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Galaxy Watercolor Technique

Thank you for all the great comments and e-mails about the Galaxy Watercolor cards that I shared yesterday!  I am so glad you all loved this fun technique as much as I do!

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Here’s the two cards I shared again with this awesome technique.  I have a few pictures to show you how I did this technique with Stampin’ Up! products.  I want to give a shout out to Wendy Cranford who shared this idea on her blog.

Let’s get started!  You will need the following:
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Lay out your watercolor paper and make sure your aqua painter is full of water, you will need it plus more!  On the left side of the watercolor paper you can see the first layer of color that I made.  Take your ink pads, one by one and add splotches of color all over the paper.  Try not to have the colors bleed too much, you don’t want to muddy your nice bright colors.  You will cover the entire page with color splotches of Melon Mambo, Daffodil Delight, Bermuda Bay, Pacific Point and Rich Razzleberry.  With each of the ink pads, transfer color to the lid and add color to the watercolor paper with the aqua painter.

Once all of the colors are down on the paper, you will start in with the Night of Navy ink OVER TOP.  You want to add a drop or two of re inker to the lid of the Night of Navy ink pad, you will need lots of color.  I added quite a bit of water to the lid as well so the ink will flow over the watercolor paper.  NOTE: Before you add this layer of Night of Navy, make sure your paper is dried from the first layer of color.

Galaxy Watercolor 2

Add Night of Navy ink with the aqua painter over your splotches of color leaving some areas darker than others.  I actually added TWO layers of navy, letting the first layer of color dry well before adding the second.  That’s how I got the nice dark galaxy look that still has a little color showing through.

Once your paper is dry, you will be at the last step.  Get a little bit of Whisper White craft ink in the lid of you ink pad.  Add a little water and use a regular paint brush to splatter white spots over the paper.  This completes the galaxy look.

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Now you are ready to cut up you paper into the pieces you will need for you cards.  I hope you’ll give this a try, it is a really cool technique!  You can see the video that I watched by Wendy Cranford.  Just use Night of Navy ink for the one step that she used black watercolor ink.  Please let me know if you have any questions and I would love to see what you create!

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Did you know that I did SHOOTING STAR for my card set in the June Mini Session from Create with Connie and Mary??  Yep, 4 cards with this awesome set.  AND, guess what’s already been released that you should check out……….the AUGUST MINI SESSION!  We have 5FULL TUTORIALS for you with new stamps from the Annual Catalog PLUS a BONUS card set with the upcoming holiday set STAR OF LIGHT.

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Swing on a Star

Welcome to another Create with Connie and Mary Saturday Blog Hop!  This week we have a really fun theme, SWING ON A STAR.

All of our projects will have something to do with stars.  I actually have 2 cards to share today featuring the SHOOTING STAR BUNDLE!  I has so much fun with this technique that I had to make more than one!

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Now you can see why one wasn’t enough!  I has way too much fun with this technique that I learned from Wendy Cranford.  I had to change up the last bit of the process a little to use only Stampin’ Up! and it worked beautifully!

Shooting Star Galaxy Technique

This first card features the slider die cut where the star can shoot across the sky.  The galaxy watercolor technique makes the background so realistic!  I used watercolor paper (can you believe this was a pure white piece of paper!) and added LOTS of color!  The star was also done on watercolor paper so the colors would blend and look as beautiful as the galaxy background.

Shooting Star Galaxy Technique Spinner

Knowing full well that one card would not be enough, I made a WHOLE PAGE of this background!  Yep I just did a whole page that I could cut up into the sizes I needed.  A much more efficient way to go about making this type of card.  For this second card, I went with the spinner die cut and sent the world round and round!

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So now I would love to know what you think!  Do you love this technique as much as I do??  Would you like a tutorial??  Please leave me a comment with your opinion, I’d love to know what you think 🙂  ****I added a tutorial, thank you for all the comments!  Click HERE.

Did you know that I did SHOOTING STAR for my card set in the June Mini Session from Create with Connie and Mary??  Yep, 4 cards with this awesome set.  AND, guess what’s already been released that you should check out……….the AUGUST MINI SESSION!  We have 5FULL TUTORIALS for you with new stamps from the Annual Catalog PLUS a BONUS card set with the upcoming holiday set STAR OF LIGHT.

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To find out more information and to subscribe, please visit CREATE WITH CONNIE AND MARY.  I hope you’ll join us!

