April is the cruelest month, breeding lilacs out of the dead land,
mixing memory and desire, stirring dull roots with spring rain.
Back in Indiana we used to say "April showers bring May flowers." Here in Texas, the flowers aren't waiting for May – the landscape is already painted with Lady Bird Johnson's legacy of wildflowers. The last two weeks the hillsides have been just gorgeous. Hint, hint to all you Hoosier friends and family – April is a great time to visit Texas.
I fell in love with the color combination in this week's colorQ Challenge (cQc #26), including "Lovely Lilac" and "Lavender Lace." I hope I did it justice because the inspiration photo is adorable.
I just discovered a fun new site for sketches, 2 Sketches 4 You, by Kazan Clark and Laura Davis – so much great inspiration there. I kind of twisted and turned Kazan's Sketch #49.
My stamp is a digital stamp from Heather Ellis's Pure Innocence line. You can usually find at her images at her Etsy site, here but she's on vacation now until April 12. Just FYI, Ms. Ellis limits the distribution of her images. Even though they're digital images, they do run out of stock at her Etsy store. So, if you see an image you really like, don't delay. My Favorite Things also sells Pure Innocence clear stamps, here.
Sharon Harnist at PaperFections just posted a great tutorial this week for using Copic Markers to color a Pure Innocence image similar to this one, here. I used the Sharon's suggestions for hair. Here are the Copic markers I used and the rest of the recipe.
- Embellishments – Stampin' Up! Button Bouquet
- Fibers – Stampin' Up! 5/8" satis ribbon and orchard ric rak trim; DMC floss (colored with BG49 Copic marker)
- Ink – Copic Markers (see above), Spica Clear and Lemon pens
- Paper – Neenah, Stampin' Up! Lovely Lilac, Whisper White, Bermuda Bay card stock. Stampin' Up! Certainly Celery and Lavender Lace designer series paper
- Stamp: Heather Ellis Pure Innocence
- Tools: Stampin' up!/EK Success circle cutter, Nestabilities, Bazzill In Stitch 8×8 circle template