Thursday, February 9, 2012

Where are the flowers?

It won't be long before spring has sprung in Texas. Hopefully the winter rains will give our beautiful bluebonnets the boost they need to flower this spring. If not, there are always stamps for coloring and sharing. Texana Designs has a new Bluebonnet Frame designed by Joyce Meyer. I decided to fill my frame with bluebonnets so I paper pieced the same bluebonnet twice and popped the middle one for a little dimension.

I have been playing with my favorite gel pens - Sakura Stardust Pens. I found instructions for blending the colors with a water pen. It's amazing what a little blending will do. And the mica stardust is simply stunning!

I used it here on a stamp from Holly Berry House. You can see the real deal at Stamp Salado. If you want me to show you how to blend the stardust pens, come make Easter Cards with us on April 8, 2012.

Tuesday, February 7, 2012

Happy Heart Day

This was a fun card full of several firsts. I finally got my hands on the Framelits by Sizzix and Hero Arts. There are stamps and coordinating wafer dies. With all firsts, there are things I would do differently next time. I was in a bit of a hurry and didn't secure the die to the paper (a little tape on the edge of the die and onto the scrap paper would have helped keep things more centered). When I ran the paper through the Vagabond, the wafer die slipped a little, but that's okay. Next time will be better (not perfect, just better).

Next I was trying to figure out what to put in the oval. I thought a big 1 4 would be sweet for valentines day, but I couldn't get motivated to do that. After sleeping on it, I decided to try the string art Spirelli technique. I really like the way it turned out!

I think I'll post this one on the Catered Crop Challenge "I Heart Recipe Swap". Jump over there and check out all the hearts.

Here's my product list:

Sizzix/Hero Arts Framelits – Happy Birthday Cupcake Set
Martha Stewart Garden Trellis Deep Edge Punch
BoBunny 6” x 6” Paper Pad – Crazy Love
Stamp – Texana Designs – Happy Heart Day
Stampendous Dots & Gems – Gold & Red
Smooch – Siren & Snickerdoodle
Versamark & Brown Embossing Powder
Spirelli made with Precious Metal Effects Floss - Gold