Friday, March 1, 2013

Celebrating Friendship Blog Hop - Julie's Blogoversary

Welcome to the "Celebrating Friendship" Blog Hop to celebrate the one year blogoversary of Julie Odil's Muddy Paws & Inky Fingers.

In case you just happened upon my blog post, please go back and start the hop at Julie's blog Muddy Paws & Inky Fingers. You should have arrived here from Miwa Lee (Chocolatier Miwa).

Here is the card I created. While I love the 3D embellishing that people are adding to their cards and layouts, I tend to keep my projects a little simpler. I mail most of my cards - even to family - because I think it is exciting to get something via the postal service other than junk mail and bills.


Here is a close-up of the flower:



Supplies used:
  • Unity Stamp Company Life Becoming & Quiet Essence - 2010 {June} edition (SSK-011)
  • card base and envelope - no label on box
  • Close to My Heart (CTMH) Exclusive Inks® Stamp Pads: Bamboo, Goldrush, Twilight, Outdoor Denim, Sweet Leaf, New England Ivy, Archival Black
  • VersaMark Watermark Stamp Pad
  • CTMH Blending Pen
  • CTMH Colonial White Cardstock
  • Spellbinders Nestabilities Large Labels (S4-168) with the Grand Calibur
  • Bazzill green card stock
  • Jillibean Soup Mustard/Olive Baker's Twine
  • foam (and flat) adhesive

I pressed the flower stamp into the Versamark stamp pad then immediately into the Archival Black pad and then stamped the cardstock. I did this for a little better ink coverage and to help avoid staining of the stamp. It also left extra ink on the stamp so I could get a nice second generation stamp (the blue flower; the first generation stamp is below). To color in the flower I used the technique where, while the stamp pad is closed, you gently press the cover of the stamp pad onto the ink pad surface to create a pallet. I then used the blending pen to pick up the ink and "paint" it onto the cardstock.

After this week (so far) of work and evening meetings, I have lost my crafting mojo and did not finish my second card, but I wanted to share the stamped image anyway.


 Supplies used:
  • Unity Stamp Company Life Becoming & Quiet Essence - 2010 {June} edition (SSK-011)
  • CTMH Colonial White Cardstock
  • Close to My Heart (CTMH) Exclusive Inks® Stamp Pads: Archival Black
  • VersaMark Watermark Stamp Pad
  • Lyra Aquacolor water soluble wax crayons
  • CTMH Waterbrush Medium
I am very happy with how the leaves look, but I think I need a little more practice after looking at the petals. I just colored a little with the wax crayons, darker on the veins and toward the center for the flower and lighter at the petal end then I went over the area with the waterbrush.

Your next stop on the hop is Gwen's at Windchimes and Lilacs.

Thank you so much for stopping by. I love comments (though I found I have to moderate them to avoid spam). If you have the time, please let me know what you think.

I will be awarding blog candy (TBD) to one visitor that becomes a follower (if you are not one already) and leaves a comment on this post. Please check back on Wednesday, March 6 to see if your name was drawn from the hat.

Finally, here's the entire hop list in case you get lost along the way:

Julie Odil Muddy Paws & Inky Fingers
Rebecca Daniels  BloomingPink
Polly Zastawnik Polly Zas - PaZasProductions
Rachel Anderson Kitchen Table Scraps
Mary Shriver Come Craft With Me
Angeline Scrappy Scrappy
Miwa Lee (Chocolatier Miwa) What's Up in 3MG World
Brenda (centralnyscrapper) Crafting for sanity? Or insanity?  --- You are here
Gwen Teerink Windchimes and Lilacs
Maria Levine Ria Creations
Christina McAdams Thrifty Sisters
Paula McClane Scrap Addict's Attic
Lucy Evans Littlescrapsoflucy
Karen Nofziger Karey2005 - Craftily Yours
Corrie Wagner Corrie's Crafts
Kary Lim Papercrafting & Travels
Erin (CelticCrafter) & Ruth Celtic Crafters
Laura Sanchez Laura Ann's Breakfast Pizza
Theresa Krout Inky Fingers

Thanks again for visiting.

50 comments:

  1. I love how you colored the flowers ;)

    ReplyDelete
  2. Wow those flowers are so pretty!!
    Great job!

    ReplyDelete
  3. Brenda, those flowers are GORGEOUS! Love the card! Thanks so much for participating in this hop and being a part of my blog friendships. You are always so willing to share your knowledge and skills with me. I wouldn't be blogging without your help!

    ReplyDelete
  4. Your card is so pretty! I like to mail cards, too, so appreciate the flatter, CAS design of this! Great job with the coloring!

