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Hi All!

I can’t believe tomorrow is Thanksgiving! I hope all of you have a wonderful, joyous day with family and friends.

I’m back into snow and holiday action with today’s card. When I first conceptualize a style or technique, sometimes it goes horribly wrong. I show my first version of this watercolor panel in the video. The lesson? Don’t give up if you make something you think is hideous. Just think about what you don’t like about it and change those things. It’s much easier than starting from scratch!

Enjoy the video and Happy Thanksgiving! 🙂



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Peerless colors used: Myrtle Green, Hunter’s Green, Robin’s Egg Blue

Peaceful Pines
Peaceful Pines
Simon Says Stamp Postage Stamp Edge Frames
Postage Stamp Dies
Peerless Watercolor Basic
Peerless Watercolor Basic
Peerless Watercolor Bonus
Peerless Watercolor Bonus
Lawn Fawn Lucky Stars Stamp Set
Lawn Fawn Lucky Stars
Tis the Season
Tis the Season
Versamarker Pen
Versamarker Pen
Versafine Black Onyx Ink
Versafine Black Ink
Sparkling Snow Embossing Powder
Sparkling Snow Embossing Powder
Ultra Fine Clear Powder
Ultra Fine Clear Powder
Ranger Glitter Ice Stickles, Yellow
Yellow Stickles
Stampin' Up! Chocolate Chip Marker (part of Neutrals set)
Chocolate Chip Marker
Strathmore Watercolor Paper
Watercolor Paper
Neenah Solar White Cardstock
Neenah Cardstock
Stampin' Up! Basic Black Cardstock
Black Cardstock
Paper Piercer
Paper Piercer
Stampin' Up! Heat Tool
Heat Tool
Sizzix Big Shot Machine
Sizzix Big Shot
Magnetic Platform
Magnetic Platform
ATG Tape Runner
ATG Tape Runner
Scotch Foam Tape
Scotch Foam Tape


  1. wrote on November 25th, 2015 at 10:58 am

    Mary Jane

    Beautiful Card Darlene. I have the Gansai Tambe watercolors and haven’t invested in the Peerless yet but might just ask Santa for them..
    Have a great Thanksgiving and as always, thanks for sharing.

  2. wrote on November 25th, 2015 at 12:31 pm


    I love this card…beautiful! Thank you for the information about using 90#lb watercolour paper. I didn’t even give that a thought and was wondering how to “unwarp” my cardstock!!

  3. wrote on November 25th, 2015 at 1:21 pm

    Whimsical Creations

    Gorgeous Darlene!!! Thanks for sharing!

    Happy Thanksgiving!

  4. wrote on November 25th, 2015 at 2:08 pm

    Carol Mac

    Happy Thanksgiving Darlene….ours in Canada was a month ago!

    • wrote on December 1st, 2015 at 8:50 am

      Darlene DeVries

      I didn’t know that Carol! I wish we had more time between Thanksgiving and Christmas. Hope your Thanksgiving was a great one. 🙂

  5. wrote on November 25th, 2015 at 2:13 pm


    Fun card…. I need to be more adventurous with watercolors. Appreciated the information about the different weights of cardstock and watercolor paper.

    Happy Thanksgiving to you and yours!

  6. wrote on November 25th, 2015 at 2:24 pm


    Love this card Darlene. Will have a go at making one of these (maybe more). To all of our American stampers. HAPPY THANKSGIVING! Glenis (Australia)

  7. wrote on November 25th, 2015 at 3:04 pm


    Thank you for showing the original test run piece! It’s nice to know it’s not just me that has an idea that somehow just doesn’t quite turn out the way I wanted.

    The simplicity of colours on the final version was fantastic! Thanks for sharing with us 🙂

  8. wrote on November 25th, 2015 at 3:11 pm


    I really like the simplicity of this card. The result is simple and elegant .

  9. wrote on November 25th, 2015 at 4:56 pm


    Love this card. It looks so Wintery. With our 90 degree weather today in my part of Australia, it cools me down just to look at it. Happy Thanksgiving everyone! Down Under doesn’t have a Turkey Day – boo! hoo!

    • wrote on December 1st, 2015 at 8:52 am

      Darlene DeVries

      Connie, I keep forgetting you guys don’t have snow this time of year. We’ve actually been tossing around the idea of going to Australia next Christmas – I’ll be asking you for advice if we do! Right now I’m trying to figure out if I could sit on a plane that long.

      • wrote on December 1st, 2015 at 4:31 pm


        Hi Darlene! I’ll be happy to give you any help I can. One tip I can give you now is to be sure to book a non-stop flight from Dallas to Honolulu to stay in Hawaii a few days before proceeding on to Australia. I always do that both ways. And I don’t stay in Honolulu but take a short flight to Kauai which I think is a more relaxing island. In fact it takes about as long to fly to Kauai as it does to take a taxi into Honolulu. And be sure to make time to stop off in New Zealand too as it is a beautiful place just a few hours from Australia by air. Guess that’s enough for now – ha! ha!

        • wrote on December 2nd, 2015 at 12:01 pm

          Darlene DeVries

          Great advice Connie! I think a stop in Hawaii might make it more manageable. I’ve never been to Kauai.

  10. wrote on November 25th, 2015 at 7:36 pm


    Very pretty card – I like how it turned out – so unique with the stripe!

  11. wrote on November 25th, 2015 at 8:41 pm


    Wonderful idea! I can see this used for a valentine, too. Thanks for sharing. As always, you rock!

  12. wrote on November 26th, 2015 at 7:50 pm


    Very pretty, Darlene! Thank you!

  13. wrote on November 27th, 2015 at 5:45 pm


    Very pretty Darlene! I also appreciate the sharing of your first card. It’s a good reminder that even the most experienced, talented, sometimes need a second attempt! Thanks for doing that! 🙂

  14. wrote on November 28th, 2015 at 1:53 pm


    Beautiful card. I like how the black pops on the card. Thanks for sharing both cards. As they say, less is more and so true with this one.

  15. wrote on December 16th, 2015 at 7:09 pm


    Really love this card Darlene, it’s simple (sort of) but has such a soft look. Love the water color stripes and I would never have thought of putting them right through the tree. Merry Christmas Darlene and a blessed New Year

    • wrote on December 20th, 2015 at 6:05 pm

      Darlene DeVries

      Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to you too, Lizzie! 🙂

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