I had an exceptional 4th of July weekend. I would like to think that you did, too. Our best friends, who live in Florida where we used to live, came up for the long weekend. Their two children are grown and married. Patz says something always happens with their family on a holiday. Sure enough, the kids went to the beach on the 4th. Their son stepped in a hole in the water and fell. He broke his foot, ankle and shin and now has to have surgery. Their goddaughter’s daughter got stung by a jelly fish. As they were taking her to the guard station to get treatment, a man who was speaking Spanish stepped on a nail. The jelly fish girl can speak Spanish, so she told them what he said on the way to get treatment for her sting. So one person had to take the girl to the guard station, Gary’s wife took him to Urgent Care, and someone else in their party escorted the Spanish-speaking man to the hospital! We had a more peaceful day here of cooking out in my husband’s fire pit. We had hamburgers, hotdogs, corn on the cob, broccoli and baked beans. Some ate ice cream bars. We didn’t even think of marshmallows! How could we not?! AND we forgot to eat the watermelon! How blessed of abundance can a person be to forget what they have to eat?!! That evening, Patz colored a page in an adult coloring book I bought for them with Prismacolor colored pencils. I water colored the flowers on this card with my new Zig markers. The guys were surfing the web on their iPhones and the desktop computer. We all watched 4th of July celebrations on TV. Praise God from whom all blessings flow!
Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge this week is Red, White and/or Blue. I had already made four red, white and blue cards/ATCs, but I wanted to make one more card since we are allowed to enter the challenge five times. This was my first experience with Zig markers. And boy, was it a challenge! Card designers are now saying that Bristol paper is perfect for Zig markers. If you don’t have that, which I don’t, use watercolor paper, even if you don’t plan to use water. So watercolor paper I used. I wanted to watercolor on the paper, leave it and proceed to make my card. But it was not to be. This was my third try coloring the flowers, and I still had to cut them out and glue them on to the card. So I could have used white cardstock for the card front, but I didn’t think of it at the time. After I made the blossoms, I re-stamped the image on another piece of watercolor paper with the gray ink, colored in the stems and glued on the blossoms. Some of the edges of the blossoms are a little scraggly. I probably needed to let the images dry more before I used scissors to cut them. However, I did use a heat tool throughout the process of coloring them.
- cutting mat
- MISTI (Most Incredible Stamping Tool Invented)
- #8 round tip brush
- cup of water
- baby wipe
- heat tool
- Creative Memories 12″ Straight Trimmer
- Martha Stewart Score Board
- bone folder
- Tim Holtz Watercolor Paper
- Simon Says Stamp Ink Pad – Fog
- Penny Black Slapstick/Cling – Divine
- Zig Clean Color Real Brush Markers – Carmine Red, Pink, Brown, Light Green, Green
- Simon Says Stamp Wavy Scallop Stitches – medium-width
- Doodlebug Design, Inc. Patriotic Picnic 6×6 inch Paper Pad, cut to 5 1/2″ x 4 1/4″
- Bazzill Basics Cardstock – Lipstick Red
- 110# Neenah Solar White Cardstock, cut to 8 1/2″ X 5 1/2″, folded in half
- Scrapbook Adhesives E-Z Runner Tape
- Liquitex Matte Gel Medium – to glue on the blossoms
- Spectrum Noir Glitter Brush Pen Clear Overlay – used on the lighter portions of the blossoms
- Pretty Pink Posh 4mm, 6mm Clear Droplets
If you like my work, please take the time to let me know. The LIKE button is at the very bottom of the page. The COMMENT icon is under the title of the page. Thanks for joining me today. I would love to hear about YOUR July 4th, if you live in the United States, or even if you are a U.S. citizen living somewhere else in the world.
It’s a rainy day here, perfect weather for writing on my blog.
Happy blogging to you!
PS I decided to send this card to Patz and summarize our weekend together. She will love that.
Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge Red, White and/or Blue http://www.simonsaysstampblog.com/mondaychallenge/
Word Art Wednesday Challenge Weeks #238-#239 – Anything Goes http://wordartwednesday.blogspot.com/