Welcome to Friday, the end of the week. I love Fridays. And this is the Friday before Valentine’s day, a day my kids love. And finally it is the Friday before my kids get a week off of school for winter break (or ski break as our family refers to it, even though we don’t go anywhere).
And just like my children, I am so very ready for a break from the routine. A chance to be alarmless and just be. And it will be a nice chance to catch up on the art with the alarm put away. I have a few projects I’m working on, and I’m in need of time. And believe it or not, with the kids home, I actually have time. They are amazing when they are home.
Today should be the last of the love cards, and for the first time it has been a pleasure to actually make some cards about love. My kids stole a bunch of them for teachers and aids and such so my stock is smaller than I thought, but isn’t that why we make cards so they can be given to people who need some kindness.
First up in the card challenges is a conventional simple love card from the designers over at AAA Cards. This week they have given us a ‘love me like you do’ theme to go with Valentine’s day.
I have been playing with some Daniel Smith Primatec watercolors lately, and thought this card was a perfect time for some. I pulled out a pinkish shade and a violet
shade and let the watercolor do its awesome blending thing. Then I pulled out the flower stamp from Ellen Hutson Essentials and stamped the flower out in a little Rose Madder Archival Ink. I added a few Memento Elderberry ink berries and a simple sentiment and left it all at that. Now please ignore the blue dot in the bottom right corner. I apparently had some Brusho powder hanging out on my desk, and I refused to redo everything.
Up next we have a sketch challenge from the sleuths over at Can You Case It? Since I was still in a mood for love, I thought I go a little heavy with love without going V-day.
I used some Brusho on some watercolor paper and die cut out
the flower and leaf shapes from Ellen Hutson Essentials die cuts. I like how unique the Brusho made the die cuts. I trimmed out a scrape of the watercolor paper and stamped the sentiment “always’ onto it. Then I backed the whole thing with a piece of not quite purple paper. The card is so simple and yet so not simple. I love how it pops and is perfect and says what it is suppose to say. My littlest kiddo said it looked like a mommy flower and a baby flower, and that made me happy and smile more.
Next up we have a weekly dose of indulgence and cupcakes from the designers over at Cupcake Inspirations. This week they have a color challenge asking us to use silver, berry, and white. I might have been a little tired and it might have been a little late at night so my berry color may not be as close to berry. Oh
I used a piece of left over paper and cut out and colored a small little cupcake. I have had this little stamp sentiment for a while and this was the week to use it In case you can’t really read it it says ‘You can’t be sad when you are holding a cupcake’. I added a strip of velum and some Stickles and Liquid Pearls. It is again a really simple card, but I think it works.
Finally we have a not love card, and boy was I ready for it. This week over at The Paper Players they requested a card that uses a cat or a dog. I picked dogs, but the stamp I pulled out was not exactly what I wanted to use. So I used a light stamp color and then colored over them with my alcohol markers to make the doggies a little more realistic then the
stamp intended them to be.
I was in a feisty mood, I decided it was the time for a non-traditional card fold and went with it. I blended in some blue Distress Ink and stamped out the sentiment. The Sentiment says “Having a RRRuff day?” I thought it went well with the idea of raining cats and dogs. Again I feel this is a simple card, but with the fun center fold it makes it interesting.
That’s all for today. I have a thousand things I have to do before I get the kids from school, so I have to run. Have a good weekend, Happy Valentine’s Day to you all, and don’t forget to make something pretty this weekend for someone you love.