I am up on the Butterfly Reflections Ink Blog today with an elegant card based on a dress I found on Pinterest. Head on over there and check it out!
Warning: photo heavy post ahead!!
Today, we celebrated the impending arrival of my little nephew. We are so excited for this little guy… He will even out the numbers of the grandchildren on my husband’s side of the family, making it two boys and two girls in less than two years haha! Since I’m obsessed with party planning, I volunteered to do the decorations, and with the help of my other sister-in-law, I think we nailed it!
When my sister-in-law told me that she was loving foxes for my nephew’s room, I immediately decided on a woodland/fox theme for the shower. My Cricut Explore does not get enough love from me…. unless I have a party to plan, and then it’s worth its weight in gold! I used the new Lia Griffith Four Seasons cartridge for the majority of the decor, including the shadow box frame with baby’s name on it. A personalized banner, some picks for the diaper cakes and flowers, and the guest “sign in” we’re all done with my trusty Explore. I used the sweet little fox image from the Make It Market Wee Folk mini kit and the lovely wreath image from the Lovely Laurels kit to create tags for the bases and the little chocolate boxes at each seat.
I of course had to make a matching card to go with the gift, and so again put to work my Wee Folk Make It Market mini kit to create a fun (and totally flat!) Shaker card.
Here are some photos from the shower…. And the card and gift! (Apologies for the quality on a couple of them… I was hungry and my hand was shaky haha! Hope you enjoy! Have a fabulous weekend, friends!
My life rocks. I don’t mean to say that in the sense that I’m bragging… I just mean that I have so much for which I am thankful. I created this card with that thought in mind:
I hope you’re still with me after that semi-maudlin post! I just have been feeling incredibly lucky these past few days… We had a wonderful weekend beginning my month-long birthday celebration by going with some friends to The Melting Pot (our first time!) and discussing some travel plans. I really took some stock in my life, and I came to realize that I really love my life, even if I am going to be 30 in 20 days. (ha!) What are you thankful for?
I’m up on the Butterfly Reflections Ink blog today (for the first time… eep!) with a duo of baby cards.
Here’s a little sneak peek:
I hope you’re having a wonderful holiday weekend. My mom is going to be visiting us for a few days, so I had to get a quick blog post in before we got busy doing stuff! I received my first order from Butterfly Reflections Ink a few weeks ago, and in it was the Altenew Bejeweled set. As soon as I saw this set, I knew it would be stunning done in watercolor. (Me? Love watercolor? Shocking, I know.) I love beautiful, subtle color washes, and that was the initial intention with this card, but it ended up a bit brighter and more vibrant than I intended. I’m totally okay with it either way.
I first prepped my Strathmore 300 lb cold press watercolor card stock with an anti static tool, then heat embossed the butterflies and sentiment with Silver Pearl embossing powder. I love the subtle pearl finish from this embossing powder, especially for super elegant cards like this one. It goes so nicely with the pretty pastel watercoloring. I then colored the images with a variety of pastel shades from the Zig Clean Color line. To achieve the color wash around the edges of the butterflies, I first started with the Shadow Mauve color, then after I had blended it out and it dried, I went back in with a very small amount of Cornflour Blue and blended that with the Shadow Mauve (I believe this technique is called “glazing”), which I then blended out with my water and paint brush. I accented with a few sequins just to add some sparkle.
PS- speaking of the holiday weekend, Vanessa at BRI has a fabulous sale going on now through Monday: 20% off your entire purchase! (That includes sale and clearance items!) Just use the code LABORDAY2015 at checkout.