Tuesday, March 25, 2014


Thanks so much for all the lovely reactions to my post on Down Syndrome! We had a lovely weekend with David. I made him a huge Apple cake with sweet pastry and its one of his favorites.

Today I'm sharing a photo from Pinterest that inspired me:

So I got the idea to make a white vase and flowers.

I used vellum and embossing using a lacy stamp and a flower stamp. I used a distress marker to color in the middle of the flowers. I loved the way the vellum naturally curled after cutting. The forever sentiment is Hero Arts.

Friday, March 21, 2014

Today is World Down Syndrome Day

 I couldn't let this day pass without a mention of my son David and to thank him for all the love and joy he has brought into our lives! When he was born into our family 24 years ago, it was love at first sight and every day since then, however challenging it was, David has been the most precious gift God lent to us to care for, together with our other three boys! I  posted a picture of him when he was a baby on my blog here, in 2011, and wrote how God used him to show us what is important in life and what isn't.

"For I am fearfully and wonderfully made..." Psalm 139:14

I feel very blessed to have one of these children.

Truly I say to you, In as much as you have done to one of the least of my brethren, you have done it unto me.

Friday, March 14, 2014

Ink Pick-Up discovery

Hello - hope you are enjoying your week and some great weather? Here, it is just beautiful - the ideal Spring temperatures!

Do you ever browse Ebay looking for a bargain? I did and found a brand new Hero Arts stamp I didn't even know existed and it was a bargain too! As I always look out for versatile stamps, this fit the bill. It is called Super Solids Background S2057.

Now to my discovery which came about quite by accident. Look at the following two pictures.

The first one is a card project I made on a watercolor paper panel with distress inks (see 'One').
I didn't like it but as you know I never throw anything away, I put it to one side for a future grid project. Then I thought I could stamp over the top of it with this solid background stamp and get a different effect. So I inked it up with Old paper distress and stamped over the top but the result was not to be desired. I noticed I still  had ink on my stamp so stamped it again onto a regular piece of beige cardstock (see 'Two'). And what did I notice - I had picked up the ink from the watercolor paper panel  which gave me a nice effect. So instead of inking the paper, the paper inks your stamp!

This is a card I made using this technique and the above watercolor panel. I sprayed my stamp with water and let the paper ink my stamp up. Lovely to use all those small stamps that hardly get used, too. I think that this works best with a shadow stamp of some kind.

This is my second card with this stamp. No technique here. This is for the Birthday challenge over on the Hero Arts Blog.

Monday, March 10, 2014

A watercolor card using distress inks

Another card for Virginia's challenge, which can be found here.
Note, I did not use watercolor paper because I didn't have any, until today - so I am still practicing at the moment and do not have anything ready worthy of showing you.

I used distress colors (three) on an acrylic block, sprayed generously with water and let the paper sponge it up. I used the Hero Arts 'Garden Star' outline flower stamp F5429, stamping three times diagonally. I stamped the sentiment afterwards and added three small pearls to the centers of the flowers.

We are having the most beautiful Spring weather at the moment and the trees and shrubs are budding and blossoming, a lovely time of the year!


Tuesday, March 4, 2014

Virginia's Vew Challenge #1

Virginia has started a new Challenge Blog which can be found here with the first challenge which is to use Watercolors.

And talking about color - I just witnessed this beautiful rainbow! God is the Master of COLOR as He shows us in His Creation! This rainbow was touching the ground and covered a vast area of the Mountain range.

It's true that I so miss Cath Edvalson who had weekly challenges on the Moxie Fab blog, so it will be nice to have a monthly challenge again. Thank you, Virginia.

So I thought I would gather all my watercolor squares from previous projects and fit them altogether for a grid participation. Most of the stamps, except the bird are Hero Arts.