Simple Watercoloring – Day 1

I love the watercolor looks that are so popular right now in card making. For me, simple is best and I always opt for techniques that are achievable and won’t lead to endless hours of frustration – once that starts happening this hobby is no longer fun! I have had a few of those experiences in the past when I desperately try to master a technique and then wonder why I’m forcing myself in the first place – this is supposed to be relaxing after all!

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Enter the simplest watercolor technique of all – Distress Markers + Stamps + Water. I love doing this and the results are always nice (in my humble opinion!). For today’s card I wanted a bold, watercolored sentiment and this Mama Elephant one was the perfect choice. I inked up the stamp with a few shades of Distress Markers, spritzed with water and stamped – voila! The results are not perfect and that is the beauty of a watercolor look.

I paired it with a bold patterned paper, toned down with a strip of vellum and this simple card was done. The banner is stitched in place, but not adhered to the card, so it has a lot of movement and dimension.

This card is for the current Mama Elephant watercolor + birthday challenge. Thanks for stopping by – more simple watercoloring to come this week!

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Watercolor Wonder

So, I’m very happy about the watercolor trend coming & staying – I love the look – adore it, really. One frustrating thing about this whole trend – I am terrible at doing it! Horrible actually. I try over & over again to achieve beautiful watercolor backgrounds, but it just isn’t happening for me – even with the very user-friendly Distress Markers. But, alas, I am not giving up. Be prepared to see some botched efforts on here over the next few weeks ;-)

Anyway, when I saw the new watercolor challenge over at the lovely Virginia’s blog, I thought I’d play along. After ruining about 4 sheets of watercolor paper, I finally resigned myself to some watercolor stamping to get the card done as I was ready to pull my hair out.

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I used the sketch from Case this Sketch and some of the gorgeous goodies from the February Simon Says Stamp kit – I love that sentiment! I toned down the patterned paper a little with some white ink splatters & a few swipes with the Hero Arts white dauber. 
I also tried out my new DSLR camera for the photo – I have NO idea how to use it! 

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Mint Julep Cuteness

Happy Friday night! I’m super happy its the weekend – nothing too exciting planned, but looking forward nonetheless.

So, when a patterned paper pad comes along that makes my heart go pitter-patter, I feel the need to buy ALL the coordinating products. Its a wee bit of a problem, because these paper pads come along pretty frequently. One of said pads was Basic Grey’s Mint Julep. I adore the papers and thought all the embellishments were so sweet. As a result, I keep them in their pretty packages and admire them for months & months. Until yesterday….

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Nothing earth shattering – just simple cards using gorgeous products – shockingly not even a stamp in site. 
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At least I’m putting a tiny dent in the growing stash! Btw, on the yellow card I used the We R Memory Keepers 3×4 punch. I bought it originally because I do Project Life (or attempt to at least!) and I am loving it for card making. 
Ok, loves, have a great weekend! 

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Guest Designer at A Blog Named Hero

Evening friends! Just a super quick post to let you know I am one of the guests today over at A Blog Named Hero. They are having an amazing month full of inspiration and I’m honored to be amongst the talented contributors.

Today I’m featuring a few products that were on my holiday crafty wish list: Hero Art’s Shari’s Tree no. 2, Tiny Star Background, Silver Ink & Basic Grey 5th & Pine paper (sorry for the poor pictures – not tons of sunshine in Switzerland right now!).

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Thanks for stopping by & be sure to check out all the amazing creations over at A Blog Named Hero!

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A Blog Named Hero challenge – Victorious Vellum

Hey there!

Today is my last guest post at A Blog Named Hero – it has been great to be a guest – such great girls full of inspiration! I’m sharing a card for the new challenge – to use vellum. Vellum is definitely the come-back kid of 2013! I used vellum back in the day when I started scrapbooking, but it started gathering dust until recently.

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I colored the vellum with Copics and punched out circles. Because the vellum is colored, I was able to run it through a Zyron without the adhesive showing through. I added a stamped sentiment, patterned paper and stapled on some twine. This is a super easy card and gets you a lot more mileage from clear vellum.
Make sure to check out the rest of the DT inspiration and join in the fun. There is a great Simon Says Stamp gift certificate up for grabs too! 

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Giving Paisley a Try…

Wahoo – Friday night! Hope everyone had a good week. Ours was busy, but I’m hoping for a relaxing weekend. I’ve been promised some crafty time, but we’ll see – it usually doesn’t happen :-)

Anyway, just wanted to share a quick card. I recently bought the WPlus9 Paisley stamp set – I love the images. I think the options will be endless with this set, but kept it simple for this card. I used the current Studio Calico sketch as inspiration and the colors are inspired by the WPlus9 Monday Mood Board.

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Thanks for stopping by & have a great weekend!
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Thinking of You

Morning! Very quick post this morning! I recently received my Simon Says Stamp June card making kit – let me just say getting monthly kits is so much fun! It definitely keeps me inspired & knowing I will get a box every month really feeds my craft supply addiction (not sure thats a good thing though!).

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Anyway, I made this card using the Case this Sketch design as inspiration. Love this mix of papers in the kit & thought I would also link this up for the Moxie Fab World Mixy Matchy Challenge.

Thanks so much for stopping by & come back later to check out a Wplus9 Paisley card. I can’t wait to get my hands on their new floral set, but it is sold out EVERYWHERE!

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Wee Memories Challenge – Holiday cards!

Hello! Happy Saturday – I’m so pleased its the weekend!

I’m here today sharing a great new Wee Memories challenge – this week its all about the holidays! How great is that – tie in a challenge to that daunting pile of holiday cards you’re still working on! Our lovely sponsor this week is Sister Stamps and the DT had a chance to work with their sweet images.

Be sure to stop by the Wee Memories blog for tons of inspiration and link up your holiday projects by Friday December 16th! Have a great weekend!

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Rejection Blog Hop!

Hi Everyone! Happy Sunday.

First of all, congrats to everyone who had cards accepted into Paper Crafts Go-to Sketches. I didn’t have anything picked up, but trying to see the silver lining – plenty to go on the blog this week! I’m sure like many other crafters, it is hard not to be discouraged, but going to dust myself off & try again. I was so excited to see a great idea for a rejection blog hope on Amber’s blog & delighted to join in!

I had a few cards that I really enjoyed making and I thought I would post them here. They are really patterned paper heavy – I love patterned paper, but do try to keep things simple. For this particular call I wanted to use lots of the newest stuff available.

Here is my card for sketch 59:

I’m also submitting this card for the current Waltzingmouse Sketch Challenge & the Color Q challenge. Let me just say – this flower was a real labor of love – lots of paper scoring and folding!
Another card I really loved making that is full of Basic Grey Hopstotch goodness is this one for sketch 55:
There is much more to come this week for reject cards so stay tuned!
Thanks for visiting & thanks again to Amber for this great idea!
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Is it the weekend yet??

Wow! What a week – I have been super duper busy! Made this card recently to cheer up a friend and I think it is perfect for the middle of winter…
I got to use my yummy new Basic Grey Hopscotch papers, as well as some new Papertrey Ink Blueberry felt for the rolled flowers.
This card is for the current sketch over at Card Positioning Systems, the Make Your Own Embellishment challenge at Simon Says Challenge and the ‘Live, Laugh, Love’ challenge at the lovely Wee Memories.
Thanks for stopping by!
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