Paper Petunia E-News #180 - Nov. 20, 2016
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Holiday Meeting!
November 30, 2016

Our holiday meeting has 3 unique components:

Swap:  Make 15 Gift Card Holders
We talked about whether to make tags or something else and we decided to make Gift Card Holders instead!

Bring a handcrafted gift bag:   Fill the bag (store bought or made from scratch.  It doesn't have to be a bag!  It could be a tin, a cool box, something re-puposed, etc.)  Place a minimum $5 worth of paper crafting supplies inside that you yourself would like to own!  Split up packages of new items, cut up cool papers, ribbon, new/gently used stamps, etc.  Show us how creative you are!!!!

Bring a food munchy or dessert.  This is optional and we always have a generous turnout of food!  The Library just asks that we don't bring any hot food in crock pots, etc.

No Everson and No SOTM 

Final gift card holder idea!  I'm hoping you are enjoying making them for our Club swap!  This example is pretty elaborate but it can easily be dumbed down to crank out in quantity!
Sneak Peek of One of our Holiday Meeting Projects!
Remember 'back in the day' when I taught the annual calendar class?  I sure do miss those days, but I've come up with a really sweet alternate project for us on the 30th.  I call this my quarterly calendar project.  I'll design the spring version in March, the summer version in June, and the autumn version in September!!!  Maybe we'll do it in a meeting format at the Library or I'll write tutorials.  Either way, there's definitely more to come!

I'm well on my way to paint everyone Christmas gifts this year and the birch tree was from a tutorial I followed.  If you click on the photo, you'll see that I added additional trees in the background.  This was totally fun to create.  Start by sketching the birch tree and then covering it with masking fluid.  Had to refer to Pinterest for the cardinal!
There I was following another tutorial and after it was done, I decided I didn't like it.  I added scribbles and felt a little better.  The blog was translated from another language so some of the directions didn't make sense.  I followed the best I could so the decision to add scribbles worked for me.
Even though this looks like a second painting, it is actually the bottom half of the colorful tree painting!  This broken fence section was cut away from the colorful trees.  The 'no mistakes in stamping' really carries over to other areas quite nicely!!
The very best part is getting it matted and framed at Hobby Lobby!  The paintings just take on a finished look that is always a pleasant surprise.

Listen, I hope I'm not boring you with my watercolor journey, but I just get so excited to follow a tutorial and actually see a result that I'm happy with.  Case in point, the painting below was created because I'm working on a watercolor for my husband, the 'car guy.'  Anyhoo, that's another story for later.  I needed to learn how to watercolor snow and I found an AWESOME artist's tutorial by Deb Watson.  Click on my painting for her YouTube link.  I won't lie, I struggled with this, especially the snowy evergreen tree.  I ended up not following her way of painting the snow on the tree, after I attempted her example and had to 'fix' it!  I don't know who's getting this for Christmas!

Have a pleasant week!


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