More Wedding Cakes

Continued from my last post, here are a few other wedding cake cards inspired by the DIY post on Beth Brigg’s blog.

Wedding Cake 3

Wedding Cake Card 3

Wedding Cake 4

Wedding Cake Card 4

Wedding Cake 5

Wedding Cake Card 5

While painting these I got lost in the designs and details and found it almost calming.  Hopefully, I now have enough wedding cards to finish out the year.  Many thanks to Beth Briggs for sharing her easy-to-follow DIYs and the encouragement she gives to everyone to find their inner artist!

Wedding Cake Illustrations #WorldWatercolorMonth

During World Watercolor Month I have discovered so many great artists and their blogs, and I came across this blog post by Beth Briggs, who is a very talented artist and illustrator of everything fashion, floral, and feminine.  Her watercolor designs and creations are so classy and sophisticated yet girly and playful.  Her blog includes many DIY features, and she states that her mission is to encourage and inspire the artist in everyone.  Well, she certainly inspired me, especially with a tutorial on illustrating wedding cakes.  It was very timely as we have been to a few weddings already this year and have a few more to go, necessitating me to whip up a new batch of wedding cards.

Wedding Cake from DIY tutorial

Wedding Cake Card 1

 

Wedding Cake 2 from DIY tutorial

Wedding Cake Card 2

I decided to use my Koh-I-Noor watercolor pencils rather than paint because of the fine details on many of the flowers, and oh what fun these were to create!  Of course I had to finish the tiniest details with a little shimmer and sparkle with Wink of Stella pens, and I was quite happy with how they turned out. I am working a couple others styles and will post those in a few days.  In the meantime, be sure to stop by Beth Brigg’s blog and check it out!

I’m sad to see the inaugural World Watercolor Month come to an end and would like to thank Charlie at Doodlewash for dreaming up this spectacular event. Charlie, you were so kind to comment on and like what I am guessing were hundreds of blog and Facebook posts daily, so hopefully now you can rest for a few days.  I am also hopeful that WWM was a success in getting donations and raising awareness for the Dreaming Zebra Foundation and the Art Room Aid project sponsored by Dick Blick.  It’s still not too late to donate and you can do so by clicking on the links directly above.

I KNOW World Watercolor Month was a success in bringing together watercolor enthusiasts of all skill levels from around the globe!  I have met many talented blogger friends who will undoubtedly continue to inspire through their watercolor sketches.

World Watercolor Month 2016

World Watercolor Month 2016

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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!

Cards for Dads, cont.

Here is my second installment of Father’s Day cards I made for OWH.

Dad Card - Service Station Attendant

Dad Card – Service Station Attendant

I actually remember when service station attendants actually existed and it brings back such a nostalgic feeling. I can almost smell the gasoline and motor oil. The tire track stamp and diamond plate embossing folder went along perfectly with the theme. The stamps are by Tim Holtz and the embossing folder is from Sizzix.

Father's Day Card - Car Theme

Father’s Day Card – Car Theme

To continue the car theme (kind of near and dear to my heart since my own dad worked at Ford for many, many years), I used a car stamp – which I am SURE must be a Ford – with lots of gears and bolt stamps. I mimicked the gear shape in the two circular pieces and got a little more “mileage” out of the tire track stamp (pun intended). The car stamp is from a set called Dude, which was designed by OWH’s founder Sandy Allnock and is produced by Hero Arts.  Gear shape pieces are from Cricut’s Elegant Edges cartridge.

Dad Card - Fore My Dad

Dad Card – Fore My Dad

This golf card will hit a hole in one for many dads out there. I don’t remember who made the golfer stamp but the saying is from Unity Stamps.

Father's Day Card - Lovely as a Tree

This card uses Stampin Up’s Lovely as a Tree stamped in light gray, and I thought the masculine color combination set it off nicely.

Anyhero Card - Off the Charts by Stampin Up

Anyhero Card – Off the Charts by Stampin Up

Included in each box sent to OWH we include “anyhero” cards. These cards have thank you notes written inside and are dispersed to the military folks who sacrifice and work so hard to keep us safe and free. A big thank you to Judy for writing out half of the anyhero cards and saving my poor hand from aching. The stamp is from a retired Stampin Up set called Off the Chart, so I thought the eyeglasses at the top of the chart set it off just right. The glasses were made with my Cricut cartridge called Nifty Fifties.

Box of Father's Day Cards for OWH

Box of Father’s Day Cards for OWH

Lastly, here is what a box of 278 cards and envelopes looks like just before it is taped up and taken to the post office.

Now I am off to start a brand new batch. Thanks for looking and putting up with all my puns!

National Craft Month

Did you know that March is National Craft Month? One of my favorite crafts is creating with my Cricut machine. Here are four of my favorite Cricut cards created for OWH with the thought that they would be perfect for children to receive.

There is nothing better than bee-ing with you!

There is nothing better than bee-ing with you!

Toadally in Love

Toadally in Love

Miss you Deer-ly

Miss you Deer-ly

Wishing you . . . A turtley awesome day!

Wishing you . . . A turtley awesome day!

They were cut with the Create-a-Critter cartridge, which has such adorable, endearing characters sure to evoke a smile. I just happened to have some punny stamps to go along with them too.

I’ve Bean Missing You

We have had a few cold weeks around here so I thought maybe you could imagine this card radiating some warmth out to you! Usually I am not a fan of kraft paper but thought I would give it a try on this card background since it fit with the color scheme, and I am happy with the results.

I've Bean Missing You

I’ve Bean Missing You

Can you imagine the aroma of fresh-brewed coffee and feel the warmth of the cup in your hands?  Sounds like more snow is on the way so try to stay warm!

Girls Night Inn

As alluded to in the last post, recently we were on another girls’ crafty weekend at a new-to-us B&B called the Girls Night Inn.  The Inn is a spacious Victorian home that was recently saved from demolition and revamped into a B&B geared toward ladies’ scrapbook/getaway weekends.  I can’t believe that a home as grand as this was so close to demolition but am thankful that it was saved.  Many of the Victorian touches are still in place and can be seen in the rich woodwork throughout the house.  http://www.girlsnightinn.net/

Girls Night Inn, Exterior

Girls Night Inn, Exterior

Group on Stairs

There is nothing like a weekend of crafting, laughter, and music with close friends to renew the soul, not to mention having someone else do all the cooking and dishes.  Oh, and there might have been a wine tasting too.  Here are some pictures from the weekend.

Barb hard at work

Barb hard at work

Traci with Intricate Recipe Box

Traci with Intricate Recipe Box

Terri with Christmas Card

Terri with Christmas Card

Ronda & Teresa - Definitely NOT Newbies

Ronda & Teresa – Definitely NOT Newbies

Creeping on Crafters

Creeping on Crafters

Kim Working on Quilting Scrapbook

Kim Working on Quilting Scrapbook

Judy working on Hawaii Scrapbook

I don’t know how I missed getting a picture of Lisa and her 12-Days-of-Christmas cross-stitched project, but I think she was out and about taking pictures when I was making my rounds.  Pashaw.

Group in dining room

Group in dining room

Thank you to Ronda and Teresa who helped me assemble some children’s valentines for OWH!  Can’t wait to find time to spend another crafty weekend with all of you!

Me Holding Kiddie Valentines

Me Holding Kiddie Valentines