whew! it’s been a whirlwind week with out of town medical appointments and my daughter and her two bunnies visiting from out of town so i haven’t had much time to play until today. i created this card for the 200th and final flutter by challenge; a fun sketch by the talented jen shults. i received my first blinkie from the FBW challenge and i’ve enjoyed playing along – thank you danni and team! the image is coloured with distress inks, of course – thanks for popping by.
wow, it’s been a year since i started this blog. my goal was to motivate myself to continue to be creative and participate in challenges while i traveled along on my grief journey after the loss of my son in june 2009; i needed something to focus on so i didn’t lose myself in the sadness.
thank goodness there are no challenge rules to blogging; i post when i can, share when i want and try my best to maintain a positive tone, even if i’m not feeling up to it.
throughout this past year, i’ve met some wonderful and caring friends along the way and i appreciate the comments, support and encouragement. i love visiting blogs and finding cute images that make me smile, posts that make me laugh and cards that are just so inspiring – all i could ever do is wish to be so talented.
my goal for the upcoming year remains unchanged, although i might push myself to try new techniques. for now, i’m enjoying my comfort zone and monthly challenges that allow me to move at my own pace. i’m also having fun teaching watercolouring with distress inks classes at the papercraft cafe and this is one of the cards for my July 16 class. i’m submitting this to the flutterby wednesday’s open challenge this week. thanks so much for popping by.
i was inspired by my daughter to create this; she’s the artist who encourages me to try new media for the sheer joy of it and not to worry about the artistic outcome; she’s right – art is subjective anyway. also, after seeing sandra’s ATCs, i had to try one, so this is my first; ok, the first one that i’m willing to share. i spent some time last night working on a couple of different designs on these small spaces. i’m submitting this to two challenges: the flutterby wednesday polka dot theme and the penny black saturday doodling challenge. thanks for popping by.
finally, spring is sprung, which is the theme for this week’s penny black saturday challenge and i followed the sketch at this week’s flutterby wednesday challenge. i’m also submitting this to the spotted canary spring challenge at splitcoaststampers and the monthly flower soft challenge. the image is watercoloured, popped on foam tape and flower soft was added to the tail and grass. thanks for popping by.
i missed a couple of the flutterby wednesday challenges so it was fun to be able to play again. this week’s theme is window cards and of course mine is very clean and simple. even though it’s crooked in the photo, because it’s somewhat open, the card is straight; i know because my new cutter cuts straight, finally! the butterfly was watercoloured, stickles were added, as well as a border of debossed swiss dots, and two lines were scored. finally, the scallop circle was pierced. thanks for popping by.
this week’s flutterby wednesday challenge is an open themed one. i watercoloured the butterfly, cut it out and popped it onto the stamped image; a very quick CAS card. happy thanksgiving to my fellow canadian stampers. thanks for popping by.
i was finally able to make another card! i got a very pretty new blue cast on monday that freed up my thumb, which helps to anchor the image so i can watercolour. i made this card for the penny black saturday challenge 119, a fun sketch by DT member Joey and i’m also submitting it for flutterby wednesday and Anything Goes. thanks for popping by.
this week’s flutterby wednesday challenge is a birthday blowout because Danni’s birthday is on saturday; check out what one lucky participant will have a chance to win – wow! Mercy Kerin created this week’s sketch challenge in honour of the occasion. i don’t have many verse stamps, but i like this one to use as a focal point or on the inside. thanks for popping by.
i combined 5 splitcoast dare to get dirty challenges plus this week’s flutterby wednesday challenge to create this circle card. the image is heat embossed, watercoloured and die cut with circle nestabilities. the base was embossed and then die cut also. thanks for popping by.
this week’s FBW challenge is to use three or more layers and i’ve used sketch challenge 289 from splitcoaststampers. the butterfly is heat embossed, watercoloured and layered up; of course i had to add stickles to the dots. in real life, the purple is a little warmer, but i couldn’t photograph or edit it to match. thanks for popping by.