Wednesday, September 5, 2012

Lavender Inspiration

One of the fun trips I took this summer was to a lavender farm in East Marion, NY. Today's project was inspired by those beautiful and fragrant fields of lavender. I used the retired Herb Expressions Stamp Set, and thought of my trip the entire time I was stamping. There's nothing better than some real-life inspiration, is there?

I have some photos to share, but first I want to tell you about my inspiration for color and layout. I've been waiting for just the right sketch for my field of lavender, and this week I found it from Retro Sketches. For color, I flipped through my handy Stampin' Up Color Coach, and thought that Wisteria Wonder was the perfect shade. I took the advice of Color Coach and paired it with Lucky Limeade and Elegant Eggplant.

So, for those who are interested, here's a little about my trip. If you're not interested, you can scroll right down to the list of ingredients used in my card and be done with me! Lavender by the Bay was the name of the farm, and is located on the North Fork of Long Island, surrounded by beautiful vineyards, marinas and quaint little towns.

Here's a pic of one of the lavender fields. The beautiful blossoms went on as far as the eye could see. Can you imagine how beautiful it smelled?

Here's a close up shot of a few of the plants. If you look closely, you'll see loads of bees. (You can also click on the picture to make it larger). Not to worry, though, they had no interest in people. They were otherwise preoccupied collecting nectar to make honey.

They had a gift shop, also, and wanting to do my part to support the economy, I went inside. Here's some of my haul: lavender for baking, a lavender sachet, and lavender honey collected from the hives right on the farm. There were also lavender cookies and cakes, but they did not make it to the photo shoot!

Back to my project: I colored my stamp with markers to stamp the first image, and then stamped again without re-inking to create a lighter shade of the colors. I had to do this several times, so I "stamped off" for the rest. The greeting was stamped a little lower than it is located on the stamp. To do this, I cleaned my stamp thoroughly, colored only the greeting with a marker, and that way I could stamp it where I liked. I wrapped things up with a little piece of Baker's Twine, reminiscent of how the lavender was bundled up at the farm.

Stampin' Up! Products Used:
Stamp Sets: Herb Expressions (r)
Card Stock: Whisper White, Wisteria Wonder, Elegant Eggplant, Lucky Limeade
Markers: Wisteria Wonder, Elegant Eggplant, Lucky Limeade
Tools: Big Shot, Square Lattice and Perfect Polka Dots Embossing Folders, 
Accessories: White Baker's Twine, Wisteria Wonder Ruffled Ribbon

I hope you enjoyed sharing my little journey with me today! If so, please leave a comment!



Anonymous said...

Beautiful card and love the pics and story from your trip to the lavender farm! I can almost smell the lavender and feel the ocean breeze! :-)

Dawn Tidd said...

Your inspiration and your card are both wonderful. I enjoyed the pictures, so pretty. It's nice to know you don't have to go to France to see Lavender fields! :)

Darnell said...

That's a beautiful card, Sandy! And what a nice surprise to see your awesome travelogue and photos! I love the look of lavender, but I'm the only person I know who doesn't like the smell of lavender. I know, huh? That's what all my friends say, leave it to me! But I do heart your lavender card!