Happy Little Stampers Watercolor September – Spritz

Phew! Wow, it’s been a while! International moving and home renovation sure keeps a person busy! I want to extend my thanks to Kylie and my teammates at HLS for extending patience to me while I’ve been away. I’m very happy to be back with you for this month’s HLS Watercolor challenge.

Our winner for this challenge will receive a $20 coupon to spend at the shop! Check out all the details HERE.

Here’s my card using multiple HLS products and Brusho Watercolor Crystals.

To make this card:

  1. I made a stencil with a butterfly die.
  2. Sponged embossing ink through the stencil.
  3. Sprinkled on red Brusho crystals.
  4. Spritzed with water.
  5. Allowed to the water dry, added clear embossing powder & heat embossed.
  6. Watercolored with more yellow and green Brushos.
  7. Stamped the leaves.
  8. Stamped and fussy cut the sentiment.
  9. Die cut, framed and assembled the card with foam tape and snail adhesive.

I’ll make this a quick post so that I can get back to some renovation projects and readying my house for our household goods to be delivered. My family and I are excited (dreading?!) about next week. We said goodbye to our things in Germany last March. We’re expecting our things (20 crates!) to be here on the 6th & 7th.

I hope that you enjoyed your visit.

Thanks for stopping by!

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Happy Little Stampers Watercolor Challenge – May 2017 – Red

 Welcome back to Happy Little Stampers’ Watercolor Challenge.

All of our Happy Little Stampers’ Watercolor Challenges are Anything Goes with an optional twist. The only rule is that you use water coloring or a watercolor technique on your entry. You may enter as many times as you like and you do NOT have to use HLS products to enter.

This month’s challenge:

As always at Happy Little Stampers’ challenges……..we have a prize for you!

We would like to welcome our Guest Designer, Helen, for this challenge!

Here’s my (I ❤ RED and butterflies 🙂 ) card using Happy Little Stampers Butterfly Dies and HLS Doodled Flowers for the sentiment.
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First, I stamped some hearts and then die cut the butterfly.  img_6446_edited-1

I added some swipes of red to the die cut, hearty panel.

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I heat embossed the sentiment in white on another panel and then watercolored various shades of red on top.

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I allowed the panels to dry and adhered the red panel to a white card base. Then I added the die cut panel with foam tape.  img_6452_edited-1

My teammates and I are excited about this monthly watercolor challenge and we sure do hope that you are going to enjoy joining in too!

Thanks for stopping by!

Grace & Peace,

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Happy Little Stampers February 2016 Mixed Media Challenge – Tear/Rip

Hi! I’m very happy to be here with you today with a card for Happy Little Stampers February 2017 Mixed Media Challenge.

Our  challenge:

Here’s my card.
  img_5341_edited-1 Washi tape, stenciling, stamping, die cutting, sponging, and of course, tearing/ripping went into the making of this card.
I used Happy Little Stampers’ Butterfly Birthday and Butterfly Dies.
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This level of grungy mixed media is out of my normal comfort zone. I considered reworking it or ditching it all together. I showed it to my husband and told him what I was thinking.img_5326_edited-1
He gave me some advice,”Well, be honest. Share that this is not your favorite card or style. You don’t always have to love everything you do. Maybe it would be refreshing for someone to read that you are sharing something that you are not really super crazy about.”
So, here we are. Grunge Melissa-style. Hmmm. I’ve seen some people who do lovely work with this style, but it is not really my favorite. img_5321_edited-1
I stamped the butterflies in a dark brown. After waiting a while, apparently, not long enough, I added the white embossing paste stenciled hearts. The brown ink bled through and gave the hearts a dirty, grungy appearance. I’m not a big fan of that. This is what I would do differently next time.
Any advice? Will the ink bleed through no matter how long I wait?
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Grace & Peace,

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