said...

Super cute card!!! Love that little girl! My favorite thing about summer is enjoying more time outside, especially at the beach!!!

margie c said...

Awww, I adore lil girls with pigtails! She's such a cutie! and I love what you did with this card, especially the twine! How creative you all are :)
TGIF and enjoy your time with the girlies :)
hugs, margie

Jingle said...

I love the long days and the warm weather! Your card is absolutely adorable!

Ebru Vatansever said...

OMG Jess, she is SUPER SUPER cute !!!

vanlikethecar said...

What a cute card! And I'm loving the new colors!! My favorite thing about summer are the sunday BBQs/ pool parties. Gotta take advantage of the heat while you can! Thanks for the awesome giveaway (and I am seriously in love with the stone)!

Rebecca said...

What an ADORABLE card!!! Wow! I love it! My favorite thing about summer - having my kids around! I love it. I'm really dreading sending them back to school soon!

Ann said...

My favorite this is the weather. I love warm weather and this heat dome has been great.

Laurel said...

How gorgeous! Takes me back to my childhood with pigtails and feet! Love this.... And I am LOVING those new colors! They are delicious!!!!!! My favorite thing about summer is spending time with my son!!!!!!

Chunyuan said...

Awesome card. My favorite thing about summer is spending time outside with my boys. Love the color of the twine package.

Mary Friederichsen said...

I LOVE watermelon too!! And I LOVE this card Jess! She is adorable and I love all of the color!
It is hard to believe that summer is coming to a close already! It feels like it just started! Although for you and those that live in the south I am sure that fall cannot come soon enough! To finally get relief from the heat!
Blessings to you and your sweet Family! And Congrat's to Chris in regards to his work project!! Hugs,Mary

Scrappicat said...

Very cute card. I love summer for the long days, the warmth and being able to go to the beach whenever I want.

Kristie Lee said...

Getting to wear super fun and bright colored nail polish!

Oh...and the beach. That's pretty awesome too. :)

Debbie said...

Love the watermelon colours! My favourite thing about summer is that I don't have to shovel snow! And I love the long daylight hours!
Thanks for the nice giveaway!

Mommy Time said...

i love being able to sit out on the deck & watch my daughter catch lightening bugs =)

nicole.fronheiser@gmail.com

terriavidreader (IN-USA) said...

My favorite thing of summer is fresh corn on the cob, and maybe all the lovely blooming flowers! thanks for a chance to win. I don't often comment, but I do follow and come by to visit a lot.

JuliesAddiction said...

my favorite thing about summer is going to the beach and collection beach glass :)

Lisa B said...

How flippin' cool are those new colors!!! I love them.

Summer is just so relaxing. My favorite memories with my angels in heaven is when they would play outside in their little pool or in the sprinkler. Just to see the smile on their faces was the best thing ever. We would spend endless hours outside just having fun. Now those memories mean more than anything to me.

Have fun with your friends...that is what life is about, having fun and of course crafting!

Rose said...

I love how you used the twine to make the flower! Love love love the new twine colors, too! Thanks for the chance to win! ;)

grapegoddess.blogspot..com said...

Hi, I just love your blog and twine! My favorite thing to do in the summer is be outdoors with my kids camping and fishing!

texasjodylynn said...

Oh my word she is adorable!

Miwa said...

Cute card! My favorite thing about summer is being able to relax without the stress of school - and to watch the kids play play play, soaking up the sunshine and playing in the water. :)

Olavana said...

Hi! Cute card - i love her! :) My favourite thing about summer is going to the beach and relaxing while eating beautiful fresh fruit and seafood. Can't wait! :)

Froggietalks said...

I love summer for the fresh fruit, berries and vegetables that are available... and more time to Skype with my kids :)

scrappycanuck said...

Such pretty colours - love using fruit colours as inspiration! Mother nature always get's it right! Thanks for sharing.

Simply AJ said...

What a super cute card... just perfect!! My favorite thing about summer is the watermelon patch is ripe for the picking! Summer = Watermelon around my house! Thanks for the chance to win the new twine... I love it! AJ

queenofmynest(at)gmail(dot)com

Ariella said...

I love being able to enjoy an iced cofeed outside

Karen AKA Soccerboyzmom said...

My favorite thing of summer is the longer days and I am off for the whole summer.

Terri said...

My favorite thing about summer is 4th of July fireworks!

Thanks for the great giveaway.

Pat K said...

My favorite thing sbout summer is going to the surrounding area farmer markets and getting fresh baked goods, veggies and fruit!

Lindsey said...

Summer... I love the sunshine, the warmth, the fresh produce, the long days, the warm nights -- summer is my favourite!

Becci Sundberg said...

