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Online Card Classes – Day 9

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12243940_1504907209838503_848052876_n Today’s card is soft and subtle!  I painted my background with Distress Markers, then I added a little bit of snow using acrylic paints and a cotton ball.  The deer stamp I used is by Hero Arts.

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Online Card Classes – Day 7

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Online Card Classes – Day 7

12231593_1504091989920025_2075767620_nToday’s card is full of shimmer!  Starting with the background, I used Christmas scrapbook paper that had it’s own bit of shininess.  I added tiny glitter dots with my clear Stardust pen from Sakura.  I also cut a strip of another piece of scrapbook paper and added it to the left side of my card.  The Santa was colored with Distress Markers and I added glitter around him, as well as used a clear glaze pen to create little circles on the green background.  Then, I used a silver gel pen to the edge of Santa and the circle.

The stamp/die set I used is by Hampton Art.

Online Card Classes – Day 3

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Online Card Classes – Day 3

12226792_1502183990110825_1172981258_nToday’s card is simple and elegant!  I used a bunch of sequins that I had on hand, and just stamped my tree using Inkadinkado in Silver.  I embossed my sentiment in Recollections embossing powder in Silver.  Also, I dabbed little drops of glue and sprinkled on some iridescent star sequins from Martha Stewart to give the look of lights.

Online Card Classes – Day 1

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Online Card Classes – Day 1

12226639_1501303106865580_1317960017_nI am super stoked to be part of the Online Card Classes – Holiday Style class.  Every “school” day, I will be posting my projects here.  This is my project for Day.  It didn’t take me anytime to make, and I am very proud of it!  🙂

Clean and Simple.  I didn’t put a lot of time into this card.  I used silver and white embossing powder to make my snowflakes stand out, and then I smooshed it in a combo of Distress Inks that I spritzed with water.  The colors I chose were Fired Brick, Peacock Feathers, and Mowed Lawn.  I then trimmed some Nina Texture cardstock in Cardinale to add a frame to my card.

An Encouraging Card for a Bestie.

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In honor of #sharehandmadekindness, I decided to make a card for a dear friend of mine.  She is more like a sister to me, and believe me, we fight like sisters!  But, we also laugh like sisters and can be stupid and goofy with each other like no one else.  I met Mary in 8th grade, but didn’t actually become close friends with her until we were in our early 20s.

Mary is handicapped – she has Spina Bifida.  The doctors gave her parents a grim outlook on her life when she was a child.  They said it would be a miracle if she lived to be 18.  I’m so happy to say that she is 37 years young!  However, with her handicap comes with a lot of issues and hardships.  She gets in a funky mood and I do my best to be supportive of her, just as she does me.

I wanted to uplift her today and thank her for being a great friend to me.  She needs to know that I love her and I’m here for her whenever she needs me.  Even if sometimes we want to smack each other!  She truly is a blessing from God and I thank Him for her everyday.

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Handmade to Show Love

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Being a follower of Jennifer McGuire (http://www.jennifermcguireink.com/), it is really hard not to get inspired by her posts or videos.  She always has great ideas, and this is one of the best yet.

Share Handmade Kindness is her new challenge and it started Monday November 2, 2015.  Each week, you are challenged to make something from the heart and pass it along to others.  You never know whose day you will brighten, so please give it a go!  http://www.jennifermcguireink.com/2015/11/sharehandmadekindesschallenge.html

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My Newest Hobby!

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Ok, so YouTube is helping me go for broke.  How?  Because I keep finding crafting ideas that I want to try.  For the longest time, I was a cross-stitcher and occasional painter.  I wasn’t very good at the latter, so I decided to watch a YouTube video on acrylic painting.  Then, on the side bar with all of the glorious suggested videos, I seen one about water-coloring that caught my attention.  I watched it, then another, and another.  By that afternoon, I had a brand new Canson watercolor pad, and a 24-tube pack of watercolors.

Forward into time, I ended up catching a card making video.  Instantly, I was hooked!  My husband and I went to Michaels the very next day.  That is just TWO of the new hobbies I have picked up from watching tutorials on YouTube.  Here are some more!

  1. Crochet
  2. Knitting
  3. Christmas Ornament-Making
  4. Jewerly
  5. Embroidery
  6. Wood Burning
  7. Quilting
  8. And now, Polymer Clay Charms

Yesterday, I bought everything I needed to get started on my new hobby, making those cute little charms out of clay.  I’m not so sure watching YouTube is a good idea for someone like me, but I just can’t get enough.   My tiny little craft room is definitely busting at the seams!

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My Own Worst Critic

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Yesterday, a good friend of mine and I had ourselves a mini ‘show and tell’ with the adult coloring book pages we were working on.  She began to tell me that she wasn’t sure how she felt about her picture, and I told her that I was feeling a little ‘Eh’ about mine.  But, at the same time, expressing just how much we loved each others work.

I am my own worst critic.  I could have 100 people tell me how much they love my artwork and still think it looks terrible.  Trying to get out of this mindset is not easy, but it’s doable.  Today, I have been working very hard on my artistic self confidence.  Instead of saying that I stink at something, or comparing myself to other artists, I am giving myself praise.

I have to tell myself that there is really no right way to do art.  Art is in the field of self-expression, and I believe that no two artists are the same.  Everyone has their own methods and mediums, and everyone has the right to use whatever tools they want to use and create anything their imagination lets them.  My color choices and shading methods may not be up to par with so-and-so, but it’s my style.

Today, and everyday from here on out, I am challenging myself to say only positive things about my artwork.  If you are like me, I challenge you to do the same!

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