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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Birthday Balloons

Hey friends. A super quick post today! I finally caved and ordered the entire collection of WPlus9 inks - and I am not regretting it. They are gorgeous! The ink stamps beautifully and the colors are pretty unusual – definitely fills some holes in my collection (which is hard to believe I had any considering how many ink pads I have!). I usually stick with a color scheme but I just went for it on this card – I wanted to try them all!

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This card is for the Little Tangles Happy Birthday challenge - I used Just for You and Everyday Labels. 
Thanks for stopping by & have a great Wednesday.

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Papertrey Ink July Blog Hop

Hello friends! I’m so happy it is Friday – what about you? We have booked a babysitter for tomorrow night for the first time in awhile and I’m ready for an evening at the movies and dinner. My little guy is teething – his very last tooth – and he is a handful!

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I’m very happy I had a chance to make this quick card for the Papertrey Ink July Blog Hop. I loved the inspiration photo and was most drawn to the colors and the floral bouquet. I started off with a striped background, but found it too distracting for the bouquet, so opted for some subtle dots. I used this Hero Arts background stamp, which hasn’t been inked in years. I love it actually – so nice to use an old stamp and remember why you bought it in the first place :-)

Ok, that is all for me today – thanks for stopping by & enjoy the hop!

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Hero Arts challenge – 1 layer card

Hello again! I hope your week is off to a good start – it is a busy one around here. Trying to stay occupied with daycare closed and rainy days – not the easiest combo with a little guy who likes to constantly be out & about!

I have a quick one layer card to share today for the Hero Arts one layer card challenge. I really love one layer cards – sending mail from Switzerland is really pricey and nice flat cards come in very handy. I often use stamp layering on a one layer card to create the appearance of depth. Elements like ink splatters, large sentiments and rounded corners also help a lot to achieve a cohesive look in a single layer.

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I used a new favorite color combo on this card – Lemon Yellow, Butter Bar and Dark Quartz – love how these worked together. 
Thanks so much for stopping by today – I really appreciate it! 

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Happy Birthday, Viktor!

Stopping in to share a very quick card. I made this for my husband’s birthday, which is today. He is now officially closer to 40 than 30, which is pretty crazy for him. Hoping a hip card will remind him he is still very young and cool ;-)

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I created the background using some Studio Calico mist – Warm Calico and a this cool stencil with white embossing paste. I arranged some Studio Calico printable labels along the edge with some accents and a tiny strip of patterned paper. This layout is definitely my go-to design at the moment – hope you’re not sick of it yet!


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Ok, that is all for today – off to prepare a birthday dinner!

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For the love of feathers

So, I was a little late to the game with the feather trend – and I’m still unsure about it sometimes – but, I’m going for it anyway. I do love what people do with feathers on their cards & projects…it is just in the back of my mind I always picture dirty pigeon feathers and my mom yelling “don’t touch that!”. Guess some things just stick, right?! Anyway, I digress – onto today’s card.

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This card is for the current Mama Elephant challenge – I loved the pinks & silver so that was my starting point. I think the ethereal look of the Maggie Holmes Flea Maket Project Life card worked perfectly with the inspiration picture & as mentioned above, I finally purchased some feathery goodness. I used this amazing silver Sharpie to add some metallic details. 
Thanks for stopping by & have a great night!

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Hey again!

A very quick post today – I’m busy catching up with friends in London and scouring the sale racks ;-) This is another birthday card for a 2 yr old – this time a little girl. I used some old Studio Calico goodies & piece of adhesive cork I’ve had in my stash for awhile now!

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Thats all for me today – hope you are having a great weekend!
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Birthday Balloons

Big day for me today – I’m off to London tonight for a weekend away on my own! It is the 1st time I’ve left my son and done something solo. I’m a wee bit excited (and a little nervous!). I have a super busy weekend of seeing friends & shopping – can’t wait.

Before I head off though I have a quick card to share. My husband will be taking Jacob to a birthday party this weekend for some other 2 year olds and this is the card for the birthday boy. 
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The card sketch is based on the current challenge over at Case this Sketch – always love their designs!
Thanks for stopping by & have a great weekend!
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Gold Goodness

Hey friends.

If you’re looking for Day 10 of 12 Days of Holiday Projects, click here.

I have a non-holiday card to share today. I recently bought some new Neat & Tangled stamp sets & saw they have a challenge using gold & white. I also love the sketch over at Case this Sketch. Not sure about my card, but thought I’d share it anyway.

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It is a little hard to tell in the picture, but the triangle panel is actually dry embossed with gold ink – I have never done this, but it was surprisingly easy! Like the effect – a little like letterpress, but less work. To get the gold frame I used a gold sharpie pen and traced inside the largest Lil Inker stitched rectangle die – a few places aren’t perfect, but I’m *trying* to be ok with that!

Thanks for stopping by today – really appreciate it!

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