Use Your Stash Blog Hop – Water(color) Fun

For this month’s Use Your Stash Blog Hop, you will see lots of coloring using a variety of mediums from watercolors and colored pencils to markers and more.  This hop is a circle; if you have just started simply continue until you make your way back here; if you have already started, you should be coming from Nicole Schuette.

Colored pencils:
Colored Pencil Flower Card by Wendy KesslerMarkers:
Bright Colored Card by Wendy Kessler
Supplies used are all Close to My Heart unless otherwise noted: Exotic Flower Stamp Set (Hostess set), Opaque Pearls (retired), colored pencils (retired but the Watercolor Pencils would be a good substitute), Shinhan Markers, and Momento Ink.

This is one of my favorite new stamp sets so I’m probably not using up my stash much but it has been a very long time since I’ve gotten out my colored pencils.   I like the muted colors of the colored pencils just as much as the vibrant look that I get when using markers.  There are lots of options with this stamp set.  You can color it with different mediums and a variety of colors that will always turn out differently.  You can also use the whole stamp set or cut out the the middle flower and just use that.  You can embellish it with pearls, sparkles, glitter glue, etc or leave it plain and flat and it’s still beautiful!

Now hop on over to Priscilla Gotham!

If you get lost along the way, go to Paige Dolecki’s blog for a list of participants.

Roadside find turned Dress-up Station!

I think this can be considered crafty since I did use my scrapbook supplies!

Dress-up Station by Wendy Kessler

Filled with fun stuff:Dress-up Station by Wendy KesslerBefore:

Dress-up Station by Wendy Kessler
I have been looking for something (bookshelf, armoire, etc.) to make into a dress-up station for my 4 year old.  I found this entertainment center for free on the side of the road during our citywide rummage sales and knew it would be perfect!  It is custom-built and quite heavy, which didn’t give me many options for modifications but it will hold up well for kids.  I started with a coat of Zinsser primer, then covered with a coat of purple paint/primer, and finished with a clear spray.  The Sofia buckets were leftover from Easter buckets and I found the mirror on a rummage sale for $1 (which I painted).  I had to dig into my scrapbook stash for the letters.  I thought 1.49 each for wooden letters that were broke in the store were not a good option.  First I painted the chipboard letters with pink, then covered them with Liquid Glass and covered completely with glitter (a variety from my stash).  Once dried (I let them sit overnight) I tapped off the excess glitter and coated with the clear spray that I used earlier.  I also used the Liquid Glass to adhere them to the top of the station.  I am still going to add a couple white baskets that I found at Michael’s but I am waiting for a sale.  The pink and white baskets on the bottom are from Hobby Lobby.

Fun Layout

Fun Layout by Wendy KesslerI used the DCWV Jewel Stack for this layout.

Exclusive Inks™ Re-inker and Spray Pen

Products featured in this video:
Spray Pen
All-Purpose Mat

CTMH Technique Blog Hop – Call For Back Up

Welcome to this month’s CTMH Technique Blog Hop.  If you have already started the hop, you should be coming from Sheila Bennett.


IMG_6816 Supplies used are all Close to My Heart: Cardstock (White Daisy, Lagoon, Gypsy), Piece of Cake stamp set, The Party is On stamp set, Teal Shimmer Trim, Chevron Border Punch, ShinHan Markers (Turquoise Blue, Peacock Green, Lavender, Golden Yellow, and Tender Pink), and Memento Ink.

I used the border punch as an accent on this card and then backed it with shimmer trim on the inside of the card.  The Shimmer Trim not only shows through the front of the card to add more color but it is also an accent on the inside of the card when you open it.

Now hop on over to Catherine Nowak!

List of participants:

  1. Debi Barber
  2. Melissa Robinson
  3. Sheila Bennett
  4. Wendy Kessler
  5. Catherine Nowak
  6. Darlys Recker
  7. Michelle Loncar
  8. Haley Dyer
  9. Tonya Whitehurst
  10. Belinda McLane