Hello Everyone! Today I am part of a Surprise Blog Hop celebrating the arrival of Baby Girl Croghan, to Lesley and Corey Croghan, due in April.
I know Lesley through "The Challenge" blog that she created. She asked me to be one of their designers. Lesley also has several other challenges around the web that I participate in. So although I haven't known her for very long, I was thrilled to be asked to participate in this special blog hop!
It was a little bit of a challenge for me to find something to use for a baby card but I finally settled on using the My Favorite Things Snuggle Bunnies Stamp and Die sets along with a couple of sentiments from two different Papertrey Ink sets.
I started by stamping the bunny and the teddy in Versamark onto Canson Bristol Watercolor Paper and heat set it with Simon Says Stamp Antique Gold Embossing Powder. I used Zig Clean Color Real Brush Markers and a water brush to watercolor the images using just a few colors; Oatmeal, Pale Rose and Sugared Almond Pink. Once I had those colored in, I set them aside to dry while I worked on the background panel. I started by doing some ink blending toward the center of the background panel using Picked Raspberry Distress Ink and misted it with some Tattered Angel Glimmer Mist in Iridescent Gold. After giving it a couple of minutes to dry, I scored the lines in the background using the same method I explained here. I used Liquid Pearls in the color Hydrangea to put the little pearls at the intersection of the score lines. I set everything aside for a little while to make sure it was completely dry before attempting to emboss part of the greeting. I cut a banner using the Tag Sale Quilted Banner Die and stamped the "To Hear Your News" part of the sentiment using the same Antique Gold Embossing Powder.
Once everything was dry, I die cut the bunny and teddy then I assembled it all to a top folding card base made from Simon Says Stamp Doll Pink Cardstock. I actually tried several colors of cardstock (including white) because I found the Picked Raspberry Distress Ink to be a bit darker and brighter than most of the pink cardstock I have including several colors of Stampin' Up Cardstock still in my stash. This paper is part of the Simon Says Stamp Sweet Treats Paper Pack.
Be sure to hop along with everyone at Lori's blog, Caffeinated Creativity, to see all of the cards made for Lesley for today's blog hop. Our hosts, Lori Turner and Nancy Salkeld, have been working on this plan for weeks to get everything set up for the hop. Lesley was sent a package that said she couldn't open it until 8:00 her time this morning. She will get a nice surprise when she opens her package this morning and sees all of the cards and things made just for her. I don't know Lesley very well and I was late getting my card to Lori, but my hubby dropped it off at the Post Office this week so she'll receive it soon. Meanwhile, she gets to look at all the goodness that is part of this blog hop!
Lesley, I hope you are having a fun time hopping along and seeing everything this morning! CONGRATULATIONS!!!!