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My winter window...time to say goodbye to the snow!

With Sympathy

Sympathy cards are the most difficult themes for me because I literally never have any made ahead and they are an emotional process from start to finish because all the while I'm thinking of the person the card is meant for with a heavy heart.  On the other hand, I want the person to feel special knowing their card is truly created for them in their time of sadness.  With that said, I needed to create two sympathy cards recently.

  I love snowdrops and depending on the time of year, find painting them work well for a sympathy card.  They are just a little different each time I paint them and that's just fine with me.  They are very calming to paint as I think about them being the first winter flower that blooms.

I'm especially excited about this card because of the three different layers of watercolor on this wet-on-wet technique.  The gold splatter really gives it almost a night sky feel.  I'm going to be making more of these and painting different areas and not just the corners.

A Little St. Patrick's Fun

I finally got back to card crafting with MaryJane at my sister's house this week. Once again, I was able to keep her totally engaged for a good two hours making 5 St. Patrick's cards!  I did the inking of the wood block shamrock and she did the stamping.  Then I stamped the sentiment and glued the edges and she affixed.  I stamped the shamrock embellishments and she colored in with Tombow markers and then I cut them out.  A fun team effort for sure!  I had her write the names of the recipients on the inside and she signed her name too!  Keep in mind this lovely lady is 94!
I had to make a gnome card!!!

Stash Diving!

I ran across a wonderful old Stampendous stamp the other day and had to make a card.  The sentiment seems so appropriate right now.  I used Distress cubes and swiped in rows and then spritzed with water to allow blending.  The colors seem more coastal and maybe that's because I'm heading back to Florida next week for awhile!

I'll be taking a few weeks off from the E-News and will be back to business March 28th.  Meanwhile, keep crafting those cards!!!

For some freakish reason, I lost my comment connection to the E-News and haven't been receiving your emails.  I'm getting a new phone and hoping my techy sister can set me back up.  Feel free to email me at in the meantime.

Have a pleasant next few weeks!


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