Tag Archives: Watercolor

Watercolor Quilt – #GDP102

Hope you’re having a wonderful Labor Day Weekend!  It’s SO HOT where I live — 111 degrees yesterday!!!  Yikes!  Talk about one last blast of Summer.  Well, I’m staying inside where it’s nice and cool and having fun creating.  Sounds like the perfect weekend to me (except having to clean the house, but I got that out of the way yesterday, so it’s all uphill from here.) The other AMAZING… Read More »

GDP101 – Color Challenge

This week, the Global Design Project is having a color challenge!  I love color challenges, because they force me to use new and different combinations.  Actually, I love challenges period, because they force me to think outside of the box.  A few months ago, I felt like I was in a funk and doing these challenges over the last month has really inspired me.  (The feedback has encouraged me as… Read More »

Case The Designer – GDP100

This week at the Global Design Project, they are celebrating their 100th challenge!!!  It’s a big celebration, and they are giving out prizes!  The challenge this week is to CASE (Copy And Share Everything) one of the designer’s cards.  Go to the GDP website to check out all the amazing cards created by the designers.  There are 10 different cards to choose from, so there’s lots of inspiration. I decided… Read More »

Sneak Preview – Half Full

Stampin’ Up! has a new Holiday Catalog that customers can start ordering from on September 1st! Earlier this month, I was able to place a pre-order, and I’ve been DYING to play with my new stuff!!!  I finally got a chance this past weekend.  One thing that really caught my eye was the Half Full stamp set.  It has some of the greatest saying (super funny) and lots of both… Read More »

Salt Technique — Global Design Project 99

This week’s challenge for the Global Design Project is to create a wedding or anniversary card.  Click the photo below to go to that site and see the inspiring projects created by the designers, as well as the numerous entries so far.  You are sure to find lots of great ideas! I just made a couple wedding and anniversary cards, so I decided to go a little non-traditional and make… Read More »

Magical “Orange” Mermaid

Today, I have a really special card to share with you.  When I first saw the Magical Mermaid stamp set, I fell in love and knew I had to have it.  It’s perfect for my daughter.  (I’ll explain why below.)  I really didn’t have a specific reason for making this card, other than it just suits her.  She is leaving to go back to college in a couple weeks, so… Read More »

Beachy Birthday

My Brother-In-Law is celebrating his birthday this week, and he’s a really great guy, so I wanted to make an extra special card for him.  He lives in Southern California and enjoys relaxing (like all of us!)  So, I thought why not create a beach themed card for him? I love the lounge chairs from the Colorful Seasons stamp set and thought they would make a great centerpiece for this… Read More »

Global Design Project #GDP097 — Color Challenge

This weekend, I decided to challenge myself and design a project to enter the Global Design Project #GDP097 Color Challenge!  I had seen some truly amazing projects created by both the design team and challengers.  So, I thought why not join the fun and see what I could come up with?  The challenge is simple, design a project with these three colors:   When I last looked, there were 55 entries!!!… Read More »

Mediterranean Birthday

We have lots of July birthdays in my family!  Yesterday was my Sister-In-Law Laurel’s birthday, and I know she reads my blog, so I had to be careful not to publish her card before she actually received it.  Her husband arranged a super fun “Girl’s Night Out” surprise party for her last night.  I even sent her a decoy birthday card in the mail so she wouldn’t suspect.  Hee, hee… Read More »

Here’s To You!

One of my new favorite stamp sets is Mixed Drinks.  It has so many fun elements to design delicious, “Summery” cards.  What’s even better is that I can use this set for both feminine and masculine cards! We have a friend that is so generous to our kids.  He is constantly showering them with gifts.  Recently, he gave them both money … my son for graduating from college, and my… Read More »

Mediterranean Moments

Last week at my mom’s house, we had a “craft day” and played with her stamps.  It’s so much fun to look at someone else’s stash and use goodies I don’t own!!!  Believe it or not, my mom has lots of stuff I don’t have!!! First, I have to digress and give a little back story.  Earlier that week, we were walking through the little mall in Mammoth and ran… Read More »

Watercolor Wedding

My husband and I are going to a wedding for one of his clients soon.  I’m obviously looking forward to the event, but I was also excited to have an opportunity to make a wedding card!  We haven’t had many weddings in our family recently, and wedding cards are one of my favorites to make. This weekend, I wrapped the gift all in silver with lots of glitter and sparkles. … Read More »

2018 Desktop Calendars

Today, I have three more installments of my 2018 Desktop Calendars to share with you, including April, May and June.  I create these calendars over the course of a year so I can hand them out as Christmas gifts.  The calendars measure 4″ x 6″ and fit in a standard frame.  My friends and family love them!!! When designing each month, I use a combination of current and retired products. … Read More »

Life Is A Beautiful Thing

Life IS a beautiful thing.  I love that saying, because it’s something I truly believe. The other day, I was perusing Pinterest and found a gorgeous, tranquil photo that I wanted to copy.  On the surface, it seems so simple … a beautiful sunset, water, and one chair.  I decided to try to watercolor it. Here’s the photo I found so you can see my inspiration.  I had to change… Read More »

Oh So Eclectic!

My mom visited last weekend, and when we get together, we love to craft!  So not only was she able to attend one of my stamp workshops, but the next day, we had fun stamping and experimenting with new techniques! The card I’m sharing today includes two stamping techniques: 1) the background involves something new that I’ve never tried before, and 2) then I watercolored the flower and stitched circle, so… Read More »

Banners For You Graduation

My son is graduating from college!  We’re so proud of him!!!  Oh my gosh, it seems like yesterday that I was bringing him to his first day of Kindergarten.  Look at that sweet little face. Now, he’s graduating from California State University East Bay with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Kinesiology with an emphasis in Therapeutic Studies.  He has a job as a Physical Therapy Aid, and he’s working… Read More »

Colorful Seasons Watercolor

Today, I have a fun new card to share with you featuring the Colorful Seasons suite of products.  I’m also going to start a tutorial series on watercoloring.  I recently had a customer ask for detailed instructions on watercoloring tools and techniques.  She indicated that she doesn’t have a local demonstrator, so I thought it might be useful to other customers who read my blog and are in the same situation. … Read More »

Just Breathe

It’s the weekend!!!  Just breathe and relax! Today, I have a preview of lots of fun things coming in the new 2017-2018 Annual Catalog that goes live on June 1, 2017.  That’s just around the corner!  One suite of products that instantly caught my eye was the Colorful Seasons stamp set and coordinating Seasonal Layers Thinlits Dies.  There are SO MANY elements to these two sets.  I can literally use… Read More »

New 2017-2019 In-Colors!

The new Stampin’ Up! Annual Catalog is coming out on June 1, 2017, and with it comes new colors!  Each year, Stampin’ Up! introduces five “In-Colors” to its permanent palette to keep the colors fresh and on trend.  The In-Colors are only available for two years, and they are specifically created to coordinate with each other, as well as the previous year’s In-Colors. Well, I have to say that I’m a… Read More »

Botanical Gift Bag

Today is my monthly Stamp Club meeting!  My friends and I gather together once a month to make four projects and rotate hostesses.  It’s a great way to learn new stamping techniques and try out new products, while having fun visiting and catching up, as well as reaping the rewards of free hostess dollars!!! My project share for today is the door prize I made to give away tonight.  It’s another… Read More »