Featuring No Worries at H2H

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The Heart 2 Heart Challenge this week is to create a project with the beautiful No Worries paper collection.  It was “love at first sight” for me with this paper!   Not only do I have family living near the beach in Florida, but there is so much non-beachy potential with this paper too!

I decided to make a birthday card for my Florida son who will be celebrating later in July.  I used the Basic Circles Thin Cuts (Z3318) to cut a circle in the front of the card for the Happy Birthday sentiment to peek through.

I used the Swirly Seashells Stamp and Thin Cut set (CC1219) to make the seashells.  I colored them with our watercolor pencils then gave them a layer of shine from our Shimmer Brush.  Sequins and a little burlap ribbon added just the right embellishment.

Here is the card partially open so you can see the circular opening in the front.  Below is another version of the card that I made.  This time I heat embossed the shells with gold embossing powder.  Do you have a favorite?

Please stop by Heart 2 Heart to see the other design team projects using No Worries.  There are some awesome projects there!  Then get out your own No Worries paper and start crafting.  Be sure to share you artwork at H2H for everyone to enjoy!

Fisherman’s Birthday Card

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My dad’s birthday was last weekend and he is an avid (that’s putting it mildly!) fisherman, so of course his card had to be related to fishing.  For his card I used paper from the Rustic Home Fundamentals collection along with Chocolate cardstock and ink. The stamped images are from B1535 Hooked on You.  I colored the fish with watercolor pencils and added some square metallic embellishments which are now retired.

The sentiment for the inside will soon adorn the majority of my future birthday cards because I think it is awesome!  It’s called One in a Million (A1201) and is only $6.95!  I will get lots of use from this one, I’m sure.

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Thanks for visiting the blog today!  I hope your day is FABULOUS!!   Laurie

Christmas Cards Using Colored Images

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Yesterday I showed you the “in progress” images that I colored with the Close To My Heart Watercolor Pencils and Shin Han Markers.  Today I want to share the finished Christmas cards that I made to feature those images.  I used random paper from my tub of Christmas scrapbook paper and embellishments.

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This snowman image was colored with Watercolor Pencils and blended with the Blending Pen.  I used some metal dies and my Cuttlebug to cut the layers for my focal image.  My friend, Ellen, gave me the dies a while back and they were just perfect to use for this project!  Thank you, Ellen!!  I also embossed the green background paper with a snowflake embossing folder.  The sentiment on the inside is from the Holly Jolly Christmas stamp set by CTMH.

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The Santa on this card was colored with Watercolor Pencils and the sentiment is also from Holly Jolly Christmas stamp set.  I embossed the white panel with the same snowflake embossing folder and the sentiment on the inside is from Believe in Christmas by CTMH.

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This image on this final card was colored with Shin Han Markers.  The sentiment on the front and the inside both came from the Holly Jolly Christmas stamp set.  I think the gold accents really add a punch to this design!

I hope that showing you the process of stamping and coloring images with Watercolor Pencils and Shin Han Markers has been helpful.  You can purchase any of the supplies and stamp sets I used by visiting my online shopping site HERE.  Be adventurous and give some new techniques a try in your own crafting!

Make today special!   Laurie


Playing with Watercolor Pencils and Shin Han Markers

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I played with the Watercolor Pencils and Shin Han Markers this week and want to show you my “steep learning curve” progress.  Please be kind–I’m still learning, especially with the Shin Hans!!  I chose images from two different stamp sets.  The Santa  is from Believe in Christmas and the girl and snowman are from Christmas Post.  I chose these images because they already had a lot of shading that I knew would help me when I applied the color.

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 The pictures above show my attempt with the Shin Hans.  I think it was pretty easy to blend the colors in the evergreens and to add shading to the images by applying more color where the stamp indicated the shading.  If you don’t look too closely, I think the finished product isn’t too bad.

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These are pictures of the Santa image that I colored with the Shin Han alcohol markers.  I’m actually pretty happy with how he turned out!


I also used the Watercolor Pencils on these same images.  The picture above is how my image looked after I added the color.  I then used the Blending Pen to smooth out and blend the colors.  You can basically “scribble” on the colors because they blend so nicely when done.

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The snowman above shows how it looked after blending the colors.  I found that the Watercolor Pencils and Blending Pen were easier for me to work with than the Shin Han Markers.  However I really like the vibrant look of the Shin Han coloring.  I know that perfecting the use of alcohol markers can take many, many hours of practice.  I am not anywhere close to being good, but I’m not giving them up!

Check back tomorrow when I share the finished Christmas cards that I made that feature these colored images.

Always believe that something wonderful is about to happen!   Laurie