Sunday 7 June 2015

We go together like...

Good morning, crafty friends!
Bit of a hiatus in creating there for a while... I had a busy time at work: running a stuttering intensive clinic (rewarding but exhausting) and coordinating a fund-raising team for the Ottawa Race Weekend, plus training and running a 10km...not a lot of energy left-over.

However, I did carve out some time to play with Create A Smile's first paper-crafting kit, "Sending Sunshine."  I had my heart set on it, as soon as I saw the sneak peek of the stamp set: lobsters and starfish and jellies, oh my!  The perfect accents for any scrap-booking related to our time in our cottage on Canada's east coast paradise, Prince Edward Island. I set my alarm for 2:00 a.m. on the day of the release, to make sure I got a copy...
So this card was made to celebrate my wedding anniversary. 28 years to the same great guy!
I used the bubble stencil included in the stamp set to create a gradient of ocean colour with Distress Inks. Then splotched some water drops over that. Once it dried, I used another Create A Smile stencil, Waves, to apply a layer of translucent embossing paste, to give it a more watery look along with great touchable texture. You can see the effect better in the first photo.
The sentiment comes from a Lil'Inker Designs set, Perfect Pairs. The original images are of peanut butter and jellly, but I added the words "Jelly & Jelly" on the inside, "sticking together for 28 years and counting..."  It was a big hit with the DH.
The jelly fish (which are actually kind of purplish on PEI) were coloured with Copics then coated with Liquid Glass to give them a glossy finish. The coloured enamel drops from the Sending Sunshine kit were the perfect accent.

I am linking this card up with Pretty Pink Posh's Watercolor Blog Hop:
And Kathy Racoosin's 30-Day Coloring Challenge:
I seriously DOUBT I'll be able to keep up with Kathy, but even a little colouring is therapeutic.

Speaking of which, my father-in-law, who has dementia, is colouring up a storm with my Inktense watercolor pencils. I ordered some adult colouring books from He particularly loved the Frank Lloyd Wright book, full of architectural masterpieces.
I ordered one for myself from Paper Wishes: Steampunk for Colorists. The perfect little project to take on holiday...

Happy Sunday!


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  2. Sorry. Misspelled a word. Great card. I like how you used the distress inks to create air bubbles. And your jelly fish are perfect. Nice shading.

  3. Ohh this is sooo much fun!!! I love your watercolring background!

  4. Oh...this is so pretty. Love your background and those jelly fish are cute

  5. Wow, what a fabulous card! The water panel looks fantastic and I love how you cut it apart where the sentiment is! Happy anniversary!

  6. OMG, this is so fabulous! I love the "wave" effect on your card, and thanks for sharing this great tips, i can try later. I love your card so much!

  7. Lovely! You captured the underwater look perfectly!

  8. Cute card! LOVE those Jellies! ♥

  9. WOW - I am very impressed with this card - that side border is just super amazing and the whole card is so clever and cute and simply adorable!!! Wonderfully done!!

  10. That is adorable! I love those little jellyfish and the background is gorgeous.

  11. awesome card! love your background!

  12. What a fab background you've created - you have made the prefect underwater scene!

  13. So adorable...just love your fabulous card. Those jelly's are so sweet!

  14. Your card is so cute and adorable. Love all your extra details.Thank you so much for participating in The 30 Day Coloring Challenge and I hope you will be up for the next one.
    Kathy/The Daily Marker


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