Saturday, January 30, 2016

Online Watercolor Card Class

Hi guys!

Are you taking the current online card class? It's Watercolor For Card Makers Intermediate Techniques and it has been fabulous! The instructor is Dawn Woleslagle - owner of WPlus9 and she is an amazing watercolor artist. I've admired her talent for a long time and couldn't wait to learn more from her through this class. 

If you're not taking the class, you can sign up anytime right here. Believe me when I say, all the online card classes are wonderful but this one has been my fave for sure! 

There have been 3 days of lessons from Dawn, chocked full of valuable information, tips on how to gain success with your water coloring, tons of videos and of course Dawn's gorgeous paintings! Then there were also 3 more days of guest artists, sharing their interpretations of Dawn's lessons, through videos and instruction. Well worth the price of class!

Okay, so I started out scared to death to even attempt any painting but with Dawn's encouragement, I gave it a try and I ended up really liking most of my creations.

Here's a few of my homework pieces.

This was from the first day of class. Just trying to paint little flowers. Actually pretty easy to do. 

This one is for day 3. We learned how adding negative painting can really help define an image. Such s cool technique!

This is from day 3 too, when we also learned about "lifting" color. The larger flower is a stamped image but I hand painted the two smaller ones. Buds are my favorite to do. Smaller is definitely easier! 

Here's one for day 5's homework. I went with the buds again and created a sweet, simple card. 

Then came day 6. Yikes, was I ever scared to try this! It's my take on one of the guest artists. Her name is Swarup Murthy (Sanketi) and she is so talented! I loved one of her paintings from class! There are so many areas on this one that, if you look closely, are not very good, but I went with it and kept playing. In the end, I don't think it's half bad! 

I've learned a ton from this class. Mostly that I need to be patient when I'm water coloring - ha! But I also learned how the shape of brushes can work to your advantage, how to know when you have too much water or pigment on your brush and what colors to mix so you get many different shades of the same color. I also learned that practice is the BIGGEST thing, not to compare yourself to others and so much more! If you love the look of watercolors and want to learn more, I highly recommend this class!

Thanks for stopping by! I hope you're all having a wonderful Weekend! ♥

Tuesday, January 19, 2016

Copics, Hearts and Sparkles!

Hi guys!

I'm back today with a few more cards to share.

 Love this pretty stamp set from Winnie & Walter! So fun to color with Copics! And that awesome sentiment is from Simon Says Stamp. 

Such a cool die from Simon Says Stamp! It's called Heart Vent. I really like aqua and red together and thought it would make a fun combination using this die.

And here's some silver, sparkly goodness! I used one of my fave stencils with some glitter paste for the background. Then I created a stencil from the Heart Duet die set and again used the same glitter paste. I cut out the hearts and voila! Much prettier in real life.

I've been taking just an hour or so each day to clear out cupboards and drawers in the kitchen. Feels so good to get rid of all the junk we collect over the years! Can anyone tell me why we do that? Seriously. Hubby and I have had quite a few laughs, finding some of the things we've saved. We keep asking each other the same two questions. "What is THIS?" and "Why would we even KEEP this?" Lol! I'm hoping most of you can relate!

Thanks for stopping by today - I really appreciate it! Hope everyone has a wonderful week! ♥


Wednesday, January 13, 2016

Playing With Simon Says Stamp's, "You Have My Heart" Release

Hi there crafters!

I've got a bunch of cards to share with you today, using some new stamps and dies from the Simon Says Stamp, You Have My Heart Release.

Retirement sure does fit me well! I knew I'd have more time to create but I'm loving it even more than I thought I would! Now if I could just stop creating and get this house in order - lol!

I know many of you have seen Simon's newest release. If not, head over here to check it out! It's awesome! 

Here are the cards I've created recently.
Is this not the cutest set? Seriously love it! I's called Stacking Animals and they are so fun to color!

This Scribble Heart and Arrow die set is really cool! Had to create a shaker card with it! 

And then there's the Heart Breeze die! So intricate and pretty! I used foil cardstock for this one. Simple but effective!

The Roses For You stamp and die set was created by the amazing and talented Shari Carroll and it is gorgeous! This one in blue . . . 

 . . . and one in pink. :)

Okay, I'll be honest. This card took me FOREVER! I know it looks simple but . . . yikes! I used one of the two heart dies from the set, Heart Duet (from their Diecember release.) Then I added all those tiny flowers and leaves from the Mini Flowers and Leaves die set. I DO love how it turned out and it's another shaker - yes! *fist pump*

This last one is from Simon's Diecember release but I wanted to share it too. I love playing with watercolors to create fun backgrounds! I added the fabulous and popular, Stacked Hearts die. I cut it apart and offset the different pieces on the panel. And that sentiment? Love it! It's the Painted Hugs die.

Whew! Thanks for hanging in there with me - that was quite a few cards! In the future, I'm hoping to post more often here on my blog with only a card or two at a time. We'll see if that happens - ha! 

I always appreciate your visits and love reading your comments! Thank you for stopping by! ♥


Tuesday, December 29, 2015

Goodbye 2015!

Hi there!

I wanted to write one more post before the end of the year to share some recent cards I've created. I've also thrown in some other random photos - just because.

We had a wonderful Christmas with my family. We always head to my sister's house for a cozy night. Her home is filled with holiday warmth and gorgeous decor! Here's some pics from Christmas Eve.

Her family room is so cozy - just love it!

Here's the staircase in the foyer.

