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
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.
from Stampin' Up!
Coming Home Stamp Set
Trimming the Town Designer Series Paper
Night of Navy Cardstock
White Embossing Powder
Archival Black Ink
Banners Pick a Punch
Winter Snow Embossing Foler
Stitched Dies (retired)
from Close To My Heart
Wednesday, October 21, 2020
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:
Stampin' Up! cardstock, stamp, gold paper, embossing powder, Versamark ink, and heat tool.
Monday, October 12, 2020
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
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 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.
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
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
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.