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Nacho Average Challege #5-Compliments to the Chef

Wow, it's week 5 already over at the Nacho Average Challenge  blog site.  This week we have a sketch challenge. 

Here's my entry:

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This clean and simple design is a quick and easy hybrid card created using My Digital Studio.  The MDS downloads used were Compliments of the Chef and Vintage Overlays.  I printed the design on glossy white card stock, then cut it down to fit the Night of Navy mat and Whisper White card front. Pretty simple and straight forward!

Here is the original sketch:

Nacho Average #5

Be sure to check out each of the Design Team's entry to the challenge and leave a comment if you can.  It means a lot to all of us!  We'd also love for you to play along with the weekly challenges.  A Linky Tool has been added so you can upload your creation to the Nacho Design Team site. 

Jenni

Leilani

Rose

Sharon

Tammy

 

Supplies Used:

Stamp Sets: Compliments to the Chef and Vintage Overlays (My Digital Studio downloads)

Paper: Glossy White, Night of Navy

Accessories: My Digital Studio

 

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Happy Stampin'!

Clockworks-Less is More Sketch Challenge

This week's sketch challenge over at Less is More  is my kind of layout.  I love the simplicity of this sketch.

Here's my contribution:

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This card is pretty straight forward.  I used one of my new favorite stamp sets (Clockworks)  and my favorite color combination (Cherry Cobbler, Marina Mist, Early Espresso, Very Vanilla).  The Marina Mist trim is punched 3/4" circles layered in place on the back side of the Cherry Cobbler mat.  I added brads to the clock faces and gears just for a little more dimension.

Here's the original sketch

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Supplies Used:

Stamp Sets: Clockworks, Sincere Salutations

Ink: Cherry Cobbler, Marina Mist, Early Espresso

Paper: Very Vanilla, Marina Mist, Cherry Cobbler

Accessories: paper piercing tool and mat, assorted brads, 3/4" circle punch, Dimensionals

Thanks for looking! 

 

Happy Stampin'!

Festival of Prints Tea Bag Folding-Stamping 411 SSC 266

Another great sketch this week over at Stamping 411.

Here's my contribution:

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I've been wanting to try the Tea Bag Folding technique for quite awhile.  When I saw this week's sketch, I knew it was time to learn!  There are a gazillion tutorials and videos available online, and I found this easy to follow video by Rosie Owens.  Thanks to Rosie, I was tea bag folding within minutes.  I used my brand new pack of Festival of Prints DSP (oh my, I love every single print in this pack!) and In Color Dahlias. I will be creating more with the Tea Bag Folding technique as it lends itself beautifully to all the available pretty Designer Series Paper.  Not a bad day.  I learned a new technique and was able to use new product!

Here's the original sketch:

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Supplies Used:

Stamp Set: Kindness Matters

Ink: Cherry Cobbler

Paper: Cherry Cobbler, Island Indigo, Very Vanilla, Festival of Prints Designer Series Paper Stack

Accessories: bone folder, 3/4" circle , Word Window and Modern Label punches, In Color Dahlias, Dimensionals, Mini Glue Dots

 

Happy Stampin'!

Perfectly Preserved-OLW 98-Summer

This week's challenge over at One Layer Wednesday is a summer theme. 

What does summer mean to me?  So many things can come to mind, but today, around here, summer means bears. (see story and photo below)

But on with the OLW Summer Challenge. To me summer also means flowers, and I have two contributions.

This card was inspired by my Bachelor Buttons that are in full bloom (one of my favorites).  I used my brand new stamp set, Perfectly Preserved from Stampin'  Up!  This one is going to get a lot of use!

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This one uses the stamp set Summer Smooches and Vintage Frames embossing folder.

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Bears!  We were visited by our first bear yesterday, and he has come around several times today.  He is a young bear, probably only 2 years old.  But, he already has 2 bright yellow tags in his ears which means he has been trapped and relocated twice.  Third time means he will have to be put down.  None of us wants that.  We all try to co-exist peacefully with the wildlife in our forest. But this one is becoming pesky and he doesn't seem to be afraid of much of anything (including our dog who diligently patrols her yard.)  We made a call to the Department of Wildlife, and an officer dropped off a supply of rubber bullets for my husband's 12 gauge shot gun.  The goal is to shoot this little guy in the butt a couple of times until he realizes that this is not a good place to hang out.   Wish us luck!

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Thanks for looking!

 

Happy Stampin'!

Nacho Average Challenge #4-Color Challenge

Week 4 over at the Nacho Average Challenge site is a color challenge: Pink Pirouette, Certainly Celery and So Saffron. Nice soothing colors!

