The Aquapainter, and Why You Need Ink Refills Part III

I wanted some paper with Almost Amethyst and Summer Sun accents for a birthday card for my Mom.  I had some old Amethyst Designer Series Pattern paper, but it was much too understated for the look I wanted.  I wanted stripes.  I could visualize the stripes!  I pulled out my Aquapainter and some Whisper White cardstock and some Ink Refills, and I started to play.

Wonderful Watercolors birthday'

  • Wonderful Watercolors and Crazy for Cupcakes stamp set
  • Almost Amethyst, Summer Sun, Lovely Lilac and Whisper White cardstock
  • Lovely Lilac Classic stamp pad; Almost Amethyst and Summer Sun ink refills
  • Almost Amethyst, Summer Sun and Lovely Lilac Stampin’ Write markers
  • Champagne Mist Shimmer Paint,Scallop Circle punch, hand held rectangle punch (retired)
  • Uniball Signo Gel Pen, Piercing tool and mat, Stamp-a-ma-jig and White Taffeta ribbon

Don’t you like my stripes?  The Summer Sun should have been a little more intense, but I like the haphazard, random look of the pattern.  I’m playing with some other stripe combinations.  I’ll share them if I like them.  If I don’t…well, it’s just paper.

There’s a little Shimmer Paint mixed into the Summer Sun ink refill for the centers of the flowers.  Honestly, if that stuff doesn’t make it into the next Idea Book and Catalog I’ll be so disappointed.  Are you listening, Stampin’ Up!?

 

I think I found my MOJO!

It’s been a long time coming.  I’ve tried a number of the Mojo Monday sketches and looked at way more than I’ve tried.  More often than not, I’d look at the sketch and think it was out of my league.  The few times I did attempt the sketch, I felt dissatisfied with the results.

Until today.  Ta da!  Mojo110.

Mojo110_friendship

Mojo110 Mojo Monday Challenge

  • Inspired by Nature and Wings of Friendship stamp sets
  • Rich Razzleberry, Old Olive, Yoyo Yellow, Brocade Blue and Whisper White cardstock
  • Old Olive and Bashful Blue Classic ink pads;  Bashful Blue Craft ink pad; Champagne Mist Shimmer paint
  • Big Shot and SU Beautiful Butterflies Bigz die
  • Iridescent Ice Embossing powder, Embossing Budy, Powder Pal, Heat tool, pop-up glue dot and Stampin’ Sponges
  • Bashful Blue taffeta ribbon, Rich Razzleberry polka-dot grosgrain ribbon, and Styled Silver Hodgepodge Hardware flower ribbon slide

Do you like it?  I do!  I wouldn’t say it’s my absolute all time favorite, but I’m happy with it – especially considering how much I’ve agonized in the past, and by contrast, how naturally this card came together.  I was working with the color combination for a bag topper for my ribbon share, and decided that with a few changes it would make a great card.  The changes grew and expanded and the Mojo Sketch suddenly popped into my head.  Maybe the reason I’m so happy with this card is that it flowed from that point.

If you’ve never tried a sketch challenge, there are an abundance of them.  Here’s the MojoMonday site.  You can also find them in a multitude of blogs and stamping community sites.

The photo doesn’t pick it up, but there’s Champagne Mist Shimmer Paint Magic Elixer (1/4 tsp shimmer paint with 3-5 Tbsp of rubbing alcohol in a mist bottle) on the sentiment.  It goes on everything these days – we even used it on my girlfriend’s Halloween costume!

The moral of this story?  You may have to kiss a lot of card stock before you find your Mojo!

It’s Breast Cancer Awareness Month

Look familiar?  I wanted to take the same images and do a simpler layout.  I love these flowers, whatever they are.  They have to be wildflowers – they just have that La Dee Dah look about them.  Bloom where you’re planted and all that.  Clearly for the First of October they had to be pink.

