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Saturday, March 8, 2014

Muse # 57 and Virginia's View

Hello Everyone,
Sorry for the absence. My crafting time was sidelined by work commitments (report cards/parent-teacher interviews...) and then I got a real humdinger of a head cold! It is with great relief that March Break has arrived and I finally got into the craft room.

Today I am participating in two challenges - Muse and Virginia's View. I loved the Muse card this week; it is by Vicki Dutcher and can be viewed here. I was inspired by the layout of the card, the flutterby and the chevrons. During the week, while this card was percolating in my head, I came across Virginia Lu's new challenge: Virgina's View. The theme there this month is watercolouring. I always have difficulty with water-colouring because I am a fan of strong bold colours and find the washed out look a little too washed out - when I try it, mine always seems messy, rather than soft and pretty. So.... I took out my distress inks and used a water colour technique with those. You simply smoosh (technical term) the stamp pad on a craft sheet, spritz liberally with water and then smoosh your watercolour paper into the mix. Voila! Water colouring for dummies! Instead of plain old water, I added some Perfect Pearls to the mix which creates a lovely pearlized shimmer - not sure you can see it in the photo.

I used a different colour scheme. I chose picked raspberry and spiced marmalade distress ink. I love this colour combo. I die cut the circle from the watercoloured piece and the butterfly too. I wanted the butterfly to pop off the circle, so I die cut it four times from white cardstock and layered those underneath. In behind the circle I layered two offset daisy die cuts.

I stamped my chevron stripes with the distress inks. Typically, Distress inks are not used for stamping, but I like the soft mottled look I got - I think it juxtaposes nicely with the watercolour. The sentiment is stamped with Her Arts Soft Granite ink and is from the Annabelle Stamps set "Standing Tall". I am really pleased with the way the whole card turned out. Thanks so much for stopping by - I would love to hear what you think!

Happy Stamping,


  1. This is a wonderful take on Vicki's Muse. I hear you on watercolouring - working up to conquering my fear for Virginia's challenge and for OLS! Thanks for joining us at Muse. And enjoy your break!

  2. You did a fantastic job in creating that water-color background, Meg. It's absolutely gorgeous...see, no "problemo", right? Thanks for playing Virginia's View challenge!

  3. The smooshing worked a treat, Meg, the watercolouring's fabulous ... and the chevrons go brilliantly with it! So pretty! Feel better soon! Anita :)

  4. The colour combination you have used is fab and I love the water colour piece you have created. I have the same problem with water colouring. Cx

  5. Love water colored bg -- Thanks for joining in with Muse!


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