I’ve got a Clean and Simple card up over on A Blog Named Hero today. Go check it out.
We’re celebrating rainbows over at A Blog Named Hero this month. Take a look at this bright card.
Today I am thrilled to be participating in an Instagram hop for my friend Jessica Frost-Ballas. She has more than 2,000 followers, and that’s a great milestone. Congratulations Jess!
If you happen to have come here on your own, be sure to check out Jessica’s instagram account, and her blog. I hear there’s a crafty package of stamps and dies from Concord & 9th to giveaway to blog readers. There will be a $35 Butterfly Reflections Ink gift certificate given away to someone who likes/comments on her instagram post and a $15 gift certificate to The Ton Stamps given away to someone who comments on one of the instagram hop posts. And there’s more, but I don’t want to give away all the secrets.
In case you don’t instagram, here’s the card I made to celebrate friendship. It’s funny, no matter what stage of life you’re in, you always have some friends to lean on, to help you through good times and bad, and just to chat with at 3am when you can’t sleep. So this is a card I hope to send to a friend that needs a little reminder of that.
This card was inspired by some wallpaper I saw recently. In the guest room bathrooms at the M Resort. It was so intriguing to me. I’m sure that it was just “stamped” by machine to get this texture, but I was determined to try to recreate it on a card.
Here are a few close-up shots for more details.
Background was simpler than it looks. I watercolored a piece of watercolor paper using the shimmery pearl paint from the watercolor palette. And then also dropped a few bits of the silver paint onto the watercolor paper. Once that dried I trimmed it into 3/8″ by 1 1/4″ strips.
To adhere to the background I used my ATG adhesive on just a bit of the strip, and pressed that down onto a piece of scrap cardstock. The reason it appears to be lifting is that I lifted it up a bit as I adhered down the other end. Didn’t curl it, or apply too much pressure, but just enough that it had some dimension. I adhered each row in a different direction, staggering alternate rows.
A few hours after I completed the card I realized that the wallpaper wasn’t staggered. Oops.
I let the dies decide on their own which pieces stayed and which pieces were discarded. I like the organic nature of that, especially on a flower and leaves. The top layer of the flower has some Wink of Stella applied, it’s just a bit hard to capture in the photographs.
Have you used Helmar Scrap Dots adhesive? I love this stuff. It’s liquid, comes in a tube, and is very thick. And will dry in whatever shape, or depth, you’ve applied it at, which you can better see in this picture.
Congratulations, Jess! Thank you so much for asking me to participate.
In case anyone out there is iron deficient, and is looking for a great vegan iron supplement, I highly recommend the VegLife Iron Supplement. I’ve been taking for a few years now, and I know that it works as I have my iron checked regularly. Also, I used to get turned away from donating blood because of iron levels, and they no longer send me packing.
This is an easy, small tablet, I take it every night before I go to sleep. No stomach issues, no refrigeration needed.
So, just a friendly public service announcement in case anyone out there is looking for a vegan iron supplement and they want to know that it works.
I get this from my local Whole Foods, but sometimes they have to order it in for me. Easily available on Amazon, too.
New card over at A Blog Named Hero today. It’s a good one.
A couple of years ago I discovered a shaving cream that, according to my husband, is “the best shaving cream ever invented”. As a matter of fact, he loved it so much that we purchased another bottle to give to a friend of his who then said “why isn’t this the only shaving cream on the market? Everyone should know about it.”
It’s called Billy Jealousy Hydroplane.
It lasts an incredibly long time. It works wonderfully. And most important? It’s vegan. Yes, that’s right, vegan. That means that no animals were harmed, abused, or killed, for that nice clean shave that we all enjoy.