Sunday, September 30, 2012

Damask Divas Moonlight Blog Hop

Welcome to the October Blog Hop featuring the Moonlight Paper Pack from Close to my Heart.  I adore this paper pack!  The owls are adorable and the stripes, I could just keep going, but you can take a look for yourself.

If you came from Sheri Ann's blog, you are in the right place.  If you have jumped here and just discovered our blog hop, feel free to check the list at Damask Divas blog  to find the complete list of blog hop participants.

Here is my project.  I decided to make two cards.  The first also features the Artiste cartridge!  I used the spider web border and the cute owl.  Whooooo loves owls??? ME!  The sentiment is from the Spellbound Workshop on the go kit.  I masked the border on it so I could put it on the moon.  The other stamps are from a Halloween set I have had for awhile. I cut the spider web border from the Artiste cartridge, then trimmed off to size the front layer of the card, so the base of the card would peek through.



Card #2 I simply chose to feature that totally adorable owl paper.  You also see the cute striped paper.  The stamped sentiment is from the Spellbound workshop on the go kit. The medallion it was stamped on was cut with Artiste.  Right on the stamp set it tells you what size AND page to cute from Artiste on! How awesome is that?


Here they are together. What do you think? Be sure to leave me a comment! :)


The next blog on the list is Ashley. Hope you have a great time on our hop and checking out all the creations using  the Moonlight Paper Pack. If you get lost, just hop on over to Damask Divas for the full list.

Saturday, September 29, 2012

Angry Birds Space SVG!

I am super proud of myself for this one!  I made this layered cut file with my Silhouette software!  My son is obsessed with Angry Birds, and well, I like die cuts!  Seemed only natural!  Besides I can make as many as I want now, as well as sizing them perfectly for whatever project I am doing!  

Plan to see this guy on an actual project soon! 

I am giving you this file for free. Go to my newer post with his buddies to get this free file!  
This file is for personal use only.
If you post pictures anywhere on the internet, blogs, websites, social media, pinterest, any place on the internet be sure to credit www.mywatermelonmoon.com in your post.
It would also be really awesome if you followed my blog and left me a comment! :)
Enjoy!

Friday, September 28, 2012

WINNER!!! Is it YOU?

Congratulations to today's 100 follower giveaway winner!  Yay

Thank you to each of you.  The blog has been growing quickly and it makes it so much fun!
   September 23, 2012 10:12 PM
Shoot I've been a follower an missed this. It's hard to pick just one holiday but since you say I must.. I chose Christmas.

I see you are VERY CLOSE to reaching 100.

Hugs Nana

Nana, email me your info, k? :)

For all of you other lovelies, there will be more fun coming SOON! :)

Also, If you haven't checked out Nana's blog, you're totally missing out.  Go do it now! You won't be disappointed!

Have a Fabulous weekend friends!  It's going to be another SCORCHER here this week.  I guess that means locked in the house crafting when I am not at work.  ..Darn. ;)

Smile! It's Freedom Friday

Here at the homestead we are super excite about this whole Friday thing.  Mostly because we don't have to get up at the butt-crack of dawn to get ourselves ready for Saturday!  School starts WAY too early for this household.

I have decided since I am going to be making cards for Operation Write Home, (a super worthwhile endeavor if you feel like you might want to make some cards with your stash by the way) and what better way to share them with you than to have a feature day!  So I introduce you to the first official Freedom Friday!

This lovely is an A2 sized card simply stamped with a favorite stamp in my stash, then I colored the flower petals with the watercolor technique.  I think the card came out lovely.  It's simple, not too feminine so the boys over seas should feel comfortable with it, but feminine enough that any gal would love to get it!  It's also nice because several can be made quickly without sacrificing a good quality result.  That way we can get full boxes to those brave men and women overseas quicker!

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Thursday, September 27, 2012

Spooky Trio

The final project of last weekends spooky inspiration.  I just adore this SVGCuts Toil and Trouble kit.  Such an amazing idea!  I also have some other inspirations for this kit... coming soon ;) For now lets enjoy this:


For this jar, I distressed most of it with a green chalk ink.  Then stamped a skull and crossbones logo on alternating panels, followed by spiders stamped with glue and covered in black glitter! The Eye of Newt label came from a sticker kit for drinks I found at Target.  It was WAY to shiny, so it was wrinkled, distressed and then I took some fire to it!  My son was quite fascinated that I was burning my project, lol.  But it needed a little more than your average distress ink.


