Hello peeps!!!! It is ALMOST the weekend! ALMOST! Wednesdays are tough for me here because I have enrolled my little girl in a weekday education school at the church. It’s a wonderful program, very similar to the one I had my son in. She has severe social anxiety and this little 3 hour a week program is sure to help IF she ever comes to peace with it. It was hard yesterday. She screamed and cried for a long time (while I sat a block away because I couldn’t go far, I was lucky I found the courage to even leave the building). Eventually she stopped crying because they took her on an extended buggy ride outside (she loves outside), but she wouldn’t engage in the classroom or on the playground because she wasn’t happy I left her. And when Lily isn’t happy about something, she wants you to know it… It is so hard, but I know long term this is the right decision for her. But I can’t help but question myself because I don’t like to see my daughter struggle or be scared. They say after a few more weeks, she should adjust, but I just don’t know. So anyway, Wednesdays are tough, so I am happy to day is Thursday!
Over the weekend, I met up with Angel Johns of My Whole Stampin World. She is from my home town and she was home for the holidays. We met for coffee one day and then this past weekend, she came to my house and we played in the craft room for a bit! She played with some Wendy Vecchi crackle embossing paste and I played with watercolors. I pulled out an old stamp set I haven’t used in YEARS! It was actually in my purge pile… Painted People Background by Hero Arts/Basic Grey! I stamped it in Versamark and then heat set it with clear embossing powder (which I am going to iron off later)…. I used my Gansai Watercolors by Sakura ( I have the 36 count, but they also have a 24 and 12 linked below to multiple sources) to create the watercolored background! I created the sentiment using a SMILE word die and some chipped sapphire distress ink coated with some Judikins Iridescent embossing powder! I didn’t have matching card stock to use as a base so I inked up the edges of some white card stock with the same chipped sapphire distress ink and flicked on some perfect pearls…. And last, I ironed off the embossing powder. I like the look it leaves. It removes all the shiny embossing powder and makes it appear as if you hand painted the background! I did a video on this technique a while back. You can watch it HERE or below:
Here is a pic of me and Angel at the coffee shop!
Goodies used (linked to multiple sources):