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.
Because this blog began with card making, it seems fitting to share what I made last week at a craft retreat.
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.
Thanks to everyone who follows my blog and especially those who have taken time to leave a like or a comment.
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!
I finally have another full box of cards to send to Send A Smile 4 Kids, an organization dedicated to collecting and distributing handmade cards to children who are inpatient at Children’s Hospitals. They accept handmade kids’ cards for holidays, birthdays, and everyday cheer. You might have seen the Sesame Street cards previously on my blog, but they go over so well with the little kids that I made more.
I try to find card patterns that are gender neutral, thereby being more useful to the organization, and this time I made some for older kids too.
I hope they fulfill the goal of making a child smile even while sick in the hospital. Have a great weekend!
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 window pane
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. 😛
I actually made these cards a few years ago but just came across the pictures while transferring my old computer to a new one. The designs are kind of “sneezy,” and even though I hopefully have better design skills now, they are still fun cards. The strips on the left side of the cards are actually a shiny mirrored paper, but they picked up reflections from my clothing, etc. and look a little wonky, so you will have to use your imagination that they are super shiny chrome!
United We ‘Stang
Ford – A True Classic
F-150 Ford Trucks
These cards are a little different than what I usually make, but I spotted these awesome Ford stickers at Stamping Buddies, an independently owned stamp store in town. The owner, Pam, is really good at stocking things other than the usual findings at the big box stores, so each visit to Stamping Buddies makes me feel like a kid in a candy shop! Of course I also had to buy these Ford stickers because my dad started working at Ford in his teens and worked there until he retired! We are definitely a Ford family – I learned to drive back in the 1970s in a Cougar, then moved to a huge Galaxy 500. I figure if you can drive a Galaxy 500, you can drive anything! But I digress. Do you remember what kind of car you first learned to drive?
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
Hedgehog banner by Mariele for college dorm door hanger
Colorful Birthday Card
Hexagon Birthday Card with Sequins
Window Card with Flower Box
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!