Hey, I've been thinking of you! It's been a while hasn't it? I'm always two steps behind it seems (she smiles). But, please know I've been visiting your galleries and loving everything you've been creating! From Power Poppy's sweet digi's to the fresh and fun stamp sets of Simon Says Stamp and MFTstamp sets from Birdie Brown, and the wonderful sets from Wplus9 -- I love them ALL! Can a girl have to many stamps I ask?!
I have several cards to share today, and a practice sampler too. So let's get started shall we?
First up is this wonderful compilation from Simon Says Stamp, JustRite, Papertrey Ink, and Penny Black. I love it when I can combine stamps and dies from different companies and have them compliment one another. The background die cut is from Papertrey Ink and is stamped with the beautiful background stamp from JustRite called, Floral Flourishes, on cement cardstock from PaperSource and embossed with a pearl fine detail powder. The fun floral blossoms are from the Simon Says Stamp set called, Artful Blossoms. I just received a beautiful set of watercolors from Kuretake Gansai Tambi - believe me when I tell you the color is absolutely amazing! My sentiment is also from the same SSS set. I do think in retrospect I would have used a larger sentiment for this - next time (she smiles). I finished the card with some colorful sequins from Taylored Expressions, a Wink of Stella, and some Glossy Accent in the center of the flowers. Even though I have popped up some of the blossoms it goes inside a handmade envelope like a dream - love that!
My next card is a soft, loose watercolored image of peonies. I used the builder set from Wplus9 called, Pretty Peonies, and again, used the sentiment from the Simon Says Stamp set, Artful Flowers. This little card is a small square 4 x 4 notecard. I colored the middle peony stamp with Rangers Distress Markers, Worn Lipstick, then spritzed it with water before stamping. The result is a very loose image of the peony. The leaves are a little more detailed. A little wash using Scattered Straw around the bouquet, a nice friendship sentiment, and some Krylon gold leaf pen finish the card. Wouldn't a set of four notecards tied with a pretty pink ribbon be lovely to give to a neighbor or friend?
I loved playing with the Wplus9 Builder Set, Pretty Peonies, but I have to say it takes some practice to be able to achieve Dawn's gorgeous watercolored florals. The photo below shows the difference between the loose design and stamping the image then pulling the color away to form a petal. The little image on the left is from the set, Coming Up Roses.
I get so much satisfaction and relaxation from this type of watercoloring. I hope you've enjoy my little offerings today. I've been thinking of you!
Warm spring hugs to all!