Sunday, June 7, 2015

Sparkle and Shine Challenge/PPP Watercolor Blog Hop

The first Sparkle and Shine challenge for June is up, and it is another beautiful photo inspiration.  It is sponsored by Pretty Pink Posh (PPP):

There is also a watercolor blog hop going on this week-end, hosted by PPP:

Since my 35th wedding anniversary is next week, I decided to make a special treat bag for my hubby. In it, I'll put a note letting him know I have arranged a week-end get-away this summer for the two of us.  It's only a short distance from where we live, but it will be so nice to relax and visit another area's gardens and farmers' market.

I used the ombre theme and kept things pretty monochromatic.  There was a water color technique shown by Laura Bassen on her card for the PPP watercolor blog hop this week-end that I wanted to try, but I didn't have a grid stamp.  So, I used an UmWow mask.  I brushed rubber cement on the back to keep it secure and prevent bleeding underneath while I painted each square.  (I made sure there wasn't any cement in the area I was painting - used my fingers to rub the residue off.)
I also was anxious to use my new Lawn Fawn Goodie Bag die, hence the bag instead of my usual card.

I'm still working on my picture-taking skills, but I am pleased with my project.  I think hubby will like it, too!
Strathmore water color paper
UmWowStudio checkerboard mask
Zig Clean Color Real Brush water color marker - light blue
Lawn Fawn die - Goodie Bag
Unity Stamp Co - Itty Bitty stamp - Gladness Touch your Life
Pretty Pink Posh Stitched Labels 1 die
Pretty Pink Posh sequins - sparkling clear
Martha Stewart sterling embossing powder (sentiment)
Siam Silver embossing powder for flowers (got this from DeeDee at UmWow years ago- not sure   what company made it, but it has some glitter in it that doesn't show up that well in my photo)
3girljam ribbon - sterling

Thanks for taking a look!

I will also be linking this up at the PPP Watercolor Blog Hop and UmWowStudio's June "anything goes" challenge.


  1. I love this. I saw this stamp yesterday and really liked it. The blue is beautiful.

  2. What a great technique!
    It's pretty, but still neutral enough to be masculine!
    Happy Anniversary! We are at 32 years. Time is flying by!!!
    I better get busy and get my card made for the PPP hop!

    1. Thanks, and congrats on your 32 years - time really does fly!!

  3. Love the squares in the background!

  4. I think your hubby will love it! Your background is fabulous! Great idea with the mask!

  5. That turned out so very pretty!!!!

  6. Stunning. GREAT background! Love it ♥

  7. LOVELY is the first word that comes to mind when I see your amazingly cool bag you have made for your hubby!! WOW - love the way it looks and how you watercolored on it!! You did a super job!! Hey I am hosting a giveaway at my blog of 5 different SU! stamp sets - if you are interested I would love for you to come by!!

  8. oh wow! This is stunning!!! I love the vellum and the grid of blues is beautiful!

  9. wow, this is so classy, I do love your use of vellum

  10. It looks fantastic! Great, creative use of your supplies to get the look you wanted.

  11. This is gorgeous! Love the silver embossing on vellum! Thanks for playing along with us at Sparkle & Shine!

  12. Ooooh...I like it! I am just beginning to work with water colors, but I like the idea of 3D projects now.

  13. Such a pretty project! Love the silver embossed detail!

  14. Love how you used he stencil Ruth!! Very pretty!


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