All Occasion

Good evening & welcome. It's been rather a busy day for us. This afternoon I had to visit an orthopedic hand specialist for a trigger thumb. I'd been having some problems for a couple of months, thought it was just arthritis. Then the knuckle joint began to make a 'clicking' sound, so thought perhaps best get it looked at. My GP told me what he thought it was, referred me to the specialist. So I got a shot of cortisone - oh boy! - which I hope works. If not, then it will be repaired surgically. I'm told this is not big deal so I'm ok with that idea. Don't think I want another shot - although it was not as bad as getting one in the hip.

I had seen a video done by Peggy of Cropstop so last night, I tried my hand at watercolor - {sigh} - once again. Had purchased some very good quality-weight paper when I was in Absolutely Everything during our July New England trip. Kate, the owner, assured me it would be good for 'everything'. Since it was nice & thick (but not so thick as 140wt water color paper), I thought I'd try brushing some watercolors across the surface of a folded card. (should have shielded the interior, cause I got ink on the interior edges. Lesson learned). Kate didn't tell me the name of this paper, but I had gotten 10 loose sheets of white & cream from the paper rack. Wish I'd gotten more now because it worked very well with the watercolor - no pilling.

I smudged DI peacock feathers, mowed lawn, and squeezed lemonade onto a craft sheet, spritzed with water. Using a damp brush, picked up the wet ink from the mat & stroked across the folded card until I liked the look of the colors. It's streaky, but I rather liked that. Let the cards air dry (I made 2, will show you another one tomorrow). The paper didn't warp, as regular paper is prone to do with watercolor.
Embossed the cards with Darice Grass embossing folder.
Diecut Memory Box Moonlight Butterfly with a chartreuse snippet, then used MB Kaleidoscope Butterfly to do an overlay from another snippet that I had made using black & gold sprays. The body was diecut from a snippet of Elizabeth Craft black velvet self-adhesive paper (snippet is from a future project. Stay tuned!)
I may put a sentiment on this card, but I may just leave as is, and put the sentiment inside. I liked this one. Hope you do too.
I have a few snippets on this card, which is all you need to be admitted to the Playground. I think I'll just zip on my magic carpet via the internet & fly across the pond to the Playground and sneak this card in the lineup. It's Week 86, and our favorite little Pixie has a sweet water theme stamp that you might win. Hop on the carpet and fly along with me. It will be fun!
As always, thanks for stopping to visit, come again when you can. Many cyber hugs.


  1. This is stunning Mary - I love it! Hugs, Anne x

  2. Hi Mary -super background there! And the fact you coloured it then embossed with the lovely folder is something I absolutely must try. The butterfly is just perfect too!

    Hope the injection works for you - ouch. We crafters need our fingers and thumbs in good working order.

    Hugs, Di xx

  3. Hi Mary, hope all goes well with your thumb. Your card is gorgeous, I love the watercolour, looks so soft, and the grass looks fantastic. This is one of my favourite MB dies too.

    Did you fold the watercolour paper to make the card? You might be able to get more cards out of it if you cut panels to mount onto base cards. Watercolour paper can be so expensive, over here anyway. :) Cathy x

  4. Beautiful colours on your background Mary. They look great over the embossing and the butterfly is the perfect addition. Very pretty! I also love to use After Midnight and White Linen Dylusions and add in the Teal... gorgeous colours the white is fantastic. Looking forward to the video you mentioned. Have a great day, Shirleyx

  5. Love this card Mary! The water coloring looks fabulous! I like the way the paper handled the "wetness". I have some water coloring paper and need to try this technique as I just love how your card came out! Love that butterfly too as well as the embossing!! Hugs!

  6. Hope your hand is ok Mary! Another blogging buddy of mine just recently had that surgery done.

    LOVE, LOVE, LOVE this!!! So pretty and a great way to create a background with water colors. Love those colors too. Perfect CAS card!


  7. This is beautiful Mary!!
    Kevin xx

  8. A beautiful watercolored background, Mary and so perfect with this embossing folder! Another EF to add to my list! Love the butterfly too! A perfect finishing touch!

  9. Another beautiful watercolored card. Love your choice of colors ... so bright and pretty. Beautiful embossing folder ... love the butterfly. Loll xx

  10. WOW . . .that's a show stopper Mary. I LOVE this. The embossing really works with the background and the addition of the butterfly is just PERFECTION.

    Hope your hand feels better soon.

    Sarn xxx

  11. This one is so lovely. Love the inky goodness of it!

  12. Congratulations Mary - this is really pretty. I hope you do more!