Cards, Cards for the Troops, Challenges, Let's Make Cards, Penny Black

The Holiday in July Extravaganza

Hi Angels!

As most of you know, I have been working with Cards for the Troops for many years. It is one of my favorite encouragement projects especially since we are a retired Air Force family. My husband has always called it a multiple blessing. We get to make cards to send to the troops, the troops know we care about them & their families, their families are blessed when they receive that precious happy mail from their service member.

We have a special challenge going on this month on the Let’s Make Cards group on Facebook. That challenge is to make patriotic themed holiday cards for our annual holiday shipment. Of course everyone is welcome to make any style of holiday cards they would like but we thought it would be fun to throw some red/white/blue into the mix.

I thought it would also be a great way for me to share some ideas & get a few cards made myself for the shipment. While searching for ideas for the theme I saw an image with red/white/blue holiday trees. I knew exactly what I wanted to use to make this card.

Penny Black’s Tall Trees are just a fun pine tree shape and a great size. While looking at my dies, I thought it also would be fun to use PB Curved Stitch for the snowy hill and the holiday sentiment is from PB Holiday Hello & I didn’t search for where greetings came from. My dies desperately need reorganized.

We are pretty limited by restrictions on what can be used on our cards so I plan to showcase easy designs with a lot of interest to them. It doesn’t have to be flashy to be a great card.

I hope you are enjoying a great holiday weekend!

Stay tuned for more fun.

Bible Journaling, Faith Based Art, SASS News

A New Adventure

Hi Angels!

It has certainly been a strange 2020 so far. All my plans to keep up with my blog kind of went right out the window. So I am looking at a new approach for the rest of 2020. A blog of encouragement, maybe some advice to new cardmakers, Cards for Troops updates, Bible Journaling, just a big mix with an over laying theme of kindness & encouragement.

One of the biggest things the virus quarantine brought to attention was how much people have been loving getting cards in the mail. Snail mail is not gone my friends & I think we have the perfect opportunity to bring smiles to those in our circles of influence by sending out lots of cards. Especially if you can find a care or nursing facility where the residents still have to be very careful.

I am one of the moderators over on the Let’s Make Card group on Facebook. Not only are they huge supporters of getting cards to the Troop unit we mail to, there are a lot of brand new stampers and cardmakers discovering the joy of creating cards & bringing smiles. I have learned a lot over the years & I think some tips for new cardmakers might just be a good thing to revisit.

One of the key components of my life is my faith journey. I have spent a lot more time the past couple of months Bible Journaling and I love it. I also have had the opportunity to provide some encouragement cards to the Salvation Army & send out some happy mail. I think right now in our current climate, focusing on kindness & encouragement is a critical key to helping our neighbors. Together we are stronger and we are especially stronger when we are united in God’s love to reach out to a hurting world.

I really enjoy my time over on the Creative Worship Bible Journaling group on Facebook. A couple of times a month, they have a PJ Party. This week we had a mixed media lesson. I have been wanting to add an art journal to my Bible Journaling and this week’s PJ party was perfect. My lettering is a bit rough but overall I really like how this piece came out. God is good, loves us so much & is always faithful. It is a joy to praise Him & give thanks.

This page has a gesso base with Distress Oxides layered over. The cathedral window is a stencil as well as the texture paste corners at the top. There are some stamps added in for some more texture. Verse is handlettered in Micron pens & paint marker.

I hope you have a fabulous 4th of July weekend!

Stay safe!

Cards, Catherine Pooler Designs, Taylored Expressions, Techniques, Terrific Tuesday, Tonic Studios, Tutorial

Terrific Tuesday – Tone on Tone

Hi Angels!

I decided on one of my favorite techniques to share today, tone on tone or monochromatic creating. My absolute favorite is white on white but today’s card is more of a cream color. Let’s take a look….

I just love how this card turned out, simply elegant. This would make great wedding thank-yous for a winter wedding.

There are quite a few new card creators in some of my groups so let’s do a step by step on this card.

  • I selected an ivory or cream cardbase, standard A2 which equals a 4 1/4 by 5 1/2 inch card or half a sheet of standard 8 1/2 x 11 cardstock folded in half.
  • The mat piece is Canson 140 lb watercolor paper cut 4 x 5 1/4. (Watercolor paper tends to be more off white thus the ivory card design.)
  • I secured Taylored Expressions Nordic Snowflake stencil with some masking tape over the mat. Using Nuvo Glimmer Paste I applied or “buttered” a thin layer over the stencil with a palette knife. Carefully remove the stencil, wash immediately with warm soapy water & set aside to dry. Set your mat piece aside to dry too.
  • To keep the monotone effect, I cut the Catherine Pooler Designs Snowflake Mini Cover Plate die out of another piece of Canson 140 lb watercolor paper and the thank-you sentiment that comes with the die out of champagne colored pearl cardstock.
  • Once the stenciled snowflakes are dry you can build the card. Adhere the snowflake mat to the card base.
  • Use thin foam strips applied to the back of the Snowflake frame to pop it up off the card & adhere to the mat layer.
  • I used Nuvo Deluxe Adhesive Clear Drying Craft Glue to adhere the thank-you die cut.
  • Finally I punched a small glitter circle & applied to the center of the snowflake in the frame to carry the glitter effect to the front.