Here it is with it's friend the boiling cauldron.

And finally here is the entire trio together!  I'm super happy with how these turned out!  The kits are so simple and Amazing!  



The kids couldn't resist the excitement of the dry ice for the photo shoot.  My son insisted that little apple and then midget apple (they are from a wretched show called Annoying Orange, he is a HUGE fan. I am NOT!) get their opportunities to be photographed in the fog.  I thought they were cute and I should share!  See the poison apple?




Lastly, I would like to mention that the super sweet Mr. is my official photographer when I am not too impatient or behind on posts to let him actually take the pictures.  He sets up lights and does a lovely job.  I am so lucky to have him!  You can check out more of his work at www.lindpix.com.

I am linking up to these great parties:

Wednesday, September 26, 2012

Spooktacular sparkles!


I had the best time making SVGcuts kits this weekend.  I couldn't resist these apothecary jars.  They are so awesome!  This is my take on the shorter jar in the kit.  I wanted it to be spooky WITH sparkle! 
I decided to go with a red theme.  The jar itself was distressed with a red chalk ink.  Then a red glitter band to help bring out the red color.  I loved the skull and cross bones too, so those got some Bah-ling as well.

This one was my favorite so far...I hope that you enjoyed today's kit and there is one more coming tomorrow to round out this weekends fun with the Halloween 3D crafts.

Here is it is a little closer up with a little less fog so you can see it!

Also, If you didn't see it already, check out it's matching friend, the cauldron!


Tuesday, September 25, 2012

Hooray!

All-righty folks!  Made it to goal #2 :) Woo hoo!

If you want to win this:

Then you MUST click HERE right now, and go comment (and follow the other not very hard rules)!
That's it.  Go do it now.  I love comments! :)
This giveaway closes at Midnight on Wednesday the 25th (tomorrow).
Thank you!!!! :)  I am loving all of my new bloggy friends!  Everyone is so nice!


Monday, September 24, 2012

<--------LOOKIE!!!!!!

I'm just giddy!  So close! To 100 :)
Perhaps we will get there before I go to bed tonight? (I'm PST so I harbor hope)

Well, while I'm sure my musings are enthralling, let's talk crafts.  Here is one of the cards I made this weekend:

Not a craft machine in sight for this one.  I simply cut with my paper trimmer, and then stamped away!
It was simple, fast and I think it turned out pretty okay.  What do you think?

Did you see the super cool cauldron?  or this weeks giveaway???  Be sure to look around to find them!
The giveaway will close not too long after we reach 100, and there won't be another one until 200!!!
I also have some more SUPER cool 3D projects coming your way this week! Yay!

Thanks so much for stopping by, be sure to leave me a comment on something that catches your eye!

Sunday, September 23, 2012

Bubbly Fun!


I had a lot of fun making several Halloween items the last couple of days.  The first project I have to share with you is this bubbling cauldron.  It's made of paper yet full of bubbly fun!

This is from an SVGCuts kit I got awhile back.  
After making the base for the kit, I distressed it a little with some green chalk ink and then embossed the decorative pieces with my Cuttlebug before putting them on.  Last, I glued a touch of black ribbon around the neck of the cauldron  I love the finished product!  

By the way, Have you entered my newest giveaway?  We are on the countdown to 100 followers and I have a fun prize for you! :)  Be sure to go to THIS post and comment to win!

Friday, September 21, 2012

Happy Halloween/Fall Blog Hop!


Welcome to OUR September Fall/ Halloween Blog Hop!  Each month we will showcasing a Theme of OUR amazing ARTISTE Cricut Cartridge which can be purchased Exclusive through your Close to My Heart Independent Consultant.

We're so excited to be doing this hop and we have a awesome lineup with some amazing talented CTMH Consultants ladies.  There will be lots of fun project along the hop!!

If you came from Faith Abigail Designs then you are in the right place!
Your next stop on the hop is Dana at Paper Memories 4u!

