I spent seven hours in the craft room, or on the computer blogging today. It is a beautiful Saturday with temps in the 80's, but I turned off the AC yesterday and opened up the house. I figured if I have to stay home and work instead of going up to our trailer in Wisconsin to work on the porch, I want the windows open and the birds singing. It has been lovely. I have been cranking out the cards today, and doing fun challenges for new inspiration. When I started to sag a bit ago, I decided to do another challenge. I pulled out my list for color inspiration and found Nacho Average Challenge #4
had just what I was looking for, but I had to hurry, as the entries close tonight! Colors called for are Pink Pirouette (I had Pretty in Pink), So Saffron (I used Crushed Curry to get a darker image) and Certainly Celery.
Then I found a great layout on Mojo Monday #251 to try, and I am very pleased with this layout.
I got out the Crosses of Hope stamp set, and chose a new cross that I had not used. Stamped it in Crushed Curry and then embossed it and a salutation with Clear embossing powder. I bet it's been 9 months since I embossed anything, but this image just needed a little strengthening. I added pearls to the frame to get a little more dimension to the focal point.
I want you to see the card below. When I was doing the photo, I thought the layer with the cross was too stark looking, so I went in and did a little smudging around the edges using a blender pen and the yellow. I have to say that after I photographed it again, I was wrong. I did not like that little color around the edge, but thought I would share with you the mistakes I make, too. Sometimes you just have to stop and leave it alone. Like this one.
I dry embossed each section with a different embossing folder instead of using different colors in the layout.
And, then there came the flower. Is it too much? I kind of like it, but it does maybe overpower the image of the cross. But, I just have been dying to try this flower. I found a woman named Valita making them one day. She makes so many beautiful paper flowers. She is truly gifted. I made mine today without going to look at her blog, but did it from memory. I did not have a fringe scissors, so I just snipped, and I made my paper strip even so I did not get quite the layers that she did. I scrunched it up to give it a wilder look. I decided to add a daisy from Reason to Smile stamp set inside with my greeting. There are only 3 days left to order Reason to Smile stamp set. Only $5 with a $50 order, but after July it will be gone forever :(
Well, it's getting late, and I am hungry. Think I am done for today, but I have more to show you tomorrow. Have a good night!