Fancy Friday – Watercolor Backgrounds

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I am so excited to share with you this month’s project with for our Fancy Friday monthly hop!  If you just came over from the amazing Jeanna, welcome to the next stop.  My friends and I want to be able to share with you our ideas in a monthly format.  We will use different themes each month – sometimes colors, sometimes a sketch, sometimes a stamp set focus.  The one thing you can count on is that it will be fancy!  Over our year on the 2013 Artisan Design Team,  “fancy” became our word to describe the best projects, the best new clothes, even the best pedicure colors.  Now we want to share with you our take on “fancy” each month.  This month our theme is “Anything Goes”.  With all the chaos of summer, we decided just to see what happened on the crafting tables!

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I thought it would be fun to play with watercoloring this week.  Backgrounds seem to be all the rage and using stencils is a perfect way to create really cool versions.  I made two versions of this card just to show how you can personalize this concept.  Using watercolor paper, I started by laying down a little bit of clean water.  Then I dipped a paint brush in ink (Cucumber Crush and Blackberry Bliss were my colors here).  I added it randomly creating light and dark spots.  Once I was happy, I laid down the diamond stencil from the new Happy Patterns Decorative Masks.  When you push it down on top of the inking you did, the colors pool a bit in the shapes.  I helped it along by adding additional color into selected diamonds.  I held the edges of the stencil down using clear blocks (very high tech, lol) and hit the paper with the low setting of my heat tool to dry it some.  When it was only damp, I added just a little more ink.  Then I let it dry completely.  While it was drying, I figured out the rest of the card.  I took two leftover butterflies from my Watercolor Wishes Kit (they give you extras!) and inked them with Versamark and embossed them with Gold Embossing Powder.  I cut the sentiment using my Greetings Thinlits Dies and Gold Foil.  I wound up some of the new Gold Metallic Thread and laid it onto the White Vellum.  A little bit of Multipurpose Adhesive on the sentiment holds the thread and the sentiment to the vellum.  Finally I added some sequins from the new Metallics Sequins Assortment.  The panels were attached to card bases matching the ink.  This is a little time consuming but such a fun thing to try when you are feeling artsy!

I’m so glad you stopped in to visit today.  I hope you have a great time seeing all the beautiful things on our hop.

The amazing Mercedes Weber is up next!   Wait until you see the fancy holiday card she created!

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Paper:  Watercolor, Cucumber Crush, Blackberry Bliss, White Vellum, Gold Foil; Ink:  Cucumber Crush, Blackberry Bliss; Accessories:  Metallic Sequins, Glue Dots, Big Shot, Greetings Thinlits, Gold Metallic Thread, Happy Patterns Decorative Masks, Aquapainter, Paint Brush

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Freshly Made Sketches #197

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My trip to DC was so awesome last week.  The Nats game was fantastic and they pulled out a great win.  We wandered around over the two days and went to the Arboretum, the Natural History Museum, saw the memorials and generally had a great time (and a lot of walking!).  Just what the family needed!  I have a picture at the bottom of the post of the boys before the Nats game.  The happy faces say it all!

Today over at Freshly Made Sketches we have this sketch that will become an instant classic.  My friend Jen Brum designed it and it rocks!

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I started with the butterfly from the Bold Butterfly Framelits.  Conveniently, Just Add Ink has a butterfly challenge this week so I am playing along with that!  I had the piece of watercolored paper from last week’s card sitting around still and I cut it out with the butterfly.  Part of it was still uncolored so I splashed on a little Daffodil Delight ink with my Aquapainter.  Remember when I told you last week about winning that flower die?  Well, I also won this Basic Grey DSP and it works perfectly here!  I added a square of Thick Whisper White with the sentiment from Garden in Bloom stamped in Rose Red.  I added on some Basic Rhinestones for a little extra sparkle.

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Now just look at those faces?  Aren’t they cute?!  They might be part of the reason that I’m not stamping as much right now but, let’s face it, they are totally worth it!!

