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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!

 

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!

 

Oh Christmas Tree

One of my most favorite memories of the holiday season as a child was going out each year to tromp through the Christmas tree farm and cut down our tree.  I can’t remember the name of the tree farm any longer, but the owners used to give everyone in the car a homemade popcorn ball on your way out after you paid.  We thought it was such a treat!  Not sure why…but man, we loved those popcorn balls.  This was a fun one to paint…and brought back some really great memories.

Stamp set by honeybee stamps and I used a combination of water color pencils and a really cheap set of water color paints from the craft store.  (and no, I don’t get paid to say that!  I freely acknowledge/promote the products I use in my everyday life). 🙂

Maple Leafs

Fall is in the air…

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How the time flies

I can’t believe my oldest nephew is graduating high school.   I thought and thought and thought (for weeks even!) about the graduation card I wanted to make for him.  (again, my struggle with creativity)  I finally settled on a very simple design with a heartfelt message.  The inside sentiment I chose came from Pinterest and I openly admit to plagiarizing, but to be quite honest, I’m not sure who to acknowledge for the quote, so I hope that is ok!  I love this quote!  I hope he does too.  Keegan, honey – if you see this, please know that I’m sending you much love across the miles.

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Sunflower Wishes

I struggle with creativity…most people who know me would be shocked to hear me say that, but truly  I do.  I hold myself to a high standard of creativity that it can sometimes be a detriment.  I like my cards to be unique.  I don’t like repetition – as in creating mass quantities of the same thing such as a box of note cards.  I like each of my cards or panels to be one of a kind…and meaningful for it’s intended purpose – such as this card I created for my Aunt.  My dear sweet Aunt is a very faith driven individual and I wanted to send her a card that she could identify with and that fully encapsulated my thoughts and prayers going out to her.  I found a block stamp with the Lord’s Prayer that I used for the background and embossed it with rich cocoa colored ink and clear embossing powder.  Then, because my aunt loves sunflowers, I went on the hunt for one and found a really nice digital stamp from PowerPoppy.  After coloring this stamp and some serious fussy cutting, I set this on top of the background panel with foam tape to add dimension.  The Blessing flag was purchased from Ben Franklin Crafts.  For the inside sentiment, I just typed this up in a Word doc, and printed it out for the inside of the card.  I hope she loves it as much as I loved making it for her.

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