Friday, December 2, 2016

Oh Holy Night!

Sooooo, I found this ever so cute Christmas stamp...  this is how conversations between Brandy and I start.  Far too frequently!!!  In this case, it is me having picked up Art Impressions latest stamp - Nativity stamp set.  This set comes with the dies to create a tri-fold card.  Here's my attempt at creating this card.  Photography wasn't hyper great, forgive me.

I used my Intense Watercolor Pencils to color the image - mostly taking a watercolor brush to the pencils and then coloring the image as if it was watercolor paint.  This allowed the soft image with little chance of blooms - a sure fire technique to look good at watercoloring.

I'm really pleased with this set - it is so adorable with that little baby Jesus peeking out from the inside of the card.  I adhered the Bristol cardstock tri-fold (made exactly how the package instructions prescribed) to a kraft card base which I had glued shut.  This gave the card extra sturdyness while also creating the aesthetic I was looking for.  I really love the cards and have already stamped and cut a set.  I'm going to work on watercoloring the set and then I'll have a gift set for the holidays.  Yay!

How about you?  It's officially December now, clocks ticking.  Are you ticking off those to-do items from your crafty list?

Wednesday, November 30, 2016

Another Fall Birthday Card

You can't say I didn't enjoy my Hero Arts September Monthly Kit.  Here's one last card made with the supplies from that kit.  In this case, the die cut wreath on the front of my card.  I used my Mission Gold watercolors to create some rich watercolo and dropped the paint onto a watercolor card front to get these interesting splotches.  Not a totally fall colored theme, but definitely man worthy card, so I used this for a family birthday wish.  I think it works very well coupled with the sentiment on the inside of the card.  Keeping it simple for the masculine flair.

I find myself behind on my gift making endeavors.  Are you feeling the same?  I hope not.  However, I do have to focus, focus, focus as time before Christmas is running short.  This week marks the end of birthday season with my daughter, Katie's birthday.  I'm saving a photo of her birthday card so she doesn't get a sneak peek.  Moving on from birthday's to Christmas gifts now.

Monday, November 28, 2016

Our Beautiful World - White

I have been out of town for work several times over the past few months.  This past trip I was able to stay a few extra days and see some sights with my brother-in-law, sister-in-law and husband.  We took a day trip to Ashville, North Carolina to see the Biltmore House.  This house is the largest private residence in the US built by the Vanderbilts and it open for public tour.  We decided to visit because the house was decorated for Christmas and there was threat of rain (though you can't tell in my pictures).

They have a beautiful garden which was on the trailing edge of fall, much of it withered.  However, the hothouse contained many exotic plants and so I'm sharing some of these with you today inspired by Our Beautiful World's word prompt which is White.

You must forgive the quality of photos - I only had my cell phone with me.  The white poinsettias were stunning and filled various locations throughout the house.  There were also many Christmas decorations, but I thought I should share this one with white icicles which was way more stunning in person.

If you get a chance, the tour is not inexpensive, but was a wonderful way to spend the day.  Definitely shows you how the other half lives at Christmas time!

Why don't you stop by Our Beautiful World and see what everyone is sharing when prompted by the word White!

Sunday, November 27, 2016

A Set of Thank Yous

I had mentioned that I used my Hero Arts September Monthly Kit including the grateful stamp set to create a bunch of card fronts.  I'm stopping in to share the cards made with you.  I used my MISTI to repetitively stamp the images in the wreath shape by creating a template with the first card front.  Then I placed the stamps in the appropriate location using the template and inked and stamped multiple Bristol paper card fronts.  I'm really pleased how these cards turned out - using up various ribbons from the stash.  I can't say as I found a ribbon that I liked best, though the ombre ribbon is probably the most stunning all all the ribbons.

These cards as so pretty and easy to make once the template was made.  I think I ultimately made around 11 - 15 different cards with this design.  There's so many different reasons to give thanks this time of year and I am feeling abundantly blessed, so I couldn't help but give them all away this week.

What are you feeling blessed by?  Have you sent your wishes to them?  In this season of thanksgiving, I'd encourage you to do so.

Friday, November 25, 2016

Fall Thank Yous

Whew!  It has been a busy month - I ended up feeling poorly the first few weeks of the month and then seemed to get better in time to be out of town for business for a week right before the holiday week.  If I've been a bad blog friend, forgive me.  It's been a whirlwind.  I'm stopping in to share a thank you card design that I worked out in the middle of all that busy-ness.  I am still so enamored by the Hero Arts September Monthly Kit including the grateful stamp set.  I decided to break out the MISTI to try my hand at repetitive stamping.  I used the leaf stamps from the set and the inks provided to create these card fronts.  Paired with a simple kraft card and some delightful ombre ribbon, the cards are quite perfect for this season of giving thanks.  Plus, it is birthday season in our house, so these cards are going to be put to very good use.

I've made quite a few more card fronts.  I'm going to go "shopping" in the stash to find various coordinating ribbons.  This is what I tell myself when I'm trying not to rush to the store to pick out a new supply.  I just "shop" the stash and make it work.  Once I've finished up the set, I'll post pictures so you can see how they all turned out.

I hope your Thanksgiving was joyfilled and your recovery from the festivities is quick.  We're off tomorrow for the Arizona high school football championships.  My daughter, Katie, is marching with the Wolfpack Marching Band to open the game tomorrow night at Cardinals stadium (yep, the home of the NFL team!).  We're so excited and hope that she can claim to have cheered the football team on to victory.  We will do the same.  Have a great weekend.