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:
                                       watercolor.bloghop

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!
Supplies:
Strathmore water color paper
UmWowStudio checkerboard mask
Zig Clean Color Real Brush water color marker - light blue
Vellum
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.


17 comments:

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

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  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!

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

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  3. Love the squares in the background!

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

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

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  6. Stunning. GREAT background! Love it ♥

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  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!! daisiesgirl.com

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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