Monday, June 18, 2018

Inspire Me Monday New Tip and Big Announcement and SALE



Hello! How are you all today? My name is Kathy Racoosin from The Daily Marker. If you are following along with "The Daily Marker 30 Day Coloring Challenge" it's Day 18. 
Oh my, how times flies. 


If you are wondering what The Daily Marker 30 Day Coloring Challenge is or if you have questions you can refer to this post.



For the "Inspire Me" post today I am doing some watercoloring for the 30 day challenge. During my coloring process I discovered a fun new tip that I can't wait to share with you. I guess you could call it a happy accident. 

I inked up this absolutely beautiful flower called, "Poppy XL" set and I love every one of these XL flowers in this series. Here is the Dahlia XL (plus the new coordinating die) , Tiger Lily XL and the Poppy die cut. LOVE what you can do with these XL flowers & I will tell you it makes watercoloring easier with more petal space.
The way I  choose the colors for a flower is by mood or feeling and what color am I in mood to use. I haven't used purples in awhile so that's what I settled on. 


I just searched the web for Poppy's and discovered there is a range of colors and a purple poppy too. 




We are away for Father's Day weekend so my supplies were limited. My NEW TIP IS ... to use an ink that is NOT for watercoloring. You can see what happens in the video that I took with my phone. 

If you used an ink that is not intended for water it blurs and can smudge. You can make that blur work to your favor. The areas with more detail in the illustration become a darker grey when you add water. Those illustration details lines blur beautifully and add a shadow naturally.  
When my painting was completely dry I added a few accents lines to the nooks and crannies. I also added circles white a white gel pne to define the center.  The area in the middle with a fine tip sharpie.

Adding white accent dots around the center of the flower adds that little extra. When the white dots are dry I like to add a tiny black dot on top. Dots on dots lol :)




When I was watercoloring with the distress ink I didn't worry about the turnout and chose to focus on the pleasure of the painting. It was deliberate to leave some white areas on the petals. . Remember to enjoy the process and hopefully you will give me tip a try and see if you like the results. 
Have a great day and keep on coloring. 
Hugs, Kathy




Get 25% OFF Power Poppy Clear and Digital Stamps — now through the end of the month. Unlimited uses — so if we add a stamp you just have to have, you can come back and get it on sale! 
The only exclusion are images from the Creative + Curious Collection, but all other PREMIUM stamps are available for 25% off retail. 

Enter code COLORINGCHALLENGE at checkout


We have added ELEVEN new sets to powerpoppy.com

View updated available digi stamp sets in our Digital Blitz HERE

For one example... you can get Dahlia Digi (a downloadable version of Dahlia XL) on sale for 25% off with sale code. 



From old favorites to newer images, all with freshly designed sentiments — these sets are ready to be downloaded and colored up by creative crafters like you! 

The Bloomies and Instant Gardeners are sharing cards to show you the designs you can grab during the Digital Blitz release.... check them out for AWESOME PEEKS!


Thank you! ~marcella 

193 comments:

  1. Wow, happy accident indeed. What a great way to use that to your advantage, Kathy. Thanks so much for sharing and the absolutely gorgeous result! :)

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  2. Absolutely beautiful! Love the tip about highlighting and using your Sharpie!
    Thanks for sharing!

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  3. Such fantastic ideas. I love all of the tips and tricks I'm learning about coloring to make my art really POP!! Thanks again.

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  4. this is gorgeous! I use ink refills and watercolor brushes on almost all of my projects, and it's fun to watch how the water takes the inks on paths I can never predict. :) you just can't get that with a marker or pencil.

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  5. Wow, that was just amazing, Kathy!!! Now I know how to cover up my "oops" when I pull out the wrong ink for watercoloring - I'll just go with the flow and work with it instead! Thanks for sharing it with us and your image is just GORGEOUS!! Love the purples!

    Thank you, Marcella, for the new digi images and the discount!! Can't wait to shop and get some of those classics!

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  6. This is just stunning! I never think to use my inkpads for painting. This is a technique I really need to try.

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  7. This is so exciting! I just bought several digi's from this store this weekend... but now I'm waiting for my toner cartridge to arrive! I can't print anything.... wah! Love the way you colored the poppy and that Dahlia... oh my.

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  8. Beautiful accident! Love the white accents, too!

