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  • Watercolored Bookmarks


    Last week I wanted to give a few special people a small token of my appreciation and my eyes fell on two of my favorite stamps that I like to use to watercolor… and as I was reading a fabulous book and needed a new bookmark myself, I thought that a bookmark would be the perfect thank you!

    This is so very simple to make and create for a thank you that it makes the project that much better in my opinion! And if you don’t want to make them, I have a link to my Etsy store at the bottom of today’s post where you an purchase one for yourself.

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    I started with sheets of watercolor paper that I stamped a bunch of images. Then, I went back and started watercoloring. On the watercolor paper, I simply used my Stampin’ Up! inks and my aqua painter pen to watercolor. But, for the kraft paper bookmark, I first stamped the image using white craft ink, then I let it dry completely before going back with my real watercolor paints and filled in those flowers to make them look like beautiful white camellias.

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    natalie bradley, floral watercolored bookmark, stampin up bookmark

    natalie bradley, floral watercolored bookmark, stampin up bookmark

    To finish off the bookmarks, I trimmed them down to the desired size and used a Stampin’ Up! punch to create a finished look, then tied off one of my favorite scraps of ribbon.

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    natalie bradley, floral watercolored bookmark, stampin up bookmark

    natalie bradley, floral watercolored bookmark, stampin up bookmark

    I hope you love them and you give them a try too!

    If you don’t want to make them yourself and you’d rather purchase one of my creations, please visit my Etsy shop here!


    Handmade Valentine Cards and a Blog Hop


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    Welcome to our Blog Hop and a happy early Valentine’s Day to you!

    We have some great ideas, inspiration, tips, resources and how-to for you to have some fun this Valentine’s Day as you move along through the blog hop. You may just be starting the blog hop or may have come from #8 Jennifer Spiller at Westside Paper Creations on our Living with Style Blog Hop. If you get off track at any time, the full lineup below will help you move along from blog to blog so you make sure to see and learn from all of the articles featured here today.

    Today, I’m happily sharing two handmade Valentine cards with you.

    The first is made with left-over Valentine paper scraps, toothpick, a stamped sentiment and a handy heart punch.

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    I just love this card! It’s striking, clean, and simple, and the best part is that is uses all those scraps I can’t possibly think of throwing away! This next card is equally fabulous, but quite different with a watercolor effect, a stamped sentiment and some lovely embellishments…

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    natalie bradley, valentine card, watercolor valentine, stampin up valentine

    And this one is almost exactly the same as the card above, but with a few more embellishments…. 

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    If you’re interested in purchasing one of these cards, please see the link below the hop list to my Etsy shop. And here are a few I created just for family and friends with all sorts of scraps and crafting left-overs, and a little bit of watercolor whimsy too!

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    Watercolor Valentine's Day Card, natalie bradley, valentine card, watercolor valentine, stampin up valentine card

    Watercolor Valentine's Day Card, natalie bradley, valentine card, watercolor valentine, stampin up valentine card

    Watercolor Valentine's Day Card, natalie bradley, valentine card, watercolor valentine, stampin up valentine card

    Watercolor Valentine's Day Card, natalie bradley, valentine card, watercolor valentine, stampin up valentine card

    Watercolor Valentine's Day Card, natalie bradley, valentine card, watercolor valentine, stampin up valentine card

    this is the inside of the card above.

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    Thanks for hopping with us and I hope you enjoyed my cards! 

    The next stop is #2 Kristy Stewart at Under My Gabled Roof on Living with Style Blog Hop!

    Thanks for visiting and I hope to see you again next time around!

    1. Natalie Bradley at NatalieBradley.com << you are here
    2. Kristy Stewart at Under My Gabled Roof
    3. Lory Robinson at The Robin’s Nest Designs
    4. Pam Baker at The Birch Cottage
    5. Sherry Macdonald at Elite Physiques
    6. Lisa Milligan at Life on Merlin
    7. Beth McCullough at Stamping Mom
    8. Jennifer Spiller at Westside Paper Creations


    Christmas Tour of Homes


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    Welcome to our little Christmas Tour of Homes!

    I’m so happy that you stopped by…

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    Christmas is my absolute favorite time of the year, which will become obvious to you in a moment when you see all the pictures of our home decorated for the Christmas season. Just like the decor in our home, we tend to gravitate to traditional Southern style, with sentimental vintage and antique items intermingled with a modern twist on the design. My husband and I also turn into children in spirit this time of year, making a big deal about even the smallest things at Christmas just for the fun of it, making things as a family, creating memories with our daughter, extended family and friends. I hope you enjoy all the special touches my family and I incorporate into this holiday season each year, and that it also gives you a little inspiration to find the joy and love that this season brings to each of us every year.

    Also, make sure to stop by my friends’ homes (links are at the bottom) when you’re finished here!

