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Time to Head North

It's been an absolute wonderful time these past two months in Florida, but I must head north to attend a wedding, my husband's race at Watkins Glen (fingers crossed his car will be ready!), work at the office, and catch up with family and friends.  My timeline is one month before I head back to Florida. 

I've had so much fun entering into numerous card challenges and I'm not sure that pace can continue while in NY.  I've found an outlet that continues to feed my need to create and I now know it's all there to tap into at any time.  Entering challenges also kick started me blogging again and that feels so good.  I've painted two watercolor paintings to add to my walls in Florida and though I didn't even attempt the huge canvas beach scene that was on my "do" list, I'm moving in a good direction toward starting it when I return.  I ordered a medium that is spread onto canvas to turn it into a watercolor surface!  It's called Golden QoR Watercolor Cold Press Ground White 8 Oz in case you are interested in trying this as well.  If you do use this on canvas, do let me know how your art turned out!

Speaking of challenges, I've joined Weight Watchers (or WW as they now refer to it), so going home north will pose some new challenges between cooking for Jeff that also works for me and/or dining out.  I've developed some good new habits down here that I will take back with me.  The weight I've worked hard to lose is going to stay lost!!!

So, the next E-News will be coming from Upstate New York and probably won't have anything created with flamingos or palm trees!

Save Your Scraps!!!

This entire card is made from discarded (failed) watercolor!  See what I mean about saving your scraps?  Looks like I painted the card from scratch, right?  Nope!  All I did was stencil the egrets and assemble the card with the sentiment.  Even the flowers were leftover diecuts I keep in a baggy.  Click on photo for the link.

I Love Hearts!

Adding this sweet little heart tag was my favorite part!  I don't know why I love hearts so much in card making, but I do and have for years and years.  This would make a nice wedding or anniversary card.

Easel Cards!

I had a ball making the next two easel photo cards!  Not only do the photos mean a great deal to me and to the recipients, the easel design is super sturdy for display purposes.  The beauty of photo cards is they only need just a little embellishing for finishing touches.  Within my blog post are links to my YouTube videos of creating vertical and horizontal easel cards.
This card is for my son's love of pasta and eating an enormous entree that he has yet to be able to finish.

Paper Towel Art!

I was all excited when I saw a challenge to use a paper towel on a card and I immediately decided to diecut a pattern (or at least see if it could work!).  If you try this technique (and why wouldn't you?!?), use the dryer sheet trick to get a clean cut through the paper towel.  It worked beautifully!  I like how this card turned out.  The added glitter on the fish really creates an undersea vibe.
After designing the fish card, I had leftover mop up sections of paper towel that quickly became part of this card.  I have no idea what made me stamp on paper towel, but I'm so glad I did!  Couldn't believe how crisp the images turned out.

Have a pleasant week!


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