In the Mood Online Class Release Blog Hop

I'm so excited about the launch of our newest online card class, In the Mood!


In the Mood is all about finding inspiration from the world around you.  Whether it is a picture or photograph you see on Pinterest, a beautiful bird outside your window or the flowers in your garden.  We'll show you how to use and incorporate that inspiration into your paper crafts.  

This class has more than 20 projects (and a video for every single one!) showing you step-by-step how the designer was inspired and teaching you techniques, tips and tricks along with way.

Are you wondering what others think?

The Mood Boards themselves are a gold mine of inspiration. Add in all the fabulous cards made by the Teachers as well as the creative techniques they’ve shared, and you’ll find there’s a wealth of ideas right at your fingertips whenever you’re looking for a place to springboard from. I’m certain I will be coming back to this class over and over!”  Joyce

Click here to learn more about In the Mood and to JOIN NOW!

To kick off the release of In the Mood, we have created a special Mood Board and blog hop.  Each of our designers, and some of our friends, have created a card based on this mood board.  

You should have arrived here from Catherine Pooler's blog, if not head over there to start from the beginning.


Stunning, right?!  There are so many ways to be interpret this board!! 


I drew inspiration from the Butterfly, colors and the watercolored flowers in the mood board.  I melded those three ideas into my design and let me tell you, I had a blast doing it!  I first stamped and white heat embossed this gorgeous butterfly from Flora & Fauna 2 by WPlus9 on watercolor paper.  

Tip:
If you haven't done this technique before, emboss multiple images so you can practice.  

All of the watercoloring was done with Distress Inks.  I pressed Crushed Concord and Peacock Feathers ink onto an acrylic block and used that as my paint palette.  I painted the inside of the butterfly with clean water, then picked up a bit of ink on my paint brush and dropped it into the water.  The water moves the ink around.  Don't fuss with it too much, really let the water do all of the work!  I heat set the center before doing the outside of the wings the same way.  I love how Distress Inks react with water and blend to create variations in color.


The background was a simple color wash.  I painted just the center of the panel with clean water and dropped in both colors of ink.  While heat setting the colors combined and made fun watermarks.  Lastly I flicked some clean water over the color wash and then lifted it with a paper towel and splattered Crushed Concord Distress Ink with my paint brush.

It's time to start hopping along now!
  • There are 10 FREE class registrations hidden along the hop, so make sure you leave comments along the way.
  • The more comments you make, the greater your chances are of winning!
  • You have until 11:59 pm EST on Sunday, June 21st to leave a comment to be entered to win! Winners will be announced at on Monday on Catherine's Blog.
  • Sign up by June 24th to get access to a BONUS mood board and two extra video tutorials.

The next stop on the hop is our guest, Kristie Goulet!

Enjoy the hop and all of the inspiration!!!

Supplies:

Black Card Stock (WPlus9)

165 comments:

Martha Harris said...

I love the look of this card. I have some embossed flowers ready to go--now I'll try coloring them as you suggest--thanks!

St. Petersburg CutUp (Veronika) said...

Love love this butterfly so artsy lol

Shirley said...

Wow! beautiful colors.

Elaine Brufatto said...

Love the beautiful colors. Will have to try this on the weekend.

Vicki Dutcher said...

I just added your beautiful mood board to my Pinterest folder [hope that is okay]-- stunning, as is your card!

OhYouMadeMeInk said...

What a pretty card! The colors are great together!

cghundley said...

Gorgeous card, love
the techniques you
used.
Carla from Utah

foleysfriend said...

Maureen - this is so lovely; I think that you captured the mood board.

Virginia Lu said...

Love your watercolor butterfly, Maureen! The black card stock and sentiment are perfect in this!

Sharon Jones said...

Wow, Mo, your watercoloring is gawjus, Sistah! Love this card and adore this inspiration board!

Sue McRae said...

Pretty watercolors and I love the pops of black!

Margaret said...

Beautiful card - love the colours!

Localeyez said...

The colours are just wonderful! I could just stare at them all day!😉

Allison Cope said...

My goodness Maureen! You are an amazing crafter - you never cease to amaze me! Totally love the watercolor effect, those colours and your beautiful butterfly! A stunner!

I Card Everyone said...

Not only would I love to win this class, I'd love to CASE your card Maureen!!! So beautiful!
=] Michele

Samantha Coleman said...

I just love butterflies and the color are some of my favorite

Marianne said...

Love your moodboard, Maureen, and your card is simply stunning. This new class looks very interesting. Thanks for the chance to win a free spot.

KimS said...

Maureen, this is stunning! Beautiful colors and a technique I think I can do!

Theresa Knopf said...

Maureen
Your card is really pretty!
Thanks for all the inspiration and the chance to win a class spot.

