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Thursday, December 6, 2012

Dover Butterfly and Cosmos

Hello!  Thank you all so much for the warm welcome back on my last post.  It’s good to be here and to be out visiting again.

I’ve been doing a mighty lot of stamping lately, not all of which will make it to the blog, but I do want to share this card so I can tell you about another great resource for free digital images to color.  A friend directed me to a site called Dover Publications.    The link will take you directly to where you can sign up for free samples.  Each week they’ll email you a sampling of books.  You can click on the books, particularly the ones that mention coloring, and there you will find sample images to save to your computer.  It’s different every week, but I always come away with something I like.  This is one of them.

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The butterfly is a Great Spangled Fritillary and the flowers are Coreopsis.  I love how the two coordinate in color.  I printed on Flourishes Classic White Cardstock and colored with Copic markers.  With a craft knife I cut around the petals of the uppermost flower in order to slip the sentiment panel behind it.  I sanded CTMH cardstock and the designer paper for an earthy look.  I hope you enjoy!

Sorry, no puppies today but bless your hearts for loving them as I do.  Happy holidays to all!

26 comments:

  1. Beautiful Leslie! Love the gorgeous rich colors you used and the beautiful background! Thanks for the tip!

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  2. Love seeing your posts again. This is a beautiful card. Thanks for the link to the site - I'll sign up. I really like how you cut the top flower petals and placed the sentiment behind them. Hope your hubby is enjoying retirement.

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  3. The colors on this are stunning!

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  4. So glad your back with us again!!! and Thanks for the site, what a treat to sign up for something New and FREE too... Yeaks!!
    You still have the touch for coloring and flar, cutting out the flower so it would rest on the Thinking of You just made all the difference.
    Give Hugs from my Beagle Belle to Wally and LuLu...!

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  5. Francie in MontrealDecember 6, 2012 at 5:14 AM

    What a happy, pretty card! I do enjoy looking at your gorgeous colouring (as always. Looking forward to seeing more of you and the things you love.

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  6. Leslie, this is so beautiful. I love it and your posts about the fur babies. Always makes me smile.

    I'll have to try that trick with the cut around the flower. Great idea.

    Thanks for sharing!

    Debbie

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  7. Fabulous card! The coloring is so amazing and so realistic. Thanks so much for the link. I love getting free images. Thanks too for stopping by my blog and leaving our comment. I do appreciate your taking your time to come visit me.

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  8. Beautiful card. Ah, memories of summer looking at it. Snow is in the forecast for here. A different kind of 'fluttering' in the air.
    Give a treat to those two lovable pups! Happy Holidays to you and your family.

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  9. love the image and coloring. Beautiful
    I love the samples I get from Dover. Did you get a notification from Dover, about Dover Pictura? When you register you can get 3 free sheets of images - your choice.

    Have a great day

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  10. Beautiful card, your colouring as always is stunning, I love the rich warm colours you've used (just what I need today with treacherous ice covered snow outside).
    I love the variety you get from Dover. I signed up to Dover Pictura too when they first started a few months ago and have since purchased a few full books of images.
    As they're instant downloads in many formats you can create straight away too. The cost per collection is very reasonable too and you can look through the images before you decide to buy. Give Wally & Lulu a hug from me. xx

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  11. Oh Leslie, your flowers and butterfly are so beautifully colored. I love your layout, dsp, sewing and how you cut around your petals so you could slip in your sentiment. Thanks so much for sharing my friend....

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  12. Oh Wow, Gorgeous coloring of this image, I have a few of their stuff saved on my computer but have never used them. I so like how you cut out around the flower!

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  13. Beautiful card. I used to subscribe to Dover, but I was very digitally challenged. Getting an IMac for Christmas, so think I'll try them again.
    I wrote the name of the butterfly down. I always forget there are more to this beautiful insect than just monarchs. My family gets a kick out of when I use more specific names for things than the common name. They ooh and ahh that I know all my retrievers.

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  14. I love your card and the colors! Thanks for the cutting tip as well. I have never tried digital stamps - I'll check it out! Thanks.

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  15. Oh, sure, Dover Publications! I've known about them for years, but never considered them for saving digital images. My girls love their paper doll and coloring books. They're really for grown ups, but the kids like 'em too.

    This image is SO pretty, Leslie. And of course, you are a master colorer, so this looks like it came this way!

    Good to have you back on the blog, my friend. Warm Christmas hugs!!

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  16. Pretty, pretty card Leslie. Hope the puppies are well.

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  17. So glad to hear you got to stamp! Your card is just gorgeous! I signed up to get the free samples. Can't wait. Thanks again.
    Sue

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  18. This is absolutely gorgeous! Almost like seeing the pictures of your beautiful garden Thanks for sharing the free digi site with us. I'm headed there right now to sign up. Hug Wally & LuLu for me!

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  19. Wowie Miss Leslie!! This is soo Sweet and Gorgeous and Cheery all at the same time! Love the rich vibrant colors and your Wonderful coloring too! Just Beautiful my friend! 8-)

    Hugs
    Shannon

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  20. Totally gorgeous and what a great idea to cut around the flowers to add the sentiment! I'm SO glad you've been busy making cards. I was worried you'd stop:( I miss your sweetness when you're not around!

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  21. So very pretty and love the sewing on the edges!

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  22. This is beautiful! I always love when you post. Have a wonderful holiday season. :)

    Hugs~

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  23. Quite delightful! Love the bold colors and beautiful shading! Shading scares me.....

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  24. so glad to see you back. i was a little worried so i'm glad everything and everyone is okay. i certainly understand the time away. i've been away from my blog for a long time too, due to one computer issue after another. anyway, i've missed your wonderful cards, dog stories and garden pics. welcome back and have a wonderful Christmas!

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  25. Was happy to see you back, you're one of my favorite card makers, always beautifully done. Wally and Lulu make us all smile, the photos are a delight. May you and your family have a joyous Christmas and a simplified New Year, I'm all for less is more now, lol.

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  26. So happy to see your two posts after your time off. Wonderful cards, beautiful pics as always, so glad to hear all is well in the Miller household, including two sweet golden retrievers. Always a joy when you post. Take care, especially with the big storm hitting the coast. It's already getting a bit more intense inland here in Sherwood, so I hope you hang in there over night.

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