Wednesday, November 25, 2009

Cards with inspiration

I have no idea what is with the number 13 but it seams that I have inspiration for only 13 cards a day. If I make more than that...I'm pushing it, if I make less...well, it's not enough. :-) So, here are the 13 cards I made this Sunday. :-)

1. I enjoyed making these cards so much! It's not like I had to rush as ever or making them, so I really, really love the results.
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2. Very nice color this one, I love the orange and bluish-green combination.
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3. Orange and white! Remember my cake with these colors? :-)
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4. Fall leaves
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5. Flowers and birds
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6. A pink and green card with vellum pocket full of miniature flowers.
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7. Fall leaves again, different version. :-)
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8. Some quilling work, butterflies and "Indian" blue. I have no idea why, but this kind of pattern reminds me of India.
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9. Roses in green
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10. I am paying more attention to the flowers recently. I have never been a "flower" person, but I seem to enjoy making them. :-)
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11.One of my personal favorites, a true sense and sensibility card, don't you think?
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12. I call this card" Carmen", very passionate, fiery one.
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13. And the last one ( as a matter of fact that was the first one I made that day!) is this one, very sensual, serene...I love it!
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I enjoy making this kind of cards...I love Christmas, but my Christmas cards were not "born" like these, they were "made", and you can probably see the difference. I just realized I didn't take pictures of the Christmas ornaments I woodburned last Saturday! OMG, I'll do that right away and try to post tomorrow!

Monday, November 23, 2009

10 Watercolor pieces

I recently discovered that I enjoy very much making watercolor paintings. I have always been intimidated( or even scared) of watercolor because I always thought that it is very difficult to handle and you can't allow yourself room to fix something if you make a mistake. Although I have worked with watercolor previously I never enjoyed it and that pretty much suffocated the creative side of me while handling the paint. All in all, it was experience that I meticulously tried to avoid whenever possible. I never took pleasure in it and there were 2 reasons for that- first, because I thought myself not gifted enough and second, because I lacked the knowledge and experience. Now, for the gifted side of the problem I couldn't do much, but I decided to work on the second part concerning knowledge and experience. I signed up for a simple watercolor class, where I would learn the basics of working with this media. I found it quite a pleasurable experience, our teacher was great and I think now that I have better understanding of the way you work with this kind of material, things come more naturally and I no longer feel the discomfort of working with it. As a matter of fact it produces quite the opposite feelings- I enjoy it very much indeed! So I wanted to share with you the 10 watercolor paintings I made recently and I would be very pleased if you share your opinion on the subject and let me know which ones you enjoy the most.

1. A simple Bird of Paradise flower arrangement- now is the time to mention that one of the things I disliked in painting with watercolor was painting flowers! I challenged myself in making couple of flower paintings and to be honest I exceeded my expectations.

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3. One of the most difficult things I ever experiences was painting snow. Painting this winter forest was very tricky.

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4. The second flower arrangement I made.
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5. Fall landscape, one of my first watercolors.
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6. This one I made while looking at a picture our teacher brought to class.
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7. One of the landscapes I painted.
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8. Second landscape.
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9. Landscape with birds.
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10. And last landscape.
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Let me know what you think!

Friday, November 20, 2009

Festive packaging

I promised I'll post the paper boxes, that I decorated and here they are! I am sorry my recent posts have been so short, but I am in the middle of creating so many things, I can barely keep up posting everything! I think I need somebody to help me out with this, because too much stuff is waiting to be published and there is simply not enough time in the 24 hours I have to do everything I want. I am seriously thinking what can I do about it, I know that some bloggers hire other people to write instead of them, but unfortunately I don't earn any money from mine to be able to afford the extra help. I'll have to look into some options I think.

1. Papier mache large box with decoration that I used for the large candle holders
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2. Medium size box for the smaller candle holders
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3. Small size box with decoration Christmas2009Prep11

4. The smallest of the 4 boxes, with decoration.
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5. Medium size box with Christmas decoration- ribbon and bells.
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6. Gift card box with decoration in earth colors.
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7. Gift card box with decoration in silver.
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8. Gift card box with decoration in green and gold
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Wednesday, November 18, 2009

Chtistmas cards ( to be continued...)

I was so busy the past week that I didn't manage to post the last batch of cards I made and the boxes I did for Christmas presents.
1. A gift tag

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2. Black, red and white sparkling card

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3. Green Christmas tree card
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4. Another traditional colored Christmas card
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5. Snowflake card
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6. "The belt of Santa Claus"
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7. Yellow stars for Christmas
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8. A game of green Christmas ornaments

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9. Blue and green snowflakes
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10. I tried to do some quilling, unfortunately without the proper instruments it's very difficult to do it.

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11. Another card with quilling elements

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12. card with vellum and sparkling powder.

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13. And here is another one with earthy design

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I'll post some boxes tomorrow to show you what kind of gift packaging I made for Christmas! :-)

Wednesday, November 11, 2009

13 more

A promise is a promise, so here are the rest of the 26 cards I made Sunday!
1. Christmas trees with a bear charm
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2. I had a slightly different idea for this one, but it turned out OK
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3. Green and blue, I guess most of my Christmas cards are going to be nontraditional colors. :-)

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4. Christmas bells in purple, green and brown.
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5. One of my favorites!
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6. Cutest little snowman :-)
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7. Three friends
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8. Happy snowman
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9. Poinsettia card
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10. This is one of my favorite cards!
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11. Christmas bells in blue
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12. One Christmas card with the traditional red and green.
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13. Cute snowmen Mom and baby
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That's all for today, let me know which ones you like the best!

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