Tuesday, February 18, 2014

Giving Trees

                                                           The Giving Trees 8" x 5"

      I was so inspired to paint in my watercolor journal after seeing the wonderful post at Inspiration Avenue for the challenge this week "hearts and trees". Kim has chosen a beautiful selection of projects to inspire. I had this idea in my head and thankfully it worked on  paper too:) Products I used are acrylic paints, Caran D'Ache water soluble crayons, Staz-On ink,sequin waste, oil pastels.
   Being that it is also Tuesday I'm linking to T Stands for Tuesday hosted by Bleubeard and Elizabeth. I'm linking this to Creative Every Day and Paint Party Friday also.

    The following is a group of CAS cards I created for both the Simon Wednesday challenge (Get Krafty) - the first three cards, and the Moxie fab World challenge (Happy For Hexagons). If you are a card maker you must visit these blogs for a plethora of fabulous projects and cards!

    My cards all focused around this patterned card stock:

   I simply love this pattern from My Mind's Eye and decided to use it in several ways. Sometimes making a group of cards is as easy as choosing a favorite patterned paper from your stash. Make it a bit of a challenge then to make as many cards as you can from the one sheet. My cards took little time and though simple they still make for a lovely hand made card.

  Products Used: kraft note cards (Canvas Corp); yellow, white card stock (Paper Studio); patterned card stock (My Mind's eye); tissue paper; rubber stamps-Thinking Of You (Hampton Art), other stamps-(Hero Arts); yellow paper flowers (Jolee's Boutique); soft grey paper  flower (Recollections); felt heart (Hobby Lobby); felt butterfly (Michael's); Versafine Onyx black ink (Tsukineko).

  I know this is redundant but it is snowing again! I really don't know where else we can put all this stuff...so I'm not going to worry about it and instead will be visiting blogs a lot today along with a cup of tea or two. See you around!

             " Come forth into the light of things. Let nature be your teacher."       William Wordsworth


  1. Luckily, it's getting warmer here. At this rate, I might actually see grass in a few days. But I can truly relate. I'm tired of it, too. But enjoying a cup of warmth is always good when you must stay in.

    I hope you didn't have to cut all those hexagons by hand. I looked in your product list, but couldn't tell. That would have killed me, since I don't have a die cutting machine. Yours are beautiful. And of course, so are your cards. What a great way to use all those papers.

    Happy T(ea) today. Stay warm and safe. I can certainly appreciate your situation.

  2. Very nice CAS cards.
    Happy T-day

  3. Lovely quote (as always!) dear Linda ♥
    You all are getting snow upon snow upon snow it seems!
    Your giving trees turned out beautifully...so uplifting and inspiring...
    you are getting me in the card making mood too Missy :)
    Thank you for sharing the links and your inspiring cards as well.
    Happy T day to you...
    I am sure spring is going to be awfully sweet when it finally arrives for you...
    p.s. thought of you while over Bethany Beach way

  4. These cards are all so pretty! The kraft cardstock really makes the hexagon and the colors pop! I love it! Thank you for joining us at the Simon Says Wednesday Challenge: Get Krafty!

  5. Hi Linda, I love your positive themed trees! What a neat idea. And those tiny little hearts at connecting the trunk to the leave, so creative. Thanks for sharing and if it makes you feel any better, you are not the only one who is still looking out a window of freshly falling snow! It's almost getting old at this point! Happy T-day!

  6. Hi Linda. Thank you for mentioning me. I really appreciate that. I love your hexegrams, it looks like it is time consuming. They remind me of a quilt I helped make way back whe, Your gifting trees are lovely, calm and peaceful. A treat for inspiration. thank you for your creations.

  7. The Giving Trees gives warm and peaceful feeling to me, glad you shared this. :-)

    Using one paper was also a great idea for the cards. I think they are creative and look good!

  8. Love "enjoy life's moments" card. The negative space in brown kraft is awesome.

  9. Oh love the 'giving trees' ~ beautiful! and all your other colorful creations ~ enjoy and thanks ^_^

    artmusedog and carol

  10. Giving trees are magical. Simply beautiful. very sweet and lovely cards as well.

  11. Interesting, really gorgeous trees with beautiful words!

  12. a fabulous stash of cards and I adore your giving trees Linda!

  13. More snow? You will be disappearing soon ;)

    Lovely cards Linda and I absolutely adore your giving trees.

    Keep warm

    Karen x

  14. Love that journal page. Beautiful.
    Great use of that sheet of paper. I think I have that one too. Now you have given me some ideas! MME is my paper of choice!
    Keep warm in that snow!

  15. Your giving trees are beautifully done and the idea is just as beautiful.
    Love your cards as well. Enjoy life's moments is my favorite.

  16. They are beautiful! I love the addition of the craft paper - and it really is such a beautiful, quick idea!
    Thank you too for your sweet comment last week - so sorry it took me a while to get back - I have been out of town. Anyway, I hope you had a wonderful Valentine's day! xoox

  17. Ugh, I am so sorry to hear that it is snowing even more!! I think a lot of people are over this winter. It has been a beast!!
    Love the cards you came up with from that great patterned paper! what a great design.

  18. I love your Giving Trees, they are really beautiful. Lovely cards too.

  19. Yes, beautiful, to echo the comments. I feel such peace, gazing at your trees. Very motivational. Well done.
    (ツ) from Cottage Country Ontario , ON, Canada!

  20. Oh Linda, your trees are awesome!! So enchanting how they stand in a row ♥ Conny
    Piaroms Art Journaling

  21. That paper is gorgeous!
    I love the way you used it on your "enjoy life's moments" card.
    And your giving trees are so lovely ♡

  22. I love the tree page and I also love the way you used the hexagons. Perhaps I could do this with some patchwork hexagons. I'm sure I have a few hundred lying around somewhere....

  23. Your Giving Trees are beautifully executed, and the cards are lovely too!

  24. Great site, I very much enjoyed visiting. Will be signing up to follow.

  25. Beautiful paper you chose, and your different uses of it are all wonderful!

  26. Lots of beautiful work and so love those trees Linda. Happy PPF, Annette x


  27. Your giving trees are beautiful and inspirational.

  28. Linda, the giving trees are so gorgeous.

  29. So wonderful and inspirational! Wishing you a banquet of love for the coming week! Happy PPF!!

  30. Love love LOVE your giving trees...oh my so gorgeous!! All the work is beautiful but I can see this as cards, a canvas....on bags...you name it... really full of spirit and joy for me!!

    Hugs Giggles

  31. Love the giving trees. Great work!

  32. Those are green springtime trees! Lovely painting - wonderful cards. I love that your cards are small mixed media works of art


  33. Hi Linda!
    What a great idea for stretching a sheet of hexagon paper. I think I have some of that same paper stashed away. You totally make me want to pull it out of the stash!

    By the way, thanks for linking up to the MFW Happy for Hexagons challenge!



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