Archive for May, 2014
I wanted to capture the light, airy feel of a meadow in spring, with blooms of delicate wildflowers, and decided that the best way to do this will be to do it with simple straight stitches. For this card, I cut a 2″ x 3″ piece of watercolor paper and sponged it with Dandelion and Lady Bug inks from Memento, misting it a bit to make the colors blend evenly. After it has dried, I used two strands of embroidery thread and followed the pattern below, using green for leaves and white for flowers. (Click on the image to enlarge it then right-click to save into your computer.)
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This card is for a very special couple. I met the bride through the PCCrafter message board about 10 years ago, and even though the message board is gone, we have kept in touch. She is beautiful and kind, generous, courageous and strong, a person who deserves to be happy. I hope that someday, I will meet her and her husband in person.
I’m excited to post this card and share how I did that rose, but… I’m afraid that I’ll just have to update this post later because I don’t have a lot of time. (*** Update: this post is now updated, LOL! Just scroll down.***) This card is for Ann’s challenge this week at The Paper Players, which is Clean and Simple floral theme. I like how Ann says that if it’s CAS to you, then it’s CAS to us – that is my kind of definition, LOL!
Today is my son’s last day of catechism – for this school year, that is. He has a wonderful teacher who patiently showed him how majestic our Lord is (pretty tough for someone to do since my son has a hard time grasping abstract ideas), and we wanted to show her how much we love and appreciate her. We are going to give her this card today – which came together pretty quickly (surprisingly – my practical mind remarked wryly).
This is a card that made me step out of my comfort zone. First of all, I don’t play golf – oh, wait! I kind of do – on the Wii! LOL! And second of all, I don’t use washi tape on my cards. No, it’s not because I don’t have washi tape, I do – it’s just that the rolls of tape I have are too pretty for a card I have in mind, so… they sit there in a box.
The idea for a tulip birthday card started with the CAS Tulip Color Challenge at SplitcoastStampers – what a delicious color palette! But I was also thinking of Sandy’s Color Challenge at The Paper Players, another delicious color palette! Which one should I do…? Decisions, decisions! Make two cards with the same flowers, same layout, but change the color of the flowers to fit each challenge, says my practical mind. Hmm…. yes, I agree, says creative mind (they are not always at odds, you know, LOL!)…and since the colors came from a tulip picture, why not make dimensional tulips? You know, just like the daffodil one, says creative mind. You’re on to something…says practical mind. Same concept as the daffodil – use a circle punch to punch out a leaf shape, then use those leaf shapes to form tulips! Ahhh, yes! Worked out perfectly – just cut a small slit at the bottom of that leaf shape, make each cut part overlap to make the leaf have a shallow “cup” – and there, you have a tulip petal! Make three petals, overlap them – and you now have a tulip!
I didn’t have time to make a card today. Really. Or that’s what my practical mind was telling me last night before I went to bed. My creative mind wanted to see what’s the Thursday challenge at SplitcoastStampers, and my practical mind let me. Mistake 1. Oooh, the theme is your birthmonth flower or stone! I wonder what mine is? A daffodil! Hmm… creative mind is thinking, if I were to make a card, it would be cute to make a 3D paper daffodil… I wonder if there are instructions on how to make one? Practical mind is saying, it’s time for bed! Creative mind went on Google and searched. Mistake 2.
“Hi, Doris, my daughter has a doctor’s appointment on Wednesday and I might not be on time to pick up my son, can you please pick him up on that day?”
“Ummm, Joyce, did Jerry bring home a copy of the Math homework? Can you please e-mail it to me? Thanks!”
“OMG, I forgot that it’s minimum day today! Is Matthew with you? Oh, thank goodness! I’m on my way to pick him up!”
“Can you please check if Audrey has the notes for their Science test?”
“Do you have a copy of the study guide for Social Studies? William forgot to bring it home.”