Tuesday, March 10, 2009

This past weekend I was at the Wyndham in Plainsboro for Simply Cropping's spring crop. Had a great time. I actually got a tad bit accomplished, including the tags for my swap on the cricut board and some cards. Better than normal.

I have gotten two new fixations of late. First is embossing powder. The thing that started it all. My first scrapbooking related project was embossing apples on my wedding invitation with red embossing powder. After that experience I was pretty much hooked on paper crafts. Now that I have been leaving my heat gun plugged in, I have been using it more - to emboss.

My second new thing is working with watercolors. When I learned that the company that makes Twinkling H20's was going out of business I was suddenly stricken with the notion that my opportunity to use watercolors in my crafts was fleeting. So I scoured the net for info about these paints and I stumbled upon something else. The Niji watercolors are so shimmery and so affordable - on like 4 bucks for a 21 color set, that I am completely sold. I am sad that another company is biting the dust, but I don't think I will be investing in any Twinkling H20's before they are gone. I am enjoying my Niji set too much.

I made these tags for my Cricut tag/inchie swap. I was trying to go for a vintagey feel. I used the Home Decor Cartridge to make the flower which I painted with my watercolors, then outlined with copics and bic mark its and then added Tim Holtz Distress Stickles. I also used some bronze Perfect Pearls to get that goldish color in the flower centers.

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