Inspired by…#22

I’m so happy that the Inspired by All the Little Things challenge is back; it has become one of my favorite challenges in the short time that I’ve been making cards. This week the inspiration photo is a beautiful painting of sunflowers:

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I was inspired by the colors and the paint strokes. Here is my take:

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I used the By Your Side Bird die from Concord and 9th to cut out a template to transfer to watercolor paper. Then I painted the scene with goauche paints, since they go on a bit more opaquely than watercolors. I tried to mimic the brush strokes, which is tricky with goauche, it turns out! Then I stamped the Thanks sentiment from Give Thanks set, also from C9.

Then, as I was trying to take photos, Miss Monkey decided to photobomb the set. She does love birdies.

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(She’s not actually eating the card, just claiming it with face rubs)

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Thanks for stopping by!

Monkey and Oliver, or Introductions

This is Monkey (known to a few as Frida):

Monkey Monkerbee

And this is Oliver:

Ollie AllTheFur

They are my crafting buddies and will be making regular appearances here, along with my two dogs, Ernie and Archie. ย Ernie and Archie don’t care much for crafting, so they don’t get a blog named after them.

So, welcome to my little crafting corner. I knit, needle felt, stitch, and, most recently, make cards. I was a keenย artist in high school, but traded my pencils and paint brushes for degrees in biology and library science, and now I spend my days hunting for obscure information and telling people what it means (read: I write a lot of reports…alot a lot). Iย don’t get the chance to be all that creative in my day job, so crafting is a very important outlet for me. Knitting is still my first love, but I’m a slow knitter, which makes for very infrequent blogging. My new obsession with card making can at least fill in the gaps. And when all else fails, there’s always Monkey and Ollie.

Thanks for visiting.