D.Ann C said...

What a gorgeous card!! Love those colors!!

Robbie said...

Love your card! That background is gorgeous! Like how you tied the butterfly in also. Thanks for the idea to highlight the image with a piece of black offset behind it. Would love to win this class as mood boards are very interesting!

Teresa said...

Stunning, Maureen. What a beautiful blend of colors. I can't wait to try this one, although I'm sure I'll be using a lot of "test" paper first!!! : ) THANKS FOR THE IDEA!!!

Angela Orum said...

Beautiful card, your directions make it seem easy. I will have to try it because of your inspiration. Thank you for a chance to win.

Dawn Y. said...

So pretty, Maureen! The first thing that caught my eye in the Mood Board was the watercolor flowers. It's great to see how you worked with the inspiration to create your watercolored butterfly and background. Just wonderful! ♡

Theresa Paulson said...

This card is Awesome, and so are you!
Love your projects.

Deb Kane said...

This is stunning!!! Anxious to try this technique

Denise Bryant said...

Gorgeous card! Love the color combo and the beautiful butterfly!

Heather North said...

Gorgeous butterfly, Maureen! Thanks for putting together all our amazing mood boards for this class!

Michelle Kukuk said...

Gorgeous! I love the watercolor look.

Jacquie Southas said...

Gorgeous water color & love the pops of black!

V Hamen said...

I love the colors in this inspiration. The distress inks are a perfect coloring medium. Thanks.

Vicky B. said...

Beautiful card! Love the colors!!!

Peggie Sue @ Maxx and Boo said...

Okay - this is probably going to sound silly, but I got goose bumps when I stared at your card! It's really so very pretty...

Priscilla said...

Ethereal and lovely!

Mary Holshouser said...

Beautiful card.
Love the watercoloring.
The butterfly really pops off the card.
thanks for sharing.

"glow" said...

hi there.. maureen... gorgeous idea/technique used from mood board... wish you lots of fun as a teacher there.. and u r a gr8 artist and so generous of you to give of your time and efforts into teaching.. 3cheers..."glow"

"glow" said...

hi there.. maureen... gorgeous idea/technique used from mood board... wish you lots of fun as a teacher there.. and u r a gr8 artist and so generous of you to give of your time and efforts into teaching.. 3cheers..."glow"

"glow" said...

hi there.. maureen... gorgeous idea/technique used from mood board... wish you lots of fun as a teacher there.. and u r a gr8 artist and so generous of you to give of your time and efforts into teaching.. 3cheers..."glow"

Kristie Goulet said...

Love your card, Mo!! All the mood boards are amazing in the class. Great job!! xo

Kathy said...

Oh, the purple and blue are perfect on that butterfly! Love the black accents and sentiment strip!

Nana Griffin said...

Your card is very lovely. what a wonderful technique to use on this.

Leigh Penner said...

Oh, this class sounds great! And I love your gorgeous card, Maureen!

Terry D. said...

Beautiful card !

Deneen said...

I love working with distress inks. Beautiful card

NanW said...

Lovely butterfly card. Distress Inks are so much fun to work with. I just love seeing what they do when combined with water.

Bonnie Staten said...

Your card is gorgeous, my favorite colors and the embossing on the butterfly is so pretty. I can understand how the mood boards would be a huge help when the mojo just won't come...thanks for allowing us to enter for this great prize!

Joy Moody said...

I sure like this butterfly card can't wait to try!

Linda Stone said...

The colors on this mood board are my favorites. I really love your card!

KT Fit Kitty said...

Your card is beautiful! The class looks very intriguing!

Amanda said...

Beautiful watercolor card. I love this color combo!

ldiggs said...

Such a cute card! Love the colors!

BeverlyBL said...

Such a beautiful card. Love the butterfly and the background. I like how you put the black behind and how it was offset.

sunnee63 said...

so pretty! thanks for the tip of drying sections before moving on!

Crafting with Andrea said...

Lovely card with beautiful colors! Thanks for sharing.

Deborah Freeman said...

I love everything about this card. Thank you for the inspiration.

janice hilton said...

Love..love the angled paper idea and of course, those colours!!!

Pam Jorgensen said...

Love this technique. Can hardly wait to try...now to go get some watercolour paper!

lisa808 said...

Awesome card!

Maxine M. said...

I just love using distress inks. They give you freedom and movement with the colors! Beautiful.

Four11Lady said...

Gorgeous card! I have got to start watercoloring............I just love the look! And I would love to be able to win this class!

patrap777 said...

I love the mood board and the gorgeous card you made using the inspiration. I love the simplicity and the beauty of all your creations.

Madlin Baltzell said...

Love it!

Patt H. said...

