Friday, November 13, 2020

Rainbow Cards

 I keep experimenting with my watercolor sets, and this round resulted in two cards for family members. The rainbow ribbon came on a birthday goodie bag that CJ brought home from preschool, and it looked fun to use on a card. I started with watercolor backgrounds using the Sakura 24 color set and added gold specs and frames with a metallic watercolor set. I wrote the sentiments with a gold gel pen. I also added some rainbow jewels for more details. I even managed to get these cards mailed after buying larger envelopes for 5x7 cards. Now back to making Christmas cards. 

Thursday, November 12, 2020

Card for Mojo Monday

 For this card, I tried my watercolors with stamps and papers from my last Stampin' Up order. I will list out the supplies at the end of the card because they are mostly current for once! This is a great sketch for Mojo Monday

I wonder if other crafters occasionally lose their clear stamps because I do! Luckily, I always find them. The sentiment on this card was stuck to my self-healing mat for a couple of weeks. I was happy to find it yesterday because I worried that my vacuum might have gotten it. 

Supplies Used

from Stampin' Up!

Coming Home Stamp Set

Trimming the Town Designer Series Paper

Night of Navy Cardstock

White Embossing Powder

Versamark Ink

Archival Black Ink

Banners Pick a Punch

Winter Snow Embossing Foler

Stitched Dies (retired)

from Close To My Heart

White Notecards

from Amazon

Watercolor Paints

White Gel Pen 

Watercolor Brushes 

Wednesday, October 21, 2020

Watercolor Class

I think that it's beneficial to be a beginner and learn new things. I have enjoyed previous Online Card Classes, so I was excited to try the newest class. (These classes are packed with content and a great value!) I had used some of my inks to watercolor cards occasionally, but that is the limit of my experience. I bought some water color supplies and am trying new cards. Right now I have made some card pieces and 2 completed cards. 

These cards are from the Day 1 Lessons: 

I have so much more to practice and learn! 

Supplies Used:

Watercolor set

Metallic watercolor set

Brush set

Gold pens

White gel pens

Watercolor paper


Small round bruh

Stampin' Up! cardstock, stamp, gold paper, embossing powder, Versamark ink, and heat tool. 

Monday, October 12, 2020

Fall Weekend

 After 16 years in Texas and California, I am enjoying my first Midwestern fall again. The Ohio weather has been mild, which is helpful. This weekend we visited a pumpkin patch and played outside. Alex made his first apple pie with his grandma. I knew that I needed to embrace the seasons as we moved back to Ohio, and I am enjoying the fall so far. 

Monday, October 5, 2020

Have a Beautiful Fall

 The leaves are changing in Ohio, so it's a fun time to play with the Beautiful Autumn bundle from Stampin' Up. I started stamping and punching pieces on Saturday and then used a sketch on Sunday to put my card together. Here is the sketch from Freshly Made Sketches (#455 by Jen Mitchell).

I mixed 2 stamp sets for my greeting. The original greeting was "Have a Beautiful Day," but I wanted my card to say fall instead of day. I used a retired stamp set from Close To My Heart to make the change and used the Mini Misti tool to line up my sentiment. I wanted to add the red maple leaves to the card because those are my favorites right now in our neighborhood. 

I am photographing my cards by our stairs, so I may look for a light box to improve the process. We are still setting our upstairs office and craft nook, and I feel grateful to have the space. 

Supplies Used

From Stampin Up: Crumb Cake cardstock, Pear Pizzazz cardstock and ink, Crushed Curry cardstock and ink, Cajun Craze cardstock, Real Red ink, stitched circle die (retired), Woodland embossing folder, and Beautiful Autumn bundle

From Close To My Heart: White notecards and cardstock, New England Ivy ink, pattern paper, and Autumn Air stamp set (retired)


Thursday, October 1, 2020

Thankful Thursday: October 1

 I have been revisiting some blogs that I've read in the past. I enjoyed reading Thankful Thursday posts on The Frugal Girl, so I will share my thoughts here. 

1. The Ohio weather was nice in September! We've enjoyed a lot of time outside, including walks, bike rides, and a bonfire. The leaves are starting to change colors too. 

2. I am thankful for our patio, so we could enjoy safer time with family and friends outside. 

3. Hybrid school is working out for our family. Preschool is three mornings a week and sixth grade is 3 hours each morning with online homework. We feel fortunate to have a choice in options and that our schools are following strong procedures for health and safety. After teaching last school year, I acknowledge that there may need to be future changes and that each solution comes with challenges. I am really grateful for the time that preschool opens up for me each week. 

4. We have a gas range again! This is my favorite kind, and we've not had one since the end of 2014. We rented an apartment and 3 houses over 8 years, so I am grateful to settle into our own home now. 

Sunday, September 20, 2020

Happy Fall Y'all!

The weather is cooling off in Ohio, and I feel fall coming. I left our box of coats and jackets in a closet when we moved in July. It was time to unpack it this week due to cooler mornings. It's time to start making some fall cards! I enjoyed working with this sketch from Freshly Made Sketches

Supplies Used
Cardstock: Stampin' Up! (Cajun Craze, Garden Green, Soft Suede, and Crushed Curry) and Close to My Heart (white card base)
Inks: Stampin' Up! (Crumb Cake) and Close to My Heart (New England Ivy)
Stamps: Stampin' Up! (Banner Yearand Close to My Heart (retired)
Embossing Folder and Dies: Stampin' Up! retired
Punch: Stampin' Up! Banners Pick a Punch