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I love creating art. I love the Creator! And through that love, I find a little slice of heaven on earth and I give Him all the glory! It's a great adventure and I'm excited to see what's around the bend! Come join me, won't you?

Monday, November 19, 2012

Christmas Cards for My Dad ~ {and winner}

My Dad celebrated his 80th Birthday this past weekend, and we travelled to Billings to help him celebrate with other family members. Only three of Dad's kids could make the party, but this is the picture of us:
Dad, Grandson Adam (my youngest), my brother Ken, Me, my brother Rob

I wanted to make him something I thought he might use, so I made a half-dozen Christmas cards. It's the only thing I could think of that I think he would enjoy, and use.  Especially since he's a watercolor artist himself.
 But I had to figure out to make them into actual mailing cards, as I watercolored these using a 6x6" watercolor paper pad I had purchased earlier this summer.  So I checked out Michaels Crafts, to find some kind of cardstock/envelope package that would make them into cards. They had nothing to fit, so I purchased a pack of plain brown ones, and had to cut the paintings to fit.


 So it worked out okay... I guess.  I do really like the square look, but no one seems to make cards that size, so ... we'll punt, as they say!

 I added a bit of glitter with my silver gelly roll pen.  This is a very subtle look, but I like it.  I also added spatters of watercolor, and the sketchy watercolor frame to each print.  I almost love doing that more than making the trees!  So here's some close-up shots, so you can see that pretty glittery-glow...












The inspiration for these came from a class I recently took, from Christy Tomlinson's website, by artist Junelle Jacobsen.  I enjoyed it so much!   

We had such a wonderful time with  Dad and family~lots of laughs, and some story-telling videos of their time growing up on the homestead!  {so funny ~ at least to us!} Good times!  Unfortunately someone messed up {that would be me} and FORGOT her camera!  These are taken from the ipad... Thanks Uncle Dave!
And the winner of the Christmas Mug Rug is commenter #12... drawn by my sweet husband.  And that would be... Jennifer!  Congratulations!  THANK YOU EVERYONE!  I have MORE to give away... some things I have made, but also some from other artists!  Come on back, ya hear?!
XO

11 comments:

Jennifer {Studio JRU} said...

Happy Birthday to your sweet dad! So neat he is an artist too! Love the family photos. Love these cards! I am sure he loved them and the recipients will too. It's a win win! ;) I am so excited to have won the mug rug. Can not wait to see it! Thanks so your hubby for drawing my name! :) You have been so generous... and there is more to come?! Yay!

HollyM said...

The cards are a great idea and I love those trees. They're so loose and quirky with just the right amount of sparkle.

Sweet and Savory by Sarah said...

Ahh I wish I had your skill!! I loooove those cards too! I just love everything you do.

elle said...

Wow,happy birthday to your Dad! It's in the genes, Les. MarveLes! The trees are winterful!

Barb N said...

That's great to get so many together for the celebration - looks like you had a wonderful time.

Southern Gal said...

Happy birthday to him! The trees are beautiful.

Teresa in Music City said...

Leslie, your Dad will love the cards! How unique and special!!! I love the silver "gilding" and the borders - and the little dots of color that look like colored snow - too cute!!!

Gill said...

Happy Birthday to your Dad!! Your cards are fabulous!
Congratulations to Jennifer!

Happy Cottage Quilter said...

Happy Birthday to your Dad. What a sweet celebration. And NOW I know where you get all that amazing artistic talent :-)

Robbie said...

Such talent and what a thoughtful gift!!

darcey said...

Happy Birthday to your Dad. I've been away from the computer for awhile and it has been a pleasure to check back to your beautiful, beautiful blog.
Darcey
xxoo

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