In a Garden by Northwoods

Hello, did you think I had run away???Sorry for being MIA, but sometimes I just have to take a little blog break to do some Real Life Things (or just be lazy - or both!). Before I share today's card, let me say a big warm welcome to some lovely new followers:

Lynn B of Crafty Linby
H Moffett of Crafty Creations
Thanks so very much for joining as new followers! Hope you'll take a few minutes to pop over and say a big Hello to these talented crafters. Gosh, I am seeing some blog candy in the future. So you might want to stay tuned and if you see that following list* hit 300 (GOSH, what a big milestone that is to contemplate)...there's gonna be some celebratin'. (*if you follow with Bloglovin, you won't be in the data spreadsheet & your name won't be included in the Random Generator count. So if you're interested, please check the followers' list and add yourself to that list as well. I'd hate to miss including anyone).
We have had some rainy, overcast days here in Upstate South Carolina this week, but today is a perfect sunny Fall day. Blue skies (but there are some fluffy white clouds floating around), nice breeze, and the ground has dried out enough that Mr. could get out to mow the lawns.  We finally got a few of the Fall decorations out on the cleaned front porch, but decided to keep it minimal - with the thought of having to pick up and pack it all away again. I'll try to share some pictures.
Still haven't gotten the HTML problem solved. I'll ask again, if anyone knows an HTML expert, I'd appreciate the information. In the meantime, I've left the coding alone before I really hose up things.
When I'm not posting, many times I'm still coloring images or playing with making backgrounds - for when I'm in the mood to get a card ready & posted. Today's card is a pretty Northwoods image I've had colored for a while. It's really more of a Spring card rather than our current season, but I liked it.
- colored with copics, die cut with S/Binder Valiant honor. Did just a bit of stenciling in on the corners. This is such a pretty die. There's also some sparkle added with WoS pens.
- card base was sponged with DI Salty Ocean, Mowed Lawn and Worn Lipstick (discovered I don't have the larger size of Picked Raspberry. How did that happen?). Then sprayed with some Tattered Angels gold spray purchased recently on sale. Went to clean the spray head after using the spray, and it was already clogged, just with one use. Some of the metallic sprays are difficult to work with - but one doesn't know until that first spray. Usually flushing the sprayer with water immediately after use helps to avoid this. Not this time. I did get some replacement spray heads, so will try it on this one. Also noticed the moisture of the spray made the card base curl, so it will need some major heavy flattening.
Have a wonderful afternoon, hope it's as lovely where you are, as it is here. Thanks for popping in. Big Hugs.


Veerle said...

Gosh Mary this is very beautiful. Nice colouring you've done. Hugs Veerle. BTW waauw almost 300 followers ? Well done. xxx

Mrs A. said...

Gorgeous colouring Mary and I see you even managed to pop a cardinal in there too. Hugs Mrs A.

Sue said...

Lovely cheerful card.

Thanks for stopping by my blog earlier.

Hope you have a nice day.


505whimsygirl said...

Hi Mary,

I've been MIA too! Too bad we weren't together having a good time.....

I need to send you an email update - coming soon.

The card is very sweet, love all the birds. Too bad the one spray got so clogged. Sounds like you are prepared with extra nozzles.


crafty-stamper said...

Love the colourful image and great die-cut frame -love the coloured background too
Carol x

Kathleen said...

Beautiful card, love both the image and the die, gorgeous colouring.

Kath x

pam said...

Beautiful coloured image Mary, must have taken ages, love the die cut frame.

jimlynn said...

You came back with a bang with this beauty! LOVE that framework and of course the image is stunning as is your coloring! Like a breath of spring time air. With winter coming closer, this is all what we need!

Jean Straw said...

Hi Mary this is a pretty garden scene. I love the gorgeous die cut frame, it looks good on your coloured background.
Jean x

Sharon Fontenot said...

Thanks for noticing. Love the card. Would love to plop down and enjoy the flowers and birds.

cuilliesocks said...

What beautiful colours you have in your card Mary, and the stamped image is glorious, you've even got your little cardinal bird in there, it's all gorgeous, hugs Kate x

Deepti said...

