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Keeping it Simple // Happy Birthday Card

Birthday card

I’ve been having some trouble making cards that I actually LIKE lately, so I was happy when this one turned out to be a keeper.  I kept it simple and worked within my comfort zone: pretty watercolor and a bold sentiment.

Birthday card

My Gansai Tambi watercolors are so well loved at this point that I clearly need to think about re-ordering a few colors, especially this sea-green. I love it.

The sentiment is cobbled together using this happy die and a “birthday” sentiment that I grabbed from a studio calico stamp set (that doesn’t seem to be available anymore). But really, you could substitute from lots of different stamp sets here. I embossed it in white on slate gray card stock.

Birthday card

Slapped it onto a card base, added a few clear sequins here and there and I was finished. I really like how it turned out. Sometimes keeping it really simple can help to bring the mojo back (I hope)!

Birthday card

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Good Tidings of Great Joy

I’m finally whipping up some Christmas cards!

Good tidings of great joy - Christmas card

This is a card I put together pretty quickly based on a card I made last year. I used a Simon Says Stamp and Concord & 9th Stamp set (also from last year) that isn’t available anymore – sorry! :(

I stamped out some pine cones in VersaFine Onyx Black ink, masking off certain ones, and then got to painting. I used my Gansai Tambi watercolors for this, and started with adding some blue and brown tones to the background.

Good tidings of great joy - Christmas card

For the pine cones, I under-painted them with the same blue tones and also some reds, and then added some browns on top, after the first layers dried. There are a lot of watercolor layers on this card!

Good tidings of great joy - Christmas card

I also added some spots of paint here and there by flicking on some blue and white paint. When the panel was dry, I stamped the sentiment in VersaFine Vintage Sepia Ink.

Good tidings of great joy - Christmas card

I made this card late in the evening and gifted it the same day, so I wasn’t able to get great photos of it. Oh well! I hope you like it anyway!

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Taubotne

Taubotne

Taubotne means Thanks or Thank You (informal version) in the language of the Nipmuc people. It is one of only a few words that I know in the language. It is one of only a few words that many people know in the language, because it is a language was once considered extinct – no one has spoken it fluently for many, many years. The Nipmuc Language reclamation project will change that. Now, the tribe is holding classes and workshops to revive the language of this place I call home. Though I’m not currently involved in this work, I find it to be equal parts fascinating and complex.

Taubotne

I’m not going to give a history lesson here, or dive too deeply into my feelings about the loss of an ancestral language, but I will give a shameless plug: I created an online exhibition a little over a year ago, titled “From English to Algonquian: Early New England Translations.” The exhibition explores several 17th century Algonquian-language texts (the Nipmuc people spoke a dialect of the Algonquian language) and how those texts are being used to revive native languages. In addition to the work happening in Nipmuc Country, this reclamation work is happening now among many other New England tribes, including the Wampanoag and Mohegan. Please check out the exhibition or other pages linked if you’re interested in knowing more.

Taubotne - Alphabet Soup

As for this card, I kept it pretty simple. First I did a simple watercolor wash and then used letter dies for the sentiment, cutting them from the panel and popping them up across the front of the card. I then stamped a simple thank you as a sub-sentiment to provide the English translation of taubotne.

Taubotne

I can’t wait to make more of these, using other words, very soon!

Taubotne

 

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Hand Painted Floral Background // No Stamps!

Floral watercolor background

This week I’m sharing a card that uses no stamps! Instead I decided to hand paint some florals to make a pretty background. Before I started painting, I perused Pinterest for some floral inspiration (I keep an inspiration board there, and often look through it when I need a little help with ideas). I should also say that it’s kind of amazing how little blobs of paint somehow turn into flowers. Honestly, I’m not spectacular at this, but I still think the flowers and leaves came out pretty well (and at certain points I was literally just painting blobs)!

Freehand floral watercolor

I had masked off part of the card so that the pattern only covered about 2/3 of the panel. I did this mostly because I imagined the card turning out a bit differently, but sometimes you have to adapt. I added a line of gold embossing along the floral/no floral line before adding my die cut sentiment.

Freehand floral watercolor

The Happy Birthday sentiment is the SSS Painted Happy Birthday die. I cut it from white card stock several times, stacked them up and glued them onto the panel. I added a few clear droplets as a final touch. By the way, I used Canson watercolor paper and Gansai Tambi watercolors for the painting.

Floral watercolor background

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Short & Sweet // Thank You Card

Thank you card

Hi! Sharing a quick card I made several weeks ago, using emboss resist, this background stamp, watercolors, Journaling Alpha dies and a sub sentiment from this Wplus9 set. Simple cards with pretty watercolor washes make my heart happy!

Thank you card

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Tags on Tags, on Tags

Recently, I feel like I’ve entered a very creative period when it comes to crafting and card making. It feels great! Especially after going through some stints there where I found it tough to be creative whatsoever. I’ve just been letting the ideas flow, and I’m excited to share some of them with you in the coming weeks. This week – tags! I’ve been making them like a crazy person.

Gift tags

I think when you’re in a creative rut, the best place to start is somewhere simple. And that’s what I did here. I had recently gifted two coworkers with some soap, and I  wanted to personalize the bars I gave them, so I grabbed a piece of scrap watercolor paper that I had previously painted (but had no idea what to do with), and just started cutting tags out of it. I used a die that seems to no longer be available from Simon Says Stamp (womp), but I really liked the simplicity of the whole thing. I also added some initials to the tags to personalize them.  So, that got the wheels turning. I painted more panels in the same striped fashion and started cutting tags from them.

Gift tags

After that I just couldn’t stop! :)  I started painting some watercolor paper with  really loose and haphazard washes of color, and made more tags in a rainbow of colors. Now, I have no shortage of cute embellishments for packages, and I’m also selling them in packs of 10 in my Etsy shop.

Gift tags

Gift tags

Gift tags

Gift tags

Gift tags

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You Are…

Hello Friends! The summer seems to be winding down here, which means the summer staffers who’ve worked for me this summer are headed back to school in a few weeks. It’s always tough to say goodbye to them, but so great to have been a part of their summer job experience. Lately, every year, I’ve made cards for the two summer staffers, and we have a nice BBQ celebration to mark the end of a busy summer and to celebrate their efforts. This year is no different, and I’m really looking forward to some burgers and hot dogs on the grill!

Appreciation cards

These two are pretty match-y, but are obviously different colors with different sentiments. I heat embossed the Mini Scenery: Madison stamp in white onto each panel, and created watercolor washes over top, as ya’ll know I love to do.

Appreciation cards

The YOU part of the sentiment was cut using Journaling Alphas dies, and the sub sentiments, embossed in white on black cardstock strips, came from the Hand Lettered Thanks stamp set.

Appreciation cards

A few sequins on each to finish them off (and some confetti tossed around) and they were finished!

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