I made this sweet little box from the Cricut Artiste Cartridge, I love this box and Artiste is a MUST have cartridge if you have a Cricut or are thinking of getting one.  All of the papers and stamps are from the Spellbound workshops on the go kit.   The kit is adorable and if you want to make it like it comes...or you can be like me and steal all the parts and do what you want, cause the paper is awesome. The stamp set that comes with the kit also coordinates with the Artiste cartridge, it tells you right on the  package what page and what size to make your cuts, so it's perfect every time!  The set also comes with the pretty twine you see tied here.  You know what, you NEED this kit.  Just go get it now!


I cut this box as big as I could, then cut two different sized strips from coordinating papers.  I cut the orange medallion at 1 3/4" per the reference on the stamp set for Artiste.  then before removing it from the mat, I stamped the Happy Halloween image with archival black ink.  Lastly, I stamped the two sweet little spiders to attach like pom poms to the end of my twine and hand cut those.  This box would be great for a little teacher gift or other service provider for your family.  It's sturdy, just the right size and  SUPER easy and fast to make!  I hope you enjoyed and now go visit Dana at the last stop on the hop!

MWM's week in review and ANOTHER giveaway!!!

It's been a relatively quiet week here at My Watermelon Moon.




And a bad joke.  I definitely wont quit my day job to be a stand up comedian. ;)


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In other exciting news:  We are only 10 away on GFC from 100 followers! I am hopeful that we will reach 100 this weekend!  To celebrate  and encourage the lurkers to officially join, I have ANOTHER giveaway!  I'm SO excited! :)

The Prize?

I just want you all to know how much I love you guys ... This is a cartridge I love and yet, don't have in my OWN library! :)  Now that's love right there... don't ya think?

Here is how it will work this time:
1. You must be a GFC=Google Friend Connect follower to win.  If you already follow via Facebook and/or twitter, thank you, but I am doing the countdown for GFC, so you have to be a follower here.
2. You MUST leave a comment below to win.  Tell me what your favorite season to decorate for is.
3.  Once I see that we have reached 100 friends following, I will announce when the giveaway will close.

UPDATE: This giveaway closes at Midnight on Wednesday, Sept 25th.  Thanks for playing!!!! :)

I have loads of really cool projects ready for you next week in my head.  I just hope I get the time and energy to get them done! Thank you, Thank you for joining me on this journey and I am so looking forward to getting to know you  all better and hopefully inspiring you too!

Thursday, September 20, 2012

Food Stamps!

I NEEDED new ink pads, and they NEEDED to be pretty colors... and they HAPPENED to be tasty colors too.  So basically, they are food stamp... pads :)

 UPDATE: Even though lots of you have already seen this, I still have an opportunity to possibly redeem myself with those who are new here...  Let me just put a couple of thoughts out there:
1. When I've been busy and I haven't crafted anything great for the week I may subject you to bad jokes, see bad joke above.
2. I promise not to try and sell you on Close to my Heart all the time. Sure I will bring it up when I use their stuff in my posts, I will tell you about really cool promotions, but, its not what this blog is all about. I'm loving my new crafty/bloggy friends and I want to keep you. So no high pressure. Promise.

For those that don't know, I am a Close to my Heart Consultant, and above is this weeks order for me.  Some card stock and ink pads.  Because I am ADDICTED to CTMH Acrylix Stamp sets and basically everything Close to my Heart... :)  It all started with the Art Philosophy Cartridge:
Then the stamps and the stamp pads... Then I tried some of the paper.  I was HOOKED!  It's beautiful, great quality AND everything is color coordinated, so it's easy and always looks beautiful!
Last month came Artiste, another MUST HAVE cartridge for Cricut users...
If you are at all interested in trying some Close to my Heart products just let me know! :)
I'd love to  make you addicted too introduce you!
You have a few days to get this awesome stamp set for only $5 with a $35 order! WOW!




Tuesday, September 18, 2012

Growing up too fast!

When I saw these pictures that the Mr. took of my baby girl I knew right away these needed to be scrapped.  Seeing her look so grown up (she's 12 people, 12!) just pulled at my heart strings.  I see here every day, I KNOW logically she's growing up.  But I'm just not ready for it.  Like, not even a little bit.  Time is moving way too fast.  I would like to wield some control over the situation, but I lack the skills to build such a machine.... Sigh.  This beautiful girl keeps me motivated to do better than my best everyday.  

To make this layout, first I selected some pretty handmade paper I have in my stash.  Basically, it determined my color palette.  As soon as I saw the pictures I knew that I wanted to give a nod to time flying, and I wanted to use the beautiful clock and the wings on the Close to my Heart Artiste cartridge. 

