Monday, May 24, 2021

Beauty of Friendship

 Hello my friends! I hope you had a great long weekend. Mine was really good. Friday I met my youngest daughter at the park and we went for a nice long walk. The weather was fabulous and we had a really good visit. I haven't seen her for quite a while due to Covid so it was really nice to catch up with her. Saturday I participated in a catalogue launch that a friend and fellow demonstrator put on. I had never participated in something like that so I wanted to learn how she did it. Sunday Doug and I went to a pond here in town and walked around the entire pond. There were LOTS of turtles, geese, ducks, and birds of all kinds. It was beautiful. After the pond, we went down to the boardwalk to check on the ospreys. Mama was still sitting on the nest and Papa was keeping watch so we don't think the babies have hatched yet. I will keep you posted on them. Monday I was finally able to spend some time in my craft room. It was a cloudy, gray day so perfect for spending time inside.

Today's card was made for my friend that was kind enough to include me in her catalogue launch. I really appreciated her sharing her knowledge and expertise with me.

Here are a few pictures from my pond visit:

I used the new Beauty of Friendship Bundle to make this card. I started with a piece of Basic White cardstock. I stamped the tree image three times using Soft Suede ink. I then stamped the leaves images. The leaves part of the stamp is a two step stamp. I stamped the first layer using Granny Apple Green ink. I stamped it off once before stamping on my card. I wanted the leaves to be more subdued. Then I stamped the second leaf image using Polished Pink ink. I was intending it to look like blossoms. Right now the many orchards here in the Okanagan Valley are full of beautiful blossoms. I also stamped the ground image below the trees using Granny Apple Green ink stamped off once. After I stamped all of my images, I used the Blending Brushes to add some sky and ground. I used Balmy Blue for the sky and Granny Apple Green for the ground. These blending brushes are so nice to sponge with. They add the ink so smoothly.

I layered this stamped piece onto a piece of Early Espresso cardstock and then added that to my Polished Pink card base. I used Stampin' Seal to attach these layers instead of my usual dimensionals. I'm not sure if I had a reason for not using dimensionals, it just turned out that way.

I stamped my sentiment using Early Espresso ink onto a piece of Basic White cardstock. The sentiment is also in the Beauty of Friendship stamp set. I cut it out using the long rectangle die from the Beautiful Trees Die set which is part of this bundle. I love how it gives an embossed edge around the entire rectangle. I stamped my sentiment towards the right side so there would be room for my bow. I used the Gray Granite twine from the Bakers Twine Essentials Pack. This pack is great as it has 5 different colours of baker's twine - black, white,  very vanilla, crumb cake and gray granite.  I attached my sentiment piece to my card front using dimensionals.

In the die set there is also a die that cuts out two little birds. There is no matching stamp for this die but they are still super cute. The die cuts a little wing into the bird image as well. I cut out three birds and used my Stampin' Blends to add an eye and a red breast. I used Poppy Parade for the red breast and Smoky Slate for the eye. I was intending them to look like robins. I hope I succeeded. I added the birds to my trees using dimensionals.

What I used for today's card:

Beauty of Friendship Bundle

Polished Pink Cardstock

Early Espresso Cardstock

Basic White Cardstock

Gray Granite Cardstock

Granny Apple Green Classic Stampin' Pad

Balmy Blue Classic Stampin' Pad

Soft Suede Classic Stampin' Pad

Early Espresso Classic Stampin Pad

Polished Pink Classic Stampin' Pad

Blending Brushes

Baker's Twine Essentials Pack

Poppy Parade Stampin' Blends

Smoky Slate Stampin' Blends

Thank you so much for stopping by today. I hope you enjoyed this card. Can you see the blossoms ad the robins that I was intending? Hopefully the recipient of this card will be able to see my vision as well. I hope you enjoyed my pictures from my pond walk. These are only a few of the many that I took. I'm sure I took a picture of every turtle we saw. 

Stay well and keep creating!


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