Watercolor is one of the newer trends I am enjoying. There are a lot of trends I’m not a fan of (including calling anything “on trend”), but I can get behind the watercolor trend. It’s simple and doesn’t require a lot, if any, new supplies. You can make it fancy by buying fancy new paints (which would be awesome!), or you can use the Toys R Us set you got when you were a kid. You know, for instance.
This weekend I made a card for the Lawnscaping Birthday Challenge.
I stamped the hippo and cute little bird from the Year Four Lawn Fawn stamp set and then embossed them in white. I then watercolored over them with my super fancy (see above) watercolors. I added a heart balloon and some twine. Then I spritzed it with the Heidi Swapp Gold Lamé spray. Afterward, I slightly regretted the use of the spray. I really like the spray though; I think it was user error.
Part of the reason I decided on watercolor was seeing all the inspiration over at the Neat & Tangled Little Tangles Watercolor Challenge. That means I get a two-for-one! 🙂
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A couple of friends came over yesterday to hang out with me, watch Big Bang Theory and make stuff. And eat mini-quiches. Can’t forget the mini-quiches. We like entering challenges and we made cards for the current Waffle Flower Photo Inspiration Challenge.
I love the colors in this. I don’t really have a lot of the new succulent stamps so I had to make do, but I like how it turned out.
I used the Rock My World stamp set to make a little cactus! Isn’t it cute?!? 🙂 Then I stamped one of the little flowers from that set and added some Wink of Stella to make it all glitzy. The Hello die is from My Favorite Things called Happy Hellos and the smaller little plant is from Simon Says Stamp.
The cards I made yesterday were 6/365 and this blog post is 7/365 #yearofmaking. 🙂
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Last year I signed up for the One Little Word Class with Ali Edwards. You may have heard of this…it’s pretty dang popular. I may not have (ahem) finished all of the projects for it and it’s on my list of classes to finish/revisit this year. (More on that in a later post.)
In the most general sense, One Little Word is about picking a word that is meaningful to you to focus on for the year. I didn’t sign up again this year, but I did pick a word.
I’ve mentioned that I may have too many hobbies. I need to figure out a way to balance them so that I don’t feel like I’m neglecting any of them. A way to balance my schedule to make room for everything and still have time to hang out with friends and my guy. I have so many things/accessories/crap/awesomestuff for all my hobbies that I want to use them and not have them whispering “Come play with us” at me all the time. I want to not feel guilty doing something I enjoy because I’m not doing something else that I enjoy. That’s nuts right?!? Yeah. I think so too.
To give you an idea of my problem, peek into my craft room (just a peek is scary enough).
Yikes! Right? That’s just one side.
Here’s a glimpse at my game shelf.
(this isn’t even all of them)
Yup. That’s a bunch of stuff right? I know. And I love it all. And I want to play with it all. And I want to write more blog posts and enter more card contests and get back to more beading…so I need some Balance. And that’s what I’ll be working towards. One little part of that is also #YearOfMaking. More on that too. Later. Because there will be more blog posts. Promise. 🙂
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