I used several cartridges for this actually I know they include: Art Philosophy, Elegant Edges &  Home Decor in addition to Artiste!  But the thing I am most proud of?  This:
You see, I MADE this on my Silhouette Cameo!  I used the Design software, and made it!  I was VERY pleased with myself, lol.  It involved learning all sorts of new skills and teaching the cat lots  of bad word while I learned. But I needed a title, and just words weren't going to do it.  Then it needed to have the right feel to it...  So I just made my own cut file.  If you are a Silhouette guru, it's probably not that big of a deal, but... I'm not, and this was exciting ;)
Here is the entire project a little closer up.  I put a journaling tag up in the top corner behind the large picture.  I figured she wouldn't want mom mushy stuff for just anyone to read! 
Well, I hope you like the layout.  I'd love to hear your thoughts, so PLEASE leave me a comment!

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Monday, September 17, 2012

Mojo Monday 259

Hi! I got time to do the Mojo Monday sketch on Monday!  Woo Hoo!

Once again I decided to use this weeks sketch to make an Operation Write Home card.  These sketches are really not for A2 sized cards (cut an 8.5x11 piece of paper in half and fold one half over in half, gives you an A2 card), but where I can, I plan to make it work!  For the rest of 2012 when making an OWH card, I plan to mainly make everyday cards.  Love you, Miss you, Happy Birthday, Thinking of you... There are loads of crafty ladies making seasonal themed cards, and since there are deadlines and such that I am not quite prepared for, this seemed like the best way to go.  Besides, when they do updates for what new cards are needed, this seems to be what is  mostly needed! So it's a win-win right?
Here is what I came up with...
Now I can't even imagine where I might have come up with this color scheme (lol), but I wanted to incorporate some texture (missing from my project last week, drat).  The Pink and green layers were embossed and since they were both white core papers, they were distressed as well.  I stamped that back circle with a damask stamp in the same color that I stamped the sentiment.
I didn't use a Cricut, silhouette or anything fancy at all.  I used scraps from my scrap box and a pair of scissors!  I also used a can lid as a template for nice straight circles.  So stamps, scissors and glue is all that's really needed.  The embossing folders are kinda fun too! ;)
Well I hope you enjoyed today's project and check back! I have lot's more fun stuff coming up this week! 
Here is what this weeks' sketch looks like:



Sunday, September 16, 2012

Exciting Announcement & A Winner!!!

Hello!  I've been quiet the last few days... feeling quite under the weather.  So I took it easy.  It's also been REALLY hot here, record breakers, and totally not fun at all.  Hope we get a break soon!

First, I would like to announce today's First 50 Giveaway winner!

The winner is....

YEAH!! Great job and I love the watermelon theme you have going on. When I have time for crafts, I like to do more home decor. 

Vonnie, Email me your addy and I will get your prize out to you! Hooray! Thanks to everyone who joined in my first giveaway!  I already started planning my 100 follower giveaway, Looks like it will be soon!

My announcement is that I am going to be on my FIRST Design Team!
I will be on the design team for Hiding in my Craft Room! I am excited to work with Laurie and the rest of the team, and help out with her weekly challenges.  This is a great way to challenge myself and work with a team.  Hooray!  This fun begins in October.  Hooray!

Today's project I actually did awhile back.  I wanted something fun and inspirational for my craft room/office door.  I also really wanted to play with vinyl on my Cricut, LOL!  So here is what I came up with:
I learned a lot about how to use vinyl and transfer tape for this project... I am feeling like it might not be done though.  I am thinking of adding a frame perhaps, and maybe some more inspirational words... What do you think it needs?  

Link Parties:



Thursday, September 13, 2012

Celebrating Today

Why is it that I have SO much ribbon,and NEVER what I want when I am in the middle of a project?  I have no idea.  But tonight I had to live with what was on hand.  

I have been wanting to make on of these little boxes found on the Close to my Heart Artiste Cartridge.  (Well, I want to make ALL of the 3D things-a-ma-bobs on the Artiste cartridge, but there are only so many hours in my day...bummer)  Tonight, I decided on this.  I also love to find excuses to use this stamp set, so it was totally a win-win! 

This little box was super simple to assemble, then I just stamped the "string" with CTMH White Daisy pigment ink.  I stamped the cute little lanterns on white card stock and then hand cut them out.  A few pop-ups and it's ready!  