My favourite thing about summer are the longer warmer days. Being able to hang washing on the line without fear it will rain for days on end!

Ujjwal said...

Thats such a sweet card and nothing beats a twinery bow :)

My favorite thing about summer is the beach vacations. We plan a good beach vacation almost every year and this time we went to Goa. It was amazing!

Rea said...

My favorite summer thing is picnics, My Great Grandma, and Grandma use to take me on them alot in the summer, and now I take my son. It is so fun to throw out a blanket, relax, eat, and then play afterward. Thanks for the chance to win.

Leanne said...

Hi Jess!
Happy Friday!
hehehe, this image is awe-dorable and colored beautifully. the fun colors and papers are terrific and love the twinery twine flower you made. Your card is so cute and a definite smile creator. :)
My favorite time of summer is pretty lame but I love that there isn't too much traffic, which means school is out. Am I a plonker or what?! LOL.
Have a gr8 weekend!!

Crafty Math Chick said...

My favorite thing about summer - eating ice cream, LOL! It just seems to taste better in the summer. Thanks for the chance to win! Pretty card.

Karen C said...

I have two favorite things about summer. The first is the abundance and variety of fresh fruit. Yumm! The second is that most of the snowbirds have left Arizona for cooler parts! LOL Your card is darling!

mommyabbytommy said...

My favorite thing about summer is not following a schedule. There is less hustle and bustle in our everyday life. I love the button flower you made. It's one of those, "I can do that" things! :)

Sandi said...

My favorite part of summer is the long days of sunlight. I love watching the sunset at 9pm. Your card is absolutely adorable....thanks for th chance to win some twine....it is my favorite embellishment to use.

endgame said...

The best thing about summer is not working so I can do what ever I want

StampinCathy said...

Your card is beautiful. I just love going to the Farmers Market. Maybe one day we will cross paths there. What I love about summer is the long days, everything is bright and cheery. Thanks for a chance at this sweet candy.

szbacn1 said...

The best thing about summer, besides taking vacation time, is fresh tomatoes and basil... Yum!!! It is amazing that your children have been in school for the past two weeks as the children in my neighborhood don't start for another 1 1/2 weeks!

brenda said...

Such a sweet card! My favorite thing about summer is having my kids all home and a slower pace of life so I can enjoy being with them! Thanks for the chance to win some of that gorgeous twine!

grandmabonnie said...

My favorite thing about summer is watching my flowers and garden grow, i love walking in my garden and seeing what is new each day.

beadz said...

What a great card, Jessica! I love the flower you made. My favorite thing about summer is swimming. Nothing like hitting that cool, refreshing water.
hugs,
Gini

Patricia said...

Lovely card, have just come upon Twinery and would love a chance to tray some, thanks for the opportunity!!

catagal@aol.com

Linda Harris said...

My favorite thing about summer is the warmth!!!! I despise winter. I just came upon your blog thru the twinery. Great blog. Loving the card. The flower for sure!!!! Thanks for sharing, Linda Harris

connie said...

Love the card! Favorite time about summer is spending the weekends with family!

Lori Barnett said...

Super cute! My favorite thing about summer is all the yummy fruit :) Oh...and iced coffee!

Sarah said...

Favorite thing about summer is being outdoors and getting wet. Means not getting much stamping done, but lots of dreaming. Love your post.

Anita said...

Stunning card! My favorite part of summer is going to beach. anitamocha@charter.net

Sharon Harnist said...

Gorgeous new Twinery colors, like 2 of my favorite summer things -- blueberries and sunshine! Thanks for the chance to win -- I love the twine flower!

Lee said...

my summer veggie garden! I love the summer time fresh veggies and fruits. thanks!

Jessie/knightrone said...

This is SUPER duper cute!!

Kelly Sas said...

Wonderful card! I just found your terrific blog through the Twinery. I can see I'll be here all the time! I love to go fishing at the lake in the summer.

Tammy Hershberger said...

Darling card, Jess and your twine flower is fabulous!

Heidi Brawley said...

AWE Your card is soo adorable! Um my favorite thing about summer is having more daylight!
Hugs, Heidi Brawley

Lisa H. said...

wow! love those new colors!!! they look great together. soooo, my favorite thing about summer...the sunshine, pool/lake swimming, and sleeping in. oh, and I love that I don't have to pack lunches....that's the worse thing about the school year-yuck!

Amy said...

My favorite thing about summer is going to get snow cones on a hot day. It reminds me of my childhood, and I always love seeing the snow cone huts open.

Cathy Fong said...

i love swimming in summer time!! its been my favourite since i was a kid!

Crafty Cath said...

Love the twine flower Jess - so crafty! This is a darling card and how cute is that image! I can't even believe your kids are back to school already. I'm still enjoying the warm lazy days of summer!