Wednesday, February 9, 2011

Little Things

Creative_Sketches new challenge is a "Red, Blue and White" color challenge. And since I needed to start my niece's birthday card, I thought this would be a fantastic challenge! I even knew just what paper I would use :)

I love Americana Colors!! Even though it's February, I can just imagine sitting on my patio with a bowl of ice cold watermelon!! Yum! :)

I decided to add a couple bold splashes of red but keep everything else light, so that the red would pop out at you :)

I used the sentiment from Flourishes "Enjoy the Ride" and the flowers from their "Clematis and Butterflies" set, I cut the flowers out with my craft knife and painted them in with my Tombows, then added some Diamond Glaze to stiffen the fragile pieces. I sponged in the sign with "Tumbled Glass" and "Broken China" Distress Inks. I used MME "Lost & Found" paper with the center cut out with a Spellbinder Lacy Square die. The butterfly is from Inkadinkado.

This is the first time I have had success sponging any of my cards. I like the look but I'm going to have to work on how to even shading better. I love the QK Sign that I came across when I was making my last card. I wanted the flowers to look like a Clematis vine that grew up a building and into the sign. Again, I had painted the flowers darker and when I added the Diamond Glaze, they lightened up again. This is the second time in a row I have had this problem. I'm going to try to go really dark with my Tom's and see what happens, next time :)

And before I forget : Happy Birthday, Lauren!! I love and miss you ! :)


  1. This is lovely Amanda. I really like the richness of your flowers. Beautiful birthday card. Lauren will love it.

  2. Beautiful design, Amanda! Love the pearl flourish and beautiful flowers and butterfly! (Hey, I can't find an email address for you... could you please contact me ASAP? My email is available thru my Blogger profile. Thanks!)

  3. So beautiful, Amanda! Gorgeous coloring and detailing! Lovely card!

  4. Love the sign. It's fabulous for the clematis. You have a real knack for using those pearl flourishes. Another thing I need to work on. The room in the inspiration photo is beautiful. Wally would LOVE that white furniture!


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