Love the mood board & your gorgeous card! Thanks so much for the great tutorial on coloring the butterfly. I'm going to try my own this evening.

Lady Fair said...

Stunning card! Love the colors and the butterfly image.

ednamburgess said...

Beautiful. Love the way you've done the water coloring. Great card. Edna Burgess

Preacherwife said...

I love the colors

Karyn Penno said...

What a stunning card, the colors are just perfect and the watercoloring is gorgeous! Knocked it out of the park again...!

Ruth said...

What a beautiful butterfly card! Thanks for the water color tips!

Fran said...

The black sets off the watercolouring sooooo beautifully. I am loving the class so far!

Karen said...

THis is a gorgeous card Maureen. Thanks a lot for all the tips on how to make it. And that's a very inspirational mood board.

Cheers

Karen

Bea Connor said...

Love the butterfly and the colors

Kim said...

I am loving these colours and this butterfly has made me really really want to subscribe!

Beastybunny said...

The card is gorgeous! Love the watercolor and dimension!

Lisa Harrolle said...

Gorgeous!! Great interpretation of this mood board. I love how your butterfly blends with the background colors.

Harriet Skelly said...

Your card is gorgeous and as inspiring as the mood board!

Cathy Montoya said...

Beautiful card, so inspiring.

Loraine Pike said...

Your card is beautiful. I can't wait to try the technique.

Traci said...

Colors are so Beautiful!

Irene Grau said...

An awesome interpretation for this mood board!

Debbie T said...

Maureen, your card is just "WOW". The colors on the butterfly are incredible the way they blended. The back card stock just makes those colors pop. Great job, my lady.

Rosy Newlun said...

This combination of colors is absolutely striking! Love your water drops that you lifted some of the color. So delightful to look at - thanks for the inspiration!

Janet Zeppa said...

So pretty! Love how you interpreted the mood board.

Cynthia said...

Thanks for sharing this lovely card. The colors on this mood board are a great inspiration. And Thanks for sharing the great recipe for "CAS"ing this card.

Debbie said...

love the butterfly,pretty card! The colors are great together!

Anniebear10 said...

I just love the colour combination and of course the butterfly. Your card is wonderful.

Sue D said...

Beautiful--I like how you melded these ideas together.

Nancy Lynn said...

Oh my, I just love the combined colors Dusty Concord and Peacock Feathers and will use them on my next project. I haven't done this watercolor technique yet but I can't wait to give it a go. Thanks so much for sharing and WELL DONE!

dlumakana said...

i feel the urge to pull out my inks and play!

Theresa Turri said...

I am so loving the watercolor effects and I totally dig the purple and teal butterfly. Beautiful!

Linda Wilkinson said...

Maureen these color are so stunning love your butterfly♥

ava Davis said...

Loving the color combinations for this hop. Beautiful work

Natalie said...

This is so pretty!!

Trina said...

I love the colors used in this hop.

Natalie Godfrey said...

Great looking card.

Deanna said...

Stunning! These are my favorite colors.

Carrie K said...

That butterfly is beautiful! I love those colors together.

Katy said...

I really enjoyed the whimsical way that you put the layers on this card. The colors are just wonderful too.

Sherry said...

love the butterfly!!! sooooo pretty

scrappi said...

Omg. That card is truly awesome...looks like the class will be too.

craftytreen said...

I really love these colors. they are really right up my alley. I love getting new ideas of how to combine them. this card is so lovely! thanks for sharing.

PrinzessinN said...

OMG this card is so beautiful! Love it.

Dawn Turley said...

stunning Maureen. Your watercoloured butterfly is amazing. Just love this card.

Jodie Stoddard said...

I absolutely love this mood board. Such great colors to inspire beautiful works like yours. This makes me want to create.

mandy salazar said...

Those are my most favorite colors!! And that watercolor butterfly is amazing! Would love to know more about mood boards and how to use them! I sure do pin a lot of these types of ensembles on pinterest! I'd love to put them to good use! Have a Blessed Day!!

Maxine D said...

Love how you have used the inks to get such wonderful water colour effects.
Blessings
Maxine

Freda said...

Gorgeous watercolouring! Thanks for the inspiration.

Martha Miller said...

Ohhhhhh! Love the colors. Butterflies are my favorite.

Pam said...

Gorgeous! Fabulous water coloring.

Nadège said...

I am in love with your card! It is gorgeous! Love the butterfly (addicted to them), the color combination, the technique, everything! L.O.V.E!!

Anna Krol said...

I'm in love with this stunning mood board! And your card is simply gorgeous!

Laura Miller said...

I need to uncover my embossing tool so I can "watercolor" within the lines. Thx for the beautiful sample.

Amy McCue said...

That butterfly is beautiful!

Aileen (mum) said...

