Even More Watercolor

I’m going to show you what I did for Days 6, 7, and 8 of the Simply Watercolor Christmas class on Online Card Classes, here.

Desert Night Sky

I liked what Laura Bassen did for her take on it, but decided rather than doing wiggly pine trees along the bottom and sides, I wanted to do some Saguaro cacti, as I live in the desert. The night sky wasn’t easy, as I started off with Crayola watercolors. Did 3 layers and it was still incredibly light. So, added some Zig Clean Color brush colors on top, then blended with water. That worked much better. Did I draw those cacti? Absolutely not! They are a stamp from the Out West 2 set designed by Theresa Momber (Gina K. Designs). I really like the way this one turned out.

This was my take on the Words and Typography of Day 7. I can print, and I can actually make fun letters, but they take a lot of practice and time, so . . . I took the easy route and used the computer. I printed in a very light gray, then used the watercolor over the top. It certainly wasn’t perfect, but it’ll do.

Day 8 was a Santa card, but I didn’t want to do a Santa, so I followed what Debby Hughes did. Definitely not exactly, but close enough for me.

Joy

I did freehand that Joy with gold watercolor and a brush. It turned out better than I figured it would. This is pretty messy, but I still like it.

And, that was the end of the class. I did do a black piece of paper with gold and a few light colors splattered on, but the gold is all that really showed up. I’ll have to get some other colors on that and do something with it, but at this point, I’m done with watercolors for a while.

Thank you for spending some of your valuable time with me today. Go enjoy the rest of this day that God has blessed you with.

Christmas in Halloween Colors

WeCraftCards.com had a challenge last week to make any card using Halloween colors, but 1 card per color.  I decided to do Christmas cards.  As I don’t have 1/2 my normal amount, yet.  They aren’t all getting done, so I’m having to cut my list down significantly, but I did get these done:

I used the MFT Wednesday Sketch challenge for the week on all of them, too.  I’m only entering the black one, as I don’t have time to do 4 separate blog posts.  Used a Darice embossing folder, the snow for 3 of them, and leaves for the orange one.  After that, brushed Nuvo mousse in the color needed, covering the top.  It’s lighter in places and darkest on the raised edges of the embossing.  Heat embossed the sentiment from the MFT Seasonal Sentiments (retired) set, using Sparkle n’ Sprinkle (now Glitter Galore, I think) embossing powder for all but the orange, which is Hero Arts Copper.  Added either some ribbon, rhinestones, or both in the correct color.

Not too difficult, or time consuming, and got 4 more Christmas cards done, in fun colors that actually work for Christmas, or Thanksgiving for the orange one, though Christmas would have worked for that, too.

Thanks for spending some of your valuable time with me today!

Camp Create Extras

So, on the watercolor backgrounds for Day 1 of Camp Create, I made 3.  One of them looked more like an underwater background, so saved that one, but had another background that looked like a snowy day, and I had colored and cut 3 more Yeti, so made a second card.

Print

7-20-19 Watercolor 2

Used different blues for the frame and sentiment on this one, as well.  Once again, the BB Beast Friends set.

On Day 5, I was having so much trouble with my Santa, that I did a different type of glitter card, so I’m sharing that here.

Print

7-20-19 Glitter 2

Used the MFT Hello die-namic, and the sentiment is from the BB Jingle All the Way set.  Purples, blues, and turquoise aren’t typical Christmas colors, but they are definitely fun.

Thanks for spending some more time with me today!

Christmas Fishes

Here’s another idea for fun Christmas cards . . .

10-18-16-ha-wcc-fishes

This is my husband’s favorite, so far.  Fish wearing sweaters.  Yep, definitely had fun with this one.  I used another Hero Arts layering stamp set, the gold fish.

What do you think?

Thanks for spending a bit of your time with me today.  I hope you had some fun.

Christmas Crop at ScrapZee

Sorry I haven’t kept up with posting.  Things have been a bit crazy with my daughter getting married and trying to get back to a normal schedule, etc.  I’m not there, yet.  Anyway, this weekend was the Christmas Crop at ScrapZee.com, so I wanted to share what I made.

11-5-14 Baubles 1 Crop Fri Santa Crop Fri Tag Crop Sat Snow Crop Sat Winter 2 Crop Sat Winter Crop Thurs Home Crop Thurs Shabby Crop Wed Rings

I’m not even going to tell you which is which, but I do suggest you go check out the fun crop!

Thanks for spending some time with me today!

Christmas Cards and Gifts

The Friends of SpeedyTV challenge yesterday was to make a Christmas card.  This is what I came up with for their challenge.  It is in my pile for next year.

