Friday, September 5, 2014


Hi, everyone!

Today's card has two inspirations: the current school color challenge at Cards In Envy and a card posted about a month ago by Leslie Hanna at Shopping Our Stash.

The colors for the school team I live and die with each football and basketball game are scarlet and gray. However, purple is the school color of choice in my neck of the woods. Our town's first high school had colors of purple and white. When the town became a city and a second high school opened, its colors were purple and black. So, I chose to make a purple, white, and black card that could be given to a student at either high school. And, I decided to go with a classic design that could be given to either a male or female student.  :)

watercolor paper; Stampin' Up! blackberry bliss; Bazzill black
Winnie & Walter sentiment in StazOn jet black
Distress Ink seedless concord, washed with Ranger water brushes
Stampin' Up! brads

Okay, I've come to this water color trend so late that it's probably not even a trend anymore. So, when I was making the card, I had to smile thinking of something my mother-in-law used to say. Years ago -- during the summer rerun season, NBC used the line, "If you haven't seen it, it's new to you."  My mother-in-law would turn to me and say, "You know, that's true." While this water coloring thing may be old hat to many, this is only my third or fourth water-colored card.  Maybe I'll try some of that new fangled embossing paste in the next couple of years.  LOL....

The photo above doesn't really show the card's two background layers. I used SU blackberry bliss and Bazzill black to complement the inks used on the card. While the picture at the right is blurry, it does a little better job of showing the papers used.

Parting Thoughts

Think I'm going to like this retirement thing. Last night, Turner Classic was airing films selected by Guest Programmer Richard Linklater -- including a 12:45-4:00 viewing of Bergman's Fanny and Alexander. Oh my gosh, I was soooo excited to be able to stay up late to view a film I'd heard about for years but had never had a chance to see!  The pre-retirement me would have been getting up at 4:45 to get ready for work.  :)

This month's W2SB prize is an
autographed Tim Holtz clock!
Speaking of being excited, we have a wonderful prize up for grabs this month at Words 2 Scrap By -- an autographed Tim Holtz assemblage clock. This month's words are, "To every thing there is a season".  Cards can be linked up until the 21st. We really hope you will join us for this month's W2SB challenge.

Hope you have a great weekend! Until next time, thanks for stopping and happy scrappin'!


  1. I retired in 2012 after teaching elementary school for 30 years! I will say, I have not a bad day since I retired! It is wonderful

  2. Hi Sybrina! It looks to me like you've been doing this watercolor thing for quite some time :-) Awesome job - I really like the diagonal wash effect. Thanks so much for playing along at Cards in Envy! xo Annie

  3. Love your simple yet stunning card! Fabulous school colors! I like the wash effect. Thanks for sharing with us at Cards in Envy!

  4. Live your watercolor effect! Beautiful card!

  5. You card is beautiful! Congratulations on your retirement! I retired in 2003 and have never regretted it for one minute! Thank you so much for sharing with us at Cards in Envy!

  6. Very nice card. Love your watercolor. Thanks for playing along with us at Cards in Envy.

  7. congrats on your retiring!!!! love your colors!!! sooo glad you played along with Cards In Envy!!!