MY BAMBOO at the end of my deck and notice there are two new weather grams...

MY BAMBOO at the end of my deck and notice there are two new weather grams…

BACK IN PNW…greetings y’all 


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my deck with all my plants most of which actually survived the winter outside.. however, I was told that we had a mild winter here this year.

my deck with all my plants most of which actually survived the winter outside.. however, I was told that we had a mild winter here this year.

Well…the WA temperature is just fine for me anyway but it is drizzling out there today but that’s ok too as there are also frequent sun breaks..Yep that’s my Washington.  I have sorta gotten unpacked and clothes washed and things kinda back where they belong. But one of the downsides of living in two places that no matter how hard you try to keep things in the same place in both houses it never quite works… So you spend a lot of time going …umm where does that live here???? But our deck is up and lovely and I have a new kinda cheapy fire pit….. Why is that the picture on the box always looks better than it actually is?? But it will do fine for now… just wanted to be able to get outside when its still a little chilly and have a nice fire to watch…



Ok… you didn’t come for my weather report you came for cards… Well this week I am using the SCS website for their DISTRESS PAINTING…now what that really means is that they are using a brand by TIM HOLTZ/RANGER watercolor marker.  So basically  you are using markers to watercolor.  You can also use just a basic watercolor set from Prang and just use the water brush to both pick up the color and to spread it around.  You can also use TWINKLING H2O’S again just pick it up with the watercolor brush and also use that to spread it around..this is my favorite because it already has the twinkle or sparkle in the paint.  Also I have a lot of them …I do have some STAMPING UP MARKERS that are water based so they worked also but again not many colors so kinda limited… The reason I am telling you about other markers is that a complete set of 37 DISTRESS markers on AMAZON is 84+ dollars…that’s a lot and the only other set only has six markers for 12$..I was not eager to run out and buy these markers..NOW IF YOU HAVE A GOOD SELECTION OF DISTRESS INK PADS you can use that or even any other DYE based (NOT PIGMENT) PADS and again use your waterbrush as also to both apply and blend…so as I have said before …use what you got and see how much you like doing it before you tie yourself into a huge expense.  I did think the video was VERY informative but also LONG… still if you are just getting started you may want to see every bit of it… Her card is lovely and watercolors do work best on watercolor paper..REMEMBER THESE ARE NOT COPIC MARKERS…those are not watercolor and will not blend with water…you could try the technique ( you will get slightly different results ) though if you have COPIC markers and you also have their blender pen… COPIC ARE ALCOHOL MARKERS.

Kath's waterbased markers

Kath’s waterbased markers

OK, the one above was done using the STAMPIN UP waterbased markers that I had..also I did not use embossing powder as I have said before I am a lazy stamper and I instead just used the pigment pad to stamp the image.  It does take longer to dry and it did smear a little however even without the embossing powder I could have used the embossing tool and it would have dried it faster and I wouldn’t have smeared it… lol


kath's prang watercolors

kath’s prang watercolors

With the one above I used just a small (8 colors) prang watercolor set and the waterbrush was used to both apply the color as well as blend it.  I like this one even though it was not done on watercolor paper, instead it was only stamped with a permanent dye based pad which I had and it is the MEMORIES dye based waterproof black pad by Superior. I also was using just smooth white card stock.




Ok, this last one was done using the twinkling H20’S and it is probably my colors of choice as it does have the wee bit of sparkle to it …also I have a lot of those colors so I have a lot more choices without going out and buying new stuff…imagine that, me not buying new stuff…lol

Adding color to your images is always a choice and making it look like watercolor is a great way to give it more dimension.  I am sure that the DISTRESS PENS work better than my STAMPIN UP pens as I assume that the pens are using the same ink that he (Tim Holtz) uses in the distress pads.  Again lots of color choices but a rather large investment since I know I will not be happy with just a few I will want the complete set.  For me for now I will probably stick with my TWINKLING H20’S.

But give it a try and go MAKE SOMETHING…

AS ALWAYS THANKS FOR STOPPIN BY.….the wire headed cyber toad…aka kath

PS… you will see that my BLOG now shows pins that I have chosen from PINTEREST…my warning to you is PINTEREST is addictive…. I find it much more fun than FB…there is no one to answer too but you can leave comments and you can look at only those things that are interesting to you…there are TONS of handmade cards out there and if there isn’t a catagory that you want try just typing it in… first I put in cards and there were business cards etc so then I put in handmade cards and bingo found lots and it changes frequently so if you like it go look and there are setting so that the things you choose don’t show up on FB…I didn’t want that.  Also you can choose to be notified if someone repines something you liked… again I don’t know these people and I turned that off.  I am following a few of my closest friends so I do see what they repin from my pins but otherwise I was getting emails all day and all night… lol…







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