Saturday, March 13, 2010
Happy Saturday, blog friends. The gorgeous, warm weather we had in my area earlier in the week has left me yearning for Spring even more than before. It was so nice to be outside in a t-shirt and flip-flops enjoying the warm(ish) sun and getting some yard work done. It's rain, rain and more rain today, but oh, that taste of Spring was divine!
Today's card is my sample for Jen's Sketch For You To Try for this week. I've used a brand-new Flourishes set, Friendly Reminders, now available at Stamper's Dream, along with some beautiful, bright papers from the Mary, Mary paper kit by My Mind's Eye. Is that a Spring combo or what?!
Have a look at this week's sketch:
For inspiration, visit:
Jen del Muro with guest designer Angie Tieman
Susan Liles (Susan may or may not play this week, but please pay her a visit regardless. She's had some unsettling news this week and would surely appreciate your prayers and some big cyber hugs.)
To play along, just upload your creation to the slideshow on Jen's blog. Each weekly sketch has its own slideshow, so be sure to upload to the correct one. From now on, Jen will be picking the next month's guest designer from the current month's participants, so be sure to strut your stuff!
I stamped the hat image three times, the first time on watercolor paper, where I added a light blue color wash around the image using a Tombow Marker (#491) and a water brush. Next, I stamped twice on Neenah white, trimming out the whole image once and just the hat the next time. I colored both of these layers with Copic markers. I added some of Ranger's crackle medium to the green board, hoping to get the look of crackled paint. It turned out looking more like a ruler (really! lol!). I embellished with some flowers and a glittered Maya Road chipboard butterfly (soooo lovin' these! you'll be seeing a lot more of them, I'm sure!). For the semi-circle panel on the sketch, I went with vellum so that I wouldn't cover up too much of the bright, happy green and white polka-dot pattern.
Please do not examine my sewing today. Oh my goodness, it's horrific! I'll tell you what happened. I wanted to try mixing in some small stretches of zigzag stitching to break up the straight stretches. To get it to look right, I need to shorten the stitch length for the zigzags and then go back to a longer stitch for the straight parts. Well, I kept forgetting to change the length, so I ended up with a very random (and unappealing) mixture of stitch length. Lesson learned, but now I'm out of the paper needed for a re-make :/
Thanks for checking in today. Have a fantastic weekend!
Stamps: Friendly Reminders(Flourishes)
Paper: Papertrey Rustic Cream and Vellum card stock, Neenah Classic Crest Solar White card stock, Prismatics Kiwi (Dark), Prismatics Intense Pink, My Mind's Eye Mary Mary 12x12 Paper Kit
Ink: Versafine Onyx Black, VersaMagic Tea Leaves (used on chipboard butterfly)
Accessories: clear embossing powder, Tombow Marker #491, Copic markers, foam adhesive, Ranger Crackle Accents, Prima flower (green), Michael's floral stem (pink flowers), Michael's glittery brad, Maya Road chipboard butterfly, green glitter (unknown), Spellbinders Circle and Peony Nestabilities, EK Success scallop border punch, sewing machine
Size: 5 1/4" square