Happy Labor Day!
This has been the most fun weekend! Since Amelia’s birthday was Wednesday, we’ve been celebrating all week long. It’s a tradition that I started. I called it “Birthday Week.” Every day, we’d have special surprises for the boys when they were little. Wednesday, Wes, Jon, and I took Amelia out to breakfast. She had ice cream cake with Wes and Katelyn on Tuesday, then cake and more party Wednesday night at her mom’s. Thursday, we had craft day and she got to craft and celebrate with Christy and me (and she got a super cool gift from Christy. Read about it here.). Friday, Wes and I took her to lunch, then to visit my parents (more presents) and then for ice cream, and Saturday was her party at Chuck E Cheese’s. What fun!
This is the only photo I got, because we were all rushing around having fun! She had a blast.
I found out that my college roommate was in town this weekend, so we had breakfast together and got to catch up a little on Sunday. It was so fun. You don’t realize how much you miss someone until you see them for the first time in forever. Gloria will always be one of my very best friends and holds a special place in my heart. She is one of the most amazing women I know.
I did carve out a little time to craft! I have several challenges and a swap to prepare for. This card covers all three – it’s a CASE (Copy and Share Everything) of a catalog project (team challenge), it’s a sympathy card (the swap), and I used a watercolor wash (another challenge). I probably won’t use it for any of these since I’m posting it now. But it was so fun! Take a look.
First, I used Crumb Cake and Balmy Blue Classic Stampin’ Pads and an Aqua Painter to create the background on Shimmery White Cardstock. Shimmery White is my favorite paper for watercoloring.
After the paper dried completely, I inked the tree from the Rooted in Nature Stamp Set using Soft Suede and Blackberry Bliss Stampin’ Write Markers and stamped over the background. The sentiment, from the Flourishing Phrases Stamp Set, is stamped in Tranquil Tide.
I wanted to use vellum for the leaves so they wouldn’t be quite so heavy and take too much away from the focal point (the tree). I stamped the large and small leaves in the Rooted of Nature Stamp Set in Tranquil Tide and Blackberry Bliss, then die-cut them with the Nature’s Roots Framelits. Of course, you can bundle the Nature’s Roots Framelits and the Rooted in Nature Stamp Set and save 10%. Just a little tip: You can die-cut the leaves first, then use the negative from the cuts as a template to stamp the leaves using the stamparatus. If you stamp first, then die-cut, give the vellum a few minutes to dry – or heat set it with your heat tool – so the ink doesn’t smear.
I added the leaves over a strip of Burlap Ribbon with mini glue dots. I layered the stamped panel to a piece of Nature’s Poem Designer Series Paper, then to a Mint Macaron card base.
I hope you’re having as fabulous a weekend as I am! Tomorrow is a crafting day for me. There’s a Murder, She Wrote marathon tomorrow, so I’ll be watching that as I craft. Hopefully my projects won’t be too macabre.
Thanks for stopping by Stamping with Buffy. Have a lovely day!