Here is  my contribution:

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 I colored the rhinestones with a green sharpie.  This is a quick and easy way to get color coordinated rhinestones.  This one sparkles in person!

Be sure to check out each of the Design Team's entry to the challenge and leave a comment if you can.  It means a lot to all of us!  We'd also love for you to play along with the weekly challenges.  A Linky Tool has been added so you can upload your creation to the Nacho Design Team site.

Jenni

Leilani

Rose

Sharon

Tammy

 

Supplies Used:

Stamp Sets: Button Buddies, Kindness Matters

Paper: Pink Pirouette, Certainly Celery, So Saffron, Whisper White, retired Certainly Celery Designer Series paper from my stash

Ink: Pink Piourette, Certainly Celery, So Saffron

Accessories: Large Oval, Scallop Oval punches, Itty Bitty Punch Pack, rhinestones, Sharpies, Mini Glue Dots, Dimensionals

 

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Happy Stampin'!

Faux Quilting-Less is More Sewing Challenge

This week's challenge over at Less is More is "Sewing."  I have said it many times that I love working with fabric, but don't enjoy sewing.  I have a sewing machine, but it rarely gets used.  (see below for my mouse in my sewing machine story that I kid you not, happened today as I was working on this challenge!)  Anyway, I have discovered the faux quilting technique using paper instead of fabric.  I have also found a great quilting pattern website called equiltblocks.com.  The patterns here are meant for regular quilting with fabric, but are easy to reduce to work on a smaller scale with paper.

Here is my contribution:

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This quilting pattern is called The Crayon Box.

The Crayon Box

It was simple to reduce to a smaller size.  For a 3 x 3 quilting square, you need

              4 pieces measuring 1 1/2 x 1/2

              6 pieces measuirng 1 x 1/2

              2 pieces measuring 2 x 1 /2

              and 1- 1 x 1 square

After piecing the quilt block together, run it through a die cut machine with an embossing folder to create the faux stitching.  Click here to view more faux quilting projects.

Now for my mouse in my sewing machine story.  In my crafting room, I have a small cat bed on the floor that one of our cats, Sweet Pea, sleeps in during the day.  She likes to be in the craft room with me even though she is curled up asleep most of the day.  My portable sewing machine sits in its case on the floor near her bed. Today, as I was cutting paper for this project, she was pawing at and moving her bed around and out of the way.  Then, she stared and pawed around the sewing machine case.  I instantly knew something was up.  I picked up the sewing machine, but didn't see anything scurry or move away from it.  I carefully lifted off the lid as she watched intently, but there was nothing out of the ordinary there.  She continued to be fixated on the machine so I thought I better take it outside and have a closer look.  Sure enough, when I lifted the sewing machine up to see the bottom, there was a fuzzy body in between the storage drawer that slides out and the bottom of the machine!   So, I called my husband!  He took the machine further out into the yard and slide the drawer open.  Out ran a mouse!  Whew!  Don't know how he got into the house and into the craft room, but I bet it won't return with Sweet Pea and 2 other cats in the house.  One of the many small critter adventures we have had since living in our small house located in a big forest!

Supplies Used:

Stamp Set: Sincere Salutations

Ink: Rich Razzleberry

Paper: Whisper White, Midnight Muse, Rich Razzleberry, World Bazaar and Floral District Designer Series Paper

Accessories: Big Shot, Fancy Fan Embossing Folder, Itty Bitty punch, paper piercing tool and mat, brad

Happy Stampin'!

Sweet Treat Cups Trap Door

Time to play along with this week's Saturday Sketch over at Stamping 411.

Here's my contribution:

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This is one of the cards featured at a recent class I held for the Ladies in Wetmore.  I showed them how to create a trap door for the sweet treat cups so the card does not have to be destroyed to get to the goodies inside the cup.  It is a simple solution with instructions found below.

Here's a view of the inside of the card with the trap door open:

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  Instructions: Sweet Treat Cups with a trap door

Supplies Used:

Stamp Set: Teeny Tiny Wishes

Ink: Rich Razzleberry

Paper: So Saffron, Early Espresso, Whisper White, Rich Razzleberry,Floral District Designer Series Paper

Accessories: Circle Treat Cups, 1 ¾”, 2 ½” circle,  Word Window, Jewelry Tag, Scallop Trim Border punches, Dimensionals, Rich Razzleberry Polka Dot ribbon, candy, trinkets or other goodies

Here is the original sketch

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Happy Stampin'!

OLW97 "Line Up" Bordering on Romance

Today's challenge over at One Layer Wednesday is "Lines".  They could be straight, zig zag or curves as long as they are obvious lines.