The living room is beautiful!

She sets a lovely table too! This is one of three.

Here I am with my three sisters, cleaning up in the kitchen after dinner.

And one of me and my hubby.

We had such a fun night! Then Christmas day was spent with our boys. Always calm and quiet and so relaxing. Of course I forgot to take pics. I guess I was too excited opening presents. Here's my favorite one, from my two sons. They are so clever, aren't they?

 I will be wearing this A LOT!!! Isn't it fun?!

I've been creating some cards lately too. Here's just a few.

Love this sweet MFT set called Adorable Elephants!

 On this one I used the ornament stamp, which is included in MFT's Santa's Elves stamp set.

The rest of the cards use Simon Says Stamp exclusive products, most from their DieCember release. If you have any questions, let me know in a comment.

For this last card I used the Heart Vent die from Simon Says Stamp's, newest release, You Have My Heart.

I only have two days left of work! My last day before retiring is Thursday, Dec. 31st! Ahhhhhh!!! I can't believe it's actually gonna happen! I'm excited - a little bit scared - but mostly excited. I'm looking forward to having more time to start visiting and commenting again on your blogs - I miss it! And I'm excited to have more time to create too! I'll still be running the Simon Says Stamp Flickr group, along with the challenges over there. The current one is water coloring. Would love to see you head on over to check it out!

I hope you all had a wonderful Christmas! Here's to a fabulous, crafty and creative 2016! ♥

Friday, December 4, 2015

It's DieCember at Simon Says Stamp!

Hi there!

I'm back today with a couple of cards using a new die set from Simon Says Stamp.

It's my second favorite crafty month of the year - DieCember - and Simon has some awesome dies to celebrate! You can check them all out right here

I've been playing with one of the new die sets from the release called, Single Roses and I love it!

On my first card I used Foiled Cardstock from DCWV for the roses. So simple but creates such a pretty (and shiny) effect!

This second card took me a whole lot longer. Seriously, I don't even want to admit how long I worked on this one - lol! It was so fun though using Distress Inks, to not only create the watercolor background, but to also shade my flowers. 

I decided to only add a bit of the white, positive portions of the die to give it an even more artsy feel. That fun die-cut sentiment is also from Simon Says Stamp. It was one of the products in their, "From All of Us" release last month. And I used Stickles too! Haven't done that in awhile - so fun! Here's a close-up so you can see the sparkle.

Reminder to self - Use Stickles more often! I found the easiest way to add them to the flowers was with a tiny paint brush, or just spread the Stickles on with your finger.

Thanks for stopping by. I hope you'll check out Simon's DieCember release! Dies are such a fun way to add beauty and dimension to our cards and most of them are cheaper than stamp sets!

Have a great day! ♥

Tuesday, November 24, 2015

Share Handmade Kindness with Strangers

Hi there!

I know it's been ages since my last post. Life is always so busy. Happy but busy.

I hope you're all doing well and gearing up to enjoy the holidays!

As you all know by now, Jennifer McGuire has been hosting a kindness campaign/challenge for a few weeks now. Well, this week is all about sharing that kindness with strangers. She has lots of different ideas on how to do this on her blog, so if you haven't checked it out, you should do so!

I've worked in customer service all my life and although it can be challenging to keep every customer happy, I have learned that extra kindness goes a long way. I find little ways to do this all the time. A couple of examples would be when I mention how pretty a lady's blouse is, or I tell a gentleman I like his tie. One of my favorite things to do is to blow up a balloon and give it to a child who's shopping in the store with their mom or dad. It's those small gestures or comments that can really help make someone's day brighter.

So I got thinking about Jennifer's kindness challenge  and it made me realize I can do even more. I mean, I create handmade cards almost every day, so why not share those with strangers too! I decided to make lots of cards, all with the same simple, easy design. Here's a few of them.

Many times, when the store gets busy, I head up to the front and help with checking out the customers, so I'm planning on sneaking the cards into customer's grocery bags! How fun is that?! I wrote a little note inside, telling the recipient that I hope the card puts a smile on their face.

I hope you can also think of a way to share handmade kindness with strangers this week. We all know our world could use lots more of it!

I'd also like to wish a very Happy Thanksgiving to my American crafty friends! Wishing you all a wonderful day, filled with love, laughter and lots of yummy food! We'll be heading to my brother's cabin, about an hour north of here. Should be a beautiful, cozy day by the lake and I'm really looking forward to it! :)

Thanks for stopping by! ♥

Sunday, October 4, 2015

Masking and Copics World Card Making Day!

Hi there!

I had every intention of sitting down to create a few cards for World Card Making Day but life sure can get in the way! Between cleaning the house before friends stopped over, running errands and watching a few videos on Periscope, I ended up only making one card. But I do love how it turned out and really enjoyed the process!

I've always loved masking, along with the results you get from this technique, but I have trouble with the patience it takes to use it too often. Reminder to self . . . . use it more often!

I'm in love with this beautiful Addie's Garden set from Winnie and Walter! The images are so fun to color. I used Copics, by the way. And that big "Hugs" stamp? That's from Simon Says Stamp. It's included in their, Best Hugs set.

I have to thank my good friend, Kelly Latevola for her awesome talent! I love watching her videos and have learned so much about masking and coloring from her! If you don't follow her blog, Instagram, You Tube, Periscope, etc, you should - she's amazing!

Short and sweet tonight. Hope you all had time to create something today! Happy World Card Making Day! ♥