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  9. Beautiful coloring on the poppy image! WOW.. Love purples. I'm excited to see the 11 new digis today! I love the Power Poppy images.. the are so real looking!

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  10. Your 'happy accident' has produced the most lovely results! Your poppy is stunning! The discounts: oh my stars! Soooo generous! Thank you!
    ~carol

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  11. Kathy, that flower is beautiful! I've accidently used the wrong ink, tossed it, and then just started over - how wonderful that you let it work for you. Lesson learned!

    Marcella, I love your stamps. I 'found' you through Amy Shulke's Vanilla Arts and now have a number of your digi stamps. Thank you for the sale - I just bought three more :-)

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  12. What a happy accident!! I love the results. Think how many more colours we have at our disposal if we can use inkpads in this way. I love the soft blurred effects. Another new and interesting technique.

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  13. Kathy... you are SO TALENTED! Great job... just beautiful... time to tackle flowers EEKK

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  14. The gorgeous color is what really GRABBED my attention! So admire those that can think outside the box and see more than a mistake - they see opportunity. Congrats on your beautiful flower made from the stamps that allow all of us to be artists.

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  15. What a fabulous way to get such a smooth outer line on the Poppy petals. I am definitely going to give this a shot. :O)

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  16. Kathy made that flower pop off the page! Absolutely beautiful. Incredible how the non-water color ink made that shadows look so good!

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  17. Goodness my, how stunning is that?! I’m so glad you discovered a new way to colour!

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  18. I make lots of "accidents", Kathy, and it's so nice to see someone else find ways to make those work. Beautiful flower. And, Marcella, I am excited to shop using your generous discount on your gorgeous flowers!

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  19. Happy Accident indeed! Kathy you have the creative ability to turn anything around in your favor. I am IN LOVE with the XL flower sets so I am going to utilize this fabulous discount! TFS

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  20. I absolutely love this poppy stamp. What a happy accident I had that we called my Dad "POPPY" and it was Father's day yesterday! I love the color and with adding the non-watercoloring ink turned out beautifully for you!

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  21. Lovely flower and I will try the gray as the under color with the purple. Thank you.

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  22. Your flower turned out beautifully Kathy. I love the depth of color and the little accents. I will surely give this a try. Thanks for sharing your mistake and showing us how to use our mistakes to our advantage.

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  23. OOOO Super exciting release and sale. Thank you Marcella ♥

    Kathy....you always put out beautiful work. Love your purple poppy ♥

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  24. the flower is so luscious.
    Fantastic detailing.
    Power Poppy makes it easier
    to have beautiful flowers
    and greenery with their
    wonderful stamps.
    thanks for sharing
    txmlhl(at)yahoo(dot)com

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  25. This is so beautiful Kathy and its a great tip about the non-w/c pen for blurring.
    I love the graphic as well, its so pretty.

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  26. Wow ... gorgeous! I absolutely love this tip and this flower!

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  27. Thanks so much for this great tip. Your coloring is stunning on this flower, love the details!

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  28. Hi Kathy, Your coloring is next level, as usual!! Love how your added details bring the image to life. The poppy flower is just gorgeous! Thanks to Marcella for the sale offer. I've been wanting to try some of the really detailed stamps and I love how they look layered without me having to do all the masking!

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  29. I always avoid water coloring because I’m not sure I have the correct ink. Now I’m definitely going to have to try it!! And that stamp is stunning!!!

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  30. this flower is awesome and the coloring so inspiring - thanks for sharing:)

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  31. For an accident, this is stunning!!!

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  32. Thank you for the great coloring tip, this has happened to me and I decided not to use the project because of it but now I'm thinking to give this a try again.

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  33. It truly was a happy accident!! Beautiful colors!!!

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  34. Stunning job on your flower!

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  35. You make it look so easy. It's obviously time for me to go with the flow and have a go!
    Thanks for the inspiration

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  36. Stunning job on your flower!

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  37. beautiful coloring on that wonderful stamp - it's so fun to have a happy accident - especially when it turn out so lovely!

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  38. Thank you for the tip! Your flower is gorgeous :)

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  39. Absolutely gorgeous.... I love following your blog, your coloring is exquisite!!

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  40. Your coloring just blows me away! I learned about Power Poppy thru your blog previously and have had to purchase a few images to give it a try. Power Poppy has beautiful stamps and digis. Thanks for the inspiration and for spreading the word about wonderful companies like Power Poppy!

