Tuesday, April 19, 2011

HAPPY MOTHER'S DAY.....


The SU only blog challenge for this week is to make any Mother's Day card.....so I chose this great new set to be released in May. Wow- this one is really, really fun to watercolor!! I use what I call marker layering when I watercolor an image like this. I lay down a little bit of the color, in this case poppy parade and then in a circular movement I use a blender pen to spread the color out to the outer edge. Then I keep layering more and more marker into the center of my image, making sure to blend, but leave the outside lighter. Then I lay down an even darker color at the base of each petal, in this case, Riding Hood Red. This is my favorite technique in the whole entire world. I can fall asleep watercoloring, but when I do the results aren't quite as crisp. ;) I hope you like my BOLD Mother's Day card.....with that great striped gg ribbon I use every "once in a blue moon".....and that is the understatement of the year!!!! Happy Stamping everyone!! Until next time......

Tuesday, April 5, 2011

SOMEBUNNY ANSWERED YOUR PRAYERS.....

As I chose a PET to stamp with my SU collection, I was sadly in need of more stamps!!! I don't have any of the current dog or cat sets. Being a Golden Retriever owner, I don't want another doggie stamp, it feels like cheating on Luca.....and I am NOT a cat lover. I am not even a cat liker. I am not even a cat appreciater. So I looked through my vast collection of 85 percent flowers..., and I found this adorable bunny. And it brought back memories of our two pet rabbits that we had when our kids were little. We raised our kids in a 1200 square foot apartment on the grounds of the Africa Inland Mission and one of the rules was NO DOGS ALLOWED. In later years, we begged and begged and were finally able to get our first Golden Retriever. But years before that when our kids were little we went thru gerbils, guinea pigs, turtles, basically anything that could be contained. Bethany even had a pet snail once. But our kids kept praying for a rabbit because we kept saying no- that they poop too much and don't make good pets. Well one day, our kids shrieked with JOY when a gorgeous lop earred bunnie just appeared on the lawn in front of our apartment. It was clearly a pet that had gotten left on the lawn, and it was gorgeous. Much begging followed, and we finally caved, and that bunnie became like part of our family. It was one of the first times that our kids saw tangible answers to their very own prayers, and how could we tell them that was NOT an answer to their prayers??? Seemed pretty clear to us. :) Later, when it died, we got another pet bunnie and we named it Precious. Good times, and happy memories. However, I was right, they do poop too much. Happy Tuesday everyone, and Happy Stamping! Until next time.....