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Magnolia for Just Us Girls #424

Hi Everyone.  Happy Tuesday.

I have a quick post for you tonight.

I needed a card to send to some friends and I saw this wonderful, bright and sunny color scheme at Just Us Girls and thought it was the perfect combo to send to a couple who are in the middle of winter in England.  Where, I might add, it's dull and grey and rainy and wet and windy :-)

Now, this is a pretty bold color collection for me and I cannot remember the last time I used mustard.... but I decided to throw my prejudices to the wind and embrace these colors.
I began by stamping the magnolia on to a piece of Neenah Solar White card stock and used my zig real brush pens and some water to added the initial layers of color.  After the colors were dry, I added a little more dimension with Copics.  Here's a look at a closeup of the flowers:
Magnolia closeup (1 of 1)
A little color spillage... but I have to give into the fact that this is watercolor and you shouldn't want to control it the whole time (like I do.. which leads to very constricted watercolored objects!) :-)
I needed a base for the flowers, so I die-cut a piece of Neenah Solar White and ran it through my Big Shot with a Crafters Workshop brick stencil.  I prefer the stencil to the embossing folder as it gives me a softer embossing, which I prefer.   I used some teal inks and blended some color onto the brick embossed layer for a little added dimension.    I stamped the sentiment and mounted the brick embossed layer onto a piece of texture card stock.  I then took some Stampin Up foam strips and put them behind the stems of the magnolia and some foam dots behind the flowers.  I mounted those to the embossed layer.
Here's my full card:
Magnolia JUGS (1 of 1)
I really love these colors together and do hope it will brighten up a dull Yorkshire day :-)
Evelyn B... you had a question about last night's Cosmos card....
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I wanted to let you know that the sentiment is from the same stamp set as the image.  It's the Altenew Stunning Cosmos and you can see it here.  Believe it or not... it is the ONLY stamp set I have that I could find that had Happy Anniversary in it!
On a personal note:
We had about 6 inches of snow yesterday - we were lucky as the guys further south of us got dumped on.  Jeanne, I'm guessing that included you :-)
I'm so sorry I cannot get a better photo of these girls for you, but they are the most skittish things I have ever encountered.  We started off with a male pheasant - and then, last Christmas - he hooked up with a female, so we had the pair.  We now have 3 females and the male and they come to the bird feeders just about every day.   However, if they sense any movement, they skitter off into the wetland and it's pretty impossible to try to get a photo of them.   BUT... I am so pleased they have taken up residence in the wetland.
Female pheasant (1 of 1)
I was awake at about 3am this morning and, as usual, we had the windows open.  Yes, we have the windows open when it is MINUS 30! and I was thrilled to hear a pair of Great Horned Owls calling to each other.  I found a recording for you, but the one owl is pretty hard to hear as they must have been a fair distance apart for this recording.   Listen here
However, the two in the wetland this morning were very close together and one of them was sitting in the trees in our woodland and his mate cannot have been far away.   It's the most amazing sound and I am always happy to hear them.
I'll be back with another card tomorrow.  In the meantime, warm hugs and prayers for those of you who need a little lift tonight.
  • Stamps:  Build a Flower, Magnolia - Altenew
  • Cardstock:  Neenah Solar White.  Teal.... old stock don't know the maker
  • Inks:  Zig Real Brush Markers.  Copic