Monday, January 30, 2017

Altenew January 2017 Inspiration Challenge - Hello

Hello & welcome -

It seems that Mother Nature has decided she would spring Winter back on us this week, after almost 2 weeks of unseasonably warm temperatures that saw most of our previous snowfall melt and disappear.

I'm not sure which weather I prefer, as the warmer temps brought mucky conditions in our local park. I cringed while walking our dogs as this would inevitably mean I'd be washing my floors several times each day. Yes, the pleasures of owning 4-legged furry friends never ends! In my case, 2 long-haired Irish Setters (read into that: more space for dirt to hide and eventually fall off in the house LOL).

I'm so happy you've paid my little blog a visit today as I have another card I worked on over the weekend, this one using my Zig Kuretake Gansai Tambi watercolour set. This card's inspiration comes from Altenew's January 2017 challenge, as seen here:

I must admit that I don't use yellows much - I tend to sway towards blues & greens more often - but I like how these colours go so well together. You need only check out the amazing gallery on the Altenew site to see what I mean. So many amazing cards.

This is only the second card on which I've tried watercolouring (if I don't count my throw-aways!). It'll definitely be a large learning curve for me, but I do enjoy it, so I'll keep practicing.

I added some gold and black ink spots on the watercoloured grey BG once everything had dried. I cut out the image with my Stitched Rectangle dies and mounted it on gold cardstock along with a grey Pretty Pink Posh Scallop Frame diecut. The image panel is popped up for dimension.

Hope your day is a crafty one!

Supplies: Altenew Best Mom & Flower Frame stamp sets

Sunday, January 29, 2017

I'm Owl Yours - CAS(E) This Sketch #206

Hello, my crafty friends!

I'm finding it quite the struggle to get inky lately, although I do make sure to visit crafty blogs to leave some love and be inspired by all the wonderful creations out there.

I have a lot happening in my life lately, most notably the closing of the business for which I've worked full time for over 30 years. May 31st spells the end of a business which originally began in 1941 - yes, you read that right, 1941. Sad, sad news and I have very mixed feelings over the situation. But of course, that means I may have more time to be creative with all the free time I'll have on my hands (unless a new job falls in my lap LOL). Keeping my fingers crossed and excited to see what the future brings.

Enough of all that chatter! On to my card, and the wonderful inspiration I received from this week's CAS(E) This Sketch challenge by the talented Leigh Penner, and all the amazing entries:

Having recently purchased My Favorite Things' I'm Owl Yours stamp/die set, this is what I reached for when coming up with my card design. It doesn't get any simpler than that.

Appreciate the visit today and hope to see you again soon!

Supplies: MFT I'm Owl Yours stamp & Die-namics; PTI Cloud 1 & 2 dies; Spellbinders Cherry Blossom dies; PTI The Sweet Life stamp set