Merry Christmas!

Yes, I know I have neglected this blog but that doesn’t mean I haven’t been extremely busy with my crafts. After taking the Watercolor Online Card Class for Card Makers, I found that I really enjoyed this medium. As mentioned previously, I always wanted to learn to draw freehand and how to use watercolors successfully without making a bunch of mud, which unfortunately is remarkably easy to make! I scoured various websites, YouTube videos, Pinterest, library books and magazines, etc., and I practiced many months and created projects that I now jokingly call abstracts. I finally found a real class to take where I could get some feedback and learn firsthand.

After 7 weeks of classes I finally have been able to make something I feel confident enough to share. The joke with my instructor was that the first week I used tons of paper towels, and each week I used fewer and fewer. The last class I used only 1 so maybe I got the hang of it a little. Here is my last class project. I know it is simple, but most of the paint is where it is supposed to be!

Watercolor Snowman - class project

Watercolor Snowman – class project

Also, because we are two days away from Christmas, I am sharing two Christmas cards I previously made.

The first one is a poinsettia image stamped on a piece of vellum and heat embossed in gold. I then took a second image, cut out the center portion, and pop mounted it on top of the base image to give it a little dimension. These cards were a lot of work but I enjoyed each step in the process and was happy with the elegant look.

2103 Christmas Card

2103 Christmas Card

Because the making of this year’s card coincide with my watercolor classes, of course I had to use a little watercolor technique on this card. I made a panel with a simple multicolored wash background and let it dry. I then stamped the snowflakes, heat embossed them with white powder, and mounted the panel to sparkly white paper. The sentiment and chain of gems were also heat embossed in white. I thought a little more sparkle was needed and because sequins were all the rage this year in the world of cardmaking, I opted to add just a few.

2014 Christmas card

2014 Christmas card

May you be surrounded by the love of family and friends this Christmas!

Visions of Doodles Danced in Our Heads

Over the past month we were greeted on Facebook with status updates by the Crop-A-Doodle-Do that said, “Hello Doodle fans! HUGE announcement Feb. 5th!”  Then there was another teaser, “…a math problem… Brett + A Plan + Construction = Happy Scrappers,” as well as their favorite movie is “Home Alone.” I hated to get my hopes up too high but we were all elated with the thought that our beloved Crop-A-Doodle-Do was going to reopen bigger and better than ever. Could it be true? My crafty friends and I certainly hoped so because we have not been able to recreate our wonderful crafting weekends anywhere else. Waiting with anticipation of the news on February 5th, it was hard to stop thinking of the possibilities. Then came the announcement; the suspense was over but I had very mixed emotions about it. Yes, they are going to reopen but not in the capacity we are used to. While crafters are welcome on weekends as always, it seems that their main focus is going to be on destination weddings in 2015 (building two pavilions out back) with the revamping of the B&B to cater to couples and families (no more twin beds which are optimal for a girls’ weekend – yes, we love our togetherness but most of us prefer having our own single bed). The B&B will be open to travelers throughout the week. Scrapping weekends are less expensive now but no food is served on the weekends and we would have to take care of all our meals. While this is not a really big deal – although we did enjoy being pampered and served our meals and snacks all weekend – my thought is that we can find these kind of accommodations a lot closer to home.

Crop-A-Doodle-Do

Crop-A-Doodle-Do

The news was a little bit of a letdown for me. I’m not totally opposed to trying it at some point, but I am not rushing to my calendar to book a weekend either.  Most of my friends had mixed feelings about it as well.  Pashaw. However, I do wish them well in their new endeavors because all the folks associated with the Crop-A-Doodle-Do are really good, sweet folks.

Doodle Card

Doodle Card

I don’t think I ever posted the above card, but it was my entry for their Christmas card contest in 2012. Best wishes to the folks at the Crop-A-Doodle-Do!

A Box of 327 Sent, Thanks To Friends and Family!

Hurray!  The large flat rate box was mailed to OWH last week and included 284 love/valentine cards and 43 Anyhero cards.  It seems that I get writer’s cramp so quickly these days, so I am thankful to those who helped me write out the Anyhero cards!  I am also thankful to my friends who, at our previous girls’ weekend, helped me assemble the last of the bunch of regular cards.  Without all this extra help, I would not have been able to get the box sent in soon.  Thank you!!

