Congratulations to my friend Linda, aka "snail" here on SCS, for being chosen QUEEN FOR THE DAY today! She is so sweet, helpful, and leaves the most encouraging comments. I generally don't do the CASE-ing games/challenges (I find it so intimidating!!), but wanted to try to do something to honor Linda on her special day. I chose this wonderful "Snail's Portrait" card to CASE: http://www.splitcoaststampers.com/ga...;ppuser=206433
I have been making a set of bird note cards for my sister and today I needed to make a holder for them. I made this notes folder and was inspired by Linda's card to use the book plate hardware to hold my sentiment and a similar ribbon treatment. Of course, as you can see, the shape/colors of my folder differ drastically (I wanted it to coordinate with the colors of my cards and match the shapes of the envelopes, etc.). I really like how she double matted her image, with the lower layer being beautiful patterned paper. I thought I'd try for a similar effect and decided to try today's Make a Quilt Free-for-All challenge, using scraps of paper left from making my set of note cards.
Linda does *beautiful* watercolor painting on most of her cards. Although all of my note cards in this set feature this same birdie, I paper pieced him throughout. To honor Linda's love of watercoloring, I watercolored my birdie for the folder front. I finally cut into my good 140-lb Canson watercolor paper today, just for you, Linda! So this was my first time painting on the good stuff--and I'm afraid it shows--so please be gentle! I'm stilllllllll learning . . .
Registered: September 12, 2007 Location: Wake Forest, NC Posts: 54997
Fri, Apr 09, 2010 @ 11:42 AM
Emily, I immediately saw your fabulous watercoloring on that fabulous stash of #140 paper! Linda will so appreciate your effort to watercolor and your image is just lovely. No need to apologize for your 'first' effort; it looks fabulous to me. I know Linda will be honored to see what you've gone and done in her honor. Emily, this is a wonderful note holder!
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Fri, Apr 09, 2010 @ 11:43 AM
Emily, my dear, you really know how to get some challenges going on. So pretty and I'm loving your little singing bird. I see you used your watercolor paper and did a very good job indeed. O.K., with all those punches and weight loss from using them, you are probably just a puff of smoke now. LOL Love your wonderful creation!!!
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Registered: December 15, 2008 Location: Ontario, Canada Posts: 5881
Fri, Apr 09, 2010 @ 11:57 AM
emily, thanks for the kind words; that's very sweet of you. i love your card!! you did an awesome job on watercolouring your bird; i'm so glad you broke open your new watercolour paper - there'll be no stopping you now. i also love your sentiment in the frame and how you managed to work in today's quilt challenge. the tiny musical notes made me laugh; they're just so cute. THANK YOU for honouring me with this card!
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Fri, Apr 09, 2010 @ 12:12 PM
I saw the card you made for the Stampin'B's challenge -- commented on the music background. I see you brought a little piece of that music paper to your folder, too. Great way to "package" your note cards.
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Fri, Apr 09, 2010 @ 12:13 PM
Sweet! Love your note card holder. Great job on all those challenges and it's good to see you are still actively 'exercising' with your punches... :)
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Fri, Apr 09, 2010 @ 12:43 PM
I love that punched bar of music - so neat. I am with you on finding the CASEing challenges hard, I just can't get my head around them. Not so much intimidated, but it's not the way I work. Lovely watercolouring in Linda's honour. Especially in the bird, the way it's shaded.
Curious about the Punchez I keep seeing in your write-up.