Friday, March 23, 2012

Lantern Flowers are on the block today

But before I get to that, I want to tell you about an email I received today. It was from Canadian Blood Services and it said that over 4000 people will receive that email and if only half of them gave blood 400 cancer patients can receive treatment.

I started giving blood several years ago when a co-worker was diagnosed with cancer and we had a blood drive in her name. Sadly she lost her battle at 37yrs old but I never stopped giving. Dragging myself to a clinic on a beautiful summer night when I'd rather be sitting here on the deck or on a snowy wintery night when I'd rather be snuggled on the sofa has never stopped me. I still go, knowing that I have helped someone somewhere.

Really, it is painless, it takes only about an hour from the time I leave my house until I get home and it costs only a few pennies in gas to get me there and they say, it's in you to give. If you've never done it, try it just once and I know you'll feel good about yourself that you did it.

I'll get off my soap box now and talk about what you came here for....STAMPING BELLA'S LATEST RELEASE! Did you see it? Do you love it? I have some fav's in there for sure and will place my order tonight. I should have done it last night but was busy writing this post and pre-cleaning for the housekeeper. Don't laugh, because I KNOW some of you know what I'm talking about!

These are Em's lantern flowers...YES....designed by Emily herself! She should be SO proud of them because they are BEAUTIFUL!

 Do I have to say it again? I stamped it on bella's BESTEST paper and paired it this time with some sublte papers from Basic Grey's Indian Summer. However, the center panel I embossed with a sizzix embossing folder and sponged on some gold ink and vintage photo distress ink. I did omit the sentiment from the sketch because I didn't have one suitable.

I coloured it with the following copic markers:

G40, 43, 46, 99, W9
Y11, 15, YR12, R24, E15, 33
W00, 0, 0, 2, 3

I had a question in my last post about why I haven't been posting my copic colours. Well, two reasons
  1. if I have used more than 25 or 30 markers it gets to be where you wouldn't know where I used them anyhow
  2. I've been using a lot of pencils lately and the pencils can really alter the copic colour underneath so it would be deceiving for me to list the markers because if you used them alone you wouldn't get the same result
So, if the colour palette is reasonable and I've used minimal pencils, I will list the markers. Otherwise I won't bother because it won't make sense and you won't get the same result.

Now that my air is totally cleared on all topics that are looming in my head I do want to talk about next week's challenge. Now that the calendar says it officially SPRING...although the temps here are more like summer...our challenge is all about SPRING....and what does SPRING mean to you...for some it may mean Easter, for others it may mean flowers blooming, and for others it may mean something different entirely! So whatever SPRING means to you....bring it on....and email your card to Emily by Thursday, and/or upload your card to our SCS forum with the keyword BELLARIFFIC1213.

That's it for today!


Tanya said...

Oh Linda, your card is just beautiful!
Thank-you for donating blood! Cancer has taken so many of my family members and friends=( I would love to donate to help other but unfortunately I'm unable to donate due to living overseas during mad cow.

Gloria Westerman said...

Beautiful looks like it's popping from your card....

I used to give every year until I became bi-polar...and with the meds I have to take....they wont let me...I was part of a blood drive and most people don't know that it's good for your body to give blood....
Thank you for sharing your story...and I hope it inspire's somebody to do it today....

"Luv 2 Glitter" by Brenda M. said...

Great how your adding your glitter lately.... Think I should do the same considering I do have a TON of it!

Bren said...

Beautiful job on the flowers Linda. really gorgeous work!!
I give blood and find it a good and inexpensive way to "give back" something very vital and of great impportance to others. It's a good thing!

Susi said...

I'm always amazed at your wonderful colouring skills (I should be used to your talent by now, don'tcha think? LOL). These flowers look almost 3-dimensional, they're so beautiful. Kudos to you for continually donating blood. More of us should donate to help each other - of our blood or time, it's all good!

smd46 said...

Linda, I can't get to your email for some reason...wanted to invite you to join pinterest. Have you heard of it? You definately belong there to show off your enormous talent! You need to be "invited" by someone already on it (me). Let me know, ok?

Sandy said...

Linda this is absolutely beautiful. I love it!!!!!!!! I also donate blood.

Regan said...


Dutch Girl said...

It looks so life-like ... the flowers pop off the paper.

dpkennedy said...

These flowers ARE beautiful! Of course, your coloring makes them bloom!

Robin McK said...

This is just gorgeous Linda! You have made the lantern flowers totally come to life!

hauiline said...

Hi Linda!

This card is a dream... I love it.


Leslie Miller said...

Absolutely stunning! Beautiful flowers and exquisite coloring. LOVE what you did with the embossed background.


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