Technique Blog Hop ~Diffuse Your Artwork

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This month we are featuring the technique of ~ DIFFUSERS!  Close to My Heart has just released two diffusers which are to be used with our embossing folders.  You can find these new diffusers on  page 122 of the new Annual Inspirations Idea book.  Diffusers are so cool as it will crate a non-embossed area on the paper you want to emboss. I know that sounds confusing but just take a look at the artwork and it will make more sense.  This month we have 6 consultants featuring artwork using this technique.  If you just hopped onto my blog or arrived from PRICILLA GOTHAM ’S Blog then you are in the right place.  This blog hop is a great big circle so you can start wherever you want and continue through to see all the fabulous artwork incorporating this technique.

Diffuser technique ~ Sangria ~ Housewarming Hello ~ CatScrapbooking.comYou can see the embossed Colonial White and in the middle where the house is stamped it is still smooth.  There is the list of products used:

Now hop on over to MICHELLE LONCAR’S Blog and see what she has created for you to day.  If you get lost along here is the full list of participants.

  1. Melissa Robinson
  2. Darlys Recker
  3. Priscilla Gotham
  4. Catherine Nowak ~ You are here
  5. Michelle Loncar
  6. Sheila Bennett

Happy Crafting!

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Technique Blog Hop ~ Watercolors

Welcome to the Technique Blog Hop!

11933423_10153099414082934_5873071183292397524_nThis month we are featuring the technique of ~ WATERCOLORING!  Close to My Heart has just rolled out this awesome line of watercolor products ~ Watercorlor Paint and Watercolor Brushes can be found on page 148 and the watercorlor paper is found on page 147 of the new Annual Inspirations Idea book.  Watercoloring is so cool it can be simple or as elaborate as you want it to be.  It is a great way to create custom backgrounds and adding a touch of color to you cards, scrapbook pages or any of your paper crafts. This month we have 8 consultants featuring artwork using this technique so you will definitely be inspired.  If you just hopped onto my blog or arrived from MELISSA ROBINSON ’S Blog then you are in the right place.  This blog hop is a great big circle so you can start wherever you want and continue through to see all the fabulous artwork incorporating this technique.

I had a lot of fun trying some new techniques with the watercorlors.  I designed two cards both of them are based around this months Stamp of the Month ~ Paper Garden S1509.

11707989_10207393099531945_1646831179381493893_oHere is my first card.

Paper Garden ~ #watercoloryourworld ~ #ctmhHelloLife ~ CatScrapbooking.comThis card was totally new for me as I have never tried anything like this before.  I started by stamping one of the flower images from this months SOTM Paper Garden on our new watercolor paper in whisper ink.  I then came back and watercolored over the image and the background.  After it had dried (I hurried things along by using my craft heater) I took my journaling pen and outlined the image.  At that point the black journal pen looked really hard so I decided to use my White Daisy re-inker with some water in a spray pens.  I sprayed this mixture over the image, which really helped to soften the image.

Here is the other card I created~Paper Garden ~ #watercoloryourworld ~ Watercolor ~ CatScrapbooking.comFor this card I used a watercolor resist.  I stamped the Paper Garden image with the VersaMark and then used white embossing powder to heat emboss. I then used the watercolors to create the background.

List of products used for both cards:

Now hop on over to AGGIE PETERS’ Blog and see what she has created for you to day.  If you get lost along here is the full list of participants.

  1. Melissa Robinson
  2. Catherine Nowak ~ You are Here
  3. Aggie Peters
  4. Sheila Bennett
  5. Priscilla Gotham
  6. Haley Dyer
  7. Darlys Recker
  8. Denise Elliott

Happy Crafting!

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ABC’s Blog Hop ~ S

Welcome to the Everything ABC’s Blog Hop!ABC's Blog Hop

For this hop we will be featuring the letter “S”.  This may be the name of a paper, a stamp set or an embellishment.  Whatever the crafter has chosen as their “S” element will be featured in their post.

If you have just hopped onto my blog, welcome!  If you just hopped here from LAUREN MOORE’S Blog then you are in the right place.   The blog hop is a great big circle, so you can start here and work your way around.  If you get lost along the way, you can find the complete list of participating  consultants on Linda’s blog HERE.

For my “S” element I chose SWIMMING, SWIM lessons, SWIM like a fish and SCRAPBOOK layout.  I introduced my SON to SWIM lessons in 2013.  We took a parent/child lesson, which was fun and a great introduction to the water.

ABC's S ~ Zoe ~ Whimsy Fundamentals ~ Watercolors ~ CatScrapbooking.comI love combining paper packs so I decided to mix Zoe with the Whimsy Fundamental Paper Pack ~ Crystal Blue.  I am so pleased the way these papers blend together.  I am also SO in love with these new watercolor paints. Here is a close up of incorporating the watercolors into a layout. I love the fact you can change a papers color with just a brush STROKE ~ This was simple White Daisy cut title and then I added a little blue watercolor and presto a cool new look.

Here is a list of all the products used to create this layout:

Now it is time to hop on over to DARLYS RECKER’S Blog and see what she has created for you today.

Happy Crafting!

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