Tag : Watermelon Wonder

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In August, I am offering a Technique class featuring a hot glue mask/stencil. I found this technique on a YouTube channel with the Frugal Crafter and it looked like such a fun technique, I knew my stampers would love to learn how to do this in a class. Check out the YouTube website.

I found a small silicon mat I had purchased from Stampin’ Up! and forgot all about it until I cleaned out my tool bag. Lo and behold that was one less supply I needed to buy for the class. LOL  I hate to admit but this happens quite often to me; you know, you buy something just because, never use it, and one day you just happen upon it and become quite happy to have found it just in time for a project. Anyway, I broke out the glue gun with one glue stick left and heated it up. I really wanted to make a lot of hearts joined together (see the tutorial) but my glue gun didn’t want to cooperate. It wanted me to make something that would look good with globs of glue. How about a tree??? That worked well. So a tree making I did go.

Once I made my tree and let it cool for a few minutes. I made up the ink mist. I had two spritzer bottles and put 1/3 alcohol, 3 – 4 drops of ink, and filled with water (for lighter inks, you might want to put 5-6 drops of ink). I laid the hot glue tree on some watercolor paper and spritzed the yellow at the top and the orange half way down to the bottom of the card. On my next card, I will take something heavy and put on top of the paper so it doesn’t warp (I still can get the edges to lay flat on the mat).  Once the spritzed ink was dry, I sponged some Wild Wasabi on the branches and down at the bottom of the card for grass. I went back with a really, really old SU! stamp set Watercolor Minis and stamped leaves and grass with some flowers. Since the card had a modern/abstract feel to it, I stamped “You are a fabulous work of art” as the sentiment. Here is the card!

Hot Glue Card

Supplies: not pictured (hot glue gun with glue sticks, SU! Watercolor Minis)


This card was one of three cards made at my July Make-n-Take class. I usually offer three designs and my stampers make two of each design. Their tastes run from loving to make very simple cards to a few who like to make more detailed intricate cards; therefore, I try to appease both groups by giving them a very simple, quick card, a simple, quick card with some embellishments, and one card requiring paper piercing or piecing, multiple layers along with watercoloring/coloring, you get what I mean.

This was the simple, quick card with some embellishments. I had ordered two packs of Gold Soiree DSP. I used this paper as my mats and for the butterfly. I added Watermelon Wonder ribbon and accented the butterfly with diamond rhinestones.

It is truly an elegant card anyone would love to receive or horde.

Butterfly Card



This scrapbook page was a page I made for my friend as an example of a traditional scrapbook page using Project Life cards. I didn’t want traditional scrapbookers to feel limited by Project Life’s photo sheets, but rather the card sets could be used on a more traditional page.

Her son had gone to some type of swim park with his friend’s and she had captured the moment with pictures she wanted to place in a scrapbook. I didn’t have any 12×12 SU! new 2015-2017 in-color paper (Watermelon Wonder); so, I took a piece of Very Vanilla 12×12 and adhered the solid side of the new envelope paper to the Very Vanilla base. Hey, it worked. I used Project Life cards to add commentary areas and sentiments. I then wanted a 3D effect. I took baker’s twine and punched out banner shapes from the Project Life cards and adhered them to the twine (some with glue dots others with dimensionals. I used Bermuda Bay, Daffodil Delight, and Pool Party card stock as coordinating colors for the mats.

Summer Fun


I really loved this week’s sketch from Freshly Made Sketches. The design team’s cards are gorgeous and the gallery has so many awesome cards posted. Here is the sketch for this week:

FMS Final 193-001

I had been feeling as though I didn’t have enough of a selection of stamps to keep my card challenges varied (I’m sure no one out there feels like this – LOL) until I remembered I had a few retired stamps in the cabinet which are out-of-sight and out-of-mind. I chose my color palette of Watermelon Wonder and DSP paper from the Cherry On Top paper stack. I accented the card with Watermelon Wonder ribbon.

You might think this was a quick card for me, but that was not the case. I started out doing just fine. I had first stamped the chicks with the Momento ink and used some Blendabilities but the lightest blue I used was too dark and I couldn’t get it to blend with the color lifter pen. So, I re-stamped the chicks with my Staz-On and used Stampin’ Write Markers along with watercoloring for the background.