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    We love Christmas so much … and now have so many ornaments that we put up two trees. This also gives Reese a place for her Polar Express train that is more out of the way to play.

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    natalie bradley, christmas home tour, christmas home blog hop

    Since we’re in Georgia, we don’t get much snow at all, so I add a little “Southern snow” to our mantel decor.

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    natalie bradley, christmas home tour, christmas home blog hop

    Edward and Reese love putting puzzles together and we all enjoy playing games as much as possible, so you’ll always find a stack of games and puzzles waiting to be played in our dining room.

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    Our daughter has her own tree in her room too (of course). She decorates it by herself and chooses the ornaments she wants on her tree every year. I think that this is just the sweetest thing

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    My grandmother just gave Reese a few more Christmas treasures including this vintage cherub.

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    Last year, Reese and I created a lot of ornaments and accessories from left over wrapping paper, Christmas cards, and large stashes of odds and ends we’ve had too long (like these buttons). This tree looks perfect in Reese’s room. She likes to pretend it’s an antique treasure from a royal family. natalie bradley, christmas home tour, christmas home blog hop

    And unlike many Southern families, we do not have dead animals on our walls (nor will we ever). I do, however, love deer heads like this one in our powder room, who also just got a fancy Christmas bow to dress him up for the holiday season!

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    My favorite part of decorating for Christmas with my family is talking about, laughing, and remembering people who have given us special ornaments, people who made them for us, ornaments we’ve made together, or those we’ve selected on trips. As I get older, I cherish this even more as some of these special people are no longer with us in the physical world. It also makes me smile that almost half of our ornaments are handmade by loved ones, local artists and my family. Here are just a few of our favorites.

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    natalie bradley, christmas home tour, christmas home blog hop

    I love Christmas and everything it represents. You can actually feel the Christ love in the air every year, along with the hope, the possibilities, and the dreams Christ brought into this world. Merry Christmas!

    Thanks for stopping by for a visit and make sure to continue our Christmas Tour of Homes below to get more ideas and inspiration for this Christmas Season! 

    The Robin’s Nest Designs // Harmony and Happiness // Natalie Bradley


    Handmade Christmas


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    Welcome to our Blog Hop, Happy Holidays, and Merry Christmas to you!

    We have some great ideas, inspiration, tips, resources and how-to for you during this holiday season as you move along through the blog hop.

    You may just be starting the blog hop or may have come from #5 Robin L at A Home to Grow Old In on our Living with Style Blog Hop. If you get off track at any time, the full lineup below will help you move along from blog to blog so you make sure to see and learn from all of the articles featured here today.

    This year, we’re having a very fabulous handmade Christmas. As I get older, the most important things to me are the simple (yet abundant) things that fill your heart with love and joy. For me, that means hand-making all of our Christmas cards for family and friends, adding special touches around our home that are handmade instead of store-bought, and also making some beautiful gifts to share with others. Today, I’m sharing just a few with you.

    First, these are the sheet music angels I started making last year for a fundraiser … and have since fallen in love with! I have been making these like crazy and continue selling them before I can get ahead (which is always a good “problem” to have).

    This is the small ornament size … this one will go on the tree as soon as we put it up.

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    natalie bradley, sheet music angel by natalie bradley

    Here’s one on our tree from last year with a gold satin ribbon bow.

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    And this is the medium size table-top angel (I’m out of large at the moment).

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    On Monday, I started working on our Christmas cards for this year as well. This time around, I’ve decided to make a lot of different cards instead of being a card-making machine making all of only one kind. I have a hard time choosing only one design, and after I’ve made about 5, I get bored with the design, so this works really well for me! Here are a few I’ve completed so far….

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    This year, I’ve been a little obsessed with various snowmen stamps. I don’t know what it is about them (maybe the lack of snow in Georgia?), but I love them!

     

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    This little Christmas card-delivering Rudolf is watercolored and I absolutely adore him!

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    This snowman is watercolored as well.

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    And another watercolor …. a theme this year?

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    This one is the start of a mini card collection I’ll add to some gifts I’m making for students. These are also watercolored. Love!!

    Because this is for one of my students, I thought that the card sentiment here was just perfect and too cute!

    Because this is for one of my students, I thought that the card sentiment here was just perfect and too cute!

    Thanks so much for stopping by! Make sure to come back on Monday, November 30th, for our Christmas tour of homes!

    The next stop is Beth McCullough at Stamping Mom on Living with Style Blog Hop! Thanks for visiting and I hope to see you again next time around!

    Blessings, Natalie

    Blog Hop Lineup:

    1. Beth McCullough at Stamping Mom
    2. Lory Robinson at The Robin’s Nest Designs
    3. Lisa Milligan at Harmony and Happiness
    4. Pam Bennett at The Birch Cottage
    5. Robin L at A Home to Grow Old In
    6. Natalie Bradley at NatalieBradley.com << you are here