This pretty poinsettia stamp from PowerPoppy stamps is a new one to my collection this holiday season and this was my very first attempt at coloring it with my alcohol markers. As I was coloring it I got to wondering about how the Poinsettia became to be such an icon of Christmas decor, and so I did a little research. Turns out the poinsettia originated in Mexico and was first introduced into the states in 1828 by Dr. Joel Roberts Poinsett and that is when it became known as the Poinsettia. But how did the Poinsettia get associated with Christmas? Well, there are a couple of stories that I found, but I like this one the best:
A Mexican legend tells of a girl who could only offer weeds as a gift to Jesus on Christmas Eve. When she brought the weeds into a church, they blossomed into the beautiful red plants we know as poinsettias, known as Flores de Noche Buena in Mexico (Spanish for “flowers of the holy night”).
And, another fun fact about the poinsettia – it is in fact NOT a poisonous plant, but please do me a favor and do not test that theory!
This card is for sale in my Etsy shop – and, like all of my cards, it is a one of a kind. It comes with a matching craft paper envelope.
Good morning and welcome back to standard daylight time! When I woke up this morning at 3:30 am I couldn’t figure out what was wrong with me – and then I remembered we “fell back” last night. Trust me, 4:30 am is still the middle of my night on most days but had a bout of insomnia this morning I guess. So here I am doing some blogging and will probably tackle a few more cards on my to-do list for the week before I have to face the fast approaching Monday.
This finished card is from an all time favorite stamp of mine – made by StampingBella.com. They have the most adorable collection and the artists there who design the stamps are so talented. This cutie is from the Tiny Townies collection called Penelope has a Pencil. For this card, I decided to emboss it and then use watercolor instead of the alcohol markers. I love to emboss when using watercolor because quite honestly, it helps me stay in the lines. 🙂 But, one of the cool things about water coloring is that it’s ok to get a little messy and color outside the lines. The face on this sweet girl is a bit messy but I think that is what makes her special. I also deviated from my standard card size on this one and with with a square shape which required then required a custom envelope. If you are a card maker and you don’t have one of these, you are missing out! Final card size is 4 1/4 x 4 1/4.
This one going up for sale on my Etsy store if anyone is interested…
Enjoy your Sunday everyone… Monday is coming!
Update to this post to show the finished card.
And this is the inside of the card.
I’m not much of a bird watcher but the cardinal has always been one of my favorites. So many fond memories as a kid sitting at the kitchen table with dad in the morning before school and watching the birds fly into the feeder just outside the window, getting their morning feast. We’d both have coffee (I started the caffeine addiction early!) and peanut butter toast with raspberry jam every morning before school. Sometimes we would sit and talk and talk and drink more coffee and before we knew it mom was hollering at us that I was going to miss my bus….and sometimes I did…on purpose. 🙂 Dad always dropped me off and gave me a wink…because I think he didn’t want to go to work as much as I didn’t want to go to school. We were a pair!
Ok…so I digress…back to the reason for the post which is for day three of Kathy’s coloring challenge. The stamp is from Power Poppy stamps – I think from last year’s holiday collection and definitely a favorite. Stamped on heavy watercolor card stock from Tim Holtz, heat embossed and colored in with Tombow watercolor pens. Have a bit more work to do on this but wanted to let the first coat dry before I went any further. More to come on this one.
Today was day 2 of Kathy’s 30 day coloring challenge and I felt compelled to do another fall themed project. (I’m still not ready to ink up the Christmas stamps yet!) This is an old stamp from years ago – in fact I bought this stamp about 10 years ago before I even realized how much I loved stamping! Anyway…I love it and every time I stamp it and color it I surprise myself with a new result. This one was stamped with Momento black dye ink, then brought to life with Raffine colored pencils – which is not my favorite medium, but decided to give it a go tonight and was pleased with the result and how easily the colors blended. The shading was done with copic grays. No sentiment on this one since the image is so large, but honestly this one kind of speaks for itself, don’t you think?
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.
My marker collection was getting a bit out of hand and I went on the hunt for an affordable solution that also fit my very small work space. I found these racks that worked beautifully! Its so very nice to be able to see all my colors and to sort them properly. What I found online is made by the Crafters Companion and I found them on Amazon for about $26. I had to buy four of these because I wanted room to spread out and sort the colors (and much to my husband’s chagrin, to be able to add more). They are plastic but pretty sturdy and they come in a pale blue clear color or in black. Each box holds 72 markers. They are the perfect depth for copic markers and I also used a couple of sections to put my Tombow Water Color markers in as well which are taller and stick out a bit further than what is ideal, but it works. You can also double up the Tombow markers – 2 to a slot because they have a much thinner barrel than the copics.
I want to point out that these do not come with any mounting hardware and I believe there were designed to sit on a shelf or tabletop. Because I have limited space I wanted them mounted to the wall, so darling hubby got out the drill and a couple of screws and we were able to screw them into the wall without shattering or splintering the plastic. Worked like a charm!
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