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Darla Hutt-Watson

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Weaverville, CA, United States
Hi there! I'm Darla and I live in BEAUTIFUL Northern California! I am a mother of seven terrific kids and have been married to my husband for 32 years. I have been a Stampin' Up Demonstrator since 2010 and love ALL THINGS paper crafting. I also have a scrapbooking retreat business called Scrap Happens Retreats. I love teaching and learning new techniques, sharing ideas, hosting my retreats, being a wife and a mom. Hiking, bicycling, gardening and cooking are a few of my other hobbies. I'm living for Jesus and LOVIN' LIFE!!

Friday, June 12, 2015

Bokeh and Kinda Eclectic

WOW!!! One week of summer vacation for my kiddos has already passed!  I need to get on the ball and take them on some hikes and fun day trips!  My husband and I have decided to let our twelve year old son play on a traveling baseball team this summer...it's taking up more time then I realized it would...but it should be a lot of fun!  One good thing is their first tournament is on the coast...so we'll BEAT THE HEAT for a couple of days...and I hope to pop in to my one of my favorite places while I'm there...Scrappers Edge, in Eureka, California! 

I've been wanting to try the bokeh technique for a very long time. The dictionary defines bokeh as a Japanese term for the subjective aesthetic quality of out-of-focus areas of a photographic image...the Urban Dictionary defines it as  a trick in photography where one part of the photo is in focus and the rest isn't, so attention is drawn to the subject.  That out-of focus area is called bokeh.  I finally tried it and today I'm sharing my creation with you!  

I used the Kinda Eclectic and Oh My Goodies stamp sets for this card.  The colors I chose are Lost Lagoon, Soft Sky and Very Vanilla for my paper and Island Indigo, Soft Sky, Whisper White Craft and Memento Black. 

I cut a piece of water color paper (3 3/4" X 5") and used my re-inkers to put one drop of Soft Sky towards the top and one drop of Island Indigo towards the bottom.  I then used my Aqua Painter to spread the color out for my background.  The blurred circles come from the Kinda Eclectic stamp set which I inked with Whisper White Craft Ink.  The sentiment is from the Oh My Goodies stamp set.
At first I thought the card needed MORE...but then I began to appreciate the simplicity of it.  I don't think the bokeh effect would show as much if I added much more.  It was a really fun technique...I can't wait to do more!  There is ALWAYS...ALWAYS...ALWAYS something new I want to learn and try!

As always....THANK YOU for stopping by!  
Enjoy your day and...


  1. Hope I will be working when you visit!!!! Love your card and that technique is fun! God bless!

    1. Me too Natalie! Thank you! Blessings to you and yours as well!


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