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~ Hello, everybody! It’s time for a brand new Color Throwdown challenge! This week our hostess is Amy Rysavy and the great color combo she chose for us is Light Purple, Dark Purple, Beige, and Brown. ~ ~ I had fun with this one! I used the awesome Flora & Fauna Winter Woodland stamp set again. I can’t seem to get enough of these adorable images! ~ ~ After I water colored a panel of Distress watercolor paper and let it dry, I stamped the glass jar, the little bird, and the mushrooms and painted them. The little deer was... Continue reading
Posted 4 days ago at Splashes of Watercolor
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~ This brand new Heart Abloom digital stamp set from Power Poppy is absolutely gorgeous, y’all! ~ ~ Here’s what Marcy has to say about it: A tapestry of spring flowers fill a large, lush heart shape in this Color Story adventure! The flowers for this heart were expressly chosen for scene to celebrate yellows, greens, blues and purples. We have Daffodils and Narcissus, Trout Lilies, a myriad of single and double Hellebores, Trout Lilies, and then the surprise guest: Blueberries! Now, here’s the thing. Blueberries ripening on the vine start out a very pale greenish-white. The same stem can... Continue reading
Posted Feb 15, 2018 at Splashes of Watercolor
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~ Hello, everyone! It’s time for a brand new Color Throwdown challenge! This week our lovely teammate Wanda has a beautiful combo of Spring colors for us to play with: Lilac, Green, Gray, and White. ~ ~ Gotta love beautiful flowers when it seems like winter’s been here forever! Sadly I needed a few sympathy cards this week, so I used our color palette to create one of them. ~ ~ I used Distress inks Mowed Lawn and Twisted Citron to create the watercolor background. Then I stamped the Layered Doilies image from Technique Junkies in SU Orchid Opulence. (I... Continue reading
Posted Feb 13, 2018 at Splashes of Watercolor
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~ We have some super fun Valentines colors for you at the Color Throwdown this week, thanks to Miss Vickie ! Red, Pink, and Gray. ~ ~ Power Poppy has a brand new digital image released on Monday called Blossoming Cherry, and it’s perfect to use with our colors! It also comes with 3 wonderful sentiments. ~ ~ I water colored my blossoming cherry branch with Distress inks and splattered the background with some Hickory Smoke ink. Then I added some Nuvo Crystal Drops in Carnation Pink. ~ ~ We would love for you to play along with us at... Continue reading
Posted Feb 6, 2018 at Splashes of Watercolor
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~ Hello and happy Wednesday! It seems to be time for another Color Throwdown challenge already, folks! This week Lynn is our hostess and here is the super fun combo she’s picked out for us – Hot Pink, Lime Green, Yellow, and Pale Blue. ~ ~ I just had to play with another one of the darling Va-Va-Valentines from Power Poppy this week. How awesome that these images have the punny sentiments built right in! ~ ~ For a limited time there is a very special price on this digital stamp set – $6 for 6 images and 4 sentiments!... Continue reading
Posted Jan 30, 2018 at Splashes of Watercolor
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~ The newest Power Poppy digital images called Va-Va-Valentines are here! And boy, does Marcella Hawley have a fantastic deal for you all! You can get all 6 of them for $6!! Now you can NOT beat that! I was able to color up and make a quick card with the adorable “You Totally Rock” digi. Here it is. ~ ~ These are fresh and fun and oh-so-punny!! Head on over to the Power Poppy blog to get all the details, see all the images, and see the list of all the designers ready to show off these amazing Valentine... Continue reading
Posted Jan 25, 2018 at Splashes of Watercolor
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~ ~ Hi, everyone. I’m thrilled to tell you that I am joining Kelly Lunceford and several other fabulous artists from The Challenge for a monthly Keeping Christmas celebration. This is something that Kelly was doing last year and we all joined her in December 2017 to celebrate. And now she’s generously invited us to join her for a blog hop on the 25th of each month to kick start us all to make our 2018 Christmas cards. I’m so excited! My goal is to come up with designs that are simple to create/recreate, yet are eye-catching as well. I... Continue reading
Posted Jan 25, 2018 at Splashes of Watercolor
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~ Hey, y’all! It’s time for the latest and greatest Color Throwdown challenge! This week Lori has chosen a fresh and fun color combo of Aqua, Orange, and Grey. ~ ~ Although the inspiration photo shows snowmen (love those quilted place settings!), I decided that these colors would be best used for an ocean scene! Bet you would never have guessed that! I couldn’t wait to use this super cute whale from the Essentials by Ellen new S’Whale stamp set. Fabulous design from Miss Julie Ebersole!! And perfect for a male birthday card! ~ ~ I simply sponged Distress Oxide... Continue reading
Posted Jan 23, 2018 at Splashes of Watercolor
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~ Hey there! Are you ready for a new Color Throwdown challenge? I know I am! This week our hostess is the super talented Lisa and she’s chosen a cool combo for us to play with – Light Blue, Kraft, and White. ~ ~ I’m excited that I got to play with my new Best Friends stamp set from Simon Says Stamp! So many cute animals! I can’t wait to make Valentines for the grandkids with these! But today I used the adorable hedgehog to make a birthday card for my adult nephew. He actually has a hedgehog – named... Continue reading
Posted Jan 16, 2018 at Splashes of Watercolor
