Saturday, March 14, 2015

A Card with Strings Attached and my 100th blog post!

The title of today's blog entry comes from my husband, who on seeing the card said, "Ah! This card comes with strings attached?" ???

These two cards are using some watercoloured backgrounds I made while playing around for a commission I was recently doing. 

The first one was just a smooshed colour thing where I smooched colours onto a wet panel of watercolour paper and waited to see what happened. While it wasn't suitable for my commission, I liked the combination of colours, so thought I'd play with the My Favorite Things Weekly Sketch Challenge No. 219.

I basically took all of the elements of this sketch and threw them in a pile. I used  the Lawn Fawn Cuts Stitched Hillside Borders dies to cut the slight wave of gold glittered cardstock and also a Lawn Fawn stamp for the sentiment.

I tried to make the card more dynamic by switching the direction of the large strip and having the sentiment strip crossing over the top. To tie it all together, I added some lime green twine. I really like how the twine looks because it almost looks like the My Favorite Things Die-namics LJD Scribbles flower die cut. Almost???! I'd love to get my hands on those die and coordinating stamp sets.

This is the first time I've done a MFT Sketch Challenge. I hope they don't block my site for totally destroying their sketch. :)

My second card is for my dad's birthday in two weeks time. It also uses a watercoloured background that was created with some embossing paste, a stencil and then watercolouring in the blanks. I wiped the paint off the embossed circles so they showed up brightly. Loved this effect, but once again wasn't suitable for the commission I had been working on - this was a little too masculine. The sequins really set off this card design. I'm pleased with how it turned out.

Anyway, bye for now. I'll be back in another couple of days with some more watercoloured backgrounds I have still left over.


P.S. It was only after I had posted this entry that I realised it was my 100th blog post. Wow! I've enjoyed my time over the past 3 years and am looking forward to many more years and posts to come.


  1. You and hubby are both amusing today, Janelle! And both of your cards are outstanding! I love to take a sketch and tweak it and I think it is okay with the challenges. You did a beautiful watercolor backgrounds! Congratulations on your 100th post! Cheers to many more!! Hugs, Darnell

  2. You totally make me want to get out my watercolours Janelle, these are both so fab! I've had no crafty time recently and I'm so missing it. Thanks yet again for the inspriation!

  3. Laughing at your husbands comment! Funny! Glad you used the sketch as a start--literal or loose, that's the fun of sketches! Thanks for joining us on the MFT Chalkenge! ;)

  4. Oh Janelle, lovely backgrounds and with marvelous designs.

    Hugs diane

  5. What beautiful cards! Your watercolored backgrounds are so pretty!

  6. Congratulations on your 100th post! You sure know how to do watercoloring right! I really like that second card with it's sequins everywhere. I bet it just shimmers in real life.

  7. I'm glad to see that your hubby has such a great sense of humor! Love the color schemes of these cards and the texture in the second one is divine!


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