This is a special chipmunk card I painted as a birthday greeting for my sister-in-law, Julie.
She enjoys watching the chipmunks in her yard as much as I enjoy watching our squirrels, and I’ve painted a chipmunk for her each January for many years now (I’ve lost count). Julie, I hope your birthday is extra special this year!
Yesterday was my son’s birthday so of course I wanted to make a special card for him. He enjoys our city’s sports teams, even when they aren’t having a greatest season. I did a quick sketch and decided to watercolor it, but because I had no reference photo I maybe got just a little lost along the way. However, I’m sure he will love it almost as much as he loves baseball, football, hockey, basketball, and now soccer. Happy birthday, Buddy!
A few weekends ago I spent a terrific, creative weekend with some friends at a local B&B. We spent the weekend working on various projects like scrapbooking, card making, needle work, etc. I focused on making encouragement and birthday cards to be donated to a local hospital chaplain as well as Send a Smile 4 Kids.
Cheering You On
I used up a set of coordinating patterned paper from Stampin Up along with some great stamps from to make these cards.
You’re Doing Great
You Got This
You are Tougher
Don’t Be Afraid
I so enjoy making cards and hope they will help uplift each person who receives one.
Celebrate with Balloons
How wonderful it is to spend time with creative friends – we help each other with ideas, share all our “toys,” and simply relax in the ease of our friendships. Thanks, ladies, for such a pleasant, productive, renewing weekend!
No, I didn’t get a chipmunk for my birthday, but I sort of gave one. My sister-in-law, Julie, loves these little critters so I thought I’d try to paint one for her birthday. I painted one last year but it was a little scrawny; however, it was the best I could do at that time as a new watercolorist.
Thanks to Lindsay Weirich, aka The Frugal Crafter, I’ve been introduced to a website called Paint My Photo. Generous photographers upload their photos to the site, thereby giving permission to others to use their images as reference photos for artwork, royalty and copyright free. Thank you, Joan, at PMP for allowing me to use your photo!
I hope the Joan feels this painting did justice to her chipmunk. During the painting process I learned that there are a zillion shades of brown that can be mixed (or so it seems), so I must mix an adequate amount the first time so as to not run out (actually, that is watercolor 101 – it’s hard to remember everything!). Hope you had a great birthday, Julie!
This is a quick post to wish my son a very happy birthday. Because he and his wife are avid fans of the Reds baseball team, this card is just perfect for him. With Cincinnati hosting the All-Star game, they thoroughly enjoyed all the special events, getting autographs, and watching baseball. I hope it doesn’t look too juvenile, but oh well, he will always be my kid no matter how old he is. I just don’t understand how my kids continue to get older, but I do not 😉
Baseball Birthday Card
Happy Birthday, Buddy! I hope you have a great day celebrating!
It is terribly hot outside today and if you know me, you know that this is NOT my favorite weather, so it might seem odd that I love vacationing at the beach. Our favorite beaches are on Topsail Island, NC, and although it might be hot, the lovely breeze paired with walking in the surf keeps me perfectly cool. Topsail is a very non-commercialized island and there is nothing to do there except relax, renew, reconnect, and relish the wonders of the ocean – a true vacation.
I made a couple of these cards and knew right away which beach-loving friend I was going to send one to for her birthday. I used Core’dinations papers for the bottom half and the starfish because it has such great texture, and the sand dollars were cut from a beautiful paper that had a sheen to it. Of course it needed some sparkle on the coral, and the sequins remind me of the tiny golden shells we have found there in the past. I’m going to Carolina in my mind . . .