New to me, that is! I've ordered a few products from The Greetery over the last little while, and finally had a chance to play with them this month. My niece and I are both Greetery fans, so this is what I made her for her birthday:
Sunday, January 31, 2021
New from The Greetery!
Saturday, January 30, 2021
I've seen a lot of cards on social media using hexagon shapes, and it inspired me to pull out some OLD papers that I've had kicking around... So I went to town die cutting hexagons, and then pulled them all together to make a fun little Hello card:
Thursday, January 21, 2021
Back to Basics
I'm going back to basics this week with a classic container of flowers for Art Impressions Watercolour Weekend. These are great cards to keep on hand - leave off the sentiment, and add it in when you need to send a thank you, birthday or thinking of you card:5123 - WC Decorative Jar Set in Tombow Dual Brush Marker #N45 Cool Grey 10, and pulled out the colour with my damp paintbrush, concentrating it on the undersides of the rounded image. For my bouquet, I started with the greenery, using #158 Dark Olive and the two trailing foliage stamps in 5126 - WC Foliage Set 4. My flowers are all from Flower Set - 4052, and I used the Daisy Bunch in #743 Hot Pink, the Salvia in #565 Deep Blue and the Mini Foxglove in #676 Royal Purple. To fill in where there were holes or white areas, I used the tiny green from 5009 - WC Mini Flower Set in #126 Light Olive, which added a little brightness.
Monday, January 18, 2021
Say it With Stamps
I love the Say it With Stamps line from Photoplay! They are word die sets that come with a matching stamp set of the same word image, along with coordinating phrases. I played with them this fall for the Demo Days at the Papercrafter's Workshop, and had a few extras that I made up into 11 more cards for next year:
Friday, January 8, 2021
Welcoming baby Alex!
I was lucky enough to get a new great-nephew at the end of November! I like to do a little knitting for new babies, and found this pattern called "Elevenses Cardigan" on Ravelry. I thought it was adorable - to knit a little-old-man style of cardigan complete with elbow patches for a newborn:
Thursday, January 7, 2021
Birdcage for Watercolour Weekend
I was so happy to finally pull out the new 5367 - WC Birdcage Set to create a card to kick off the Art Impressions Watercolor Weekends for 2021!
This set consists of dies only - no stamps, so I began by die cutting one of the birdcages in Masking Paper, peeled off the backing, and adhered it to my Canson XL Watercolor Paper. Then I selected my colour palette of Tombow Dual Brush Markers, and pulled out several sets for flowers & foliage. Using the tiny circle of v-shaped blossoms from 4868 - WC Flower Set 2, I coloured it up in #856 Chinese Red, #933 Orange and #993 Chrome Orange - stamping several times to create clusters of colourful blooms. To add foliage, I chose the two trailing ivys in 4867 - WC Foliage Set 2 New, and stamped them in #249 Hunter Green several times, to have ivy trailing out of the birdcage in both directions. There were still some white areas in the middle of my cage, and I wanted some darker flowers, so I used the tiny dotted flower image from 5074 - Bible Flower Set coloured in #565 Deep Blue in two spots, and then took the small green from the same set and stamped it in the brighter #126 Light Olive - which added some contrasting foliage.
I touched all the stamped images with my damp paintbrush, then picked up #533 Peacock Blue from my palette, and carefully painted the background sky in around all of the birdcage edges (*this is important! If you don't paint right up to the edges of the mask, the 'negative' image of the birdcage will not remain when you remove the mask). With my painting done, I removed the mask, and using my thin #1 paintbrush, I picked up #565 from my palette, and painted a fine line along the edges of the cage to indicate a shadow. It also cleans up any ragged edges that remain from your painting. I decided that a couple of birds would finish things off nicely, so I stamped two of them from 4872 - WC Birds Set in #N55 Cool Grey 7, and used N55, 565 and 533 to add colour. I went in with my Twintone 42 Navy fine point marker to darken the eyes, beak and legs.
I cut the image out with the 5063 - A2 Rectangle Double Stitched Dies, leaving enough space below to add the sentiment from the Hydrangea Exclusive set available through Scrapbook.com. After matting it with red, I adhered it to my patterned base using 3D Foam Adhesive.
Friday, January 1, 2021
My Top Ten of 2020!
I love putting this post together, as I take a look back at every card that I made this year :o) And they all just happened to be my creations for Art Impressions?! Some years are harder than others to pick favourites, but I had some pretty clear personal favourites this time:
Thank you for all your lovely comments and support this year! Wishing you a Happy, Safe & Crafty New Year!