Monday, May 26, 2014

Lots of Layers with WIDA

Casing Wida over at CASE STUDY CHALLENGE #192.  Her seemingly effortless grouping of  odd pieces come together beautifully... Here is her card for this week.

And Here is mine.

The Lattice is stamped on tissue paper, held on with various washi tapes. Sewing those sequins together was trickier than I thought it would be, but I like the tangle of them.

Thanks for looking!


One Lone Poppy

Remembering those that GAVE their lives for our FREEDOM!

I have ONE poppy plant in the GORGEOUS bloom every year.  It is so difficult for the kiddos NOT to pick it and bring it to me..I asked them this year to leave it "PLEASE" and we shall see if we can get MORE poppy plants to grow for years to come from the tiny seeds that fall:) Oh the sweetness of youth.


Thursday, May 22, 2014

Visions of BEAUTIFUL Butterflies!

ONE last card for OCC watercolor for cardmakers! Inspired by the MAY Blog Hop at PTI.

LOVE these colors!!!

Thanks for LOOKING!

Playing along with Make it Monday #165: Artsy Watercolor Backgrounds

Stamps: PTI Life is BEAUTIFUL,Baskets of Blessings, Fancy Folk Art

Tuesday, May 20, 2014

OCC Bonus Day ...PLAID for DAD!

As usual the lessons just kept going!  Yana Smakula demonstrated a BG technique that was quick and easy...I turned mine into a tartan plaid.....for DAD!

I added a sweet beep beep buggy die from MEMORYBOX:)...Metal Craft Die

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Maybe getting a little bit loopy here with all this water-coloring. Still having fun!
Jennifer Raza showed us a fun watercolor and salt technique...her card was a space scene. I pretty much added some DOODLED FLOWERS to the mix..and a few fizzy flutterbugs .

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Painting Over Stamped Image

Dawn Woleslagle  from wplus9 showed us how to use a stamped image and make it look water colored. VERY time consuming due to dry time between each layer, but WELL worth it

Stamps used are all Hero Arts:

  • H5514
  • CL284
  • CL488
  • CL401
  • CG335
I will be entering this in the Hero Arts Spring Sketch Challenge . Inspired by sketch #2.

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Intermediate Freehand Painting with Tasnim Ahmed

Okay,  so there were MANY lessons that were my FAVORITE!! Dear Tasnim taught this technique that was daunting to try for me. I just had to let go and see what happened.

Freehand Painting...very freeing.


Playtime taught by Tim Holtz

One of the final lessons in class was taught by Tim using stencils and distress inks. This was another QUICK and easy card technique. I doodled a bit after the drying time.

Stencil from Penny Black

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May BLOG HOP with PTI- OCC Day 3 - Watercolor Stamping

Joining in on the Blog Hop at PTI

Just quickly posting my most favorite technique I learned in the Watercolor for card  Makers class. The results are soft and lovely without much time and effort.
PTI Stamps: Green Thumb

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Edited: This one made the June 2014 PTI newsletter!

Sunday, May 18, 2014

Wild Stitching

Good Sunday ya 'all!

 The top four Kiddos just got back from their road-trip to Texas with  cousins and the Grands. It's been a different ten days for us left with only two little-ones at home. Kind of peaceful...lots of good creative time.:))
I wanted to enter one more time over at VIRGINIA'S VIEW with this WILD STITCHING inspired by Wida's card over at CASE STUDY # 191.


With all the water coloring going on at  OCC WATERCOLOR for Card MAKERS there's a LOT of baby wipes left over with GREAT color on them. I just felt like stitching some flowers,
 Thanks for Looking!


EDITED:  THANK YOU. I'm so Honored! 
LOVE the BATMAN reference:) CSC191 winners post

EDITED MAY 25: Thanks for the SPOTLIGHT Virginia's View Wrap-up.
 Messy stitching can be a GOOD thing!

Wednesday, May 14, 2014

Make It Monday #164: Cluster Stamped Sentiment

Simply LOVED playing with my tiny stamps for this challenge..CLUSTER Stamped Sentiment at PTI MAKE IT MONDAY.  Loved it so much I made two cards:)

Also entering this one into 

Virginia's View

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OCC-Day 9 – Simple Freehand Watercolor Painting

Oh FREEHAND!! UGH! ..... Many fears in the area of freehand. I so often over work and MUDDY up the colors.
I actually thought I could handle  the first homework  Jennifer Rzasa gave today ...The SPLATTER and a tree trunk. here is my first go at it.

I just kept playing....
I DID come up with something worthy of a card though:))

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Monday, May 12, 2014

CASE Study Challenge #190

This was a difficult one for me as I wanted to stick with the manly colors from Wida's card.

Colors I don't often use.

Here is my take.

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Friday, May 9, 2014


I have been enjoying all the tips/tricks and techniques taught in the  Online Card Classes...Watercolor for Card Makers

The kiddos and I have been playing A LOT with all the new ideas. Making cards out of the projects has taken a bit because we just want to keep on experimenting! are cards inspired by DAY 1.  

Inspired by Jennifer Rzasa

Inspired by Laura Bassen

Inspired by Laura Bassen

Inspired by Kristina Werner

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Saturday, May 3, 2014


I just had to take part in this weeks  CASE Study Challenge #189 where  WIDA MILLER is the muse for five weeks..YAY! I'm taken by Wida's Fresh style that always has an element of surprise. She makes me giggle, too, with some of the things she says.

I cased my card based on both of Wida's cards...her original and the Case of her CASE for this week.

LOVE her signature bow with it's pretty flowing tails.  See how I tried to copy that? I used my heat tool while the tails were wrapped around a pencil. Still not as happy with the flow of mine though.  WHAT is your secret Wida?

Looking forward to playing all five weeks!
Thanks for looking


Friday, May 2, 2014

LIFE gets rough sometimes.....

 We are not promised an easy road through life. The journey often gets bumpy.
But we are promised that our CREATOR will carry us through, never leaving our side. Giving us strength to PEDAL ON!!

Playing along at PTI
Make It Monday #162: Paper Scrap Pie Charts

I used PTI's PEDAL PUSHER and MINI BLOOMS dies for this card.

Have you seen 

Well my  stitching is often I just go with it!

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EDITED MAY 25: So honored to be one of the Top 10 Favorites! at Virginia's View:)

Thursday, May 1, 2014

OLCC-Watercolor for Cardmakers: Pre-Class assignment

Hello, Just playing with my KOI watercolors today.
Mostly blues.

It's cloudy today, but the grass is getting Greener by the the minute.

The weekend is one day away!!

Thanks for stopping by,

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