It feels like it has been forever since I had a chance to share a card with all of you! I apologize for my delay in posting- my hubby had recent surgery on his bladder and has been diagnosed with bladder cancer (this is in addition to his non-Hodgkins lymphoma known as WM for Waldenstroms macroglobulinemia).
Thankfully he was being scanned regularly as a follow-up to his chemo for the WM and the small bladder tumor was detected early. He will be having the first chemo treatment this week for his bladder cancer and will have to have the treatments once every six weeks.
Again, we are so thankful that the bladder cancer seems to have been caught in the early stages although the doctor noted that his tumor is considered an agressive type. We are praying that the initial treatments will "kill" all remaining cancer cells and he will be in follow-up mode only after the treatments conclude :-)
Believe it or not, I have been stamping in between the surgery and doctor's appointments but am finding it difficult getting my blog posts completed (oh, did I mention that my laptop "crashed" during all of this and had to be repaired?) :-) You know what happens when you pray for patience, right?
But I am comforted by this verse-
"And we know that all things work together for good to those who love God, to those who are called according to His purpose." Romans 8:28 (NKJV)
We are so thankful that the Lord has protected us through all of this and we know that He is in control- what a wonderful Savior, is Jesus our Lord!!
Today I am sharing a clean and simple (CAS) Mixed Media Watercolor card with Sweet ‘n Sassy Stamps Birds & Blooms (from the March release) and the previously released stamp set, New Creature.
I incorporated the Splitcoaststampers CC681 Color Challenge along with the CAS Watercolour April “Bird” Challenge and the Word Art Wednesday #330-#331 “Anything Goes” Challengeinto the design.
If you have not had a chance to visit the above challenge sites or the SNSS Blog/FB Page yet, I encourage you to do so- wonderful inspiration from all!
To create this card:
1). De-static a piece of white cardstock with an embossing powder tool, ink the bird image from Birds & Blooms along with the sentiment from New Creature with archival black ink, stamp onto the prepared panel, apply clear embossing powder and heat set with a heat tool. Once the embossing has cooled, use a water brush along with ink from water-based markers to color the bird and distress ink for the background (please see below for colors and supplies used).
2). Die cut the panel with a stitched rectangle die, mount onto a piece of indigo cardstock (also die cut with a stitched rectangle die) before adhering to the white card base.
3). Use an Extra Fine White Paint Pen to add a highlight to the bird’s eye and use a clear glitter pen to add shimmer to the bird’s feathers.
4). Finish off the card with a few crystal jewel drops.
Stamp Sets: Birds & Blooms, New Creature (Sweet ‘n Sassy Stamps)
Ink/Mediums: Versafine™ Onyx Black, Stampin’ Write Markers- Flirty Flamingo, Island Indigo; Tim Holtz® Tumbled Glass Distress Oxide Ink, Sharpie® Extra Fine White Paint Pen, Spectrum Noir™ Clear Glitter Pen, Nuvo™ Sea Breeze Crystal Jewel Drops
Paper: Whisper White, Island Indigo (all Stampin’ Up!)
Accessories: Big Shot™, MFT Stitched A2 Rectangle STAX Set #1 & #2, Embossing Buddy®, Clear Embossing Powder, Heat Tool
Thanks again for taking the time to stop by- I hope all of you have a wonderful week and visit again soon! Lord Willing, I will be sharing several more cards over the next few days :-)
This is a beautiful bird, Julie! I love how you've colored him and the background! Wonderful scripture too! Thanks for sharing with us at CAS Watercolour! I pray your husband will be in complete remission after his treatments.
Gorgeous watercoloured bird and background Julie. The colours are beautiful. Wonderful design. Thanks for sharing with us at CAS Watercolour! Hope all goes well with your hubby's treatments. So wonderful that it was caught earlier.
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