Blogging Friends Blog Hop – Dragonflies

Welcome to this month’s “Blogging Friends Blog Hop!”

Who are the ‘Blogging Friends’? We are Stampin’ Up! demonstrators all across the U.S. and Canada. Most of us haven’t met in person, but love Stampin’ Up and want to share with you! Please join us on the 1st of every month to see what wonderful things we have created!  Each month we’ll have a different theme; this month it is the New Occasions Catalog!

We are so lucky to have a guest blogger this month, too! YAY for Janet Wakeland! Be sure to check out the links at the bottom so you don’ miss out on any of the posts this month!

With the New Occasions Catalog right around the corner – there were sooo many neat things to choose from. I decided to pick one stamp and thinlit set, and a new tool. So, I used the Dragonfly Dreams stamp set, the coordinating Detailed Dragonflies Thinlits dies, and the NEW Watercolor Pencils.

I am so glad I did! These products are amazing! I’ve used the watercolor pencils we’ve had long ago in the past, but these are completely so much better. For one, they are the SAME colors as our inks! Another is that it made me break out the actual watercolor paper we have, and WOW! I need to do this more often. I am so happy with the results. Check this out:

How pretty are these?  It took a little playing around, but I got the hang of it. I took one and added some of the dragonflies from the thinlits set:

The neat thing here is that I then used that piece of black cardstock for the layer behind the watercolor paper. (Saves paper!!)   Here’s what it looks like all put together:

I thought it was so pretty by itself, I didn’t even want to add a sentiment!
I’ve only used a few of the watercolor pencils to get the rainbow here: Real Red, Pumpkin Pie, Daffodil Delight, Melon Mambo, and Rich Razzleberry.  The thick baker’s twine is the Melon Mambo to match.  I could not resist – I had to also add some Wink of Stella on the dragonflies. SO SPARKLIE! 🙂

Here is the second piece, with the sentiment added:

This alone looks like it should be it’s own masterpiece. 🙂
I then added some of the largest dragonflies cut from both Black cardstock, and Vellum – with rhinestones and more Wink of Stella, of course:

Here’s a closeup of all the sparkly-ness:

(What did we ever do before this goodness??)
I really hope you enjoyed these projects – I’m sure to be using this set in my upcoming card classes.  I’ll have those on the calendar in a few days – the first one of the year is coming up in just a few weeks!

Look out for all the updated links as soon as the new Catalog starts – January 4th!
And, just in case you missed it, Sale-a-Bration starts at the same time. I’ll have more info on both in the next few days as well!

Happy Stamping, and HAPPY NEW YEAR!

Now…. Please take the time to hop on through the rest of the Blog Hop today, you will be heading over to Tammy, and I hope you have fun looking through all their projects, too!

In case you’ve never ‘done’ a blog hop before, it’s really easy!
Click on the image below, and you’ll be taken directly to Tammy’s post, the next blog in the hop. Keep clicking on that image at the bottom of each blog post, and you’ll hop through all of the participating blogs, back to where you started!  If you’d prefer to hop about at your leisure, you can click on the individual links for each blog. Happy Hopping!

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Participating Blogging Friends, in order of appearance:

Rick Adkins
Guest Blogger:  Janet Wakeland
Crystal Komara
Anna Masciovecchio
Anne Power
Mary Blocher
Danica Ferrante
Deborah Smart
Jodi Horsley
Leanne Johnson
Michelle Clark
Lorene Yoshimura-Tanigawa
Mary Ann Rossiter (StampinMak) – You are here!
Tammy Gill
Lisa Harvey Reber
Jenny Gauthier


17 responses to “Blogging Friends Blog Hop – Dragonflies

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  6. Your dragonflies are striking with those colors. Thanks for sharing.

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  7. Beautiful! Love your use of the pencils.

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  8. Love your cards Mary Ann! Can’t wait to order my own set and start practicing. Thanks for the wonderful ideas.

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  9. Mary Ann I love your cards! I love the bright colors with he black dragonflies – so striking! Great job! Thanks for sharing 🙂

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  10. Great watercolored card — the dragonfly is awesome!

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  11. now that’s going to sell water color pencils. Cant’t wait to case this! Thank you for the inspiration.

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  12. Really pretty cards! I love the colours and the watercolouring. Beautiful! thanks for sharing.

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  13. I’m in total agreement with you, Mary Ann – I love the new Watercolour Pencils, and Dragonfly Dreams was top of my list! Beautiful colouring on both cards – thanks for sharing!

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  14. Very, very pretty cards! Love, love, love the watercoloring!

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  15. Love both these cards. I love the silhouette effect of the dragonflies on the bright background. Great inspiration

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  16. Wow, Mary Ann, love the watercolor with simple black dragonflies. It really makes the watercolor POP! Happy New Year!

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  17. Wow, these are such beautiful cards Mary Ann! I have got to get that stamp set!! Your watercoloring is so gorgeous, I love how the cut out dragonflies look against the bright background. Great tip on using the cutout black cardstock behind the watercolor paper!


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