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For this card, I used the long flower image in the stamp set Bordering on Romance.  I stamped the flowers free hand as opposed to using my Stamp-a-ma-jig.  I won't say how many tries it took me before I was satisfied, but I will say it was more than one.  Ha!  I'm still getting used to this one layer stamping!

I stamped the greeting first, then masked it to stamp the flower images. 

Stamp Sets: Bordering on Romance, World Treasures

Ink: Summer Starfruit, Pumpkin Pie, Gumball Green, Rich Razzleberry and Midnight Muse

Accessories: None!

Happy Stampin'!

Nacho Average Challenge #3-Iris Folded Chick

Iris Folding, one of my all-time favorite crafting techniques!  I created this cute Iris Folded "Hello Baby" card for this week's Nacho Average Challenge.

 

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For Iris Folding instructions, patterns and a how to video, please visit my Iris Folding page here.

Be sure to check out each of the Design Team's entry to the challenge and leave a comment if you can.  It means a lot to all of us!  We'd also love for you to play along with the weekly challenges.  A Linky Tool has been added so you can upload your creation to the Nacho Design Team site.

Jenni

Leilani

Rose

Sharon

Tammy

Here is the original sketch:

Nacho Average 3

Supplies Used:

Stamp Set: Teeny Tiny Wishes

Ink: Marina Mist

Paper: Early Espresso, Marina Mist, Whisper White, Pumpkin Pie, various Designer Series Paper

Accessories: Chick Iris Folding pattern, Big Shot, Top Note die, Polka Dot and Square Lattice embossing folders, Modern Label and Word Window punches, Paper Piercing Tool and Mat, rhinestone brad

Thanks for stopping by!

 

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Happy Stampin'!

Kindness Matters-Less is More "Three" Challenge

There's another fun challenge this week over at Less is More.  The challenge is create a one layer card with 3 of anything.  Three of the same color, design, or even use the number 3. 

Here's my contribution:

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For this card, I got out my watercolor crayons.  First I made a stencil/mask the size of the card base and cut a rectangle out of the middle.  I placed my stencil on the card base and colored inside the cut out using the watercolor crayons. Then, I blended the colors with an aquapainter.  Once the paper dried, I stamped the butterflies using Basic Black ink.  Pretty straight forward and easy.

Supplies Used:

Stamp Set: Kindness Matters

Paper: Whisper White

Ink: Basic Black

Accessories: various watercolor crayons, aquapainter, paper trimmer/scorer

 

Happy Stampin'!

Postage Due-Stamping 411 Saturday Sketch #264

The operators over at Stamping 411 have provided another great sketch for the week.

Here's my contribution:

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In an effort to become more proficient in My Digital Studio, I've been trying to use it more in my crafting. So, this card is a MDS hybrid.  The downloads I used are the Fan Fare background paper and the Postage Due stamp set printed on glossy white card stock and cut down to size.  This is one of those cards that turned out totally different than what I had in mind and took me awhile to get it done. I have the hardest time with the image sizing and layering in MDS, and after many tries, I finally got it right.   I think this is a good masculine-themed card.

Here is the original sketch:

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Supplies Used:

Stamp Sets: Out to Sea, Teeny Tiny Wishes

Postage Due My Digital Studio download

Ink: Island Indigo, Riding Hood Red

Paper: Basic Gray, Island Indigo, Riding Hood Red, glossy white

Fan Fare My Digital Studio download

Accessories: My Digital Studio,  Label, Word Window, 1 3/8" circle and 1 1/4" circle punches, Dimensionals

 

Happy Stampin'!

Sweet Cake Birthday Bling OLW96

This week's challenge over at One Layer Wednesday is to create a birthday card with bling!

Here's my contribution:

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My bling is Dazzling Diamonds added to the cupcake frosting and red glimmer paper for the heart and cherry.

It sparkles in person!

 

Stamp Sets: Sweet Cake and Teeny Tiny Wishes

Ink: Early Espresso and Real Red, Real Red marker

Paper: glossy white, red glimmer paper

Accessories: Crystal Effects, Dazzling Diamonds

 

Happy Stampin'!

August Class in an Instant-Stylin' Snowfolk Card Set

 

 August 2012 Class in an Instant-Stylin' Snowfolk Card Set

CIIA July 2012 group

Click here to order August Class in an Instant-Stylin' Snowfolk Card Set

Snowmen are a timeless and whimsical expression of winter that are sure to bring smiles. Spread some joy when you send winter and Christmas cards, give a mini note with a gift or a plate of cookies. Who wouldn’t enjoy a thoughtful tag with a special bag of treats you gift to co-workers, neighbors, friends, and family? You’ll have so much fun making these adorable snowmen and dressing them up with the many fun accessories in the Stylin’ Snowfolk stamp set. With funny faces and lots of glitter, these cards are sure to dazzle! 

