Monday, December 26, 2016

You know it's right about now.......

..............that Tif naturally starts dreaming about spring! Dreams of the most delicate colors ever.....

The holidays are amazing, but my body aches for warmth...so I pulled out all of my pastels today and did some quick brushstrokes:


These are a tad unfinished.  I have yet to matte them onto a cardbase and I'm going to fine tune them a bit.  I normally wash out my ink trays before I formally take a photo of my cards, but the color palette on the tray, (the water mixed in with all the inks) - looked absolutely irresistible - so I thought I'd take a picture of it...I spend so much time fooling around with photos and angles and shots of all different types and looks, that I'm amazed I get anything productive done.  It's fun, though!! It's all in the name of fun! I love what it is that I do.....

Tuesday, December 20, 2016

The Single Flower

Short and sweet post. Dwindling down to my last few card designs for Christmas. Can you believe I went with traditional red?  Red being my least favorite color....but I think I liked how this one turned out.


I also made a whole bunch of wreaths in the traditional red and green colors but didn't have time to take a photo of those. Off to address the rest of my cards and get them sent out.

Have a great rest of your week! xoxo

Monday, December 19, 2016

Mass producing

Some late night painting going on right now to finish up my Christmas cards.  I'm mass producing a whole bunch of simple and small cards using some fine strokes.  None of these have a heavy look to them, using only 4 colors - brown, aqua blue, a touch of red for the bird, and a dot of black (literally) for the bird's eye.


I really wanted to give this a very icy cold and bare look.  All that is left is to add a few more stark branches to the trees, a sentiment, and some scattered glitter for the snow.

Wednesday, December 14, 2016

Living a life of Simplicity and my New Year's Resolutions

As I sit here late this evening and taking a little break from last minute, finishing touches......I thought I'd blog real quick about some of my goals and resolutions for 2017.



My top 20 for my 2017 bucket list...in no particular order - some I currently do but want to continue....others, I really need to either start or improve.

1. Practice more calligraphy.
2. Learn to crochet.
3. Get back into mixed media.
4. More scrapbooking.
5. Patience.
6. Let go of what isn't useful to me anymore.
7. Be inspired by any successes.
8. Be humble and learn from failures.
9. Listen more.
10. Don't interrupt people when they are talking....oh, big one....my weakness. Must really work on this one!
11. Always strive for simplicity.
12. Help others more.
13. Take a photo a day.
14. Journal each day.
15. Say 'hello' to strangers every day.
16. Keep up my exercise regimen.
17. Travel more.
18. Always keep an open mind.
19. Try something that scares me.
20. Sleep more.

Do you have resolutions? Do you write them down? I normally don't ever do resolutions and haven't done so in many years...it will be fun to look back at this list and see how many I was able to try and accomplish.

Tuesday, December 13, 2016

Season's Greetings

Season's Greetings and Merry Christmas, everyone! Wishing you the best of the holidays!

I hope to continue to be a student, always learning new art mediums, and trying different things in the coming year! It's definitely been a fun 2016!


Here's to another amazing year of craftiness in 2017!

xoxoxo

Friday, December 2, 2016

Gold....

Hello December!!! Who else is going crazy this month? Raise your hand! Yea, I know. The rush of December, to get everything done. But it's oh, sooo fun, isn't it? I really do enjoy this time of the year....it's all about giving, never about receiving..... or expecting anything in return.  Us crafters, we do this hobby because we love to - it makes us insanely happy to give someone that handmade card.


Today, I worked with all neutral cards and made several that were all in gold - browns - blacks - and tans. I only showed one here, basically two shades of black and brown. So simple and added some extra shading of ink around all the edges as well.

Keeping this post short and sweet! I'm most likely not going to be back to blogging for a while, so this may be the last post before the holidays. Cheers!! xoxo