CASE The Catty…Pals Blog Hop February 2017!


Welcome to the Pals Blog Hop for February 2017. We are thankful you stopped by to take a look at our 2017 Blog Hop monthly themes.  This month we are CASE’ing a project shown in a current Stampin’ Up! catalog. After all, with the Annual, Occasions and Sale-a-Bration catalogs available right now, there is much inspiration from which to choose. We hope you enjoy our creations.

You may just be starting the Blog Hop or may have come from the previous link from the Line-up on the Pals Blog Hop listing shown below.  The full lineup will help you move along from blog to blog so you may see all the projects.

Hey Inker’s…how many of you would like to give your
guy a good Birthday Goose?

Birthday Goose! Wetlands watercolor card, masculine birthday. Inker's Workshop 2017

Since we could choose anything from any of any of the catalogs to case,
I decided on this great masculine birthday card!  I never have enough
masculine cards on hand, and this let me work on my watercolor skills,
so I got a twofer here!

What guy wouldn’t want a good birthday goose?

Here are my practice pieces, I am never sure how much water
to use, so I always stamp a few extras to get myself going and
get the feel of things before I work on my “real” project.

I used watercolor paper here, my first choice, but for a brighter
look to your project, you could use Shimmer Paper.

To get the layers of watercolor, I added ink, let it dry, and then
added more until I got the look I was after…well, sort of…lol!
I used an Aqua Painter, but you can use a Blender Pen and
get great results…give it a try!

I just love a good birthday goose…don’t you?

 Thanks for visiting.

To continue with the hop, please refer to the Blog Hop Line-up below.

We hope to see you on next month’s Pals Blog Hop! 

  1. Mary at Stampin’ Pretty
  2. Peggy Noe at Pretty Paper Cards
  3. Michelle Quinno at Shell Stamps
  4. Rae Harper-Burnet at Wild West Paper Arts
  5. Beth McCullough at Stamping Mom
  6. Patti MacLeith at Papercrafts by Patti
  7. Wendy Klein at Doggone Delightful Stampin’
  8. Amy Hoptay at Craft Carnivore
  9. Susan Itell at
  10. Karen Hallam at Karen’s Stampin’ Habit!
  11. Kim Jolley at Stampin’ Artfully
  12. Karen Gooch at Inker’s Workshop
  13. Jennifer Spiller at Westside Paper Creations
  14. Katy McGloin at Just Fun Stamping
  15. Tricia Chuba at ButterDish Designs
  16. Sue Becker at RnR Stamping
  17. Pamela Sadler at Stampin Pink Rose
  18. Karen Zaring Browning at Stamp With Me KZB
  19. Lynn Tague at Beyond Beaches & Blessings
  20. Shawn de Oliveira at
  21. Angela Curry at Kindred Stampers
  22. Nicole Watt at Pixel Maven’s Retreat
  23. Jeanie Stark at Just Stampin’
  24. Mary Hanson at Up North Stampin’
  25. Lisa Ann Bernard at Queen B Creations
  26. Becky Retzer at Just in Thyme



Purple Rose.


CASE The Catty…Pals Blog Hop February 2017! — 21 Comments

    • Thank you, Karen! The struggle is real… I always have to resist the urge to add more ink! If I feel there’s too little and add more, I usually end up over doing it and then I want to kick myself. I always do a few for practice so I can get my inking urges under control (sort of), and get myself to focus on the end product. It’s all by trial and error around here. Thanks for the kind words!

    • Thanks, Jeanie! I used to do mostly distressed projects, but I’m slowly learning how to watercolor, definitely not the expert, but having lots of fun learning!

  1. Oh my gosh this is beautiful.

    What inks did you use for this. The colors are perfect. I have made a few water color pictures but they are hard to get the shading just right. You did a beautiful job.

    • Hi,Lora, thanks for your wonderful comments! For the blue ink, I used Dapper Denim, but by itself it looked too much like a blob of blue (probably my technique), so I added a hint of Bermuda Bay in there while it was still wet and moved it around to get a more varied color. For the yellow, it’s all Delightful Dijon. I added a small amount of ink with my Aqua Painter, let that dry, and then came back in with more ink to make the darker color by the reeds. It’s all just layers of ink that dry in between. I am still learning , and I have had a hard time judging how much water to use because everything looks different to me when it’s dry. So, for me, I start with a light coat and let it dry, to see what it looks like, then I can add more ink if I want. Maybe people with more experience than I have would do it differently, but for now, that’s what’s working for me 🙂 Oh, and I used watercolor paper here, it absorbs the watercolor differently than the shimmer paper does. Hope that helps…have fun, and thanks for stopping by today!

  2. Karen, I made a similar card last night with these colors. The card is gorgeous and it was so easy to do. Thank you for a marvelous man card. Now, I have a card ready for my son-in-law or son for July.

    The Dapper Denim is very pretty, I had purchase a combo pack of paper with this color and had not used it. I was going to go with the night of navy but decided on trying this color and love it.

    • Hey, Lora, While I can’t take credit for the basic design, I am so glad you were inspired enough to give this card a try! It’s always good to have a man card in your basket of tricks, you never know when you will need one! I’m glad you found it easy to make, and that you found a new color you love…that’s a win, win!!! Thanks for stopping by my blog, and thanks for leaving me this great comment!

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