New Year, new products, new inspiration…

Hello friends and welcome to our first post of the New Year!  I’m a bit holiday seasoned-out so I was glad to just pull out some new supplies recently acquired from the Love is in the Details store, and mindlessly play.  These FUN little birthday designs printed on watercolor paper were the perfect little canvases to play on….


…and these new watercolor pencils from Spectrum Noir were the medium of choice!


In case you’re wondering, how the various brands of watercolor pencils compare…because there are a few to choose from….I did this little color comparison sample.  As you can see from the photo, the Spectrum brand provides a thick and creamy coverage that turns to a beautiful watercolor tint.  Even better, they will be releasing more color collections, and having a bad case of Collect the Whole Set-itis, I will be needing all those colors.


Before I show you the cards that came out of this therapeutic coloring session, I wanted to show you how you can achieve a fun color blend.  I used two shades of blue pencils and a green and colored the block letters in thirds from top to bottom.  Then, using a water brush I colored the top color, then the bottom color and finally, colored the middle section, overlapping into the top and bottom so they would blend together.


I did the same for the rainbow CELEBRATE letters and presents on the card on the top left, and an orange/yellow ombre on the Birthday card on the bottom right.


Here are some close-ups of the individual cards.




This last card was colored with the new Tonic Studios Nuvo Aqua-Wash brushes in the store.  They come in color sets of threes and I used the spring and summer color sets to paint the balloons and alphabets below.


Thanks for coming by today!  I’m really happy to be back with some new inspiration, not to mention, fun new products to play with and then tell you about!   Have a wonderful day!


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Carta Bella Flora….

Hello friends, I’ve got something particularly lovely to share with you today!  If it’s not already too late, you must RUN to the shop and buy the Carta Bella Flora line!  I bought the ephemera package and both the small 6×6 pad and the full size paper pack.  If all you can get your hands on is the full size paper pack you’ve got an instant card kit!  Within the collection of papers are 3 (THREE) sheets of 9 mini-cards for cutting small - good for project lifers or card makers.  Here are the 6 I quickly assembled one afternoon, and there is oodles more left over for at least a dozen more cards besides some beautiful scrapbooking product!  And here’s something goofy…in the cleaning up of the mess I’d made, I discovered the 12″x12″ sheet of stickers and alphas!



For this card, I cut the swoopy angle with scissors then went back and trimmed the edge with a pair of scalloped edged scissors.  Remember those fancy edged scissors we all used to have?  These are one of the few I actually kept.






And finally, besides telling you how lovely and versatile the Flora line is, I thought I’d show you a fun technique as well!  This card below was just crying out for a message on that triple banner.


So I found a sentiment stamp that ran in a long line….


…and did some stamp surgery.


Far from limiting the use of this stamp, cutting them apart like this, allows you to use them in a vertical fashion as well as horizontal.  And their original use is not impeded because they can still be lined up on an acrylic stamp block or stamping tool such as the Misti or the Precision Press, as perfectly as if they were still whole!

As well, I fussy cut a bit of the floral design from one of the 6″x6″ papers, adhered it and then coated the surface with glossy accents to create a clear enamel-like finish.  You can see a bit of the shine in the photo below.


So by adding some machine stitching, some Nuvo Drops for accents, some washi tape and gold thread, as well as stamped or die cut sentiments, I was able to create these 6 cards in a matter of hours.  This is a gorgeous line and a kit I return to again and again!

Have a great day!


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This post was written by Norine on April 5, 2017

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