Now, off to see what the rest of the DT created!  You will love the projects!  I’ll be back on Friday for this month’s Fancy Friday hop.  Until then, have a great week!

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Stamp:  Garden in Bloom; Ink:  Watermelon Wonder, Rose Red, Daffodil Delight; Paper:  Thick Whisper White, Basic Gray Vivienne; Accessories:  Big Shot, Bold Butterfly Framelit, Aquapainter, Basic Rhinestones, Dimensionals

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Freshly Made Sketches #196

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Did you see the news yet???!!!  Freshly Made Sketches is rapidly approaching our 200th sketch and we have quite a celebration in store for our players!  I’m sure you know that we normally run our challenge unsponsored but we have loads of AMAZING sponsors for this big event.  Plan now to play along!!  Keep an eye on our Facebook page or Instagram feed for more sneak peeks on who will join us!

Now back to the regularly schedule programing of sketch #196.  This week’s challenge hostess is the always lovely and oh so talented Cindy Hall.  You are going to love this one, I just know it!

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I used Rose Red and Watermelon Wonder inks on watercolor paper to create a pretty look and then another spot of Pool Party.  Then, using this amazing flower die, I cut out the flower.  I got this one from a giveaway from Ashley Horton.  Fun, huh?!  I stamped the sentiment from the Watercolor Wishes Kit using a combination of the inks (this time sponged on the stamp).  The Dots for Days stamp was inked in Pool Party and stamped onto Thick Whisper White leaving a white border for the sketch.  I added on some sequins from the Watercolor Wishes Kit to finish.  I love this card so much.  It totally does not photograph as pretty as it is in person!

Thanks again to Ashley for the great giveaway!!  Off today to a Nats game with my boys and some family time in DC.  The weather has cooled down and it should be perfect for being a tourist!  Thanks so much for stopping in today.  See you soon!

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Stamp:  Watercolor Wishes Kit; Ink:  Watermelon Wonder, Rose Red, Pool Party; Paper:  Thick Whisper White, Watercolor Paper; Accessories:  Big Shot, Flower Die from Echo Park Paper Co., Aquapainter, Sequins from Watercolor Wishes Kit, Sponge Dauber, Dimensionals

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Stamp Review Crew – Watercolor Wings

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I am so excited to be a part of this amazing group of Stampin’ Up demonstrators!  If you haven’t heard of “The Crew” yet, you are going to be so thrilled with this.  We are here to show you the versatility of one stamp set every time we hop (the 1st and 3rd Monday of each month).  We have a whole team of people and different stampers participate each time.  Like you, we look to find ways to maximize our investments and the single focus on one set allows you to see all the possibilities!  This week, our featured stamp is Watercolor Wings.  This one is such a beauty and it has so many possibilities!

If you just came over from the wonderful Ann Schach, I’m so glad you are here!  If you want to see everyone who is hopping or if you get lost along the way, just click over to The Stamp Review Crew blog.

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I have to say that this set has exceeded my already high expectations.  I knew that the layering details on the butterfly would be fabulous but wow have I enjoyed playing with the variations.  I chose to keep the body of the butterfly all one color (Pink Pirouette) but with the over-stamping of the layers you get these beautiful watercolor details .  I stamped the base layer and then the layer with the edge dots.  Finally I added the smallest butterfly.  These are so easy to layer together because the stamps are photopolymer.  The pink ink layering together make this look detailed but still so soft.  I added the body and antennae by stamping in Smoky Slate that had been stamped off once.  The dotted stamp and the sentiment are from the set too!  All of this was done on the new Thick Whisper White Card Stock and put on a base of the same paper.  Now for those sequins.  Look at the colors in them!  There is that bit of pink in the iridescent white.  But where did I get them??!!!  They are in the Watercolor Wishes Card Kit and I’m crazy in love with them!  I spent a couple of days putting the kit together (and I’m notoriously bad about getting whole kits put together) and every single card is awesome.  Out of the park awesome!  So there you have it…a fun, quick and yet totally special card.  The stamp set does all the work!

