Make Your Dreams Come True
Happy Friday, Stamping Friends! I hope you have wonderful plans for the weekend. I sure do. Amelia’s school lets out early one Friday each month (the other Fridays they have field trips in the afternoon) and today is the “early dismissal day!” I am so excited! (You can probably tell from all the exclamation marks.)
Amelia has been wanting to ride the “cow train” at a local farm market, and I offered to take her last Saturday when we had our whole day together, but she said, “But I want my daddy to be there!” Oh, how could I refuse, right? So Wesley is going to pick her up from school, bring her here to change clothes and then we’ll have lunch and hit the farm market today. Or maybe we’ll have lunch at the farm market. Whatever we do, I can’t wait – especially since it’s close to my parents’ house and we can maybe drop by to see them before we go home. Amelia and I had a weekly visit to Mimi & Papa’s before school started. Since school, she’s only been there one time. I think they’re all having withdrawals.
Ok – I know you’re wondering what a “cow train” is. I’ll take a picture and post it on Monday.
And more big news. Amelia just lost her second tooth today. WOW! I think I was in second grade when my teeth started falling out. Apparently I was a late bloomer.
So here’s some information about me you may not know (or want to know). I love to play word games, and there’s one app I have that I play every day. It’s Wordscapes. Usually I only play the daily challenges, but if I have an easy day, I’ll play a few more. Each series has different landscapes that are gorgeous! Sometimes it’s a beach scene, or a desert, or mountains, or…well, you get the idea. One of the scenes was a mountain sunset and I wanted to recreate it.
I love this sunset/sunrise scene. (If you’re a morning person – sunrise. But if you’re like me – sunset.) When I finished it, though, something was wrong, but I wasn’t sure what I needed to change. So I showed it to my design expert, Sandy. “The water is too dark,” she said. Yep. That was what was bothering me. So I added some Whisper White Craft Ink to the water with a Blender Pen to lighten it up a bit, and I love it now. Sandy is the bomb!
So here are the card details.
First, I stamped the mountains from the Snow Front Stamp Set in the Stampin’ Up!® Holiday Catalog in Highland Heather Classic Stampin’ Ink on the Fluid 100 Watercolor Paper. Then I added some ground using Crumb Cake Classic Stamping Ink. Next I added the water in Night of Navy. (This was the problem. I should have used a lighter ink to start with! Try using Seaside Spray or Balmy Blue.) And finally I added the trees in Shaded Spruce Classic Ink.
Since I wanted this to be a sunset card (or sunrise, for you morning people), I added some streaks to the sky using Stampin’ Blends. I have no idea what colors I used, because I made this weeks ago. But there are purples (Highland Heather or Purple Posy), pinks (Flirty Flamingo/Rococo Rose), oranges (Pumpkin Pie/Mango Melody) and yellows (Daffodil Delight). Check out your sunrise/sunset and use the appropriate colors.
The last thing was to stamp the sentiment from the Leave a Little Sparkle Stamp Set (Amelia’s favorite stamp set. Today, anyway…) in Versamark Ink. I embossed with the Shimmer White Stampin’ Emboss Powder.
If you make this card like I did, your Night of Navy water will be too dark. I simple painted some Whisper White Craft Ink over the Night of Navy using a Blender Pen. Perfect! The water went from being the focal point to just a backdrop for the sentiment. Sandy – you’re the best!
I layered the stamped 3-3/4″ x 5″ Fluid 100 Watercolor Paper to a 4″ x 5-1/4″ piece of Night of Navy Cardstock, then to a Gorgeous Grape card base.
Thanks for stopping by Stamping with Buffy. Have an amazing weekend!
Oh yeah, this is great. Nicely toned down the “in your face” blue. The watercolor look of everything is gorgeous. Lots of work in this creation! Great job. (Thanks for the compliment, just what I needed during this lost mojo time)
Thanks, Sandy!! Your suggestion was PERFECT! Thanks for your help. Hope you get your mojo back soon! ❤
Oh, this is exactly the kind of card I love! What a beautiful scene, and fabulous colours. Now I’m going to have to check out the Wordscapes app – I love word games! And of course, I’ll be among those waiting to see what a ‘cow train’ is…. Have fun! 🙂
Thanks, Deborah! I love the watercolor-look stamps! Be sure you do the daily challenges in Wordscapes. You can earn more points for hints and stuff. Tune in Monday for the cow train!
I play Wordscapes too. The scenery is beautiful in it! Your card is perfect. I love the purple mountains (makes me want to sing)!
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Great minds play the same games! Thanks, Susan! (And sing it out!!)