Wednesday, October 27, 2010

Fall Card from Abundance

I used papers from the Abundance (an older paper pack) and the Harvest Home stamp set. 




Christmas Cards From Jingle Paper Collection

This card was made with the Jingle paper collection and Festive Frills Stamp Set.  The picture does not show it, but there's glitter on the wreath and on the greenery and berries border.


The stamp set used in this one is Holiday Warmth.

This snowman is from All Decked Out

Scraplifted from Melinda Everitt

I knew when I saw this card created by Melinda Everitt that I had to make one.  Melinda used paper piecing on her Santa ( you can see her original here http://ifyoublingittheywillcome.blogspot.com ), but that's more hand cutting than I can force myself to do so I tried my hand at coloring again.   I see that I still need to add some bling on the tree.  I am really enjoying this stamp set.



Many thanks to Melinda for sharing her work.

Wednesday, October 6, 2010

Birthday

Well, today is my birthday and I am overjoyed at all the cards, calls, and emails wishing me a happy day.  And it is not even noon yet!  We are having dinner with friends tonight and it is an absolutely beautiful fall day.  What more could a girl ask for???

I am sharing one of the cards I received with you because it is just too beautiful to keep all to myself.  It was created by Amy using a CTMH stamp set, Circle of Love.  I just can't get over how gorgeous it is.  I truly appreciate all the time she has invested in making the peacock so detailed and lovely.  You can't see it in this picture, but there is glitter on the feathers and body.




Comments

I must be a real ding dong.  I have been able to see a few of the comments under the posts on my blog, but was totally unaware that there is a whole section where you can view all the comments in one place.  WOW.  I just want to take this moment to say thank you to everyone for all the nice comments.  They are all very much appreciated.  I wish I had realized that they were there before now.  I will certainly keep tabs on the comments section from now on.  Thanks again.

Monday, October 4, 2010

Fall Card Class

I recently attended a class at Scrapbook N Such in Longview, Texas to learn to use colored pencils and watercolor techniques to make these beautiful Fall cards.  It was a full day's work to learn the techniques and make all 6 cards.  The instructors were Kelly Flint and Shari Richburg, and may I just say that they are AWESOME.  These women are VERY talented and have a passion for the artwork and the teaching.  They made it fun and interesting and a very memorable event for me.  I've been practicing what they taught and am really eager to learn more.  Here's the cards, but bear in mind that this is my meager attempt at their designs.  Their samples were, of course, gorgeous.  But I just had to share, even though mine are not as good. 

This one uses a technique for layering several colors over the top of each other to accomplish the blending.

This one uses mineral spirits to move little bits of color around the stamped image

These use water based inks and more of a relaxed brushing technique.

This one requires a lot more control and I didn't get same color variations as the instructor had on her samples.

This one uses H2O brand water based paints to stamp an image.



So I came home that night and rummaged through all my CTMH stamp sets looking for the ones that I can use pencils and watercolor techniques on, and stayed up until 2:00 am playing and practicing what I had learned.    Oh my.  This has opened up a whole new obsession.  I will never leave my craft room now.  As a matter of fact, it is past 10:00 pm and I just now realized that I didn't eat dinner.  It is a good thing I had a late lunch.