This title could mean a lot of things. First, I had a huge set-back with my stamping today. My little side-kick wanted to paint, so I spent a lot of time cleaning paint from the rug. Note to self: Buy a splat mat. I remember having a splat mat when the boys were little, and it saved a lot of cleaning time. On the plus side, though, Amelia also gave me a lot of creative advice. You’ll see this on Friday.
I spent hours today trying to make a card for our BS&J challenge Friday, but it didn’t happen. Hopefully, I’ll finish tomorrow and Thursday. It’s actually a simple card, but a three foot someone wanted to glitter stamp and paint and build a fort and read books today. How could I say no, right? My investment into that little girl’s life is going to give a much bigger reward than anything else I can do.
Set-back is also the technique for my card today. You can see the directions and another example of this technique in this post. This is a Jennifer McGuire technique I got from Susan. It’s so fun! Take a look.
This was going to be one of our cards for July classes, but it was a little more difficult to “set back” than the one we ended up making. I also realized I used the new Watercolor Pencils for this one, and customers can’t purchase them yet. Oops! I don’t mind showing new product a little early, but I don’t want customers to use it and fall in love before they can order it for themselves. That just seems mean.
I stamped the dragonfly from the Dragonfly Dreams Stamp Set two times – once on Very Vanilla Cardstock and once on a panel of Wood Textures Designer Series Paper (DSP). I colored the one on the Very Vanilla Cardstock with Watercolor Pencils, then die-cut the one on the Wood Textures DSP using the Detailed Dragonfly Thinlits.
Before I added the DSP back into the card, I used an Aqua Painter to pick up color from the Granny Apple Green and Coastal Cabana pencils, then splattered on the card. When it dried, I added the sentiment in Early Espresso Classic Ink.
After layering the Very Vanilla panel to an Early Espresso layer, and then to a Very Vanilla card base, I was ready to add the dragonfly “window” back in. I used Stampin’ Dimenstionals to pop up the DSP layer. Finally, I added thin strips of Early Espresso Cardstock around the DSP to highlight it a bit more.
The other incredibly fun thing that kept me busy today was taking a video of Amelia. I set her up with her paints, water, and paintbrushes, and I headed to the kitchen for another cup of coffee before I got to work. I could hear her talking, and thought, “Is she asking me something?” When I got back to the craft room, I heard what she was saying. As she painted her horses, she was saying, “Now we’re going to paint around the mouth. You need to be very careful here, because you don’t want to get paint in the horse’s mouth. Now we’re moving down the legs with an orange paint. You may need to get a big kid to help you with this. And when you change colors, clean your brush in the water so it doesn’t get gross.” Oh. My. Gosh. Apparently, someone has been watching a LOT of crafting videos by herself and with me. I almost cried I was laughing so hard. As I was taping it, she even included me in the video, talking about her “best friend” who was behind her. I was touched and almost cried. (If you read my video about watching movies with the kids, you’ll understand that it doesn’t take much to set my tears off.) She was making a craft video! And, honestly, it was a lot more entertaining than others I’ve watched. That’s probably because it was my almost four year old granddaughter, though, and I’m biased.
Thanks for stopping by Stamping with Buffy. Have a lovely day.
this is a beautiful card Buffy. Please don’t stress over Friday’s card. put in your time with the short one. You can’t get that back
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Thanks, Jackie!! Good news – we got the card done. She was my “creative advisor.” But more about that on Friday…
Such pretty colouring of the dragonfly! And the set-back technique is great. I can’t wait to see Amelia’s craft video! As you said – time spent with her is the best investment ever 🙂
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Thanks, Deborah! Love the new Watercolor Pencils Assortment! Her video was a hoot. Today, she started out with, “Hi, Guys! I’m Buttercup…”
Oh my gosh. Buttercup is adorable! I bet she would make a great video! Beautiful card!
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Thanks, Susan. The girl cracks me up. But I learned today I may not be able to trust her creative input. More in Friday’s post!