I live in Muscatine, a small town that's right along the Mississippi River. There's a farming community on the south end of town that we locals call "the Island". The soil there is sandy, and the farmers are known for growing some of the very best watermelon and canteloupe in the country! Every summer we look forward to weekly trips to Taylor's Market for sweet corn and melons. The same family has a row of greenhouses on their farm, and every year I buy all of my annuals there ... petunias, geraniums, zinnias, gerber daisies... you name it, they grow it! I made this card with all of those things in mind. I have a little birdhouse in my backyard that's painted up like a watermelon. I tried to re-create that look on this cute little birdhouse from the new Tweet Houses set. And you couldn't celebrate summer without a cottage-y bouquet of hand-picked flowers and a sweet little bird carrying a daisy bloom back to her nest. The new release includes quite a few smaller images, and creating a simple panel like the one on this card is a fun way of using them.
Images and sentiment by The Saltbox Studio. A Muse notecard and papers. Stampin' Up linen thread and sanding block. Brilliance graphite black pigment ink. Copic markers and multiliner pen.