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~ Hey, y’all! Things are changing a little at Power Poppy this year. Each month there will be a “Color Story”. January's is "Rosé All Day" — featuring flowers that are naturally reds, pinks, and whites. ~ ~ The bouquet features Roses, Redbud branches (Cercis canadensis), Cyclamen hederifolium, a Fern frond (for contrast) along with "ivy-leaved Cyclamen" leaves - they are quite dramatic. There are also a few paint brushes and a colored pencil, along with a ladybug and bumblebees. Each month we'll introduce a new Color Story, whether it's monochromatic or playing with various shades, that will help folks... Continue reading
Posted Jan 15, 2018 at Splashes of Watercolor
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~ Hello! It’s time for a brand new Color Throwdown challenge and Jodi has chosen a fabulous new combo for us to play with: Navy, Aqua, and Pink. ~ ~ I couldn’t wait to play with my new-to-me Mermaid Love set from Flora & Fauna. I love the whimsical look of all the images and the fact that each item can fit into the glass bottle. So many possibilities! ~ ~ The background was made with the stencil from the Dylusions Quote Bubbles set. I smooshed Chipped Sapphire Distress ink onto the stencil, spritzed it with water and pressed it... Continue reading
Posted Jan 9, 2018 at Splashes of Watercolor
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~ Hey, y’all! Can you believe we’ve just started a brand new year? It was just Thanksgiving, wasn’t it? It’s unbelievable to me how fast time flies! And here it is the first Wednesday of the new year, and time for our first Color Throwdown of the year! Amy Rohl is our hostess this week, and here is the color combo she has chosen: ~ ~ The generic colors are Gray, Black, and Ivory. And I thought it would be great to start the year with a wish and a prayer for everyone. Here’s my card: ~ ~ I used... Continue reading
Posted Jan 2, 2018 at Splashes of Watercolor
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~ Hey, you guys! I’m hosting the last Color Throwdown challenge of 2017! Can you believe the year is almost gone already? I chose a sweet little Christmas inspiration photo for us this week. The generic colors are: Pink, Green, Kraft, and White. ~ ~ I went with the softer tones of the colors as in the photo and also used the deer and miniature elements for my card. ~ ~ I adore this Winter Woodland stamp set from Flora & Fauna. There are so many cute little scenes to be created! I colored the deer, sky, and snow line... Continue reading
Posted Dec 12, 2017 at Splashes of Watercolor
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~ Hey, y’all! It’s Wednesday again and time for another great color combo from the Color Throwdown crew! This week Barbara is our hostess, and here is the beautiful palette she’s chosen for us – Black, Red, and Gray. ~ ~ I haven’t made a card with a really dark card base in a long time so I decided to go with black! The gray sponged image background, matted with silver glitter paper, and the white embossed sentiment really show up well, don’t you think? ~ ~ The background was created with Iced Spruce and Black Soot Distress Oxide inks.... Continue reading
Posted Dec 5, 2017 at Splashes of Watercolor
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~ Happy Wednesday, peeps! The latest Color Throwdown challenge is up and we’re just waiting for you to play along! Here are the elegant colors that Amy Rysavy has chosen for us – Black, Grey, Gold, and White. ~ ~ I wanted my card to be simple and elegant as well. I chose to color the Altenew Sketchy Floral image. ~ ~ I was going to use watercolor pencils but then decided to try out some acrylic paints on my cardstock. I used a tiny (size 0) brush and some white and metallic gold paints – linked below in the... Continue reading
Posted Nov 28, 2017 at Splashes of Watercolor
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~ ~ Hello, everyone! Our friend, Lesley Croghan, has discovered since having her baby that there is just not as much time to craft! So she came up with a brilliant idea to have a blog hop with the whole The Challenge crew (as well as a few other special guests) to share some inspiration for LAST MINUTE SIMPLE YET SWEET Christmas cards or tags! Doesn’t that sound like fun? You need to be sure to start at Lesley’s blog (there may be prizes to be won), then follow the hop from there! If you’ve arrived here from Anita Madden’s... Continue reading
Posted Nov 25, 2017 at Splashes of Watercolor
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~ It’s that time again! Let’s see what the fun color combination is for this week at the Color Throwdown, courtesy of our hostess, Wanda: ~ ~ These generic colors – Yellow, Orange, Red, and Brown – are perfect for a watercolored Oak Leaf, don't you think? ~ ~ There is no need for stamps when you have dies this gorgeous. Am I right?? This was a really fun and simple card! Now it’s your turn to get crafty! Link up at the CTD blog and please check out the great creations of our talented design team. Amy Rohl Amy... Continue reading
Posted Nov 21, 2017 at Splashes of Watercolor
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~ Happy Wednesday, everyone! It’s time for another Color Throwdown challenge, and boy, does Vickie have a fabulous combo for us! ~ ~ I thought this would be the perfect opportunity to try out an old technique that Jennifer McGuire recently brought back to the limelight – alcohol ink backgrounds. So I pulled out my really old inks and found that they were too old to use. Hmmm. But I have loads of Copic reinkers which are also alcohol inks! So here’s what I came up with. ~ ~ I followed Jennifer’s instructions using my B000 and B21 Copic reinkers... Continue reading
Posted Nov 14, 2017 at Splashes of Watercolor
Can you believe it's been ten years that we've been on this journey?? Wow! Time flies when you're following your passion, right? Congratulations, dear friend! Can't wait to see what you do in the next ten, and the next, and the next!!
