{blog hop 2011 with julie balzer}


If you've noticed, I love the cloud and raindrops motif. I don't know exactly when this happened, to be honest, but it has! So when I was asked to join Julie's blog hop and saw some of the new stencils she was putting out with The Crafter's Workshop, I jumped at, well, the Rain and Clouds sets!


I wanted to play with my new gel sticks, and found these stencils are perfect for making what looks like monoprints but is, in fact, me rubbing the gel in and over the stencils (anything thicker really wouldn't work for this stumbled-upon technique!). 


I then went to town with my new Radiant Rain sprays on a journal page (I'll be writing up a bit in the Supplies section very soon!) and used watercolors to separate the area where I wanted to write from the "background" of the rest of the page. 

And today, I found creamy felt at a local shop and just had to trace a couple of the cloud stencils and some raindrops to create cute little embelishments for a page-in-progress. I'm so happy with how everything came out!

Make sure to check out some more ideas from these great ladies:

Lori Vliegan

Bianca Mandity

Claudine Hellmuth

Kerry Lynn Yeary

Diana Trout

Mou Saha

Julie Fei-Fan Balzer