Saturday, July 19, 2014

Fresh Lingering Bruises

We started our day EARLY at the Farmer's Market! When it is first-corn-of-the-season-weekend, you MUST arrive early or miss out completely!

Fried green tomatoes anyone?

BLTs for lunch!

First sweet corn of the season!

I usually have an entire container consumed before I even get home!

Now...about this card.... I keep trying my hand at watercolor. I'm here to tell you in this instance practice does NOT make perfect. I love the look when I watch tutorials (by the dozens). Then I give it a go...and I feel like I end up with a muddy mess or something resembling a crime scene in a murder mystery or a lingering bruise!

Maybe it's OCD or Type A...I love the look of watercolor - but when that ink starts to wick I nearly want to roll up in a fetal position with my favorite quilt! (Note to self - my black Stazon is dried out - must replenish!) Because of the Stazon issue I had to substitute with brown Stazon...maybe I'll blame THAT instead of my freakish lack of talent. (I will be kind and say "don't be so hard on yourself"....I NEED to be hard on myself - my undergrad is ....wait for it....ART! Feel free to tell me to continue my self-flogging!)

I found this inspirational tutorial on a Poppy Power and just had to try it ONE MORE TIME! If you've never popped over to Poppy Power - I highly recommend it. It will knock the blooms right off your stems! Any stamp from there would make it to my wish list! Gorgeous! 

Watercolor Joy
~Base - PaperTrey Ink Blueberry Sky
~Tim Holtz Distress Watercolor Cardstock
~Outer layer (frame) of K&Company Life's Journey design paper
~Stamped image - Stampin' Up Elements of Style colored with Tim Holtz Distress Markers; centers dotted with Sharpie white paint
~Martha Stewart bird punch
~Sentiment stamped using SU Brilliant Blue
Challenges and Inspirations
Fusion - photo inspiration
Chocolate, Coffee, Cards - for the birds
Creative Knockouts - friendship
Sister Act - anything goes

Here's to crime scene tape, persistence, and fresh veggies!

Nancy in Iowa


  1. I got quite a chuckle reading your blog entry, Nancy in Iowa!! Off to the Farmer's Market myself in the morning - hopefully it won't be so crazy! And onto your card - the current trend of watercoloring has me befuddled. It is HARD to do it well! I think Copics are easier than watercoloring - at least you have some control with Copics. Having said all of that - go ahead and flog yourself if you must - your card does a fine job of capturing the Poppy Power tutorial! Glad I was the commenter on your card. Thanks for sharing it with us at Sister Act. Cathy xx

  2. Lovely card, thanks for sharing and joining us at CC&CC cheers Sue N x

  3. I know what you mean by the colors getting all muddy, but your card does not fit into that category at all. I think it turned out beautifully. I only tried this type of watercolor once on the On Line Class and was not successful at all. I prefer to do the cheating type of watercolor. Again, great job on your card.

  4. Beautiful friendship card. I love the colours. Thank you for joining us at Creative Knockouts this week. Hope to see you back here again soon. Judy DT

  5. Such a pretty card, Nancy! Watercolour can be frustrating. I have been known to go back and stamp the outline image again AFTER watercolouring. ;-) I think your card turned out just perfectly!

  6. Great card!
    Thanks for joining us at Fusion!

  7. Thank you for coming by the Playhouse for a visit, Nancy in Iowa (where I grew up!)! I couldn't wait to come and find you! I'm your newest follower and I hope you do get a chance to come back and follow me, too! I'll introduce you and your wonderful blog to my other readers.

    I'm not to going to come between you and your self-flatulation, but I happen to like your "painted" card quite a lot! I get frustrated with watercolors, too, and I think you nailed it, one control freak to another. Letting it be is HARD. So is letting the color completely dry before adding another layer. I'm dying to get back to the last half of the watercolor class I took at Online Card Classes. Those gals are fabulous!

    Have a wonderful week and thank you again for your visit and kind words!! Hugs, Darnell


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