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~ Hey, y’all! It’s time for a brand new Color Throwdown challenge! Lynn is our hostess this week and here is the wonderful combo she’s chosen for us to play with: Brown, Orange, Green, and Kraft. ~ ~ And here’s my card for someone who recently lost her Mom. ~ ~ I used the fabulous Bold Blooms dies and Bold Blossoms dies from the Essentials by Ellen collection, along with the PTI Prayer mini stamp set and the MFT Stripes Cover-Up die. It would be great if you would play along with us this week! Check out the details on... Continue reading
Posted Nov 7, 2017 at Splashes of Watercolor
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~ Hey there, you guys! Are you ready for the latest and greatest Color Throwdown challenge?? Lori is our hostess this week and here is the fantastic color combo that she chose for us – Red, Teal, and Green. ~ ~ I had fun with this one! I really couldn’t wait to use my new Good Friends stamp and die set that is the collaboration between Ellen Hutson and MFT Stamps for the United We Flourish program. It’s awesome!! These little pups and kittens are precious! And I really, really love the friendship sentiments! ~ ~ I blended Distress Oxide... Continue reading
Posted Oct 31, 2017 at Splashes of Watercolor
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~ Hello and happy Halloween to you all! I just wanted to pop in and show you the Halloween cards that I made for the grandkids this year. Here’s a group shot, the only photo I thought to take! ~ ~ I used the Tim Holtz Mini Cats & Dogs and Crazy Talk along with Essentials by Ellen Bear Ware 2. I did quite a bit of Distress Oxide ink blending for the backgrounds but kept the cards pretty simple. I’m entering these into the AAA Cards CAS Game #102 – Ink Blending challenge. ~ ~ Stay safe and don’t... Continue reading
Posted Oct 30, 2017 at Splashes of Watercolor
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~ Hello and happy Wednesday! It’s time for a brand new Color Throwdown challenge! I’m really enjoying these beautiful fall colors we’ve been playing with. We have more this week brought to us by the talented Lisa!! ~ ~ I couldn’t wait to play with my new Oak Leaf stamp set from Neat and Tangled. I love it so much! And I thought these colors would look great watercolored! ~ ~ I stamped it in Versamark and clear embossed it, then watercolored with Distress inks (listed in the Supplies section below the post). When the leaf was dry, I used... Continue reading
Posted Oct 24, 2017 at Splashes of Watercolor
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~ Happy Wednesday to you all! Are you ready for a brilliantly fun new Color Throwdown challenge! I absolutely love this simple, yet striking combo that Jodi came up with for us this week! ~ ~ What a fun pillow! I was totally drawn to the purple sky/clouds with the lightning, so I tried to recreate them for my card. ~ ~ I pulled a branch from a very old (retired) stamp set to use as my lightning. I stamped it in Versamark and white embossed it a couple of times before using a cloud die cut to sponge on... Continue reading
Posted Oct 17, 2017 at Splashes of Watercolor
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~ Happy Sunday to you all! There’s a brand new Power Poppy digital stamp set being released today called Hops and Barley. ~ ~ Here is what Marcy had to say about the Hops and Barley set: Everywhere you turn these days, there seems to be an upstart craft brewery opening its doors, or a new "IPA" or "Seasonal Ale" to sample at the local pub. In the spirit of this beloved spirit, I've designed a botanical stamp set that celebrates two of the essential used in the brewing of beer: Hops and Barley. A few "hoppy" sentiments and a... Continue reading
Posted Oct 15, 2017 at Splashes of Watercolor