Cards, Classes, Watercolor

Watercolor Stripes

Hi Angels!

It’s been a hide in the house type of day with the ice/sleet here in Oklahoma which also means a migraine day for me.

The AngelS were scheduled to come over for a Cards for The Troops processing day, but for safety reasons, we are rescheduling. Which means I spent a good portion of the day in the studio working on Troop & our other charities cards.

I finished up the night by turning my final 2 projects from day two of Simply Watercolor Christmas into cards.

Day 2’s lesson was masking off circles with masking fluid. The joy & tree were both masked too. Then we painted stripes. My circles were a bit rough so I opted to die cut them out. I also added stickles to the white masked areas for sparkle. I picked out hand colored backgrounds and embossing folders to compliment my circles to add a bit of interest.

Here are all four of day 2’s cards completed.

Since we will be iced in for at least another day, maybe I’ll get day 3 done.

Have a Great Creative Week!

Cards, Classes, Watercolor

Watercolor Half Trees

Hi Angels!

I finally managed to work on day 2 of my Simply Watercolor Christmas class. This is going to be a squeeze it in when I can process I think, but that’s okay because I am taking it just for fun & something a little different.

Today’s cards are actually the bonus cards from day 2. I got the pieces watercolored for the regular part of class but haven’t quite decided how I am turning them into finished cards yet. These were fairly easy peasy.

Day 2 features masking fluid. I haven’t worked with masking fluid in a long time & I forgot how fun it can be when creating. I used the Fineline Masking Fluid Pen on the tree on the left and posty type tape on the card on the right for the circles. After I watercolored, I detailed the circles & filled them in with Stickles to camouflage where a bit of the color seeped through, plus the tree needed a little sparkle. The Blue tree got some sequin ornaments. I found the sentiments at Tuesday Morning this week, Sizzix Christmas Phrases. One can never have enough word dies.

I have a special project to work on tomorrow but will see if I can finish up the other 2 cards from class.

I hope you find some time to be creative or enjoy some fall color this weekend.

Thanks for popping in.

Brutus Monroe, Cards, Classes, home & holiday projects

Fall Sampler

Hi Angels!

I had a lot of fun designing for class this week although having hubby home for an extra week after vacation threw me off my timeline. I was scrambling to finish up the design & teach at the same time.

This class was requested by one of the AngelS and it came out beautifully. We opted to do the four seasons instead of holidays. The winter class is scheduled for just a couple of weeks from now.

The card was a bonus since the Lawn Fawn Stitched Pumpkin Frame cuts out extras that can be swapped between patterns & colors.

I also used the Tim Holtz Impresslits Leaf cut & emboss folder, a variety of dies in my stash and stamps from Brutus Monroe, FSJ & Stampin’ Up!

Okay it’s confession time… for all the designing I do, I have a bit of a problem with 3-D visualization. I did not think the frame was sized right to fit the 12 x 12 layout. Why? Because I was thinking the layout went on the glass like a regular picture not to the back of the shadow box. I really struggle with figuring out anything with depth. So I trimmed the layout to fit to the glass & ended up having to mat it on another 12 x 12 so it did show properly. Bonus, the layout is much sturdier now. You would never know if I hadn’t fessed up. But it’s important to share what we learn & struggle with because it might just help someone else along the creative path.

I hope to get back to my watercolor class soon but I have some Troop business to take care of & birthday & sympathy cards to make.

I hope you are finding time to be creative.

Thanks for stopping by.

Cards, Classes, Watercolor

Watercolor Stacked

Hi Angels!

I completed day one of Simply Watercolor Christmas. I wasn’t sure since I’ve been dealing with a migraine all day.

Card 1 was supposed to be a trio of stacked presents but I kept seeing the middle present as a lid to the bottom box so I made two stacked gifts. The base colors are regular watercolor with metallic watercolor accents. Sentiment strips from Taylored Expressions Simple Strips Christmas.

Card 2 is the bonus video by Jennifer McGuire featuring a divided Christmas tree. I used metallic watercolor for the whole tree & had fun with the star & sequins.

Here is the picture of all of day one cards together.

I will try and get at least one card done tomorrow. I have a bigger paint project to start working on and a class to design for.

Toodles!

Cards, Classes, Watercolor

Watercolor Presents

Hi Angels!

I’m back sharing my cards from Kristina Werner’s Simply Watercolor Christmas class that started on Monday at Online Card Classes. I had actually started her Simply Watercolor class during vacation just as something a little different to do. These two classes offer easy watercolored cards with minimal supplies. Of course if you know me, I am always switching things up, so I am doing the basic designs but have been adding in stamping & layers to my cards.

