Wednesday, March 22, 2017

Spring Sampler

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The first day of Spring has arrived and it appears that brought Spring weather along. Beautiful sunny days has bathed us and the birds are happy making nests, singing, dancing in the air. What a blessing to wake up, hear this wonderfully beautiful music, seeing all the beauty around us, and having an eternal hope for a fantastic season.


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In a glorious homage to Spring, I made this card to participate in the DoStamper Stars 223. A sampler of what Spring will bring forth. The Best Birds stamp set provided the beautiful and delicate cherry blossom, the Detailed Dragonfly thinlits gave the bee new heights;  the Birds & Blossoms thinlits brought the bird in search for the ideal place for its new nest; the Flourish thinlits reminded us of all the leaves that soon will show its spectacular hues of green; the Beautiful Wings Embossilit, retired, but still fantastic, gave me the right size butterfly, and the final touch came from the Itty Bitty Shapes punch pack, also retired. All of them perfectly nested in the Swirly Scribbles thinlits. Oh, I love Spring and Summer. I have been watching a couple of birds making a nest in our back porch. They are busy at work and we sure are happy and honored to have them so close to us.

Thank you so much for visiting today. Happy Spring to all. Be well

Miriam




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Wednesday, March 15, 2017

Color me Pretty.


Since we are all covered with White stuff, adding color, even if in paper only, is my best choice for the day. I was hoping to see some Spring colors soon and I know some of my Tulips were working on peaking out of the soil and the Crocus too. Now we are back on waiting for it all to go away for good.


The Watercolor Pencils from Stampin' Up! are the best. I have been playing with them a lot and fear I will need an extra box soon. I love how soft they are and how well they blend. For today's card for DoStamper Stars 222 I used the Falling Flowers stamp set and had a wonderful time coloring the flowers and leaves. However, rather than going watercolor effect, I color as I would with regular pencil, and blend a bit using the White pencil. While you cannot get the watercolor effect, I like the softness that it gives by blending it this way. I used the Lovely Lace TIEF for the background and sponged a bit with the Calypso Coral just to enhance the texture. I added a Scallop circle from the Layering Circles to set the flowers. Beautiful card that sure makes an statement.

Thank you so much for your visit today. I hope you found an inspiration to create something too. Be well.

Miriam



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Monday, March 13, 2017

Serenity

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The title really is not a reflection on how my week started but I always go back into finding some serenity whatever way I can. Lots of time, crafting will do that for me. Today was not different. It is strange that in the middle of feeling less than calm I can calm myself to be creative. The quiet environment helps and it certainly makes me attain a level of tranquility that I can put into my life as well.


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Because of all that I made today's card for Mojo Monday 488 using the Artistically Asian stamp set. Asian theme seems to bring a sense of calm that always enchants me. The "vase" for the plant is one of the framelits in Frozen Treats. The background of the white layer is from the Butterfly Basics and I used that image on the "vase" too. Now, the plant does not have the flowers. I added those Delightful Dijon flowers that can be found in the Avant Garden stamp set from Sale-A-Bration. I added a tiny pear to each of the flowers, but the picture does not show that very well. A bit of ribbon with a beautiful bow on the left side was all that needed to complete the sketch and I have finally found calm again.

Thank you for your visit. Hope you find calm and inspiration here today. Be well

Miriam

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Green? No, white.


Wow, and what was an early Spring turned out to be just a preview. We got about 8" of snow since Sunday evening and I think there is supposed to be more accumulating in the evening and Tuesday morning. Oh well. And what was green is now white.

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And the challenge for The Paper Players 335 was perfect for the current scenery. I have evergreens in my backyard, so at least I can admire the greenery all year long. But that is now covered in snow. It is beautiful, but not my first choice. Anyway, for today's card I used two shades of green: Pear Pizzazz and Old Olive. The stamp used was the Falling Flowers and I did not want a sentiment, so a button was a better choice today. The image on the Pear Pizzazz panel was heat embossed in White powder, which I thought made a nice effect. This card can go for many occasions and I do like the simplicity of it a lot.

Thank you for visiting today. Please do come again and find inspirations for your project. Be well

Miriam

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