SUPPLIES:

STAMPS:   Shooting Star, Places You’ll Go

INKS:  Melon Mambo, Daffodil Delight, Bermuda Bay, Pacific Point, Rich Razzleberry, Night of Navy, White Craft, Versa Mark

PAPER: Watercolor, Night of Navy

ACCESSORIES:  Sliding Star Framelits, 1″ Circle Punch, Aqua Painter, Black Embossing Powder, Heat Tool, Embossing Buddy, Paper Snips, Stampin’ Trimmer, Bone Folder, SNAIL, Foam Adhesive Strips, dimensionals

Next, let’s check out what the rest of the Design Team has for us today. Click Previous to visit the very talented Mary Brown and Next to see the very talented Debbie Henderson.

Thanks for hopping with us, we love inspiring you!  Happy Stamping!



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Live Love Grow

Clean and simple cards are such a joy to create!  A nice white card with a crisp design makes me so happy!  The sweet set LIVE,LOVE,GROW is so perfect for this style of card making.

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See what I mean, a bright crisp card is good stuff!  I found my inspiration from sketch challenge FMS249 at Freshly Made Sketches.  This was such a fun sketch to work with, you can really use your imagination with this one!

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It all started with SERENE SCENERY Designer Paper Stack.  I used the design that looks like wood flooring as my background strip.  The sentiment embossed in white on black really pops against this lighter color of DSP.  The embossed words were created with the awesome new set LABELER ALPHABET.  I love that there are two styles of alphabet to work with.  I was able to lay out the letters and stamp it all at once, super easy!

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That’s it for me today!  Give this crisp clean look a try, I know you’ll love it!

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A Gift from Connie and Mary

As promised, I am sharing an AWESOME gift that I got when helping out at the Create with Connie and Mary LIVE Event last week.

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Isn’t this awesome!!!  I just love it!  What a sweet gift, these ladies are so talented and generous!  Their creativity really is amazing.  I had such a fabulous time and look forward to next year!

If you’d like to experience some of their awesome creativity then why not give the August Mini Session a try??  The Create with Connie and Mary Design Team give you 5 FULL TUTORIALS with all new products in the Annual Catalog PLUS a BONUS card set with a new stamp set you’ll see in the upcoming Holiday Catalog.

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Stamps used:  Fruit Fruits, Always An Adventure, Blooms & Wishes, Jar of Love, Foxy Friends

The August Mini Session will go live on August 11th so sign up today!  To subscribe, please visit CREATE WITH CONNIE AND MARY.

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Badges and Banners

Today I have a fun card to share that came about very much by accident!  Last weekend I helped out at the Create with Connie and Mary LIVE Event.  I had SO MUCH FUN!  We had a room full of stampers (nice to see you all!) and lots of fabulous projects to work on.  Needless to say, I couldn’t sit and stamp for any length of time….I was too excited!  So I brought home bits and pieces of all the gorgeous projects.  Today I finally had a chance to sit and make a card featuring BADGES AND BANNERS.

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Isn’t this fun!  I have to admit that this wasn’t on my list of things to get, BUT now it is!  I really like the badge punch and this set now that I’ve worked with it a little.

Badges and Banners

Love the clean and simple look of this card with a little bit of gold accent.  The badges look great layered as well.  The coral really pops against the blue.

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I have quite a few  more bits and pieces to play with, so I share more soon.  You should definitely stop back tomorrow to see the GORGEOUS thank you gift that Connie and Mary gave me for helping out.  You will LOVE IT!

Speaking of LOVE, have you seen the sneak peek of the August Mini Session yet??  We have 5 FULL TUTORIALS for you with stamps from the new Annual Catalog.  And guess what….we have a special BONUS for you featuring a new HOLIDAY SET!  Yes, you read it correctly!  There will be a card set BONUS with the new STAR OF LIGHT set in the Holiday Catalog that will be starting September 1.

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Stamps used:  Fruit Fruits, Always An Adventure, Blooms & Wishes, Jar of Love, Foxy Friends

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Here Comes the Sun

Welcome to another Create with Connie and Mary Saturday Blog Hop!  This week we have a really fun theme, HERE COMES THE SUN.

All of our projects will have something to do with sunshine, so of course I immediately went to the SUNBURST THINLIT.

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Any time I get a chance, I love to use the SUNBURST THINLIT.  It’s such a fun way to add texture and pizzaz to a card or project.

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Aren’t Pool Party and Peekaboo Peach are gorgeous together!  I added a sentiment in Archival Black ink for a pop against the paler colors.  The new LABELER ALPHABET stamp was the perfect solution for creating a custom greeting.  Each letter was stamped individually then the whole word was cut out and added to the card.

