Watercolor Technique!!

Happy Wednesday Everyone!!

Well, barely. I've been so super busy lately that I have not posted here for a few days. So much is going on and it has truly been a whirlwind.  A good one, though!!

So here is the last video I did, it is a quick little video which I'm happy to say is totally my style. I am not very good at pre-rehearsing stuff or making it perfect. Instead you will see how I really am (mostly) and at least get a gist of how things can be done. Or maybe even done more easily. If I share something with you and it helps, PLEASE let me know. That's why I do it, well...partly. I love to share my passion for crafting but if it helps someone I feel really good about it.

Here is the video.  I hope it links up here normally, sometimes there is a bit of a glitch. I will check myself but again if you have trouble please inform me so I can make changes. Every little bit helps me make this a better blog!!

My swap cards for my Stampin' Up! team are completed and safety tucked away in their priority mail padded envelope. Just waiting to be escorted to the post office tomorrow so they can begin their journey to Colorade. Montrose, I believe. For this swap there were 46 people who signed up. When the swaps are that big (bigger than 30 usually) the swap hostess will split us into two groups so we end up making fewer cards. In two groups of 23 each, we all had to make 23 cards to swap. Turns out nicely because you don't really realize how much 23 of anything is till you have to make it.

For swaps we have rules and I think that is a good idea. Each card has to have your name or business card taped to the back or inside for identification purposes. They tell us to make sure there are no loose embellishments, smudges, or errors. We are to do our very best work which I am happy to say most everyone complies with. Envelopes are not required but this time I used the transparent envelopes for my cards to protect them. It is important to me that after working so hard on them that they stay that way!! We also enclose $7.00 so we can have our swaps (once they are divided) sent back to us. If all goes well, in about 10 days I will have 23 different yet gorgeous cards to ooh and ahh over.

The purpose of swaps is to get more ideas, have cards to take to workshops as examples, and honestly to do whatever we want with. If we like, we can give them away. I've kept mine but I'm a newer demonstrator. I am sure some of the long time demonstrators have given some swap cards away somewhere along the way.

Aren't they cute?? I really like the whole umbrella theme lately because we have had a record amount of rain this winter! The umbrella and the "rain drop hearts" are from the "Weather Together" bundle. I used the framelit to cut out the umbrellas. The pretty paper is from the "Succulent Garden" designer series paper. I used the watercolor pencils to color in the egg, which is from the Sale-A-Bration promotion stamp set "Hey, Chick." I think it was Calypso Coral I used and then used a blender pen to get it washed out looking. The "sand" at the egg's feet are just some dots I hand drew in there with a Stampin' Up! marker. The markers are awesome because there is a fine point and and a thicker brush point on the other end of each marker. Very versatile, and we all know how I feel about versatility in stamping stuff!!

What do you think about those clear envelopes?? Not bad, right?? For only about a dime each, you can protect your little works of art! Oh I forgot to mention that the sentiment was also from the "Weather Together" set and says, "Sometimes we all need shelter from the storm." Love it!!

Ok on that note I will head out of here. Let me know what you think of the watercolor video or even if you had any issues getting it to load. Have a great night!!