Art Inspiration, Cards, Kindness matters, Taylored Expressions

Autumn Abstract

Hi Angels!

I worked on 5 different projects today and completed 4, whew! Some were as simple as printing some Bible Journaling printables but still did quite a bit in the studio.

Since I have been sorting & organizing, I’m trying to make it a point to work with some of my newer supplies & some of my older supplies. I had not had a chance to play with my Taylored Expressions In The Abstract kit so here’s my first card design.

Usually I don’t create a lot of fall themed items but this year may be the exception. The kit’s main item is the Abstract Accents Stencil & Stamp Combo. I used Candy Apple, Ripe Persimmon & Fossilized Amber Distress Oxides for the background stencil shapes. Stamped a couple of elements from the coordinating stamp set and added a sentiment from the Beautiful Soul stamp set. I used the Branch Out dies set for the leaves.

Speaking of fall, the cooler temperatures today certainly hint at fall & are a welcome relief from the recent heat wave.

Share a little joy and make someone smile tomorrow!

Art Inspiration, Bible Journaling, Catherine Pooler Designs, Faith Based Art, Kindness matters, Sweet 'n Sassy Stamps

Compassionate Heart

Hi Angels!

I managed to get my extra scheduled cleaning done today & do some creating.

My Bible study this morning was a great reminder of how even in the chaos of this current world, showing love & compassion to everyone is still the most important thing for us to do. Kindness is not very prominent and there is an awful lot of animosity going around. Perhaps instead of pushing agendas, a little bit of grace & kindness can be extended. A little bit of kindness & compassion can make a big difference in someone’s day.

I created this Faithdex card as a reminder that love makes all the difference.

Put on then, as God’s chosen ones, holy and beloved, compassionate hearts, kindness, humility, meekness and patience; Colossians 3:12 ESV

I used Catherine Pooler Designs Amber’s World for the globe and Sweet ‘n Sassy Stamps Genuine Love for the tiny love sentiment. I found some framed index dies on Amazon & I tried to do some research to make sure they were not knock-offs, it’s still possible but I didn’t find anything before I ordered them & opted to use the heart frame to fit my theme. I used gel pens to color and hand lettered the verse.

Spread some kindness & joy tomorrow. Have a great day!

Art Inspiration, Bits & Pieces, Cards, Catherine Pooler Designs

Special Birthday

Hi Angels!

Many blessings for the week ahead. I hope your weekend was wonderful!

I got some tidying and a wee bit of organizing done today. I have been getting some extra rest & started some meds for my allergies & asthma to keep them from getting much worse that they have been. I am finally starting to feel a bit better.

After tidying I grabbed the infamous Bits & Pieces and created this card tonight.

I rarely discard a hand created background piece if it’s a decent size and this leaf piece caught my eye in the bits & pieces stack. When I used Catherine Pooler Designs Round of Happy on an earlier creation, I went ahead & put the opposite pieces together & stuck them into the bits & pieces too. A quick embossed background & a sentiment from CPD’s Happy Birthday Sentiments set & my card was complete.

Looking forward to more sorting, organizing & creating this week. There’s another Crop & Create Cardmaking event coming up for World Cardmaking Day weekend & I have some homework to do too. I have 3 events total to participate in for the remainder of 2021. I am certainly enjoying the online classes for my 60th year.

Art Inspiration, Bible Journaling, Faith Based Art, Simon Says Stamp, Sweet 'n Sassy Stamps, Watercolor

Straight Path

Hi Angels!

I hope you’ve had a great Saturday!

I started off my morning by listening to yesterday’s lesson on the Creative Worship group & planned to journal it today but inspiration popped up after today’s Bible study in Proverbs 3:5-6

“Trust in ADONAI with all your heart, lean not on your own understanding. In all your ways acknowledge Him, and He will make your path straight.” TLV

Last year I specifically ordered the Simon Say Stamp’s Stamptember collaboration with Memory Box Life’s Path set for a Bible Journaling page similar to what I was inspired to create today.

Since I was going to do a watercolor background, I used Tomoe River FP Cream Loose Sheets paper, it is very close to the paper some Bibles are printed on and attached it to the page in my Interleaved Bible opposite Proverbs 3 when I was finished.

I used Koi Watercolors for the background, then stamped the Memory Box trees to create a path. I used the Koi’s to deepen the color on a few trees then splattered gold and copper Gansai Tambi watercolors for a bit of shimmer. It need a little bit of something so I pulled out my old FSJ Thread Sketch background & added just a bit here & there using a portion of the stamp in Salvaged Patina Distress Oxide. After deciding what I wanted to say I pulled out many Sweet ‘n Sassy sets to create my statement. I used He Is, Love Your Neighbor, God is Good, Words of Life: Actions, Go God’s Way and Skinny Caps, Bitty Minnie, Teeny and Sweet & Simple Alphas. A lot of the Creative Worship stamps sets have stand alone words to create verses & sentiments with & the alphas help fill in the rest.

A lot of work but I so enjoyed creating this page today.

Have a blessed Sunday!

Art Inspiration, Cards, SCT Sampler

SCT Sept Sampler – Let Your Light Shine

Hi Angels!

A quick card tonight using my September SCT Sampler. I did get some sorting done today & hubby figured out my camera issue, Yay! I want to video a project when it’s finished & start working on some other video ideas.

I don’t work in kraft paper very often but it certainly has been my go to lately, perhaps because it’s such a good color for fall and it’s one of the browns I’m willing to work with. Brown is probably my least favorite of all the colors, especially the darker tones.

This month’s sampler included a selection of Jen Hadfield’s Peaceful Heart papers & embellishments so I grabbed some to make this card. I only added the small woodgrain scrap to mat the light.

