Saturday, November 18, 2017

Create Along With Us-November 2017

Create Along With Us-November 2017

Hello everyone! I hope your fall weather is feeling more like fall and not August like it is where I live! I am finally getting around to exploring options for my Christmas cards. Yes, I like to start late and finish big! Today I'm playing along with Papertrey Ink's Create Along With Us challenge. There were so many lovely cards that I had a difficult time deciding which one I wanted to try. After looking through all the wonderful choices, I decided to emulate Betsy Veldman's Month of Psalms card below.

Betsy Veldman's Month of Psalms
I love her Month of Psalms series. So uplifting! But what really drew me to this card was the soft background. To be sure, I purchased that stencil and can hardly wait to play with it. The second thing I noticed about her card was the soft sponging and the faint trees beneath the sentiment. In doing my best to mimic her style, I used a bold, die-cut sentiment over my sponged and stamped background.

The challenge ends Monday, so if you have some time, take a break from Holiday cleaning and cooking and play along! My card recipe is posted below. Thanks for stopping by!


Card Recipe [All PTI]

Stamp: Holiday Greens
Dies:  Big Basics/Merry Christmas; Mix & Matt Scallops Die
Inks: Simply Chartreuse, Spring Moss, and Honey Nut
Papers: White, Simply Chartreuse, and Bitty/Big Simply Chartreuse

CTD #469: Joy!

Color Throwdown #469: Joy!
Today marks the first day of my Thanksgiving vacation! Several years ago, my school district decided to give faculty and students a week-long break, and I'm so happy they did! This year I will have Thanksgiving at my house. Instead of preparing for family and friends, I'm declaring today and tomorrow Crafts-giving!! The card above is for this week's Color Throwdown #469. The colors are light blue, dark blue, and silver.

Glittery, silver background for the sentiment
I fussed and fussed with this card mainly because I'm out of practice, but also because I couldn't get my glittery, silver paper to cut smoothly through the die-cut machine. So, I decided to use PTI's Soft Stone cardstock spritzed with Pearl Glimmer Mist to mimic the silver. For the background, I spritzed a piece of watercolor paper and smushed two shades of blue ink. That gave the background a mottled, dreamy look.

Once the card was completed, I looked up and saw my silver embossing powder! Duh!! Oh, well. I think the card turned out well enough. At least I have one Christmas Card completed!! Below is the card recipe. Thanks for stopping by--

 Color Throwdown #469

Card Recipe [all Papertrey Ink, unless noted]:

Paper: White and Soft Stone cardstocks, Canson XL watercolor paper, glitter cardstock
Stamp: Make It Market: Holiday Tag Along
Die: Circle coverplate
Ribbon: white grosgrain
Inks: Spring Rain & Blueberry Sky

Monday, November 13, 2017

Art Journal Update & Book Review

Everyday Watercolor Art Journal
Have you heard of  MonVoir on Instagram? Of Jenna Rainey? Of Everyday Watercolor?

 Everyday Watercolor

I have to say, I'm in love with Jenna Rainey's book Everyday Watercolor: Learn to Paint Watercolor in 30 Days. It is going to take me longer than 30 days to learn her techniques, but I love how she takes you through drills and then uses those drills to help you improve your art. She starts with the basics. Basic strokes, basic techniques, color theory. Every lesson is detailed and step-by-step. What I love about that is I am able to work on a part of each day until I feel totally comfortable.

I have a library filled with watercolor books, but they jump straight into what I think I should already know but don't. Jenna has taken the time to break it down so that the beginner feels confident!!

This post includes the first six days along with a link to purchase her book. This is not a sponsored post...this is just a customer who thinks this book is a must for every self-taught watercolorist! Please leave a comment below to let me know which day is your favorite!!

Day One: Monochromatic

Day Two: Experimenting with Cool Colors & Bleeds

Day Three: Hot Colors

Day Four: Color Wheel

Day Five: Leaves & Wreaths

Day Six: More Leaves/Variations

Simple Card: Happy Birthday

Color Throwdown #468: Simple Birthday Card
Hello everyone! Has the Holiday countdown snuck up on you like it has for me? I'm not sure when  August-September-October occurred, but it seems like Mr. Pat and I were fishing in Galveston just yesterday! Because time is precious and I needed a birthday card, I decided to play along with Color Throwdown #468 for a little fall inspiration! I love the color combo of kraft, brown, orange, and green. 

I recently received the Berry Wreath set by Heather Nichols for Papertrey Ink. This is such a cute little set! I die-cut and stamped the wreath with dark chocolate. Then I colored the leaves and berries using my Tombow brush marker pens #'s 158, 177, 885. Then I die-cut the birthday sentiment using canyon clay and white to off-set. Finally, I tied chocolate twine onto kraft cardstock and adhered all onto a top-folding A2 white card base. Super simple! This is probably the fastest card I've ever made! Thanks for stopping by!

 Color Throwdown #468

Monday, November 6, 2017

Prayers for America

Redbud leaves from my garden...
Greetings everyone! I wanted to start this post by listing all of the things I've been doing lately, but in light of the recent tragedies in Las Vegas and now Southerland Springs, I felt it was best to begin with this painting. It truly is a painting that is heartfelt for all who have lost loved ones in the recent tragedies as well as those who have dealt with loss due to the recent hurricanes, fires, and even everyday life. My heart goes out to all of you...

Monday, October 2, 2017

Inspiration: Challenge Yourself!

Aspen Yellow: Day 2--Yellow
I honestly do not know why, but I seem to be energized when there is a good challenge going. Just scroll through all of my blog posts, and you will see that theme with the cards and art alike. For the month of October, I am following a challenge on Instagram hosted by Aaria Baid @surelysimpleblog and @surelysimplechallenge. The first week of October is color week, and today's post includes the first three days.

Bell pepper: Day 1-Red/Orange
What I like about this challenge is each week has a different theme. Shapes are on tap for week two, florals for week three, and nature finalizes the challenge. This should be just the ticket to rejuvenate any artist by stepping out of the normal routine to explore colors and themes in a different way.

Did Someone Order Pink? Day 3
I think Day 3 is my favorite so far. I didn't think about the colors or the shapes, I just started with flowers and practiced dropping in a deeper or lighter value of the same color. I learned more about an all-over pattern from this exercise than any of the other times when that was my goal.

If you're on Instagram, why not play along? Please leave a comment below if you have any questions, and I'll get back to you asap! Until next time, paint...or create...your heart out!

Sunday, September 24, 2017

Fruit & Floral Wreath Card

Color Throwdown #461: Fruit & Floral Wreath Card
Happy Sunday, everyone! Today I am playing along with the Color Throwdown #461 challenge. This week's colors are green, yellow, orange, and purple. I just love the combination, and since I've been practicing wreaths lately, I decided to paint mine instead of stamping it. I know this really is a stamping challenge, so I used Papertrey's Graceful Gardens II for the sentiment in the center. I'll be honest, when I first worked on this wreath, I tossed it aside. What I love most about watercolor is, if you will walk away and let it dry, it usually looks completely different! I'm planning to send this off in the mail to Lasting Hearts Card Drive when I make a few more to go with it.

There's still time to play along!! Thanks for stopping by!