This little box would make great party favor boxes, or teacher thank you's... oh, perhaps a Boo box... I might have to give that a go this weekend.  Fill it up with sweet treats and leave it for a friend... sounds fun!  I hope you enjoyed tonight's quickie, and I have plans for some fun projects over the weekend!



Did you know that I am a Close to my Heart Independent Consultant?  Yes!  If you are interested in adding the MUST HAVE Artiste Cartridge to your collection, let me know!  If you order direct through me, I will offer FREE SHIPPING through the end of September! 


Tuesday, September 11, 2012

Love & Freedom

Now before you get concerned that I am confused about what time of year it is, I am aware that it's a little early for Valentine's Day, but it's not the only day to celebrate love!  I decided on this theme for this week's Mojo Monday sketch because this card is intended for a trip overseas.

Let me explain...
Operation Write Home is an organization that gathers handmade cards from crafters all over the country and sends them to men and women serving over seas.  They are blank cards inside, so that the soldiers have beautiful handmade cards to send to their families.  A card shop, or a craft shop in Afghanistan is not something our soldiers can just pop over to and get a card to send home and let their loved one's know they are thinking of them! I think it's a really awesome program and I am excited to be a part of it!  Be sure to check out the OWH website if you are interested too!

I purposely kept this a very straightforward and simple design.  Most of the OWH cards I will make  I plan to "mass' produce, if you can call 25-30 of a similar card a mass production!?
There are also some really specific rules for keeping the soldiers safe ( read NO GLITTER!), and for keeping the cards safe in their transport from here to there.  Besides, I really like sweet and simple... It's my preferred design style when I am making things.  I love the busy, pretty stuff, don't get me wrong, I just am not very good at it.  So I am comfortable with simple.

If you are curious, I used my Cricut to cut the shapes. Cartridges: Elegant Edges & Cricut Art Philosophy.  A little glue, some foam pops ups and done!

I hope you take a peek at Operation Write Home's site and if you are in So. Cal and interested in a card making get together, let me know! I'd love to!

Now did you enter my giveaway?

You have a few days left to enter!  Just go comment on this post, that's it!

If you are curious what the Mojo Monday sketch I worked from originally looked like here it is!


Monday, September 10, 2012

It must be Monday...

Well we will start off positive, Did you enter my giveaway for the week?  Just leave me a comment on this post to enter! That's it, easy peasy! We are celebrating my first 50 followers, and I think we might make it to 70 by Tuesday! Wahoo! Send your friends! :)

So I didn't win the Cricut Create a Critter Challenge{sad face}.  I am really happy that lots of people saw my wreath and it was re-pinned 90+ times just from Cricut's board, so SOMEONE liked it! That make's me happy!  I also got loads of sweet comments from you all too. Thanks! So it was totally a worthwhile endeavor.  I also must say, the Grand Prize winner, totally deserved it! Such a cute project! Makes me want to sew! LOL

I have a special project coming up involving that same wreath I will be announcing soon!  I think you are going to love this next project! So stay tuned!

My next "Mondayism" is this card:
I made it for a Peachy Keen Stamps challenge, and well, It just didn't turn out how I planned.  It's not up "to par" in my eyes.  I don't think in this case the water color technique was a good plan...But I was out of time and had to go with it.  Gah!  

I hope you had a fabulous Monday, and no "Mondayism's" snuck in to your day.

Sunday, September 9, 2012

First 50 Giveaway!

I'm Super excited to host my first Giveaway!  

I made my first goal and I want to share a little celebration with you!
Goal #1 was to get to 50 followers.  
I have had this blog since January, but really started posting in August.  There is a lot to learn!
I decided on a major blog makeover and I'm still finding my style, but I am having a blast! :D

Thank you for joining me in this journey and becoming a fan, I am so happy to have you as my new friend!

Today's giveaway is a Michaels $10 gift card and two Close to my Heart products: Petite Perks Acrylix Stamp set (only) and an Exclusive Ink pad! 

To enter, you must be a follower here or on Facebook. 
Leave me a comment on THIS post.  
Tell me what projects are most interesting to you: 
      • Cards
      • Scrapbook Layouts 
      • Home Decor 
      • 3D Paper crafts

I will draw a name on Sunday, Sept 16th! That's it!
Thank you for joining me!  
Oh, and the giveaway's will get bigger and better as I reach each now goal! Next goal? 100! 

