Hi Everyone. Happy Saturday.
It's the fabulous Valentyna's turn to host our Addicted to CAS challenge tonight and she has a code word that is perfect for this time of year
If you play along with us over the next two weeks and are our winner, we have our awesome sponsor to thank for your prize:
Well... my regular blog readers know that I am on an absolute love-fest for the stamp set "Enchanted Garden". I was really meh about buying it as part of the Stamp of Approval set... but I am so surprised about the number of cards I have been inspired to create using it.
I began this card with a mask made from the accompanying dies to the set. I die cut a mask using the leaf die and adhered that to a vanilla card base. I used my other favorite tool - Clarity brushes. WOW... these guys have totally changed the way I blend inks. Gone are the days of little sponges and lots of streaking. I cannot remember where I saw them advertised - and remembered being a little skeptical. But I decided to give them a try and am so glad I did. You can check out how they work here
As usual, I am not getting paid to talk about these.... I just really do love them! They really have made blending so much easier for me :-)
So... where was I... oh, yes! I masked the leaves and then used my clarity brush and some distress inks to provide a graded background from the bottom right corner up past the leaves. Once I was happy with that, I removed the mask. I stamped one of the flower from the Enchanted Garden set three times and colored them with my Copics. I fussy cut around them and adhered them to the card base. One was adhered directly to the base and then I layered the other two with dimensionals. I stamped the sentiment and added some white Irresistibles to the middle of the flowers.
Here's my petal card:
I hope you will join us this week and play along. If you are looking for some inspiration - you don't have to look any further than our blog. The design team have created some fabulous cards. Including our guest designer - the amazing Julie Beech.
On a personal note:
Well.... just when I thought I was finished with my hand injury.... remember the 18# cat meets my middle fingers at full tilt accident from January? Well, I am back in a splint and waiting to see the hand surgeon in two weeks. grrrr. Mind you.... it has been giving me a lot of pain - especially when I type too much - or craft too much - so I really need to get it fixed :-)
Once in a while I see a bird flitting around and just take a photo of it.... and Im not always sure of what I am going to get at the end of my lens. Well, when I was uploading my photos I saw this little (and he really is little) chap and knew that I had not seen him before. He was flitting around in one of the shrubs we planted a couple of years ago, right on the edge of the wetland. Isn't he a cutie!
I'll be back tomorrow with my Paper Players card. In the meantime, warm hugs and prayers for those of you who need a little lift tonight.
The bush he is nestled isn't isn't large... and he really is a tiny little thing.