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!

 

Stampin Up, Flower Patch in Subtle Inks

This stamp set is so versatile because the components can be layered in countless ways, creating many variations of each flower.  I used the Stampin Up subtle ink collection and love the blendability and softness of the colors.  Just in case they weren’t feminine enough, a little sequin bling took care of that!

Stampin Up, Flower Patch

Stampin Up, Flower Patch


Stampin Up, Flower Patch Card 2, Happy Blooming Birthday

Stampin Up, Flower Patch Card 2, Happy Blooming Birthday

Merry Christmas!

Yes, I know I have neglected this blog but that doesn’t mean I haven’t been extremely busy with my crafts. After taking the Watercolor Online Card Class for Card Makers, I found that I really enjoyed this medium. As mentioned previously, I always wanted to learn to draw freehand and how to use watercolors successfully without making a bunch of mud, which unfortunately is remarkably easy to make! I scoured various websites, YouTube videos, Pinterest, library books and magazines, etc., and I practiced many months and created projects that I now jokingly call abstracts. I finally found a real class to take where I could get some feedback and learn firsthand.

After 7 weeks of classes I finally have been able to make something I feel confident enough to share. The joke with my instructor was that the first week I used tons of paper towels, and each week I used fewer and fewer. The last class I used only 1 so maybe I got the hang of it a little. Here is my last class project. I know it is simple, but most of the paint is where it is supposed to be!

Watercolor Snowman - class project

Watercolor Snowman – class project

Also, because we are two days away from Christmas, I am sharing two Christmas cards I previously made.

The first one is a poinsettia image stamped on a piece of vellum and heat embossed in gold. I then took a second image, cut out the center portion, and pop mounted it on top of the base image to give it a little dimension. These cards were a lot of work but I enjoyed each step in the process and was happy with the elegant look.

2103 Christmas Card

2103 Christmas Card

Because the making of this year’s card coincide with my watercolor classes, of course I had to use a little watercolor technique on this card. I made a panel with a simple multicolored wash background and let it dry. I then stamped the snowflakes, heat embossed them with white powder, and mounted the panel to sparkly white paper. The sentiment and chain of gems were also heat embossed in white. I thought a little more sparkle was needed and because sequins were all the rage this year in the world of cardmaking, I opted to add just a few.

2014 Christmas card

2014 Christmas card

May you be surrounded by the love of family and friends this Christmas!

Cards with a Religious Theme

My friends and I sometimes make cards for a local hospital’s chaplain who likes the cards to have a bit of a religious theme. Here is the latest batch I made for her, and I was excited to use some of my new stash of sequins to brighten them up. I didn’t use sequins on all of them because I was afraid they would make the cards look too feminine, and I enjoyed using some of my patterned papers and mixing and matching.

 

Dove Card Shades of Green

Dove Card
Shades of Green

 

Dove Card, Orange and Turquoise

Dove Card,
Orange and Turquoise

 

Dove Card Greens and Oranges

Dove Card
Greens and Oranges

 

Scrolled Cross Card

Scrolled Cross Card

 

Cross Card

Cross Card

 

God Bless You Card

God Bless You Card

 

Currently in the works are some special-request baby cards, and I am also enrolled in an online class called Watercolor for Card Makers. I am enjoying this class immensely and learning so much, but boy do I have a lot of practice ahead of me.  Also, Happy Mother’s Day to everyone out there, and especially to my Mom and Mother-In-Law who are some of my best encouragers ever.  Love you both!