Saturday, January 16, 2016

Wishing You a Beautiful Today–C4C #319


Hi, everyone, thanks for joining me for this week’s Crazy 4 Challenges! Frances is our hostess and since it’s the third week of the month, it’s sketch week.

I had to ponder on this one a bit—I tried to think out of the box about those three square corner elements and decided to use three colors to represent them. I started with a Stone Gray card stock base, then, on some Ranger Watercolor paper, I stamped Mini Hearts Background with Versamark and heat embossed with white detail embossing powder. Then I added my watercolors using Peerless Watercolors and cut the center out with Square Frames Die-namics. I cut four more copies of it from Sweet Tooth card stock, stacked them up, and inlaid them back into the opening, with the watercolored version on top.


I stamped a sentiment from LJD Together Forever with   Delicata Gold pigment ink on one of the center cut outs, heat embossed with gold detail embossing powder, added it back into the opening, and popped the whole thing up on foam mounting tape.  Using Mini Modern Blooms and Mini Modern Blooms Die-namics, I stamped up some flowers and leaves for the right upper corner element adn it was done. The colors I used are listed below.


Here you can get an idea of the dimension of the raised frame and how gorgeous that gold detail embossing powder is.

And that's it! Be sure to check out what the rest of the design team has for you!

THEN, you know what to do--we'd love to have you come along and play with us. Just do your thing with the challenge and link it to Mr. Linky on the Crazy 4 Challenges blog. Please link directly to your project. And, if you upload to a public gallery, please use the key word C4C319.

Thanks for stopping by today—see you soon!


LJD Together Forever, Mini Modern Blooms; Mini Hearts Background (MFT)
Wild Cherry dye ink, Cotton Candy dye ink, Razzle Berry dye ink, Sour Apple dye ink, Jellybean Green dye ink, Delicata Gold pigment ink, Versamark (MFT)
Stone Gray card stock, Sweet tooth card stock, Ranger Watercolor paper (MFT)
Accessories/tools: Vagabond;
Mini Modern Blooms Die-namics, Square Frames Die-namics, foam mounting tape, white detail embossing powder, gold detail embossing powderPeerless Watercolors (MFT); heat tool



  1. Your card is beautiful ... I'm such a fan of your work! I just invested in the Peerless Watercolors but having trouble getting any vibrancy out of them. Was wondering if you could explain your technique ... I must be doing something wrong :( Thanks.

    1. Hi, and thank you so much for your kind words!!! I think you will get to the point where you love your Peerless so don't be discouraged. Perhaps you're not using enough color, i.e., diluting it too much? I tend to "overdo" at first--you can always remove a little if it's too much with more water and blot with a paper towel. Plus, you can go back with more coats until you get the look you're wanting. I am blogged ahead for a couple of weeks but I'll try to work in a video on how I use them soon. Thanks again!

    2. Thanks, Barbara, for your response. I would love to see a video .... that would be so helpful!

  2. I love this card! Excellent dimension!

  3. Wonderful use of the sketch elements, Barbara! Fabulous card!!

  4. LOVE the way you used the Peerless watercolors to make your "blocks." Ingenious thinking and totally out of the box. Great card!


Thank you for your kind comments--they make my day and I appreciate every one!


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