12-16-13 MFP Christmas Card

 

Supplies:

  • Christmas Bridge Mini set (MFP Heinrich Collection)
  • Die-namics Fancy Flourish, Ornament Stack, Contempo Cage (MFT)
  • DCWV card stock
  • White Shimmer Sheet (Lasting Impressions)
  • Blue card stock (Recollections)

The following are the cards I made for Christmas presents.  There will be one of each kind to 4 different people.

Christmas Gift 5 Christmas Gift 4 Christmas Gift 3 Christmas Gift 2 Christmas Gift 1

 

Now, if I can get them put with envelopes and wrapped tonight, I’ll be done with almost everything for Christmas.  Still waiting for one item to arrive.

Thanks for spending some time with me today!

 

Christmas Crop

ScrapZee had a Christmas Crop this past Wednesday through Saturday.  It was a lot of fun, 2 challenges per day and a fun Christmas song bingo game.  In fact, if you go check it out, you can still participate in each of the challenges until 11:59pm CST Tuesday and be entered in the drawing for each challenge.

Here are the items I made:

CC Fri - Envelope

This first one was a gift bag made out of an envelope.

CC Fri - Tree

For this one, we were to make a tree out of anything that wasn’t typical tree and it wasn’t supposed to be green.  My son saw my bird tree and mentioned that he thought it was a partridge in a pear tree, not a pear in a partridge tree, so I had to make a pear and add the saying.

CC Sat - Paper

This one was to make a card that resembled some Christmas wrapping paper.

CC Thurs - Gift

We were supposed to make a gift card holder.  However I forgot to go back and reread the instructions, which said no red or green.  Oops!

CC Thurs - Sketch

This one was for a sketch challenge to only use red and white card stock and to emboss a Christmas sentiment with gold embossing powder.

CC Thurs Gift Card 2 WB CC Thurs Gift Card WB

This was the replacement gift card holder.  This time I followed the instructions.

CC Wed - 12 Days

For this challenge, we were to make a card to do with one of the 12 Days of Christmas lines.  I went funny, as did several others.

CC Wed - Color Blank CC Wed - Color

 

For this challenge, we were to use alcohol ink and compressed air to make a fun design/paper, then use it.

My challenge was to use a bird as the focal point of either a card, tag, gift card holder, etc.  These were my samples:

11-11-13 Winging It 1 11-11-13 Winging It 2 11-11-13 Winging It 3

 

Go check out the Christmas Crop at ScrapZee.com.  There are such fun creations and great ideas for your own work.  There’s also time to participate, if you’d like.

Thanks for spending some time with me!

Christmas Expanded

This year I thought I would cut back a bit on Christmas cards, so I didn’t make quite as many as normal (only 35 to 40 this year versus 70 of past years).  I had plenty for family and close friends, as well as work friends.  However, then I started thinking about some I needed for this person and that person, oh, and there are a few more I really want to give a card to this year.  Hmmm, now I need to make quite a few more cards.  I have to tell you, I got the Seasonal Sentiments stamp set from My Favorite Things this year and it is making it easy to make these extra cards.

Christmas Extra 1

 

Supplies:

  • Seasonal Sentiments (My Favorite Things)
  • Cottage Ivy and Ladybug ink (Memento)
  • Green Star pen (Sakura)
  • Assorted papers

I used a sketch provided by My Favorite Things, two of the stamps from the Seasonal Sentiments set and two colors of Memento ink with a couple assorted pieces of patterned paper and some adhesive.  I did go over the words in the sentiment tree with my Green Star glitter pen to bring out some sparkle.  You have to have sparkle on a Christmas tree. This is a fun card that only took a few minutes to make.

This next one was using the same sketch and stamps.

Christmas Extra 2

 

Supplies:

  • Seasonal Sentiments (My Favorite Things)
  • the Winter Magic Stack (DCWV)
  • Nightshift Blue (My Favorite Things)
  • Nautical Blue ink (Memento)

When I purchase Christmas papers, it is usually just after Christmas on clearance for 80% off and I plan to use it the next year.  So, “the Winter Magic Stack” was an excellent deal last year and probably isn’t available this year.  I love the whites, blues and silver in this pack.  I also love how the Nightshift Blue from My Favorite Things goes so perfectly with the pack.  Then, of course, you have to see how the Nautical Blue goes with both.  I love it when things come together!

My Favorite Things is coming out with their own inks which match their papers, ribbons, buttons, etc.  When I ordered the sample pack of paper, I basically wanted to see the colors in person to figure out exactly which colors to use with things.  I’ve used a lot of the paper, which is a really nice, heavy weight, as I love the colors.  Yes, I’ve picked some favorites and I’m definitely going to have to order some of those colors.  Which means I’ll need to order the ink that matches, as well as the ribbon so it all pulls together.

Thanks for spending some time with me today!