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.  😛

 

 

Springtime

We have had lovely changes in weather lately as well as not-so-lovely thunderstorms with a bit of chill in the air, but that is what spring is all about.  I pulled out some long-loved Stampin Up stamps and punches to create this little bird card, and it reminds me so much of springtime.

Stampin Up Bird Card

Stampin Up Bird Card

Have a great weekend and try to get out to experience all the blossoms and renewal in your part of the world.

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.

Online Card Classes, Watercolor for Card Makers: Exploring Mediums

Recently I enrolled in the latest OCC which explored nontraditional ways to use watercolor mediums. I rarely have time to do the projects and participate in the classes while they are “live,” but this class was shorter and came at a time when my workload was lighter, so I lucked out.

Watercolor, heat embossing and Distress markers

Watercolor, heat embossing and Distress markers

The first card was made by stamping, masking, and heat embossing the flowers and sentiment in gold onto watercolor paper.   The flowers were colored with Distress markers and then softened with water.  The layering paper was plain white, coated with Versamark, and heat embossed as well.

No line watercoloring, blue bird

No-line watercolor, blue bird

The second technique was to use a stamp with Distress inks, and once stamped on the watercolor paper, water was brushed over the image to fill it in.  This makes a “no-line” image as opposed to stamping it with a black outline and then coloring it in.

No-line watercoloring, red bird

No-line watercolor, red bird

I also watercolored the bird with red, but didn’t quite think my color choices all the way through beforehand.  It ended up looking Christmasy, which was not my intention, but I was happy with the red bird anyhow.

Watercolor, free-hand, Derwent Inktense pencils

Watercolor, free-hand, Derwent Inktense pencils

Lastly, I drew this flower free-hand with Derwent Inktense pencils and softened with water and a few colorful splatters.  I really enjoyed this delicate watercolor effect and have been playing with it all weekend.  I wish I had discovered these pencils years ago because they are so much fun!  I was going through sparkle withdrawal so decided to add a few pretty sequins to set off the flower.

Happy Monday and I wish you a peaceful, productive week.  Get out and enjoy some of this fall-like weather!

 

Graduation Cards

One of my favorite challenges is to make a personalized graduation card using parts cut from the school’s graduation announcement.  I also like to keep some general graduation cards on hand just in case I am pressed for time or did not receive an official announcement.  For three of these I used Core’dinations paper, a graduation hat embossing folder, and a sanding block to showcase the background.  I chose the Core’dinations paper to reflect the schools’ colors to make them a little more personal, but the card for Centre College is my favorite of this bunch.

St.J's Graduation Card

St.J’s Graduation Card

Owl Graduation Card - Hoot, Hoot Hooray!

Owl Graduation Card – Hoot, Hoot Hooray!

Core'dinations, General Graduation Card

Core’dinations, General Graduation Card

Centre College Graduation Card

Centre College Graduation Card

Mother’s Day Cards

As always, creating cards for OWH makes a person think ahead, and because Mother’s Day cards need to be shipped out before March 31 I thought I’d get a move on. Traditionally, many Mother’s Day cards depict flowers or butterflies, and there definitely is a myriad of those kinds of stamps and supplies on the market to accomplish this.

Mother's Day Card, SU Painted Petals pink

Mother’s Day Card, SU Painted Petals pink

Mother's Day Card, SU Painted Petals yellow

Mother’s Day Card, SU Painted Petals yellow

Then I got to thinking that although I enjoy a flowery card, not everyone does – which led me to think outside the box a little. My stamp collection was scoured to find some suitable alternatives that I think ended up working well in the end.

Mother's Day Card, Lighthouse

Mother’s Day Card, Lighthouse

Mother's Day Card, #1 Mom blue

Mother’s Day Card, #1 Mom blue

Mother's Day Card, #1 Mom red

Mother’s Day Card, #1 Mom red

The lighthouse was not that big of a stretch, but it was a fun challenge to come up with the last two.  The foam finger stamp is from an OWH set made by Hero Arts, and the name of the set is Dude; however, I think most moms would be happy to receive such a card.