Where In the World Am I????

Hello Friends,

Okay, friends, the twenty million dollar question??????  Where have I been lately?  I’m here, just not doing too much cardmaking lately.    I  did, however, make my fall and holiday cards and a few special cards as well.  But, for the most part, I decided to take a break for a while.  I think I have some valid excuses…want to hear them?

  1. This past summer was just too darn hot here in Boston to do much of anything.
  2. I decided to curb my spending.
  3. I needed a break to re-evaluate what I was doing and why.
  4. I wanted to learn some basic watercolor techniques.
  5. I had a few minor health issues but I’m fine.
  6. I needed to cut my on-hand inventory of cards due to storage issues.

Even with all these excuses, I did manage to have a banner year and put in a good day’s work.  Here are my tallies for 2018:

Handmade Cards – 473
Watercolor pieces – 70
Etsy – 18

I plan to take the rest of 2018 to re-group, relax and enjoy the season.  With the upcoming holidays, it’s almost impossible to find time to experiment with some new ideas so I will not have another post until 2019.  I am, however, formulating a new plan of action, re-evaluating my goals, purchasing some new supplies and gathering ideas for some new projects for 2019.  I am not sure how much will change and/or remain the same.  It definitely will be an interesting journey.

With all this said, what did you do on Black Friday?  Well, I went shopping.  Since I hadn’t purchased anything new in 7 months, I decided to treat myself.  I did make a few purchases…. well, a lot of purchases with the intent on jumping in January 2019 and resume card making.  Can you tell I was a bit out of control?  I broke down and finally got lots that were on my wishlist from the past year so I’m happy.  Just about everything is ‘new to me’.  Purple tape, Nuvo drops, foil mates, tidy towel, gems, embossing powder score tape, maker/pencil cases, stamps, dies, black 3-d foam, connect glue and more.  I constantly watch and save videos so I have lots of instruction and inspiration.

I’m hoping to be able to share with you lots of new projects in 2019.

So, for now, I wish everyone a very HAPPY HOLIDAY SEASON, enjoy the ride, stay stress-free and meet you back here in 2019!!

Linda

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Continuing Watercolor Journey

Hello friends,

Bet you’ve been wondering where I’ve been for the past month.  HELL is where I’ve been!!!  The unbearable heat has taken its toll on me.   I can’t remember a summer being so hot, humid and wet as this year.  I can only hope that cooler autumn temperatures get here quickly or I’ll be a total goner.  I do have air conditioning in the house but feeling like a prisoner has left me lifeless and not much enthusiasm to do anything.  I have found an oasis by continuing my watercolor journey.

I’ve been teaching myself watercolor via tutorials and online videos but to be honest, its hard.  I was watching many different videos and getting very confused so I honed in on a couple of artists I like and ignoring the others for now.  However, its still hard and I’ve become frustrated with my lack of progress.  I realize it takes lots of practice and time but I’m an impatient person and need instant gratification.  So as I continued my hunt for another more simpler direction, I stumbled upon Art Impressions Watercolor Series.  Wow, I think I’ve found my niche.  It’s watercolor stamping and much easier than actually painting from scratch.  I can’t explain the entire technique yet but if you’re interested, here’s the link to the videos.  https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCF85hq6mI_F5R8L-kXpBoMQ?sub_confirmation=1

Of course, I immediately ordered some supplies and have been painting daily.  I’m nowhere being even a bit good but I’m slowly learning and achieving some decent results quicker than if I were to paint from scratch so for me, it’s a win, win situation.

I’ve been painting each scene three times and then comparing my progress and I do see some improvement with each try.  I still have tons to learn but thought I’d share my accomplishments so far.  Shadows and blending seem to be giving me the most trouble right now so I have lots of practicing to do.

Here are my first attempts at this technique.  I’ve matted them to give them a more finished impression.

I feel I need to order more stamp sets but trying to pace myself.  I could easily spend a small fortune if I ordered everything I want.

If anyone has any comments or suggestions, I’m all ears!

See you soon again,

Linda

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Watercolor Happy Birthday Cards

Good Morning,

Today I’m sharing with you a trio of watercolor Happy Birthday cards I just finished up using the free template from The Postman’s Knock blog.  Lindsey, the artist, is fantastic and she is very generous to share some free downloadable templates so you can recreate her designs.  This design was pretty easy to watercolor and I went ahead and made three cards.  If you’d like to give this a try, here’s the link to her blog for the free template.   https://thepostmansknock.com/catalog/hand-lettered-birthday-card-printable/

I also tried another of Lindsey’s free templates, which can be found here.

https://thepostmansknock.com/catalog/printable-cactus-template/

Thanks to Lindsey at The Postman’s Knock for sharing such inspiration.

