Eight Crafty Nights: Night Two

Hello! For night two of my Hanukkah card series, I featured the Wplus9 stamp set called Christmas Rose Bouquet, and the Wplus9 Sparkle and Shine Trio dies.  I am so pleased with how these cards turned out.


Eight Crafty Nights: Night One

Hello! I love seeing all the amazing holiday cards people share online.  There are so many talented cardmakers out there! I don’t often see Hanukkah cards, and while I’m not a super awesome cardmaker, I thought I’d make and share some Hanukkah cards. I made some Ugly Hanukkah Sweaters!

I felt a burst of bravery, and decided to record and post a card process video on YouTube!

Brutus Monroe: When I Grow Up

When I was a little girl, I wanted to be an astronaut, a scientist, an entomologist, a paleontologist… because, Science! I never wanted to be a princess, never played princess, and despised everything pink and frilly. 

When I saw these stamps from Brutus Monroe, I purchased them immediately – after squeeing in excitement and doing my Happy Dance and song. Yes, I have one. What can I say? I’m a product of Ren and Stimpy. Anyway. 

I mean, come on! How amazing are these? Even more exciting, these are the first two in a series! 

For the scientist, I went with a vintage color scheme. 

How cool is that foam? It’s actually a Marvy Snow Marker. When you apply heat, you get this bubbly dimensional awesomeness. 

For the astronaut, I made a fun galaxy background and otherwise kept it very clean and simple. 

I absolutely adore these images, and am so excited to see who is next in the series!

Happy Friday!

Create your own sunshine.

The other day I was at Michael’s with The Hawaiian looking for some epoxy he needed for a project. I stumbled upon a display of stamps that were 50% off and while I’ve been on a no new things kick, I just couldn’t resist this amazing stamp by Stampendous. I think it’s just beautiful, and I love the sentiment.

For this one I did black heat embossing prior to watercoloring. I kept it pretty simple with a limited color palette. I mounted it on a navy blue card base I’d used this lovely starry swirly background stamp on with copper heat embossing. Copper Tonic Nuvo drops for finishing touches. 

This one turned out so bright and sunshiney. I used a pretty oval frame, and copper heat embossed the background stamp on a kraft card base. More copper Nuvo drops. 

I think this one is my favorite- I just love the deep blue flower and the blue ladybug. More copper heat embossing on a navy blue card base, and finishing touches with Nuvo drops. 

Anyhow, happy Friday! Hope you have a lovely weekend!

Caring Hearts Card Drive

So, it’s been a rough year. On a deeply personal level, there has been so much loss and grief that I’ve been struggling through. Also, there’s been all the other stuff going on in the world. Oy!

One of the ways I get through what gets me down is by trying to bring a smile to someone else. So, I’ve been making lots of holiday cards. I’m participating in the Caring Hearts Card Drive which provides holiday cards to seniors. I made several different designs, some stamped images that I colored, some mixed media, but I decided I’d also make some different watercolor Card designs.

For these, I created the tree shapes with masking and then dropped in color and let it do its thing. Once dry, I peeled off the tape and added details with metallic gold watercolor as well as some gel pens. The sentiments are from a Hero Arts stamp set called, I believe, Joy to the World. It’s an older stamp set but it’s just amazing. 

This is my earth bauble! I was so pleased with this one. I made several of this design. I know it doesn’t look exactly like earth but I think you can still tell what it is. The sentiment is gold heat embossed with a sentiment from that same Hero Arts stamp set. I finished these off with details in gold metallic watercolor paint.

I also made a variety of regular old non-planetary baubles. 

I really do love how these cards turned out, and they were simple to make. They also use minimal supplies- always nice. You don’t need fancy watercolor paper and paint for them either. You could even write your own sentiment if you don’t have stamps. 

I hope you feel inspired to make something, anything really, and consider making some cards for a Card Drive. It’ll do your soul good. 

Adventures in Steampunk: Journey Beyond Fear

For those who know me, my love of steampunkery is not surprising in the least. Science? Victoriana? Industrial fiddley bits?High-tech low-tech gadgets and gizmos? Sprockets, and cogs, and gears, oh my! 

Most of my mixed media play is a bit steampunky and a bit nautical to boot. My most recent tag is no exception. 

I started by gluing recycled cardboard and corrugated cardboard onto a #8 sized tag. I then glued on some fantastical chipboard cogs from Creative Embellishments. Nothing fancy- I used a UHU glue stick. I also used some really old self-adhesive flat-backed pearls from my stash that I got on clearance for $.39. 

I covered the whole shebang in black gesso, then went over it with a coat of DecoArt Warm Penny paint. I love DecoArt paint. It’s good quality, there are absolutely heaps of colors, and it’s super inexpensive. 

I wanted a grungy patina look, so I dry brushed a really small amount of Liquitex Heavy Body Acrylic in Bright Aqua Green. 

For Mr. Octopus, I started with an amazing piece of chipboard from Creative Embellishments. You can see how detailed he is. A thin coat of black gesso, and then DecoArt Dazzling Metallics in Peacock Pearl and Teal, as well as FolkArt Metallic Peridot applied with my finger. I’m so fancy. 

You can see in the close up of Mr. Octopus that even with gesso and paint, you can still see the etched detailing of the chipboard. How cool is that?

I punched a hole, threaded through a scrap of dark tealy-emeraldy green ribbon, applied a title, and called it done. 

Hope you enjoyed this project, and have a lovely day!

Positive Vibes

One of the nice things about cardmaking as a creative outlet, is that more often than not the act of making an encouraging/uplifting card for a friend or loved one serves to encourage/uplift the cardmaker too. 

I really dig this image and sentiment from Unity Stamp. I think it’s just so pretty and fun. It’s a pretty simple card, but I really like how cheerful it is. 

I hope your week is off to a good start. Happy Tuesday!

100 Days of Doodles

I’m currently fighting a nasty case of the lurgy, so I’m not really feeling particularly creative. Still, I told myself to take 15 minutes and just call whatever I had at the 15 minute mark complete. 

Day 3: Umbrella. Yeah, I really couldn’t tell you what was going on regarding that background. It’s a total mess, but I had fun making the mess. I also learned some lessons about what not to do, so I’ll call it a win.

Day 4: Nest. Also known as “the day I remembered why I like pencils so much better than pens.” I don’t know why this is where the prompt took me, but I think my dinky dolls are cute. 

Today was day 4 of following along with the April prompts for Wotld Watercolor Group, and day 1 of doodling everyday for my 100 Days Project. I think it’s gonna be fun. 

Hope you have a lovely day, and thanks for stopping by!

Arting everyday.

I’m not a particularly talented artist. I am by no means a watercolorist. What I am, is someone who loves to create. It’s something  I enjoy, and it’s a lot of fun. 

I try to art everyday. Sometimes that’s a card to send to a friend, sometimes that’s an art journal page, and sometimes that’s just a quick little sketch or doodle. I’ve been using Pentalic sketchbooks for ages, and only recently acquired my first Pentalic Aqua Journal. So pretty and blue!

I decided to use it to participate in the World Watercolor Group April Art Challenge: Spring Things I’m only two days in, but it’s a lot of fun. 

Day 1: Butterfly

I’m going to do a 100 Days Project- just a doodle a day. There’s a lot of creative people doing 100 days projects April 4-July 12. July is World Watercolor Month, so hopefully my 100 days of watercolor doodles will help me feel more confident. 

Day 2: Eggs

I really hope that you’ll challenge yourself to do some arting everyday- even if it’s just a quick doodle. It’s a lot of fun, and it’s good for the soul. 

Have a lovely day!