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Variations of Watercolor Backgrounds



I am really loving the new Watercolor Pencils and I know that you are going to love them, too.  Today's video is a little experimentation with different combinations of paper & blending tools.  I took a couple of stills for you to see the finished results.



This one is probably my favorite combo, but I'm a sucker for anything glittery.  You can still see some of the scribble marks and the color does not spread or combine much.



Like I said in the video, the Thick Whisper White card stock is my new "go-to" when making cards.  I probably could have blended the scribble marks out more with the blender pen, but I wanted to keep the colors somewhat vibrant.



And finally, if you are a watercolor purist, this combination is for you.  I would have liked to have added more color before blending and been a bit neater with the mixing of the color.  Nevertheless, it's a cool look.

Which technique is your favorite?

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Monday Montage 85


Welcome to the Monday Montage blog hop!  Every other Monday, my friends and I share inspiring projects.  Be sure to visit all the don't want to miss anything!




I'm always on the lookout for new tutorials to try, and this week Splitcoaststampers featured a Surprise Shaker card tutorial.  I had to alter a few of the steps, but the result turned out really cute.



 The front of the card features the Ferris Wheel image on a tag insert.  I created a tab at the top with a punched circle of Bermuda Bay cardstock.  The tassel was tied on with Bakers' Twine from the Cupcakes & Carousels embellishment kit.



Once you slide the tag upwards, the shaker part of the card is revealed.  The sequins are also from the Cupcakes & Carousels embellishment kit.  I used the Cupcakes & Carousels Designer Series Paper to frame the shaker.  The ferris wheel image was stamped in Basic Black Archival ink, then splashes of color were added with the watercolor pencils and a blender pen.


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Be sure to visit all the stops on the hop.  Click next to see what the Wonderful Wendy has created or click back to check out Kreative Kaitlyn's fabulous project.


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Another Carousel Birthday



Hold your horses!  Can you believe I've posted to my blog 2 days in a row?  Actually, I've got a pretty full month of projects to share so make sure you hit that little subscribe button.  I don't want you to miss anything!


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I'm still trying to catch up on the birthday cards and this sketch from Freshly Made Sketches inspired me to keep it quick & simple.  Since I still had the Carousel Birthday stamp set on my desk, it was an easy choice to decide what to use.





I started by stamping the carousel horse image and sentiment in Basic Black archival ink onto Very Vanilla card stock.  To add some color to the horse, I scribbled some watercolor pencils in Bermuda Bay, Daffodil Delight, and Calypso Coral over the image.  Next, I used a Clear Wink of Stella Glitter Brush to blend the color and soften the lines.  This gave the image a watercolor look and a tiny bit of shimmer.





 I completed the card by adding the Bermuda Bay-stamped "birthday" over the sentiment, some Cupcakes & Carousels Designer Series Paper along the edge, and a few embellishments (ribbon & paper bow) from the coordinating embellishment kit.

You'll find the complete list of supplies below.

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Carousel Birthday & Catalog Updates


Well, I'm back.......I think.  I needed to take a little time off to finish some projects around the house and to enjoy the holidays with my family.  Unfortunately, my husband and I both got the stomach flu on Christmas Eve.  As if that wasn't bad enough, the sickness transformed into some sort of head cold from hell.  I'm finally starting to feel human, just in time for Sale-a-Bration to begin!  If you are one of my current customers, I hope you received your Occasions catalog and Sale-a-Bration brochures in the mail during December.  If not, let me know.  And if you aren't a current customer and would like to become one, message me and I'll be glad to send you complimentary copies as well.



There are sooooooooo many amazing new stamps & accessories available starting today, that it was hard to choose what I would share first.  Since I've got a ton of birthday cards to send, I decided to use the Carousel Birthday stamp set paired with this week's sketch from Mojo Monday.




I stamped the carousel horse in Early Espresso ink onto Very Vanilla card stock, then die cut with the Stitched Shapes framelits and the Big Shot.  These are definitely my favorite dies of the moment!  Another new favorite is the watercolor pencils.  Seriously, you should be adding these to your shopping cart right now!  They are only $16 (whoa!), come in SU colors, and blend beautifully.  I used pencils in Daffodil Delight, Early Espresso, Calypso Coral, and Bermuda Bay to highlight the horse image.  I lightly used a blender pen to smooth out the colors.




The patterned papers are from the Cupcakes & Carousels Designer Series Pack.  It features 48 sheets of double-sided designs in a convenient 6" x 6" size perfect for card-making.  There is also a Cupcakes & Carousels Embellishment Kit which is where I got the random sequins.  This kit has a lot of fun embellishments that I can't wait to use, including tassels, ribbons, bows, and gold foil labels. 

And the best part of Sale-a-Bration?  You can get it all and get something free!  For every $50 you spend (before shipping and tax), you can select a free item from the Sale-a-Bration brochure.  You'll find the complete supply list with links to purchase below.

Thanks so much for stopping by! 



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Blender Pens





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