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    Simply Watercolor Day 4 and 5

    I’ve been out of town the last week so unfortunately I wasn’t able to do the last two days of the Simply Watercolor class.  I was able to watch the videos and practice a little from the skills they taught.  I probably won’t be making cards from these but it was fun to play with the watercolors.  I will continue practicing flowers, leaves and scenery over the next few days and post some cards soon!

    Here is what i created while playing for the 30 minutes I had.

    More cards and ideas to come soon!

    Have a wonderful and blessed day!

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    Simply Watercolor Day 3

    Welcome back to more Simply Watercoloring!

    Today was Lettering and Typography.  I really like working with letters and learning more about handlettering.  I’ve always had fun with creating fun writing!

    First was a copy from a font that we did wet on wet technique to color in the inside with various colors.  I love how this one came out!

    The next one I did was rainbow writing.  Guest artist Laura Bassen did a very pretty hello I wanted to try to copy.  Mine came out okay.  She said her’s was her 8th attempt so I don’t feel so bad.  I don’t have time to do it 8 times but I’m sure my 8th would look a lot better!  Not sure if I’ll be making a card with it yet.

    The last one I did was a handwritten thank you with a watercolor wash behind it.  I chose to do a turquoise ombre.  I just finished it so it has not been trimmed and made into a card yet.  I will post finished project later if it looks any different.

    Thank you for looking!

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    Simply Watercolor Day 2

    Hello again!  As promised I have a card from the Online Card Class Simply Watercolor.

    Day 2 was critters and animals.  I’ve always been ok at drawing but usually do better copying an image from someone else over coming up with my own.  Kristina Werner’s animals are so cute I decided to just straight copy.  I wanted to use the card for my nephew’s 7th birthday (yes, another nephew’s birthday…I have 10!) so did add the watercolor image to a patterned paper and added Wink of Stella to the balloons and party hat (oh, I did add my own twist with the party hat, whoo whoo).

     

    I’m working on some of the other critters and will post in the future!

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    Simply Watercolor Day 1

    Hello and welcome!

    I’m a day late getting Day 1 posted but with a three year old boy I often feel a day late at everything, lol.  I LOVE watercolors but am just getting started with doing more with them besides color in a set image.  I was very excited when Online Card Classes posted this class Simply Watercolor.  There are no stamps, dies or other usual cardmaking items.  It’s, well, simply watercolors!  I’m already learning so much!  Check it out for yourself…

    For my first card I decided to do it almost exactly like Kristina Werner’s because I’m still new at free hand watercoloring.  She used Crayola watercolors to show that you can do these techniques with even the cheap ones but, as I will show in a pic, mine are not up to par anymore.  Instead I had my son color with them along with me.  It’s fun creating with him but also makes my work not come out as well as I’d like sometimes because I tend to hurry, get distracted and sometimes get “help” with it (which adds a wonderful charm to the project).  He ended up as dracula during this painting episode.  My precious goofball 🙂

     

    Back to the card, I created a grid pattern and colored each square with watercolors in kind of a rainbow flow.  I put pigment on the upper left corner and then used a wet brush to bring the color into the rest of the square so the color faded down.  In the first pic you will see I was using to much water in the second step (still new to this!) but started getting more of the hang of it as I went down.  The second pic is after I went back and fixed the ones that cauliflowered.

    I then used a black sharpie to fill in the two white squares, splattered black paint on top and wrote THANKS in white gel ink.

    I really like how this one came out.  If I did it again I would do less red, orange and purples and more yellow, green and blue.  Also does anyone else’s letters get smaller when they write??  No matter how hard I try it always happens to me…oh well *sigh*

    The second card was really rushed as the first took me longer with having to go back and redo.  Plus I realized the brush had a weird tip on it so the lines didn’t come out very straight.   It definitely did not come out as well as I would have liked but it works!  I made it for my to-be-thirteen nephew so I used a funky font for the 13 and SF Giants’ colors for the plaid.  I added some lines in the plaid with sharpies and outlined it in silver sharpie.  I need more practice when it comes to plaids for sure!

    Hope you enjoyed my cards.  I will be posting Day 2 cards tomorrow morning (fingers crossed!).

