Friday, May 4, 2012

May Flowers

Hello again!

I'm back as promised with a calendar page.  I have unfortunately fallen behind with these, but after the trouble I had with February's I thought it might be time to track down some new ink.  I finally ended up trying Momento's rich cocoa, which would work delightfully well with glossy accents (which I didn't even end up using) but it is not perfect for water colour as a good soaking will cause it to bleed a little, so I had to be really careful not to use too much water while colouring it in.  Does a perfect-for-everything ink exist??

For those of us who like to do things in chronological order, I know I have skipped over March and April for the time being (it is getting to me a little, but I will either get over it or it will serve as extra motivation to get them done sooner ;)  ).  Besides, this fit perfectly with the challenge over at Scrapbooker's Paradise - where I am a guest designer this week!  This was initially going to be my inspiration piece, but the little mouse took a lot longer to colour in than I thought it would, so it was not complete in time.  For details on the challenge, check out my GDT post here or visit the Scrapbooker's Paradise blog.

So, here is May:

Some details:
Base - Want 2 Scrap chipboard album
Image - House Mouse stamped with Momento on 300g hot pressed watercolour paper and coloured with Distress Ink (pads or reinkers) - scattered straw, victorian velvet, worn lipstick, tumbled glass, black soot, frayed burlap, rusty hinge, vintage photo, tattered rose, antique linen, forest moss, bundled sage
Paper - Stampin Up (from sale-a-bration, so unfortunately I think they are no longer available)
Other - calendar was computer generated and slides into a hand made pocket for reuse each year, feathers from Michael's, flowers from Pretty Petals, edge punch from Martha Stewart and I think that is all.

I would like to enter this in the following challenges:

Scrapbooker's Paradise - photo inspiration (just for fun/extra inspiration, as I am the guest this week)
House Mouse and Friends - anything goes with optional tea theme
Crafty Catz - April showers bring forth May flowers (use an image with a flower in it)
Papertake Weekly - anything goes

Thanks for stopping by and for taking the time to leave a comment.  I love reading them and it gives me the chance to catch up with you too.

Have a great weekend!



Lisa M said...

Hi Dawn!
I about fell over when I saw the HM image. That is soooo cute! I love that the little guy is stuck in the feeder feasting..LOL! Wonderfully colored image for a FANTASTIC calendar page. This is spectacular. :)

Lisa xx

fairyrocks said...

Oh, Dawn this is spectacular, wow I love this calendar page. Thanks so much for sharing.WOW

Cindy C. said...

Beautiful project!

Sue said...

Dawn, your calendar page turned out so beautiful. This is a giant stamp, but fun to color in and you did an awesome job! Thanks for sharing it with us and joining the fun at the House Mouse and Friends Monday Challenge.


downrightcrafty said...

such a pretty image love the colour choice think the punch work goes so well on this beautifully shaped calendar page, thank you for joining us at the House Mouse and Friends Monday Challenge - hope you will join us for our next challenge too
Hugs Kate xx

Allison said...

Love everything about this but esp. that focal stamp (me want!). Great job! Thanks for playing with Scrapbooker's Paradise!

Gail said...

Gorgeous creation!
Lovely colors and image!
Good Luck at House Mouse & Friends!

Nicecrane Designs said...

Wowww,,, love these all soft colors and all over these little birds....

onecraftymama said...

House Mouse stuff is just too adorable - love the watercolouring! I haven't yet found an ink that's perfect for everything...I think they've done that on purpose to make us collect more ;) Because you KNOW, we wouldn't buy more stuff otherwise.
The blossoms are a gorgeous add, and love that edge punch!

Claudia said...

Hi Dawn that is just an amazing calendar! It is so beautiful.
Hugs Claudia

Notes by Nina said...

Stunning calendar page, fabulous colouring job.

Ribbon Girl said...

Lovely calendar project - nice colours and the image is very pretty. Thanks for joining in with the Papertake Weekly challenge. Mary G x

Janette said...

Hello Dawn, So nice to see you joining our challenge...
Your work is always so gorgeous, I just love the image you used, very pretty..
Thanks for sharing with us at CraftyCatz this week...take care.xxxxx


Hi Dawn
A gorgeous and beautiful page just love the image and colour's thankyou for joining us this week at CraftyCatz, hope you are keeping well
Hugs Dianne xx :)

Angela Fehr said...

So, so pretty! I love it!

Aunty Sue said...

Hi Dawn so glad you joined us we miss you and you still make stunning cards, thanks for sharing at Crafty Catz

Karin Åkesdotter said...

This is sooo sweet and beautiful! LOVE your page!
Have a wonderful week-end, hugs Karin