While I didn’t get as much done as I’d like in the studio this weekend, I certainly enjoyed some stress-free creating and a little tidying up.
I am continuing with my encouragement series with tonight’s card. The series will continue throughout the year.
I opted for a twist on a traditional black silhouette stamp by using an ombre stamp pad for the flower image on a soft blended background. I pulled Gina K. Designs Little Garden Silhouettes and Caring Flowers stamp sets to create with. The Little Garden Silhouettes set was included in my December SCT Sampler. Often the sampler items are exclusive to that month.
I hope your week ahead is filled with kindness & care both for yourself & those around you.
Yesterday’s weather front brought more migraine issues but I got my refrigerator cleaned inside so it wasn’t an entirely wasted day. We did get to see a few hints of snowflakes but nothing exciting with this extreme cold.
Today I worked on my focal verse for the year in my tag journal. I will be adding ‘one another’ and other verses that fit my theme for the year. I may add in a few quotes too.
I did a simple watercolor background and hand lettered my verse. I’m loving the older Bo Bunny Serendipity collection that I found in my stash to add accents and used for the cover so I will sprinkle it throughout the journal. I don’t want the tag holes so the paper is a good way to camouflage the holes.
I hope you are finding some crafty or relaxing time this weekend.
I got to play for a couple hours in the studio today and it was really nice. Weekend plans include playing most of Friday & Saturday too.
Catherine Pooler Designs Stamp Nation is celebrating their 11th year as a group and there are a few challenges for members plus a whole day of events on Monday. Yay! Today I played with the sketch challenge that was posted Weds.
I used Catherine Pooler Designs Two Part Hearts & Hello Amazing stamp sets with Through The Woods patterned paper to create this card along with a variety of my CP inks.
I’ve been a member forever but haven’t participated as much as I could so I am hoping to pop into Stamp Nation more this year to play.
I hope you have some creative plans this weekend. It’s always a great way to relax & unwind.
I thought I’d get to work on some art yesterday but unfortunately a migraine said otherwise. Today I was hoping to get into the studio earlier but my errands ran longer than planned then a friend called for help. So I definitely got my kindness in today helping out my friend.
Fortunately beautiful cards do not have to be elaborate all the time. Another design in my encouragement/sympathy series.
A classic black & white design with a beautiful 3D embossing folder made for a quick card. The embossing folder is Fluttering By from Gemini & Crafters Companion & has a matching stencil for accent work. I believe after a quick search it is now retired. The sentiment strip is from Taylored Expressions Simple Strips Sympathy.
I hope to get a few more crafty minutes in tomorrow. I scheduled Wednesdays to be my house project days. Tomorrow it’s clean the fridge & wash down the cabinets with Murphy’s Wood Oil soap.
How are your new year crafty projects coming along? I hope you are finding time to create & be kind.
I managed to get some cleaning done in the studio so for now my main work surfaces are neat & tidy. I also updated my projects list.
Tonight I created a soft and subtle slimline sympathy card for the series I am working on.
I used The Crafters Workshop Slimline Gentle Leaves stencil and Simon Says Stamp With Sympathy die cut. I created a soft blend with Peeled Paint & Peacock Feathers Distress Oxides. Simple, classic elegance for a somber occasion.
Have a Great Week ahead and don’t forget to share some kindness everyday.
Some may have noticed that I changed my banner to For Others Creations the first of the year.
One of my spiritual gifts is encouragement and I feel a strong calling to share kindness & some love and smiles through creating. Our world continues to be a bit chaotic and everyone can use some kindness & encouragement. I’ll do a video soon to explain where I am heading.
Since “for others” isn’t a direct Bible term, I chose ‘One Another’ for my One Little Word for 2022. We are called to love God & love people.
My focal scripture is Hebrews 10:24
‘And let us consider how to stir up one another to love and good deeds.’ TLV
The Joggles Wednesday video caught my eye this week with a tag book. I ordered the tag book kit but being a bit impatient to get my project going, I created one with the supplies I had on hand.
I used my Graphic 45 large tag die, watercolor paper, an older Bo Bunny paper collection and a OLW Sweet Jesus custom printable from ConfettiCreativo.
I will fill my journal book with the ‘one another’ Bible verses that I found to compliment my new endeavor. The watercolor paper will allow me to use many different mediums on my pages and the binding style will allow me to tip-in extras as I wish.
Here’s a quick video flip through of my finished journal.
Remember everyone we meet is dealing with something we don’t know about & deserves to be treated with kindness & respect. In sharing love, we will make a difference and become a light in the darkness.
I got Christmas put away today. I purged a few things since I added a couple new items this year and eliminated one whole bucket. I’m hoping to do a lot of purging/organizing this year to fit our lives at this point in time.
Here is the 3rd quarter of my calendar design. This calendar is going to bring a whole lot of smiles this year.
I used stamp sets from Brutus Monroe and Catherine Pooler Designs.
I’m spending a quiet week in reflection of some of my plans & designs for the new year now that my guys are back to work. Starting to lay out some art projects and some things to work on around the house. I think January will be a good month for a slower pace of life while still accomplishing a bit on my lists.
Enjoy the simple joys of life & share a little kindness along the way.