See you back here next week.

Linda

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Am I A Budding Artist or Not??????

Good Morning,

Sorry for no post last week but I really didn’t have much to share.  I’ve been working on teaching myself watercolor painting and dedicated some more time to learn as much as I can via tutorials and videos.  There are so many inspirational painters/instructors and it was a bit daunting to hone in on a couple I could resonate with.  I’ve since found three artists that I enjoy and have been following them along to learn tips, tricks and techniques.

I’ll share my first attempts, good or not so good,  you decide.

I really enjoy painting flowers and enjoy the ‘Lost and Found’ technique by Sandy Allnock, which you can find on YouTube.  This technique see to be the most forgiving.  These were all done basically the same way but, as you can see, all look so different,

I wasn’t sure what to do with the painted panels and ultimately decided to mount them into cards.  I sure have a long way to go but I’ve learned lots from this exercise.

I did discover two important things.  (1) Make more than one attempt.  I found the more times I tried a particular technique, the better and easier it became.  (2)  Don’t skimp on supplies.  Better quality paints, paper and brushes make a world of difference.  You get better results which definitely boost your confidence.

Hopefully, I’ll be back next week with more samples.

Enjoy your artsy time in whatever way makes you happy.

 

Linda

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Card Making Magazines

Good Afternoon,

A few months ago, I mentioned that I discovered an assortment of card making magazines available at the bookstore and crafting stores.  The prices vary, but most are under $20 and all come with a bonus, some even on sale at times.  Depending on the magazine, the bonus could be a stamp set, dies, embossing folder, papers, cutouts, etc.  I think these magazines are a terrific value and the magazines are filled with tons of instructions and pictures.  I believe all the ones I have seen are printed in the UK.

I’ve only touched upon each magazine to try things out but the possibilities are endless.  Here are a few of the magazines and cards that I made using the bonus items.

Below are the magazine cover, the bonus gift and some of the cards that I made.

Thanks for visiting this week. See you next week.

Linda

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The Countdown begins….78 days and counting

Hello from Hell(o),

No typo here, it’s Hello from Hades.  Boston has been in a very oppressive heat wave for one week.  My air conditioners have been running non-stop for seven days.  I hate to see my electric bill.  I’ve barely left my home, just out to run a quick errand here and there and right back to my somewhat cool home.  I feel like a recluse, which has given me plenty of time to plan ahead.  Only 78 more days until Autumn officially begins.  I can’t wait!!!  Have I mentioned before how very much I hate the heat?  Am I the only person who hates summer?  Do any of you feel the same way?  Wouldn’t it be nice to live somewhere like Iceland, Greenland or the Tundra???  I think today will be stormy with lots of rain ushering a small stretch of cooler weather.  Miracles do happen!!!

So with so much time on my hands and the pending arrival of Autumn, I went ahead and made up several fall themed cards.  I’m dreaming of cool, crisp days, colorful foliage and beef stew.

These cards are a mix of stamps, die cuts, stitching, embossing, and watercolor.

So there you have it, another week, more cards, and the wish for cooler weather.  See you all back here next week.

Linda

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Flowers Everywhere

Good Morning,

Today will be a rainy and stormy day here in Boston which is fine by me.  Free water for my garden!  This year my garden is bursting with blooms, color and rapid growth that I can hardly keep up with it.  So when nature gives you rain, make floral cards.  Lots of stamping and ink blending with Distress Oxide Inks.

Ink blended background, stamping with white embossing, gold die cut leaves, die cut flowers and gems.

Paper punch flower, sticker bee and a stamped sentiment on a kraft card base.

Stamped, embossed and watercolored flowers in a tin pitcher.

Stamped floral background, stamped and embossed jars, stamped and watercolor flowers, and a stamped sentiment.

Ink blended background on torn watercolor paper, stamped and white embossed flowers and stitched accent.

Pretty patterned paper cut on the diagonal and mounted on foam sheets, silver accent borders,  fussy cut flowers with pearl embellishments and a stamped sentiment.

Stamped window card with vellum overlay and die cut floral embellishment.

Inked background with stamped floral corners and sentiment with white embossing.

Got to run and secure my yard for the flood-like rain, thunder and lightning and winds predicted all day long.  Yikes!!!!

Linda

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