Penned & Painted Art
Happy Thursday! I’m so excited, because I found this in our garden yesterday. (And, yes, I know some of the broccoli is a bit yellow. It rained torrents the day before and I didn’t get out to cut it earlier.) That zucchini was also about five inches long the day before. Holy cow! All the sun, warmth, and rain we’ve had lately have caused our garden to explode!
But, seriously, how awesome is that? I love having fresh veggies and herbs from our garden to add to our meals. I feel so much healthier. I also cut some romaine and kale – my favorite greens!
It’s been a long time since I “gardened” (which really means I pulled weeds and picked stuff), so I had forgotten that squash and zucchini tend to spread. Since Mike & I are trying to limit wheat in our diet, we’ve been eating a lot of zucchini noodles. So we bought lots of squash and zucchini plants. They have taken over the garden. We’re going to have to have a bigger garden next year so they can spread. I’m thinking we need to build our new house or take the whole backyard behind the pool for a garden! (My vote is for the new house, because the soil’s better in the southwestern end of the county where I grew up. Not htat I’m biased or anything.) The squash is causing a lot of shade over my kale, romaine, broccoli, and cauliflower. And if the blossoms are any indication, we’re going to be sharing lots of tomatoes, zucchini, and squash with the neighbors. And friends. And family. And strangers who don’t lock their car doors. (You’ve been warned.)
On the menu tonight is Grilled Shrimp over Zucchini Noodles, with sauteed kale as a side. YUM!
Back to art that doesn’t happen in the kitchen….I was poking around another stamping company’s site, and they have a wonderful gallery of card samples. I can’t post the site here, because it’s a competitor, but it’s fun and all about a stamper’s journey. This is a CASE of one of their cards.
Obviously, I changed all the colors and stamps to Stampin’ Up! products. I used the Painter’s Palette for the “swooshes” and easel, Gorgeous Grunge for the “splatters” at the top and bottom edges, and You’ve Got This for the background behind the easel. The sentiment is from the Tin of Cards set. The flower is from the new Penned & Painted set.
I decided to stamp a flower for the “Art” project. I used Blushing Bride, Flirty Flamingo, and Watermelon Wonder for the flower, and Mint Macaron and Cucumber Crush for the leaves. (Again – this started out as a Cucumber Crush, Watermelon Wonder, Soft Suede color combination, but took a serious turn. I’m not sure which direction it turned, but it did turn!)
This is a perfect example of how well Stampin’ Up! products coordinate. I used five different stamp sets (and a punch – Blossom Builder), and colors from two different In Color sets ( Mint Macaron, Cucumber Crush, Watermelon Wonder, Flirty Flamingo), and three different color collections (Subtles – Blushing Bride; Neutrals – Crumb Cake, Soft Suede; Regals – Crushed Curry flower centers), and they all work together! The twine is the Blushing Bride Solid Baker’s Twine. Gorgeous! I have all the solid baker’s twine now.
For good measure, I added just a touch of Dazzling Diamonds glitter to the flower centers. Because you can never have too much glitz in your life, right?
Thanks for stopping by Stamping with Buffy! Have an awesome day!