Something old, something new, something blue . . .

Ken Oliver asked his Style Contributors

to alter something with blue.

Frame 1

I found this frame at Tuesday Morning in the clearance section.

I think it was about $6 (yippee).

The wood was chipped up but I was going to alter that part anyway.

After sanding the wood,

I mixed up a pale blue/green wash using

Color Burst

Frame 3

and made a wash using lots of water.

Then with a flat brush, *washed* the wood portion of the frame with it.

Next I used Heartfelt Creations flower die,

die cut a flower with some scrap paper

and gave the flower some shape with a Tonic Embossing Tool.

The edges were inked with Ken's Click It Ink Pad (Walnut)

Frame 2

Next, I needed something in the corner to create dimension.

This Crafty Secrets ephemera was on my desk and gave me

inspiration for the rest of the vignette.

Frame 7

I found a stick in the yard with some pretty blue moss,

an abandoned nest I had years ago,

a few *eggs* and some brown stems.

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And now it's ready for the wall.

Hope you like the *blue* project.

Changes to May 9 workshop at Checkered Cottage . . .

Hi Everyone!

A slight alteration from the list of *to bring*.

You will not need to bring your

WeR Memory Keepers Envelope Punch Board.

I have those pre-done for you.

The rest of the list can be found below.


Thank you to all who signed up sight-unseen!

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Finally received most of the shipments I was waiting for

and could finish the mini.

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We're going to use some awesome products including

Ken Oliver Crafts Color Burst


Goosebumps Clear Texture Spray

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If you're signed up for this workshop, please bring:

Black Distress Stain for book edges

One small paint brush for globe and one medium paint brush for wood postcard

(see cover)

Spritzer with water & old rag

Brown Distress Ink (I used Vintage Photo)

Corner Rounder or Chomper

Crafty Foam Tape


Scissors, Paper Trimmer, Adhesives (wet & dry), Paper Piercer

Mini stapler

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See you at 10:30 and we'll work all day!

Watercolor "painting" . . .

And I'm using that term loosely.


I understand color, highlighting, shading, combining colors, color wheel


I can't draw worth a darn.

My perspective is all off - always.

That's why I stamp.

If you want your stamping to look like you drew them

stamp with a light colored ink

and watercolor on top of the ink

like I did here:

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I used a flower stamp from

RubberNecker and stamped with Staz-On Ink.

Using Ken Oliver Crafts ColorBurst


Ranger's Watercolor Paper

I painted over the light colored ink.

So fun and quick!

I wanted to paint another one that was a bit more ethereal.

(1) Stamped another image with very light ink


(2) Watered down the Color Burst colors a bit more

and began blocking in colors.


(3) Finished in 10" and ready for a card front.



Back to the original for a minute.

I thought the coloring I did was a little too heavy

so I ran it under the water faucet (literally)

'til the Color Burst was a bit thinner:

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I like it better. Do you?