Sending Love…

Hi Friends!

Change is in the air. Can you feel it, too?

On the first weekend of October,

I always look forward to slipping off my gardening gloves

and heading downstairs to my little Paper Garden studio.

It’s time to celebrate… and get inky!

Although I worked alone in my craft studio on Saturday, it felt heartwarming to know that paper crafters across the globe were also experimenting, growing, and having fun in their creative spaces! It was a treat to chat with a dear friend as she worked in her craft loft. Cardmakers just love to discuss very important things… like ink, paper, stamps, dies, stencils, and all the tools we use. ūüėČ

My little papercrafting studio is not fancy at all, but everything in my creative space inspires me! Rustic, antique boxes hold my supplies and meaningful artwork decorates the walls. Dried flowers and herbs from my cottage perennial gardens hang from all the ceiling rafters. It truly is my Paper Garden!

Oldies were playing on the radio on Saturday morning as I happily selected stamps, dies, paper, and ink. I was excited to have a whole day devoted to this heartwarming hobby! To celebrate World Cardmaking Day, I decided to create with favorite supplies from The Greetery.

The Greetery released their first collection in April 2019. This new company already has a large following of devoted papercrafters! We have been enjoying Betsy’s designs for many years. So very proud of her! ‚ô•

I love everything about this new, family business owned by designer, Betsy Veldman. All of the products are made in the U.S.A. Betsy’s philosophy at The Greetery ~ Where Making and Giving Meet truly mirrors my own heart! Betsy says, “What better way to provide meaning and purpose for our creative endeavors than to be able to bless others through handmade cards and gifts!”

Our orders from The Greetery always arrive quickly, wrapped as gifts. Several of Betsy’s gorgeous, layered stamp designs are created from her own watercolor paintings. Multi-layered stamping allows us to create a watercolored look on our cards, tags, and gifts.

At The Greetery, Betsy thoughtfully designs a new collection every other month. It’s fun to choose unique stamps, dies, and stencils that are ‘just my style.’ I love carving out a bit of time to experiment with these supplies and savor the time spent creating special cards for loved ones. This feels very comforting and nurturing…¬†a bit of an oasis the fast-paced papercrafting industry where new supplies are typically released every month!

I’ve been having great fun experimenting with Distress Oxide inks and favorite stamps from The Greetery’s “Get Cozy, Get Crafty” collection. Aren’t these the perfect stamps for my little Paper Garden? It’s beginning to feel like Autumn in the studio already!

Just playing with sprigs of bittersweet, eucalyptus, and wheat to fill vintage bottles in the Paper Garden!

It’s so lovely that the design elements from all of The Greetery collections work just beautifully together. Betsy’s videos always offer helpful, creative tips for using her stamps, stencils, and dies. She has a very talented Inspiration Team who share unique ways to use all of The Greetery’s stamps, stencils, and dies. If you are curious to see more from The Greetery, take a peek at their inspiring ‘Lookbooks.’

During this extra-busy season in my life,

I felt so blessed to have a whole day devoted to creativity! ‚ô•

‘Bottled Up’ and ‘Budding Beauties: Autumn’¬† stamps/dies from The Greetery

 

‘Just Mason Around’ and ‘Budding Beauties: Autumn’ stamps/dies from The Greetery ‚ô• ‘Words to Live By: Gratitude’ stamps/dies (designed by Betsy Veldman) for Papertrey Ink

 

‘Just Mason Around,’ ‘Lemon Blossom,’ and ‘Simple Things’ stamps/dies from The Greetery

 

‘Budding Beauties: Autumn’ stamps/dies, ‘Halfsies Oval’ die, and ‘Knit Wits’ stencil from The Greetery

 

‘Simple Things’ stamp/die from The Greetery ‚ô• ‘Penned Elegance’ and ‘Scallop Stackers: Small’ die from Papertrey Ink

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As World Cardmaking Day came to an end, I couldn’t resist a bit of stamped watercoloring using Art Impressions Watercolor stamps. They are among my very favorite cardmaking supplies! Artist Bonnie Krebs designs tiny, natural elements, garden containers, arbors, birdbaths, fences, gates, buildings, cobblestones, and so much more. I met Bonnie a few years ago at a stamping event in Arizona and spent hours watching her create the most wonderful, little, watercolored vignettes. There were tears in my eyes as I watched Bonnie transform a tiny piece of watercolor paper into a work of art! Now I adore stamping blossoms and foliage to fill containers and create little gardens of my very own! ūüôā So relaxing… and the possibilities are endless! ‚ô•¬† (Take a peek at the You Tube ‘Watercolor Wednesdays’ tutorials!)