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  41. Yep, it's still beautiful! Now I am going to go fix my salad and watch the video while I enjoy lunch! Thank you SO much.

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  42. So beautiful and you make look so easy!

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  43. That is a great tip and happy accident! I always pick up some great tidbits of advice during these challenges - thank you! Your colouring looks beautiful as always and that image is spectacular!

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  44. absolutely gorgeous!! you make it look so easy, lol

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  45. I have a different stamp set from Powerpoppy with a similar flower and I love them! I'm always coloring them orange but your post is inspiring me to try purple next time.

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  46. Stunning coloring, Kathy - just love all your black and white details too! Delighted that PP is adding digi - now if I could just get my printer going....

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  47. Love your spectacular coloring Kathy. Your flower is beautiful Kathy. Thank you!

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  48. Loooove this gorgeous purple poppy, Kathy! I always learn so much about coloring from your posts. Now I just need to get in more practice!

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  49. Love the poppy in purples! It's gorgeous! You make it look so easy.

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  50. I love happy accident!! I must say thank you and I appreciate everything
    that you have shown us on your 10th 30 Day Challenge! Love the shades of
    purple with accents in white pen Beautiful!

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  51. Such a pretty color combo! Off to check out the new digis!

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  52. Love your tips and coloring talent...Your finished image is just stunning...!!💕💕💕

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  53. Gorgeous result. You make it look so easy. Thank you for sharing.

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  54. So glad you chose purple. Stunning results!

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  55. No end to your talent, or the possibilities with Distress Ink!!!! Love this! Another comfort level expansion! Thanks, Kathy!

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  56. Awesome results with your happy accident. I like the white accents too.

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  57. Stunning! This tip will come in handy for folks like me who decide to watercolor an image after stamping with the wrong ink! I love this tip and can't wait to give it a try.

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  58. Your coloring is always so beautiful! The white accents really bring the flower to life. Thanks for the tip.

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  59. Love Kathy's coloring on your gorgeous Poppy XL stamp so much!

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  60. I love to water color with my distress inks!! Your flower turned out beautifully! Thanks for the intro to some new Digi stamps, I'm off to go check out the store

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  61. Beautiful coloring! Love the Poppy stamp.

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  62. Wow... breathtaking! Fabulous results and I love the white accents!

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  63. The flower is gorgeous! I love the color palette.

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  64. Very cool happy accident! I need to stick with my accidents and see if they work out... or at least use for practice

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  65. What a beautiful flower. Thanks for the great video.

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  66. SUPER DISCOVERY, Kathy! You can also used Elegant Writer Pens to get an aged look on your images! ;) I'm going over to your blog now & leave you some love there..... ;)

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  67. BEAUTIFUL poppy! I can't wait to try this one. And I'm SO excited for the new digis.

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  68. Love happy accidents! Beautiful purple colors! I am just starting to learn about using digital stamps since starting a coloring class, but so far I am really liking being able to make them different sizes! Love the coloring challenge! So much fun Thank you!

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  69. Such a beautiful flower! The poppies in my garden are bright red with a dusky purple center that I love; I often use the back yard for inspiration! The Speedball Elegant Writers are fun to use, as mentioned above, and you can draw some beautiful colors out of them with a brush and water...I use them for backgrounds sometimes. Thanks for inspiring us to try new things and have fun. 🙂

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  70. A "happy accident", for me, was the discovery that a white gel pen would interact with Sharpie markers and cover or move color around! Your purple poppy is positively perfect! :) Thanks for sharing!

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  71. Your poppy is absolutely gorgeous!! Thank you for sharing your "happy accident" and video.

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  72. Oh my!!! This is simply breathless!!! I love this kind of "accident"! Thanks for sharing! Can't wait to try!!!

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  73. Really Beautiful!!! Like I said on Kathy's blog, Who knew a mistake I've made a hundred times was a great technique!!! lol

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  74. Beautiful Kathy! I love how you work with you have on hand and the effect of your "Happy" accident. TFS

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  75. A great tip Kathy, although it came by accident. I love the way you coloured this XL Poppy, the stamps from Power Poppy are awesome. I so love Flower Stamps.

