Wednesday, October 8, 2008


Well, guess what i was doing exactly one year ago today.....I was writing my very first blog entry!! I find it hard to believe that it has really been a whole year! I remember having contemplated for a long time whether I really wanted to start a crafting blog or not. And I remember my wonderful husband encouraging me to just do it!! I am glad I did!!

I have met many great people through the blogging world and I've been able to share my hobby with friends and family. And, I have had some great opportunities come along, like being asked to be a guest designer for smARTworks stamp company! Wow!!

This card is actually made with the smARTworks set called Coneflower. When I saw it, I knew I had to have it and that I would need to color that coneflower in purple!! I stamped the flower and butterfly on white cardstock with a waterproof black ink so I could watercolor the images. Still one of my favorite ways to color images is by using my stamp pad as a color palate to watercolor with. If you have not done this before, you use your Stampin' Up classic ink pads. When it is still closed, push on the pad so that the pad is being pushed against the cover. Then, when you open it up (not all the way) you will see a spot of the cover on the inside roof. You can then use a watercolor brush and some water and "paint" with this color!! So, using this technique, I colored the butterfly and flower. Then, I used some purple "paint" to make some shadowing on the left side of the main panel. I like how that turned out. I added 3 quarter inch punched circles and tied some bits of matching ribbon on. This is a great way to add a touch of dimension and use up some ribbon scraps! You know I'll be doing it more often - I have a ton of ribbon scraps!!

Supplies: Paper-Whisper White (Stampin' Up!), designer paper (unknown from the Dollar Store); Stampsm - Coneflowr (smARTworks); Ink-Lavendar Lace, Orchid Opulance, Wild Wasabi, Summer Sun, Pumpkin Pie (Stampin' Up!), Jet Black (Archivers); Other - ribbon scraps (pretty sure they are Making Memories), 1/4" hole punch, watercolor brush.

Don't forget that Susan announced that rubber is on sale -- 35% off to celebrate smARTworks getting another year older!!

Thanks for dropping in and enjoy your evening!!



Susan Raihala said...

Congratulations, Donelda! One whole year of beautiful blogging! Thanks so much for providing such marvelous inspiration and sharing your time and talents with the world.

Today's card is fab, of course! I love the three ribbons...hmm...must try that!

Jessica G. said...

Wow -- can't believe it's been a whole year since you started blogging! Great job and another beautiful card; I love the coneflower and butterfly combo! said...

One whole year...congrats on that. i've enjoyed very much looking at your artwork. TFS

thestampspot said...

Congrats Donelda, one year sounds like a long time, but I bet it was fun along the way!

:) Marcia

Sparkle said...

Happy blog anniversary! Love your card too.

marciad said...

Beautiful card. Love what you did with the circles/ribbons.

Giovana said...

Beautiful card!!! Congratulation on your blogoversary!!

God bless

Claire Brennan said...

Congratulations on your year old Blog - and what a lovely card to celebrate with - thank you for your inspiration and I look forward to more!!

Lorraine said...

Beautiful image and your card using it is just as lovely! thanks for sharing!

Diana said...

Love this treats, I have seen on Nichole's blog too, but now you have inspired me to try them! they look great!!!

Congratulations!! for the year blogging!!