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Watercolor Notecard and Envelope

Good Saturday morning.  It’s Watercolor Weekend at Ellen Hutson and featuring Sandy Allnock and some of her favorite things for watercoloring.  I decided to try my hand at painting a little tree scene using some of the Daniel Smith watercolors that I have collected.  First let me say without a doubt I am no Sandy Allnock.  I only wish I could watercolor like her.  I am not exactly thrilled with how my tree scene and pitiful matching envelope turned out but I  thought  I would blog it in hopes that it may give other’s the courage to try.  And since I am sharing my feeble attempt with you I hope none of you will let Sandy know how far off my tree is compared to the ones she is sharing in her video tutorial in the CLASSroom today.  Deal!!

KC Daniel Smith Watercolor 1 left

I signed up to take Sandy’s Exploring Watercolor class a while back and have all the lessons saved but haven’t been able to start them yet.  I think it’s about time that I do. I treated myself to a special Exploring Watercolor with Sandy Allnock Bundle being offered at Ellen Hutson.  It is a great savings compared to purchasing the items separately and you can get an additional 10% off this weekend.  If you have been thinking of trying to play with watercolors this is a great way to get started. 

Contents of the bundle:

  • DANIEL SMITH Extra Fine Watercolors, Essentials 5ml Set of 6
  • Canson Arches French Bound Cold Press Watercolor Paper Pad 9x12
  • Black Velvet Watercolor Brushes, Short Round 8
  • Black Velvet Watercolor Brushes, Short Round 12
  • Black Velvet Watercolor Brushes, Short Wide Wash Blender 1 in

I used  the Daniel Smith Extra Fine Primatek Set of Six and a Fabriano note card that I have had in my stash for years.  I started by applying a light wash of water to the corner of the card where I wanted to paint my scene.  I painted the trunk of the tree first, allowed it to dry some and then applied the green to the ground area and tree top.  Next I painted in the green sprigs and tiny pink flowers.  I didn’t have the courage to watercolor a blue sky around the scene so I lightly sponged Tumbled Glass distress ink with an ink blending tool and then lightly brushed it with my brush.  I have a problem getting too heavy handed with my paints and get the images too dark. I hope with practice I can get over that.  I wish that a tiny bit of Sandy’s talent would come my way.

KC Daniel Smith Watercolor 1 right

Sandy Favorite

Thanks for coming and I hope you have a great weekend.

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Lawn Fawn Hillside Pop-Ups and Lawn Fawn Sale

Good Sunday morning.  I ordered several of the new Lawn Fawn dies from Ellen Hutson earlier this week and couldn’t wait to play with them.   I love making little scene projects and the new coordinating pop-up dies create so many different opportunities.   My project today was made using the Stitched Hillside Pop-up, Flower Hillside Pop-upGrassy Hillside Pop-up, Leafy Tree Backdrop Portrait and I added the Impression Obsession Bunny Set and Butterfly Set to finish my scene.   All of these coordinating pop-up dies have tabs built right into the die and made to use inside the card to create fun dimensional projects.  I couldn’t resist using on the front of my card and it was easy to remove the tabs.  I love that they can be used inside or out. 

KC Lawn Fawn Flower Hillside Pop-Up 1 right

I have loved using the Tiny Check designer paper for my backgrounds lately.  It seems to add a happy feeling to the project.  I cut the paper to fit on the front of my A2 sized card base and attached it with ATG adhesive. The leafy tree was cut using Kraft cardstock and I removed the outer frame so I could let it be standing free in the scene.  I misted it with water until it quite damp and applied the brown ink by swiping the ink pad directly over the cardstock and dried with my heat gun.  I attached the leaves to the branches with glossy accents.  I cut tiny thin strips of mounting tape and attached to the tips of the tree limbs and upper back of the tree trunk and attached it to the card base.  I attached the lower part of the trunk flat to the card base so it wouldn’t get in the way of my hillside sections.  I cut the stitched hillside layer and grassy hillside layer in green and the flower hillside in white.  I colored the flower stems and flowers using Memento markers.  The flower hillside set comes with extra flowers and I cut several, formed them with my stylus and molding pad and attached them to the flower heads using glossy accents. I left the tulip flowers as a single layer.

KC Lawn Fawn Flower Hillside Pop-Up 1 center

I attached the grassy hillside layer flat to the back of the flower hillside layer using ATG adhesive.  I attached mounting tape to the back of those two sections and attached them to the card base. I applied mounting tape to the back of the hillside layer and attached it to the flower layer.  I I colored the bunny using a mini applicator and antique linen and vintage photo inks and added a couple tiny leaves and a flower to his neck and attached him in the scene with mounting tape. I added the butterflies in the scene for the finishing touch.  I applied clear Wink of Stella to all the flowers and butterflies but it doesn’t really show up well in the pictures. 

