Saturday, December 2, 2023

I Got Carried Away

 Happy December, everyone. Hope all is well.
Well, I got all my cards addressed and mailed, whch took a few days. Changed out my seasonal decorations and paid bills. I think I'm ready for the new month. I have a few more Christmas cards to make and I'm sharing one today at the end of the post, along with 2 4x6 art pieces shown first. Yes, I got a bit carried away.

This is my entry to Art Journal Journey's December challenge Above Us Only Sky, hosted by Wendy. I would also like to enter this to LCD #180: In the Deep Midwinter 
and to Passion for Markers Week 718: Baby It's Cold Outside as I've used watercolor brush markers.
I got the itch to watercolor, so I pulled out an old Art Impressions cling rubber set called Christmas Village. (It's actually stamps for making a Tryfold card.) Anyway, I stamped on a 4x6 sheet of Fabriano Hot Press 140# w/c paper with VF Clair ink and clear heat embossed all images. I stamped the bench with the 4 trees behind it stamp first, then stamped that again on masking paper and fussy cut the tree tops. I applied the mask and stamped the houses behind it. Removed the mask and painted the little village scene with my Spectrum Noir Watercolor Brush Markers and a liner brush.

Then I used broad messy diagonal strokes with a few different blues to paint the sky.
When I was done, I fell in love with it! 

I did manage to trim it down a bit, add a mat and stamp a Stamplorations sentiment. It will now be archived in my 4x6 album journal, shown above.

The challenge this week at SPA is Window to the World. Because I try to two-fer this challenge with AJJ, my plan was to add card strips to frame the image like a window but I couldn't bare to mess with cropping it.
So, what to do? I made a second 4x6 art piece by scanning my watercolored image into PSE and resizing it to fit the only window die I have (TH Sizzix Window) which has panes but I cut them off because they obstructed my little scene, lol. 
I really like my little scene, can you tell?
So when I printed out my scanned and resized images on satin photo card, they came out with a brighter blue sky, which irritated me, but hey, it still looked good so I used it. 

So this is the second creation, for Sunday Postcard Art's Window to the World challenge, hosted by Annie. (I would also like to enter it to Cut It Up #292: Use More Than One Die, Happy House Vesela Hiska #49, and Night Owls #31: Gifts with Bows.) I found some old brown striped K&Co scrapbook paper that looked like wallpaper and cut the Sizzix window frame out of Kraft card, highlighting and shading with a brown colored pencil after cutting off the panes. I added the smaller scanned image to the back of the frame and added that to the 4x6 card. Then I die cut some bows (Amazon unbranded) out of glitter paper and used the window pane die cut waste for boxes and added my bows.

Next, I die cut a Sizzix Christmas tree out of white card, colored it green with Promarkers and used a darker green colored pencil to add branch strokes. I outlined the tree with a darker Promarker and added it to the card. I added garland with Christmas Red Stickles and tree ornaments with Stickles, Viva Decor Pearl paint pens and Nuvo Crystal Glaze. Found a leftover yellow punched star for the tree top and done. Ahh, my little scene looks so pretty in the window, doesn't it? This will make a nice decoration for my art corner.

And finally, my 3rd creation of a Christmas card using my scanned image. I simply matted it for the A7 card front and added the Papertrey Ink sentiment with Warm Breeze VF Clair ink. Clean & simple & fast!
Even the lighter version of the sky is cool.

Well, that's it, lol. Thanks for hanging in there, hope it's not too confusing.
The challenge entries for the card are below, but I need to rest some first.
Back later to list challenges.
I had lots of fun making these!
Thanks for visiting and have great day.

(challenge links for the 4x6 pieces are in the above post)
That would be my daughter and son-in-love, because they really challenge me generationally and work my brain, which is always good at my age, lol.)


My name is Erika. said...

I like the darker sky a bit better too, but like you said, they all look good. I like how you used the image in so many different ways also. I scan items in before I use them, and I scan them in to use something in them afterwards, but I love the idea of scanning in an image to resize and reuse all at about the same time. It is a pretty winter scene, with some Christmas prettiness also. :) Thanks for joining Wendy for her sky challenge this month. This piece is really lovely (for everything you made it for.) And good for you to have so much done too. I'm decorated, half the bills are paid but no cards are written yet. hugs-Erika

Lisa said...

Fabulous image. I love how you used it in different ways on the cards. Versatile images are always a great addition to the craft room.

Bleubeard and Elizabeth said...

Both entries are beautiful. I can see how you got carried away. I love how you highlighted the sky, which is perfect for Wendy's theme at AJJ.

Anita said...

The sky looks beautiful in all of them, Aimeslee! (However, I do understand the irritation of scans not reflecting the true color of the scanned art.) I love the messy strokes and the various blue tones that you've used, and the wintry scene is just gorgeous. I wouldn't want to put window panes on it either. :-)

WendyK said...

