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Watercolor Blog Hop

MarchOptWelcome to our Watercolor Blog Hop!  We will be featuring Close to My Heart’s Watercolor Paints and Watercolor Pencils.

If you have come here from Melissa Robinson’s Blog , you are on the right path! The blog hop is a great big circle, so you can start here and work your way all around.  If you get lost along the way, you’ll find the complete list of participating consultants on Melinda’s Blog.  To visit each blog for some great ideas just click on the link at the end of the post on each blog to move to the next one! Here we go! 

Your Beautiful Self layout by Wendy KesslerSupplies used are all Close to My Heart: White Daisy Cardstock, Paper Fundamentals Adventure, Your Beautiful Self Stamp Set, Watercolor Paints, Watercolor Paper, Paintbrushes, Memento Ink, Ink Blot Stamp Set,  Ink (Pixie, Crystal Blue, and Gypsy).

Your Beautiful Self is one of my favorite stamp sets to use with Watercolor Paints.  I simply painted a sheet of Watercolor Paper with swipes of different colors.  Once it was dry I stamped the butterflies with Memento Ink.  Then I cut them out and added them to my layout.

Now “Hop” on over to Darlys Recker’s Blog to see her work! Be sure to visit all the consultants at their blogs to get some great crafting ideas!

Watercoloring is a great way to add an artistic flare to all of your craft projects!  Shop now!

CTMH March 2016 SOTM Blog Hop: Sunshine Birdies

MarchSOTM2016Welcome to our Stamp of the Month Blog Hop!  We will be featuring the March Stamp of the Month, which is Sunshine Birdies, a set of 11 stamps.

If you have come here from Catherine Nowak’s Blog , you are on the right path! The blog hop is a great big circle, so you can start here and work your way all around.  If you get lost along the way, you’ll find the complete list of participating consultants on Melinda’s Blog.  To visit each blog for some great ideas just click on the link at the end of the post on each blog to move to the next one! Here we go! 

Sunshine Birdies card by Wendy Kessler

Sunshine Birdies card by Wendy Kessler

Sunshine Birdies card by Wendy Kessler

Sunshine Birdies card by Wendy Kessler
Supplies used are all Close to My Heart: Sunshine Birdies Stamp Set (March 2016 SOTM), Penelope Workshop Your Way (includes Playful Puffies), Inks (Crystal Blue, Pear, Thistle, Honey, Cocoa), Marvy Uchida LePen Journaling Pen, and Enamel & Glitter Duos Green Triangles.

I couldn’t wait to get this stamp set and when I saw the Penelope Workshop Your Way cards I thought it was a perfect match!

Now “Hop” on over to Melinda Everitt’s Blog to see her work! Be sure to visit all the Consultants at their Blogs to get some great crafting ideas and other fun ideas! Remember, the Sunshine Birdies Stamp Set is only available through the end of March!

This set is available on my website for only $5 with a $50 purchase.  Shop now!

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More artwork (by corp):
12″ x 12″ Make Today Fun Page
Make It from Your Heart™ Vol. 2: Pattern 18
S1603 My Acrylix® Sunshine Birdies
X7205B Charlotte Paper Packet
X7206B Regatta Paper Packet
X7207B Penelope Paper Packet
Z1375 Kraft Cardstock
X5751 Sorbet Cardstock
X5772 Canary Cardstock
1385 White Daisy Cardstock
44751 Archival Black Exclusive Inks™ Stamp Pad
Z2023 Bling Gems Gold Assortment
Z3189 White & Gold Ribbon
Z1263 Bitty Sparkles
Z3132 Watercolor Paints
Z3188 Paintbrush Set
Z1979 Marvy® Uchida® LePen™ Journaling Pen
Z3167 Cricut® Artistry Collection
Cricut® Shapes:
Artistry
¾” Shift+Background <,> (p. 6)
½” Shift+Background <O> (p. 19)
1″ Shift+Background <A> (cut 2, p. 21)
1¼” <Font> “Make Today Fun” 4¼” x 5½” You Make Me Happy Card
Make It from Your Heart™ Vol. 2: Pattern 25
S1603 My Acrylix® Sunshine Birdies
X7205B Charlotte Paper Packet
X7207B Penelope Paper Packet
1385 White Daisy Cardstock
X5751 Sorbet Cardstock
X5772 Canary Cardstock
44751 Archival Black Exclusive Inks™ Stamp Pad
Z2111 Chocolate Exclusive Inks™ Stamp Pad
Z2117 Crystal Blue Exclusive Inks™ Stamp Pad
Z2023 Bling Gems Gold Assortment
Z3189 White & Gold Ribbon
Z1263 Bitty Sparkles
Z3132 Watercolor Paints
Z3188 Paintbrush Set