Friday, September 7, 2012

Happy Birthday!

A few days ago I shared that I had learned a new technique that I was loving.  Water coloring my stamped images.   Well, I was really please with how that paper came out, so I decided to make a card with it!  I needed a birthday card for my Grandmother, you see she turned 85 today!  My other grandmother turned 86 in June.  I feel so fortunate to have both my maternal and paternal grandmothers here, they know my kids, my kids know their great-grandma's, these ladies have amazing stories and have seen so many historic events.  Both of them are still as lively and spirited as if it were their 60th birthday and don't show their age.  I am definitely blessed.

Okay, sorry about the off topic rambling...Back to the original subject :)

So, I made this card to honor a wonderful woman's birthday:
Most of this card was cut with my rotary cutting board, and just the white lacy border and the medallion with the stamped Happy Birthday and the yellow border behind it were both cut on my Cricut with the Art Philosophy cartridge.  A little bling, and Voila!

I also stamped the inside of the card with some matching images.
I am really happy with how this card came out and can't wait to try some more hand stamped and water colored patterned papers!  My favorite part of water colors?  All of the brush strokes do NOT have to stay within the lines perfectly and it still looks pretty!

I hope you enjoyed today's creation!  Be sure to leave me a comment if you did, and help me get to 100 followers by the end of the month!  :)  

I am linking up to these parties:

  

Happy Dance!

You can't see me, but I have been doing a little happy dance since yesterday when I hit 50 followers!  It is a first step goal acheived! Hooray and THANK YOU!
Because I want you to celebrate with me, I will be posting a First 50 Celebration Giveaway on Sunday.  Stay Tuned!  More projects coming later to day too! Have a lovely and inspired day!

Wednesday, September 5, 2012

So Excited!!!!

I have a couple of reasons to celebrate tonight!  First, LOOK just a couple away from 50 followers! Send your friends!  I think I may have a small give away for my first 50 fans! Wouldn't that be fun?

Second, I actually made a project tonight for Provo Craft!  They did a "sneak peek" of the newest cartridge coming Create-a-Critter 2!  The first one was so adorable and awesome, I am certain #2 will be a must have too!  But, you see I have put myself on cartridge restriction... no more cartridge purchases for 2012.  but that doesn't mean I can WIN one!? :)  I'm sneaky, and optimistic like that you know...? Anywhoooo... I used the sneak peek samples they put on Cricut Craft Room just for the contest and come up with this:
I am super excited about how it came out, considering how EASY it was!  Don't you think I am a contender?  Okay well if not, don't burst my bubble! Let me live in denial. LOL
Sadly the picture doesn't do it justice, but it was the best I could do tonight.  It had to be submitted by Midnight... and I barely made it!  Nothing like waiting till the LAST possible minute, but that's how I roll pretty often.
The entire project uses only 6 things:
Twine
Wreath Base
Glue
Pop up foam
Colored card stocks
and Cuttlebug with embossing folders
UPDATE: You need a Cricut too, I guess that makes 7 things. LOL

I seriously had a blast making this!


I am linking up to these parties:

Tuesday, September 4, 2012

Mojo Monday 257

Hi! I'm entering this little card for Mojo Monday this week. I'm doing good, it's not even Thursday yet, which is when I usually have time to think about Mojo Monday! Lol.
I was in the mood for fun colors... I hope you like it!
Based on this sketch:

Monday, September 3, 2012

Peachy Keen Challenge 33 Anything Goes!

So I have been trying to figure out the best way for ME to color some of my adorable stamp collection.  An expensive marker option isn't for me mostly because my kids will get a hold of it, then I'd have to kill them! Oh, that and I am TERRIBLE at it!  I hate all of the marker coloring I have done. So... I tried watercolors!  And I am in LOVE! For me, it's the perfect medium.  It's also a REALLY relaxing way to color.  So with my new found technique, I got out my June Peachy Keen Stamp of the Month kit and finally felt confident in making it colorful and cute as the stamps Kathy designed!
I even water colored the white background card stock!  I went nuts! It's not perfect, and my technique has room for improvement, but it's a medium I am enjoying.  
Thanks for checking it out and I LOVE comments, so leave me a note :)