Getting my watercolor on

Hey friends!

Yesterday I posted some photos of the gorgeous flowers I saw during a stroll through a fresh flower market in central Zurich. I really adore flowers. I am actually considering trying to get some part-time work in a florist to try to learn the trick to floral arranging – I think I would love it.  Even though I was most smitten yesterday with all the huge, blossoming Peonies, I was particularly taken with some mutli-colored roses.

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Using this pictures as an inspiration, I did a little watercoloring with one of my favorite stamps of all time, Papertey Ink Year of Flowers: Roses. I didn’t worry too much (ok, at all!) about shading – I just had fun mixing up colors and doing some quick & easy coloring. 
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I didn’t get quite the perfect color match as the stunning roses from the market – I stuck with more oranges than pinks, but I like the result all the same. And heat embossing the image makes it so easy to stay in the lines. There is something so relaxing about coloring – this sort of project reminds me of the coloring books from my youth (albeit with slightly less gorgeous images!). Maybe that is why I like this card-making stuff so much – in essence, it is just a grown-up coloring book!
Ok crafty friends – lots to accomplish before calling it a night, so signing off! Thanks for stopping by – I really appreciate it!

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Spring Blooms

Hey friends. Life is so crazy now! Just returned from a trip to Israel and heading off again for a 3 week trip to see family in the states. Can’t wait, but there is a lot to accomplish between now & next Thursday when we leave.

I was out today in Zurich running some errands and strolled through the flower and fresh produce market in Burkliplatz (downtown Zurich). I snapped some shots of the beautiful flowers for sale – they were all so amazing. I treated myself to a gorgeous bouquet of peonies – one of my favorites.

Back tomorrow with some card creations! Have a great night.
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Papertrey Ink Blog Hop – Aqua & Melon

Hey there! This is my 2nd post for the day – if you’re looking for my Sparks post, click here.

When I saw the Papertrey Ink Blog Hop theme I knew I wanted to play along – I love aqua & melon – no twisting my arm to join in! I also love the sketch over at Case this Sketch, so I thought I’d combine the two.

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I punched out circles in various sizes and colored the back of the punched circles with Copics. I stitched through a few of the circles and added enamel dots to finish it off. I mounted the central panel on Melon Berry cardstock. For some reason the picture makes it appear more orange than in real life – it isn’t quite so harsh in person! I have also been experimenting a little with my photography (which needs a lot of improvement!) and I am testing out doing picture flat as well. Which one do you prefer?
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Thanks for stopping by today – hope you have had a nice weekend! 
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Paper Smooches Designer Drafts

Well, today is a super sad day for me – my last day as a member of the Sparks Design Team. I have loved to be part of this great group – such inspiring artists working with such amazing products. It has been a real pleasure & I can’t wait to play along now that my term is ending :-)

Ok, onto today’s card – this week is Designer Drafts – it took me a few minutes to find my groove with this sketch, but I think I got there in the end!

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I used Calico & Bold Buzzwords for the focal panel. The vellum is held in place with a strip of stitched washi tape.

Thanks so much for stopping by today and definitely make sure to check out all the amazing creations from the design team this week and wish everyone well for their last week!

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Last Installment – Hero Arts Sketch Challenge

Hello friends!

So, I’m popping in today for a VERY quick post. I arrived back from our holiday in Israel late Wednesday night, but my husband & son are still there for a few more days. I had to rush home to finish preparing for the Women’s Expo, where I will be exhibiting this coming Sunday. It is so strange to be in my house without the rest of my family! If I didn’t have to prep for Sunday I would have spent 4 days working day to night on Project Life – maybe another time!

Ok, back to today’s card – this is my last entry for the Hero Art’s sketch challenge. I finally pushed myself to try a different sketch, though I was still stuck on the watercolor stamping.

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That is all for me today – back to pricing cards! Hope you have a great weekend!

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Card Making Kits

I’m on my last day of holiday here in Tel Aviv – it has been great to get some sun & Jacob absolutely adores the beach. I have to say, beach trips are by far the easiest with a toddler – the sand offers endless fun. Yesterday I had some time on my own – a massage, a short nap at the pool & a relaxing lunch by the beach – it was heaven!

Anyway, I thought I’d share a new card-making kit that is up on Etsy. I make quite a few kits as I gear up for craft fairs (I have one coming up on Sunday). They are so fun to design and I like the repetitive work of putting them together. It is also a really satisfying way to use up my stash. I love the idea that someone will get to create beautiful cards without the commitment of buying tons of product.

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The little things…

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Another Hero Arts card today – with a watercolored background using ink daubers. I layered some colors onto my acyclic block – some pastels with bright colors – spritzed with water and smooshed around the tag with the heat embossed flower. Even though this technique really couldn’t be easier, it does take a little practice to avoid getting muddy colors – I find it the case especially when there is green in the mix.

This is another one for the Hero Arts sketch challenge – I chose the same design (again!) and this time flipped it horizontal.

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Hello, Friend

Hello from sunny Tel Aviv! We are here for 10 days visiting my in-laws. Lots of sun & sand for us right now – and a few fleeting minutes on the computer during nap time! I made a few cards before I left so I thought I’d share one of those today.

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This is another one for the Hero Arts sketch challenge – each time I went to make a card for the challenge I thought I might choose a different sketch, but kept going back to the same one – it is definitely the design that feels most natural for me. I did some multi-color inking on the feather and the watercolor strip is something I saved from another project – I never throw anything away (you’d believe me if you saw my office!). I am loving the bright colors with pops of gold. 
Thanks for stopping by today – back soon with some more watercolor cards!
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Stitched Thanks

Hey friends!

So, I am in the middle of a very busy week. We are heading off on Sunday for a 2 week trip to see my in-laws & I have laundry coming out my ears! I am also in the middle of a blog re-design, which is actually tons of work, but lots of fun. I am participating in Alt for Everyone – a really inspiring conference about blogging and social media. I am hoping to introduce some new content here at some point – nothing drastic, but consider yourself warned :-)

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Anyway, back to the regular programming – a card (shocker!). I saw the Peach & Mint challenge over at Little Tangles and knew I wanted to play along – this is one of my all time favorite color combinations. I used You + Me to create the flower and added stitching lines through the center to give the appearance of veins in the petals. I stamped the circle from Everyday Circles and used foam adhesive to get some dimension on this otherwise flat card. I originally left it there, but after looking at it a few times, decided it needed something more – the narrow strips of washi tape did just the job,

Thanks for stopping by today. I will be popping in a few times over my holiday, but it will probably be a little quieter than usual!

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Hello, Darling

Yes, you, hello!

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I’m here on this very sunny Monday to share a quick card I whipped up using the Studio Calico Bluegrass Farm card kit & some Maggie Holmes Styleboard label stickers. I used the ink splatter stamp in the Clarabelle stamp set, splattered some white ink & scattered some gold stars onto the card front. I messily stitched a few of the stars in place & echoed the looseness of this look with the white thread behind the sentiment.

I’m entering this into Virginia’s stitching challenge!

Thanks so much for stopping by tonight – enjoy the rest of your week!

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