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  76. Beautiful. We have Matilija poppies where I live in Ojai, California. They are really big, almost three times the size of a regular poppy. The pedals are white and they have a yellow Center, people sometimes called them the sunny side up egg poppy. We have a bush growing in our front yard.

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  77. Absolutely stunning love the colors.

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  78. Beautiful! Love the time lapse!

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  79. I absolutely love Poppies. These purple are some new to me colors as I love the traditional Red.

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  80. My favorite poppy color is pink. The large flowers are gorgeous. Such fun to color.

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  81. Beautiful coloring once again by Kathy! I love her challenge, have participated many times.

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  82. So beautiful! I love the colors!

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  83. Just gorgeous,Kathy! Thanks so much for sharing your 'Happy Accident' and another wonderful Coloring Challenge. You and Power Poppy make the perfect pair! ♡

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  84. Hi Kathy, following you quite a while now and love this poppy in violet very much. We saw violet ones in the fabulous Claude Monet Garden "Giverny" in Vernon in France. Your work reminds me of this vacation - any idea if one can get these stamps in Germany? Terrific day from Munich...

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  85. Thanks for the tip . The poppy turned out so well. Thanks for the giveaway, Kathy and the discount , Power Poppy.

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  86. What a beautiful turnout for something unintended. That is the most beautifully colored flower and I will have to try it. And purple is my favorite color. Bravo!!!!

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  87. Aw that’s simply stunning. Power Poppies flowers are the most beautiful to colour and that’s just exquisite. What a lucky accident indeed, although I don’t think I have the talent to turn an accident out as well as that. Lovely. Morag x

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  88. That flower ist so beautiful! I really like the colours :)

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  89. Gorgeous colors for the Poppy XL stamped image. I love how your happy accident added a deeper contrast to the edges. Looking forward to seeing the new digital images for purchase!

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  90. Stunning!! Absolutely stunning in purple! Thanks so much for the discount!

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  91. Oh my gosh. I should be so lucky to have an accident that makes a flower look that beautiful LOL. Thank you for sharing that.

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  92. Kathy and Power Poppy...an amazing combination!
    I love the stamps and the way Kathy brings them to life.

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  93. Wow,what a beautiful poppy!I'm in awe of your coloring talent Kathy,and all the little details you show us.
    Thanks also to Power Poppy for the discount!

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  94. The bleeding really was a happy accident. Love the dots on dots idea.

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  95. I love that poppy and what you've done with it...... It makes me smile

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  96. Always love Kathy's coloring. So pretty!

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  97. Love the coloring of the flower. Love how you made a bad happening into a very good solution. Thanks for showing us your talent.

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  98. Love that poppy and that coloring is absolutely amazing!

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  99. Kathy, this painting is magnificent! You are such an inspiration. I wasn't aware of Power Poppy. I can't wait to work with their products!

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  100. Fantastic card. Love this ♥
    I just made a card not so long ago using my very first power poppy stamp, I loved it, off to check out the DT's creations!

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  101. Your painting/colouring is just so inspiring.... My own has improved from using the wonderful tips you have given us. This stamp and your colouring is just gorgeous~ Thank you for being such an inspiration!

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  102. Absolutely amazing, love the colours. You are such an inspiration.

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  103. wow! definitely worked in your favor! just beautiful. and great incentives, PP!

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  104. Beautiful! I love the colors you chose and how you used them. Thank you for teaching me something new.

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  105. Hooray for new discoveries! Absolutely beautiful creation! The flowers are stunning and then when you add color amazing!

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  106. Stunning! This colors and stamp are gorgeous themselves, but he way Kathy used it...WOW)

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  107. I am definitely going to try out this "mistake"! Kathy made this flower just pop off the paper. Gorgeous!

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  108. Gorgeous poppy! I can't wait to see what you do with it. Thank you for that great tip. Honestly, it is hard to imagine you having too many "accidents" though; in my book you are pretty much the Queen of Coloring!

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  109. Your floral stamps are so beautiful and wish I could buy them all!!!

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  110. Great idea to use the smudge to your advantage and great stamp sell.

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  111. Beyond gorgeous! Not only is the image absolutely stunning, but the water coloring is amazing. What a wonderful happy accident that I hope to try soon.

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  112. Stunning flower! I enjoyed the video.

