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…
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”.
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!
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). 🙂
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.
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.