I hope you like this one.  Like you, I can’t wait to see all that the others have for inspiration!  Hop on over to Rochelle Blok to continue on your way around.  So glad you dropped in today.  See you again soon!

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Stamp:  Watercolor Wings; Paper:  Thick Whisper White; Ink:  Pink Pirouette, Smoky Slate; Accessories:  Sequins from Watercolor Wishes Kit, Glue Dots

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Freshly Made Sketches #195

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Can you believe it?!  I got to visit with another amazing stamper this week on my journeys through the United system!!  This time, I stopped in Toronto, Canada and got to have lunch with the lovely Jennifer Brum.  Now we got to meet before when she was in the DC area and our families went to one of the Air and Space Museums together.  Yep….we share both flying and stamping as interests (at least Jen gets brought along on the flying since her boys are huge aviation fans).  For all that my flying has been exhausting this week (6 days out in a row), my visit with Jen was a big bright spot!

Now to stamping.  The incredibly talented Kim Singdahlsen is our sketch hostess at Freshly Made Sketches this week and she has this fun and unique challenge for us!  You are going to have a ball with it!

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I was tempted to go with flowers again this week but I decided to stay close to the sketch (mostly because of the time crunch and flying).  I chose these prints from the retired Moonlight DSP (using up those scraps!) and punched circles with my 1-3/4″ Circle Punch.  I attached them to a piece of regular Whisper White and ran them through the Big Shot with my Decorative Dots Embossing Folder (inlaid embossing).  Then I took the panel and cut it out using my Stitched Rectangles die from Simon Says Stamps.  The sentiment is cut from Blackberry Bliss card stock using the Greetings Thinlits and I added a button and some Baker’s Twine for a little more detail.  Isn’t this fun?!  I told you that you would love the sketch!

Well, I am home today (finally) and looking forward to making some things in the craft room this week.  I miss it so much when I’m out and about!  Now I have something super important to tell you before I let you go.  Make sure you are following the FMS site and keeping track of our sketches.  You may notice how close we are to a landmark number of sketches.  Well, you can be sure we have a big and I mean BIG surprise coming to celebrate.  Be ready!  We are so excited that we are ready to party now (but we’ll have to wait too!).  Look for more details in the upcoming weeks!

FMS Final 195-001Now our lovely team of stampers has their usual great inspiration for you.  Make sure you hop over and tell Kim how much you love her sketch and go check out the team projects.  Can’t wait to see what you create with this one!  Thanks so much for stopping in today.  Back soon with more fun!

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Paper:  Whisper White, Thick Whisper White, Moonlight DSP Stack; Accessories:  Big Shot, Greetings Thinlits, Decorative Dots Embossing Folder, Stitched Rectangles Die (SSS), 1-3/4″ Circle Punch, Button, Crushed Curry Baker’s Twine, Dimensionals

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Freshly Made Sketches #194

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Another week of fun travels and another week of seeing friends while on the road at work.  Twice in a row!!  This week I got to hang out with my pilot training roommate and fellow United pilot, Cathy, and the fancy, fabulous Jeanna Bohanon.  Seeing two of my dear friends, from two different sides of my life, meet and get along so well brought me such joy!  And they live close to each other.  I foresee Cathy learning to stamp after all!!  *smile*

For our sketch this week, the clever and talented Linda Callahan is our hostess.  This sketch is so fun and unique….just like Linda!  How these ladies keep finding such original ideas is amazing!

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Recognize this stamp set??!!  Let me give you a hint.  Cool, trendy and it shows up at your door once a month.  That’s right!  Paper Pumpkin!!!  I knew the minute I saw these flowers that I would be using them over and over.  Never mind how cute the kit is (and it is), this stamp is a gift that keeps giving.  I’ve been saying that about Paper Pumpkin for a while but this month’s set is over the top fun!  I took the flowers and stamped in Momento Black and then colored them with Copics markers.  I stamped some leaves from Garden in Bloom to add to the edges.  Love how they coordinate!  The sentiment (also from Paper Pumpkin June) was stamped and then I hand drew the line using my Project Life Journaling Pen.  All of this is stamped on the new Thick Whisper White.  The paper handles the markers beautifully (and don’t forget it can handle watercoloring too).  I hand cut the flowers and popped them up on Glue Dots and Dimensionals.

