Botanical Bliss Thinking of You!

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Watercoloring is really fun ~ if you haven’t tried it, you really should. It’s super easy with our Aqua Painters, and I’ll show you how!

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To create this card I used watercolor paper. If you’re going to use more than a bit of water, this is the paper to use. The leaves were stamped in Granny Apple Green and then immediately brushed with water using an Aqua Painter. Then I dropped some water from the Aqua Painter onto the paper, and stamped the flower three times using Melon Mambo ink.

Stampin' Up! Botanical Bliss Watercolor - Peggy Noe - stampinup

The Heat Tool was used to speed up the drying process. Then some dots were arbitrarily stamped using a stamp from the Artisan Textures set.

Stampin' Up! Botanical Bliss Watercolor - Prettypapercards - stampinup

The sentiment stamp is from the Climbing Orchid stamp set. The font is so nice!

Stampin' Up! Botanical Bliss Card - Peggy Noe - stampinup

Do you use watercoloring on your cards? I’d love to know! Please leave me a comment and let me know what you think of watercoloring!

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Leaves, Leaves, Leaves!

Stampin' Up! Winter Woods - Peggy Noe - stampinup

I think I got a bit carried away on this card, but I decided to show it to you anyway 🙂  These little leaves were so much fun to make I just couldn’t stop!

Stampin' Up! Winter Woods Thinking of You - Peggy Noe - stampinup

The leaves were created by watercoloring Shimmery White card stock with Pumpkin Pie, Calypso Coral, and Blackberry Bliss ink. An Aqua Painter was used to apply the water and the ink. Then when the paper was dry, the leaves were punched out with the Leaf Punch and trimmed off at their stems.

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The background trees are from the Winter Woods stamp set. This is such a versatile set, it has birch trees, a big pine tree, and these winter trees.

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“Thinking of you” is such a nice sentiment ~ it covers lots of occasions and expresses compassion and care. I like to have a nice selection of these ready to go.

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Always Thinking of You!

Stampin' Up! Painted Harvest - Peggy Noe - stampinup

Hi friends ~ thanks for stopping by! I am always thinking of you…so today’s card is just perfect!! Truthfully, I do think about you and I’m so thankful for you, my blog readers!

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Today’s card is a copy of one featured in my Stampin’ Up! demonstrator magazine. I love getting this magazine, it has great ideas and samples. I saw a card with these soft colors and just had to try to create one of my own! Some of these colors are new and I hadn’t seen them combined quite like this before. It always surprises me what a difference color makes on any project.

Stampin' Up! Painted Harvest Card - Peggy Noe - stampinup

The featured new colors here are Petal Pink and Grapefruit Grove. Petal Pink is the soft pink that forms the card base. And the flower is a two-step stamp that uses both of the new colors. I just can’t get over how pretty they look together! Behind the flower are three rectangular pieces of card stock forming a square. Each is stamped with a texture stamp (from the Timeless Textures stamp set) using Petal Pink ink.

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The leaves were stamped with Pear Pizzaz ink and punched out with the Leaf Punch. I punched three sets of leaves and layered them under the flower. Do you combine stamps from different sets to create a card? Today’s card uses three different sets-they are all shown below.

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What do YOU think of these colors? LEAVE ME A COMMENT HERE and let me know what you think, I’d love to know! And, if you would like to copy this card the way I did, please feel free! All the supplies are shown below 🙂


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Summery Rooted In Nature!

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Stamp sets usually have a theme and if you use the stamps according to the theme you can create a great project. But sometimes I like to do something different. What about you?

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Rooted In Nature is a wonderful new stamp set with trees and leaves and sentiments. It tends toward a masculine card or a forest or fall themed card.

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Wood Mount Stamp Set Item No. 146479 $55

But today is the first day of summer and it’s time for light green and new growth! So I used Lemon Lime Twist – our bright and vibrant fresh green! And I paired it with my favorite Berry Burst Ruffled Ribbon 🙂

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Now we have a pretty summer card! I think it will brighten anyone’s day, don’t you?

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You’re going to see lots more of this wonderful stamp set. I think it’s going to be a real favorite!!


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Always Thinking of You!

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Today we have a great new tic tac toe board over at Tic Tac Toe Challenge! I love to play this challenge because you have so many choices when making your project. Here’s the board for this week:

For my card I chose the last row at the bottom: square – die cut – dots. The leaves and the blue lace and rectangle were cut from the Petals & More Thinlits Dies. I love both of these dies and, BONUS!, they are carrying over into the new catalog! Yippee!

Stampin; Up! Petal Palette Card - Peggy Noe - stampinup

For this card I used a bunch of dies and stamp sets 🙂 The flowers were stamped and cut from the Beautiful Bouquet Bundle (stamp set and dies are also carrying over). The sentiment is from the Beautiful Day stamp set. I really like the font!

Stampin' Up! Tic Tac Toe Challenge - Peggy Noe - stampinup

Technique Tip: The feature color here is the beautiful Daffodil Delight. Do you see the watercolored panel underneath all the “goodies’? It’s really easy to do with an Aqua Painter and a bit of ink from the Daffodil Delight ink pad. With the ink pad closed, simply press the center of the case on both sides. This deposits a little bit of ink into the lid of the case. Then with the Aqua Painter you put a drop or two of water into the lid. This creates the “wash” that you then brush across the panel of Shimmery White paper. Let it dry naturally (like your hair!!) or blow it with the blow dryer/heat tool! Hee hee!!

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Thank you for stopping by today! Email me ([email protected]) and let me know if you try the watercolor wash ~ I’d love to hear how it turns out!!




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Autism Awareness Blog Hop!

In celebration of World Autism Awareness Day, a group of crafters have joined together in a Blog Hop to help spread awareness. We have all created a handmade card with the focus on supporting those with or in support of caregivers of people with Autism Spectrum Disorder.

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Autism is a complex developmental disability that typically appears during the first three years of life. Autism affects an estimated 1 in 88 births (Centers for Disease Control Prevention, 2014). Roughly translated, this means as many as 1.5 million Americans today are believed to have some form of autism. And this number is on the rise. Based on statistics from the U.S. Department of Education and other governmental agencies, autism is growing at a startling rate of 10-17 percent per year. At this rate, the ASA estimates that the prevalence of autism could reach 4 million Americans in the next decade.

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My card today is really meant for caregivers, parents and families of those with autism. My heart just goes out to them and I know they need love and support to keep going. So I created this card which expresses my feelings for them. I know that some autism patients may not like hugs or physical touch, so it seems that their caregivers even more would need that hug. In fact, I have a friend who is a mother of an autistic child and she needs lots of hugs. I’m going to send this card to her!

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The bold sentiment was cut with the Lovely Words Thinlits Dies. It’s highlighted by two circles punched with the Starburst Punch, one is Whisper White card stock and one is Vellum (you can barely see the Vellum layered over the white). Bright designer series paper forms the background of the card, and Night of Navy Corduroy Ribbon adds a nice accent.

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Do you know someone with autism? Do you know a caregiver? Please find a way to support them today. In fact, you may wish to contribute to the Autism Society. If so, there is a donate button below to assist you 🙂 And, I thank you in advance!Maybe you are a caregiver for an autism patient. Then this card today is for you! I send big hugs to you today and thank you for your love and care and sacrifice.

To continue with the blog hop, click the “next” button below, or see the listing of blogs under the button.

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