home & holiday projects, Mixed Media

It’s Fall Y’all

Hi Angels!

It’s been a wee bit busy around here & then there’s the allergy issue so a bit more sporadic on posting.

I did spend the past three days creating this wonderful fall artwork.

First I want to thank Leona for sharing info on this free online class by The Social Easel. I have very few fall decorations & this came out perfect. It is entirely freehand, no template was provided. Also the original didn’t have a saying but I wanted one.

Second if you know me well, shabby is not my usual style. As an artist I do feel it’s important to step outside of your usual comfort box & play with something different. It can also be good to do if you are stuck in a rut or your muse has gone walkabout.

Third play with something different I did. This is a pallet board frame. It is rough, has lots of splinters & was entirely a challenge to create on. I just dug in & went with it. It’s done with brushes, palette knife, acrylic paints & Posca Paint pens for the lettering.

I hope you are having a wonderful fall week!

Thanks for stopping by!

Cards for the Troops

Fall Cards for The Troops

Hi Angels!

I have been working hard getting the fall shipment ready of Troop cards. The fall shipment includes fall themed cards in no sentiments, thank-yous, happy fall and Thanksgiving cards.

The AngelS & I have been processing cards as they come in & today I finished the last few that arrived while we were on retreat. There are 3 boxes heading out containing 1012 cards!

With an average of 2600 cards coming in each month, we stay pretty busy processing cards. It should taper off a bit with the last of our holiday push on the horizon. This picture is just part of the cards ready to go. There are already 6 boxes packed for the winter holidays plus everyday cards. The 2 priority boxes are already being filled with the next batch of holiday cards.

I am so glad hubby had me get the bankers boxes as I was running out of containers for all the cards!

Cards for the Troops is purely a labor of love. Being retired military & having lived through years of deployments, I know how exciting it is to receive a piece of mail from your loved one when they are gone. The holidays are extra special and this year we will be able to send quite a few to help our service members stay in touch.

The AngelS & I are blessed so many card makers around the country are participating in this important ministry. They have the joy of making the cards, the Troops know we are thinking of them & their families, and the families are thrilled to hear from their loved ones via old fashioned snail mail.

Blessed to be a Blessing!

Cards, Dare 2B Artzy, Slimline Cards

Snowflake Holiday Slimline

Hi Angels!

I took my computer on retreat & never turned it on. It was easier just to do quick posts & keep creating. We certainly enjoyed the breather & time to ourselves. It’s always good to relax, refresh & refocus. What a blessing!

Tonight’s card had to be relatively quick after working on over a thousand troop cards today. I had lots of fun with Dare 2B Artzy’s Snowflake Slimline although the glitter paper I grabbed from my scrap bin is an old school sheet that sheds quite a bit when cut.

I love pink & black as a color combo. Instead of more glitter paper, I grabbed a black pearlescent to cut my sentiment. The merry is from Merry Labels from Casual Fridays and the holidays comes with the snowflake slimeline.

This week is the push to get the fall/thanksgiving cards out for the troops so more troop work tomorrow.

Thanks for popping by!

Cards, Penny Black, Taylored Expressions

Elegant Rose

Hi Angels!

A typical Monday even with packing for retreat except for the migraine that slowed me down a bit. I’m definitely not a big fan of time crunches but almost always it turns out okay. So the packing will get finished tomorrow & the van loaded.

The Taylored Expressions Sketchbook Flowers set has 3 flowers & my goal was to create at least 3 cards. Mission accomplished. Today’s is softly elegant with the rose flower.

I wanted a more organic background so I pulled out Penny Black’s Petite Blossoms stencil. The sentiment is from the TE Field Notes stamp set.

I hope you enjoyed this short series and you were inspired with some creative ideas.

If I have time between packing tomorrow, I have a new idea waiting in the wings.

Thanks for popping in!

Cards, Taylored Expressions

Sketchbook Coneflower

Hi Angels!

Enjoyed a great Sunday at church & then visiting the granddaughters. But now the race is on, as I only have 2 days to finish packing for our fall Angel Retreat. Yikes! I’m partially packed but there always seems like there’s a lot to do before I leave.

Creative fun is still happening with more of the Taylored Expressions Field Notes kit. This coneflower from the Sketchbook Flowers set features a watercolor/distress type background.