FMS194 Copics FMS Final 194-001The ladies on the DT have such fun interpretations of this sketch…no surprise!  Make sure you run over and tell Linda how much you love this too!

I have a big stretch of flying coming up but hopefully some stuff to share while I’m gone.  I might even get another bonus visit with a stamping friend!  I know….crazy, right?!  I have always warned people that I might show up on their doorsteps with short notice.  Now they believe me! Thanks so much for stopping in today.  See you soon!

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Stamp:  Paper Pumpkin June Stamp, Garden in Bloom; Ink:  Momento Black, Copics (above); Paper:  Thick Whisper White; Accessories:  Project Life Journaling Pens, Glue Dots, Dimensionals,

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Freshly Made Sketches #193

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I hope you are having a fabulous week so far!  Mine has been pretty full of work and fun.  Got back from a trip on Monday and I got to spend some time with two of my amazing FMS teammates – Linda and Jen M – while I was on my trip.  I know….you are jealous, right?!  And they are just as awesome in person as you could ever hope for.  How lucky I am that United affords me the occasional visit with my stamping friends.  Now for trips to TX, FL, CO, Canada, New Zealand, Germany, Australia…..you know, to visit the rest of the team!  At least the first 3 are manageable in my Airbus!

Ok…on to our sketch this week.  It is courtesy of the lovely Rita has created this beauty for Freshly Made Sketches and it is a real winner!  It is unique yet there are so many possibilities!

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So I got this lovely care package a bit ago from my dear friend Becky Cowley.  It included this Bohemian DSP and some In Color Blossom Accents (why yes, she is fabulous and so generous to send me a care package of goodies!!).  This bold diamond pattern is a bit more manageable when cut down into strips and the cool Hello Honey pattern is one of my favorites from the pack!  I grouped them with the Watercolor Thank You stamp and added a little Hello Honey Blossom Accent to stay true to the sketch.  The Blackberry Bliss ribbon adds another layer of detail and I framed my layers (and created a base) with Blackberry Bliss card stock.  This card is super fun and easy to make as a group of cards.

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The fabulous versions of this sketch already have me ready to Pin so I know you’ll love what you see this week.  Hope you have fun playing along with us!

I busily using my two days off between trips to catch up but hoping for some stamping tomorrow.  I hope you have a wonderful day and thanks so much for stopping in.

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Stamp:  Watercolor Thank You; Ink:  Blackberry Bliss; Paper:  Very Vanilla, Bohemian DSP, Blackberry Bliss; Accessories:  In Color Blossom Accents, Blackberry Bliss 3/8″ Stitched Ribbon (ret)

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Fancy Friday – Artistic Flowers

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I am so excited to share with you this month’s project with for our Fancy Friday monthly hop!  If you just came over from the amazing Jeanna, welcome to the next stop.  My friends and I want to be able to share with you our ideas in a monthly format.  We will use different themes each month – sometimes colors, sometimes a sketch, sometimes a stamp set focus.  The one thing you can count on is that it will be fancy!  Over our year on the 2013 Artisan Design Team,  “fancy” became our word to describe the best projects, the best new clothes, even the best pedicure colors.  Now we want to share with you our take on “fancy” each month.  This month our theme is “New Products”.  With all that the new Stampin’ Up catalog has to offer, the hardest part of the challenge was choosing what to use!

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I loved the Awesomely Artistic stamp set the minute I saw it and it was on my first order.  These little flowers are so fantastic to color!  And guess what I found out?!  You can use the new Thick Whisper White for watercoloring!  I didn’t do a whole lot of blending but it held up to my Aquapainter with no pilling at all.  Yippee!!!!  I stamped the image with Stazon Black and colored the flower with Rose Red, Tip Top Taupe and Soft Sky.  Pretty quick to color and so fancy!  I added the sentiment from the set and some new black sequins from the Metallics Sequins Assortment.  The side bar is retired washi tape. There are some new ones (Everyday Chic comes to mind) that would work here too.

