Wednesday a Challenge, tomorrow the…world?

So if you actually read the title of this post, I promise I am not going to try to take over the world tomorrow.  No instead I am going to go forth and get my feet a little messy in IMG_3461something new and bit scary.  Tomorrow I am going to the San Diego County Fair over in Del Mar and am going to compete in a little bit of plein air painting.  And yes, this will be the first time I have attempted a competition like this, so yeah, I’m a little nervous.

In order to keep my nerves about myself today, I did a little light crafting.  And since it has IMG_3448been so warm these past few days, I did quite a bit of watercoloring.  And cause it is summer and I seem to have an extra few minutes each day not taking or picking the kids up from school (you would think two hours at the pool each day would somehow consume quite a bit of my IMG_3452day, but I find that it doesn’t), I have started playing with the Prima Marketing #watercolorwithprima 30 day watercolor challenge on instagram…cause yes, I’m a dork.  Here is a quick peak at my first two days, day one: favorite color, day two: blend two colors.

pp300Up first today we have an interesting challenge from the gals over at The Paper Players.  It is their 300th challenge, so let’s be honest, that is something to celebrate.  And that is their challenge this week, Celebration.

Now, I may have gotten a little carried away with this theme, and since they this week are taking more than one card submission, I kind of went of celebration crazy.


The first card I did was for a little boy I know birthday.  And lets be honest, this stamp pack from Lawn Fawn was so meant for little boys.  I stamped out the images and colored them in with my copic markers.  I really kind of messed up the ocean, but live and learn…  Trying to fix the ugly ocean water, I pulled out a die from My Favorite Things and die cut the image out into a square.  Then I realized I missed the rest of the ocean, so I laid the base back down, and added the main image back in with some dimensional tape.  In the end, I really like how the main focal image is lift up from the rest of the card.

IMG_3459Then, wanting to make another card with a completely different look, I pulled out some watercolor paper and my brusho watercolor powder.  I stamped out the balloons from Essentials by Ellen.  Adding some water to the card, I sprinkled on the brusho in red and blue, wanting a patriotic feeling.  Finally I


pulled out a wafer thin die from My Favorite Things and die cute the word ‘celebrate’.  I love this card, but realized that it wasn’t in anyway, clean or simple.  But I had the left over ‘celebrate’ die cuts, so I tried for another look.  I stamped out the balloons and strings again and this time, using a basic die cut so  I properly space out the letters.  Then using both some wink of stella and a bit of peach spectrum noir aqua markers, I colored in the balloons, trying to leave a bit of a highlight to the balloon.

CYCI125-300x228Next up in the bits of this and that challenge is a color challenge from the sleuths of design over at Can You Case It.  This week they are looking for a design with red, gray,


white and black.

I pulled out a cute little monster stamp set from Lawn Fawn and using some creative masking, stamped out the little monsters and the sentiment.  I added a bunch of hearts, somehow making this look like a valentines card instead of just a little love note, but that’s what I get for adding a bunch of little hearts.  I pulled out my Gansai Tambi watercolors and colored in the images in the color scheme.  I really adore the paint job on the center guy and the shadows for once came out pretty well.  I added some black card stock under the watercolor paper, and some red printed paper under that to finish the card off.  In the end, I think this once came out pretty cute, even if it falls in the wrong season.

20Finally today we have another inspiration challenge from the designers over at Inspired by All The Little Things.  This week the inspiration photo is a beautiful vintage camera in turquoise.  This is such a beautiful inspiration photo.

I have a cool little stamp set from Paper Smooches that have two


different cool little cameras in the stamp pack.  I pulled them out and stamped them with the sentiment.  I colored in the cameras with my copics in both grays and turquoise.  I added a few gold sequins in two different sizes, and called the white card stock part of the card done.  I added some black card stock and some turquoise printed paper under the card, leaving things a little off center.  I know this isn’t my typical style, but I adore how cute this card came out.

That is it for today.  If you get really bored tomorrow and are in the San Diego area, come out and heckle me why I paint.  I like an audience…always have.  Till next time, so something creative for yourself.

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