Thursday, March 19, 2015

runway inspired challenge #80

I'm trying to get back to my routine of making cards after a bit of a break (Christmas through Valentine's day is the busiest time for me), and so I thought it would help if I combined cardmaking with my daily gratitude practice...writing at least one thing that I'm thankful for each day.  Today, I made this...

...which, I'm submitting to the Runway Inspired Challenge.  This was our inspiration.

It's important for me to focus on the positive, to remember and appreciate the good things in my life, and to always, always, always practice gratitude.  Even when everything seems to be going wrong and all the things that stress me out seem like they are just piling up, that's when I push myself the hardest to count my blessings.

This card was made for my Brooklyn family, for taking me in and letting me stay at their place while I'm having major repairs done on my house.  I can't thank them enough for their support and love.

This card was made by stamping with distress inks, which I hardly use to stamp with.  I liked the beady and not-so-sharp look that the ink made on the solid vase and flower images.  I provided a bit of definition by taking a wet brush to some places to smooth out the color.

Thanks for taking a look.  Would love your feedback...I'm always striving to improve my work:)

Stamps: Mama Elephant - Many Thanks, Sweet Havana
Dies: Mama Elephant - Sweet Havana
Inks: Tim Holtz Distress Inks (black soot, faded jeans, peacock feathers, spiced marmalade, tumbled glass, wild honey); Versamark (onyx black) 


  1. Lorraine, this card is wonderful, love your water-colouring and colour choice, such a good take on the challenge! Thanks for your comment to my post. -Ksenija

  2. Gorgeous card Lorraine - the background watercolouring is beautiful! Thanks for sharing with us at the Runway Inspired Challenge ;-)

  3. Your card is so is your post! Thanks for joining us on the Runway! :)