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More Creative Cuteness in 2022

I have a goal to put more creative cuteness into 2022, and I’m kicking it off with one of the means to that goal early in the year! I’m excited to announce that I’ve been invited to work with the amazing Ink Blot Shop design team, celebrating new releases and overall cute stamps all year long! I love Tifany the owner, and I adore her clean, cute product line. This is going to be fun!

One card to share with you today that uses the ADORABLE Fat Cats, Solid Sayings, and Accents! I’ve colored Fat Cat and cute tweety bird with Polychromos colored pencils, and I’m love the Accents to add interest (like the wallpaper background and scalloped edge!) without adding bulk.

I’ll have more cuteness to share soon! What are some of your new year crafting goals?

Thanks for stopping by!

Pink Fresh Studio: Watercolor Wonder

Happy New Year, Stamping Friends!

Back in the fall, I had the privilege of spending an entire weekend taking a set of classes from Pink Fresh Studio just for fun! The classes were lead by some amazing women in the stamping industry, and it was so relaxing to just follow along, stamp and paint, die-cut and glue, add a few sequins here and there. I pretty much stuck to the presented designs all weekend, and I LOVED IT! I hope the Pink Fresh Studio team plans another event sometime soon!

I followed the student guide for both of my cards, and it was so fun to watch the water and color just roll across the paper, morphing into these beautiful flowers. The set is called Cosmo Bunch, and this class was taught by the amazing, Emily Midgett.

The Mini Slimline Scallop Rectangle Essentials Die was a gift in the class swag, and it’s already gotten quite the workout! I used Daniel Smith Watercolor for both of my cards, and I love the floral image, but I think the sentiment on this card may have been my favorite thing. So many times I can envision sending a card with this sentiment.

Yesterday was heavy, put it down.

May the new year be brighter, contain more color and inspiration for you and yours!

Seasons Givings Winners

Great ideas for relaxing in and out of the craftroom on my Seasons Givings post. Many of you find relief in tidying things up, and I have to agree there is some peace in that. I just wish I wasn’t the one who always had to do it! LOL

Thank you for stopping by and starting my new year off with calming crafty thoughts. I appreciate the community that we have, and I hope this is an amazing year for all.  The random winners of my giveaways are:

$50 Taylored Expressions Gift Certificate  – Angie – Your cards are gorgeous! Beautiful colors. What fun giveaways! Putting a card together is not relaxing for me, that is the stressful part but I get lost in the coloring. Coloring is zen to me. Any coloring medium whisks me away to a magical place except for colored pencils!

$30 Daniel Smith Split Gift Certificate – Heather Bolli – Great products! Can’t wait to learn more. My day job is very stressful and numbers based, so my favorite thing about crafting is that it’s the opposite. I always joke that it “resets” my right brain every night by using my left brain.

$30 Marker Universe Gift Certificate – Debbie Owens at Indy – Thanks for being part of this amazing hop! Your water coloring is spectacular! When I get a new stamp set, I use my Misti and stamp all the images several times. When I need to relax and unwind, I like to sit back and shade them in different combinations.

If you’ll each email me, I’ll make arrangements with you for your prize! YAY! Thinking happy and crafty thoughts to each of you in this new year! Hugs!

Thinking of You – WINNERS

Thank you so much for the many wonderful ideas and comments you left as part of my Seasons Givings Blog Hop! I loved reading through your answers. And, thank you for your patience with me in announcing the winners today – below in  this post! .

As a thank you for all, I wanted to share this Thinking of You watercolor hydrangea image from Taylored Expressions.

I’m in love with my Daniel Smith watercolor. Artist grade watercolor is an investment, and I’ve loved learning about each of these pigments.  I’m traveling in the next few weeks, and this palette is perfect for home or away!

The small palette is available here. It’s approximately 5″ x 3″ size. The description says that it holds 12 half pans, but I’ve removed the metal grid and found holds 21 half pans. It folds up sleek and fits into a small cosmetic bag with these wonderful travel brushes from Escoda. I use a fun tack putty to hold the pans to the tins, but some people prefer to glue magnets to the bottom of each half pan.

One thing about purchasing watercolor is the quality brands are sold in tube form, and can be squirted to palette or dried and cured in a pan that is reactivated with misted or brushed water. I choose to get more bang for my buck by purchasing cured 1/2 pans from my friend Lydia. Let me know in the comments if you’d like more info for her Facebook group dedicated to collections of Daniel Smith!

This Hydrangea Big Blooms from Taylored Expressions was stamped with clear distress ink and embossed with Taylored Expressions Diamond embossing powder on Arches 140# cold press watercolor paper . There are many sizes of watercolor sheets available, and I prefer the pad with a green label.  Hydrandgea was then watercolored with Quinacridone Purple, Sap Green and Quinacridone Gold – all Daniel Smith. I love the vibrant color! Once the flower and leaves dried after watercolor, I cut with the Hydrangea Big Blooms matching dies.  The cutting plate underneath is Quilted Backdrop – a favorite from Lawn Fawn.

Now on to my winners! YAY! LOVED, LOVED all of your comments and aspirations for the new year! Make sure you are devoting time daily (if you can!) or weekly to your dreams!

Drum roll, please…. Winner of The Ton package – Heather Mills! 

Winner of the Casual Fridays and coffee sets is Neeta Rancourt!

Congratulations to both of my winners! I have emailed both of you at the email registered with your comments! Thank you so much!

Thank you again to all of you for hopping along with Seasons Givings! I love this hop, and I wish you all the best in your creative pursuits of the new year! I’m participating in a wonderful Carolyn Gavin  31-day watercolor challenge (meaning you have a prompt and work at your own speed!)  right now that I love at CreativeBug – so I hope to be back soon to share some sketches!

Happy New Year!