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Is it February yet?

I love February…for a couple of reasons.  First of all, it’s the month I celebrate my birthday and for the most part I really enjoy  my birthday.  Second of all it’s a reminder that March is right around the corner and that means GOLF season is almost here. (YAY!) Thirdly…I get to make a lot of birthday and Valentine’s Day cards.  I start making holiday cards around October and make nothing but Thanksgiving Cards and Christmas cards for what seems to be weeks on end.  Don’t get me wrong, I love making Christmas cards, but let me tell ya, by the time January rolls around I am READY to put away my snowflakes, holly berries and Santa stamps.

So the last couple of days I have been busy playing around with new Love themed stamps and always watercolors.  I’m actually addicted to water coloring.  Not very good at it…but just maybe someday with enough practice I will be.  🙂

Here are a few of my recent cards.  Enjoy and please PM if you’re interested in any custom cards or anything that you see here.  Currently the insides are blank and so I can customize a message of your choosing.

Ok, well, it’s Saturday date night – we’re off to a comedy club with some friends.  Must go get ready…

Cheers!

 

An experiment gone good…

Don’t you love it when an experiment turns out beautifully?  I was messing around with embossing some dies that I had and ran across this cute tea cup die from PoppyStamps.com.  Instead of die cutting it, I embossed it onto water color card stock and used the embossed outlines as my guide for coloring.  After several layers and drying time in between, here you see the final.  I really love the messy outside-the-lines look of this simple water card.  I stamped it up with a coordinating sentiment, popped it onto a bright blue card base and shipped this off to my mom.  Miss you mom!

 

 

If raindrops were kisses…

I can’t remember where I first heard this phrase but as soon as I did, I knew I was going to design a card around it.  Bummer part is that I didn’t have a stamp with that sentiment so I had to hand letter it myself…which trust me, is harder than it looks.  Hand lettering is a gift…and one that I only partially possess…so hence you see the simple all caps print typeface was about all I could muster up for this card.  In the end, the card is handmade…so why not hand letter it as well?

About the card – this was a stamp I purchased from StampingBella.com a few years ago.  I stamped and embossed it onto 140lb. water color cardstock and water colored it with my new Kuretake water colors that my darling husband got me for Christmas.  I finished it off with a bit of colored pencil detail and then secured it to a bright red cardstock base.

For the inside I had to create my own storm.  I can’t believe that I do not have one single cloud stamp in my stash.  So with a sponge dauber and my blue distress inks I swirled up a little storm for the inside of the card.

This will be a sweet Valentine’s day card for someone or even just a cute card to say “I love you”.

Goodbye 2016

Well, holy cow…we are in 2017!  Really? TWENTY SEVENTEEN!  I swear that just yesterday was whole the “Y2K” scare and suddenly Poof!  Fast forward sixteen years…it’s just crazy how time flies.  I can remember exactly what I was doing the night of December 31st, 1999.  My husband and I owned a bar back then and we had a big New Year’s Eve Party going on with a band and free buffet (to soak up all the booze). 🙂  What a great time that was – and to think we all thought the world’s computers were going to blow up with the dawning of a new century.  Clearly they didn’t.

As far as my card making goes, I am very happy to have survived the Christmas card exercise this year.  I managed to hand make and send around 40 cards.  For a few nights, I had a little help from my darling husband and as much as he would hate to admit it, I think he had fun.  I made a handful of designs – I am not one to mass produce because…well, BORING!…so I mixed it up quite a bit.  It was a successful and very rewarding undertaking for me – lots of really great remarks from people who I think genuinely appreciated them.

This picture encapsulates 9 of my most well-liked posts from Instagram last year, which I struggled with because honestly I think I have made at least 200 cards (if not more).  I started my Instagram account in November 2015 and since then I have posted 154 times and gained 134 followers.  Almost one new follower per post!  Well…here’s to a bright and beautiful 2017 with many many more cards to come.  Happy New Year!