Pink Wildflowers for October

Pink Wildflowers for October

  • Pretty in Pink, Regal Rose, Whisper White, and Kraft cardstock
  • Soft Suede, Always Artichoke, Pretty in Pink, Regal Rose and Summer Sun Classic ink
  • Wonderful Watercolors stamp set
  • Big Shot and Texturz plate
  • Stampin’ Dimensionals, Aquapainter, and Dazzling Diamonds

I love to watercolor.  It’s relaxing to me and for some odd reason I can let go of my otherwise obsessive need for perfection.  Perhaps that’s because I really don’t know anything about the technique, and so I just dive in with my aquapainter and my ink refills and play.  We should all play more.

One more thing: it’s National Breast Cancer Awareness Month.   Check your breasts.  Do it once a month.  Don’t make excuses.

Happy Watercolors

Have I mentioned that I don’t understand the Dormant List?

This is a happy card.  It’s a happy birthday card.  It’s a sunny yellow card.  And it’s a Dazzling-Diamonds-sparkle-your-heart-out card.  How could it not be happy?

Working with the various shades of Stampin’ Up! yellows – Barely Banana, So Saffron, Summer Sun, even (once in a great while) Yo Yo Yellow always lifts my heart.  This year we even have Crushed Curry, an intense, saturated, Smell The Spices kind of yellow!  A card like this shouldn’t wait to be sent.  It needs to be on its way in a hurry.

Sunny Banana Watercolors

Sunny Banana Watercolors

  • Naturals White, Summer Sun, Old Olive, Soft Suede and Barely Banana cardstock
  • Soft Suede, Old Olive, Pumpkin Pie, Summer Sun, and Barely Banana Classic ink
  • Wonderful Watercolors, Teeny Tiny Wishes and En Francais stamps; Textures Wheel
  • Aquapainter, Dazzling Diamonds, Stampin’ Dimensionals, and Stamp-a-ma-jig

I fought this layout for a while – it’s a Splitcoast Stampers Sketch Challenge.  I couldn’t figure out what to use for the back panel – everything was too dark or too light – nothing was Just Right.  The Texture wheel by itself was too light, but when I grabbed the paper and sponged the dickens out of it I decided it would work.  The cardfront also has the Texture wheel, but you may have to trust me on that.

Why don’t you pick up some yellow and brighten your day?

Stamping with friends is double the goodness

Christmas Cards with In Color Style

Christmas Cards with In Color Style

Yesterday was my annual Christmas card list with my wonderful upline, Crystal.  It’s really fun to run a class with her – she has great ideas and her view of the world matches mine pretty well – a good mix of “just right” versus “whatevah”.  She also makes an absolutely divine banana cake (you can’t go wrong when you put chocolate chips in banana cake) and between that and a pot of Peet’s coffee we were guaranteed a great day.   Add great stamping friends and some pretty fine cards (well, hers were fine as could be) and it added up to a perfect day.

We didn’t have any glitter but we did have the fabulous new Shimmer Paints from Stampin’ Up!  If you have Glitter Issues in your house the way I’ve got them in my house the Shimmer Paints are an excellent solution.  Plenty of sparkle that stays where you put it!  If you can stand another Christmas card, this week I’ll post one with the Champagne Mist Shimmer Paint that will convince you of the exalted status of Shimmer Paint.  I love a little sparkle, but my wonderful husband doesn’t appreciate finding glitter embedded in the finish of the kitchen table, or even worse, on his cycling shorts.  Glitter on the cycling shorts is absolute blasphemy.  We have to be very, very careful with glitter in my house.

  • Rich Razzleberry, Bermuda Breeze, and Whisper White card stock
  • Rich Razzleberry, Bermuda Breeze, and Old Olive Classic Ink
  • White Craft Ink
  • Delightful Decorations and All Holidays stamp sets
  • Old Olive narrow grosgrain ribbon
  • Ornament and Scallop Edge Punches
  • Clear Rhinestone Brads and 1/16″ circle punch
  • Stampin’ Dimensionals

Thanks for stopping by.