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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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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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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Paper Smooches Sparks Anything Goes

 Hey friends! As I write this, I’m enjoying the California sunshine. I booked a last minute trip to CA to see my parents with my little guy. We arrived on Thursday and will stay a few weeks – a very nice impromptu break from Switzerland! But, apart from a few posts here & there, it may be a little quiet on here :-)

Anyway, onto the business at hand – a new Paper Smooches Sparks challenge – Anything Goes! This is an easy week, so make sure to play along. I was very excited to ink up the adorable Bitty Bungalows set and make a row of sherbet colored houses. I used the coordinating dies for the houses – I love when dies are open like the Paper Smooches ones – makes it so easy to stamp, color, then cut.

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Ok, thats all from me – really hope you get a chance to play along!

Thanks so much for stopping by today – have a great weekend and make sure to check out all the amazing DT creations & play along!

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Hugs

Hey everyone! I’m sure everyone is so busy now that the holidays are nearly here. I appreciate you taking the time to stop by the ‘ol blog ;-)

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Just a quick card to share today. I made this card for the current Avery Elle challenge. I recently got lots of new Avery Elle stamps so the challenge was the perfect kick I needed to put them to good use. This card is a little busier than the cards I’ve been doing lately, but I love all the gorgeous papers from the Crate Paper Close Knit line – so yummy!

Now that I’ve been looking at this card, I think it needed 1 more flower on the right side of the arrangement, but too late now! This Laurel set is a lot of fun to play with! Here is the sketch for the challenge:

Alright, that is all today! Thanks so very much for stopping by! 

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Final 10 Minute Craft Dash of 2013!

Hey! I can’t quite believe it is here, but this is the last 10 Minute Craft Dash of 2013. The 5 months on this DT have flown by – I looove this challenge and really wish it all the success in the future.

 This instalment is very special – we are teaming up with the lovely & talented ladies from CAS-ual Friday to ring in the new year! The theme here at the 10 Minute Craft Dash is anything goes, but feel free to go with their New Year theme if you choose! And the prize is not to be missed!

So, onto today’s creation. First off – a confession – I had already stuffed a little glassine bag full of sequins & other goodies. But, the rest of the card took me exactly 10 minutes! I cut it close on this one – lots of stitching and last minute decisions about random embellishments.

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I used some of my favorite things of 2013 on this card – gold labels from a Studio Calico kit, gold chipboard hearts from Maggie Holmes Flea Market, Studio Calico Thataway Feathers & Carta Bella Hello Again papers. 
Make sure to visit Pretty Pink Posh & check out all the amazing DT creations & be sure to play along in this very special final 2013 challenge!

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Be You

Hey friends!

Popping in to share a very quick card today – lots to do in the final week before vacation! Haven’t even thought about packing the little one or myself! Had very big ambitions to wrap up 2013 with an onslaught of crafting & organization, but alas a never-ending cold is thwarting all my efforts.

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I did have a chance to play over the weekend – made this cheerful card using the Mama Elephant Be You stamp set. I bought this to use on my Project Life, but happy to put it to use on a card as well. Lots of other mixed stuff going on here – a 3×4 journal card from Amy Tangerine Cut & Paste PL Mini Kit, Heidi Swapp papers and some Studio Calico embellishments.

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For the stamped focal point, I first stamped it on the journaling card in a bronze pigment ink. I then stamped it again with a charcoal ink, cut it out and stitched it over the first stamped it, offset slightly. 
Ok, that is all for me today! Thanks so much for stopping by – really appreciate 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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Cupcake Challenge – Patchwork!

Good morning virtual crafty friends and happy Monday.

I’m here today with a fun challenge for Cupcake – this week we’re doing patchwork projects & your card must features patchwork of some kind. Our sponsor this week is the generous Simon Says Stamp who are offering one lucky winner a $20 gift certificate.

And, its a new month, which means we have a new monthly sponsor – this month we’re joined by Bunny Zoe’s, who are generously giving a £15 gift certificate.
So, onto this week’s project – this is a baby card and I made the ‘B’ by doing a messy arrangement of scraps onto a sheet of scrap paper & then die-cutting a large ‘B’ with my Cricut (thanks to some inspiration from the fab Betsy Veldman). The edges are messily stitched with pink and distressed with white ink.

Thanks for stopping by & don’t forget to check out the other DT projects – they are sure to inspire! Hope you have a chance to play along!

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