Sunday, February 8, 2015

WCC17 - Valentine's Day challenge

St. Valentine's Day is fast approaching. Over at the Watercooler, my demo friends and I have been working on a challenge in celebration of this Day. It is a fun holiday for cards and small treat holders. If I were finished making the treat holders for the children, I would be posting that. But I'm not.  I do have an EOS lip balm holder recipe. Feel free to make those. Hey ... I also discovered a challenge site called Stampin' Royalty. This link goes directly to challenge #266 or SR#266)  -- A challenge that incorporates Trees.  I love trees. Entering this card of mine in this challenge too. Cross your fingers!

I absolutely love this quote by William Shakespeare from the play, Hamlet. It is Hamlet who writes this in a love letter to Ophelia.
Doubt thou the stars are fire;
Doubt that the sun doth move;
Doubt truth to be a liar;
But never doubt I love.

Of course I've read Hamlet before, but this quote did not resonate with me until I heard Melanie Doane sing a song written by Ted Dykstra, entitled, Never Doubt I Love. It is haunting. You can find it on her debut album, Shakespearean Fish. It really says it all, don't you think?

Ok, ok, enough chitter chatter. Without further ado, here is my challenge card:

stamps: sheltering tree, something to say
paper: soft sky, crisp cantaloupe, whisper white
ink: soft sky, pink pirouette, crisp cantaloupe, blackberry bliss
itty bitty heart accents punch

It is hard to see from the photo but the tree was stamped in blackberry bliss. Have you ever noticed the bark on some trees has a reddish tint? Then the leaves were stamped twice -- pirouette and cantaloupe. The hearts were stamped in bliss and coloured in with a cantaloupe marker. You will notice the strips of soft sky through the tree. I wanted to portray the illusion of coolness in the air. With the pink pirouette on the ground, this is showing how life is warming up from all the love.

Happy St. Valentine's Day one and all. Check out all the other artists' projects @ watercooler challenges. And then ... link up your own Valentine!


  1. Thank you for sharing your card in the watercooler challenges!! I'm glad y ou are all keeping it going while I'm on my break!

  2. Oh my, Bev, I love that song. You're right, it's a very haunting melody. Did you use the Work of Art stamp for your background sky? The feathery look to it is perfect with your tree and those falling leaves. I would never have thought to use such soft colours together for a Valentine but this is absolutely stunning. I wouldn't change a thing. Thanks for being one of the Watercooler Artists.

    1. That sky swirl is the snowbank from the Sheltering Tree set. Thanks for your comments.

  3. I love this card, Bev! The colors/colours are nice for Valentine's Day - but it would work for other occasions as well. Nice!!

    1. Thanks Buffy. I just make make a few more for just that reason.

  4. I Hadn't thought of using that stamp as sky- great use. Great card.

  5. What a great card and post Bev. I haven't tried out this set yet, but the more I see it in beautiful cards like yours, the more I'm encouraged to do something with it. It's perfect for that Valentine's/Spring theme. I also like the way you used the snowbank stamp, I thought the sky swirls were from Work of Art too or done with a blendability. Awesome. Another cool way to use these stamps!. The Shakespeare poem was touching too.