Friday, May 19, 2017

Year of Card Techniques World of Watercolors

Welcome to A Year of Card Techniques Blog Hop where each month we feature a different card technique. We’ve assembled a team of card makers who range from new to advanced, so you’ll see a great variety of cards and ideas.
For May, we are venturing into the world of watercolor. There are so many watercoloring techniques available to us today; far too many to list here. But actions speak louder than words; so our team has worked with their favorite mediums to bring you lots of examples and loads of inspiration.
If you would like to check out our past technique hops, you can do that here:
We have an amazing sponsor this month, Jodie Park of Close to My Heart:

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And the awesome prize this month is:

We really appreciate feedback, so please leave a comment on each of the blogs in the hop today. One winner will be chosen from all comments on the hop as of May 26, 2017. The winner will be announced in our June hop; so be sure to come back next month.
And speaking of winners, the lucky hopper from last month is Golden Goddess Designs; picked by Random Name Picker. Congratulations! Please get in touch with last month’s sponsor, Wilma Payne at, by May 26th to claim your prize.
You should have arrived here from Jearise  . If you're visiting here first, you might want to start at the beginning so you don't miss a thing and increase your chances of winning by commenting on each blog. 
 Now for my projects. The first card I used a technique from All Free Paper Crafts. It's supposed to be made with Liquid Frisket, but an associate at Michaels showed me what they did have- Fine Line Masking Liquid Glue Pen that basically does the same thing as Liquid Frisket. You apply watercolor paint- I used Shimmerz Vibez Razzeldazzle Berry and Jeni B Bleu spritzers that I won from SpeigelMomScraps.  Well, technically you spray the paper first with the paint and then spray with water and I rubbed it in a little with a paint brush. As you can see I wrote the word Happy with the Fine Line glue and let it dry and then peeled it off to create a masking effect. I added Doodlebug Design Donut Shoppe Washi Tape at the bottom. Oh, I almost forgot the type of watercolor paper I used is Crayola Marker and Watercolor Pad- found at Walmart. The flowers are Recollections Paper Flowers and I adhered everything down with Elmer's Craft Bond Permanent Tape Runner except the flowers I used Elmer's Craft Bond Clear Dual Tip Glue Pen.
 For the next card I followed the sketch above from MFT Wednesday Sketch Challenge Sketch 333 and am entering this card to the challenge. The challenge ends May 23. I used the same Shimmerz Vibez as before and the same technique as before, but I didn't use a paint brush this time. I tried using the FineLine glue and it didn't work as well on this card. I used Jot deco tape for the 2 lines in the sketch- the first one has Think Happy in fine print under the design and the bottom strip is sunflowers and pink flowers. I found this washi tape at Dollar Tree, it comes 7 little rolls to a pack with 7 different designs. Almost a steal! The Hello and strawberry stickers are from a Made for Retail sticker book that was given to me in a swap with another group on Facebook. The sequins are also from SpiegelMomScraps and the kitty stamp is from Stampendous Fran's Spring Short Stack- it's 2 different stamps- the head and the dress. I used Ranger Archival Jet Black Ink to stamp them with. I adhered the sequins and watercolor paper- same as before- with Elmer's Craft Bond Permanent Tape Runner.
That's all I have for this hop. Now you’re off to visit with Card A Day Challenge  . Hope you had fun and thanks for stopping by. See you next month with another technique!

Here’s the full line-up in case you get lost: 

Friday, May 12, 2017

Home Grown Blog Hop

Welcome to the
Home Grown Blog Hop
Spring is here! And the weather is perfect for planting
those new flower beds and gardens.
Join us as we celebrate Spring with our
Home Grown Creations featuring the blooms of spring!
You should have arrived from Christi-
If you just happened upon this spectacular hop, Connie Can Crop is the first stop in this hop.
This is a one day blog hop, but you have until Sunday to finish hopping and leaving your comments for all of these amazing crafters.
We have an awesome sponsor for this month!
One lucky winner will win a surprise goodie from Connie's Crafty Cart.
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What do you need to do to win? Easy... become a follower of each of the fabulous blogs in this hop and leave each of them a comment letting them know what you like best about their projects.
You will have until 10 pm Sunday to finish the hop and leave your comments.
Winners will be announced on Wednesday 5/17/17
at Connie Can Crop.
Be sure to follow everyone and leave a comment along the way!

Now on to my project:
I made a 12 x 12 layout of my mom's flowers using Colorbok Signature Paper Homespun 12 x 12 Double Sided Paper Pad. The title doily is a recent RAK from a swap from a group on Facebook I recently joined. I used Pentel Outline Marker to write the title- Do You See What I See? I have a close-up of what I'm referring to in the last picture. All of the photo mats are from Colorbok 6 x 6 in Light Bright Designer Paper as is the Cuttlebug ProvoCraft Vintage die cut to the right of the pink butterfly. The top left picture is a cluster of Amaryllis. The top right picture is of Purple Iris and Roses. The bottom picture is more Roses.
Close-up of the title and the name of the flowers.

Now for the last picture I wrote under it- Do you see the turtle? It's not homegrown in the flower garden, but I couldn't resist not getting a picture of it. The plant to the right of the turtle is Turkish Turbine. We usually have turtles laying eggs in the yard around this time of year, but this turtle is too small to lay eggs. That's what I thought the turtle was doing.

That's all I have for you. Thanks for stopping by!

UP next is Shannon H- and I'm sure she has something to awesome to share.

Here's our amazing line up in case you get lost:
Don't forget to enter the new Connie Can Crop challenge!
Connie Can Crop Challenge #58

due 11:59 P.M., Wednesday, May 31st, 2017
Pacific Time