Hey there crafty pals! How is your first week of Spring going? And, can you believe it's Easter weekend already too? Oh man! Happy GOOD Friday! It is good indeed. The birds are chirping, the grass is green and it's time to celebrate the resurrection. I love Easter and all that it means as a Christian. Can't wait to go to church tonight and hear the message. Easter is my favorite holiday. I wish your family blessings, peace and love during this season!
This past couple of weeks have been pretty busy around my house - many fun things going on. Lots of visiting with friends and general nonsense. Also, tons of stamping. I am doing my regular features on the Simon Says Stamp blog and also making Instagram only content for them (yay!). I have had lovely invitations to guest design for some of my favorite stamp companies. I am a very lucky girl. VERY lucky. I am enjoying my new work from home creative life so much. I am still trying to find a 'normal' routine. I have been staying up really late and then having a hard time getting up in the mornings. After 30 years of having to be somewhere at 8am it's kind of mind boggling to make my own schedule. My confession is that sometimes I drive to the drive through Starbucks in my pajamas! (Don't tell anyone). Buddy is really happy to have his momma home all day and his new thing is to sit RIGHT on top of my desk. I have to push him out of the way to stamp! Love that guy. Next week I get to visit with the lovely Libby who is traveling out to CA (Yippeeee) and I am attending a Calligraphy workshop too!
Today I am sharing a card made with the wonderful new stamp set from Papertrey Ink called Tulip Time! OH MY WORD. SOOOOO pretty! The tulips are three step stamping and the leaves are two step stamping. Makes for the most beautiful stamped images. I have some tips I'll share below....
For my two and three step stamping I like to use THESE INKS. I find that they dry quickly and give a very nice impression. I colored the larger tulip bunch with three shades of pink. For the yellow ones (the smaller ones) I used only two shades of yellow.
My first couple of attempts to get the tulips placed perfectly to match with the dies didn't go that great. So here is what I found works for me. I stamped the leaves (both colors) and then die cut out the shape. After I had my die cut piece I stamped the tulips! Does anyone else have a good way to do this? I found that when I tried stamping everything first it just didn't line up.
I used just a tiny strip of green polka dot paper for some color interest. I stamped my sentiment and cut it out with a Simon Says Stamp Stitched rectangle die. I added some pretty pearls at the end of the process.
Here is a photo I took of my studio desk a week or so ago! Our daffodils and Narcissus in the front yard were going crazy, so I brought a bunch inside to cheer me while I'm working!
And here is my sweet studio helper! Doing what he does best! LOL. Mr. Buddy is going to have his 9th birthday in a couple weeks. Can't believe we've had him that long - what a total blessing he has been to us!
Thank you for coming by to check out my card today!
Have a great weekend! XOXO