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Let’s try it again with red!

Hi, I’m back (as promised). I have another card that I created, this time using Barn Door Distress Stain.

I was talking about inspiration and for all of these cards there was the spark of the Holiday Style Online Card Class (I was a very lucky lady and won a spot from a giveaway by Jennifer McGuire.) There was a day of Soft & Subtle designs that had a lot of watercolor and different ways to do that and that was especially inspiring because I love doing watercolor techniques!

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The theme of the card was inspired by the Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge – Simon Says : Christmas and the Caring Hearts Card Drive. Next, the stamp set I chose was inspired by the latest Lawnscaping challenge:  IN WITH THE OLD which made me think of the Ornate Ornaments stamp set from Lawn Fawn. The colors I chose for this card were inspired by traditional Christmas colors, with the addition of the shine of gold!

Enough of the inspiration, on to the project!

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I love how I could get more intense color in spots as well as very soft color all with the same Distress Stain using water to help things along. I think these sketchy, informal ornament stamps go well with the relaxed feel of the watercolor. And I like how the Pebbles Basics card base compliments the cute and fun feel (thank you, Kathy Martin for sending those Pebbles cards to me!)

I hope you’re inspired! These are really fun and easy! The Caring Hearts Card Drive cards are due on Friday, the 27th, but you should definitely send some if you have a chance!

Happy crafting!

Ruth

 

 

 

Pretty Paper, Pretty Ribbons, Pretty Perfect shape!

Hi! Thanks for visiting today! I’m sharing a project that is posted on the Pretty Paper, Pretty Ribbons blog today and I know lately I’ve been using an endless supply of files from the shop. My project today, though, uses just part of one. I was inspired by a sketch and this shape was just what I wanted to create my page!

Here it is:

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I used the waves from this file:Playing in the Waves Title Cutting Files

Those waves fit perfectly with my pictures from a spot in Hawai’i where the waves were crashing against the lava at the shoreline sending salty spray into the air. I decided to make the waves big and bold, like the waves in my pictures. There was so much spray that I was very glad my camera was waterproof! All I had to do was clean off the lens every once in a while and I was good to go!

I used Distress Ink and Stain to do the watercoloring in the background for my page as well as for the die cut waves. I added a touch of Glimmer Mist to the top wave layer and the splatters around the page – I love the shine this added. Here’s a closeup:

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It was so wonderful to have the layers of the wave so I could glue down the bottom two layers and let the top curl rise up with some dimension.

The sketch I used is from Scrapbook & Cards Today magazine’s 2015 Fabulous Fall” call for submissions

SCT was looking for fall themed pages, but I was so inspired by the sketch that I had to create my page about Hawai’i with it!

I couldn’t be happier to have this page ready for my album. I’m usually a lot more structured about how I create pages for a vacation album, so it’ll be interesting to see how this one all comes together! Will I have the same kind of flow that I usually like? Only time will tell! I am super happy that I’m letting the inspiration drive what pages I create when, though. I feel that energy will really be a great part of this album. How do you scrap your vacations? Do you usually create a separate album or do you include it with all your other pages for the year? I love creating one album for the vacation because it gives me a goal and gives those pictures a definite home that anyone can find quickly and easily.

Thanks so much for stopping by! I love hearing your comments, so please leave me a few nice words below!

I hope you’re going to join in on the Under the Sea challenge that we’re having right now over on the PPPR blog. Check out all the details here: Pretty Paper, Pretty Ribbons monthly challenge.

Happy crafting!

Ruth

Supplies I used for my layout:

Cardstock – Bazzill; Watercolor Paper – Artist’s Loft; Watercolor medium – Ranger, Tattered Angels; Letter Stickers – American Crafts, My Mind’s Eye; Wood Veneer – Freckled Fawn, Studio Calico; Markers – Bic; Twine – The Twinery; Sequins – Doodlebug Design, Inc.; Adhesive – ScrapPerfect, Xyron.

ETA: I forgot to link this up to the Lasting Memories challenge #248 Together. This is the only picture I have of all four of us together on our vacation and I’m so happy to have it on this layout!

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

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

Pretty Paper, Pretty Ribbons, Pretty Cute Turtle!

Hi! I’m so glad you’ve stopped by today! I’ve got the cutest way to say “I’m sorry that I didn’t get your birthday card and gift to you on time” to share here and on the Pretty Paper, Pretty Ribbons blog.

