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

Meet Chewie

This sweet little dog is named Chewie, and even though he is a bit older, he still has lot of spunk. He loves long walks on a sunny day and any food that is dropped on the floor.

Chewie

Chewie

When I presented this painting to his owners, I found out that recently Chewie had been to the dentist and had many of his teeth pulled, so I’m happy I was able to capture his toothy grin before that dentist appointment!  Have a great weekend!

Sheltering Tree Cards

These are some of the cards I made at last month’s weekend craft retreat.  My friend Ronda added Stampin’ Up’s Sheltering Tree set to our stash, and it is great for making cards for Send a Smile 4 Kids. This organization collects and distributes handmade cards for children who are inpatient at Children’s Hospitals around the country and in Canada.

Sheltering Tree with bicycle

Sheltering Tree with bicycle

Sheltering Tree window pane

Sheltering Tree window pane

Sheltering Tree Bicycle

Sheltering Tree Bicycle

The stamp images are gender neutral, which makes the cards that much more versatile, and I enjoy the painterly effect of the leaves, grass, and clouds.  Also, even though I did not watercolor paint these, I’m counting them as half a point for today’s World Watercolor Group prompt of bicycle.  😛

 

 

Butterfly, #WorldWatercolorGroup

Happy April!  Life has been busy lately.  Two weeks ago I spent a long weekend at a crafty retreat and concentrated on replenishing my handmade cards.  I made quite a few and will post some of them soon.  Then, a few days ago I returned from a trip to Nashville, Tennessee with my sister.  Unfortunately it was a working trip for her, but in her free time I took her to all our favorite music spots.  I think she had fun and even came home with a new pair of boots!

I took some art supplies with me thinking that I would come home with pages and pages of things I had created, but there were just too many distractions.  We stayed at the Gaylord Opryland Hotel, which I swear should have its own zip code.  Even just walking from our room to the parking lot took almost ten minutes, and I had not accounted for how much time I spent walking and exploring the hotel.  I sketched a couple of pictures and took lots of photos that I want to paint into my sketchbook and hope to get to that this week.

Now I am happy to get back into my routine and have fun with a new month’s worth of watercolor prompts.  Thanks for the list, Charlie!

Tree Nymph Butterfly

Tree Nymph Butterfly

This butterfly is called a Tree Nymph, or a rice paper butterfly, and appears to have slightly iridescent shimmers in the white of its wings.  I did a wet-in-wet wash on the wings to get the pale colors and then some negative painting around the segments of the wings.  Such a delicate little creature!  Have a great weekend!

Orchid and Magnolia Cards

I had the pleasure of spending last weekend at a crafty retreat with some talented ladies, which is always so relaxing, renewing, and productive.  However, we missed our friend Traci and hope she can join us on our next trip – hope you are feeling better, Traci!

Sometimes when I get home from these weekends I have a difficult time transitioning back into things because half of my supplies are still packed up, and I don’t know which direction to go – should I set up my work space for papercrafting or watercolor painting?  Before unpacking I decided to clean up my entire craft corner and in the process came across quite a few things I haven’t shared here yet, including these two cards.

Orchid card

The watercolor flower paintings on the fronts are totally CASEd from Pinterest (I believe one is a tutorial from The Frugal Crafter), and I remember being so excited when I finished them because they turned out so well. If I remember correctly they are the mixture of some Daniel Smith watercolors and Derwent Inktense pencils. Leave it to me to stick them in a dark corner of the craft desk and lose track of them. 🙂

Magnolia card

I’ve also been keeping a nature/travel sketchbook the last couple of months and am deciding whether or not to share some of those drawings and paintings here.  I have to say that I really like working in my little sketchbook and get lost in the process of really “seeing” things I’d never noticed before.

Hope you all have a great weekend and take time to “see” the little things, some of which are quite remarkable.  Hugs!

Draw A Bird Day, August 2016

Happy Draw A Bird Day, August 2016 Edition!  While on a crafty weekend at Hickory Road Inn we spotted a pileated woodpecker in the woods, and after observing this fascinating bird I knew I had to paint him.

The Pileated Woodpecker is native to North America and is one of the largest forest birds on the continent, growing on average to 18 inches long. They feed at dead trees and fallen logs looking for their favorite insect, big carpenter ants, and leave unique rectangular holes in the wood, which then become shelter to swifts, owls, ducks, bats, and pine martens.

Pileated Woodpecker

Pileated Woodpecker watercolor with Derwent Inktense underpainting

Pileated Woodpeckers make an unmistakable percussive sound while rat-a-tat-tatting on the dead trees at speeds reaching 13 to 15 miles per hour. In an average day he does this around 12,000 times and doesn’t seem to be the least bit bothered by it. This is because, after millions of years of this type of behavior, they’ve evolved some specialized headgear to prevent injuries to their heads, brains, and eyes.  The most famous Pileated Woodpecker was named Woody – you might have seen his cartoon! 🙂

 

Creative Weekend

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

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’re Doing Great

You Got This

You Got This

You are Tougher

You are Tougher

Don't Be Afraid

Don’t Be Afraid

I so enjoy making cards and hope they will help uplift each person who receives one.

Celebrate with Balloons

Celebrate with Balloons

Birthday Balloons

Birthday 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!

Supplies:  My Creative Time Stamps, You Matter; Simon Says Stamps, Cheering You On; Lawn Fawn, Scripty Sayings; Stampin Up, Best Year Ever paper.