Monday, December 4, 2023

Color of Winter

"The color of springtime is
in the flowers; the color of winter
is in the imagination."

- Terri Guillemets -

These gift card envelopes were made
based on a design first shared in 2012.
This time I went the extra step for you
and made 4 ready-to-print designs.

Plaid background - made by layering
stripes in 2 shades of slate gray:

Gift card envelope - how to make:
After cutting out, fold using the edge of your gift card, credit card, ruler, etc. as a guide. Glue with glue stick - read below for how I do it:

Place a piece of cardboard from a cereal box (about the size of a gift card) inside the envelope before you glue (so you don't glue the inside of the envelope together, and so it's not too tight to get a gift card inside when finished).

Here are the free graphics
& sources used in my artwork:

*Tuck Ephemera*

Frances Brundage created
beautiful artwork, including 3 girls
holding "Christmas Roses" under an
umbrella on a snowy day.

*The Old Design Shop*

Loved the cozy feeling
of this moonlit village scene.


*Shadowhouse Creations*

This texture overlay
helped soften the plaid.


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Saturday, December 2, 2023

Snowy Pine & Berries

These lined and plain printable
graphics are a good size for
writing a note, or maybe a family
recipe. I like displaying this size
on vintage clipboards.

This printable sheet of 4
graphics would be a great size
for teacher notes or labels.

These tags were made using a small
section of the original image. When
layering I like to keep something
simple. Here it's the color palette.


He knew at last that he had been a fool,
To think of breaking the forest rule,
And choosing a dress himself to please,
Because he envied the other trees.

But it couldn't be helped, it was now too late,
He must make up his mind to a leafless fate!

So he let himself sink in a slumber deep,
But he moaned and he tossed in his troubled sleep,
Till the morning touched him with joyful beam,
And he woke to find it was all a dream.

For there in his evergreen dress he stood,
A pointed fir in the midst of the wood!

His branches were sweet with the balsam smell,
His needles were green when the white snow fell.
And always contented and happy was he,
The very best kind of a Christmas tree."

Here are the free graphics
& sources used in my artwork:

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Tuesday, December 7, 2021

Christmas Memories

"Each Christmas
finds me longing for
Christmases now past.
And I am back in
childhood - as long as
memories last."
Carice Williams

Do you save the ends from refrigerated cinnamon roll cans? I'd always thought they'd be good for some sort of crafting, and last year used them for stamping. Right now, I'm making them into ornaments. For this one, I used one of the smaller round images, a paper doily, clear glitter, and yarn around the outside.

The sweet Victorian illustration was from one of my books. You can see the entire image here. I also used an endpaper texture. The only other images used were free elements, available on Canva.

I don't like to waste space, so filled up some of the empty spots with rectangular labels and tags, as well as pretty medallions and lace...

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