Some more tips for working with tone on tone:

  • Keep your colors of the same shade or hue. You don’t want a red-orange with a red-violet as they will clash a bit. My exception to this is I will quite often use silver, black or gray words with my white on white designs as well as sometimes adding a layer of silver to the design.
  • The biggest trick for monotone cards to work is adding depth & interest. The glimmer paste glittery snowflakes create a lot of interest in this card without overwhelming the design. Embossing folders work great too. Popping up an element adds more depth. Vary the types of paper, mat, glossy, metallic, glitter etc. It is perfectly alright to add a stamped sentiment in an ink to compliment the color scheme or even black, gray or brown allows the sentiment to stand out more. Adding pearls, rhinestones, sequins & ribbon in the same color tone adds more interest too.

I hope you enjoyed this peek into tone on tone creating. Pull out your favorite color & see what you can create with one color family.

Cards, Simon Says Stamp, Techniques, Terrific Tuesday

Terrific Tuesday – Spray Backgrounds

Hi Angels!

I decided to theme my days of the week for awhile based on different art ideas. Tuesdays will be Terrific Tuesday and will feature different techniques, backgrounds, stenciling, fun card folds etc.

Today I played with Distress Oxide Sprays. I purchased 5 colors a year ago & never took the time to play with them. Spray backgrounds are a fun way to play especially if you feel like your muse took a hike & you wonder when she is coming back. Often just doing something with no set plan in mind is great to get the creativity flowing again.

This is my spray station. I moved it to the classroom table for more room but it is set up on a rolling island all year round in the studio. I have been using this for years. It is simply a science project board cut in half to contain the spray, splatter or whatever creative mess I am working with. Did you know that Walmart sells mini project boards? They are perfect if you are traveling. I get many months out of a board before I replace it & that includes the extra workout it gets when I am teaching classes.

It took me roughly 30 minutes to cut 48 mat size backgrounds, cover the table with freezer paper, set up the board & spray all the backgrounds. Easy peasy & fun. Here are the results:

Now if you know me well, I tend to shy away from working in reds, yellows & oranges a lot. However I do get the bug to play in sunset colors as I call them. So when the Fossilized Amber & Worn Lipstick sprays produced a coral type orange I really liked it. Here is what I created……..

I used Distress Oxide inks with Simon Says Stamp Tumbling Hearts stencil in similar colors over the background. I finished the card with the Simon Says Stamp Heart Smile die set.

I hope this inspires you to play, paint, throw color & have fun.

Enjoy your week!

Cards, My Favorite Things, SASS News, Sweet n' Sassy Stamps

2020 Possibilities

Happy New Year!

If you haven’t guessed it already, my word for 2020 is Possibilities. I will be revamping my art & studio over the course of 2020. Teaching a few less classes, creating in different mediums, mixing it up a bit, sharing more inspiration & encouragement and art tips & techniques.

Our charity work is growing with more Cards for the Troops to send and more Christmas cards to make for our local charities. Since this is an important part of the studio to be able to give back to our community, it will take on a bit more of a prominent roll.

I am also taking a month or so off of teaching to allow the tendonitis in my right elbow to heal up. I’m right handed so the more I do, the more it will stay inflamed so a bit of rest is in order. I will still be creating art almost daily just on a smaller scale for a few weeks. Not doing so much prep work with classes & events will allow some extra healing time.

Today’s card is a New Beginning. Each day is filled with possibilities, make the most of the day you are given, share some joy & a smile with the world.

I used emboss resist with My Favorite Things Card Sized Star Confetti Stencil and Distress Oxides. The sentiment is from Sweet n’ Sassy stamps Inspirational Word Art 1.

I hope you will stay tuned for the adventures 2020 holds in store for the studio.

Wishing you a blessed & creative New Year full of possibilities.

Cards, Challenges, My Favorite Things

Bearing Gifts – MFT Sketch Challenge 460

Hi Angels!

Thought I’d pop in tonight with a sketch challenge. The month & all it’s busyness is winding down, which is a good thing since I needed to clear my schedule to care for my asthma flare.

When I started seeing the samples from My Favorite Things Christmas sELFies stamp set, it made it’s way to my house as it was just too cute. Here is what I came up with for this week’s sketch:

Yep, cute, clean & simple and I forgot how much fun spattering can be. I think one of our November classes is on it’s way to be a spattering class since I used it on last nights card too.

