Friday, April 1, 2016

Friday Flashback: Happy Watercolor

Happy Friday, y'all!  Well, I failed in my goal to have this post up before noon, but here it is anyway :)  Today's featured retired stamp set is the beautiful Happy Watercolor, which debuted in the 2014 Occasions catalog.  So let's take a look through the archives!

Also features Bodacious Bouquet
I think that sentiment stamp is my very favorite stamp in Happy Watercolor.  That stamp makes me happy :)

Also features Postage Collection
I love orchids.  They will forever remind me of living in Japan, where the Make-Man Store had beautiful orchids in a huge variety of colors and some of the plants were as cheap as 500 yen (about five dollars at the time).

Also features Hardwood
And poppies remind me of living in England.  They grow all over the place in late fall and of course they sell plastic ones to put on your jacket for Remembrance Day (which is like the US Veterans' Day).

So even though I post things on here five (and lately six) days a week, somehow I still don't use some stamp sets nearly as much as I might want why isn't this Flashback a lot longer?  So it was fun to play with this stamp set again.  And both of my cards count for the Retro Rubber Challenge:

Easy peasy!  Happy Watercolor is just two years old, so not as retro as some other stamps but hey, it's over a year old so it counts :)

First up is another orchid card!  We have an orchid in our kitchen right now.  I'm very surprised I haven't killed it yet, but it's got three blooms on it so yay us.  I almost called this post a Friday Frustration though because I was all done with this card when I decided to put some Wink of Stella on the flowers (because hey, I've got that pen now so let's wink up everything!) and then the pen BARFED all over my image panel!  So I had to rip that off and re-do all of the stamping and coloring.  Then I was much more carefuller (haha) and managed to give it a little bit of shimmer without having glitter barf all over everything.

Anyway, thank you to the lovely folks at Fusion for this inspiration photo:

Yay orchids!  I love the color on that vase on the left too, I wish we had that exact color in cardstock and ink.  I also used this week's Freshly Made Sketch:

I suppose I wanted to make up for yesterday's lack of motivation, and I didn't realize that it was already pretty late in the morning because I decided to make a second card for today's Flashback.

And darn it all if this one didn't take multiple tries too!  I used the color combination from Global Design Project:

You can probably tell from my two new cards today that I'm kind of in love with that diagonal stripe patterned paper.  What can I say?  It makes me happy too.  I always try to make the stripes point upwards though because that looks "happier" to me.  Maybe I over-think it.

This was attempt #1 on the poppy (I finished up with attempt #3).  The Tangelo Twist came out more orangey in this one which I liked better (it seemed to get a little muddier the more I stamped with it?) but I just didn't like the placement of the sentiment.  If I had stamped the poppy on there first, I would have moved the sentiment up and over a bit, but I stamped the sentiment first and then it just didn't work for me so I had to redo it.  Bleargh.

Well, I've got lots of errands to run today and my little girl dog Sadie just came in and reminded me that today is her 10th birthday and I owe my birthday dog a walk.  A long walk she says, not like yesterday's short one.  Who am I to deny the birthday dog?  So off we walk.  Cheers, y'all!

Supplies, orchid card:
Stamps:  Happy Watercolor
Ink:  Basic Black, Blushing Bride, Rich Razzleberry, Tip Top Taupe
Paper:  Blushing Bride, Rich Razzleberry, Thick Whisper White, Blushing Bride DSP
Accessories:  Wink of Stella glitter pen (clear), Dimensionals, hexagon punch, Party Pennants Bigz die (still available on the clearance rack)

Supplies, poppy card:
Stamps:  Happy Watercolor
Ink:  Tangelo Twist, Bermuda Bay, Early Espresso
Paper:  Bermuda Bay, Early Espresso, Shimmery White, Tangelo Twist DSP
Accessories:  Hexagon punch, rhinestones, Dimensionals


CCsMom said...

LOVE that orchid card especially.

You have a wonderful weekend. I'll tell you in an email what ours looks like. Love you!!!

Julia Aston said...

Wonderful sparkle on your pretty little orchids! thanks for joining us in the Fusion Challenge!

Tanya said...

Both of these are so pretty!
I laughed so much at the barfing pen... some days you just can't win! I'd rather not understand that. ;)

Brian King said...

Great projects, Christy Lynn! You've been super-busy, huh? I love the bold stripes behind your sweet flower - the finished project is wonderful! Thank you so much for playing along with this week's GDP Color Challenge!

Jen Brum said...

Lovely cards Christy! Those orchids are so pretty! Love that soft pink. I have an orchid that I haven't killed yet either but it doesn't have any blooms so maybe it's on its way out! Thanks for joining us this week at Freshly Made Sketches!

Debbie Mageed said...

Great cards! Love that you enjoy using your older stamps and play along with us at Retro Rubber! Your cards are always pretty and you get to breathe new life into them with new papers! I will have to pay attention to the direction that the diagonal paper goes to make my cards happier! Hope you will join us again soon!

Kylie Bertucci said...

Wow! Look at you go Christy. Awesome work. Love your projects. The designer series Paper is a winner. Thank you so much for playing along with this week's Global Design Project challenge!

Maria A. said...

Hello Christy: You've been busy indeed, just look at all of this beautiful cards you made!!
Playing with our old stamps is fun, I'm so glad you got to do that with this beautiful sets.
Thank you for joining us at Retro Rubber, we always love seeing your cards in the gallery.

Krista Frattin said...

Busy girl! How do you find time to do all of these challenges!? You are a machine! Thank-you for finding the time to play along with the Global Design Project!

Amy O said...

Beautiful cards! I love all of those flowers. Thanks for joining us at Freshly Made Sketches this week!

Jen Timko said...

These are all so wonderful! I loved this set...and still do. Now for orchids, I currently have one that finally bloomed out and I had to cut off the flower stem. Pretty sure I'm going to kill the poor thing but here's hoping. Wishing you luck with yours! Glad you joined us this week at FMS!

Jane Knudsen said...

Excellent card! I love poppies and your treatment of this one is great! Thank you for joining us at Retro Rubber! I appreciate your support of this challenge! PS I love your picture - your "disclaimer" cracks me up each and every time. What a wicked sense of humor!

Claire Grantham said...

It was worth the multiple tries, it's lovely, the colours are really bright and cheerful and I love the little teeny tiny sequins. Thanks for playing with us at Retro Rubber. Claire DT

Neva Cole said...

Amazing cards that use a fun stamp set. Thanks for including Retro Rubber in your stamping fun this week!