Sunday, May 22, 2016

Tulips for May 2016 CCC + One + A Challenge

Hello!  Well, here I am at last. Wow, May is heading to the end and I haven't posted anything. Shame on me. A busy month, though, with birthdays, concerts by two of the grand kids, plus needing to watch my oldest grand daughter who has taken up playing lacrosse. She is good, too. Bragging rights taken here.

Anyway, I finished and sent this card off to New Zealand as the May card for the S.O.S. Card Chain Challenge (CCC). One of challenge suggestion was friendship and the colors were pistachio, olive and peach.  Another idea was to use watercolors. My card is a combination of a lot of techniques, but I forgot to use watercolor paper for the flower. Oops.

For the focal point, I stamped the tulip with VersaMark, then heat embossed with white embossing power. This Hero Arts stamp called Tulips is from 1995. Anyone also like to use old and neglected stamps? Darnell would be proud! Getting out my Staedtler Watercolour Pencils I got to work. Not being sure exactly what the color peach looks like, I used several pink and orange pencils to color the flower. These pencils do not have names on them, but they blended nicely together when topped off with my water brush. Next I put on clear Wink of Stella for some shine. Turning my attention to a background, I inked up a My Favorite Things stamp called Etched Flower with Stampin' Up! Old Olive. A wonderful background stamp, I think. For the sentiment I just used a tiny stamp from the SU set Teeny Tiny Wishes on a punched oval. For some emphasis, I lightly sponged around the oval with the retired ink Apricot Appeal. The frame around the tulip is also sponged. To finish up the card, I mounted everything on a card base of Pistachio Pudding by SU and hand wrote a note inside.

It just occurred to me that it is Fall in New Zealand. Oh well; hope Dawn does not mind! Lovely Spring days here in MN right now with lots of things blooming. My favorite season.

The + One:

Sadly, in April, I needed a sympathy card for a guy friend, so had made and not posted this simple card. I thought the sailing ship and sentiment were fittingly serene. I used an unnamed "with sympathy" stamp inside and wrote a note. The background  paper is from a retired DSP set from SU as is the ship and sentiment. The ink is Chocolate Chip. The stamp set is called Schooner, from 1998. It's one of my never-get-rid-of sets! Guess I have been into old things, lately. That is, gently used things! LOL


That is it for now. Thanks ever so much for stopping by. Till next time, happy blog reading.

Edited to add my Tulips for May card to this new to me challenge. I think the card fits perfectly. Hope the Retro Rubber Challenge #39 group does too.