I have completed the first day’s regular lessons but tonight I am sharing the first 2 that were made into cards. I hope to do the bonus tomorrow & will get the third design made into a card.

Red stripes with a metallic bow.
Blue dots with metallic dots & bow.

The red stripes are regular watercolor on watercolor with a gold metallic ribbon & stamped sentiment.

The blue dots are metallic dots on regular watercolor with a silver metallic ribbon. For the stamped sentiment I added a watercolor swish to tie it in better. Also I decided my blue present would be a square instead of a rectangle.

It’s actually pretty fun creating with minimal guidelines. It’s also freeing to not worry if the lines aren’t perfectly straight or even.

Taking classes stretches your creativity & can help tempt your muse if you’re not feeling particularly creative. Online classes are pretty easy to navigate and are available for a variety of budgets including free. Find a class or a tutorial and try something new this week.

Cards, Classes, My Favorite Things

Unexpected Joys

Hi Angels!

It’s been a busy week. I have done a little creating & organizing but the change in weather also brought a couple of migraine days.

Tonight I took Sandy Allnock’s coloring class in partnership with My Favorite Things Stamps. MFT provided a digital image from their new Joyous Holidays stamp & die set. The tutorial featured coloring with Copic markers. I have a very limited selection but I made what I have work.

Nothing like a groovy rainbow santa to bring holiday cheer. Until I got my blending a bit better he looked more like a tie-dye santa. I don’t work in alcohol markers very often. The tree is done freehand with the markers and was really easy. I was able to color along in the hour class online & finished up my card right after class. Sandy is a great teacher.

I hope you have a wonderfully creative weekend!

Thanks for stopping by.

Cards, Classes, Sassy and Crafty Stamps

Love Mew

Hi Angels!

It’s turning out to be a busy week after the holiday weekend. That’s okay because next week is retreat.

Tonight I am sharing the final design from the Young at Heart class. I used Sassy and Crafty’s Thank Mew stamp set for this one.

This kitty is the cutest and was so much fun to color. She’d look great with a teeny tiny butterfly on the end of her nose too, maybe the next card. The whole class was a blast to design for. I hope the creations brought a smile.

Thanks for popping by.

Cards, Cards for the Troops, Classes, Sweet n' Sassy Stamps

Star Shine

Hi Angels!

We had a great class today & even got a couple hundred more troop cards processed!

I had fun designing this astronaut card from Sweet n’ Sassy Stamps Over the Moon set. The planets & stars made a great background on a Distress spray panel. The sentiment is from an old FSJ set.

After checking out a new show with hubby after dinner, I cleaned up the studio & organized the troop cards into their categories. Going to be spending a good part of this week figuring out what I am taking on retreat next week. I always pack too much but at least we have a kitchen sink at the retreat house so that can stay home.

One more card to share from this fun class. Stay tuned.

Night!

Cards, Classes, My Favorite Things, Simon Says Stamp, Sweet n' Sassy Stamps

Happy Trails

Hi Angels!

Everyone is going to have fun creating in tomorrow’s Young at Heart class because I had so much fun designing for it. I just picked out a handful of stamps & started playing with no real plan in mind.

Tonight’s card did take a bit of work with die cutting but it came out so cute. It features the new My Favorite Things Car Pool & On The Road Die-namics & Better Together Stamp set.

The card kit comes with an idea sheet & I really like the polka dot car so I picked out a couple of happy colors & started designing. It looked a bit blah against a plain cardstock background so I pulled out Sweet n’ Sassy Texture Tiles 5 set as it had the perfect size polka dots for the background to tie it all together. The word “trails” came from CZ Design Happy Days from Simon Says Stamp.

The really fun thing about the Better Together stamp set is there are so many cute critters to choose from to drive the car.

I hope you are enjoying a great holiday weekend.

Thanks for stopping by.

Cards, Classes, My Favorite Things

Dream Magic

Hi Angels!

I am having a great time designing for Monday’s class Young at Heart. Well, except for the crazy wasp that got into the studio today. He was doing that fall drunken bee thing, ugh!

Today’s card features some monochromatic fun. I used My Favorite Things Magical Friends to create this card and a wood sentiment stamp by Great Impressions.

I raided my background stash for this marbled background. Since I rarely make one background, I have enough to share for class. A little accent stamping with a touch of colored pencil & a Gelly Roll Stardust Clear pen makes an easy card.

Stay tuned for more Young at Heart fun.