Hi there! Welcome to a super fun two day blog hop event! Our crafty friend Ruby is celebration her blog anniversary with a blow out blog hop of crafty friends! WOWZA! I'm happy to be included. The theme of the hop is friendship and support. Perfect for the occasion! This hop is huge - with more than 60 guests and over $600 in sponsored prizes! Not only are we celebrating four years since Ruby first discovered card making but also crafting in general. This industry is made up of wonderful individuals who are creative, inspirational, kind, and incredibly supportive! Hop along so you can learn about why we create and how much joy it brings us! Ruby is a very special and talented lady and I am wishing her lots of continued success in her crafting journey! Grab a cuppa coffee and settle in.
If you're following along the hop line up, you should have arrived here from Darnell Knauss' blog! CLICK HERE to go to Ruby's blog to start at the beginning of the hop and read allll the details. If you're new to my blog because of the hop - I'm so happy to have you! I like to create projects with lots of layers and lots of color!
My project for today was made with a GORGEOUS stamp set from Waffle Flower. It's called Always.... I loved it the minute I saw it, and I finally bought it a couple weeks ago. Couldn't wait to get inky with it. I have seen so many beautiful projects made with this stamp set. SO, I really wanted to think of a way to make it my own and not like anyone else's card... Hmmmmm. Then a spark came to me! I'll create with this stamp set, with an Autumn theme! And watercolors! YES! So this beautiful girl got combined with leaves, mushrooms and flowers and she became an Autumn Princess! (Like me LOL) I'm so pleased with how it all came together. It took me a long time to watercolor all the pieces but it was relaxing and fun to create and I truly enjoyed the journey.
My card base is made with Kraft cardstock in an A2 size. I layered some pretty brown gingham for the next layer. The top layer, and all the pieces, are all watercolor paper. I used a beautiful background die from Reverse Confetti to make the rays on that top paper layer. I did a light wash of aqua watercolor paint for my background for all that color. I used my favorite Mijello Mission Gold watercolors for this project. (supply links are at the bottom of my post).
After I had my background set aside to dry, I stamped and die cut out lots of elements for this card... The girl, an extra birdie, leaves, floral stems, mushrooms...and on and on. I should have counted all the pieces! I use Versafine Onyx Ink since it is waterproof. I used a pretty warm color palette of red, orange, gold and olive green to color everything. I gave her pretty brown hair and one little leaf in her headband. This stamp is everything. Truly.
Here's a close up of my coloring/painting and the elements. I layered a second bird on top of the one in the main stamp - for extra oomph. Everything is attached to the card with foam tape, in layers. Tip: I lay all my pieces out first and play around until I get them exactly how I want them. Then I snap a quick photo with my phone so I can remember - and attach it all. I used the cute mushroom stamps from another Waffle Flower stamp set.
Side view to show the layers.... The sentiment is from My Favorite Things and it was heat embossed with white embossing powder onto a strip of rich black cardstock.
Thank you so very much for stopping by today! ENJOY this amazing hop! Plus there are more blogs on Tuesday! Woot! Next up in the line up is the blog of TIffany Au! See you soon! XOXO
In celebration of Ruby's anniversary, there are several amazing prize sponsors. Winners will be randomly selected from comments left on all the blogs. The winners will be announced by Wednesday, September 5 on Ruby's Blog! Make sure you remember to check back in with Ruby to see if you won something! Good Luck!
Studio Katia - $50 gift card
Hello Bluebird - $50 gift card
Altenew - $50 Gift card
Pinkfresh Studio - $30 gift card
Gina K. Designs - $50 gift card
Clearly Besotted - $35 gift card
Simon Says Stamp - $25 gift card
Spellbinders - Card Kit
winnie & walter - $40 gift card
Mama Elephant - $25 gift card
Hero Arts - $25 gift card
Nichol Spohr - Rainbow pencil case with new Spellbinders dies
Jennifer McGuire - $50 Simon Says Stamp gift card
Danielle Flynn - $25 Simon Says Stamp gift card
Picket Fence Studios - four $25 gift cards
SUPPLIES FOR TODAY!
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