Everything ABC’s Blog Hop (Letter E)

Welcome to the Everything ABC’s Blog Hop!  For this hop we will be featuring the letter E. This may be the name of a paper, a stamp set or an embellishment. Whatever the crafter has chosen as their “E” element will be featured in their post.

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If you came from Tonya Whitehurst ~ Heart & Soul Scrappers then you’re on the right track!

Wedding Card by Wendy Kessler

Wedding Card by Wendy Kessler

Supplies used are all Close to My Heart: Love Always Stamp Set, Slate Ink, White Daisy Organdy Ribbon, Cardstock (Slate, White Daisy), Quatrefoil Embossing Folder, Confetti Embossing Folder, and White Daisy Cards & Envelopes.

I chose Embossing for the letter E.  I haven’t done much embossing even though I like the look because my machine seems to have too much pressure and the images end up cutting through in parts instead of just embossing.  While creating this project, I learned that if I mist my paper with a little water before embossing it loosens up the fibers in the paper and it embosses beautifully without any cutting!  One the second card, I applied ink to my embossing folder before inserting my paper for a different look.  The first one is my favorite.

Your next stop on our Everything ABC’S blog Hop is Linda Norman- Scrappy Therapy.

Here is the complete lineup in case you get lost along the way:

Use Your Stash Blog Hop: Ribbon

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If you are joining us for the “Use Your Stash Blog Hop” you are right on track. WELCOME! You should be coming from Nicole Schuette.  If you get lost along the way scroll down to the end of this post for the entire list of hoppers.

Ribbon Wreath by Wendy Kessler

Today we are sharing ways to use up your ribbon stash and I have created this ribbon wreath.  This is a great way to use up a lot of that ribbon stash.  I cut A LOT of ribbon strips at 5 1/2 inches and sealed the ends with a lighter.  The base of my wreath is a clothes hanger.  I simply reshaped it into a circle and then tied all the ribbons around it until it was full.  Super easy!  With the red, white, and blue colors I plan to hang this for the 4th of July.

Now hop on over to Priscilla Gotham for more ideas of using up your stash.

Here’s a list of all participants in case you get lost along the way:

1. Wendy Kessler ~ My Scrapbooking Blog

2. Priscilla Gotham

3. Michelle Loncar

4. Marie Flayer

5. Nicole Schuette

CTMH Technique Blog Hop – Kissing Is for Stamping

12654374_10153385335867934_7561329688020540845_nWelcome to this month’s CTMH Technique Blog Hop.  If you have already started the hop, you should be coming from Melissa Robinson.

Happy Birthday Layout by Wendy KesslerSupplies used are all Close to My Heart: Paper Fundamentals – Adventure, Glacier Extra Thick Twine, Inks (Pacifica, Honey, Cranberry, Pear, Lagoon, Reel Life stamp set, Dizzy Circles stamp set, Artiste Cricut Collection (and Birthday stamp set), Art Philosophy Cricut Collection.

Typically, for the Kissing Stamping Technique you would choose a solid stamp image and a background stamp.  I had a hard time finding a solid image so I took the balloon from the Artiste Birthday stamp set and stamped using the back side of it which gave me a solid image.  I kissed the balloon image with a spiral image from the Dizzy Circles stamp set which I inked in another (darker) color.  I used Liquid Glass to attach the Twine and Glue Dots with a little pop to give the balloons some dimension.

Try these different kissing methods:
* Ink first stamp in a lighter color and second stamp in a darker color, kiss together, then stamp onto paper (as shown on balloons above).
* Ink first stamp in a lighter color, stamp this off once onto a scrap paper.  Ink second stamp in same color, kiss together, stamp onto paper (as show on green balloon above).
* Stamp first image onto paper, overlap with a new image over top. You can do multiple layering with this option and can also overlap with words.

Now hop on over to Catherine Nowak!

List of participants: