Monday, February 21, 2011

Inspired …

Large Blossom_Feb 2011

… by this beautiful card I saw a couple of weeks ago on Card of the Of course, I was enabled, too, because I had to get my hot little hands on the stamps before I could make the card. LOL. Made in haste, my creation is not as pretty as Susan’s is. I need to watch the video she posted yesterday and see if I can’t improve my painting technique. For this card, I used my waterbrush and Lyra Aquacolor crayons. As you can see, it is unadorned. I wanted to add some twine but couldn’t get it to look/lay right and gave up before frustration set in.

Materials & Tools: White Daisy, Barn Red, and Stampin’ Up Crumb Cake cardstock; White Daisy Pigment and VersaMark ink pads; White embossing powder;  Hero Arts Large Blossom and Leaf Clusters stamps; Lyra Aquacolor water soluble wax crayons; Embossing heat tool.

A Slice of Life: Today was certainly a quick day. Having stayed up late, I slept late. When I got up I did some general housekeeping chores and then finally finished my current “project,” which has been sorting through my paper. As I noted long ago, I use Cropper Hopper 12 x 12-inch vertical paper holders. Ten of them hold of Close To My Heart cardstock. Patterned papers fill 13 more. Each cardstock color and patterned paper packet/set is kept/put in a zip-top bag with another quart-size bag at the front of each to hold my scraps. My sorting project has entailed taking stock of what I have, separating full sheets from partial sheets, and throwing out the too-small scraps. It goes without saying that I have a lot of paper … that I probably won’t live long enough to use it all … that I should declare a moratorium on buying paper. And stamps, too, for that matter. But aware of my weaknesses, I only said “should.” LOL.

This evening, Mom and I attended a shower for Mari and Miranda that was held at the tiny country church where Miranda is a member. The ladies served a light supper that was scrumptious. The program included devotions and a couple of readings – one serious and a funny one. Mari slept in my arms while Mommy opened a tableful of lovely gifts that included more mostly pink clothes, some toys, various other useful items, and a highchair. It was nice.

Speaking of little Mari, I am taking care of her tomorrow while Miranda does some housekeeping in her horse barn and Wednesday when the veterinarian making a house call. Next week, she goes back to work and baby goes to daycare. The time has gone by fast. Photos of my little visitor will be forthcoming.

Now, I had better get this posted before it isn’t Monday anymore. I hope your day was wonderful. Tomorrow, too. Until next time, take care and thanks for stopping by.


Sparkle said...

Such a gorgeous card!

Jeanne said...

To repeat Sparkle's comment, this is SUCH a gorgeous card, Kathi! I saw the post on Card of the Week, but didn't have a chance to watch the video. Dang, now I want that stamp set and some watercolor crayons so that I can try this technique! It looks fabulous!

Congratulations on completing your paper project! Having done what you just did last year, I went on a no buy of paper for a long time, too. I've relented a little, but really keep myself in check when it comes to paper. I'm sure you heaved a huge sigh of relief when you were done.

Ohhhh, I hope you are able to share some new photos of little Mari soon. I'm anxious to see just how cute she is becoming. It's hard to believe the time has come for Miranda to head back to work already. Wow.

I enjoyed a nice day with my girls. We had a little shopping trip to the thrift store where they each found a top and some new books to read. Amy chose Pollyanna and is interested in Heidi! Love it. *Ü*

Have a wonderful time with little Mari today!!

Sheila H said...

Beautiful card! Your paper organization sounds cool.

Sylvia said...

What a lovely card.

How nice to be able to babysit little Mari.

Your sorting paper project sounds very much like mine. I have made a vow also no new paper and no new stamps. I did relent and buy the Sophia paper pack because I want to make a page for Kambrie that is like the cover on the newest CTMH catalog.

Take care my friend.