I saw a similar sample on Pinterest but of course had to change it up a bit. The original was just the yellow watercolor. After I did distress ink smooshing for my watercolor effect & let it dry, I swiped in some blue with a blending brush to the edges & added gold splatters. The dots & sentiment are from the Field Notes set.

Off to bed, this week has some early starts to the day and still lots of packing ahead.

Have a Fabulous Week!

Cards, Kindness matters, Taylored Expressions

Wildflower Sunset

Hi Angels!

I hope you’ve had a wonderful Saturday. I got some organizing done, always a good thing & I handed off a couple of new home baskets to Feed His Sheep. One of the sheep got their new apartment yesterday & are no longer on the streets.

I have been playing with the Taylored Expressions Field Note kit. I’m glad I decided to get one because the exclusive kit is sold out.

I’ve been eyeing distress ink blends on Pinterest again and a sunset one caught my eye so I used it to create this card using the Frayed Edge masking stencils. It came out beautifully.

I chose the Indian Paintbrush flower from the Sketchbook Florals set, at least I think that’s what it is. I love flowers but am far from an expert. No green thumb here. I colored it in rich colors so it would stand out against the background. The sentiment if from the Field Notes stamp set.

I’m off to get some rest. Heading off to church in the morning & then visiting with our granddaughters in the afternoon.

Have a Blessed Sunday!

Cards, Classes, My Favorite Things

Unexpected Joys

Hi Angels!

It’s been a busy week. I have done a little creating & organizing but the change in weather also brought a couple of migraine days.

Tonight I took Sandy Allnock’s coloring class in partnership with My Favorite Things Stamps. MFT provided a digital image from their new Joyous Holidays stamp & die set. The tutorial featured coloring with Copic markers. I have a very limited selection but I made what I have work.

Nothing like a groovy rainbow santa to bring holiday cheer. Until I got my blending a bit better he looked more like a tie-dye santa. I don’t work in alcohol markers very often. The tree is done freehand with the markers and was really easy. I was able to color along in the hour class online & finished up my card right after class. Sandy is a great teacher.

I hope you have a wonderfully creative weekend!

Thanks for stopping by.

Cards, Classes, Sassy and Crafty Stamps

Love Mew

Hi Angels!

It’s turning out to be a busy week after the holiday weekend. That’s okay because next week is retreat.

Tonight I am sharing the final design from the Young at Heart class. I used Sassy and Crafty’s Thank Mew stamp set for this one.

This kitty is the cutest and was so much fun to color. She’d look great with a teeny tiny butterfly on the end of her nose too, maybe the next card. The whole class was a blast to design for. I hope the creations brought a smile.

Thanks for popping by.

Cards, Cards for the Troops, Classes, Sweet n' Sassy Stamps

Star Shine

Hi Angels!

We had a great class today & even got a couple hundred more troop cards processed!

I had fun designing this astronaut card from Sweet n’ Sassy Stamps Over the Moon set. The planets & stars made a great background on a Distress spray panel. The sentiment is from an old FSJ set.

After checking out a new show with hubby after dinner, I cleaned up the studio & organized the troop cards into their categories. Going to be spending a good part of this week figuring out what I am taking on retreat next week. I always pack too much but at least we have a kitchen sink at the retreat house so that can stay home.

One more card to share from this fun class. Stay tuned.

Night!

Cards, Classes, My Favorite Things, Simon Says Stamp, Sweet n' Sassy Stamps

Happy Trails

Hi Angels!

Everyone is going to have fun creating in tomorrow’s Young at Heart class because I had so much fun designing for it. I just picked out a handful of stamps & started playing with no real plan in mind.

Tonight’s card did take a bit of work with die cutting but it came out so cute. It features the new My Favorite Things Car Pool & On The Road Die-namics & Better Together Stamp set.

The card kit comes with an idea sheet & I really like the polka dot car so I picked out a couple of happy colors & started designing. It looked a bit blah against a plain cardstock background so I pulled out Sweet n’ Sassy Texture Tiles 5 set as it had the perfect size polka dots for the background to tie it all together. The word “trails” came from CZ Design Happy Days from Simon Says Stamp.

The really fun thing about the Better Together stamp set is there are so many cute critters to choose from to drive the car.

I hope you are enjoying a great holiday weekend.

Thanks for stopping by.