3M: Birthday Candles ...

Hi friends!

It's a little ironic that today's post features cards with a candle on them ~
as that's exactly what life is for me now in this moment :)
Burning the candle at both ends, 
each day blurring into the next with the busy-ness of our family life.


I'm holding fast to my year of Abide,
and with that, I'm embracing this busy time for us and learning to
 balance it with God's grace ♥
I take a few moments here and there to refresh ...

“Come with me by yourselves to a quiet place and get some rest.”
~Mark 6:31
and then I keep on going! :)
My card today is tons of fun!
It's the day the 3M post our cards ...
and that would be Barb, Jeanette and I whom all have this same image,
and we make a card without knowing what the others are making :)
Barb was our hostess and she sent us another interesting Tim Holtz image 
(you may remember this one with the coffee theme - yum!)

First, my card went off course.

Like.  Way.  Off.  Course!

You probably know that I'm a HUGE fan of watercoloring ~
I just love it!
I decided to go "old school" since I had school supplies out already
and use some good 'ol fashion 8 count Crayola watercolors.

{*Shout out to Office Max who had these paints on clearance for .10 cents!}

Unfortunately, I didn't count on the fact that the paper wouldn't hold
the weight of the water.
While I normally stamp/watercolor on watercolor paper,
this time it went in all kinds of directions from smears to major warping,
even with ironing.  Shucks!
 But I did get some really cool blending!
I made on in the 'cool colors' and 'warm colors' spectrums.

You will be delighted to see what Barb and Jeanette have made, too!
And here we are ~ aren't we purty?

                                 ↑ that's me!

Thanks for stopping by!
Big hugs, bigger blessings!


  1. I had a test of faith on Sunday, when my friend of nearly 40 years, passed away with Pancreatic cancer. She was 64 and just retired from work. She was a carer for people with learning difficulties and for both her parents too. Sometimes life seems so unfair.
    Love your cards. Brilliant designs and colours. Hugs, Carol S.xx

  2. I really love that image! And the colors/water coloring is striking.

  3. Adorable both, your watercolouring looks delicious!

  4. These are absolutely stunning!! The colors are gorgeous!! Love these!! Have a great evening!! Big hugs :)

    A Mermaid's Crafts

  5. Great cards Kelly, take it a bit slower lol.xx ♥[aNNie]

  6. Wow the colours on these are just delicious, Kelly! xxx

  7. wow these are fab great colours and very beautiful cards Kelly I like them
    Gr Karin

  8. Kelly---I love the technique you used on these images. Great Colors! I think both cards are just stunning!

  9. FABulous cards Kelly..great stamp and I love the background inking..

    luv CHRISSYxx

  10. I feel the same! I am having to have coffee late in the afternoon to make it into the evening! Great cards, love this stamp! Carri~Abusybee

  11. Your watercolored backgrounds are perfect for this fun Tim Holtz cupcake!! Delightful birthday cards, Kelly!

  12. Purty Kelly, your cards are AMAZING!!! I love the water-wash look with the blueprint images Barb sent. How creative and fun... and gorgeous, too!

  13. Loving these water colored backgrounds- and paints for 0.10! Wahoo! Awesome. Love your scripture : )

  14. Pretty image and what a fun technique. Love the colors and shading.

  15. Such a fun image...and this is one of my favorite watercolor techniques. I just need to use it more often!