Thursday, April 26, 2012

Spring Storms

Hi There

I hadn’t planned to be away but Jim felt well enough for a day out. That doesn‘t happen often, when it does I drop everything and off we go. We went out to lunch and afterward went for a lovely drive past orchards and homes with all their beautiful apple, cherry and dogwood trees and spring bulbs in bloom. Shortly after retuning home we had the most spectacular storms roll in. I can’t remember when I’ve last seen it rain so hard. We had wave after wave of thunder and lightening storms day and night. I simply LOVE storms, I find them exciting and invigorating. When my sons were little we’d drive out to the vineyards so we could watch the lightening off in the distance.  Now if he is here my grandson and I sit on the deck wrapped in blankets and sip hot coco while watching the show. It is still raining out but the electrical storms have passed so its safe to be on the computer. 

My card today is a thank you for my nephew Mark and his OH Maile who sent me the most marvelous surprise package filled with wonderful goodies from Hawaii and a lovely framed family portrait.

I was inspired by the beautiful blue Forget-Me-Nots in bloom at the moment and the Morning Glories which are just peeking out of the ground but will be covered with gorgeous blue blossoms before long.   IMHO there are far too few true blue flowers in nature. 

I’ve used MS Garden Trellis, MS punch for greenery and EK Success punch for my flowers. The Rubber Stampede butterfly was stamped with StazOn and colored with pencils. The sentiment is a Studio G $1 stamp.  Recollection rhinestones  and glitter glue to finish.  Except for the base card everything came from my scrap/snippet files so I’m sharing in the playground where our lovely Di holds her weekly Pixie's Crafty Snippets Challenge 17.  Won't you join in the fun. 
Have an Amazing Day!

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  1. Such a pretty card, they will be delighted to get it. I LOVE what you did with the Trellis punch. I have that one, and can never think of a 'good way' to use it. Your idea was just excellent, and I intend to try it! TFS. Glad you had a lovely outing...those are times to treasure.

  2. Beautiful card, love the pretty butterfly.....

  3. Such a lovely card. Glad you had a good outing and the weather stayed good for you.

  4. Beautiful card.

    Lovely tale. Nice to get a surprise isn' it. xxx

  5. A beautiful and stunning card Bernie with superb colours and a fabulous butterfly. I'm so pleased you enjoyed your day out, it sounds just perfect.

  6. A very pretty card. I love forget-me-nots too and we have always had their in our garden. We don't plant them or sew seeds, except that when we pull up the plants after flowering, the seeds get well scattered around. Sorry it has taken me so long to get round to you to say thank you for your lovely comment about my doodling last week. Gardening, and cooking, bread making etc seem to be taking over my life again at the moment. Hope your storms are not doing any damage over there and you can just enjoy the spectacle. Have a good week. xx Maggie

    1. Wow Bernie - what a really stunning card! Super idea abut the trellis and all done with your usual flair.

      So pleased you and Jim had an outing. That storm sounds incredible - and really quite a spectacle. Could I see it from under the bed?

      Have a great weekend my friend.

      Love, Di xx

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  8. Hi Bernie, good to hear you both had a lovely day out. I'm not keen on storms and usually draw the curtains when there is lightening, something my grandmother always did too. Your snippet card is so beautiful - love the flowers and the butterfly. We have a patch of forget-me-nots in bloom at the moment and they are gorgeous. You are so right about the rarity of true blue flowers but I do have a little alpine columbine treasured for its real blue colouring ... unfortunately the seeds are sterile so can't offer to send you some. Elizabeth x

  9. So happy you were able to enjoy some time out!

    This card is amazing! Oh do I miss those Hawaii goodies. Living there for 9 years I was spoiled and so was my family. Now they are really missing my care packages I would send. :-)

    (I thought I had you in my google reader all this time and somehow I missed it, so I clicked on follower, so I should be good :-) )

    Hope you have a lovely week sweetie!

  10. Beautiful card - what a great use of your snippets.

    Hope the storms have passed for you - it's very wet in the north of england again today but hopefully not wet enough for flooding.


  11. What a pretty card! I love the color combination and the blue flowers and butterfly are just gorgeous!

  12. Gorgeous trellis Bernie, love those flowers. hugs heid x

  13. Hi Bernie. What a pretty card you have made. Such a pretty make and I am with you on not enough blue flowers around. So kind of your family to send you a surprise.
    I too love a good storm but only if I am home and not driving through it - or even worse, walking in it!!

  14. Ooh, I really love this card, Bernie. Beautiful trellis/flowers..great colors. So glad you and your hubby could have a day out..makes life special.

  15. this is so pretty Bernie-love your trellis and beautiful blue flowers


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