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Wise owl “watercolored” die cut

watercolor.bloghopHi! Watercolors are something that I’ve always loved the look of. I mean just look at the image above – it makes my heart happy. Here’s another example of me playing with watercolors – practicing, really and enjoying it!

This year, the gifts I gave to teachers and staff at my son’s school were notebooks that I got through Pick Your Plum. These were ready for decoration and I used different ways to decorate them. My watercolor projects involve die cuts that I have watercolored with Distress Stains and Inks as well as Gelatos.

I am sharing this project in Pretty Pink Posh’s Watercolor Blog Hop!

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We are giving this to a teacher who both of my kids couldn’t get enough of. She was in charge of the enriched programs and my kids really loved every minute they had with her. I thought this wise, but calm owl, was perfect for her patient ways.

I used a die cut from Miss Kate’s Cuttables for this scene that I cut out of watercolor paper. I then used Distress Stain (mowed lawn and mustard seed) or Ink (tea dye) mushed onto my craft mat, spritzed with water and picked up with a water brush to “paint” the image and background (this is my go-to way to watercolor right now.) I also used Gelatos for the pink on the flowers. I rubbed the Gelato onto my craft mat and then wet the color with the brush and painted it onto the image. I kept this image very soft (except for the yellow) and love how it turned out!

I have done watercoloring with other inks, too. All dye inks can be smooshed onto a craft mat (some inks can be smooshed onto their own lid) and picked up with a waterbrush to get that watercolor look.

I hope you’ll give watercoloring a try and join in the hop! I’d love to see what you create!

Thanks so much for stopping by!

Happy crafting!

Ruth

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Sweet Spring scene “watercolored” die cut

watercolor.bloghopHi! Watercolors are something that I’ve always loved the look of. I mean just look at the image above – it makes my heart happy. Here’s another example of me playing with watercolors – practicing, really and enjoying it!

This year, the gifts I gave to teachers and staff at my son’s school were notebooks that I got through Pick Your Plum. These were ready for decoration and I used different ways to decorate them. My watercolor projects involve die cuts that I have watercolored with Distress Stains and Inks as well as Gelatos.

I am sharing this project in Pretty Pink Posh’s Watercolor Blog Hop!

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We are giving this to the social worker who has worked with my son from Kindergarten through middle school. She has a very gentle demeanor, so I think my son did a great job choosing this image for her.

I used a die cut from Miss Kate’s Cuttables for this scene that I cut out of watercolor paper. I then used Distress Stain (mowed lawn, mustard seed and shaded lilac) or Ink (tea dye, tumbled glass and salty ocean) mushed onto my craft mat, spritzed with water and picked up with a water brush to “paint” the image and background (this is my go-to way to watercolor right now.) I also used Gelatos for the pink on the flowers. I rubbed the Gelato onto the flowers and then wet the color with the brush to soften it. I really like how the soft colors of watercolor all go together. It’s hard to go wrong when everything is soft!

I have done watercoloring with other inks, too. All dye inks can be smooshed onto a craft mat (some inks can be smooshed onto their own lid) and picked up with a waterbrush to get that watercolor look.

I hope you’ll give watercoloring a try and join in the hop! I’d love to see what you create!

Thanks so much for stopping by!

Happy crafting!

Ruth

Three birds “Watercolored” notebook cover

watercolor.bloghopHi! Watercolors are something that I’ve always loved the look of. I mean just look at the image above – it makes my heart happy. I need to play more with watercolors to get better at getting the look I want, but for the time being I just enjoy playing with water and different ways of painting.

This year, the gifts I gave to teachers and staff at my son’s school were notebooks that I got through Pick Your Plum. These were ready for decoration and I used different ways to decorate them. My watercolor projects involve die cuts that I have watercolored with Distress Stains and Inks as well as Gelatos.

All this is to introduce my first project for Pretty Pink Posh’s Watercolor Blog Hop!

