Thursday, August 2, 2018

Swinging Under the Trees

When I received the May My Monthly Hero kit from Hero Arts it brought back SO many fond memories of my best friend.  She and I lived next door to each other and it is because of her that my childhood was as amazing as it was.

What I Used to Make my Card:
White Card Base
Black Card
My Monthly Hero Kit, May 2018 {Hero Arts}
Watercolor Paper
Distress Oxide Inks
Versafine Ink in Onyx Black

As I created the background for this card I forgot to write down which Oxide Inks I used; I apologize!  But I do recall thinking I wanted the background to look like a summer sky as the sun was setting and I think I achieved that look, don't you?

Another Look
Once the background was dry, I cut the overlay out of black card using a die that was included with the kit.  I'm so glad I got this kit because this stamp, along with the die, reminds me of swinging at my best friend's house, using a swing attached to her old oak tree.  I can still feel the sense of being free as the wind flowed all around me and I can still hear us laughing as we took turns pushing each other as high as we could.  We let our imaginations run wild with that oak tree; we played acorn hospital under the tree, the tree was "home base" in many games, many times.  Unfortunately, her house {not the one where the oak tree is, that is where her parents still live} was one of the many which were damaged when a tornado hit a few towns in Connecticut.  My plan is to send her this card {along with some other goodies} and I hope it brightens her day a bit.

Having the die cut in place, I stamped the image directly onto the background paper, using my MISTI to help with placement.  Isn't that a fabulous stamp? There are ALL kinds of beautiful silhouettes in this kit; I got so many ideas from it I had to write them down so I could get them out of my head and make room for other creative ideas to take form!

I hope you like this card as much as I do and I truly hope you have some fond childhood memories of swinging on a swing with your loved ones.  Have a wonderful day.  Christi

I am entering my Swinging Under the Trees Card in the following challenges {all found using Challenges for Days}:
Lost Coast Portal to Creativity - #58, Anything Goes
a2z Scrapbooking - M, August, Anything Goes
The Artistic Stamper - M, August, Anything Goes
Carlin's Cards Challenge - #1, M, July/August, Anything Goes
Papercraft Business Challenge #9, August, Anything Goes
Eclectic Ellapu - M, August, Friends from Afar {in fact her package was mailed today!}
Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge - Make Your Own Background
Watercooler Wednesday Challenge - #182, Feminine Anything Goes
Scrapy Land - #95, Anything Goes
The Sisterhood of Craft - Summer Vacation {make a card relating to summer activities}
Die Cuttin' Diva's - #380, Anything Goes
Pammies Inky Pinkies - #1830, Sunny Days
A Vintage Journey -M, July, Get Sentimental
A Gem of a Challenge - M, July, Summertime/Holidays


  1. Hi Christi, I love how your love of papercrafting & the supplies you used has brought back some wonderful memories for you :) I love your card. The silhouette really works well & the colours you have used for the background are amazing!

    I used to forget supplies that I had used as well, it happens lol. However, now I simply have a tray-like container next to me & when I use an item I simply put it in there. That way I'm able to remember what I used when I've finished creating, then write it down for when I write my blog post. Just thought I'd share :)

    Thank you for participating in our papercraft challenge & we hope you will join us again in the next one :)

    XO Lisa @ Papercraft Business
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    Join in on the fun with our Papercraft Business Challenges!

  2. A very beautiful and cheerful card.
    Nice background.
    Thank you for participating in our challenge at Carlin's Kaartenparadijs.
    Good Luck !

    Carla (DT)

  3. Oh Christi this is FABULOUS and absolutely beautiful! What sweet memories! Your background is gorgeous & perfect for this adorable silhouette! GREAT JOB!! Thanks so much for joining us at The Sisterhood’s ‘Summer Vacation’ challenge and please come back again soon!
    one of the 'Sistahs'
    The Sisterhood of Crafters
    DAR’S CRAFTY CREATIONS Please come for a visit!

