Thursday, April 30, 2009

Twice is nice Friday!

Hi all! I'm the hostess over at the Flourishes Newsletter today for the Flourishes Focus this week! The focus is..... easy watercoloring! So, I matched that up with today's Stamp Simply challenge (ssnotime85), which is all about letting the sun shine in our card today! How do you do that? Use yellow! It's so sunny, so cheerful and it's not a color I turn to often! So, this was a bit of a challenge!

But... this card is definitely yellow!To make my card, I used some European Watercolor Paper, and then inked up my image with a couple shades of yellow ink (Memento Cantaloupe and Dandelion and two shades of green (Mementio Bamboo Sprout and Cottage Ivy). After I inked, I went over my work with a damp water brush. The stamp was from Flourishes Signs of Spring set. If you want to see the full tutorial, just click HERE!

I used my oval and scalloped oval Nestabilities, the Vintage Wallpaper background stamp on my card base, some Kaiser rhinestones, sheer olive ribbon, a tag to stamp my "daffodils" word on and some decorative paper from both the Basic Grey Urban Prairie and Memory Box Rhubarb Tart collections and..... DONE!

Want to see what the other Stamp Simply gals cooked up?

Barbara, Our Guest Designer for May!!

Oh... and be sure to stop by these fabulous Flourishes designers to see what kind of easy watercolor beauties they created this week!

Christine Okken
Faith Hofrichter
Laura Fredrickson
Leslie Miller
Stacy Morgan

Lot of eye candy out there for your viewing pleasure so be sure to hop along and check out their blogs! Thanks for stopping by! See you back here soon!


Joan Fricker said...

Beautiful card Julie! I love the water color look. Great job!


The Rubber Maid said...

Lovely card, makes me want some sunshine, unfortunately we have a cloudy possible rainy type day. Sunny day to you, Mom

Darlene (SCS:akronstamperdpk) said...

Fantastic Julie!! Love this daffodil image and your've colored it beautifully!!! Great idea to combine the challenges ... perfect!!

ChristineCreations said...

Oh Julie, it's so pretty and cheerful and smart! A great say to show the versatility of watercolor! Gorgeously done!

lisa808 said...

Pretty Spring card.

Leslie Miller said...

Julie, I love the way you colored this! Really a great idea, and so quick! Yellow isn't used much but, you know, I like yellow, darn it. Now I want to make a yellow card. Yours is just beautiful!

Deborah Saaranen said...

So soft and pretty Julie! Beautiful!

Latisha said...

This is a beauty!!

Laura (scrapnextras) said...

Your daffodil is so delicate and beautiful! Love the colours and design!

Sharon (notimetostamp) said...

Julie, this card is JUST gorgeous! I love all your shades of yellow, your beautiful watercoloring and that darling little tag!!!

Laurie said...

Thanks for such a wonderful sample of simple & cheerful. You've inspired me to do a little watercoloring for a change.

Shirley said...

Julie, your card is a work of art and should be framed, lady! Love everything you did with this masterpiece! No kidding either!!

Janine said...

Gorgeous Julie!!! Just back from Montreal and we had a WONDERFUL time!! Lots of great food, catching up, good wine, walks on the farm... Flights were good too. Talk to you soon!!

Silke said...

Soooo gorgeous - Julie!!! Love how you water colored the daffodil!!! Very cheerful card and perfect for both challenges!!!