Let’s get on to the project:

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We are giving this to a woman who worked with my son for many years, overseeing his IEP for some of grade school into middle school. She once lent me a book about bird calls when I said that I didn’t know what sound Sandhill Crains made (turns out I was familiar with the sound, I just didn’t know that’s what it was!) I thought she might like this image of birds.

I used a die cut from the Silhouette store (three birds 5×7 papercut card with liner by Nic Squirrell) for this scene that I cut out of watercolor paper. I then used Distress Stain (mowed lawn, mustard seed and barn door) or Ink (tea dye and salty ocean) mushed onto my craft mat, spritzed with water and picked up with a water brush to “paint” the image (this is my go-to way to watercolor right now.) I knew that without a definite boundary it would be hard to keep the colors from running into each other, so I embraced that. I also allowed some areas to be more bold and others to be more soft which I think is part of what makes watercolor interesting.

I have done watercoloring with other inks, too. All dye inks can be smooshed onto a craft mat (some inks can be smooshed onto their own lid) and picked up with a waterbrush to get that watercolor look.

I hope you’ll give watercoloring a try and join in the hop! I’d love to see what you create!

Thanks so much for stopping by!

Happy crafting!

Ruth

Last of the minis (for now)!

Yep, it’s been a bit of a craft-a-thon that has lead to a blog-a-thon because of the challenge at Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge: Thank You! Check out this blog post for the start of these projects if you’re interested in knowing who these notebooks are for!

This one is a bit snarky, but hey, not everybody likes a serious notebook.

I used stamps from Technique Tuesday and Simple Stories, inks were StazOn, Tsukineko and Stampin’ Up!:

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Fun, huh? I’m thinking this might be good for the gym teachers. Nothing too fancy for them – just fun stuff!

So, that’s it for the minis for now. I hope you’ve enjoyed seeing them and maybe felt inspired!

I will have some more of the bigger notebooks to share towards the end of the week so please come back!

Happy crafting!

Ruth

Thanks (again!)

If you haven’t been following along and you’re curious about this project, you could check out this post which explains a bit more about these projects. I am excited that I have such a fun set of projects to share for the Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge: Thank you

For this mini notebook, the stamps are from Close to My Heart, the inks are StazOn and Stampin’ Up!

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It’s been so nice to get to use some of the stamps that I don’t play with nearly as often as I should! I loved the stitched/quilted look of this stamp set. I’m sure you’re much better about playing with your stamp sets, aren’t you?

Anyway, I do have more to share so come back again!

Happy crafting!

Ruth

Giving (more) thanks

Yep, another notebook to share! I’ve been sharing the same types of projects the last few posts. Feel free to check them out for the inside scoop! And I’m entering Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge : Thank you.

Here’s one using stamps from Papertrey Ink and StazOn and Stampin’ Up! ink:

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I’m not one to enjoy repeating a project over and over and this is the only one like this that I made. How about you? Do you like to mass produce or do you like to mix things up? I’ve made 13 notebooks so far and only have repeated 3 of the designs on these smaller ones and that’s OK with me!

I have more to share, so come back again!

Happy crafting!

Ruth

Thankful for all the support!

I don’t know about you, but the staff at my son’s school have been so important to his development. He has made huge strides in large part due to the support of all kinds of school personnel. Since he’s on his way to the high school now after going to a K-8 school, these are our last gifts and I’ve really enjoyed creating them as a way of recognizing their efforts to help my son. I’m so glad that Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge is Thank You so that I have lots of great projects to enter!

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I bought these cute min notebooks and decorated them with the stamps from my stash. I used StazOn ink on the plastic liner for the front…

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and Stampin’ Up dye ink for the insides. The stamp is from Close to My Heart.

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Only the top page of the sticky notes and notepages is stamped so that it doesn’t interfere too much with usefulness.

Thanks for stopping by!

Happy crafting!

Ruth

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