  4. Wow, what a gorgeous background for this beautiful silhouette! So glad you shared it with us for the Scrapy Land Challenge #95. Hope to see more of your beautiful projects in the future!

  5. Your card makes me think of peeking through the secret garden. Lovely sponging and use of the silhouette image. Thanks for playing with us this week at the Watercooler Wednesday Challenge.

  6. Absolutely gorgeous, Christi! I love your sky.

  7. WOW. I love the background the the stamp. Gads, it's wonderful. So glad you joined us at A2Z Scrapbooking.

  8. So Pretty! Lovely background and silhouette image! Thanks for playing along with us over at Die Cuttin Divas!

    Theresa (DCD DT)

  9. This is stunning! I love how you created such a beautiful scene that is perfect for your silhouette stamp. Thank you for playing with my Summer Vacation challenge at the Sisterhood of Crafters and hope you can join us again soon.

  10. Striking colours with the black! Thank you for joining us at A Vintage Journey for our Get Sentimental challenge! Deb xo

  11. That's a beautiful awesome sky!! Thanks for linking up to our August challenge at a2z.

  12. Love this! Thank you for joining in The Artistic Stamper Creative Challenge this month :)

  13. Wow, Christi! This is absolutely gorgeous with that beautiful inky background! Love the colours you used!

  14. A lovely card, Christi! Love the background you have created. It really sets off your black silhouette! Thanks so much for joining us at Watercooler Wednesday this week!

  15. what a wonderful card! your background really makes your swinging girl jump off the surface. thanks for joining the lost coast design challenge!

  16. Gorgeous stamp and I love the scene you have created. The background colours really glow. Thanks for joining the fun at the Lost Coast Portal to Creativity. Hugz

  17. I LOVE THIS!!! The color of the sky you created and the beautiful black die is just perfect!! Thanks for playing along with the Anything Goes challenge at Die Cuttin' Divas

  18. Beautiful card! Love the silhouette! Thank you for joining our challenge on The Lost Designs Portal to Creativity Blog!

  19. This is such a beautiful card Christi, you've created an amazing sun-set scene. Thank you so much for joining in with our challenge at Lost Coast Designs, and have a very happy week. Sue xx

  20. Wow what a great looking background and the silhouette swing and frame look great over it. Thanks for joining us over at a2z Scrapbooking for the August challenge.

  21. This card was beautiful before I read about its inspiration! Now it is lovely on a whole new level <3 I'm thinking it will bring a tear to your friend's eye (as it does mine) Thank you for sharing the sunshine & laughter of days gone by with us all at PIP Challenges!!
    Wendy @

  22. I love your silhouette card, it reminds me of my childhood too! Thanks for joining us at Watercooler Wednesday Challenge!

  23. Such a pretty card...thanks for joining the challenge at Lost Coast Designs!

  24. Gorgeous background! The black makes it pop! Thanks so much for joining us at the Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge :)

  25. Wow - I love this card - I love your oxide background & the siloette!
    Thanks for sharing it with us at Papercraft & Business Challenge - I truley hope you come back and share with us again . Love your card!

  26. Wow, this is so stunning!! I love the colors behind the beautiful silhouette image!! It's both sweet and gorgeous!! Thanks so much for playing along at Scrapy Land!!

    A Mermaid's Crafts

  27. LOVE the card! Glad you joined the Scrapy Land Challenge.

  28. What a Beautiful scene you have created! a gorgeous stamp set xx

  29. Such a gorgeous tribute to your best friend and that distressed background is just swoon worthy! Thanks for sharing it with us at a2Z Scrapbooking and I look forward to seeing more of your beautiful creations again soon. Hugs, DT Gwendolyn

  30. Such a lovely picture and colors you have used. I would love to try this at my free time. It looks so mesmerizing. Thanks and keep sharing! Volunteer Background screening


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