Friday, April 1, 2016

Sending You a Prickly Hug

Welcome to this week's Color My Heart Color Dare Challenge #187Join us in this week’s challenge combining the colors White Daisy and any or 1, 2, 3, 4 or ALL Five of the following greens (Cotton Candy, Sweet Leaf, Topiary, Glacier and White Daisy.) You have until Thursday, April 7, 2016 to create and link up your project...look forward to seeing your inspirations for this color challenge.  


It wasn't too difficult for me to choose my theme for colors of Arizona the cacti are an assortment of greens.  However, in the spring/summer and sometimes fall seasons these green cacti break out with beautiful colored flowers.  

All cacti stamped, fussy-cut, rolled edges, and adhered with 3D Foam Tape inside of die-cut window frame from a variety of cardstock. Design Paper placed in the background of the window.  The cactus outside the window and sentiment stamped on white cardstock, fussy-cut and adhered with 3D Foam Tape.  

CTMH Products Unless Specified Otherwise

Design/Special Paper
     Paper Fundamentals - Adventure Topiary 
     White Daisy, Topiary, Sweet Leaf
     Topiary, Fern, Pear, Sweet Leaf  
     C1643 Stuck on You - Seasons & Nature
     Pretty Pink Posh "Storybook 3" 
     Chalk It Up Assortment 
     3D Regular and Thin Foam Tape 

Photos taken today:  The flower outside the window was stamped and masked for other stems of the same plant.  In this first photo (double-click for a larger photo), circled are the many green buds that will bloom. Not simultaneously but throughout the season.  The second photo is the yellow flower this cactus produces (not fully open).  The needles on this plant are the white buds in the background which appear to be soft; however, if rubbed against they have hundreds of needles in each bud that will pierce you and they are not easily removed.  


Click Read More to view more cacti flower photos...

Photos taken within the last year:  From right to left, inside the window...

This plant is a succulent, and is grown in other sections of the U.S. 

2nd Plant (Smaller version) and their flower 
3rd Plant - Variations of this type Plant and their flowers


When I lived back East we had a small waterfall and fish pond...home to a variety of Koi. Due to the extreme heat in Arizona this was not a possibility; but I had seen in a magazine where you could use cacti to create an under-the-water scene.  This is a photo of a section of my cacti fish pond.  


Donna said...

What a great card! Love how you used the window die-cut and the details on the cacti are fabulous.

As.I.Do.Rodos. said...

Fabulous card Ginny x
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Melanie R said...

Your card is wonderful - love it! Here in AZ we know about these prickly plants... ouch!

Michelle said...

Holy cow what a cute card! I LOVE all your details. The window cut creates a really nice scene. Great job.

Anonymous said...

Love this cute set has been calling my name!

Cat Nowak said...

Love the window with the cacti!!! Fab card!!

NJ Stamping Queen said...

Sue, this is really fantastic! I love the scene you created with the window die cut and cacti. Really pretty.
:) Marie

Anne said...

WOW!! I am going to use this card for my next class. Thanks you for the detailed instructions. Love your real garden. My cactus are still covered in snow, but hoping they will bloom again this year.

G Eileen Studios said...

I love your cactus filled window. Beautiful!

P.G. Lamb said...

That cactus arrangement you have on that window looks so homey! Beautiful card,Sue!!!