Wednesday, April 29, 2015

Life Is...


Yesterday was our oldest daughter's birthday. Nothing makes me more sentimental than my own children's birthdays...I can remember so many details about the day I gave birth...the wonder of babyhood and the delight of toddler hood...the ups and downs of adolescence and then the amazing fulfillment seeing your adult child come into their own. I am in awe of seeing my daughters grow into young women with developing personalities, talents and abilities. Being a parent at this stage is very gratifying.



I made a couple of sets of cards for one of my birthday gifts. I decided to use this "Life" set from Papertrey Ink and stamp on top of a water colored background using various reinkers.
Here's another one in greens and blues..


The foliage stem and sentiment on this one was stamped in a deep purple. So pretty.
I think she liked them...I enjoyed seeing the way the watercolors blended using all the pretty colors.
Thanks so much for stopping by and taking a gander. I don't have any advice for doing watercolors...this was very free form and next time I want to try using the acrylic blocks and see what I get.

Saturday, April 18, 2015

Sympathy Card~Revamp

Hi there, visiting friends! I have a few things I've been working on in my stamp room the past few days. I don't know if anyone else does this, but I find myself oftentimes perusing through my cards to send out...and come across one that I am not crazy about. Rather than throw it out, I tend to study it, pry it apart, mount to new papers, layout, and often remove ribbon and add a new one.
You might be wondering how I am able to get ribbons off cards that are glued on and pry papers off without tearing the card...here is the secret for stampers/scrapbookers like me who have perfectionist tendencies and aren't perfect the first time (or the second, either!)
You can find this product on Amazon, but I usually pick it up locally at Hobby Lobby. You need to use it in a well ventilated room...but it is perfect for prying under paper layers. It also works well for removing stamps or anything with an adhesive background. 

This is one of those cards that I UN-did. I wish I had the original photo to show you...but this was done a number of years ago...and the original was on the large side, too cumbersome for a normal envelope, and so I took the main panel of the stamped wreath and scripture verse, remounted on new papers and added a different color bow. I have a friend who recently lost her mother, so need to send this one out to her soon...before it goes in a pile for some later fixing up.
The scripture verse is from Verve Stamps. The paper is PTI white, PTI soft stone, SU! Designer Series Blushing Bride. The wreath was stamped in individual stamps on pegs given to me by a friend. 
I love this scripture for sympathy cards...it is fitting reminder of the hope we have in Christ. 
Wishing you a weekend filled with joy!

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Friday, April 10, 2015

Power Poppy April Challenge~Pop of Pastel!

Happy Spring! Yesterday I was driving around our neck of the woods and suddenly, Spring had sprung! Every tree was in bloom, the grass had lost it's brownish hue from the dormancy of winter, and green was sprouting up all over! That doesn't mean we won't still have some winter like weather possibly pushing through in the next few weeks...but boy, it felt so good to finally see some spring!
This month the challenge at Power Poppy is to add a "pop of pastel" to your card.
  
I used the stamp set, "Springtime Love" for my card. Anchoring the pretty focal image with two different Spellbinder's dies set it off and gave the image a little more presence. I also used a tulip embossed border, now retired from Stampin' Up. The ribbon matched perfectly! 
I love the bleeding hearts on this stamp...they are so pretty and fun to color. I added a bit of glitter with a Wink of Stella pen and used some dots with copics to highlight. This shade of lavender reminds me of spring!
Yesterday I had this song that I must have learned way back in kindergarten going through my head...it is such a sweet refrain and reminder of this time of year:
Sunshine bright,
Raindrops light,
Makes the spring time flowers grow.
Voices ring,
Children sing,
Happy Spring is here we know!

Thanks as always for stopping in...I wish you Spring in your heart even if your weather isn't cooperating just quite yet!
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