To create this card I also used MFT Bitty Holiday Wishes & Fishtail Flag Trio Die-namics. And did I mention before how much I love MFT Blu Raspberry cardstock? The color is fabulous! The spattering is done with thinned white acrylic paint & a toothbrush.

I hope you enjoyed this quick sketch card. Find sometime to take care of yourself this week. The holiday season is upon us & it’s easy to get super busy & not find time to rest.

Thanks for stopping by.

Cards, Challenges, Paper Craft Artist, Penny Black, Simon Says Stamp

Holiday Gnome

Hi Angels!

Popping in to share the card I made for the Paper Craft Artist inspiration sketch. This is a classic easy sketch that can have multiple looks depending on occasion & supplies.

I actually took a couple of days off from the studio despite the fact that my worktop still needs several things put back in order. So since my space is a bit crowded I decided something fun & quick was in order. I actually saw the colors used on the recent Simon Says Stamp Blog Hop featuring their new Cheer & Joy release. I love fun holiday color combos so here is my card:

Yep I actually have a couple of items from the new release. Isn’t the Simon Says Stamp Gnome cute? I may have to reconsider ordering the gnome stencil too. Now if you know me well I only like certain gnomes. If they are of the “travel” variety they are as bad as clowns to some people. The cute ones with just a nose peeking out are more my style. The sentiment is from Penny Black’s new Merry Up stamp set & the patterned paper is from Penny Black’s Holiday Trimmings paper pad.

If you have some time, pick a challenge of your choice & see what you can create.

Have a Fun Weekend!

Cards, Challenges, Let's Make Cards, Simon Says Stamp

Ribbon Awareness

Hi Angels!

I know I have neglected my poor blog page again. It’s been an incredibly busy month & I keep thinking I need to post but then it’s late & I’m doing good to get a card posted on Facebook. Add in some allergy & asthma issues with the fall weather & well….. The really good news is I am enjoying creating more freestyle. Just puttering in the studio playing with this & that. I love sharing inspiration to spark your creativity too.

They started some challenges over on the Let’s Make Cards group on Facebook. I agreed to help host them along with my co-hostess Diann. These are to give you some ideas & creative inspiration. We hope you’ll play along. If you are not a member, you can request to join.

I am hosting the October 15th – 31st challenge & I chose Ribbon Awareness since October is traditionally Pink Ribbon Month. However there are many great ribbon causes so feel free to create a card for any ribbon cause you feel led to, post it to the group & then send it off to brighten someone’s day. We have either personally experienced a disease or illness or know someone who has. Let them know you care with a special card.

Here is my card:

I used Ann Corbiere-Scott’s In Memory of Laura stamp set paired with Simon Says Stamp Daisy Bouquet set for the background. I colored the ribbon with Zig Clean Color Markers

The Angels & I got to hang out with Ann at the Grace Conference in June & received her Fruit of the Spirit stamp set in class. She also creates state themed stamp sets & sells them only through local scrap/art stores in the state they were created for. Got to keep small businesses up & running or we won’t have them. You can find In Memory of Laura & her other designs on the Scraps of Love website in Arizona.

Find some time to brighten someone’s day this week.

Thanks for popping by.

Cards, My Favorite Things

Song in My Heart

Hi Angels!

I made it just barely. I got a final design done for the My Favorite Things Contest in the Innovation Master category.

Because we are on retreat, I had a whole cheering section here going you can do this design & create. So here it is, Song In My Heart…….

Front of tunnel card

I tried a tunnel card for the 1st time. I used the Inside & Out Stitch Circle Stax for my circles. I love the MFT Inside & Out Die-namics sets because I get a stitch line on the positive & negative die cuts. I used Distess Oxides & the MFT Mini Cloud Edges Stencil for the backgrounds.

I stamped & colored with regular colored pencils several elements from MFT Tweet Friends, Scene Builder & Brillant Blooms stamp sets & fussy cut them out to build my design. The sentiments come from Tweet Friends & Essential Sentiments set and were die cut with the Fishtail Flag Trio Die-namics.

Inside of tunnel card

This card was so much fun to design even with a bit of time pressure to get it posted in time. The Angels & I are on the road home tomorrow. It’s been a great retreat.

Have a Fabulous Week!

Cards, My Favorite Things

Fresh Cut Flowers Watercolored

Hi Angels!

We’ve been tucked away on retreat today having a Hallmark Movie marathon & creating fun things.

I have designed another entry for the My Favorite Things Card Design contest for the Coloring Virtuoso category.

I chose my MFT Fresh Cut Flowers background stamp & decided to watercolor them. I used my Staedtler Watercolor pencils. I just love how they turned out. The sentiment is from Well, Hello cut with the Skinny Strips Die-namics. The Peach Bellini cardstock is the perfect compliment to the flowers.

Find some time this weekend to relax & enjoy some me time.