Hey, hey, hey…!

Guess what.

There is no foil to be found in today’s blog post.  Not anywhere!  I know! I’m as floored as you!

What there is though, is coloring.  I’ve managed to accumulate more than my fair share of coloring books for grown-ups in the last year or two.  And just when I tell myself enough is enough, I see another one that’s cuter than any I already own!  But I think I’ve finally  found my all time favorites and need no others.  There are several gorgeous coloring books to choose from in the store, but my favorites are the watercolor decor pads from Prima.  They are coloring pads with a gorgeous quality of water color paper  that makes them beautiful for coloring with Prima watercolor pencils (I don’t see them listed in the store, but check with Lori - I’m sure she can order more) and then going over with a water brush, (my favorite technique) (or painting straight from a watercolor paint set (Prima’s are gorgeous!)) without the deterioration of the paper that you get in some books.

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I spent the first 16 days of November traveling and wanted to pack something to take along that wouldn’t need a lot of room but would provide a variety of creative outlets for when time permitted.  It actually did more than that in fact!  One afternoon we were a group of family members together, of three generations, and I pulled out my coloring bag.  I can’t tell you how amazing and fun it was to have everyone reach for some pencils and a page to color, while we all just sat and talked and laughed and visited in a much more relaxed way than your typical social setting!  I was SO glad I’d packed it all in my luggage!

Here are some of the things I made from the pages I’ve colored.  Both of my books have a variety of designs, from full pages to spare, clean smaller designs and many are nice to simply color, pull out and frame for a piece of home decor!

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From the full page designs, I was able to cut them up into 4 sections for card making.  I left the cards fairly simple to keep the focus on the pretty color and water color texture.  All of my designs are done by coloring first with the Prima water color pencils and then coloring again over top with a water brush.

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I just love the finished, brightly colored and painted designs.  There’s something a little bit William Morris or Lilly Pulitzer about them!   I know you wouldn’t be disappointed if you got yerself a book and colored some up too.

Thanks for stopping by today!

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This post was written by Norine on November 20, 2016

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Pretty Party Decor…

Last fall I did a gargantuan and praise-worthy purge of my craft supplies and because I couldn’t completely part with everything just yet, I stored it all in boxes in the guest room until my daughter and MIL could go through them and take what they wanted.   As my daughter recently combed through it all, she brought to light some leftover Inky Antics honeycomb paper that I had JUST seen a cute idea for!!  See?  How fortuitous was it that I hadn’t actually got rid of that stuff 6 months ago!!  Then I couldn’t have executed this cute idea!  (I think this is the exact scenario that haunts hoarders, am I right?)

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Anyway.  I really didn’t have an occasion to make this for, but I didn’t let that stop me.  (On an unrelated note: If anyone knows of someone who is decorating for a small boy’s birthday party….or some such….I have some items they might be interested in…)

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I cut circles of all sizes, squares, hearts and even used some fancy Spellbinder dies to create some “chinese lantern-like” shapes.

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I glued them to a string, combining colors or leaving them singular, and this is the cute result!  Check with Lori as to what colors of honeycomb paper she still has in the store.  Or failing that, what can be ordered in for you.

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If you want more cute ideas, just type honeycomb paper into the Pinterest search bar.  And be prepared to lose some time before resurfacing.

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Mr B didn’t hate that we had to have a party for no reason.   He thinks that should totally be a thing now.

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This post was written by Norine on April 3, 2016

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