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It's really easy and fun to create colorful, whimsical art on canvas paper with water-soluable art crayons. For this mixed media painting, I also spritzed through a stencil with art spray and I added accents with a black paint marker. I call this piece "Happy Thoughts."
I always try to have a few all occasion cards on hand and this time of year I am inspired by the beach or anything to do with the ocean. I like a CAS (Clean And Simple) style, but I also enjoy playing with techniques. This card comes together with a few simple techniques - stenciling, heat embossing and die cutting.
Real succulents are amazing, and since they need little care and thrive in hot and dry areas, they are awesome for making wreaths, planting in unexpected containers, etc., but this wreath can also be taken inside and used throughout the winter months without worrying about watering, temperature fluctuations, etc. Right now the chain craft stores have awesome faux succulents available, so make your wreath now, or watch for those clearance sales at the end of the season and make yourself one for next spring & summer!