Wow what a fabulous scene :) lovely colors !

Lisa said...

Wow, what a gorgeous image, Mary!! The scene is so beautiful!! I love how you colored - it just comes alive!! Absolutely fabulous!!

I'm sorry you haven't gotten your HTML problems fixed wish I could do more to help. Have a great evening my friend :)

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JD/ Jill said...

Pretty image with nice coloring!

Maxine D said...

What a fabulous card Mary - love that background panel!
Today our spring afternoon has turned overcast and it is near to rain - as the garden will love it I won't complain.

aussie aNNie said...

Good to see you back as missed you Mary, this is one awesome project, great colours and gorgeous image used.xx
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Sarah said...

Nice to see you Mary and what a beautiful card. Such a pretty image and so expertly coloured. Reminds me of summer now that my garden has been tucked away for the winter xx

Marilyn said...

Love the image and your coloring

Jenny L said...

Hi Mary,
congratulations on nearly 3oo followers, my I don't ever think I will get that many.
Love your superb card today, the background colours are wonderful, and it's a pity that metallic spray doesn't show up better in the photo.
Cause I bet that it looks amazing when you look at it.
Your image is a really super one and coloured so perfectly, and as Mrs A said your even got a cardinal bird in there too.
Lots of crafty love. Jenny L.

Pat said...

A lovely image which you have coloured beautifully Mary, and the S/B die frames it perfectly. I love the background it's sitting on too in such lovely, colours. The weather here is mild for the time of year but sadly has come with a lot of rain too. Hope you have a good weekend. x

Rainey's Craft Room said...

What a glorious image and beautiful colours, just what is needed on a dull and overcast day like today. Thanks for cheering me up Mary.

Sandy said...

So pretty but I must tell you, I am in the mood for SNOW,
Sandy xx

Petra Swart said...

What a lovely, peaceful scene, Mary!!! Love all the cheerful birds and the lovely flowers!! (I would love to sit in that chair all day long!!!!) The die is indeed beautiful and your sponging looks great!!! Just the right card for spring here in SA!!!

Have a lovely weekend!!!

Brenda in IN said...

I love the sponging you did. It may be a spring scene but with the day you described, I think it is perfect. Love the fern and pots of flowers. That is a pretty die for the frame. Great card, Mary.

LesleyG said...

This must have taken you ages! Beautiful picture and makes a stunning card xxx

~ Jo ~ said...

Very pretty card Mary. The colors are gorgeous and that image is beautiful.

Faith A said...

Doing lazy things, how wonderful, hope you enjoyed them LOL.

I absolutely love this card Mary, the background is superb to make the image stand out with that wonderful die, fabulous card.

It's a promise to come of the Spring.

Bonnie said...

This has such amazing tiny details, Mary! Beautifully colored! Love the fancy edge too!

Shona Erlenborn said...

I was just thinking about Spring today. Had my big Fall Clean-Up at the church today. Thinking oh well that's it taken care off for six months! Then you post this!!! Seriously, it's really pretty. I do love the fall colors, but I know after five months I'll be looking for those on your card!!

Jacee said...

This is so lovely Mary, what a great design, fabulous work, love it!
hugs Jacee
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Loll Thompson said...

Really beautiful image Mary ... and you've coloured it to perfection! Love the fancy-cut frame.

Life does get in the way of crafting sometimes, but hopefully not too much :) Loll xx

Carol L said...

It's good to see you back again and sharing your beautiful cards :) I love this touch of spring on your card - and it turned very chilly here today, so it's a welcome sight for me! I'm not looking forward to another winter like we had last year, so the chill in the air doesn't feel too nice to me anymore :)

Cathy said...

What a lovely card Mary, you've coloured the image beautifully, so many pretty details, Cathy x

Brenda said...

This card is just beautiful Momma Mary! I am so loving the images and so wish we were going back into summer instead of heading to winter! lol You have this scene colored so beautiful. I love the SB die you use to frame out this lovely summer/spring scene and the vibrant colors are so gorgeous! Hugs, Brenda