Hi Everyone. Happy Sunday.
It's my turn to host our Paper Players challenge this week and I have a clean and simple challenge - with a little twist :-)
Isn't Nance's badge fabulous? She has also done an amazing job of modernizing and updating our blog header and badges. Amazingly talented lady :-)
Tonight's card too me much longer than it should have. Why? Well... apart from the fact that I had absolutely no idea where I was going with the card. None. Zip. Nada. Zilch. I sat there at my crafting desk...... just looking out of the window. Why? Well... that's a long story - and not one that I am going to go into tonight.... :-)
So, after sitting there for at least 30 minutes just staring out into the wetland.. I decided I really needed to get up and get going on this card. I decided to start with some stenciled leaves. I thought that if I at least got those on paper, I would find my way to making a card.
I took my old stalwart - a stencil from Simon Says Stamp - and used three different colors of Altenew inks to add some light and shade. But... it wasn't quite enough, so I got out my Polychromos pencils and added a little more texture onto the leaves. OK. So. we were now on our way!
I then couldn't decide which flower to use.... but finally decided on the Peony and decided to hand color that with my Polychromos as well. Then added a little marker - and then a little more pencil - and a little more marker. I fiddled and faddled with this flower and suddenly found that I had been fiddling and faddling with it for over an hour!
I die cut the stenciled panel with my Studio Katia rectangle and popped it up on some fun foam. I added a sentiment from Altenew's Label Love and used my Irresistibles to create three enamel dots. What I really like about the Irresistibles is that they dry nice and hard - just like an enamel dot. I popped up the flower - and the card was ready.
I hope you will join us this week and play along with my challenge. We would really love to see what you do with it - and that includes you Jeanne H :-)
If you are looking for some amazing inspiration, you have to look no further than the fabulous creations from our design team.
On a personal note:
Still grey and foggy and much warmer than usual. I really am hoping that there is some more snow in our future!
Lou and I are eagerly awaiting the arrival of our new master en-suite countertops and lights next week. We have wanted to change out the countertops since we moved in almost 5 years ago.. and finally found the right material - and the right people to install them. We have also wanted to change out the light fittings, but have never found anything that we liked - until last week! We visited a local lighting shop in Minneapolis and found the lights we absolutely loved and got an amazing deal. They sold us the lights at contractor rates - less another 10% discount on top of that. Wonderful people and wonderful service. I promise I will share some photos with you when the bathroom has all been finished - and Lou has finished repainting the bathroom :-)
We have had a big male deer visiting our feeder for the last couple of weeks. He's a beautiful boy. The girls and younger deer always defer to him at the feeder. He's not aggressive, but they know who is boss.
He's very skittish, so I had to photograph him through the glass door - so the quality of the image isn't that great. In addition, the sun had set and it was starting to get dark.... but he's still a handsome looking buck :-)
I'll be back later in the week with another card. In the meantime, warm hugs and prayers for those of you who need a little lift tonight. Including Tinkerbell.
- Stamp: Peony Bouquet - Altenew
- Sentiment: Label Love - Altenew
- Inks: Polychromos Pencils, Altenew green inks, Tombow Markers
- Die: Studio Katia - Rectangle
- Cardstock: Neenah Solar White