Monday, September 21, 2015


It's starting to feel crisp and cool in the mornings. A few trees have started to change color. Autumn in Michigan is so beautiful. It's my favorite time of the year. Vibrant colors. Cooler temperatures. Apple picking. Bon fires. It's like a breath of fresh air to my soul.

Thursday, September 17, 2015

Hand Lettered ABCs.

You might have notice my creative focus has been changing over the years.  When I started this blog it was all about my scrapbooking pages, then I added some home made cards.  When I went back to school there would be some drawing and lettering.

Now that I'm done with school, I've been thinking about what I want to do. A full time job out of the house would not work during this stage in my life, so I need to find something I can do from home and with flexible hours.

I've decided to focus on my hand lettering and calligraphy and see if I can turn it into something. Like they say do what you love, and I love words!

That means you will be seeing more hand lettering and calligraphy on this blog, with some card making and other crafts when the mood and time strike.

I have been posting most of my work on Instagram.  Please follow me @SM3WKL to see all the latest.

The project I've been working on is a collection of hand lettered ABCs.  I did one page of each letter in different styles. It was interesting to see how many different ways I could find for one letter and now I have a wonderful reference book for future lettering projects. Here's a few examples of the pages. The whole collect is on Instagram or check out #ABCHandlettering for more inspiration.

Friday, September 4, 2015

With Sympathy

If you have been around my blog over the years, you know that I enjoy making cards.  This past month, unfortunately I had to make several sympathy cards.  I really have a hard time with this type of card. Not only because it's a sad subject, but I don't want the cards to look to cute or frilly.

This set of cards was for the same amazing person that will be truly missed. They were sent to his spouse, son and granddaughters (my nieces).  This gentleman was a lover of the outdoors and hunting. I didn't use any stamps. I decided to draw the images and used color pencils and copic markers to color the images and my calligraphy pen to write the message. 

Tuesday, August 25, 2015

A few more cards

I was on a roll with my Copic coloring for awhile so had many images to make into cards.  Here are a few more using an image from Saturated Canary, called Spring Time.

I've been focusing more on my calligraphy and hand lettering lately.  If you would like to see what I've been doing you can see it over on Instagram, my username is sm3wkl.  I'm currently doing a lettering challenge. I will post something on here when I'm done, but if you would like to see the day to day Instagram is the place to see that.

What are you focusing on right now?

Friday, August 14, 2015

Photograph Scavenger Hunt

Many of the bloggers I follow like to participate in Rinda's photo scavenger hunts.  I always enjoy seeing how everyone captures the different prompts, so I thought I would join in with the summer hunt.

We had a special summer trip planned to Europe. We were taking my mother back to her home town for a visit.  It's been close to 20 years since she has been to Germany to see her friends and family. She turned 78 this year and we thought it would be a good item for her to visit one more time.

This photo is not on the hunt but was a favorite from my trip. This is my Mom, her brother and sister-in-law and me and my family.

I asked my boys to help me with the hunt when we went to Europe for our summer vacation. We had a good time getting many of these photos and I have to admit being on vacation helped capture these items.

Item #3 Person walking an animal. We had several photos of people walking their dogs.

Item #2 Ornate door knocker. Not sure about the knocker but this door was so ornate that I figured that was close enough.

Item #22 People eating Outside. Since we were in Europe during a major heat wave this was very easy to find. No one wanted to be inside since there was no air conditioning in the hotel.

Item #7 Turtle. One of the many toy shops we visited and found this wonderful turtle.

Item #8 Someone "plugged in" to social media.  This is one of my favorite photos from our trip. We were taking a walking tour of Rothenburg ab der Taub and these guy was so plugged in he didn't notice when our tour guide stood on the bench and a crowd of 100+ people stood in front of him. When he finally realized, he just smiled and went back to his devices.

Item #15 Flag pole with a least three flags.  This was the closes we could get to this item.

Item #11 Satellite Dish. As we walked along the mid evil town wall we noticed these satellite dishes. Love the old and the new living together.

Item #5 Architectural columns.  Just gorgeous, what else can I say about this building in Munich.

Item #1 Bouquet of flowers.  I gave my Aunt the bouquet of flowers on the table. The last time I saw my Aunt was almost 16 years ago and I saw my Uncle when I was a teenager. It was so special to see them again.

Item #17 At least two people wearing matching outfits. One of my boys noticed these gentlemen and captured the photo for me.

Item #10 College or University.  We happen to notice the beautiful painting as we were walking and noticed that this was the side of the University in Munich.

Item #20 A Natural Body of Water. Very cold but refreshing after a long hike.

Item #16 Panoramic view, taken high. Again, this was an easy photo to capture in Europe. Up in the Alps looking down - Just amazing.

Item #23. Someone holding an umbrella. With temperatures over 100 I wasn't surprised to see this umbrella.

Item #12 Public Restroom. We saw some interesting restroom, I just felt weird taking a photo. But I did snap this one of the girls door.

Item #6 Metal Bridge.

Item # 13 Merry go Round.

17 Items out of 21 in one trip.  Not bad for our first time and we still have a few weeks before the end of summer.

Tuesday, July 21, 2015

Playing with watercolor pastels

These cards were inspired by a technique that I saw over at Kristen Werner's blog.  She is an amazing card maker and I love seeing all the cards she creates.  When I saw this smooshing technique I knew I would have to try it.  I love the look of watercolor and had a set of Neocolor II Watersoluble wax pastels that I've been wanting to use.  I also used some dies from Simon Says Stamp - I'm getting addicted to these dies and have many on my wish list. 

Tuesday, July 7, 2015

Boy Cards

 Having three boys, I never have enough boy cards. I find that creating cards for boys, especially pre-teen/teenage boys can be very, very difficult.

Both of these great boy images are from Saturated Canary. Yes, I had some fun on her web site one day and I'm just getting around to using the images (hint: there are more to come.)

The paper I used for these cards is from Echo Park and is call All About a Boy. Something I had in my stash for awhile.  When we still had local scrapbook stores around here I loved to go in a look, I would usually end up with an arm full of items and if I say anything that was boy related I would buy it. Over time I've gotten quite a large selection of boy items.  I miss the local stores because I just find it more satisfying to see and touch the item instead of just looking on a screen.

For this card I actually only used the upper part of the image. I can not remember the actual name for this image but the png was called Give Big Boy. Once again I used my Copic markers to color the image and used the Perfect Pearls Mist to add some shine.

I really love this image called Gamer. My boys all love video games and Star Wars so I felt this was a must have. The game on were some basic grey chipboard letters I've had for a long time.