MY STORY ................
The first time I tried stamping, was when we were first married and Better Homes and Gardens had an article about carving your own stamps out of an eraser and using your new stamp to decorate wrapping paper and cards. They had templates to use and I carved a teddy bear, a deer and a Christmas tree. That was years ago, and you could get a black stamp pad or a red one from an office supply store. I still have my "stamps" -- somewhere.
Years later I was able to attend and then be hostess for a Stampin' Up! demonstration. I was hooked. Having a full time job, though, I never considered becoming a demonstrator. Then after everyone of my friends had a party, we kind of drifted away from stamping. Then, another lady became a demo and she signed up a friend. Deb started a Stampers 10 group and we were back on track. Again, the group dwindled off and Deb moved to Kansas.
My sisters friend later had a party because her niece was a demo and I was able to attend her workshop. "Okay", I said to myself, "I miss this soooooooo much. Sign me up!"
And that's my story, and I'm stickin' to it!
For this project we used the petal card die and the hostess set, Of the Earth. We used watercolor crayons directly to the rubber and then spritzed the stamp with a light mist of water before stamping it to the watercolor paper. This is one of my favorite techniques. I love the look of watercoloring! In the close-up view, you can see the color gradation in the flower going from the pink to the yellow/orange center. They turn out different every time but that is how watercoloring is.