Art Cards – Winter Swap

I wanted to share with you the final sets of art cards for the Winter solstice swap Michelle and I agreed to do. Winter is a time of year when the days are shortest and the nights are longest. The first day of Winter came just a few days before Christmas, so I took advantage of the opportunity to make a “gift card” for my partner as well as to illustrate a winter solstice star.

Here’s the adorable set I received from Michelle which makes me smile! Now I have the urge to try making mulled wine.

This officially concludes our year of art cards! I have to confess that I already miss this tiny form of art and expression as well as the weekly routine. Our Flickr group, with contributions from Michelle and Sandra, is full of a variety of art, capturing wonderful illustrated life experiences from the past year.

Art Cards – Week 52 – Final Set!

I finally made my last set of art cards for the year! Yes, this was week 52 of making a set of art cards.

Making these cards was all about New Year’s. We usually don’t do anything wild and crazy on New Year’s Eve, but I still like to make our little party festive with decorations and fun new appetizers and champagne.

I have always wanted to improve my handwriting, so I thought it would be a fun challenge to play with typography on my very last card to shout out Happy New Year!

Our Flickr group has been a great place to see the art Michelle and Sandra have been creating over the past year. I have also created a page on the top of my blog, which is fun to scroll through.

I can’t tell you what a great feeling it is to have this amazing collection of art cards, two each week and sometimes a couple extras because I was struck by inspiration. So cool to look back on!

Art Cards – Week 50 – Make and Give

My time last week was filled with working a big commissioned sewing project and making gifts, so I thought it would be fun to illustrate my sewing machine and a stack of presents.

I spent a majority of my days at the sewing machine. (BTW, my sewing machine isn’t really orange. It’s just a fun color to illustrate with.)

It felt great to get so much accomplished, especially the week before Christmas.

Thanks to Michelle for the awesome glitter pens! They worked perfectly to make my gift illustrations shine and shimmer.

I’m not quite caught up on shopping for and wrapping all the gifts we are giving, so I have a little more work to do this week.

Stop by our Flickr group to see the art Michelle and Sandra have been creating over the past year. Only a couple sets of cards left to make!

Art Cards – Week 49 – Tis the Season

Tis the season to be jolly!

To put up the Christmas tree.

To make new ornaments and exchange them with friends.

To put up holiday lights, illuminating the night.

To hang the stockings and fill them with treats.

To bake Christmas cookies.

To go to holiday parties and spread good cheer.

Tis the season to chill out and enjoy life!

Stop by our Flickr group to see the last few sets of art cards we are creating.

Art Cards – Week 48 – Home Sweet Home

I got to spent a lot more time at home last week week, laying low, which was awesome.

I kept quite busy, finishing a few handmade Christmas gifts, finishing my quilting bee quilt top, and finishing a couple more little handmade projects, all while I was supposed to be working on commissioned work. (oops, shh!)

I also got to spend time with my mom last week, helping her with some shopping and enjoying girl time. I thought it would be cool to honor her with an art card.

We will still adding pictures of our art cards to our Flickr group for just four more weeks. Then I have to figure out what weekly or monthly project I want to work on next year, which could be tricky since I’ll have a full load of classes again. I’m sure I will dream up something challenging and creative.

Art Cards – Week 47 – Celebrations

Last week was quite an eventful week full of celebrations.

We celebrated my birthday with presents, a special coffee treat, pizza for lunch, and hiking.

Then we celebrated Thanksgiving with a day of catching up with my family and cooking together.

Then we enjoyed my family’s annual Cookie Day, a full day of marathon cookie making. I think we made over 20 varieties this year!

Stop by our Flickr group to see the art Michelle and Sandra have been creating over the past year. I love to see how different our styles are. I am impressed with how clever they are in illustrating their daily lives.

Art Cards – Week 46 – Movies and Migration

My inspirations for last week’s art cards were migration and movies.

To cope with the stressful, busy days I’ve had over the past few months, we’ve been watching a lot of movies lately. They can be such a wonderful escape!

It’s that time of year when flocks of geese are flying in formation to warmer climates. I love the v-shape they form as they migrate together. It’s a fitting representation of moving on.

Stop by our Flickr group to see the art Michelle and Sandra have been creating over the past year. It’s pretty cool to see what kinds of images we each come up with to illustrate our daily lives.

Art Cards – Week 45 – Domestic Days and First Snow

It’s hard to believe we have only 7 weeks left of this project. It will be fun to continue illustrating as the holiday season and winter approach.

I was lucky to have a day off last week where I could be domestic, so I spent the day cooking, baking, cleaning and doing laundry. It might sound like chores to someone else, but I loved every minute of it!

We had our first snowfall of the season last week. It was so beautiful! The snow started to fall after I got to work, and it ended before my drive home, so I just got to enjoy the beauty of seeing the snowflakes coming down, and seeing the snow covering the grass and trees the next day. It’s all melted for now, but I’m sure there will be more snowy days to come.

Stop by our Flickr group to see the art Michelle and Sandra have been creating. I love how different our styles are, and how clever they are in illustrating their ideas.

Art Cards – Week 43 – Slowing Down

I am looking forward to taking a typography class next semester, so I’ve been wanting to experiment more with handwritten typography lately. I found some great inspiration this past week, which triggered ideas for my art cards.

It’s been difficult to find the time and, ironically, the energy, to slow down lately, and make some down time for myself, so I thought these cards would be fun exercises and reminders.

As you know, I try very hard to soak up the quiet moments and breath in fresh air whenever possible.

It seems simple enough to slow down and embrace the changing season, right? I’m going to try harder to do just that!