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Sneak Peek: Watercolor Trio

Stampin up watercolor trio summer mini catalog

SDC13522-2 The Stampin' Up! Summer Mini Catalog customer sales period begins May 1.  As a Stampin' Up! demonstrator, I get to order Summer Mini products in advance and am prepared to dazzle you with sneak peeks of all that is new. 

Speaking of sneak peeks, check out (left) what I found in my flower box when I went to plant geraniums yesterday.  I ultimately managed to work the flowers around Mama Quail's "nursery."  She was surprisingly content to return to her more plush and colorful environment with her incubating babes.

Many of you know that watercoloring is my nemesis.  Heaven knows I have tried but the results are usually not "blog worthy."  So when Stampin' Up! offers a beautiful stamp set that gives the appearance of watercoloring without any thought to shading, spritzing and brushes, I move it to the top of my "must-have" list.  The Summer Mini's Watercolor Trio stamp set fits the bill.

  • Stampin up watercolor trio summer mini catalog close up I used Rose Red, Old Olive and So Saffron Stampin' Up! Stampin' Write Markers to color directly on the rubber of the floral image.  Start with the lighter (So Saffron) on the flowers and do the darker (Rose Red) last.
  • I decided to add the Chocolate Chip Corduroy brads after I adhered the Sweet Pea Designer Series Paper (stripe).  To avoid the brad "legs" from showing on the inside of the card, I simply snipped off the brad "legs" and adhered them with Mini Glue Dots.  My Craft & Rubber Scissors made the "snipping" a breeze.
  • Stampin up square lattice textured impressions embossing folder Card size is 4 1/4" x 5 1/2" (A2).  Note:  Most of my cards are this
    size.  If not, I try and list the size change for you.  The flower layer is 1 7/8" x 2 5/8".
  • Deeeeeelicious! The Summer Mini's Square Lattice Textured Embossing Folder (a Stampin' Up! exclusive) cranks out incredible, patterned texture. 

Everyone assumes that winters are glorious in Tucson . . . they are.  What you may not know is that spring offers both moderate temperatures and a multitude of colorful flowers.  The orange tree in our yard is in full, fragrant bloom (top photo below: a lovely way to fall asleep with a window cracked open at night), and my cactus are strutting their "pretty in pink" stuff (second photo below).

My daughter Caroline took the photos (including the quail eggs above) from around our yard.





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Stamp Set:  Watercolor Trio (Summer Mini, Wood-Mount 117050, Clear-Mount 120084)
Paper:  Sweet Pea Designer Series Paper Stack (Occasions Mini, 117161), Old Olive (100702), Whisper White (100730)
Ink:  Old Olive (102277), Stampin' Up! Markers:  Old Olive (100079), Rose Red (100063), So Saffron (105114)
Cool Tools:  Craft & Rubber Scissors (103179), Large Oval Punch (107305), Big Shot Die-Cut Machine (113439), Square Lattice Textured Impressions Embossing Folder (Summer Mini, 119967), Craft & Rubber Scissors (103179)
The Perfect Touch:  Chocolate Chip Corduroy Buttons (114339), Chocolate Chip 5/8" Satin Ribbon (Occasions and Summer Mini, 117287), Stampin' Dimensionals (104430), Mini Glue Dots (103683)

0 thoughts on “Sneak Peek: Watercolor Trio”

  1. Wow! Lots to love about this one … but I am really taken with these pretty colours! You are getting ready for Summer … while we have just had our first really cool day for the year. I hope winter is short and mild … I am already hanging out for summer! Sounds just wonderful in your little part of the world! Hugs, Andrea xxx

  2. Mary: try using your chalk as a water color technique. It is so easy, fast and cheap compared to the pencils or the crayons thus making it a great learning medium.

    I hope they will continue the chalk in the new colors but know it is not a popular medium right now and may not make the cost viability cut.

    You are my morning stop after the coffee pot!! Thanks for all the inspiration!


  3. Love the flower image. I’m with you re: watercolouring LOL! Love the fact mama quail loved her renovations 😀 My in-laws have quails in their area and I just love watching dad going first to clear the way, then the babies and mom bring up the rear. Enjoy watching the family hatch and grow 😀

  4. You and I both. I have tried with all my heart to watercolor and all I do is ruin the project. I love this stamp set. The embossing folder is the boss. Love the card.

  5. Oh Mary….you so amaze me….gorgeous….can’t wait for the Mini to come out…lovin that lattice impression!

  6. I have read the comments on the SU! color changes, and I understand the frustration of those who have worked hard to complete their collections. I do wish SU! would rethink Going Gray. I know a lot of us use light gray a lot. There doesn’t seem to be a viable alternative color for us to use. Any ideas or comments would be appreciated.

  7. I’m with you on the watercoloring. I just have not got the right touch. I love the photos. Here in SC, we don’t get to see the beauties of the Southwest. Stunning!

  8. Oh man, my flowers are just breaking ground… the Peony’s are about a foot tall… oh I am so jealous!!! I love your card, those colors are so rich. I didn’t get that stamp set yet… I love it and still debating. Hugs,

  9. LOVE the card Mary-Thanks for sharing! Congrats on your baby Quail nest – LUCKY YOU! I just know that if I could get to the tree over the wall in our back yard-I would find at least one MaMa Quail nest. Please keep us posted to the nesting Quail situation. (we had a Cardinal build a nest right outside our front door (in Madison, WI) last summer in our Million Bell plant-three baby cardinals made it……)

  10. Your card is magnificent and really does the stamp set justice. I am glad I ordered the textured impressions embossing folder and there is still LOTS of time to get the stamp set. (hint hint people be sure you get them from Mary) Now to get them and play. I miss the cactus flowers and orange trees in southern CA but they just don’t do as well here in southeast Missouri. Oh well we get other things.

    aka Roscoe’s mommy

  11. Fabulous pics and gorgeous card. These sneak peeks of the Summer Mini are creating quite a stir as now we all need to save, save, save until it’s time for non-demos to order.

  12. Watercoloring, quail eggs, orange blossoms and cactus flowers…I’ll be dreaming of your corner of the world tonight Mary! Sounds heavenly compared to our brown and snow-spotted chilly nook up here!

  13. Gorgeous card! Can’t wait til the Summer Mini comes out! Your pictures were gorgeous as well! Happy Spring!


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