I hope you have a fabulous weekend!

Art Inspiration, Cards, Catherine Pooler Designs, Whimsy Stamps

Starry Christmas

Hi Angels!

I sure was hoping to get more done today but a migraine just put a stop to that. I will be so glad when allergy season takes a break.

I did make a 2nd card from the Verity Biddlecombe class video. She encouraged looking at your everyday stencils to see if they can be used for Christmas.

I came up with this neutral beauty.

I don’t often work in tone on tone but I was watching a video a week or so ago and the idea popped to try the Champagne Mist Decofoil Metallix on craft cardstock. It’s been hard to find lately so if you have Nuvo Mother of Pearl Embellishment Mousse it’s a very similar shade. After applying it through Whimsy Stamps Star Dangle stencil, I thought maybe Christmas red or green would be great but I actually love the tone on tone look. Very country elegant. I used Catherine Pooler Designs Merry Christmas sentiment die and found a scrap of cream metallic paper in my scraps to match the cream card base. The overall subtle metallic shimmer makes the card.

I hope you are looking forward to some crafty fun this weekend.

Altenew, Art Inspiration, Cards, Catherine Pooler Designs, Classes, My Favorite Things

Christmas Wreath

Hi Angels!

Allergies continue to sideline me including the dog, who went to the vet unexpectedly this morning for severe allergic dermatitis, so I didn’t work on anything yesterday like I wanted and today was a bit slow but I got a card done & started another project.

I have been wanting to make this card since I saw the video by Verity Biddlecombe from Pretty Little Button during the July Cardmaker Success Summit. I had no leafy wreath stencils, so hunted down the Altenew one she used & ordered it.

I love how this turned out. I probably wouldn’t do a large batch but it would be pretty simple to assembly line about 6 of them in a short period of time.

I switched my colors up a bit from the video but it’s pretty much the same design. I used Altenew’s Wonderful Wreath Stencil, Catherine Pooler Designs Merry Christmas Word Die and sentiment from My Favorite Things Bitty Holiday Wishes.

Hope you’ve found some time to work on your holiday projects. The holidays will be here before we know it.

Art Inspiration, Bible Journaling, Faith Based Art, Sweet 'n Sassy Stamps

Psalms of Praise & Thanksgiving Faithful Forever

Hi Angels!

It took a couple of days to work on the design but I completed my Bible Journaling page from last week’s Tuesday lesson on the Creative Worship group. It was nice to create an interactive page.

The lesson’s focus was good but since Psalm 100 is all about praise & thanksgiving & that’s what I have been studying in the Psalms, that’s what I focused on.

Psalm 100
A psalm of thanksgiving.
Shout joyfully to ADONAI, all the earth!
Serve ADONAI with gladness.
Come before His presence
with joyful singing.
Know that ADONAI, He is God.
It is He who has made us, and we are His.
We are His people,
the sheep of His pasture.
Enter His gates with thanksgiving
and His courts with praise!
Praise Him, bless His Name.
For ADONAI is good.
His lovingkindness endures forever,
and His faithfulness to all generations. TLV

All the stamps are from Sweet ‘n Sassy Stamps with some graph paper & collage tissue for my daisies. I used Let’s Do This, In His Image, Bitty Minnie & Teeny Alphas, He Is, Flower Garden, Texture Tiles 11 and Faith Wordfetti & Faith Wordfetti Too.

Have a Fabulous Tuesday!

Art Inspiration, home & holiday projects

Sunrise Wall Art

Hi Angels!

I hope you’ve had a fabulous weekend!

Earlier this year hubby completed the accent wall in the master bedroom and I planned some art for that wall. We debated several designs but I finally chose a simple upcycle design. I’ve been working on it for the past week or so and now it’s done & hung.

I used 5 of the remaining wall planks for the background, we had some board suitable for backing in the shop. Hubby cut a pre-done circle piece in half and the rays are made from paint sticks. Because I was repurposing a lot of materials the cost was about $15 for the 4ft by 2ft wall art itself. The French cleat to hang it was another $15 so we now have a stunning piece of art work for about $30.

Here is a view of the artwork as you enter the room.

Hubby wanted some artwork with warm colors so I was happy to create something a bit different. I use a lot of blues in decorating because hubby says greens make his nauseous and I’m not a fan of a lot of reds, oranges & yellows but I do like a few pops of color here & there. Part of it is from being a redhead & part of it is trying to keep our home a more tranquil atmosphere.

Enjoy the week ahead!

Art Inspiration, Bible Journaling, Faith Based Art, Sweet 'n Sassy Stamps

Thirsty Soul

Hi Angels!

My allergies are certainly making things difficult this week between the high pollen counts & poor air quality. Plus I am trying to get used to posting earlier in the day.

We had a couple of Bible Journaling lessons over on the Creative Worship Bible Journaling group this week. I am still working on the 1st page but completed today’s lesson taught by Hillary Krippaehne from Creative Faith & Co. The lesson was on the importance of spending time with God in prayer & in the Word. Something I have been working on being more consistent with for the past several months. There is so much happening right now in the world that staying rooted is the perfect place to be.

Today’s focal verse is Luke 5:16, even Jesus sought solitude & prayer time to refresh Himself during His ministry.

“Yet He would often slip away into the wilderness and pray.” TLV

I used Hillary’s Thirsty Soul stamp & die set collab with Sweet ‘n Sassy Stamps and SNSS He Is with some of my hand painted papers on a stippled background.

I am hoping to finish up my page from the 1st video this evening and be able to post tomorrow.

I hope you have a fabulous weekend ahead.