If there's one person in my family who appreciates this little craft I do it's my mom. She is the most creative person I know and I am in constant awe of her talent. I've spoken of her before on my blog, but for those who haven't had the opportunity to see her work, please visit her website: Joan McKasson, prepared to be awed like I am. :)
Yesterday she called to ask me about something and I discovered she was having her group over for critique and that she was going to go purchase little goodies (at the dollar store) to put at their place setting - I immediately asked her if I could please, please, make them something. I needed a goal, something to focus on to bring me out of my slump (that has been going on since March 26th), of course, she agreed. After all I have made her group little things before.
After Morgan's soccer tournament in Temecula yesterday and the long drive home, I called her back. She said the treats she'd purchased at See's candy were dark chocolate eggs wrapped in purple, turquoise, silver and green foil. Let's just say I'm glad they are at her house! I LOVE dark chocolate, and See's makes wonderful chocolate! Focus, Valerie, Focus! So that was my color inspiration and dictated the cool color scheme. I rooted through my patterned papers and came upon this ancient stack of SU! patterned papers. After dinner I sat down to put it all together. After cutting, scoring, scalloping and assembling the boxes, I was ready for the focal images.
Originally I was going to go for cute bunnies or Easter images, but decided to go out on a limb for her friends and use watercolored flowers. Now, I have to tell you, it's a bit intimidating to go up against this uber talented group of ladies she paints with, who use real paints, not dye inks from a stamp pad, but the limb didn't break and I am pretty sure they will like my little baskets.
Flowers are from Growing Gratitude from Our Craft Lounge and are stamped in Stazon Jet Black on Neenah Solar White card stock. I quickly watercolored them using lid ink from Almost Amethyst, Lovely Lilac, Certainly Celery, Kiwi Kiss and Tempting Turquiose. Unlike watercolor paper, cardstock can't take a lot of water or moving the color around much, so I was sure to start light and add dollops of darker color on top. Too much water or moving color warps the paper and can cause pilling, so just be careful in your application and it will be just fine.
She's coming over later today to pick them up. Candy filled cello bags with turquoise ribbon will complete the baskets.
Thanks Mom, for everything. For giving me a project to bring my focus back and for helping me yesterday to understand that we all have slumps and not to question our abilities. But most of all, thank you for your constant faith in me.