Thursday, June 2, 2016

Casology - Congrats

It's been a really busy few weeks here lately.  We had two graduations - my daughter and my son's girlfriend, and then off on vacation.  With all the usual events of arriving home after vacation (groceries, laundry, mail etc.) we still had to get the garden in.  We really have a short window for growing in the Chicago area - June - August so time was of the essence.    Job done and now I'm tied to the garden - I have to water every day until the seeds sprout - that usually takes me about an hour.  Like everything else, sometimes I love that, and others not so much.   I sure hope it's worth it and that the chipmunks didn't carry off all our precious seeds!
CASology is celebrating their 200th challenge!  There's even some blog candy up for grabs!  They're looking for projects that are CAS - you know.. easy to reproduce, lots of white space.  I made a few graduation cards with a simple watercolor background. 

I used Peerless watercolors in two different shades.  A spatter of paint was the finishing touch before adding a die cut panel using the new Taylored Expressions Eventful Border.  I die cut the congrats into the border and put a piece of tape on the back so none of the pieces would fall out. 
That one was for the boys.. now one for the girls - same technique only this time I stamped a sentiment with Versafine ink on the watercolor panel.
This was the card that I gave to my daughter.  Purple is her favorite color (maybe it runs in the family?).    I always bring crafts on vacation with me - I love the Tim Holtz mini distress inks and Peerless watercolor sheets.  They're both really compact and easy to add to my bag with some watercolor paper. 
This is a simple watercolor wash - I added splotches of different shades of purple and let them blend together.   Still working on my splashes (what do you call the little sprays you do when you're done?)  Usually either too many or not enough.  I was happy with both of these.   They add to the "party atmosphere". 

These were really easy to create - letting the paint dry was the only thing that took any time. 
The stamp is from Taylored Expressions Sky High Sentiments.  There's lots of great words for inside and out. 
Head on over to CASology - and join us! 

 


Finished Size:  4.25 x 5.5"
Die| Taylored Expressions  Eventful, Congrats Script
Stamp | Taylored Expression Sky High Sentiments

13 comments:

Ardyth said...

Fantastic backgrounds - I love the look of the layered colours and how they really make the white silhouettes pop! So glad you joined us at CASology this week, Jeanne!

Deborah Frings said...

I think both these cards are just super! Love the bold watercolour backgrounds and the clean, crisp diecut!

Julia Aston said...

What a great die for grad cards Jeanne! it really stands out against your wonderful watercolor backgrounds!

Ksenija said...

Jeanne, these cards are gorgeous! Specially I love the blue card, because of inlaid die cut sentiment in white. Pure CAS! - Sweet Kobylkin

Lisa said...

Love the pretty color washes and the elegant simplicity!!

Shirley said...

Great cards!

Diane Jaquay said...

That die is just the coolest thing, LOVE your cards, Jeanne!

Joyce said...

This is the coolest die, and I love all the different backgrounds you created and sentiments you used. Congratulations to all the graduates in your life, and I hope you had a great vacation. Thanks so much for playing along with CASology for our 200th challenge.

Sherrie M. said...

WOW Jeanne! Love the silhouettes against your fabulous background. Thanks for joining us at CASology this week.

Kim Heggins said...

Two fabulous cards....just love that die, so much fun with your incredible watercoloring.

Sharron said...

Love the sllhouettes with your great watercolors! That die works so well to create a festive mood.

Tracey McNeely said...

Jeanne love both of these amazing grad cards. Your background are so amazing and the inlaid sentiments--perfect! Thank you for sharing with us at CASology this week!

Marybeth said...

Oh my goodness Jeanne,these are amazing graduation cards! What a fun idea and AWSOME background !
Enjoy your garden. We are already eating tomatoes from ours!