Friday, January 15, 2016

January 2016 Cross Canada Blog Hop - Watercolours

Welcome to our January Blog Hop featuring Watercolor Creations. To purchase any of the items seen in our blog hop today, contact your local consultant to place an order.

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Thank you… now on to our hop!

If you have just hopped onto my blog, you can start here as this is a circular hop, but if you want to follow us across Canada then please start at the beginning and join Michelle S. at If you came from Nicky of then you are in the right place!

I had a night of playing with some of my supplies, I did a bit of a refresher on watercolour painting and different techniques, then set out to play. First I cut one of our 12 X 12 water colour papers into six pieces to make backgrounds and small pallets. Next I pulled out our paints,
aren't they beautiful, such bright colours. and so much fun to play with. Pulled out the brushes and two bowls of water, one for clean water and one for the dirty water when you clean your brush.

For my first page I put on the paint and then sprinkled salt on while it was wet, then let dry, the salt leaves little brighter spots after it dries you brush the salt off. This is what it looked like, it is a bit hard to see the effect the salt made, but it is there.

Next up was the rubbing alcohol dripped onto the wet paint. It makes a cool effect.
For this card I layered the different blues and then dropped water drops on the wet paint. When it was dry I made this card up using some of our new thin cuts and coordinating stamps, such a fun set with lots of options for your own creativity.
I made this card a few weeks back, was not going to finish it, but some of my grand daughters loved it so I thought I would finish it and share it here. I was playing with the colormyheartdare and using the suggested colors from it a few weeks ago.
For this card I went through one of the rows of colours and layered them on the card, while the paint was wet, you crumple a tissue or two on it and put it on to dry partly, make sure to pull it off before it dries fully or it will be stuck to your page. This gives you a nice soft texture look on  your page.

This last set of backgrounds was the most fun....but very messy... splatter.....It makes a very interesting background, I am not sure what I will do with this but it was fun, to play with the colours.

Your next stop on the Cross Canada Hop is Carol of craftycarol55.
If you get lost along the way, you can head to Michelle S Blog,, as she has the complete blog list.

Thanks for hopping along with us - we hope we were able to inspire you to get creative using some of the designs, products and techniques seen along the way. We hope you will join us again next month when we will be feature Cardstock Creations . So mark February 15th on your calendars and hop along with us.

Sunday, January 3, 2016

Scrapbooking YOURSELF???

So you like to scrapbook? I  enjoy using the photos on my pages and telling the stories for future generations to enjoy or for my own enjoyment. For the last month this is the sketch that we have been asked to use and to make sure we include ourselves in a family photo.

In years past there have not been too many photos of me, I am usually behind the lens taking the photos. This photo that I am featuring in this layout is one that has been hanging on my fridge for ten years, it is still there. I did make a mini album about the day with lots more photos, but thought I should have at least one full size scrap page with a bit of the story. This was a very special trip for my husband and I to visit my brother and sister in British Columbia. My sister and her family lived in Salmon Arm at the time and were part of a group of people who enjoyed spending Sunday's in nice weather touring on their motorcycles. We road along on the backs of the bikes and joined them for a 'loop' tour. Being novices in the bike riding world we were not sure how long this trip would be, we did enjoy the day immensely, but we did have sore butts. What a beautiful country we live in and what a way to see part of it from the back of a Harley Davidson motorcycles.

And a few closeups of the page: 

Saturday, January 2, 2016

Atlantic Hearts sketch challenge & Color my heart Colour challenge

  Hi again, I had some play time this afternoon, after looking at all the creative artwork from the various blog hops featuring the January 2016 Stamp of the month "Beloved Bouquet", I  thought I would spend some time creating. I used the sketch from the 
Atlantic hearts challenge sketch-140, and the Color my heart color dare:

This is the card I came up with after some playing with other colour combinations for fun....

Did you know that our newest seasonal expression is now live....check out my shopping cart to view it online, or let me know if you would like a hard copy, I do have a limited number available?

This may be one of the cards we create at my next card workshop on Friday January 22, 2016 at 6:45 pm, four cards for twelve dollars and a fun night out, contact me for the location.