Hi Everyone. Happy Sunday.
It's the fabulous Nance's turn to host our Paper Players challenge this week and she has a wonderful CAS theme for us.
Well, this was a challenge that was right up my alley. The only problem? I couldn't work out which of my butterfly stamps I should use.
In the end, I went with the IndigoBlu Big Butterfly stamp. I love how big and bold this stamp is and decided that I would use a simple watercolor technique with silver embossing. Here's a closeup of the watercolor:
I love the mix of the blues and greens with the silver embossing powder - and the extra texture that the embossing powder adds.
To add a little more interest, I used my Studio Katia and Stitched Rectangle dies to frame the butterfly and to ground it.
Here's my finished card:
I hope you will join us and play along this week. As usual, if you are looking for some inspiration, you have to look no further than that of our amazing design team:
On a personal note:
It seems that Old Father Winter has decided that he is not going to let go of his grip this year. Last Saturday we were dealing with temps in the high 80s. Today..... 42 and wet, windy and what seems to be never-ending rain. It's rained most of the week and it's been cool most of the week - and we have more rain for the first 3 days of next week, too. I think this means that our Farmer's Markets will be opening a little later than normal this year :-)
However, it is wonderful to see some of "our" birds coming back. The Orioles have arrived - they are pretty skittish when they first arrive and I am only able to capture a shot of them through the window - but it is wonderful to see them
I apologize for the photo - but it was taken through the window and through the screen.... but you can still see how beautiful he is and I am in love with how the yellow and black feathers blend together.
It's amazing the amount of birds eating the jelly this year. We even have a Robin that visits and we have never had a Robin at the jelly before.
It's also wonderful to see the ferns reappearing. I swear these things grow right in front of your eyes. One day they are not there - and the next they are a foot tall. I am really happy that we have managed to keep them and that they come back every year.
They have grown even more since I took this photo last weekend. If the rain stops tomorrow, I will try and get out and take an updated photo for you. It really is looking amazingly green out there and the trees are in full leaf.
I'm hoping to spend some time in my craft room tomorrow and, if I do, I will have some cards to share with you this week. In the meantime, warm hugs and prayers for those of you who need a little lift tonight.
- Stamp: Indigo Blu Big Butterfly
- Paper: Neenah Solar White. Arches Hot Pressed Watercolor
- Dies: Studio Katia Rectangled. My Favorite Things Stitched Rectangle