Hope House Home for Boys

The cards that I sell here in Chapala and Ajijic, Mexico benefit the dental program for the boys at Hope House in the nearby village of Ixlahuacan. There are close to 30 boys at the home and many of them come to the home having received no dental treatment. If you live here at Lakeside and would like to order a quality, hand crafted card for a special occasion and help me contribute to this worthy cause, please e-mail me at bettyinchapala@yahoo.com Card price is 50 pesos; the entire sales price is donated to Hope House.

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Saturday, February 25, 2012

Hibiscus in Bloom



I picked a hibiscus from the yard yesterday so I could use it as a model to color this hibiscus stamp which was a gift from a friend. It was almost like I had hacked into the Sugar Creek Hollow challenge site because they asked us today to create a card inspired by a photo. Well, my cart actually came along before the horse because I just took the photo of my hibiscus this morning! Here it is:


I sponged Antique  Linen Distressed Ink to tone down the whiteness of the card stock and distressed the edges of the green mat. Used two pieces of ribbon (dots on one and dashes on the other) and added rhinestones. The Fancy Tags die cut was already laying on my desk; just sponged with Antique Linen again to tone down the white and added a sentiment from Gina K. Designs and more rhinestones! Added little seed beads to the butterfly stick pin. The background is a 12x12 piece of paper that I've had forever -- twelve by 12 collectible fine art paper -- Color Textures -- Garden Mist by Jennifer O'Meara. Love the graduated shading that had the colors of my image.

Thanks for the challenge, SCH! I promise I didn't hack into your website -- it was just great minds thinking alike!!
Betty

8 comments:

Myrna said...

Betty
Gorgeous card and isn't that hibiscus so pretty in its sweet little vase.
Myrna

Patti P. said...

I vote great minds...it was just meant to be. The coloring is lovely Betty and I really love the rhinestones all over. How fabulous to have the real thing as well as your photo. Makes us waiting on spring envious of your beautiful flowers. Thanks so much for joining in our fun challenge this week at Sugar Creek Hollow, love having you.
Patti SCH/DT

Patti J said...

Great story! Love your card, Betty, AND your hibiscus - wow - gorgeous! Great job of coloring too! Thanks for sharing...

Colleen said...

Betty,
Your card and your hibiscus are beautiful. I'm lov'in all the gems you used and that cute stick pin.

Becky said...

This is beautiful Betty, looks just like the real flower.

Theresa said...

Love the story behind the photo. It was meant to be a card.Lovely hibiscus. Great card design.Have a great day!

The Other Patti Sue said...

That's a little scary you knowing the challenges before they are posted! Maybe you should buy a lottery ticket! This is gorgeous, you captured the beauty of the live flower perfectly!

Payne Holler Cards said...

how funny is that! love Patti's suggestion (-:
your colored this just beautifully!
you are surrounded by beauty (-:
thanks for joining us at Sugar Creek Hollow...