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. Super duper cute!!
    Have a wonderful day,
    Crafting With Creative M

  15. 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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