It’s My Blogiversary

Thank You

WordPress alerted me that this week marks the sixth year since my first blog post, aka a blogiversary. The first few years were dedicated mostly to my beloved card making papercraft, and while I still enjoy making cards, I now spend more time working on my watercolor skills and techniques.

Happy Puppy
Happy Puppy

Because this blog began with card making, it seems fitting to share what I made last week at a craft retreat.

Garden Gate
Garden Gate

These cards were made with stamps that are pieced together to create little vignettes suitable for card fronts. They are “inked” with waterbased markers and then “watercolored” around the edges of the images with a damp brush to give them a painterly look.


Really, these stamps were probably a gateway into my wanting to paint on a bigger scale, and it’s fun to go back and use them every so often.

Bird Bath
Bird Bath

Thanks to everyone who follows my blog and especially those who have taken time to leave a like or a comment.

Sleeping Puppy
Sleeping Puppy

I’ve found that followers/bloggers are some of the sweetest, most encouraging and passionate folks and am glad to have gotten to know so many of you over the years. Here’s to a seventh year of blogging and creativity!

Rustic Barn Scene
Rustic Barn Scene

Blending Hobbies – Stamping and Watercolor

Last weekend was spent at craft retreat in Batesville, Indiana, with some very creative ladies.  All weekend I worked on making card toppers with my Art Impression Watercolor stamps.  These stamps are colored with water soluble inks, stamped on watercolor paper, and then blended out with an aquabrush and water to give the project a painterly effect.  I had a little time this week to make some into sympathy cards, but I still have quite a few that will be used for other occasions.

Art Impression Watercolor stamps

Art Impression Watercolor stamps

 

Art Impression Watercolor stamps

Art Impression Watercolor stamps

Art Impression Watercolor stamps

Art Impression Watercolor stamps

 

I love the versatility of these stamps because all the plant containers, vines, flowers, windows, animals, etc., are individual stamps and can be placed however you like to make pleasing scenes.  Hope you are enjoying your weekend!

Stampaway USA – 2014

One of my favorite crafty weekends of the year – Stampaway USA. Folks from all around the world – yes, around the WORLD – attend classes all week long and then shop at the big show on Saturday. It started for Judy and me with three card classes on Friday in Sharonville. The first class taught Stampscapes for Men. These cards are made with a variety of landscape rubber stamps and a variety of inks and inking techniques. Wow, are these ever strikingly beautiful.

Stampscapes Card #1 - Class taught by Janet Winkle - Stampaway USA 2014

Stampscapes Card #1 – Class taught by Janet Winkle – Stampaway USA 2014

Stampscapes Card #2 - Stampaway USA 2014

Stampscapes Card #2 – Stampaway USA 2014

Stampscapes Card #3 - Stampaway USA 2013

Stampscapes Card #3 – Stampaway USA 2013

Next we took a class by Inky Antics and learned different various weaving and folding techniques, like these giraffe and mouse mitten cards. Fun!

Inky Antics Woven Card - Stampaway USA 2014

Inky Antics Woven Card – Stampaway USA 2014

Iris Folded Christmas Card - Stampaway USA 2014

Iris Folded Christmas Card – Stampaway USA 2014

In the third class we made cards with lots of creative folding and some with working mechanisms. I still have to finish up a few of them because we ran out of time; hopefully I will get to do that this week sometime.

The Stamp Doctor's Booth - Stampaway USA 2014

The Stamp Doctor’s Booth – Stampaway USA 2014

Stamps by Judith & Heather's Booth - Stampaway USA 2014

Stamps by Judith & Heather’s Booth – Stampaway USA 2014

Saturday was the big vendor exhibit and sale at the Sharonville Convention Center. Judy was happy with some new stamps and her favorite Wink of Stella glitter pens in various colors. I know she will enjoy adding some glittery accents to her pretty cards. I bought some stamps and papers and can’t wait to get to play with all of them. One set is called the Art Impressions Watercolor stamp set and features a Tuscan village on a hillside. I have played with it just a little and hope to get the technique perfected in a week or two. Here is a first attempt. Thanks for stopping by!

Art Impressions Tuscan Village stamp set - 1st attempt

Art Impressions Tuscan Village stamp set – 1st attempt