I had an AWESOME class (as always) with Aimee at Scrappin' Great Deals. THANK YOU Aimee and Cheri! You guys have the best mother/ daughter relationship, you are too cute! I learn so much from these classes every single time - just love it!!
I've also been watching some super cool YouTube tutorials lately (since I've been stuck in bed with the flu - and my iPad). I'm really liking Suzanne Dean's stuff. She has some great 10 minute videos that have been really helpful for someone like me, who is always trying to learn more techniques - and find some more colour pairings. The one that I really enjoyed last night, was on how to create a watercolour background, and I've tried it out here - on my beloved Kimmie Acorn Andrea (who I cannot put down).
The colours I used for the background are C3, C1, C00, B000, and E41. I also did her hair a little differently than my first version, because I wasn't quite happy with it. This time I used E35, E31, and YR20 - a great little combo I picked up (again) from Suzanne Dean's YouTube videos. I did check out her blog as well, and apparently she may be coming to Ontario to teach a class this summer! I will definitely be looking into that!
Here's another card I made this weekend. I am a HUGE fan of the Sugar Nellie stamps from the UK. My mother-in-law is an avid stamper as well, who lives in England. She and I frequently exchange tips & techniques - because, surprisingly there are huge differences in the countries and in what is available. So she introduced me to Sugar Nellie a couple of years ago. Their shipping to Canada is fantastic by the way! You can buy them here: http://www.funkykits.co.uk/catalog/
Coat & Boots: BG09, BG07, BG05, BG02. Collar, shirt, stockings: R85, R83, R81. Umbrella handle & tips: C7, C5, C3, C2, C1. Hair: E25, E31, E50. Skin: E11, E00, R20. Umbrella: BG01, BG000. Puddle: B05, B02, B00. Outline: C0.
Paper: Echo Park Sweet Summertime.
and while I was into my Sugar Nellie's, I couldn't resist getting out this little guy. His name is Simon in Shorts, and I've used him countless times for little boy's cards. I'm not super happy with how his skin turned out, which is why I haven't turned him into a card yet. But I kind of like how the red undershirt & can came out. I was trying to match the same paper I used in the Splashing Maggie card, which I think is PERFECT for spring and for childrens' cards!
Shirt & Shorts: B97, B95, B93, B02. Cuffs: YG67, YG03. Undershirt & Can: R29, R24, R22, R02. Hair: E35, E31, YR20. Skin: R20, E11, E00, E000. I've also used a white gel pen for highlights.
To those of us celebrating Family Day tomorrow - happy long weekend!