Saturday, May 28, 2016

May Leading Lady Cris G. | Take Four


May is coming to a close which sadly means it is our last Saturday with our marvelous and magnificent May Leading Lady, Cris G.  I feel so fortunate Cris has been our Leading Lady this month gracing us with her ingenuity, awe-inspiring artistic skills and creativity!  It has been a magical May indeed.

If you missed her smashing debut you must see it...CLICK HERE or her sensational second performance of bright and bold watercolor wonders CLICK HERE or her triumphant third performance of en-wrap-turing  projects CLICK HERE.

Make sure to visit her blog for a chance to win a giveaway.

Lucky for us all we have her final command performance today.  

Hello crafty friends!

Today is my last performance as a Leading Lady (is it just me or this sound a bit melodramatic? :)). It has been a real pleasure sharing this time with you and reading all the wonderful and always encouraging comments, even when I didn’t feel so creative. I confess now that I was suffering from lack of mojo even before my first post... still do. Anyway, thank you so much for having me Shay! You know I truly admire your kindness, strength and perseverance!

For this last post I brought the most unique theme (ha ha): Flora! I can explain, the theme could be Flowers, but there is a tree and leaves... and no flowers, so I thought that Flora would cover everything.

First of all, my Brushos arrived... yabba dabba doo! They are really fun to play with, but I still have a lot to explore and control. For now I think that a mix of free powders on watercolour paper (and all over the desk), along with a little bit of discipline from a brush are the technique(s) that work best for me.

Before this first card I had two really bad attempts, but finally I’m pleased with this one. I started by stamping two hydrangeas from In Bloom: Addie’s Garden with a little masking, and then literally soak them in water, using a brush. After that I carefully dropped the powders, repeating the process a few times until I was happy with the intensity of color. Although powders spread beyond where we want them to be, you can blame all that spatter on me :). Then I cut the In a Word: Kisses Cutaway from the main piece and from craft foam. Stamped and white heat embossed the word sending from The Big, the Bold and Friends, adhere everything and spritz with a mix of Perfect Pearls and water.


Project two. I started with Scenery: the Leaf Effect Creative Screenings and Brushos. I saw a video on YouTube sharing some different techniques with watercolour powders and decided to try this one. I simply LOVE the effect of mixed colors on the leaves. The second step was white heat embossing the tree from Kindness with Evelin T Designs and sentiment from the Wishing You With Evelin T Designs on vellum. Stamped the little “sunshine” from In Bloom: Eva’s Favorite Flowers and fussy cut, then attached with a tiny metal clip to the vellum piece, embellishing with some sequins from Winnie’s Sparkly Shaker Selection. Easy card with a cool effect produced from applying Brushos through a stencil.


For my third and last card I decided to do something more classic with a vintage touch. I used a vintage like stamp for the sentiment, to match the overall design.

I started by stamping flowers and greeneries from In Bloom: Lola’s Bouquet with Joni AndayaIn Bloom: Addie’s Garden, and In Bloom: Hollie's Festive Florals with white pigment ink onto kraft cardstock. After this I colored the images using white watercolour, Inktense pencils (dry) and oil pastels. I was inspired by an image of a beautiful vintage wreath.


Thank you so much for stopping by today and for your lovely comments. Don’t forget to leave a comment by June 1st, 11:59 pm CST on my blog for a chance to win a $30 gift card.

Have a fabulous week!



  1. These are absolutely amazing cards!! I did a double take on the last one - I initially thought it was pattern paper and then thought "Can't be.." and yes... it was handmade!!! Oh, wow!!! I would please request a video of it!!! Way to go, Cris!!

  2. Beautiful. That hydrangea is unbelievable

  3. Ooh such cool techniques and gorgeous cards!

  4. Gorgeous cards Cris, love them all but seriously the last one is amazing great job :)
    Kate xx

  5. Cris you've saved my favorite for last ... Lola's set has such a special place in my heart [my mom, and granddaughter] and I must admit, I've never seen them 'painted' so beautifully!

  6. Gorgeous cards! The hydrangeas are amazing!

  7. Very lovely cards. Love the way you present hydrangeas. Very creative.

  8. What a brilliant end! Your brushos card is stunning and I adore your painted look in the final one. Bravo. Standing ovation!! x

  9. These are all fabulous, but that 3rd card absolutely knocks my socks off, WOW!!!!

  10. Beautiful cards. I pinned them all but my favorite is this one.

  11. Wonderful cards--I like your use of Brushos.

  12. Unbelievable, Cris! If these works of art are what you create when your mojo is lacking, I can't even begin to imagine what you create in the full throes of your muse! I would have sworn that your backgrounds were professionally printed pp and that hydrangea design - I gasped out loud when I saw it! Do keep forcing yourself to create and post, we need your wonderful talent and inspiration!! Hugs, Darnell

  13. These card are gorgeous Cris!! You've done the Brusho proud!! I learned from Laurel Beard to use the watercolor powders inside a shoebox so that the powder doesn't get all over my work surface. It makes a huge difference. Thanks so much for sharing! ~HUGS~

  14. Wow! Love the backgrounds!!! Each one is just amazing!

  15. Awww!!! Absolutely stunning cards!!!

  16. Oh my! These are absolutely STUNNING.

  17. Wow these are amazing cards, I only wish I had this much creativity on my best days! Thanks for sharing you talent.

  18. My favorite is your 3rd card...lovely!

  19. DELIGHTFUL cards Cris!!!
    LOVE the designs and colours of them ALL, especially your STUNNING Thank You card!!!
    THANK YOU for ALL the CREATIVE INSPIRATION you have shared as Leading Lady, I have learnt a lot and have lots to still to try :)
    PS - Please don't include me in your prize draw, I was the lucky winner from an earlier Leading Lady.
    PPS - I am REALLY grateful that you shared about your hydrangea being a 3rd attempt, it is reassuring to know that I am not alone

  20. Just beautiful designs, one right after the other! Great work!!! Off to check out your other posts.

  21. You are so amazing! I literally did not recognize that last card as being stamped. Thought you'd pulled out some PP. Fantastic!


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