Thursday, February 21, 2013

Spring-a-Bration February Blog Hop

Welcome to our February Blog Hop!  After waking up to the beautiful Hibiscus bloom yesterday morning, I felt that spring is really on it's way.  Isn't it beautiful and I managed not to kill it over winter.
Well, my son is a band instructor at a high school close to New Orleans and last week they marched in two Mardi Gras parades.  Here is my granddaughter dressed for the day.
And here is a Mardi Gras card inspired by her tshirt. 
I started by sponging on glossy cardstock the Retired Fleur De Lis from the Elegant Trio Stencil Set.  The mask I found on the following Pattern and I printed it to 50%, then placed it on our Champaign Glimmer Paper and cut it out.  I used the Bird Builder punch and punched out four wings to add feathers to the top of the mask.  First I sponged them with Gumball Green and Concord Crush inks before attaching them to the mask.  I dimensioned up the mask over the Fleur De Lis and the two nobs showed through the eye holes and they look like eyes, too funny.

The next two cards are from my Technique Class last week.  First we learned the Tie Dye Technique and made St. Patrick's Day cards using it.

First take a light ink with a sponge in a circular motion on a sheet of white cardstock. Then do the same thing with a medium color ink on top of the large light and lastly add a small circle of dark color ink. Then take a Stampin' Up! Aqua Painter and lightly draw a circle where the colors meet, then a fine mist of water.  Heat with heat gun to dry. This creates the tie dye look.
The next technique we learned is the Stampin' Mist Technique using the Pleasant Poppies Background Stamp.  I love how versatile this stamp is. 
On White card stock, sponge and ink and just rub it on your paper. After filling the paper with ink, you take your stamp and place Versamark on it, then mist it with Stampin' Mist cleaner. Then stamp it on your paper! It is almost like a bleaching technique.

Before you leave here is a picture of my newest granddaughter, Corinne.  She is seven weeks old today.

Visit our hop next month again, thanks for dropping by today.