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). 🙂

Springtime in November?

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I took a moment today to step away from all of the Thanksgiving and Christmas greetings and sentiments for my cards and decided to do a simple “hello” note card to brighten someone’s day.  Out here in Seattle the winter skies are so thick and gray that it seems the sun is never coming back out again – and on this particular day, I let my mind fast forward into spring and all it’s color.  So even though this stamp set was designed to be used for a Christmas greeting I stepped outside the box for just a moment and ended up with this bright cheery greeting.

This one is for sale in my Etsy shop and comes with a beautifully stamped matching envelope.  This card was hand stamped and colored by me with colored pencils and spectrum noir sparkle pens.

 

The Poinsettia

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.

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Penelope has a pencil

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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!

A sweet pair.

Update to this post to show the finished card.

And this is the inside of the card.

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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.