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  • Debbie Gaetz, Bella Carta

New Colored Pencils!

At the suggestion of a friend, I ordered Caran d'Ache Luminance colored pencils; they're made in Switzerland. I only ordered a set of 20 because they're a little spendy. They're a permanent pencil with a smooth lead and exceptional lightfastness, according to their literature. I had purchased 11 of them earleir but I think I left them in LaQuinta; of course, the resort cannot find anything left behind in our room. I'm so glad I re-ordered because I like the smoothness. The colors seem to lay down much smoother after a base coat is down; blending the colors is quite easy without a lot of waxy buildup.

  • Magenta: "Flower Border" I.0385

  • Magenta: "I just want to make beautiful things" 07.820.F

  • Inchie Arts' Swatch Art Board affixed with foam mounting tape

  • Luminance 6901 Colored Pencils by Caran d'Ache

  • VersaMark & VersaFine ink in Onyx Black

  • Ranger embossing powder in Queen's Gold

  • Water Drops from Queen & Co.

  • 118# Conqueror Cover Card Stock in Diamond White (base card & panel behind paper swatches); color card stock from Bazzill; Italian handmade paper

  • Micron .05 pen in black (with a straight edge ruler, draw line on base card above and below decorated paper

Remember in an earlier post, I suggested to myself to let a card design sit "overnight" and take another look the next morning. Well, forgot my own advice and took another "look" this morning after I posted yesterday's card. I decided it needed some help.

So, I added another pearl at the bottom; I decided it would not interfere with the stamped sentiment and the omission was more distracting. I found some blue metallic cord that I put across the vase. I also included it with the 1/4" taupe silk ribbon and boxwood twine from Tim Holtz Idea-ology. I like the card much, much better! What made me change my mind? I looked at a beautiful card created by my friend Marj Marion, and she's always so good at finishing her cards with ribbon of some kind.

From the Memory Box blog, I wanted to share this butterfly card by Bibliana.

You can click on this link for the details in her blog posting:

On Dianne Johnson's blog, she has shared the steps she took to create these beautiful cards featuring a technique from Jennifer McGuire. This technique was also featured in the weekly Art 'n Soul newsletter and on the store's blog.

This is the link that will take you to the Art 'n Soul blog that contains the link to Dianne's blog:

Time to finish up for the day because tomorrow morning is the Rosie's Roadshow card class at Art 'n Soul beginning at 10:30 a.m. Linda Presley is bringing down several of her new stamps to sell at the store before, during and immediately after class.

Thanks for stopping in to share some of your creative time and thoughts. See you next time!

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