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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Summertime Cards

Good  Friday Morning,

Oops, what happened to Thursday????  My granddaughter has been away on vacation this week so I’ve lost track of time not to mention the peace and quiet is something I rarely get so I’m taking full advantage.

I have been a bit of a creative slump this week but I have managed to kick out a few cards.

With the 4th of July approaching, I felt patriotic and made just 4 cards to send out, 2 of each.

This brush stroke card actually was a happy accident.  I wanted a water streak wash of red using Distress Oxide ink but picked up the wrong brush.  Instead of a flat wash brush, I picked up a flat comb brush and, oh, what a surprise.  Automatic streaks!!!!  I’m impressed at what this brush can do but more importantly, I’m impressed that I actually did this without trying.

A couple of summertime cards round out this post.

The flamingo card uses a sticker that I picked up at Hobby Lobby on clearance.  It’s a 3d honeycomb sticker.  How fun is this!  Distress Oxide blend for background and a die cut palm tree round off the vignette.  

A tropical sunset card with Distress Oxide blending.  This is where I’d like to be!!!

The weather here in Boston has been hot this past week and you all know how I feel about the summer heat.  I’ve become best friends with my mini personal hand-held fan.  I love you!!!

Till next week,

Linda

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Alphabet Cards and Birthday Cards

Good Morning,

Celebrations are beginning to wind down and finally some time to play.  I’m using my time to make cards for my stash.  Some ideas come from Pinterest and some from videos from various card makers.

First, I want to bring you up to date with my Alphabet swap cards. This is an ongoing swap on one of my card making groups. My last post was the letter “H” so I’ll pick up with “I”.  Remember all my cards for this swap are based on the childhood ball game, “A My Name is Alice”.

And now onto the cards that I’ve been recently working on.  All these cards use stickers that I got on clearance from Hobby Lobby several months ago.

Polkadot birthday cards.

Three scoop ice cream cone birthday card.Ice cream on a stick birthday card.Sweet cupcake birthday card.

The weather here in Boston has been decent but temps will be soaring upwards of 90 next week so I’ll be inside with the A/C making more cards…..so be sure to come back next week for more shares.

 

Linda

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