Beautiful card, love those colours together for a butterfly.

Melissa Friedrich said...

Love the watercolored butterfly on the watercolored background, beautiful - an artsy CAS card!

BFalcone said...

Love the colors and your technique. Can't wait to try it. I just love butterflies.

Patty K said...

Maureen,

absolutely stunning card...as always.

2amscrapper said...

beautiful watercolor card. thanks for the technique tips too! The class sounds amazing!

Jackie Parkins said...

That is stunning! I love that color combination and would love to see a video :-)

Mary Ellen Lounsbery said...

Love love the card! Especially the butterfly. Vi-de-o, Vi-de-o, Vi-de-o, please, please please!

jan metcalf said...

Love how you used the black framing to set off your beautiful colorful pieces! Straight from the butterfly in the inspiration piece!

janice hilton said...

Absolutely gorgeous! Thank you for taking us through each step, too. Butterflies on everything..I say!! Lol Thanks again.

Sandra Johnston said...

Love the card and colors used!

Debbie A said...

Love this card! This is one I'll definitely be trying on my own.

Bucki13 said...

So inspired by the beautiful colors!!.. Can hardly wait to try this technique.

Judith D said...

I love the colours you have used and butterflies are always a winner. Using inks on watercolour card is something I haven't tried but after seeing this blog hop I have been to my local craft shop and purchased the paper so will definitely be trying this myself.

bonnielynnsblog said...

What beautiful colors and images for inspiration! Your card is lovely

CreativSpirit said...

A totally GORGEOUS card, thanks Maureen I'm inspired.

Seraphina´s Phantasie said...

A fantastic result with this wonderful color combination.
Gorgeous !
Best regards, Synnöve

Dawn Y. said...


What a lovely card inspired by the Mood Board, Maureen! I love the watercolor effect from Distress inks. ♡

Susan White said...

Beautiful Card!!

Sandy S. said...

Your colors are spot-on. Beautifully intense.

Tiz Barnes said...

I love your watercolouring! Beautiful.

Queen-of-Cards said...

so pretty and fresh looking!

Michellew said...

So beautiful! Any chance of a video? LOL

Emma Rose said...

More beautiful butterflies, love them and the composition.

Lisa's Creative Niche said...

Oh wow this class sounds great!

Cindy Pryor said...

I love the watercoloring techniques used in your card. The colors in the mood board are beautiful!

Fe Orot Mejia said...

Watercoloring techniques really catch my attention. Your card is beautiful.

Daniela O. said...

This card is so beautiful!

Debbie Lou said...

Such beautiful water colors!
This is such an exquisite card.

Bobby said...

I love this technique and your card is beautiful done with watercolor. Pinned!

Bandon, Oregon said...

Just Beautiful... and Fun and Easy... Which I LOVE... no fussing for me....lol..lol

Faith

loceanjo said...

LOVE THIS CARD! ESPECIALLY THE WATERCOOLOURS!

Sharon Underwood said...

Beautiful card! Love the butterfly!

Dawn B said...

I am loving the colors of the Mood Board and your card is just gorgeous. I am such a sucker for butterflies!

Pat said...

Your card is sooooooooooo beautiful. Loving the colors of the Mood Board.

4luby said...

I love the colors... Excellent job.

jhammond0128 said...

Love your card! Can't wait to go home and use my distress inks

Kim Turner said...

Can't wait to try this. Love the card!!

Nataliea said...

Wonderful. You can't go wrong with a butterfly and the beautiful colors.

Alma Dirpaul said...

Thanks for the tutorial. Can't wait to try it.

ckeller219 said...

Love the colors. You designers are very inspiring.

Gigi Gleason said...

Beautiful card and technique with the distress inks.

Kathryn Zetts said...

I like the off-set piece of black cardstock . Can't explain why, but I do! Beautiful card!

Carol McCready said...

Your card is just gorgeous. I love the colors.

Heather Parry said...

What a beautiful card!

Ellie Fraser said...

Mood boards - what a great idea for a blog hop. May try it myself as a different way to get inspiration. Love your card. Its so peaceful.

Jeannette aka Jnett said...

Last attempt to get this to post. Loved your card and how beautifully it turned out. Wonderful inspiration.

Carol Cel said...

I LOVE your card! I'm off to hop - then to play

cheryltownley said...

Gorgous watercolour techniques. I love the colours

Myra said...

Beautiful butterfly!

Michele Slater said...

love the colors! Thank you for sharing and for the chance to win a spot in the class. Sounds like a lot of fun!

ajax said...

Butterflies are my favorite and yours are so beautiful.

Tammy J said...

The card is so pretty and I love the butterfly.

Back Porch Smiles said...

Love, love, love your card! Beautiful!

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