Saturday, July 1, 2017

Blue Skies are Ahead!

Hi all - I hope you are having a fabulous summer! For my Dies R Us post today I am sharing an encouragement card today.  I hope you like it!

What I Used to Make my Card:
White Card Base
Lawn Fawn Blue Skies Stamp Set, #LF511
Lawn Fawn Blue Skies Dies Set, #LF519
Watercolor Paper
White Card
Oxide Distress Inks in Wilted Violet, Cracked Pistachio & Broken China
Distress Ink in Mermaid Lagoon
Pop Dots
Distress Markers in Brushed Corduroy and Pumice Stone 
Detail Water Brush

I first made the background of the card using watercolor paper and Oxide ink in Broken China.  I smooshed some ink on my craft mat, spritzed it with my Distress Sprayer and rubbed the watercolor paper all around the mat until I was pleased with the color.  I set the paper aside to dry.
I then stamped the balloon and basket onto more watercolor paper and die cut it  I colored the balloon with Oxide Ink using Wilted Violet, Cracked 
Pistachio and Broken China; I patted the ink pad onto my craft sheet and picked up the color using my detail water brush.  I love how the colors just pop! I then used Brushed Corduroy to color in the basket   and Pumice Stone to color in the bottom of the balloon. Then I die cut the clouds using white card and set all the die cuts aside.

Once the background was dry, I stamped the sentiment in Mermaid Lagoon directly onto the card. I attached the balloon to the card and Pop Dotted the clouds. I even used the clouds to hide some of the background that didn't quite come out the way I wanted it! I like the simplicity of the card and how soft and soothing the colors are.  I hope you have a fun-filled Fourth of July! 

Small PSA: Please be safe and keep an eye on your four legged critters - keep them inside during the fireworks; the Fourth of July is when most animals run away from home and go missing due to the noise. Keep your furbabies safe and inside (also, some animals need to be tranquilized due to the noise.  If your dog is fearful of thunderstorms, he's going to be scared of the fireworks; be sure to ask your vet for medication early!)  Just a little reminder because I know you love your animals as much as I love mine (and cats can run away just like dogs!)

 If you have time in between the festivities, be sure to come back to the Inspiration Blog daily, use that Inspiration to put together your own project and enter it on the Challenge Blog for a chance to win some fabulous prizes!  

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I am entering my "Blue Skies Ahead" card in the following Challenges:
Lawn Fawnatics - #8, Summertime Fun
Crafting with Dragonflies - #84, Punches and/or Dies
CardMania - #94, Summer Fun
Art Impressions - #211, Create a Background


  1. Beautiful card, Christi! I love the wonderful summery pastel colors on the balloon! Thanks for sharing with us at Lawn Fawnatics!

  2. Love your sky background and fits in perfect with our current Challenge! Thanks for playing along with us over at Art Impressions!

  3. This is an UpLifting card! The soft coloring of your watercolors makes this creation light and airy and whimsical. Your clouds are cute :) and I appreciate the Independence Day advice with pets in mind! Thank you for sharing on Crafting with Dragonflies! Please also visit Paper Craft Happy Challenges! -DT Mimi

  4. Simple and effective. Love the colour. Thanks for sharing with us at Crafting with Dragonflies, Susan DT


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