Friday, April 29, 2016

Your Beautiful Self - An Easy Watercolor Card

Only 2 days left to get the stamps from the Seasonal Expressions 1 catalog!  I saw something similar a few weeks ago using a frame stamp with an image in the center of the frame.   I wanted to recreate it but I could not find the original card I had seen.  Here is my take on that card - from what I can remember seeing!

First I painted a wash of pink watercolor paint onto the watercolor paper.  Once it was dry, I stamped a frame image to fill in all the space on the card.   The frame is from the Live, Laugh, Love stamp (C1636).  Next I stamped butterflies from the Your Beautiful Self stamp (B1516).  Both of these stamps and the silver butterflies from Playful Puffies (Z3205) will retire after April 30!  
Live, Laugh Love (C1636)

Your Beautiful Self (B1516)

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Tuesday, April 26, 2016

A Reunion in Virginia

Wall Art - Created by Jaime Llewellyn
I just returned from my annual Spa Girls Reunion in Virginia.  This was our 3rd year to get together for a weekend of collaboration, creating and just pure fun and relaxation.   Close To My Heart brought us together 6 years ago and we have been getting together every year since that 1st wonderful weekend at the Spa Retreat we each won.  At first, our reunions were at a lunch during the Annual CTMH convention. We quickly realized that a lunch date at convention was definitely not enough time to catch up with everyone.  So, three years ago we planned our 1st weekend reunion at Jaime Llewellyn's house in Virginia.  Jaime has been the gracious hostess every year since.  When you have the perfect scrapbook work area - how can you NOT be the hostess!

You can see we were quite spread out with our supplies!  We created the night away going to bed each night at 1:30 am.  It seemed like we always got a 2nd wind around 10 pm and no one was ready to stop.  So we just kept going until our eyes started to glaze over.   We did sleep in each morning but we started the day with a brisk 3 mile walk on this Virginia road.... with some side steps into a couple of small subdivisions to get us off  this busier road.  It may LOOK deserted but cars FLY down this road.

The walk would get our creative juices flowing and we would discuss business and teams and dreams.  After the walk, a quick breakfast and shower we were back at it stopping only for a quick lunch and once more for dinner.

Traditions get started and some things never change.... like our trip to to Jimer's the famous frozen custard stand in Amelia........  a MUST HAVE.

and our traditional group photo in our CTMH Spa Girls shirts......

Shannon was unable to come this year so we skyped with her and set the phone in her spot for our annual photo.

It was a great weekend,  I will always cherish this friendship that only Close To My Heart could have made happen.  If not for those 8 names randomly drawn in 2010 we would never have met and formed the close to bond that we all share today.

I can't wait to meet up again in June for our annual CTMH Convention.
So until then..... 
These SPA GIRLS say Keep On Creating!!

Wednesday, April 20, 2016

Kiss it Better

Kiss It Better was one of the first stamps I put on my wish list when I got the Seasonal Expressions 1 book.  I can't believe that today is the first time I've used it!  I've been wanting to use it for a while but it seemed to get pushed down on my 'to do' list every time I got in my craft room.   I was really happy with how this turned out!  

I used a mix of two different papers on this card.  Can you guess which ones?  The stripe is a piece from Penelope and the red with the little bows is from Regatta.  They compliment each other perfectly.  I cut the band aid image from Cashmere cardstock with the Artisty cricut cartridge and then I stamped it in Cashmere ink.  I used the masking technique to stamp the sentiment in Cashmere and Ruby.   The hemp twine ties it all together.  

Kiss it Better - B1508

This stamp set along with Penelope and Regatta papers will retire at the end of April!  Order it before it is gone for good!    I'm so glad I have this stamp in my stash!  I'll be adding this card to my card buffet!

Products Used:
White Cards and Envelopes Value Pack - X254
Penelope Paper - X7207B
Regatta Paper - X7206B
White Daisy Cardstock - 1385
Ruby Cardstock - X5927
Cashmere Cardstock - X5932
Ruby Ink - Z2170
Cashmere Ink - Z2175
Artisty Cricut Cartridge - Z3167
Hemp Twine (retired)

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