Tuesday, June 10, 2014

Feel better, friend ...


Hi everyone.  I'm back at trying more watercoloring ... I struggled a bit with this card ... not only with the watercolored flower, but what to use for the backdrop.  In the end, the card is fairly busy and not my usual CAS style, but I'm pretty happy with how it turned out.

This is for a friend that is recovering after a horrific time in the hospital.  I hope my card will bring her a little joy.

This is also for the challenge at Darnell's blog (djkardkreations).  If you haven't visited Darnell's blog yet, please do - you'll be glad you did.  Not only is she a creative card maker, but she has a wonderful sense of humor and is a lovely, supportive, crafting friend to many.  Which brings me to the reason for this challenge on her blog ... she is celebrating 500 followers! :)  Wow ... congrats Darnell (Dolly to me)! :)  She has coined the saying "NBUS" - never-before-used-schtuff! and it has caught on in the card making blog-o-sphere.  The challenge is to use a NBUS and to celebrate friendship.


Here's the link to the challenge ... come and play along!

The stencil I used for the background and the flower stamp are NBUS.  As well, I don't think I've used the Wisteria Wonder ink before either ... so three NBUS items on this one card!







Stamps:  Graceful (Penny Black); Sentiment Sampler (Paper Smooches)
Paper:  110 lb. white (Neenah); Watercolor (Arches 140 lb. cold press)
Ink:  Old Olive, Summer Sun, Wisteria Wonder, Elegant Eggplant (SU!); Old Paper (TH Distress inks)
Accessories & Tools:  Branches stencil cut with Silhouette Cameo, plastic sheet (Grafix), sponges, water mister, water brush, paint brush for splattering



Challenges
NBUS #1 Challenge

18 comments:

shirley-bee said...

This is beautiful, Loll! I love the background, and your flower looks almost like it's paper cast. Great job - and well done for using 3 NBUS items on one card :)

Sue said...

Gorgeous flower and beautiful background, Loll! Fabulous stencilling and watercolour. x

Bonnie said...

This doesn't look like you struggled, Loll. It's gorgeous and I'm sure will bring joy to your friend!
I tried splatters the other night and it was a disaster! I was able to camouflage them a bit, but I wasn't happy. The flower I'd watercolored was really pretty and then I messed up the background. Frustrating. But still having fun with it.

Sandy said...

Really beautiful - I only wish my struggles would come out so well - bravo!@
Sandy xx

nancy littrell said...

A gorgeous NBUS card Loll. It will make your friends day. TFS

JD/ Jill said...

Very nicely done card...I'm sure it will help to bring some cheer your's friend's way.

Susan said...

Way to go - stepping out of your usual style! I really like the card! I have a NBUS stamp set that I was thinking of inking up for the CAS challenge so I'll enter it in Darnell's challenge as well.

~Tammy~ said...

You struggled? I would have never known...this is so pretty! All that matters is what a smile it will bring to your friend! Beautiful!

OH Babs said...

Great card Loll and I am sure it will be loved by your friend. I especially like how you did the background.

Karen B said...

Love the colourway you've used here Loll and that flower looks so realistic. I'm sure it will give your friend comfort after such a bad time.

Karen x

Stamps and Paper said...

Beautiful watercolour creation Loll lovely background and colours

Anne

Brenda said...

I'm not sure where you struggled at Loll, because they card is stunning! I love the background leaves with the splatters of watercolor! I also love the flower, it looks amazing!! Great card for Darnell's challenge!! Hugs, Brenda

Darnell J Knauss said...

This is a bolder busier card than your normally do, Lolly, but I have to say I am fascinated by it and love it! One of those cards you can't stop staring at! That background looks like patterned paper that I'd buy in a minute. It reminds me of the beautiful exquisite handmade papers from India. And the Gerbera, please! It is so beautifully watercolored and the way you have it on your card makes it look 3D and touchable!

Thank you so much for your kind compliments, my friend, for joining my NBUS Challenge, and for spreading the word to your readers! I appreciate you! Have a great day! Hugs, Dolly

Linda said...

This is beautiful Loll. I love the delicate background against that big bold flower .... gorgeous! I'm sure your friend will treasure it. xx

Irish Cherokee said...

Well done. Water colored nicely too. A cheerful card.

Anonymous said...

It's Wonderful Loll! It is sure to brighten your friend's day. I love the peaceful colors and she will too.

Robyn Oliver said...

Hi Loll...beautiful card, I love your water colouring and it still feels CAS for me. Cheers

Karen Hasheck said...

Such a pretty card for the NBUS challenge! I have so much NBUS I just had to enter this challenge too. I am now a follower of your blog and would love it if you visited my blog and became a follower too. http://karenskreativekards.blogspot.com/2014/06/nbus-friendship-challenge-card.html