Tuesday, September 4, 2018

So much to be grateful for!

Good morning, Crafty Peeps! I am feeling particularly grateful today. My amazing kiddos are off to school again, so I can actually have a moment to miss their sweet faces. We just wrapped up a super fun summer, and while I loved all the action and adventure we stuffed into those months, I'm happy to get back into routines, fuzzy sweaters, and a new CTMH idea book which just went live!
This card is based on this week's sweet Atlantic Hearts Sketch Challenge. I am now actually legal to share all the fun things I've been pawing in my limited summer crafting time, starting with one of my favorite stamp sets from the new book, Grateful Heart - Cardmaking. the papers I'm working with here are mostly from Grateful Heart as well, with the addition of a touch of (super retired) Timberline wood grain. I sanded everything on this card fairly heavily because I really love the rustic look of the sanded edges with the saturated colors.
That butterfly is just so dreamy! I added some arrows made from the Grateful Heart zip strip and scraps of paper from the background of the card. I had some blue epoxy bubbles left over from idea books past, and they went so nicely with this sophisticated color palette.
The butterfly itself I heat embossed onto watercolor paper from our new pad, and colored lightly with watercolor pencils blended with our clear shimmer brush.  It's so shimmery and pretty in real life, and I absolutely love the raised texture of the embossing for the edges of the butterfly. 

It felt so good to sit down with a nice cup of warmth and get back to crafting again. I hope you'll hop over to Atlantic Hearts to play along with this week's challenge!


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