Joyful Stars Blog Hop – Hot August


Welcome to the Joyful Stars August Blog Hop!  If you’re coming here from my friend Michelle Loncar’s blog you are on the right path, but if you are starting here that’s ok too – we are a circular hop and if you follow the links you’ll hop right on around and end up right back where you started.

Wow has August been hot!   First it’s the first month of the brand new Close to My Heart Annual Idea book and Seattle with 45+ days without rain…I don’t know about where you are from, but this girl is about to wilt.  I’ve been spending lots of time in my craft room playing with new supplies – yes, it’s got A/C!!!

I wanted to introduce you to the brand new Color of the Year BASHFUL!  It’s a lovely pink that goes so nicely with all our other colors especially the new basics!

My card also features a brand new M sized stamp which I repeatedly stamped on water color paper and then water colored with soft pinks and greens.  The Thank You stamp is from a set that carried over All The Thanks!  I finished it by adding a few clear sparkles and think I managed a very elegant card.  Someone recently said that I make clean and simple look sophisticated – I’ll take that as a complement.

Thanks for stopping by…take a minute and leave me a comment and tell me what the weather is like in your neck of the woods and then hop on over to my friend Debi Brile’s That Might Look Good On A Card blog where you’re sure to find some delightful work.


Wonder of Watercolor

Who knew there were so many different techniques when using watercolors?  Not me!

This is just a few of the samples that I’ll be sharing on Thursday at my Wonder of Watercolor class and then we’ll pick up the brushes and make three cards.

Have you signed up for any of my classes?  You can find them under the events tab on my Facebook page, in the newsletter that I send out monthly and even right here on my blog.






Welcome to the Close to My Heart Watercolor Blog Hop!  We will be featuring Close to My Heart’s Watercolors – a flip top paint box with 36 colors.  If you have come here from Vickie’s Blog, you are on the right path! The blog hop is a great big circle, so you can start here and work your way all around.  If you get lost along the way, you’ll find the complete list of participating consultants on Melinda’s Blog:

I loved watercolors as a child…I remember how excited I’d get when I got a new flip top paint box.  The feeling was about the same when Close to My Heart revealed it’s Watercolor Palette at convention last year.  This month we have 30 Close to My Heart Consultants sharing their art with the watercolors make sure you hop around because you will be amazed at all the great techniques.

Even though I love the watercolors I haven’t had much time to play with them.  So when my son asked for a card for his employers niece that was turning one I thought this would be the perfect opportunity.  I cut the watercolor paper with the Cricut Artfully Sent cartridge to create the Birthday Girl Pocket Card.  I then painted it all in pink and let it dry.  I then used a purple, green and blue to flick on splatters.  It was a lot of FUN!  Once everything was dry I mounted it to a piece of Pear CS and then to a 5X7 White Daisy Card.  The banners were cut from the Penelope B&T’s.  The balloon was stamped in Thistle Ink and popped up with 3D foam tape.  The Balloon is part of the Artiste Cricut cartridge coordinating stamp set.

My son was really happy with the card – so in my world that’s a grand-prize ribbon.

Now “Hop” on over to Kathy’s Blog to see her work! Be sure to visit all the Consultants at their Blogs to get some great crafting and other fun ideas!

When I was trying to decide what card I was going to make I ran across this video and decided it was a must include in my blog.  Jill from Close to My Heart Corporate shares 7 things you can do with watercolor and explains in simple steps how to accomplish the look.