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  113. OMGG ! Fabulous happy accident you have, there is so much detail and colour in those petals it looks so realistic x Thanks for the white tips, I'm keeping all tips that I get off you fab designers so when I need advice or inspiration I have a little book of people to ask ! x

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  114. Happy accident indeed! That is stunning!

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  115. Happy accident! Absolutely! That shading resulting from the blurring is beautiful and so natural looking.

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  116. Kathy, you always find a way to make magic, and using the Memento ink is a perfect example! Love this gorgeous flower and your subtle smudge effect!

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  117. What a stunning floral! Kathy, your coloring is just amazing!

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  118. Gorgeous flower and
    love the purple used
    in it.
    Carla from Utah

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  119. Kathy I love the purple flower. You coloring and colors are amazing. Gorgeous flower and a wonderful tip!

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  120. Love these colors together. They are so beautiful and that flower is gorgeous. Thanks for sharing your tips.

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  121. I love it when you make whoops, they always give us something new and beautiful to try. The colors you chose are gorgeous

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  122. Kathy, your coloring is just plain magic. The center of the flower looks so real, I couldn’t believe you got that effect with a white gel pen and black dots! Yep, Magic! Thanks for sharing.

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  123. Kathy I must tell you you have made coloring fun for me again. I love seeing what you do and how you do it. It is just so inspiring! Thank you!!! Beautiful Flower!!!

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  124. I think this has to be my favourite image of yours I’ve ever seen! Stunning!

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  125. It really was a happy accident...I love the effect of the black and purple blending together!!

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  126. I love the color choices! Beautiful flower! I have recently found that I like to color flowers which in the past I had always disliked. Thanks for inspiring me to try things out of my comfort zone

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  127. I love your florals! They are so fun to color in with watercolors especially. Thanks for all your inspiration.

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  128. Beautiful flower. Love your coloring!
    Thanks for sharing...

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  129. This is a great tip, not sure I could pull it off, but am gonna try! Thanks for sharing!

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  130. Love how your happy accident turned out! Just a gorgeous card!

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  131. How cool. Sometimes accidents were meant to be.

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  132. Your happy accident is beautiful!

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  133. I love your purple poppy! It is fabulous and I am definitely giving this a try!! -So glad Marcy is keeping the sale on for the rest of the month!! Yay!

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  134. You're a modern Bob Ross, Kathy! Happy accidents indeed. Thanks for sharing ways we can not only fix mistakes but make them intentional techniques.

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  135. Necessity is the mother of invention, isn't that how the quote goes? It looks fantastic! Oh that sale is dangerous, dangerous! There are things calling my name, esp. the XL Dahlia and Tiger Lilly!

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  136. Wow! What a happy accident! Your colours blended so beautifully together! Thank you for sharing the tutorial. I'm going to have to try this myself.

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  137. I agree with Annalisa...Bob Ross and then some! Your work is always beautiful and you are absolutely the best for sharing all your tips and techniques.

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  138. That dahlia is jaw dropping gorgeous!

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  139. Beautiful flower and coloring. Stunning.

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  140. Wow, talk about a beautiful flower. Happy accident indeed...

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  141. This flower is fabulous already, but using the memento black ink for stamping was genius. LOL i know you call it a happy accident. Oh my, that flower is drop dead gorgeous! WOW! hugs, treen

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  142. Stunning coloring there!! Thanks for the slash sale and new digis, been eyeing for a long time and atlast grabbed the opportunity to build my stash :)

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  143. Absolutely gorgeous!!! Lovely coloring. Thanks for the inspiration :)

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  144. Just wow! You never cease to amaze me... Every. Single. Day. These flowers are just so beautiful...thank you for sharing yourself with all of us!

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  145. I love the tutorial today! Going to try it!

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  146. The depth of color you achieved is amazing and this flower is gorgeous.

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  147. Gorgeous image! Love the tip and all the white accents. Super great stamps!

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  148. Wow this is beautiful, love the colouring just stunning.

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  149. Happy accident for you and the rest of us, learning this new tip! Loved the video and your process!

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  150. Absolutely beautiful colouring!

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  151. This poppy is just stunning, and I love the use of the Memento ink. I have done that with other colours of dye inks, and love the effect of those, too. Your eye for detail is amazing.

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  152. The poppy is sooo beautiful I love it !!!!!

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  153. You always inspire me and I love this Poppy and the way you colored it ! Keep your tutorials coming!!!!!!

