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.

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

White on White Cards

Today I am sharing three cards that are white on white. After playing with watercolors for many weeks I got back to card making and wanted to start with a clean look. What could be cleaner than white on white?

White on White-Best Wishes

White on White-Best Wishes

Embossing folders add texture and only a few ribbons or inky words are needed.  The card above features the Stampin Up Bird punch layered on an embossed heart.

White on White - Swirls

White on White – Swirls

White on White - Hearts

White on White – Hearts

The edge punches add to the lacy, crisp, and elegant feel of these cards, which are so versatile and can be used for a multitude of occasions.

Online Card Classes, Watercolor for Card Makers

Online Card Classes are a great way to learn different skills and techniques. Currently I am enrolled in a class called Watercolor for Card Makers. It is interesting that watercolor can go from rather structured and regimented, which is what I think mine look like, all the way to very abstract and swirly. These are the best of some of my practice pieces and I hope that with a lot more practice I will get better and better. I don’t want to make them abstract and swirly but I’d like to be able to make them a little less crisp. I didn’t do the drawings, though. They are actually rubber stamps stamped on watercolor paper; I only wish I were talented enough to do the drawings. For now I am concentrating on making them look more defined simply by layering the colors, and once I get better I will make the images into cards. Have a great week!

Watercolor background with embossed stamping for texture

Watercolor background with embossed stamping for texture

Watercolor Bird, Stampin Up, Simply Sketched

Watercolor Bird, Stampin Up, Simply Sketched

Watercolor Flower, Stampin Up, Simply Sketched

Watercolor Flower, Stampin Up, Simply Sketched

Watercolor still life, Stampin Up, Studio Sketches

Watercolor still life, Stampin Up, Studio Sketches

 

Watercolored Yellow Flowers

Watercolored Yellow Flowers

Watercolored Rose, definitely needs work!

Watercolored Rose, definitely needs work!

Watercolored Purple Cone Flowers

Watercolored Purple Cone Flowers

 

Starting Monday with Espresso Thanks

Today’s featured card was made during my last trip to the Crop-A-Doodle-Do.  I decided to make use of their stamps since it would be my last chance to do so, and I chose this retired Stampin Up set.

Just Wanted to Epresso My Thanks

Just Wanted to Epresso My Thanks

I used the Devine Swirls embossing folder for the background since it kind of mimics steam rising from the cup, and I thought the paper colors were very happy and cheerful.  Happy Monday!

Weekend Retreat at the Crop-A-Doodle-Do

I was fortunate enough to enjoy another weekend at my favorite crafting place – the Crop-A-Doodle-Do – which is Indiana’s finest crafting Bed and Breakfast!  It is a farmhouse renovated into a crafter’s haven.  What a respite.  All our meals and snacks were made for us, and all we had to do was craft, relax, and reconnect with friends.  Here are some pictures of the weekend.

Friday's Sunset

Friday’s Sunset

Friday's Sunset

Friday’s Sunset

Relaxing in Adirondak Chairs

Relaxing in Adirondak Chairs

I planned to make 114 owl cards to to go along with the owl pun stamps I just bought.  After about 35 owl cards I had had enough of the tedious piecing and moved on to another project.

Components to make 114 owl cards!

Components to make 114 owl cards!

Guess Whoo Misses You

Guess Whoo Misses You

Guess Whooo Loves You

Guess Whooo Loves You

The owls were made with Stampin Up’s owl punch and the branch is from their bird punch.  I pieced everything together with my craft tweezers and Tombow’s Mono Multi Glue.

You Rock components

You Rock components

I borrowed the CADD’s Cricut Cartridge called Nifty Fifties and cut out all these terrific guitars as well as the phrases of “You Rock.”  I made these cards for OWH and thought the You Rock cards were perfect for deployed service folks to send home to their teenagers.

Now back to normal tomorrow with work, etc., but at least I am starting Monday feeling refreshed and rested.  Speaking of work – Missie, here is the card I dedicated to you for covering the weekend’s dictation for me.  Thank You – You Rock!

You Rock

You Rock, Missie!