Good morning!  Before I head out to Utica Days and the car show, I want to take a moment and thank all of you who left comments and/or emailed yesterday!  You can’t even begin to know how much all of your well wishes and encouragement has meant to me.  I feel so blessed!! 

I won’t let this get me down, as I have many more things I want to create and ideas to put to paper.  As some of you have said, “when one door closes, another opens.”  I have told myself that all week and realize that sometimes one has to take risks to see the greater rewards.  I’ve never been one to take the path well trod . . . I like to veer off and have as many adventures as possible.  I know there’s one hell of an adventure in my future!

Last night was the first time all week that I have felt the least bit creative, so I headed down to the studio.  The first thing I needed to do was clean up after myself from stamp club and put things away that had accumulated around.  I felt good then and decided to do some water coloring.  This is one of those cards that I became totally immersed and lost all track of time . . . but by golly, I really like it!

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The flowers and leaves from Papertrey’s In Bloom were stamped individually, embossed with gold EP, and then water colored with Tombow Markers.  I patiently cut them all out and arranged them around a panel made from Spellbinders Labels 7.  The sentiment is from the Papertrey set Floral Fusion (the Limited Edition from Summer CHA 2009).  Yes, I spent enough money to get that set . . . not surprised are you?  Oh one more thing, the sentiment panel and the one it’s mounted on was made with the Wrinkle Free Distress technique on watercolor paper  . . . absolutely LOVE the look of this technique with watercolor paper.  If you haven’t tried it, you need to!  Can you tell from the photo that each flower was raised above the other with mounting tape?  It truly does add to the dimension of the card.

  • Stamps:  In Bloom and Floral Fusion from Papertrey
  • Paper:  Papertrey Craft; Prism Majestic Purple Light; Vanilla; BasicGrey Wisteria; Arches Watercolor
  • Ink:  Ranger Distress Embossing, Old Paper and Dusty Concord
  • Accessories:  Spellbinders S4-231 Labels 7, S4-138 Petite Oval Nestabilities Large, and S4-139 Petite Scalloped Oval Nestabilities Large; Ranger Queen’s Gold Embossing Powder, Mini Mister, Gold Perfect Pearls, Non-Stick Craft Sheet; Papertrey Vintage Cream Satin Ribbon; Tombow Markers; Venture Foam Tape; Tsukineko Sponge Dauber; Sewing Machine

I suppose that’s all I have for the time being, except to tell you all that I’m so thankful for you!!  Have a great weekend and thanks for stopping by!  I’m off to yard sale and hopefully find some great bargains.

32 Responses to “Watercolor is Definitely Soothing!”

  1. What a gorgeous and elegant birthday card, Sherry! Your watercoloring is wonderful and I love that the flowers are popped up and are a little over the tag.

  2. Very beautiful, Sherry. I’m starting to really like this stamp set. You make me want to run out to buy it!

  3. Wow! This is definitely one super gorgeous card. Creating it must have been very theraputic! The gold embossing and lovely shades of blue are just so beautiful. This really makes me want to have time to get into my own stamping room this weekend! I’m glad you are feeling a little better now. I had read your post quickly in the email reader but haven’t had tme for much more than that….so much grading this week at school! With your talents, there will be abundant opportunities for you to share your creativitiy in the future! You are such an inspiration to my personal creativity! I hope your spirits continue to lift. This gorgeous card is surely a sign that things are looking up!

  4. That is gorgeous. That is definately a family given birthday card!!!! See you in Utica.

  5. What a gorgeous birthday card! I love all the details you included…the embossing, raised folwers and leaves. the wrinkle-free distressing…stunning!! Have a great weekend and here’s hoping you find some cool things at the yard sale.

  6. It’s positively stunning Sherry, a treasure for the recipient!

  7. your card is beautiful and I agree watercoloring is great to forget your woo’s
    Hope things work out for you
    Hugs
    Norine

  8. The world is full of kings and queens, who blind your eyes and steal your dreams. -Black Sabbath

    Sherry, keep moving forward…put one foot in front of the other…tomorrow is always a new day!