    ReplyDelete
  5. Brenda, I love these flowers! :) Great job! Thanks for letting us see more of your stuff!

    ReplyDelete
  6. luv the flowers and your good use of colors! Am already a follower.

    ReplyDelete
  7. What pretty flowers! Beautiful card!

    ReplyDelete
  8. Beautiful flowers my friend!!! I love seeing your work!!

    ReplyDelete
  9. Pretty colors and flowers make me think of Spring!

    ReplyDelete
  10. beautiful card!! love the flowers and coloring. I am happy for my frienships at cc - and you my friend are one of the special ones!

    ReplyDelete
  11. Great flowers Brenda! Love that you can change colors for what the occasion calls for.

    ReplyDelete
  12. The flowers are beautiful Brenda and everyone loves to find a card through the post amongst all the bills and junkmail!
    Hugs
    Tracy
    xoxo

    ReplyDelete
  13. Beautiful, BEAUTIFUL card Brenda! Love!

    ReplyDelete
  14. So Pretty! I love those flowers! wow!

    ReplyDelete
  15. great job on the flowers. Someone's going to enjoy getting this card.

    ReplyDelete
  16. Brenda love the flowers, they are beautiful!

    ReplyDelete
  17. I like how you did the flower each way. And the background is pretty and soft. Such a lovely design.

    ReplyDelete
  18. Very pretty, Brenda! Love those flowers! Sweet and simple! I agree - getting happy mail is the best!

    ReplyDelete
  19. Hi Brenda! So glad to meet you :) Your card looks fabulous. The flowers are gorgeous - it's a lovely set, and you brought it to life.

    ReplyDelete
  20. I love how you used this stamp, it's actually one of the few Unity stamps I have and never used. I'm inspired now to dig it out and play too.

    ReplyDelete
  21. These are just so adorably pretty! Gorgeous soft colours too x

    ReplyDelete
  22. Brenda, love this pretty CAS card! Your second stamped image is also gorgeous. TFS!

    ReplyDelete
  23. I agree, mailing is much more fun. I love the simpleness yet elegance of your card. I totally understand about losing the "moment" and nothing seems to be working. I think you did a great job with your first card and I will be revisiting to keep your ideas fresh in mind.

    ReplyDelete
  24. cards are fab,love colours you have used..

    ReplyDelete
  25. Love this pretty flower and all the fussy cutting!

    ReplyDelete
  26. Beautiful card and I love the flower thanks you so much for sharing!

    ReplyDelete
  27. Such a pretty card! I love that you showed the second flower, even if it wasn't connected to a card! Hope your next week is much smoother!

    ReplyDelete
  28. Great card, love the flower its so pretty and deicate

    ReplyDelete
  29. I love how the flowers turned out!

    ReplyDelete
  30. What a beautiful CAS design on this fabulous card! Love the technique you used!

    ReplyDelete
  31. Your card is beautiful, Brenda! It is so soft and spring-like :) I am a follower.

    ReplyDelete
  32. Now you have a sweet flower image ready to go when you need a quick card! The blue version is very pretty.

    ReplyDelete
  33. Love the shading on the blue flower!

    ReplyDelete
  34. LOVE those flowers, Brenda!!! I didn't know about you being a CTMH consultant, so I'm happy for you! And you taught me something new already (using VersaMark to keep the stamp from staining, and the way you colored the flowers)!! I'm glad you showed the pink flower, too! It IS so much fun to get a surprise card in the mailbox!! And I'm finally following your blog! ;D ♥

    ReplyDelete
  35. Hello Friend!
    I am doing the blog hop. I am only as far as you and it takes awhile. Your card and stamps are really pretty. You need to quit your job and take your ctmh on the road!! Easy for me to say!
    Talk to you soon and have a great hop,
    Debbie

    ReplyDelete
  36. Thank you for sharing the stamping and coloring techniques you used to create your pretty flowers.

    ReplyDelete
  37. Your card is so cute. I think your coloring is great. Hope you get your mojo back soon :)

    ReplyDelete
  38. Beautiful cards! Love the pink flower! :-)

    ReplyDelete
  39. Simple, but elegant...Love th flower and the color you used. I am a follower.

    ReplyDelete
  40. Thanks to all of you for hopping and your kind and encouraging comments. Also, thanks to Julie for organizing this hop. Your kind words mean a lot to me. Please stop by on Wednesday when the winner of my blog candy will be announced.

    ReplyDelete
  41. Your coloring is fabulous and the card is stunning! Thank you for the chance to win! :0)

    ReplyDelete
  42. love the flowers, especially the pink one.....your card is awesome, love the simplicity...

    ReplyDelete

Thank you for taking the time to leave a comment! Your feedback means a lot to me. Have a great day!