Sunday, October 4, 2015

A Watercolor Card!

In case you miss taking the virtual trip to Norway, please click here.
If you would like to see part 2 ,3...of Norway, please leave a comment for Dr. John. He thought the post was not popular (LOL). Thanks!

Hello friends!
I feel like doing some water-coloring the other day and I took out one of the stamp set and just played.
 Winnie and Walter's My Precious is full of possibilities. I love the choice of shapes for the diamonds. I used MISTI to position all the diamond shapes and then heat- embossed the images in white all at once. That makes it easy and no mess to worry about.
you are precious
I colored each diamond with Spectrum Aqua markers. I love the super fine tips on these markers and they allow me to add the tiniest bits of watercolor to the images. After the diamond images were all colored and dried, I wet the surface of the background and used Distress Inks to color it. Finally I stamped and white embossed the word" precious". 

I made this card before taking this awesome watercolor class (by my sweet friend Deepti Malik). I have learned quite a few new things about watercolors and can't wait to play with them again.

(click on the following image, it will take you right to the class).
Watercolor Cards Made Simple
Deepti's thorough knowledge of watercolors make it fun and interesting to take, regardless of levels. It is a great class that you have lifetime access for.  

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Saturday, October 3, 2015

Norwegian Fjord Cruise (Part 1)

Dear Yes, friends/followers.
This is Dr. John again. Today I will be sharing some photos taken on our cruise to Norway.
 So, why visit Norway? On a cruise we took two years ago, we met a fellow passenger who had been on over 100 cruises! We asked her which one was her favorite. Without hesitation, she replied: the Norwegian Fjords, for its amazing scenery, friendly people, and relaxed pace.
After fighting traffic for 3 hours to get from London to Southampton (a distance of 130 km/80 miles), we finally arrived at the cruise port terminal. Our ship was the Celebrity Eclipse. Although I usually prefer mid-size ships (around 2,000 passengers), the Eclipse, with almost 3,000 passengers, is very well designed and rarely felt crowded. Plus the food and service were excellent. Anyways, on with the tour.
First stop: Bergen, Norway's capital in the 12th and 13th centuries. 
We were dropped off by the shuttle bus after a 5-minute ride from the cruise port. Immediately, we were greeted by this beautiful fountain in Lille Lake. From there, we walked to the city center.
The most famous Norwegian composer Edvard Grieg (see statue) was born and buried in Bergen. You may have recognized Grieg's music (see You Tube video: Peer Gent) as it is still widely played to this day.

The Floibanen Funicular climbs 300m (1000ft) in seven minutes to the top of Mount Floyen for the best view of the town. It was a pleasant and smooth ride even though it was a bit busy at the time.
Views from the top. 
 The harbor and Fish Market (double row of red roofs).
Our ship (top), my uncooperative children, and the Floien Folkerestaurant atop Mount Floyen. Virginia had fun browsing through the gift shop and got ourselves a Norwegian cheese slicer.
David found himself a T-shirt that says "Norway"--surprise!
The Fish Market, located here since the 1500s. We had very expensive but tasty scallops.
On the left above, the wooden old town. Upper right," Lego architecture".
The old town is on the UNESCO list of World Heritage Sites.
Colorful wooden warehouses, originally part of the Hanseatic League, a free-trade zone established by German merchants (c. 1250-1750), where dried cod and fish oil was exported and grain, cloth, beer, wine, and ceramics were imported. 
Hope you enjoyed this charming city. 
Please leave me a comment if you like more of Norway! from Dr. John

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Friday, October 2, 2015

Another New Penny Black Die

Hello friends!
I knew it was love at first sight, but after working on it, I am smitten!
winter wishes

Working with an intricate die:
~die cut: I made two pieces of die cut; colored and layered them
~coloring: I sponged Distress Inks and applied to the birdie
~background: stamped Tall Timbers in Khaki and then white chalk ink (LOVE that!)
~details: for the branch and berries, I applied Pico Embellisher. Let dry
~shine: Wink of Stella (clear) never fails.
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I love the white space on the top and left side, so I stamped the sentiment on the right.
To keep the design in balance, I decided to add a small piece of doily and gold thread topped with a sequin. Somehow it seems to make the card all that much sweeter!!?
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Dr. John's Travel post is coming up next...we are Norway-bound!