Next step, a sentiment. I had a great idea, I thought, I’ll add a die-cut “thanks” at the bottom of the card in Tip Top Taupe. Once I cut it out, it was too wide which required me cutting some of the letters apart and gluing them together with less space in between each letter at the bottom of the card. Ok, it didn’t look great (the word was too large and overwhelmed the card), but I was going to go with it until I . . . . . decided to stamp the chicken feet as a signature at the bottom of the card. Oh good grief, it just looked like a jumbled mess. Then, I had the bright idea of cutting out the thanks, meaning fussy cutting behind all the letters to keep the thanks on the white card stock because I knew I couldn’t pull it off without tearing all the letters (I used the liquid Mono glue – can I get an Amen?). As I’m sitting there cutting the word out, I think, “You know, I could have re-cut this die word at least five times in the time I’ve sat here cutting this word out.”  Hmmm. “Why don’t I just use the word that goes with the chicks?” Hmmm. I did just that and I’m very happy I did. This card looks sooooo much better than the original. I hope you enjoy it and PIN it.


Supplies: not pictured – SU! Best of Cluck stamp set, Daffodil Delight and Tempting Turquoise Stampin’ Write Markers, Aqua Painter, Tip Top Taupe ink

I wanted to complete a Center Step fold technique card this month. I began with a card stock choice of Cucumber Crush and Watermelon Wonder.  I, then, made my cuts and scores and suddenly thought maybe one of the card challenges this week incorporates some of what I was including in the card. I began to browse through the sites of the card challenges I like to submit and low and behold there are my colors with the addition of Night of Navy on the Pals Paper Arts weekly challenge!  So, now, I feel like I’m killing two birds with one stone!!! Yippee!! 6a00e54f95df92883401b7c7a76b46970b-800wi

I think the Night of Navy really adds a lot of dimension as a mat choice. As you can see in the card pictures below, there is a border on the vertical mat at the bottom of the card. This was a case of being given an opportunity to embellish. Yes, I made a boo boo. I scored ALL the way across when I should have scored only to the cut line. I’m really bad at watching and reading directions. LOL

I thought a bright birthday theme with a yummy cupcake would be just right for this card; and, as I was putting the card together, I realized I didn’t have to keep my banners within the confines of the white mat. How liberating! I really love this card.

PPA258 front

I took a picture of the side view so the cuts and folds would be showcased as well.

PPA258 sideview

Supplies: not pictured (Watermelon Wonder and Night of Navy Stampin’ Write Markers, scallop border punch)

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While looking for inspiration for card challenges, I came across Virginia’s View Challenge. I had just completed a monochromatic card for my next make-n-take, and I decided to enter this challenge. She specified Ombre & Monocromatic and gave a couple of examples:

Ombre Monochromatic

Ombre Monochromatic

I think these cards are gorgeous!

For my regular blog readers this card was featured as a Paper Craft Crew Challenge as well (might as well kill two birds with one stone). Here is one of June’s make-n-take cards as well as Virginia’s View Challenge:



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I have missed out on at least the last two Paper Craft Crew Card Sketch challenges due to making wedding invitations with a deadline and going on vacation. So glad to get back to making a card for this weeks challenge:


As usual, I started off with a completely different layout and stamp choice for this card than what I ended up making, but I’m really happy with how this card looked once I had changed the stamp choices. I really, really, really LOVE the watercolor technique I used on this card and several other previous cards to make a subtle color transition (this is the initial technique for Bokeh cards, but using only one color and smoothing out any rough transition areas). I chose SU! Watermelon Wonder as my monochromatic color for this card. I’m loving the new 2015-2017 In-Colors!

The matted flower was supposed to be laying on a landscape layout, but the OCD in me noticed I had not centered my striped paper and one side of the mat would have a white stripe while the other side would have a red stripe, and I didn’t want to cut anymore paper since I still have to use this paper for my catalog open house event. So, I made the card a portrait layout and placed the matted flower parallel with the stripes; it worked perfectly. I added diamond rhinestones tinted with the Cherry Cobbler Blendabilities marker, but decided to not included any other type of embellishment along with it. I decided to leave off the sentiment as well since everything I tried just didn’t “fit” the card. I almost forgot! I stamped the You’ve Got This flower in Black Staz-On onto a piece of Watermelon Wonder cardstock, and I watercolored shading onto the flower, stem, and leaf. I really love the way this card developed into a stunning card: