Water Coloring with Aqua Painters

Hi Stampers,

Earlier this month I promised a video on a new water coloring technique I recently learned.  Well, here it is!  :o)  I hope you enjoy it and it works as well for you as it does for me.  If you have any questions, please let me know.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Water Coloring Frenzy

Hey Everyone!

I know, I’ve been gone awhile again.  I had some major dental work done a little over a week ago and I was totally out of it all week.  I had two teeth removed for future dental implants on one side of my mouth, and root scaling and planning done on one tooth on both the top and bottom of the other side of my mouth.  I thought I was being smart by getting it all done at once, but it made it nearly impossible to eat.  I must say, I have lost two whole pounds since the procedure, but I am positive it will come back once I visit my dentist for my one week post op check up tomorrow and he removes what is left of the stitches.  Then I can get back to regular eating.  🙂

To make it up to you, I have multiple cards to share with  you today.  And I also promise  a video later this month on a neat water coloring technique I learned and just can’t seem to get enough of.  My water coloring with an aqua painter always turned into a big black mess until my up-line told me about this trick!  I’ve been on a water coloring frenzy ever since, and no I will not tell you what it is until the video.  You will just have to be patient.

My first card was for my son who turned 30 years old last Thursday.  I very lightly water colored the background in Mint Macaroon ink using an aqua painter.  I think it gives the sky on the background on the card a little extra than just stamped clouds.

Here is my second card. I was inspired by a card on Pintrist for this one.  The entire balloon is water colored along with some of the background.  I used Aqua Painters and Mint Macaron, Peekaboo Peach, and Flirty Flamingo on the balloon.  The balloon is cut from Water Color Paper.   I’m just thrilled with how this one turned out!

 

These last two cards are very similar, which just goes to show you don’t have to have a zillion lay outs for a every card you might want to create.  Both backgrounds are water colored darkest to lightest.

The background colors in this card are done with Aqua Painters and  Dapper Denim, Mint Macaron, and Pool Party ink.  I used the Water Color Pencils and Blender Pens  for the flower which was stamped in Basic Black Archival Ink.

 

The background colors in this “Thanks” card are done with the Aqua Painters and Marina Mist, Pool Party, and Soft Sky ink.  I used the Water Color Pencils and Blender Pens to do the flowers.

This is my final card.

Unfortunately the Glimmer Paper was a Sale-a-bration item and is no longer available.  But, I think this card would be just a pretty if you cut the flowers from regular card stock in these colors.  I used the Layering Squares Framelits to create a frame for the flowers.

The supply list I’ve provided is pretty lengthy.  If I’ve forgotten anything, please let me know.   Remember you don’t have to buy everything all at once.  You can choose the colors you like best and repeat using them in each of the cards.  Each card would look beautiful in any color combination.  I would however recommend using our Water Color Paper if you plan on giving any of them a try.

I know there was a lot here today, but I feel I’ve been way too absent lately and you deserved to be compensated.  🙂

Until next time…

Happy Stamping!

 

 

 

 

 

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Don’t Count the Years…Count Your Blessings

 

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Yesterday, I celebrated a milestone birthday.  I turned 60!  The day before my birthday, I sat for a moment and contemplated the upcoming event.  It suddenly dawned on me that I was turning 60!  “How in the world did that happen?” I wondered incredulously.

I have never been one to dread an upcoming birthday except for when I turned 27.  Shortly thereafter, I learned I was pregnant with my first child.  Whacky hormones! A birthday is just a reminder that we’ve been blessed with another year of living.  The alternative is far worse!

When I was younger, I often wondered what it would feel like to be “old”?  Right now, at this very moment I feel accomplished.  Oh sure, there are those days when there is an extra ache or pain or one of my moving parts doesn’t move quite right.  But, for the most part…accomplished is a word I would use to describe how it feels to be 60.

When I look back at my life, I see all of the things I have accomplished!  Look…here’s a list.  I earned a Bachelor’s degree, married, served four years in the military in Europe and traveled Europe. I traveled to Italy four times, had two children, and divorced. I have traveled and lived all over the United States, owned my own home, raised my children, and helped send them to college.  I went back to school and earned a teaching license, taught, remarried, earned a Master’s Degree and retired from teaching.  I have traveled to Alaska, Hawaii, and Mexico three times.  There was some fun in there, but there was a lot of hard work in there too…so yes, I feel accomplished!  At 60, you feel accomplished because now I am beginning to see some of the fruits of my work.

In my life, I’ve not always said and done the right thing, but I have learned from my mistakes.  I sometimes think I’ve arrived at 60 just by chance.  Other times, I have said and done all of the right things and played everything by the book and I still think it has been God’s grace that has delivered me to this place right now.

I have lived a full life these past 60 years.   I’ve loved and lost.  Some of those I’ve loved I’ve lost through either death, or moving, or other unfortunate circumstances.  But, I have grown.  I have grown spiritually and emotionally, and I have matured into an adult.  Although some days I am as if a child in awe of the many blessings, I have received.  What did I do to deserve so much good?

I have my health, my husband, my children, grandchildren,  extended family and friends. I am loved.  I have food to eat and a warm place to live.  I’ve traveled and look forward to more.  I was blessed with the opportunity to do rewarding work as a member of the military, a mother, and teacher.

How did I get to 60?  I have lived!   And,  I have the bumps and scrapes and scars to prove it! Yet, there is so much more to live for.

Here is to another 60!

CHEERS!

 

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Watercolored Hey, Chick

As I said in my last post, I am a chicken lover!   (I’ve been told the first step to recovery is admitting your addiction.)  So it only stands to reason that I love this stamp set.  If it has anything to do with chickens or roosters,  it is for me!    Especially vintage and antique roosters and chickens.  Two former students got me started on collecting them a few years ago.  Their names are Matt and Brooke, a brother and sister team.  They were both in the same 8th grade class as my son.  (Yes, I taught my own children in middle school and I tell them it was equally painful for me as it was for them.)  🙂  They gave me a set of three decorative plates with roosters on them.  I hung them in my kitchen, and it has been downhill ever since.  That was about 15 years ago, so that is a long time to collect a lot of chickens!  My husbands famous words are, “Just what you need, another chicken!”

This chicken set is a Sale-a-braton set.  With any $50.00 purchase in my online store, you can get it too.

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Isn’t this sweet?  I love these little guys, and I’ve created a video just for you so you can make a card just like this one.  Hope you enjoy it!

Here are some other FREE Sale-a-bration items you can have when you spend $50.00 in my online store.

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Until next time!

Happy Stamping!

Josie2

 

 

 

 

 

 

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