With this tutorial, you will learn to make:

  • 2 cards
  • 3 Mini Notes
  • 4 Treats in a Treat Bag
  • Bonus Stamping Multiple Clear-Mount Images Tutorial
  • Bonus ideas and samples for creating alternate projects using different color combinations, themes and stamp sets for many personal styles
  • a complete list of supplies, along with the opportunity to purchase the featured products for these projects at a 15% discount

With the purchase of August's Class in an Instant, you may purchase the following product at a 15% discount through August 10, 2012 . Regular shipping (minimum $6.95) and taxes apply.  This discount cannot be combined with any other offers, stamp clubs or workshops.  Product will deliver direct to US customers only via UPS. Please Email or call (719-784-2275) me to place this special order.

126285 Stylin' Snowfolk (wood-mount stamp set), regular price $30.95, discounted price $26.30

126287 Stylin' Snowflok (clear-mount stamp set), regular price $22.95, discounted price $19.50

120864 Jolly Jingles Jumbo Stampin' Around Wheel, regular price $8.50, discounted price $7.22

126896 Be of Good Cheer Designer Series Paper, regular price $10.95, discounted price $9.30

CIIA July

Click here to order August Class in an Instant-Stylin' Snowfolk Card Set

I hope to hear from you soon! 
Thank you.  Anne

 

Happy Stampin'!

Nacho Average Challenge #2-Elements of Style

Our second challenge over at Nacho Average Challenges was a color challenge.  The colors to be used were Riding Hood Red, More Mustard and Lucky Limeade.

 

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I used Elements of Style stamped in black Stazon on watercolor paper.  The flowers were colored in with the three challenge colors using blender pens.  Very easy!

Be sure to check out each of the Design Team's entry to the challenge and leave a comment if you can.  It means a lot to all of us!  We'd also love for you to play along with the weekly challenges.  A Linky Tool has been added so you can upload your creation to the Nacho Design Team site. 

Jenni

Leilani

Rose

Sharon

Tammy

 

Supplies Used:

Stamp Set: Elements of Style

Ink: Black Stazon, Riding Hood Red, More Mustard, Lucky Limeade

Paper: More Mustard, Lucky Limeade, Riding Hood Red, Watercolor

Accessories: Blender Pens, Corner Rounder,  1" and 1 1/4" circle punches

 

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Happy Stampin'!

Glitter and Lace-Less is More Week 75-Colour

This week's Less is More color challenge is "Gold".  When I saw the challenge, I knew exactly what my project would be. Glitter and lace!

 

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This is one of my all-time favorite techniques. To create this beauty, all you need a piece of lace, very fine glitter and a sticky surface.  I used an Avery full sheet label cut down to size.  Peel the backing off the label and lay your lace onto the sticky side.  Add glitter to the surface, carefully rubbing into and around the lace.  Then peel off the lace.  Very simple, but it is one of those WOW! projects.  It's hard to photograph, but this one sparkles in person.

Supplies Used:

Stamp Set: Sincere Salutations

Ink: Versamark

Paper: Whisper White

Accessories: Lace, Avery Labels, extra fine gold glitter, Embossing Buddy, heat tool, gold embossing powder

Happy Stampin'!

Build A Blossom-Stamping 411 SSC 263

It's time for a new Stamping 411 Saturday Sketch.

Here's my contribution:

 

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If you look closely at the background paper, you will see that it is Stampin' Up! grid paper cut down to size. 

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It started out as my worksheet for a series of recent Polished Stone technique projects.  This is what  the worksheet looked like after I was finished with the projects.

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I know it looks like a mess, but because I used various shimmer paints and smooch spritzes for the Polished Stone technique, it really shimmers in person.  I could see the potential, and since I hate to throw anything away, I couldn't help but to recycle and reuse.

 

Here's the original sketch:

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Ink: various reinkers, shimmer paint and smooth spritzes for Polished Stone background technique

Paper: Pink Piourette, Baja Breeze, Melon Mambo, Early Espresso, Brights Collection Designer Series Paper, Stampin' Up! Grid Paper

Accessories: Build a Blossom punch, 1 3/8" and 1 /14" circle punches, button, Baker's Twine, Dimensionals

Happy Stampin'!

OLW95-Stars and Stripes

Love the One Layer Wednesday challenges.  This week's challenge is to create a one layer card containing at least one star and at least one stripe. 

