when inspiration strikes…

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I should be making Father’s Day cards to sell at work…working with navy and earth tones, images of ties, cars, graphic stripes and the like..but instead I am inspired to work with a palette of coral pinks and peaches, delicate flowers and wood veneers, and Perfect Pearls Mist!! If ever there is the opposite of masculine it must be the shimmery prettiness of Perfect Pearls.

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This card is made using the emboss resist technique I learned at the Watercolour for Cardmakers class. I used Distress markers to stain the wood birdcage and spritzed the flowers with the aforementioned Pearls mist in Biscotti. The background paper is from MME’s Lost&Found Two collection.

Mom 80

Oh well, you have to go with the flow and so I have my Mom’s 80th birthday card done over a month in advance!! I will try to be satisfied with a sense of accomplishment about that and ignore the upcoming deadline for Father’s Day!!

Off to bed, sleep tight my friends, tomorrow is another day!

 

~My religion is very simple, my religion is kindness. ~the Dalai Lama

 

More Watercolour for Cardmakers – Masking fluid

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This will be quick because I love you guys but it is 22 and sunny out there and I am on a day off!! Dizzy with anticipation, I am! I think everyone, North America wide anyway, will agree it was a long dreary winter and I can’t wait to get out of hibernation and enjoy the good weather!

I am still working on some of the earlier techniques before I attempt the freehand stuff. This card was made by printing out a sentiment block from the internet (I didn’t have the stamp I wanted) and then using masking fluid to cover it over before layering on my watercolours. After the paint dries, you just peel off the masking “skin” and you are left with a lovely white background in the middle of your vibrant colour. Cool, huh?

Day 2 masking

Then I did a little splattering and dropletting (yupp, going with it, real word or not!) and adhered it to a 4.25×5.5 base in a coordinating colour. And c’est tout!

best dad ever

I’m out folks, that sunshine is calling me! Enjoy your day whatever it brings!

 

~Kindness can become its own motive. We are made kind by being kind. ~ Eric Hoffer

Day 5&6

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whoa, falling behind at Watercolors for Cards but you know what? Not stressing because with my registration fee, I have full access to the lessons, videos and pdf’s even after the class has finished!! So I can go back at my leisure, refresh and review the techniques, and practice whenever works for me!

I needed a quick birthday card last weekend so I tried the misted Distress markers on a stamp. I combined it with some patterned paper on a kraft card base and added a twine bow for pizazz! Most of the techniques in this class lend themselves to quick cards – minimal effort, maximum wow factor-now that’s what I’m talkin’ about!!

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I tried Swarthup’s artistic stamp colouring technique next and..well, it needs work! I don’t have a lot of floral stamps, or outline stamps, so I think I will have to put on my thinking cap and figure out how to use my supplies with this technique because I just love the effect!

Here is my attempt:

Day 6

Finally, my mother’s day cards fundraiser went over so well, I have decided to try and do a few Father’s Day ones before the Relay on June 21. Here is the first one, using the emboss resist technique with broad swathes of watercolour as the background! I used a CTMH stamp from the Cloud Nine set, and a Unity sentiment stamp with some Authentique Seasons: Summer patterned paper. Distress Inks were used for the background in Walnut Stain, Faded Jeans and Scattered Straw. (PS I make most of my cards 5×7, I just like the bigger size!)

hip hip hooray

I hope everyone is enjoying this class, and my posts, as much as I am! Enjoy your day, people!

 

~If you can’t be kind, be quiet~

Day 4 Watercolours for cardmakers

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Day 4

And I am still loving this class! It’s a little hard to find the time to play with the techniques during the week but thanks to unlimited access to the videos and pdf instructions, I know I will be able to go back to any lesson I want, whenever I want, even after the class is over! Sweeet!

So, I only had time to try one technique tonight so I chose Shari Carroll’s gelato on a solid stamp. I used a beautiful floral stem from CTMH’s Treasure Life set. Gotta be honest, it will take some practice and I don’t think this particular stamp was the best choice. I don’t know if it was because it was a clear acrylic stamp, or because it was finer than Shari’s but I did not get as good a result. In fact, I had to touch up the image with my Distress markers because the gelatos did not transfer in some places.  Maybe not enough water? I will keep trying!

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Above are the two cards I made: first impression on the left and the second generation stamping on the right.  I will take these cards into work tomorrow as I am selling them for Mother’s Day, with the proceeds going to my Relay For Life team. Love crafting for a cause!

Tomorrow is Friday!!!! 😀 I intend to put some serious time behind my craft desk so hopefully I will have some more cards to post tomorrow!

Take care, my friends!

~Just because an animal is large, it doesn’t mean he doesn’t want kindness; however big Tigger seems to be, remember that he wants as much kindness as Roo. ~ Pooh’s Little Instruction Book~

Day 2! (2 blog posts in a row!)

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This must be some kind of record for me! I am truly inspired by this online course I am taking!

But seriously, I can’t believe how much I am learning! These ladies are amazing, and I think the best part is they let you in on all their little “trade secrets” that are so helpful! I am wondering why on earth it has taken me so long to discover this world on online classes! Anyway, here is a pic of my little set-up for these classes – I have my supplies all close at hand and my little tablet on an easel for easy viewing (and so I don’t accidentally upset my water cup all over it! My friend and I discovered a fabulous new technique that way – we called it wine distressing, but that’s a story for another day!)  😉

OCC set up

So today we had videos on 3 more techniques for watercolour backgrounds…I only had time to try one, and it is a total CASE of  the instructor’s (Agnieszka Malyszek) card.  I got to try out my watercolour pencils for this soft, flowy background and even the “ink” splatter is watercolour pencil!

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I will have to stop by a store tomorrow and pick up some rubber cement or masking fluid so I can try the other techniques. Not sure if I will be back tomorrow or not, it is dinner at Mom’s after work! (I love when Mom cooks dinner – such a treat!)

That’s it for me tonight, my friends. When you are out there doing what you’re doing please remember:

~When words are both true and kind, they can change the world. ~ Buddha

Watercolours for Cardmakers class

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My first ever online class and I am so excited!!!  Day 1 is already awesome and I have learned a new technique I am trying out in this post. The wonderfully talented Jennifer Rzasa showed us a technique of placing a stencil in a pool of watercolours to get a super cool effect.
Here is mine:

OCC WC Day 1

Not quite as cool as hers, I guess I need a little more practice! I think I maybe didn’t have quite enough colour down before I taped down my stencil.
The other techniques were using an acrylic block as a palette and “smooshing” directly to your paper with it, and embossing resist with watercolours.
Here are a couple of cards I did with these techniques:

from me to youCait congrats

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Laura Bassen and Kristina Werner with the other two instructors today…I know, right? What a star studded lineup!! I am soo looking forward to this two week course of sheer talent and creativity!! Hope you can follow along with me!

enjoy your week, my friends!

~Kind words can be short and easy to speak but their echoes are truly endless. ~ Mother Teresa

 

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