I’m so glad you stopped in to visit today.  I hope you have a great time seeing all the beautiful things on our hop.

My oh so talented friend Becky Cowley is up next!   Wait until you see the fancy watercolor card she created!

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Stamp:  Awesomely Artisitc; Paper:  Thick Whisper White; Ink:  Stazon Black, Rose Red, Tip Top Taupe, Soft Sky; Accessories:  Metallic Sequins, Glue Dots, Washi Tape, Aquapainter

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Freshly Made Sketches #192

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Happy first Wednesday of summer (at least for those in North America)!  I am full into summer flying and summer activities with the boys.  Camps, swimming and a little more of a relaxed schedule (at least for the kids).  I’m working in a little bit of crafting time and I even have an open house/open stamp event today.  Nothing like getting to see my stamping friends to brighten a week!

Speaking of stamping friends….my friend Jen Mitchell has our sketch for us over at Freshly Made Sketches this week and you are going to smile and head right to your crafting room!  I was so excited for a reason to pull out this gorgeous flower again.

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I remain obsessed with this peony stamp from You’ve Got This and am happy just to sit and color it over and over in different shades.  For today, I used a combination of retired Blendies and Copics.  I joined the image up with this fabulous sentiment from Garden in Bloom…another new favorite!  All of the black was stamped using Momento Black.  I layered the image panel onto some Smoky Slate and then put it on a Pink Pirouette base.  To add a little something special I included these pretty sequins that I just got from Pretty Pink Posh.

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The team has created gorgeous inspiration again.  No surprise, I know!  Every week they never cease to make my jaw drop!

I’m hoping to be able to visit with two of my FMS team mates this weekend (weather and flying permitting).  If so, I’m sure you’ll here the squeals and laughs from wherever you are!!  I will be back on Friday with the monthly Fancy Friday hop too!  YAY!!  See you then!

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Stamp:  You’ve Got This, Garden in Bloom; Ink:  Momento Tuxedo Black, Copics, Blendabilities; Paper:  Whisper White, Smoky Slate, Pink Pirouette; Accessories:  PPP Sparkling Clear Sequins, Dimensionals

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Freshly Made Sketches #191

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The middle of the first week with both kids out for summer break and so far, so good.  I have actually made a couple of things (yay!) and they seem to be settling into a routine that is so much calmer (yay, again!).  We finished the first swim meet of the season last night and both boys did a great job moving across those lanes.  Fun stuff!  And speaking of fun, I get to be the hostess for this week’s Freshly Made Sketches challenge.

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In other posts I have spoken of my kids’ soccer.  Well, it is that time of year and we are ending another year of training with great coaches.  I created this card for my oldest son’s coach.  My son asked me to color it to look like him and I did my best to capture that.  He has blue cleats and wears an orange goalie jersey so I think I came close.  The image is from Lili of the Valley and is called Goalie Saves.  I colored it with a combination of the discontinued Blendabilities and Copics.  Then I added a sentiment created using the Alphabet Rotary Stamp.  I love that I can create an individualized sentiment with that cool little tool!  I backed the image with some retired DSP that matched my green grass.

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The team has some marvelous interpretations of this pretty basic sketch that I know you will love…I certainly do.  I hope you will find some time to play along too.  I just love looking at the gallery every week.

I’m off on another trip soon so am trying to fit some more stamping in today before I go.  Hopefully I will have something to share with you later this week.  Until then, have a great day!

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Stamp:  Goalie Saves (LOTV); Ink:  Momento Tuxedo Black, Copics, Blendabilities; Paper:  Whisper White, Basic Black, Print Poetry DSP Stack (ret); Accessories:  Alphabet Rotary Stamp, Dimensionals

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