Here's my contribution:

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This was a quick and simple card to make using the Masking Technique.  Congratulations to me. I did it!  I was able to create this one layer card in just two tries! 

To create the masking, I simply cut up a Post-It-Note into 3-1/2" strips.  I laid it onto my Whisper White card base and then added more Post-It-Notes around the strips, basically masking the entire card base.

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Once the card base was covered up, I removed the 1st strip and sponged on Pretty in Pink ink.

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I replaced the 1st strip and removed the 2nd strip.  I then sponged on Certainly Celery ink.

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Then it was time to remove the 3rd strip and sponge on some Bashful Blue ink.

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I removed all the Post-It-Notes and stamped the sprinkling of stars and greeting using black ink. Easy peasy, done!

Supplies Used:

Stamp Set: Sprinkled Expressions

Ink: Pretty in Pink, Certainly Celery, Bashful Blue, Basic Black

Paper: Whisper White

Accessories: Post-It-Note, sponge

Happy Stampin'!

Postage Due-Less is More Week 74

Hooray, this is my 800th blog posting!  Thanks to all who have visited over the last 799 postings!

What better way to celebrate this milestone than to participate in this week's Less is More challenge!  The inspiration was the Less is More blog site banner.  The colors are white, black and tan (or "Crumb Cake" in Stampin' Up! lingo.  I am a Stampin' Up! demo after all! ) I used my new stamp set Postage Due and the coordinating postage stamp punch, my all-time favorite.

 

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And just because I love this color combination, I decided to do another quick and simple card.

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For a little different feel, I added a frame to the front that I cut out using my Big Shot and Labels Collection Framelits.  I added pearls to the frame just because I thought the card needed a touch of bling.

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The stamped Postage Due image is on the inside of the card.

This was a fun challenge!

Thanks so Much Card Supplies:

Stamp Sets: Postage Due, Sincere Salutations

Ink: Basic Black

Paper: Glossy White, Crumb Cake, Basic Black

Accessories: Postage Stamp punch

Postage Due Framed Card Supplies:

Stamp Set: Postage Due

Ink: Basic Black

Paper: Crumb Cake, glossy white, Basic Black

Accessories: Big Shot, Labels Collection Framelits, Ticket Corner punch, pearls

 

Happy Stampin'!

Nacho Average Challenge #1-Watercolor Countryside

 Welcome to the first weekly Nacho Average Design Team Challenge.  The Nacho Average Design Team are members of Tammy Fite's Stampin' Up! Downline. Each Tuesday, a new challenge will be showcased and handcrafted creations will be shared by the Design Team.  Be sure to check out each of the Design Team's website (links are below) for inspiration and ideas.  We'd love to have you join in the challenge as well.  A linky tool with challenge requirements have been added to the main Nacho Design Team website so you can upload and share your creations.

 

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For our first challenge, I used the old truck image found in the stamp set Countryside. I stamped it on watercolor paper using black Stazon ink and then colored in the image using ink pads and blender pens. (see some basic watercoloring tips below)

Here is the sketch:

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Be sure to check out each of the Design Team's entry to the challenge and leave a comment if you can.  It means a lot to all of us!

Jenni

Leilani

Rose

Sharon

Tammy

 

Watercoloring Tips:

I have always been a little intimidated by watercoloring.  I wasn't quite sure how to get the different shading, it always seemed like my paper would pill as I added water, and it just never look right.  Well, I have discovered that the key is using watercolor paper instead of regular white card stock!  That may not be new to you, but it was a major revelation for me and it makes watercoloring turn out so much better.  I always say that you need the proper tools to do any project successfully.  For watercoloring, you simply need to use watercolor paper.  And stamp the image using Stazon.  Stazon is permanent ink and will not bleed when water is added.  Problem solved simply!

I have also learned that using blender pens give you more control, especially when you are coloring in smaller spaces.  Create a palette on the inside of the lid of the ink pad by squeezing the top of the closed pad.  Open it up, and you will have a small pool of ink on the inside lid.  Dip the blender pen into the palette to pick up the color and fill in your stamped image. 

Supplies Used:

Stamp Set: Countryside

Ink: Black Stazon, Marina Mist, Summer Starfruit, Riding Hood Red, Crumb Cake, Basic Gray, Wild Wasabi, Pear Pizzazz, Basic Gray marker for Color Spritzer Tool

Paper: Crumb Cake, Riding Hood Red, Early Espresso, Marina Mist, Watercolor Paper

Accessories: Blender Pens, Big Shot, Houndstooth Embossing Powder, Petal Cone die, Paper Piercing Tool and Mat, brads, Color Spritzer Tool

Happy Stampin'!