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!

Happy Pi Day!

I love math. Math is just awesome and fun. Hilariously, I’m terrible at basic math- adding figures and such. Where I excel is crazy complicated math- calculus anyone? Yeah. I know. Whatever. I’m special. Given the number of math tattoos I sport, is it any wonder I’m a Pi Day enthusiast?

I’m not sure if you noticed, but I made sure Einstein’s equation is a bit of a focal point, because Pi Day is Einstein’s birthday. 

The pie is from an older lawnfawn set, “you are one awesome” is from a Gerda Steiner Designs sentiment that I selectively stamped, and I used an alphabet set for the rest of my sentiment. For the inside of my card I stamped “happy pi day!” 

I really like how it all came together, and know the recipient will get a kick out of it- and that’s what matters!

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

Happy Purim!

Wanted to wish you all a Happy Purim! 

It’s possible that Purim is my favorite celebration. Delicious cookies? Check. Costumes? Check. Being loud and silly? Check, check. A completely kickass Queen Esther who rocks hard and saves the day? Check. I mean, it really doesn’t get any better. Esther is my kind of queen. Also- the story has it that she ate beans in order to keep kosher. I love beans. I eat them every day. 

In case you can’t tell, my watercolor hamantaschen are prune. Or maybe poppyseed. I love both, and plan to consume an unhealthy quantity of both over the next few days. Yay for vegan hamantaschen! All the cookies are mine! Uh. No. I’ll share. Honest. 

Shabbat Shalom, and Happy Purim!

Koala Birthday Card

So many birthdays in February! I had a lot of fun making this simple, sweet and super sparkly card for a friend. I hope she likes it as much as I do. 

I did some Distress Ink blending, added some shimmer spray, added an adorable koala and sentiment by Gerda Steiner Designs, and then added some really lovely Kat Scrappiness sequins. 

How cute is that koala?!? Also, how fantastical are the sequins? I think you can see the shimmer- it’s super shimmery. 

Anyway, hope you’re having a lovely day, and that you enjoyed the card. 

Groundhog Day Grunge.

Happy Groundhog Day! For my fellow Sciuridae-loving friends out there, I thought I’d share a card I made with a vintage and grungy feel, celebrating the awesomeness of one of my favorite rodents. I have many. Unfortunately, not all of them have their own holidays. Boo!

Beavers are actually similar to groundhogs, so with some creative masking I used Timber by Stacey Yacula Studio and Purple Onion Designs

I used Cherry Lynn Designs Polaroid Frame Die and tinted the frame with some antique silver InkaGold- gives some lovely shimmer, but also kind of a muted vintage feel. 

I really like how it turned out. Simple. A little shimmery. Good stuff, no?