  9. Sherry, this is off the chart beautiful. I love everything about this.

    From one trail-blazer to another,

    Wendy

  10. This card is absolutely gorgeous, the watercoloring is awesome! I hope that you continue to keep your head up, you are so talented and there will be many opportunities out there waiting for you.

  11. Your flowers are so beautiful, Sherry. You have managed to get so much depth with the colors. Mine are always pretty flat-looing.

  12. Absolutely gorgeous! I love what you’ve been doing with this set! :o)

  13. Your card is absolutely beautiful, Sherry! You have so much talent and you share it generously with the rest of us- we all really look forward to our daily dose! No matter where life’s trails lead, you will always have your creativity, your great personality and your sense of “badness”. Don’t lose faith or sleep over all this- there are better days ahead!

  14. Gorgeous beyond words! Makes me want to stop in my tracks on my currant project and go start a “new” flower card using gold EP (and throw the one I’m working on away)! Your colors here are so beautiful! :)

  15. Absolutely Beautiful!!! Love the embossing with the watercoloring, just lets it pop!!

  16. A beautiful and elegant card — one of the many things I love about your work is your range of creativity! I have a whole folder of “Sherry” cards! And I’ve never told you this, but my husband is a Hoosier and the first time he kissed me was at the Kentucky Derby! I just feel so close to you when you tell your family stories! :) Mary

  17. BEE-U-TEE-FUL Your card is wonderful. I’m glad you used Tombow markers. Sometimes I feel as though no one loves them any more….Again, as always….Beautiful….thank you for sharing.

  18. holy toledo, batman – that is one eye poppin’ card!!! love absolutely everything about it!!! and yes, I use my time watercoloring as much needed therapy, too. (but not anywhere near as well as you!)

    on your adventures, if you need a buddy, swing on by my house and pick me up! oh, the fun we’d have!!! 😀 sending hugs!!!!!!!!!

  19. Another beautiful card Sherry!

  20. I was wondering what was going to happen with your stamp club. I’m sorry you had to resign and yet I’m so glad I resigned a year ago to avoid all of this. You has so many opportunities right now, I really think you made the right decision. Oh, and you really, really should watercolor more often. Your watercolor cards really take my breath away Sherry. Please, please make more of them. With your style, the watercoloring just takes on a new life.

  21. Beautiful card Sherry. Puts me in mind of a soothing Sunday Sermon and peaceful walk in the garden or by a river. A serene dream. Thanks for sharing!

  22. Hmmmm……distress on watercolor…..now to find my desk top so I can give this a go!!
    Glad to see your shoulders pulled back and your head up……

  23. Gorgeous Sherry, I need to get my PTI stamps inked!!

  24. just love this card Sherry.
    So beautifully put together and the colours are gorgeous.
    thanks for sharing.

  25. I’m thankful for you too my friend.
    This is so pretty!

  26. You never struck me as a woman who would stay down for the count long and that’s one of the reasons I admire you, Sherry. Glad you’re feeling creative again as we can see from your beautiful blooming card.

  27. And the result is definitely beautiful! Wow! Gorgeous colors, coloring, layout. Love all the cut out flowers. I looked up the wrinkle-free distress technique — looks very easy and I love the look of it. I’m sorry about your classes being canceled. It sounds like you were very down for a while, but you can’t keep a good (bad) woman down for long.

  28. This beautiful, beautiful card tells me your head is now in a much calmer place. Good for you!

  29. This is a beautiful card and I love the colors and the raised details. Thanks for using the Tombow markers, I don’t have Copics and it makes me feel good to see the Tombows are still used for such beautiful work.

  30. Beautiful!

  31. Sherry, glad to hear you are feelin’ better and more positive. Lots of hugs to you…

  32. I saw this card in the PTI gallery and had to come find out how you did it! It’s so gorgeous! I love these flowers embossed with gold, and your watercoloring is so beautiful! Great job!!

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