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  154. Such a happy accident. I wonder if this would also work when printing digital images onto watercolour cardstock...
    Off to check out the new additions to the digital collection...

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  155. Absolutely stunning. The stamp is beautiful too. I have started to really like these large images.

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  156. Absolutely stunning and what a mistake to make, a very happy ending, leave it to Kathy to come up with a plan! TFS!💜🤗

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  157. Well done, love when things come together. Beautiful.

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  158. Such a beautiful flower! Love the new tip! Thanks for sharing it!

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  159. Gorgeous flower, beautifully colored! And, YAY, for happy accidents!

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  160. Love the coloris chosen! I like how you can find an unusual flower to use as inspiration. And that image is to die for! Love all the frilly edges!

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  161. Thank you for sharing your talent and tips. When I grow up, I want to color as beautifully as Cathy does!

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  162. Your poppy came out so beautiful Kathy! I love the colors you chose, too. I think any flower can be purple, my fave color. I've even seen a sunflower that had purple in it's petals.

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  163. Wow! That is beautiful! I love the color!

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  164. Love the purple! Absolutely stunning flower. Thanks for the tip. What a great one to try out. :)

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  165. Wow, your poppy is stunning! Super excited about the sale!

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  166. Love this technique! I never thought of using ink to watercolor. So many new color possibilities. It’s going to be fun to play with this. Thanks for sharing! ❤️

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  167. You know I love all your cards but this one is amazing! I love how you did it and all without watercolors! Cool! You always come up with new ways to color an image! Father's Day is sad for me now that my dad passed last year. I tried not to think about it.
    I love Power Poppy! I have some of their stuff already but who would't like a little more? Thanks for the link and a 25% discount? I will be taking advantage of that one!

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  168. Love your coloring Kathy!. It has happened to me before but if it doesn't look bad I keep it that way too or use a darker shade to "cover it up" :)

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  169. What a great accident! Your purple poppy looks fab!

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  170. Each one of the cards is magnificent in itself. They are like candy for you eyes!! Thank you for sharing.

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  171. Hi Kathy and Marcella!! I could watch Kathy Color Marcella’s images every day! Love this happy accident! Thanks. Paulette Still
    Craftqueen417@yahoo.com

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  172. This is so pretty! Love the colors ding mixed!

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  173. You should call this technique Serendipity :-) So cool!!! I can't count how many times I've either used the wrong ink without thinking, or prestamped an image before I knew what coloring method I was going to use. Each time I've either thrown it out or put it aside with the ink and paper type written on the back so I know what I can use on it if I go to use it months later. Now it won't really matter!!! Wonder how this would play out on a image of a person? Off to go shopping for flowers to practice on!!!

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  174. Beautiful card, so pretty. I love the stamp you used.

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  175. That flower is simply amazingly beautiful !!! Thank you so much for your generosity and Thank Kathy for the giveaway prize on your blog !
    [margessw(at)icloud(dot)com]

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  176. Happy accident, indeed! Love how you got such a great result from the distress inks.

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  177. Wow!! As if Kathy's coloring isn't already amazing, now she gets a gorgeous effect with the wrong type of ink, lol! Just beautiful!!

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  178. I always love Kathy's work and hope to improve my coloring technique in the next year as well. That purple bloom is beyond gorgeous!

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  179. I just love the way you color these XL flowers. They are absolutely gorgeous. I have quite a few digital flowers by Marcella, now I want to buy the stamps sets. Thanks Kathy..

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  180. Stunning coloring of this flower!! Just WOW!

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  181. Kathy, I loved seeing how you make an accident work in your favor. You are so talented. I love watching your videos. It is truly amazing how you make your color choices work for you.
    Marcella, thanks for the discount. Your images are gorgeous.

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  182. Wow another beautiful masterpiece Kathy. Love the colors you used on the flower. Gorgeous images Marcella.

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  183. What a gorgeous "accident" Kathy made, and I love how she's given the poppy such a rich color! It's stunning. And thanks for the Bloomies and the Instant Gardeners for their wonderful cards and inspiration! I love ALL of these digis, Marcy! WOW! You are right about a blitz! Hugs and love! xoxo

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Thank you so much for taking the time to share your thoughts.

I love to hear what you’re thinking and I read and appreciate each and every note!

~marcella