Thursday, February 13, 2014

Paper Trey Ink 7th Anniversary, Day 9 Challenge…and a Snow Day!!

Good evening!! What a day we have had here. No school due to snow-which is almost up to ten inches. We would have gotten more but it turned to rain. We are due for more tonight and I really do not want school to be off tomorrow. It is a double edged sword working at a school. All these closing effect my paycheck!!

Late this afternoon I played along with Paper Trey Ink's 7th Anniversary Challenge, Day 9. It was called "Building Blocks" of Design Challenge. I had to go through each designers blog, use the sheet below that I downloaded from Nichole Heady's blog and random.org to pick my "blocks" of design.



I have to admit, this was rather challenging to me. I really wanted to cheat and pick my own materials and colors but I refused to let myself. Here is what I came up with:

I found that gold, pink and aqua are not the easiest colors to work with all together. I also didn't have a clue how I was going to use watercolors on it. I went through my re-inkers and only had a Harvest Gold and an Aqua Mist. I wound up stamping an ink pad on a splay mat and adding water to make my Raspberry Fizz "paint." I didn't load up the brush with a ton of water so there is more of a dry brushed look to it. I think I am going to try this technique on a full card next time.


I am hoping it is allowed but I did slightly deviate from the sketch a tiny bit. I tilted my banner rather then putting it on straight. I liked the way it looked better when I was playing with it then the way it was in the sketch.


I also had fun using one of my new Mama Elephant  "Basic Borders" stamps for my banner. I stamped first in aqua mist, then raspberry fizz and then the harvest gold. One end came out better then the other but I like how it looks.

I also added a bit of dimension on the card. I put a few layers of scrap card stock under three of the hearts and used foam adhesive on the heart block, as well as the banner. For something that was so difficult to me, I think it came out pretty good.

I thought I would also share two shots I took out my living room window today. You can see a bit of my reflection but I had to sneak this photo of Charlotte.


The only kinds of shots I can get of Char these days is of her back and I have to SNEAK every one. She won't let me take her picture. I guess it is the beauty of being thirteen!!.


That is all for tonight. Thank you for stopping by.
Nora

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5 comments:

Suzanne B. Webb said...

Love your card, I've been on the fence about getting that heart cover plate....but after seeing your card, I might cave in, gorgeous!

Kay said...

Well, I'm glad you didn't cheat, because this card is BEAUTIFUL!!!

JD/ Jill said...

Beautiful card! I see a LOT of snow out my front window too!

Anita in France said...

This is simply lovely, Nora ... the watercolouring's so gorgeous and subtle and allows the bright pops of colour on the hearts to take centre stage! Fabulous! Gorgeous snow ... if you're indoors keeping snug and cosy! Anita :)

Danielle Flanders said...

This is beautiful! Lovely! Stay warm!