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    Challenge Cards

    Welcome!

    The first card is for two challenges: Lawn Fawnatics and Freshly Made Sketches.

    I used the Aloha stamp set and die set Lift the Flap from Lawn Fawn to make a cute pineapple card.  The paper on the side is from the Spring Lawn Fawn plaid and the background is Tumbled Glass Distress Ink.  I used Memento ink for all the stamping and colored in the pineapples with Copic markers.  Here is the two challenges if you wish to check them out.

    The second card was made by my mom, Deborah.  She created this beautiful scenery card with stamps from Stampscapes.  It really makes me feel like I’m sitting on the shore looking out at the dawn of a new day at the lake.  So peaceful feeling!  I know I’d love to be sitting by this Lake right now.  It’s for the Simon Says Stamp Monday Challege with the theme Summer Fun!

     

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    Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge

    Another quick Challenge entry to the Simon Says Stamp blog.  The theme is Red, White and Blue this week.  I love the Birch Press Design Grace Layer die!  My mother decided to use it to make a beautiful card for America’s birthday and it fits great with this theme of course!

    She used blue, white and red paper with the die and placed on a black background.  The stamps are from Stampington and Co and Art Impressions.  A few America themed blings finished off the card.

    I celebrated the 4th hanging out at the Lake with family and BBQ burgers and hot dogs.  It was great!  I hope everyone had a wonderful and safe Fourth of July!

     

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    Framed Friendship

    Another Simon Says Stamp Wednesday challenge by my very talented Mother, Deborah.  Theme is Frame It!  She made an adorable card with Unity stamps and copic markers.  She made the frame look like an old polaroid which goes perfect with the image.  I love the colors too!

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    I won the Simon Says Stamp Challenge! Now on to CAS(E) this sketch

    I actually won the Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge the second time I entered!  I was quite surprised and excited this morning!!

    I decided to add to  another challenge over on CAS(E) this sketch.  Again my mom made a wonderful card using Stampin’ Up! stamps and Designer Series Paper.  I think it is so fun and festive for a birthday!  Here is the sketch to CAS(E) and her card in two views.

    Hope you enjoy this fun card!

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    Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge

    Hi Everyone!I again created a couple cards for Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge.  This week the theme was Wedding/Anniversary cards.  Perfect for the month of June!  My parents’ 48th anniversary is tomorrow the 13th and mine is this weekend.  First I created a wedding card.  I was given the inspiration from one of my favorite stampers Jennifer McGuire.  I used silver gilding flakes over a strong double stick tape in stripes.  Then I stamped “congratulations” from a retired SU! stamp set and heat embossed using Ranger’s black embossing powder.  Then I stamped the sketch heart from Tim Holtz’s Heartfelt stamp set, embossed it in silver embossing power and added it to the card with foam adhesive.  Finally I added all of it to a black cardstock base.

    For the second card I made an anniversary card for my husband of 6 wonderful years!  I put Versamark on an embossing folder and ran it through my Big Shot with red cardstock.  Then I white heat embossed the negative area with the ink.  After die cutting a heart from the middle I placed a heart with a flag in the space and added small “diamond” gems.  I like playing around with dies in this way to create something more unexpected.

     

    Click on the Simon Says Stamp logo above to view the other cards created for this challenge.

    Does anyone else have a bunch of anniversaries and weddings this month?  What is your favorite technique or stamp to use for Wedding or Anniversary cards?

    Have a wonderful and blessed day!

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    Sketch Challenge from Freshly Made Sketches

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    My beautiful Mother, Deborah, is where I get my creativity from and she made a card for the sketch challenge over at Freshly Made Sketches.  Click on their image to go check it out for yourself.  Here is the recent sketch…

    and here is her gorgeous card!

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    She used a Unity Stamp Company stamp for the three friends (I LOVE this stamp!) and colored them in with Copic markers.  The background paper is a Designer Series Paper from Stampin’ Up!

    I really enjoy sketch challenges because they challenge you just enough to get your creative juices flowing but aren’t so specific that you can let your own creativity be your guide!

    Have a wonderful and blessed day!