I am really loving the new set from AMuse Studio special for March Happiness Blooms. Plus I got a "new" set of water colors, the Peerless Transparent Watercolors also carried by AMuse Studio - these are small 2 x 2 swatches of transparent watercolors and they are so much fun to work with. Talk about portable - a ziplock baggie and a water brush plus your image and you are good to go just about anywhere. As you can see I need "practice" but as this was my first attempt I had to share. I love tulips and you can make tulips just about any color so I went with blends of purple and a blue vase. I attempted to do a "wash" in yellow but really didn't accomplish the look I wanted but....This card sketch was totally cased from Stamped Blessings Chris Franco a fellow AMuse demonstrator. She has so many great ideas. Anyway depending on how long this last snow sticks around will be my time manager for playing in my craft studio.
The snow is at least 6 in. deep - and here it is March. So ready for spring here in MO. I decided to fill my afternoon with some creativity and make a couple of cards and then I need to write some notes to put in my chemo buddies cards for this week. First let me explain why I choose this - the theme over at Great Impressions is Go Green - well I happen to love Great Impressions stamps and have several in my collection -ok more than several...there is a cute little stamping store in Kimmswick MO that carries Great Impressions and when I shop there I head for them first. I had a frog, I had flowers but I decided to do these darling spools of thread. Colored the spools with copic markers and then paper pieced the "thread" in a variety of green papers from a paper pack from DCWV that my friend Donna gave me a couple of years ago. I love double sided paper packs and this pack is double sided. I then decided to go with the sketch from Sketch Saturday. Challenges: Great Impressions - Go Green Sketch Saturday - follow sketch Word Art Wednesday - anything goes 613 Avenue Create - anything goes
Love my new set from AMuse Studio called Happiness Blooms - it is a vase of tulips and 4 sentiments - plus you can order a die set to go with this set which consists of two dies - I have used both dies here - one to cut the tulips and vase and then one which die cuts the vase only. I colored my tulips with copic markers, then paper pieced the vase with papers from a pad of papers in my stash (which I am on a mission to use) and the paper pad is from My Minds Eye - double sided papers which again I really love to work with. My basic cardstock is from AMuse studio, as well as the sequins and bling. I know sequins are so popular now and I have to remind myself to use them more often as I do like the look. This is off in the mail tomorrow to a chemo buddy that needs a little extra dose of sunshine this week.
Every year at this time of year my "bestie Donna" sending me a "thinking of you" card. 15 years ago on this day my son Aaron took his life at the age of 26, talk about leaving a hole in your heart that it did. You never forget but you do deal and remember the happier times in his life. He left a sister and a twin brother and my kids will never be able to say I did not love them. Anyway this year her card was just the boost I needed to get through this week. It surely brought a smile to my face and I know she is keeping me in her thoughts and prayers during "this time" each year. the inside sentiment says Why are you just standing there holding this handmade card? Jump up and down or something!. Thank you dear friend.
I saw a video on how to do this technique and I think it is called Embossed Illusions - the butterflies appear to be flying under the leaves. This technique is quite easy - stamp leaves in versamark and emboss in white. Then stamp butterflies in black memento ink - then I put a piece of white scrap paper over the image and rubbed to soak up any black ink that was lingering. Then sponged my colored ink on the entire image, easy peasy and love the look. You can wipe the color off the white embossed leaves after sponging. Punched the butterflies out with SU punch, colored them with Gelatos - popped then up with foam tape, and of course a bit of glitter bling on their wings. I made this card for Sketch Saturday but entering a few other challenges: Sketch Saturday - follow sketch Love to Scrap - anything goes Party Time Tuesday - anything goes Come and Get It - lots of layers 4 Crafty Chicks - things with wings
Made this quick card because I loved the sketch for Sketch Saturday this week - and because my goals for February are to use my stash!! Another stamp set by Hero Arts that had yet to see ink - and asst. papers from paper packs that I seem to continue to add to. I really like the way this card turned out, to add a little extra interest to the focal image I took some ink refill and water, dipped the point of my paint brush in teh mix and then flicked dots on just the focal image, I like the way it turned out. I always need a simple just because card for a special need in chemo angels so I am sure this will be on its way this week. Challenges: Sketch Saturday - follow sketch Crafting from the Heart - anything goes Simply Create Too - anything Goes
This is the birthday card I made for my 2 year old "great" granddaughter Bella - and I am sure there will be a picture or two pop up on my blog in the next day or two at her birthday party. Stamps are from AMuse Studio as well as the balloon die. I love this technique which I saw on a blog by Simplicity - there are so many different applications that this can be used for and this worked out perfect for Bella's birthday. I love washi tape and have "several" rolls in my stash so you can bet I will be using more of it in my future cards.
I am a hopelessly addicted stamper. I retired from nursing in July 2013, a career that I loved. I am married to a guy that loves to fish as much as I love to craft (more stamping time for me) and we share our home with 2 big beautiful dogs - Bella and CoCo and 2 cats - Nikki and Calli.