Are you ready for more sunshine??  Be sure to check out all of the great ideas we have for you today!

Looking for more great ideas??  How about subscribing to the AUGUST MINI SESSION from Create with Connie and Mary??  We have 5 FULL step by step tutorials for you with new stamps from the Annual Catalog.  PLUS…we have a HOLIDAY SPECIAL with a SNEAK PEEK card set featuring Star of Light in the new HOLIDAY CATALOG! 

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Stamps used:  Fruit Fruits, Always An Adventure, Blooms & Wishes, Jar of Love, Foxy Friends

The August Mini Session will go live on August 11th so sign up today! Now let’s get to the supply list so you can make your own Sunburst Sunshine card

SUPPLIES:

STAMPS:   Labeler Alphabet

INKS:  Archival Black

PAPER: Pool Party, Peekaboo Peach, 2016-2018 In color DSP, Whisper White

ACCESSORIES:  Sunburst Thinlit, Swirly Scribbles Thinlits, Gold Sequin Trim, Paper Snips, Stampin’ Trimmer, Bone Folder, Liquid Multi Purpose Glue, SNAIL, dimensionals

Next, let’s check out what the rest of the Design Team has for us today. Click Previous to visit the very talented Mary Brown and Next to see the very talented Debbie Henderson.

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Live, Love, Grow

Ok, I have to start out by saying that this set is pure indulgence for me.  I fell in love with LIVE, LOVE, GROW as soon as I saw it.  A lot of the time, I look at sets for the potential of what I can make to sell or use otherwise for my business.  This set is purely for ME!  I have always loved succulents so this set is perfect!  For my first card, I went seriously clean and simple.

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Isn’t the simplicity perfection!  Nothing is better than a nice crisp white card with a beautiful stamp set to showcase.

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Smokey Slate is perfect for the dome and then all of the succulents are different shades of green.  It was quite refreshing to sit and stamp this card in under ten minutes!

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You will definitely be seeing more of this set from me in the future!  In fact, I snuck it into my card tutorial for the upcoming AUGUST MINI SESSION from Create with Connie and Mary.  My card set for this month is JAR OF LOVE and LIVE, LOVE, GROW coordinates with it beautifully!  How about a little sneak peek???

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Stamps used:  Fruit Fruits, Always An Adventure, Blooms & Wishes, Jar of Love, Foxy Friends

The August Mini Session will go live on August 11th so sign up today!  We have 5 FULL TUTORIALS for you with all new sets from the Annual Catalog!  I do hope you’ll join us!  Hop over to CREATE WITH CONNIE AND MARY for all the details and to subscribe!

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Color Fusers Blog Hop: August 2016-Part 1

Welcome to the first hop of August with the Color Fusers Design Team!  This month we are featuring a super gorgeous color combination of Cherry Cobbler, Watermelon Wonder and Smokey Slate.  Be sure to click on the links below to visit all the blogs for tons of fabulous inspiration!

August Color Fuse

For my card, I held out and waited for my latest order to arrive before starting.  You’ll see why when I show you the gorgeous card made with the new THOUGHTFUL BRANCHES BUNDLE that will be available for you to order starting TOMORROW!

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This is such a gorgeous stamp set and coordinating die cuts.  I have so many ideas floating around in my head and not enough time to try them all!  For starters, here’s a clean and simple idea with our three gorgeous colors for August.

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Isn’t this just wonderful!  The die cuts are just amazing, love that you can make a tree and a flower with one die cut!

Thoughtful Branches

I stamped Cherry Cobbler on Watermelon Wonder then die cut the flower.  I added another layer of color underneath with a flower die cut in Cherry Cobbler.  I love these two colors together…it’s a combination I would have ever tried with this set if it hadn’t been for this challenge!  I added in a Smokey Slate stem and leaves…who needs green when you have this fabulous color and a bit of WINK OF STELLA.  Yes, I finally broke down and ordered WINK OF STELLA and now I understand what all the hype is about!  It’s so much more amazing in person…adds a beautiful shimmer to anything you want!

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Now that you’ve seen how wonderful this bundle is, don’t wait!  You can order starting tomorrow and I have a feeling these will not last the entire month of August.  It is a WHILE SUPPLIES LAST offer, so make sure you take advantage of the deal and get this amazing bundle!

Be sure to check out all the inspiration we have for you today by visiting all of the blogs of the Design Team members.  Just click on the links below!

Patty Bennett

Jason Loucks

Heather Osborne

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