Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Three Little Watercolor Words

Hi, everybody! I've been doing a little experimenting for our next stamp club meeting, where I'd like to teach a watercolor project. Watercoloring is so in right now, and I have very little experience with it. I have to tell you, I had the time of my life trying out some of the different techniques out there!

This first experimental project is basically stamping with watered down ink. It's super easy ... you just ink up your stamps and mist them with water! The colors run and blend and end up looking very hand painted. For this project, I used watercolor paper from the dollar bin at Joann's and my new Flower Patch Stamp Set from Stampin' Up.

I stamped the largest flowers first and then gradually filled in the space with the smaller stamps. I added the leaves last as a final filler. I went back in with my water brush as the last step and blended a few spots together even more and created some splatters. This clean and simple card only took about 10 minutes minus the drying time! Once the piece was completely dry, I added my sentiment with gold embossing powder. (Why it looks so dull here, I have no clue!)
I can't wait to share more of the projects I've been splattering around today. Back soon!

Saturday, August 23, 2014

You in a Word

I ordered this Simply Created Mini Album Kit from Stampin' Up way back in the spring with great intentions of using it for a class. Needless to say (story of my life), if I can get a project done with a product before it's discontinued I'm one lucky demonstrator!

I did love this kit. It's got a simple, handmade vibe which makes it a totally trendy collection of products. The theme of the album is "You in a Word." Here are a few excerpts ... several months late.

I'm a big fan of kits and a big fan of mini albums, so I hope Stampin' Up continues to make projects like this available. I'll continue to do my meager best to get them out there! :)

Thanks for visiting!

This Brings Me Joy

Hi, friends! I finally finished up a layout I've had on top of my stack for quite a while. This layout coordinates with one I posted a little while back using the My Mind's Eye Now and Then collection. I love this trendy, soft collection. It's just perfect for scrapping my favorite subjects. Guess who?

Fall is rearing its ugly (gorgeous?) head already here in Montana, which means it's almost time for another session with Rachelle for portraits. I'm going to have 12-year-olds in a little more than a week!


Thinking of You

Today I decided to break out my inks and get my old school artsy on. I am a huge fan of collage influences, and I found a fun card on Pinterest for inspiration that was just what I needed! Thank you to Kath in Westhill for the little spark today!

I stamped the flower image from Serene Silhouettes repeatedly on a 4 1/4 by 5 1/2 piece of Whisper White cardstock and then embossed with white embossing powder to create my resist. Then I sponged Baja Breeze, Coastal Cabana, Baked Brown Sugar, Soft Suede, Early Espresso, and Basic Black all over my panel, concentrating the darker colors toward the outside edges. I misted the panel with water and let it dry to create some splatter, and then stamped the text image from the French Foliage stamp set repeatedly on to the background. Then I used a damp paper towel to clean up my embossed image.

I added a sentiment and some gold glitter paper at the bottom, and tied on a bit of twine for some texture. I love the collage effect this process created, and I had lots of fun choosing just the right colors for the feel I was after.

Thanks for stopping by today, friends!!