Whenever I have a chance to create on-the-go, I always fill my backpack with Art Impressions Watercolor stamps, tiny acrylic blocks, watercolor markers, paintbrushes, and lots of watercolor paper. I have created tiny works of ‘heart’ in so many different places. ūüôā Each time I travel, these tiny supplies always have a special place in my carry-on!

I used watercolor stamps from Art Impressions Watercolor to create the vintage watering can, bookmark, and the watercolor wreath. (below)

World Cardmaking Day helps us to celebrate this wonderful hobby!

I love the chance to experiment and grow in exciting new ways.

I’m so very grateful for all of the wonderful friends

this pastime has brought into my life.

However… my very favorite part of being a cardmaker happens today

as I write heartfelt notes in each card,

add a pretty postage stamp,

and send them off to brighten someone’s day!

It’s all about sending love

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Paper hugs,

‚ô° Dawn

P.S.  Do you still enjoy sending cards? ♥ What types of cards do you send most often?

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Let’s Celebrate!

 

Hi Friends!   Welcome OWH Card Makers!

What a happy day!¬†Today card makers from around the world are joyfully¬†making cards in celebration of¬†¬†World Card Making Day 2014. This marks the ninth annual worldwide celebration of one of our favorite¬†creative pastimes. What a blessing to have a hobby that spreads happiness to our families and friends‚Ķ and brings us such joy! ¬†Card makers also love to create cards for people we haven’t met, offering our gratitude and support. It warms my heart to make cards for ¬†two wonderful organizations: Operation Write Home and the Semper Fi Family Platoon. Small acts of kindness ~ for those who sacrifice so much!

Today I’m excited¬†to join the blog hop party at Operation Write Home! ¬†As a new card maker, I am so honored to support OWH, as we help our Heroes stay connected with home. I knew the very moment that I discovered OWH¬†Executive Director, Sandy Allnock (aka ‘The Scrap Wrangler’), that I wanted to help OWH support¬†Americans deployed around the world.

While our needs are changing with the drawdown of troops, there ways that you can help out! ¬†Even if you are not a card maker, there are two important ways that you can help! Writing ‘Any Hero’ Mail lets Americans serving far from home know that we are grateful for their service, keeping us safe and preserving freedom. Financial donations will help with the huge cost of shipping boxes of our handmade cards from OWH headquarters in Washington state, to all of the places where¬†Americans are serving around the globe.

In celebration of World Card Making Day 2014,

OWH is making LOVE cards today!

Here is a peek at my LOVE card ~ neutrals inspired by nature, as I walked along the Prairie this week…

Cardstock: SU Crumb Cake, Very Vanilla,  Patterned Paper: 'Stella Rose' My Mind's Eye,  Embossing Folders: Buttons~Darice, Waves~Lifestyle Crafts,  Stamps: Dragonflies~Art Neko, Sentiment~ Taylored Expressions,  Ink: Memento 'Tuxedo Black', Distress Ink~'Tea Dye,' ,  Punches: SU Circle punch, Fiskars Border punch,  Vintage button, hemp                                                        Inspired by Lisa Curcio

Cardstock: SU Crumb Cake, Very Vanilla, Patterned Paper: ‘Stella Rose’ My Mind’s Eye, Embossing Folders: Buttons~Darice, Waves~Lifestyle Crafts, Stamps: Dragonflies~Art Neko, Sentiment~ Taylored Expressions, Ink: Memento ‘Tuxedo Black’, Distress Ink~’Tea Dye,’ , Punches: SU Circle punch, Fiskars Border punch, Vintage button, hemp. ¬†Inspired by Lisa Curcio

 Cards for OWH are blank inside.

Our Heroes will write a message, straight from their hearts,

for family or friends at home.‚ô°

Cards and letters sent home often become family ‘treasures,’ that tell an important part of a family’s history. Letters that my dad sent home to my mom, while serving in Korea, are tied with a ribbon and tucked safely away. Our¬†stories matter! They document the good times, as well as the very difficult times, in our lives.

It’s heartwarming to think that the cards made by OWH card makers will also become family treasures ~ displayed on mantels, preserved in scrapbooks, and tucked under children’s pillows at night. When one family member is away from home serving our country, the entire family is making a huge sacrifice!¬†We look forward to a time when American’s won’t be sent into harm’s way. Until that time, we can offer our military families our gratitude and support…

It’s time to hop along to visit a few of the wonderful OWH card makers

who create cards for our Heroes!

           Click here to begin!

 

Thanks for hopping by today!

Autumn blessings!

‚ô° Dawn