Express Yourself for Paper Players # 318
Winter Cardinal

Berry Kissed for Case this Sketch

Hi Everyone.  Very quick post for you tonight.

Case this sketch has another great sketch on their challenge blog this week:

Based on the sketch.... was I tempted to use my "Express Yourself" set again - it seemed a perfect fit.  However, I held myself back and decided to do some watercoloring instead.  I am really enjoying playing with the Penny Black Berry Kissed stamp for watercoloring - especially with my zig clear brush markers.
Here's my take on the sketch:
Casberries (1 of 1)
With this card, I really wanted to berries to pop - so added just a little strip of Pumpkin cardstock to the edge - and mounted the front panel on funfoam to remove it from the card base just a little.  I futzed and putzed with the coloring until I was happy with it.  Well, happy is a relative term as I have so much to learn about watercoloring.  I so admire those of you who create light and airy watercolor pieces - mine still feel like Copic colored images as I try so hard to control everything.  I really need to let go!
On a personal note:
I wanted to say a huge thank you to those of you who left me messages - or sent me emails - of encouragement and support in response to my Paper Players card this week.  I cannot tell you how much your comments meant to me.  It's because of YOU that I continue to do this blog - so please know that I really do appreciate it - a great deal.  I never cease to be amazed by the amazing people that I have met on this crating journey.  None of us know about our race, our sexual orientation, our religious convictions, our political affiliations, our social strata... nothing... those things don't matter to us.  What matters to us - and what connects us all - is a love of crafting, of sharing, of belonging - it's wonderful to find a connection where none of the trappings that generally affect our connections.  the fact that I have people from many different continents who read my blog - shows that we are more universally connected because of this hobby.  I am so grateful that I found it - and that I found you all.
For those of you who come for more than just the cards :-)  Here's a little something:
How wonderful are these colors?!!!
Trees (1 of 1)-4
One last chance to earn blog candy on this little guy?  I think I might have stumped most of you..... Colleen...... I got your email - and you were spot on... but I'm not telling anyone what this gorgeous little thing is until tomorrow.  Want to take a guess for blog candy?  Leave me a message or send me an email if you think you know what this gorgeous birdie is.
Whoami (1 of 1)
I'll be back with another card for you tomorrow.  In the meantime, warm hugs and prayers for those of you who need a little lift tonight - especially for you Tinkerbell.