Rose Gardens

After practicing loose, freestyle watercolor roses for a couple of days, I had quite a “garden” of them to be made into greeting cards.

Hand-painted Roses Bridal Card

Hand-painted Roses Bridal Shower Card

They are quite fun to paint, take shape quickly, and make an elegant presentation.

Hand-painted Watercolor Roses Birthday Card

Hand-painted Roses Birthday Card

Hand-painted Watercolor Roses Birthday Card

Hand-painted Roses Birthday Card

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Here’s hoping we call can take time to smell the real roses today.  Happy Wednesday!

Happy Birthday, Buddy! #WorldWatercolorMonth

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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!

 

World Watercolor Month has only a week left. Time flies when we’re having fun!  Remember, we are raising awareness for the Dreaming Zebra Foundation and the Art Room Aid project sponsored by Dick Blick with hopes of bringing art supplies and teaching to children who otherwise would not have exposure to the enriching world of art. Please consider a donation today!

World Watercolor Month 2016

World Watercolor Month 2016

 

 

 

Birthday Chipmunk

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!

Birthday Chipmunk

Birthday Chipmunk

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!

For a Loyal Baseball Fan

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

Baseball Birthday Card

Happy Birthday, Buddy!  I hope you have a great day celebrating!

Word Card Making Day – 2014

Wow, where does the time go? They say that yesterday was the last warm day and now we are heading into fall temperatures, which is fine by me. I was lucky enough to travel on a few trips which kept me busy these summer months, and I have been learning some new skills to add to my crafty repertoire. I have always wanted to learn to draw and watercolor, and through many websites, online classes, and library books I have been practicing the basics. This led to a fascination of colored pencil drawings which can be very detailed and gorgeous.

Of course I have been making cards and have spent many productive hours in my craft corner. Since today is the eve of World Card Making Day, I will share some of my card creations. Next week I will share some watercolor and colored pencil projects I have been working on.

 

Washi Tape Birthday Card

Washi Tape Birthday Card

Washi Tape Birthday Card 2

Washi Tape Birthday Card 2

Missing You card

Missing You card

Thank You Card

Thank You Card

The first two are self-explanatory in that they were made with washi tape, swirl stamps, and a sentiment.  Clean and simple.  The Missing You Card stamp is by Unity.  I colored it in with distress markers and punched with a Fiskars corner punch.  I made a big batch of the Thank You cards for a friend’s husband, and the sentiment was punched with a Martha Stewart Punch.  I like the strong, masculine tone of this card.  Happy World Card Making Day tomorrow!

Crafty Weekends are the Best!

Last week once again we spent a relaxing, crafty weekend at the Hickory Road Inn, a bed and breakfast in Batesville. Our group has such diverse talents and interests so lots of sewing, embroidery, painting, scrapbooking, paper crafting, and card making took place. All the food was scrumptious and the Inn is very comfortable and accommodating. At least this time we didn’t have any run-ins with ice storms or ticks!!

 

Emily's canvas pictures

Emily’s canvas pictures

Hedgehog banner by Mariele for college dorm door hanger

Hedgehog banner by Mariele for college dorm door hanger

 

Colorful Birthday Card

Colorful Birthday Card

Hexagon Birthday Card with Sequins

Hexagon Birthday Card with Sequins

 

Window Card with Flower Box

Window Card with Flower Box

Chevron Birthday Card with Sequins

Chevron Birthday Card with Sequins

Emily worked on two canvas collages which were very stunning, but unfortunately I don’t have a picture of her second one.  Mariele is getting ready to go back to college and worked on door hangers and other decorations dorm room and her service group.  Above are some of the cards I made.  It was fun to add some sparkle with the sequins.  I can’t decide if the window box card needs to have some curtains in the window, so I will probably add some to the next batch and see which I like better. Have a great week!

Rainy Days and Mondays – Make Me Crabby

Not really, but it would be nice to see a little sunshine.  Recently my dear friend, Pat, had a birthday.  She collects crab-related items and loves the little critters, so I decided to make her a set of crabby cards as a gift.  It was very easy with my Cricut.

Celebrating Crab, Create a Critter

Celebrating Crab, Create a Critter

The first cute crabby card above uses a 3-inch crab from Create a Critter, various shells and starfish from Life’s a Beach, and the word “celebrate” from the Best of 2006 cartridge in 1 inch.  On the right is an example of what some of the cards read on the inside.

Oh Snap!  Crab card, Life's a Beach

Oh Snap! Crab card, Life’s a Beach

The 3-inch crab on the second card isn’t as friendly looking but I like him anyhow.  He is from Life’s a Beach as is the sandcastle cut at 3 inches.  The cupcake is from Best of 2006.

Crab, Create a Critter, Snappy Birthday

Crab, Create a Critter, Snappy Birthday

Happy Crab, Create a Critter

Happy Crab, Create a Critter

The last card uses the cute crab again from Create a Critter.  I cut him at 2-1/2 inches so there was plenty of room for the background images.  The 2-inch sun, tree, and clouds are also from Create a Critter, and to the left of the card front is another example of the inside of the cards.

All of the sky backgrounds are embossed with the Stampin Up Cloudy Day embossing folder, and the “sand” on all the cards is cardstock that was torn and jagged to give it some depth and character.  I also think it would be cute to use actual sandpaper on these cards rather than cardstock.  Happy Birthday, Crabby Pat!