Valentine card, silver embossing

Valentine card, silver embossing

Valentine card with patterned paper\

Stampin Up Language of Friendship

Stampin Up Language of Friendship

Full box of cards

Full box of cards

Anyhero Card, Snowman

Anyhero Card, Snowman

Anyhero Card, Christmas Tree

Anyhero Card, Christmas Tree

Full box with Anyhero cards added on top

Full box with Anyhero cards added on top

There were also some cards geared toward children; maybe I will upload those at a later date.  Now that it is snowing like crazy, I might get to write a few more posts this weekend.  Be safe out there!

October Crafting

My goodness, what a busy month – October is really flying by!  I’ve been busy with a wonderful trip to Nashville for my niece’s wedding and lots of crafting projects in between.  I hate having down time in the car so I stamped lots of flowers before we left and cut them out almost the entire trip down and at least half the trip back.  I was happy to get that tedious work finished and it made the time in the car go a lot faster.

Then I have been spending a lot of time prepping to put together a scrapbook for Hawaii – selecting the photos, getting them in chronological orders, coordinating them with keepsakes, embellishments, papers, and journaling.  Big trips like this are so overwhelming for me to scrap, but I am always happy when I am finished.

Terri & Emily

Terri & Emily

Terri and Traci organized a Saturday scrap day at a local church and I was hoping to get a big portion of the Hawaii book finished there.  I didn’t get as much finished as I would have liked, but I did have a great time sharing the day with my friends.  One of the goals of the day was to make cards for the Caring Hearts card drive which sends Christmas cards to nursing homes throughout the United States and Canada.  I made mine at home the day before so I could focus on the scrapbook, but I enjoyed watching everyone work so hard on their creations.

Dove Christmas card

Dove Christmas card

My daughter, who is not especially fond of crafting, spent the better part of the day with us which of course made me happy, and she made some nice cards for the drive.  I loved watching everyone in action and enjoying the paper, ribbons, glue, sparkles, and friends.

Carrie and Kim

Carrie and Kim

Emily & Carrie

Emily & Carrie

Judy & Carrie

Judy & Carrie

Kim and Carrie

Kim and Carrie

Traci the Cricut Queen

Traci the Cricut Queen

Photobomb Fun

Photobomb Fun

Some of Carrie's Cards

Some of Carrie’s Cards

More of Carrie's Cards

More of Carrie’s Cards

My crafting goals for the rest of the year include finishing the Hawaii scrapbook (hopefully within the next 2 weeks), making two special crafting projects for Christmas gifts, making yearlong sets of cards for my mom and my mother-in-law, getting my year of cards together, making my Christmas cards, and filling a large size flat rate box of Love/Valentine cards made for Operation Write Home.  Wish me luck!

Lovely Crafters

Lovely Crafters

A Fond Farewell

Crafty Ladies

Crafty Ladies

Last weekend was so bittersweet.  Some crafty ladies and I visited the Crop-A-Doodle-Do one last time before they closed for good.  You probably know how much I enjoyed my crafty weekends there, and I am really going to miss the farmhouse and the terrific folks who worked there.  Also, I think we witnessed one of the most spectacular sunsets ever with its fiery reddish-orange glow cast all across the farm.  I will miss the serenity and peacefulness found only in the country.

Fiery Sunset over the Cornfield

Fiery Sunset over the Cornfield

Colorful Sunset Reflection on Farmhouse

Colorful Sunset Reflection on Farmhouse

Anyhow, I was able to get a start on my Christmas cards but they will be a work in progress until I finally mail them out in December.  There are a lot of steps to them, but I think in the long run they will turn out really pretty.  It was fun to break out the heat embossing tools and supplies once again and even though it can be a little messy, the end result is so classy and beautiful.

Vellum Poinsettias

Vellum Poinsettias

In contrast to my poinsettias, Judy was working on a summer project and used the napkin transfer technique that we learned last weekend a Stampaway.  So cute!

Judy's Project

Judy’s Project

After a while I was weary of playing with the poinsettias, so I happily broke into my newest Stampin Up set called Secret Garden.  With a little inspiration from Pinterest I made these cheerful-looking cards.  I was really happy with the way they turned out.

Stampin Up, Secret Garden

Stampin Up, Secret Garden

Well, I guess our Crop-A-Doodle-Do fun is over but looking back we learned a lot from each other and made a lot of fun memories.  Thanks, ladies, for making it so terrific!