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Friday, August 26, 2016

2nd Post-- Sweet Dreams, September's New Release with Little Blue Button Stamps!

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Hello sweet friends! 
Welcome to another Fun Friday! I hope you had a wonderful week and hopefully ready to get a jump start on gathering fun ideas and inspiration for all your crafty projects this weekend! With that being said, let's get right to it!!!

New September Release
Ya know, I say this every release that comes out but this release is awesome! You have to check out September's new release. Again, there is something there for everyone! And I couldn't wait to work with this sweet image, Sweet Dreams. 

Is this not the cutest image ever?? I was so excited when I saw this image and I will be honest, I had no clue what I would use it for. But then a lightbulb went off in my head and I decided to create a card to congratulate some really special parents on their new baby girl. My cousin and her husband are welcoming their first child, a little girl any day now! I know this is not a true baby image but when I saw this little girl all curled up and sleeping with her blankie and saw the sweet moon and stars, I figured why not?! Because I fell in love with this image so much, I wanted it to be the main focal. So as to not take away from the image, I kept this card completely clean and simple. It really is true that sometimes less is more. :)


I want to say that I struggled for awhile with trying to get good photos of this card. The lighting would not cooperate and in the first photo, it looks like my sentiment is not straight but it is. The card for some reason would not stay straight up in the frog holder so the second photo was taken without it. Okay so...
I decided that I wanted to watercolor this image so I printed my image onto some watercolor paper and then used my Kuretake Gansai Tambi watercolors to color it. I created a darker hue around the outside edge of the moon to give it that "glow" and the little stars are a nice golden color. Because this card is about a baby girl, I immediately went with the two most girly colors for her PJ's, pink and purple! Now I don't know if many of you will know what I am talking about here, but..., do you remember all those beautiful handmade baby blankets that your grandmother or great aunt would make every time a new baby would be coming into the family?  Specifically the ones in the multi-pastel aka "baby" colors? Well that is what I was trying to achieve the look of for this blanket, only I chose to go with the colors pink, purple, and baby blue. My own grandmother used to crochet and for every new baby that came into our family, she would make a baby sweater with matching booties and a blanket. I remember as if it were yesterday, watching her sitting on the couch and crocheting away. And I remember the excitement that I had when I told her that I couldn't wait for her to make a set for my baby some day. Only when that some day became a reality for me, my grandmother was already up in heaven. :(   ....   So anyways, that is the look I was trying to achieve with the colors. And then to finish up the image, I chose to do a light evening sky, not too dark and I am pleased with how this turned out overall. I used a bit of my Spectrum Clear sparkle pen over the moon, the glow from the lantern and the blanket but you cannot really see it too well in these photos. In real life, this image is sparkling away. 

I cut my image down to a 4 by 4 square and then I took a piece of pink ribbon from my stash and wrapped it around the square and tied a bow. Please forgive my bow, I am terrible at making them LOL. Then I took that layer and adhered it to a 4 1/8 by 4 1/8 piece of baby pink cardstock that I had in my stash.  The layer is adhered down to a white card base and the sentiment, " Sweet wishes just for you" was stamped in Stampin' Up's night of navy ink and is from My Creative Time. Well there you have it! I told you that I kept it very simple this time around. I didn't want anything distracting or taking away from this beautiful image. :)


Please make sure to stop by the Little Blue Button Stamps Blog to see what my design team sisters have created for you and to see the other new digital stamps from September's new release. If you want to purchase "Sweet Dreams" or any other stamp you may have been eyeing up, just go visit the LBBS Store.  Thank you so much for stopping by today and have a great weekend!!! 

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  1. This is so gorgeous, Jo!! That is the sweetest image!! It makes me smile!! You've colored it perfectly!! The blanket looks amazing!! I love the pretty pink bow and the sentiment!! This is beautiful my friend and it will be treasured by the recipient!! I hope you have a wonderful weekend!! Big hugs :)

    A Mermaid's Crafts

  2. Me again - I forgot to thank you for linking up at DL.ART!! Big hugs :)

    A Mermaid's Crafts

  3. Adorable image, lovely soft colouring and a beautiful CAS design. Thank you for playing along with the Southern Girls.

  4. This is the sweetest card, Jo. A darling image. You colored her beautifully and I love it.

  5. Jo, This is absolutely precious. I fell in love with the darling image especially her PJ's. The pretty pink bow adds that touch of cuteness which I love.
    Beautifully done my friend!!
    Have a wonderful day,
    Crafting with Creative M

  6. What a darling card Jo! The image is so sweet a you colored it perfectly! I think you achieved the look you wanted for the blanket, it looks amazing!

  7. Oh my goodness Jo, this is darling! I love the sweet image~she is colored perfectly and I love her adorable pj's! So sweet!!!
    Sherrie K

  8. Absolutely adorable card Jo!! I love your image and sentiment! Thanks for sharing your creation with us at Cute Card Thursday! Hugs & Smiles - *Vicki*-DT member

  9. I might have to print on watercolor paper now... Need to use my distress markers more.. :)


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