Thankful For You

Happy Saturday!!
I hope your weekend has started out awesomely! :)
We did a little shopping and then settled into our pajamas!  There's a lot of snow outside and the temps are close to being unbearable, so jammies and relaxing at home were the perfect solution.

I haven't done much crafting be honest.  I've been trying to figure out what my focus will be.  This whole craft adventure was a way for me to work with my passion daily once we moved to Montreal.  It's been so much fun, but taken a little bit of a toll...I think I put too much pressure on being perfect instead of enjoying the fun that is to had with crafting.  I still don't know what direction I'm going, or what my focus will be.  I know for sure that I want to keep exploring, experimenting, and improving my watercolor skills.  That was something that I completely fell in love with in my first art class in high school and that love was re-awakened this past year into my cards, and I love that!  So I'm sure you will see many more watercolor pieces showing up on my blog.  Including today's card :)

When I saw that Newton's Nook was having a flash challenge, I knew I had to join in since I just adore that company!
I combined a few of their stamps:  Newton's Antics and Newton's Daydream.  They have been watercolored to resemble my little Storm and Cloud.  Those two used to be best buds until we adopted Ezio.  They still get along, but Cloud tends to stay away from both of the boys now.  But I can't ever resist coloring them together on my cards.

The watercolors didn't turn out quite how I wanted them.  The black was a little hard to work with, and the colors on Cloud just sort of mushed all together into a blob...
But they are still adorable and it just gives me something to keep working on :)

The background was made with the Triangle Pattern background die from Simon Says Stamp.  This particular piece was actually used as a stencil to make a bunch of cards for Christmas gifts, and at the end all that pretty blue looked so good, I just couldn't throw it away.  It had to go on a card.  And it was perfect for this one!

I followed the sketch at Freshly Made Sketches, and combined a few patterned papers to go behind my kitties.  I stamped the sweet sentiment from the Lots of Thanks stamp set from Simon Says into the thought bubble from the Newton's Daydream set and cut that out.  I added a little light blue watercolor to make it fit in with the sky a little.  Finished the whole thing off with some Simon Says Stamp Moonshine sequins.  I turned some upside down to be the centers of the flowers too!

I'd like to enter this card into the following challenges:
    Freshly Made Sketches #168

    Newton's Nook-Thank You
    Simon Says Stamp-Something New (both the triangle background die, and the thank you stamps are new!  Got them for Christmas :) )

I hope you enjoyed this card!!  Thanks so much for stopping by and have a fabulous weekend! <3


  1. This is completely and totally awesome - love the die cut background, the sentiment, the two cats curled up together!! Your coloring looks awesome and I think the added extra bling looks great!! What a great job you did on this card!!

  2. Love your layout! These two sleeping kitties are just adorable! Your coloring job is lovely! Very sweet card!:)

  3. This is absolutely precious Emily!! I love this sweet image and your coloring looks fantastic!! Hope you find enjoyment in what you do my friend!! HUGS

  4. So cute! Love the cats and that awesome background!

  5. Aaaaw! Such a sweet image, great colouring and a terrific take on the sketch! Hazel x

  6. This is lovely Emily! I know what you mean about putting too much pressure on yourself to create - I hope you can find balance and keep it fun! Your watercoloring is really pretty - I love how you placed the two kitties together! Thanks so much for linking up to our Flash Challenge at Newton's Nook Designs!

  7. Oh, my goodness, this is absolutely adorable! Your coloring is wonderful! Thanks so much for playing along with the Something New Challenge on the Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge Blog!