I’m not good about getting cards into the mail. I make them personalized and really enjoy the process, but sending them is another story. This card was created with water-colored paper which needed to dry and I knew that I wouldn’t have the gift made in time so I just worked on the papers and set it aside for cutting until the other day.

Here’s the result:

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I just thought this sweet turtle would be the best way to deliver my belated greeting (inside it says “I’m just extending the celebration”). Wouldn’t you feel cheered up and appreciated if you got this cutie in the mail?

This party animal comes from the Birthday Critters Cutting Files which has all sorts of cute animals – check them out:

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I really felt that the turtle might take a long time to deliver that cupcake (it’s a long walk from Chicagoland to Minneapolis-land.) Now I think my next late card will need to be the elephant because he would never forget!

OK, now I want to go and play with the elephant, but I suppose I should tell you about how I created my card and share another picture:

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Before I did my Distress Stain watercolored background and sentiment strip I stamped the sentiment and banner images and embossed them with clear embossing powder. Distress Stains in different strengths were then “painted” onto different pieces of watercolor paper and allowed to dry. After cutting the pieces out and assembling the different elements, I used my Wink of Stella markers to add some shimmer to the cupcake and the turtle (shell, eyes, and mouth) and I used some twine on the top of the hat with a pearl to top it off. I love working with all the layers of these files. They have so many wonderful details and add a lot of dimension (especially with the 140# watercolor paper). I don’t even need to use dimensional adhesive very much to have the dimension I like (I did use foam tape behind the top of the cupcake so that it would be supported where it wasn’t touching the shell.)

Oh, and that awesome card shape – it’s from the shop, too! It’s the A2 Card Bases 1 Cutting Files. I really like a nice shape for a card base and a wonderful way to get my sentiment in was with the horizontal strip that’s part of the design!

You know what this card would work for? The current Go Green challenge over on the Pretty Paper, Pretty Ribbons blog! If you’ve got any belated birthday cards or just people who are celebrating and love cute animals, you could whip up a couple of these cuties, too! Check out the details for the challenge here!

I hope you’re having a wonderful day and you’re able to get some happy crafting time in! As I’m writing this post up, it’s a very miserable cold, wet day outside and that works for me so I can create a couple more cards today!

Take care. Thanks so much for visiting and happy crafting!

Ruth

Pretty Paper, Pretty Ribbons, Pretty Happy Birthday!

Hi! I’m so glad you’ve stopped by today! You may have noticed the subtitle on my blog. The month of February is one of those months that is really hard to get very much scrapbooking done because there are tons of birthdays + Valentine’s Day to make cards for. I don’t mind because these are very close family members and I enjoy making cards for them. I have two mothers (one in-law and my mom), a sister in law, a brother in law and a step father in law all with birthdays this month.

This card was going to be mailed on Friday, but will have to go to another home instead. My story is my Silhouette ate my (DT) homework. Not all of it, but since I made the paper that it ate and I wouldn’t get the replacement piece ready in time to get the card into the mail by the end of day, I punted and made a card from a card kit I had (it’s good to have a backup plan!) I remade the paper that got eaten and am so pleased with how bright and fun this card turned out!

Take a look:

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This image is so fun! I really feel like celebrating! I used watercolor paper and Distress Inks and Dyes to create the papers (the brown card base and white pieces are cardstock.) I used the Center Panel Step Card Cutting Files for the card base, Make a Wish Cutting Files for the sentiment and cake image and Simple Banner Shapes Cutting Files for the banners in the background. I really loved the colors that Lisa used on the file images and thought I’d be fun to make my own shades! There are so many wonderful layers of detail on these files – it makes it so much more fun than any flat image!

The DT for Pretty Paper, Pretty Ribbons had a blog hop yesterday. There is a giveaway, a freebie (both of which end Sunday night) and an Anything Goes Challenge. Check out the hop post here: Pretty Paper, Pretty Ribbons so you can be in it to win it!

Is there a month that you have a ton of birthdays to celebrate in your family? I’d love to hear about it, or about how your digital cutter ate your homework or any other story you’d like to share –  I just love hearing from you!

Thanks so much for stopping by!

Happy crafting!

Ruth

Supplies not listed in post:

Paper – The Master’s Touch, Recollections, The Paper Studio; Spray – Tattered Angel; Stamps – Papertrey Ink; Pens – Zig; Adhesive – Scotch, Tombo, Xyron.

ETA: I am linking this project up with the current is issue Let’s Get This Party Star-ted and Par-ty Heart-y at Paper Issues, because Party!!

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