A lovely Winter sky for my theme on Art Journal Journey, thank you for joining us on AJJ. Have a great month.

pearshapedcrafting said...

Wow Aimeslee, you definitely got value for money out of the products you used here! Such a lovely scene too! Thanks for sharing at AJJ and Wendy's theme!
Hugs, Chrisx

Julie said...

Super cards - such a lovely wintery scene. Thanks for joining in our challenge at Passion for Markers this week - good luck! Juliexx

Alyson Mayo said...

Love that scene - it's so peaceful and reminds me of what my street looked like a few days ago (lots of snow). Beautiful cards :)

Renske said...

Great cards. Love the winter scenes. Thank you for joining the Penny's Paper-Crafty Challenge blog. Good luck with your entry.

Crafty hugs, Renske Penny's DT

theras kartenblog said...

Wonderful! I love the winter scene so much.
Thank you for your entry at Nachteulen Challenge.
Good luck and happy crafting!
Ilse (thera)

Darlene said...

WOW! These are all so beautiful! Thanks so much for joining in the fun at our Four Seasons & Simply Clean & Simple Challenges! Good Luck and we hope you’ll come back again soon.

Co-Owner … Can You Handle the Pressure, Double D, Four Seasons, Peace On Earth, Stencil Fun, Simply Clean & Simple, Two Old Bats, Triple B

crafty-stamper said...

Both beautiful creations,love the scene through the window but the first one is my favourite and the Carol is my favourite one too.Thank you for joining us at The Crafty Addicts
Carol DT x

craftytrog said...

Beautiful Christmas art Aimeslee.
I hope you are keeping well.

Aunty Sue said...

oh this is fab and love the sky thanks for sharing at Passion For Markers

pearshapedcrafting said...

Just popping back to say Thanks very much for sharing your card at Try It On Tuesday, hugs, Chrisx

Rainey's Craft Room said...

Great wintry scenes, thanks for sharing at Passion for Markers this week.

Julia Dunnit said...

Hello Aimeslee, I've come over from WOYWW after seeing your comment at SUsan, Calling All Crafters. Isn't it amazing how we all connect one way or another. I love the cards you've made with the little's a gorgeous scene and totally see why you like it. Amazing how scanning it changed the colours so. I eally like the graphic stroke effect sky, im growing to store that idea in my pea brain and see if I can't copy your lead! Im super impressed by your response to challenges....I don't do them at all, they scare me because of the deadlines...which is funny because WOYWW put you off by being too fast moving....not something I've ever thought about it being!

Ellibelle said...

An absolutely beautiful Christmas image and you've created such wonderful things with it. All so beautiful!
Thank you so much for joining in with at Four Seasons challenge!
Ellibelle's Corner

Laurie said...

The the deep blue sky you created over the snowy village and trees. Sends such a calm and soothing message. Thanks for joining the Lost Coast Design Challenge!

Majda said...

Such a sweet Christmas creation.
Wonderful combination of colors and design.
Thank you for using our theme in Vesela hiška in such a creative way.
Have a wonderful weekend, Majda DT

Deanne Saunders said...

Great creations!!! Thanks so much for participating in our CHRISTMAS CRAFTS ALL YEAR 'ROUND challenge!!! I appreciate that you play along and I enjoy visiting your blog!! Have a happy crafty day!! Deanne at A Little Bit O’ Paper

Het hobbyhoekje van Annie said...

Your cards are lovely.
Thanks for joining us at Christmas Crafts All Year Round.
Greetings Annie (DT)

Loose Stitches said...

Beautiful creations! Thank you for sharing with us over at The Creative Crafters.
~ Sherry DT/Admin xx

*Vicki* said...

Wow! These scenes look incredible! I love the way you've colored the image and the details you've added are so wonderful with it! Very creative and fun! Thanks so much for sharing this with us at the MIU Challenge!

Sarah said...

A gorgeous card. Thank you so much for sharing with us at AYLI. Sarah

Heather said...

Wow!! You were busy! Great job with the watercoloring, the sky looks very cool! Thanks for playing with Cut It Up Challenge! I'm sorry I'm so late in commenting!

Heather said...

When I was here before, I should have also said "Thanks for playing with Creative Moments Challenge. I'm sorry I am so late in commenting!"

Vickie Y said...

Beautifully designed. Thank you for sharing with us at Simply Clean & Simple Challenge.

Valerija said...

Wonderful card. Love all the details.
Thaks for sharing with us at Vesela hiška.
Valerija DT

Majda said...

Such a sweet Christmas creation. Wonderful combination of colors and design!
Thank you for sharing your beautiful card with us at Vesela hiška.
Hugs, Majda

FinArt said...

Beautiful Christmas creation. I love all the detail. Thank you for playing with us at Vesela hiška. Janja DT