 KC Lawn Fawn Flower Hillside Pop-Up 1 left

If you have any of the new Lawn Fawn products on your wish list you will want to hop over to Ellen’s to take advantage of the 10% off on all in stock Lawn Fawn products.  The sale ends tonight.  Thanks for coming by today.  I hope you have a great Sunday.

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Card size: 5.50" x 4.25"

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Leafy Tree Birdhouse and Lawn Fawn Sale

Good Wednesday morning.  I  have so much fun creating little scenes on my card fronts.  For my project today I used the Lawn Fawn Leafy Tree Backdrop and cut it down a little to fit inside a frame made using Fancy Scalloped Rectangle Stackables and layered over a gingham background using the Scalloped Rectangle Stackables.  I used the My Favorite Things Birdhouses set and the Impression Obsession Cardinals, Tiny Flowers, Small Grass Border and Foliage set to complete the scene.

KC Lawn Fawn Leafy Tree Backdrop Portrait 2 right

I cut a gingham scalloped layer and another scalloped layer using white cardstock.  I applied double stick tape to the back of the gingham and attached it to the white layer.  I wanted to pop the gingham layer up on the card base with strips of mounting tape and knew the gingham paper was too thin used alone. I cut the tree using Kraft cardstock, lightly misted it with water and then applied Vintage Photo ink by swiping the ink pad directly over the paper. I cut the fancy scalloped layer and used a Nesting Rectangle die to cut the frame opening.  I trimmed the tree frame off to fit inside the frame and attached it to the back of the frame using double stick tape. I attached the grass border to the back of the frame using double stick tape, then applied thin strips of mounting tape on all four side of the frame and attached it to the gingham layer.

KC Lawn Fawn Leafy Tree Backdrop Portrait 2 center

I attached the leaves to the tree limbs and the foliage sections around the grass border with glossy accents. The tiny flowers were formed using my stylus and molding pad and attached to the leaves and foliage using glossy accents. The birdhouse was assembled using tan woodgrain and red cardstock.  The birdhouse post was hand cut with deckle scissors and attached to the card base with double stick tape. The birdhouse was attached over the post using tiny pieces of mounting tape.  The cardinals were attached in the scene with tiny pieces of cardstock.

KC Lawn Fawn Leafy Tree Backdrop Portrait 2 left

Be sure and check out Ellen Hutson’s Lawn Fawn sale.  There are so many new things to see.

lawn fawn sale

Thanks for stopping by and I hope you have a great Wednesday.

Card size:  5.50” x 4.25”

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Lawn Fawn Leafy Tree and a Flower Garden

Good Sunday morning.  I have a fun spring scene card to share with you today made using the Lawn Fawn Leafy Tree Backdrop Portrait setting paired with the My Favorite Things Leafy Greenery, Elizabeth Craft Lilac and Pretty Pink Posh Stitched Borders 4.  I love the whimsical tree and flowers with the green gingham paper from the My Favorite Things Tiny Check Paper Pack.

KC Lawn Fawn Leafy Tree Backdrop Portrait 1 right

I cut the tree frame once using Kraft cardstock and again using Bazzill Lollipop. I applied Vintage Photo ink to the tree using a mini applicator and and then lightly drug the ink pad directly over the tree to add some texture. I cut the tree section off of the pink frame and trimmed the Kraft frame on all four sides to neatly fit behind the pink frame.  I applied double stick tape to the back of the pink frame and attached the tree frame to the back of it. I cut two sets of leaves and two or three sets of tiny flowers and leaf sections from the Lilac set.  I formed the leaves and the flowers using my stylus and molding pad and then attached them to the tree limbs using glossy accents. I cut two sections of ground using the stitched borders instead of the grass section that came with the tree set because I wanted them to fit across the whole scene.  The section in the back was cut on an up hill angle to add interest and attached directly on the gingham card base using ATG adhesive.  I applied thin strips of mounting tape to the back of the frame and tree and attached it to the card base.  The front grass border was attached to the front of the frame with ATG adhesive.

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I cut several leaf stems from the Lilac set, formed them lightly with my stylus and molding pad and then attached the tiny flowers using glossy accents. I tucked the leaf stems and flowers in behind the grass sections attaching them with glossy accents. I cut a whole set of all the foliage in the Leafy Greenery set and tucked them in and around the flower stems. I added a few tiny butterflies from the Memory Box Butterfly Delights set to finish.  .

KC Lawn Fawn Leafy Tree Backdrop Portrait 1 left

Thanks for coming by and I hope you have a great Sunday.

Card size:  5.50” X 4.25”

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