Friday, July 17, 2015

Sunshiny Inspiration -- Friends with Flair 7-17

What I think I do in my garden......













What I really do.....
















Hi, Friends.....

I have been really struggling to get my energy and mojo back after being sick.  The weather has cooled off for a little while, thankfully, so I have been trying to do some much needed work in my garden.  (Keyword:  trying...)  Also, I am in a time crunch to finish a baby quilt by the end of the month, when I'll be seeing my new little grand-nephew, so cardmaking got pushed to back burner.  I am so glad for the weekly Unity-Friends with Flair linky party that gets me on here at least once per week, even when I am dragging!

Today, I have a bright-as-sunshine card to share, so you might need to grab your shades to protect your eyes!!  I messed around with the photo-editing to try to get it as vivid as it really is, but the picture is still lacking!   I used my Unity - She is without Fear itty bitty stamp for this card with Versafine Ink in Vintage Sepia.


I was playing around with my water-based markers a few weeks back.....rehydrating ones that were dry, but not out of ink, by letting them sit with their tips in a baby food jar with a half-inch or so of water.  When I was done, I couldn't just throw out the deeply pigmented water!  So I applied it to some watercolor paper and mixed media paper for backgrounds.  This is one of them.  I splattered on some Perfect Pearls mist spray for some interest.  (It's *interesting* that they photographed white, instead of pearly!  Sigh....)  Then I topped it with a shimmery yellow bow.  The card base is a bright glittery yellow, but you can't see the sparkliness in the photo.  (Sigh, again....)

I like the bright warm glow this card has.  Hope you like it, too!!!
Thank you for visiting and for your very lovely comments. 

Have a wonderful sunshiny day!!

<3
Janis

Thank you for the honor of entering this card in the following challenges:
1.  Unity - Friends with Flair Linky Party
2.  Simon Says Stamp Work It Wednesday - Refreshment (I get refreshed from inspiring scriptures.)
3.  Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge - Anything Goes
4.  Little Scrap Pieces Show-it-Off Saturday Linky Party
5.  Frosted Designs Friday Challenge - Here Comes the Sun/Son  (I used bright, sunshiny colors.)
6.  DRS Designs Challenge #183 - Inspired by Color 


32 comments:

Busy Bucharoo said...

What a wonderful card. Saw it over at Little Scrap Pieces and had to stop by and tell you that I love the colors and the sentiment!

Janis said...

Thank you so much for your very sweet comment!!!

<3
Janis

Karenladd said...

Wow Janis, I can't believe you got this deep rich color from old water! Why is my old marker water always a muddy brown??? Hmmmm...guess I'm doing it wrong, haha! This belies your low energy and made me crave a nice Tangerine fruit juice bar. What a fun and energetic card...and that big shimmery bow is the perfect topper!

Lagene said...

Super card! I love how you salvaged markers and used the resulting color wash!

Donna B. said...

Very pretty card! Love how bright and cheery it is.

Rachelle Olaridge said...

Totally fab and pretty card. Love the details. Thanks for playing along with us at Frosted Designs Challenge Blog!

Rebecca Yahrling said...

Wow - this is bright & beautiful! Fabulous background. And love that big bow!

DIANA L. said...

Very pretty I love this verse. Your bow is beautiful.

mandysea said...

I hope you are feeling much better Janis. I love your vibrant card - beautiful and your sleepy kitty cat.... just gorgeous!

Stampsnob. said...

Oh WOW that is powerful.........Lis

Dianne Beans said...

I love the vibrant colors that you have used. Your card is very pretty.

Donna Ellis said...

Hope you are soon feeling better, Janis. Your watercolor card is beautiful and vibrant!

Janis said...

RE: How I get that deep color from my markers. When I finally get around to rehydrating my markers, I usu have quite a few of them to do.....as in 4 or 5 or more of each color!!! By soaking all the ones of a particular color all together in one little shallow pool of water, I get a nice rich color of water without it being a muddy brown.....unless I am soaking the browns!! One disadvantage of this is that it will make all your markers that same color of red or orange or yellow, etc. But if you don't mind that....or in my case if I have a lot of the same Crayola brand markers from when the kids were young.....it doesn't matter.

Thanks for your nice comment!!!

<3
Janis

Sue D said...

Wonderful color combo. I haven't been able to keep up with Friends with Flair but hope to get back to creating soon.

Cynthia said...

Love the bright colors, Janis

Janis said...

Thanks for your lovely comment. I am prob the only one who does that rehydrating thing with 20 year old markers.....and then can't stand to toss out the pretty water!!! Ha. I appreciate your sweet words!!

<3
Janis

Janis said...

Thank you so much, Donna! I really needed bright and cheery this week!!! :)

<3
Janis

Janis said...

Thank you so much, Rachelle, for stopping by and leaving such a nice comment!!! I appreciate your visit.

<3
Janis

Janis said...

Thank you, Rebecca. You always are so sweet with your comments!!! I am glad you like the big bow. I was hoping it wasn't too much. But with the super-bright background, I thought the big bow would not overpower the card.

<3
Janis

Janis said...

Thank you, Diana! I love this verse, too. Very encouraging.

<3
Janis

Janis said...

Mandy.....thank you so much for visiting! I appreciate your kind words on my card!!!

<3
Janis

Janis said...

Thank you, Lis. Is it too much????? Hope not. I was just in the mood for something super-vibrant!!! :)

<3
Janis

Janis said...

Dianne.....thank you so much for your sweet words. I appreciate your visit so much!!!

<3
Janis

Janis said...

Thank you, Donna, for your encouraging words! You are a treasure!!

<3
Janis

Janis said...

Thank you, Sue!!! As I mentioned, FWF is about the only thing keeping me on my blog right now......with everything else going on and not up to full energy again yet. Thank you so much for stopping in.

<3
Janis

Janis said...

Thank you so much, Cynthia! Isn't there just something about those bright colors that is just so very, very happy??? Love them!!!

<3
Janis

Mary Anne / MA54K said...

The warm colors look great with this awesome sentiment.

Cherished said...

Beautiful colors. Thanks for sharing at Frosted Designs.

Shelia said...

Wow, that's a great color wash!! Makes me want to go dig out all of the old markers around the house and see if I can do this!! This is a beautiful card that really show cases this awesome Bible verse. Gorgeous card. Thank you for joining us at DRS Designs this week!

Irish Cherokee said...

Colorful and beautiful Janis. A very happy and warm creation.

Hugs and Blessings
Jim

Tommy Jo Vilello Anderson said...

Beautiful warm summer colors. Thank you for joining us at Frosted Designs!

Julie Tucker-Wolek said...

Gorgeous!! Thanks for playing along with Frosted Designs!!!