Art Inspiration, Budget & Stash Stretchers, Cards

Card Candy

Hi Angels!

I hope you are enjoying preparing for Christmas or other winter holidays you may celebrate.

I recently created some card candy for a small holiday swap with my fellow admins & mods on the Let’s Make Card group. I haven’t made card candy in ages.

If you are wondering what card candy is…… it’s basically premade card elements to make a quick card. Most of the work is done you just pop it onto a card with maybe some background paper & it’s ready to give or send.

We were to make 2 sets, one Christmas themed & one everyday based on a set of questions everyone answered. You will see 2 duplicate pieces here from my recent Winter Sparkle post. I was trying out 2 different blues and decided why not make the 2nd set for my card candy. You will also see in a couple of days that the snowman in buffalo plaid inspired a card for our last card class of the year.

I was going for a country/nature theme for the second set. I actually pulled out the infamous bits & pieces box for ideas. I was thinking that maybe after the first of the year I should spend a week with the bits & pieces box & see how many cards I can make. Might make a good New Year’s challenge.

Try revisiting an old technique or card making style & see what you can create. It helps keep your skills sharp & new materials give things a whole new look.

Thanks for stopping by!

Cards, Cards for the Troops, My Favorite Things, Slimline Cards, Taylored Expressions

Special Thanks

Hi Angels!

It was nice to take a few days off & just chill. I have been working on our holiday charity cards a bit, planning some new creations & got the house decorated for Christmas but overall just chillin’.

A couple of weeks ago a special postage gift came in for the Troop cards which required a special thank-you. Two in fact. One for the organization and one for the individual who recommended our Troop work. That gift made a big difference in the 9 boxes we shipped for the holidays.

This slimline was the thank-you for the organization.

I used Picket Fence Studios Slimline Floral stencil, My Favorite Things Thank-you die and Taylored Expressions Big Thanks stamp set.

This was the thank-you for the individual who recommended the gift for the Troop cards.

For this card I used Elizabeth Craft’s Leaf Pattern Background cover plate die with the Thanks from Taylored Expressions and Taylored’s Big Thanks stamp set.

It has been such a blessing this year working with the many individuals supporting Cards for the Troops. I cannot say thank-you enough for all the cards and supplies that have come in. For now we are on a temporary hold until we find out if the Troop draw down will affect the unit we send too.

Have a really fabulous first week of December!

The joy of the Christmas season is here.

Cards, Classes, Memory Box

Love & Joy

Hi Angels!

We have our last holiday card class tomorrow just before the full holiday season kicks off with Thanksgiving on Thursday.

Late at night I’ve been watching some of Kristina Werner’s 2020 Holiday Card series videos on Youtube and just loved the trifold card she made for day 2 and decided it was perfect for class.

Here is my version….

I just love the blue poinsettia paper for the background. I used Concord & 9th’s Full of Joy die & stamp set and Memory Box Poinsettia Circle Frame & Pine Needle Twigs dies. I’m thinking this Joy die will find it’s way into my Bible journaling too.

I hope everyone has a great Thanksgiving week!

Thanks for popping by.

Catherine Pooler Designs, Classes, home & holiday projects, Memory Box, My Favorite Things, Penny Black, Spellbinders

Winter Sparkle

Hi Angels!

I fought the Oklahoma winds today to get a picture of Monday’s class. Duct tape helps.

I designed the winter themed 12 x 12 collage for our frames. I started with one idea & it turned into another.

I love how it came out.

It’s mainly a variety of die cuts from a variety of companies and some ink blending and lots of Stickles. I know the snowflake corners are hard to see in this picture but the lettering & these are in white glitter paper. There’s definitely sparkle.

Look for posts every few days for the next couple of weeks. I am working hard to get our next batches of charity cards completed. I do plan to squeak in a wee bit of creating but it’s crunch time.

Thanks for stopping by.

Cards, My Favorite Things, Sizzix, Taylored Expressions

Anniversary Roses

Hi Angels!

It was a busy weekend with Miss Nora here and class yesterday.

I have been creating several things but a couple will have to wait until the items make their way to their recipients before I can show them.

Tonight’s card was created for my youngest daughter & her hubby’s anniversary card. They are celebrating 6 years this year.

When I created the blended roses background originally it just didn’t gel. Most likely because it is in color tones I don’t usually work with. So I set it aside and decided that making it a bit smaller was the best way to utilize it in a card. Now it’s perfect.

I used My Favorite Things Roses All Over background stamp, Tim Holtz/Sizzix Roses embossing folder and Taylored Expressions Simple Strips
Background sentiments.

Remember if you’ve been creating & you are not happy or being overly critical of your creation, set it aside & walk away from it for awhile, even a day or two. Then you can look at it again with fresh eyes. Often you will find it’s just fine, needs a little finessing or if you truly don’t like it, there’s the trash can, you can make it into something different, or in the case of working on canvas, paint over it and start something new. Usually it’s not a mistake, it’s just a creative detour.

I hope you have a fabulous week ahead.

Thanks for popping in!

home & holiday projects, Unity Stamp Co

November Calendar

Hi Angels!

Nothing like finishing up my final calendar page half way through the month. It’s been on my things to do list for about 2 months, but since it’s for me, I push it to the bottom of my project list. Thankfully December was done earlier this year. Now I get to start designing next year’s calendar.

I used Unity Stamp Co. Planner Gal: All Little Things set for this page. The camera didn’t pick it up very well but I have been working on getting better on different skin tones. She’s not as peachy as she looks. It will take lots of practice & maybe a class or two to get better. Stretching your wings & art skills takes practice & determination.

I’ll see what tomorrow brings for posting. Princess Nora will be here and I am sure she will keep Grammy quite busy. Perhaps we can work on an art project together.

Thanks for stopping by.

Cards, Catherine Pooler Designs

Embroidered Snowflake

Hi Angels!

I am starting to play with the new Catherine Pooler Designs Nordic Wood collection. Since I am still working on holiday charity cards, spare time to create is a little scarce still.

I am trying to get into the habit of working in 10-15 minute blocks of time. Even if it’s just a few minutes I can precut card bases and mat layers, die cut some elements, blend a background, emboss some sentiments, color an image, etc.

For this card I used the Embroidered Snowflake stencil and used glitter paste one day in a short time slot, then set it aside to dry. I didn’t actually start the card until several days later.

The background is ink blended with several Distress Ink pinks and I used the Merry Christmas Word die from the Jolly Holiday collection. Definitely bright & cheerful. Pink & black is one of my favorite color schemes.

Has anyone already pulled out the Christmas decorations or planning to? Creating any special holiday projects? I’m going to start decorating this weekend. I am taking a Christmas class later this month & have a few more holiday cards planned.

Find some time to be creative.

Budget & Stash Stretchers, Cards, My Favorite Things

Warm Hugs & Frosty Kisses

Hi Angels!

I have been puttering around & working on projects as well as contemplating some possible changes for the new year.

I follow Sandy Allnock on FB and remembered after seeing one of her posts that I missed last month’s project with My Favorite Stamps. So I went looking to see if the download was still available & it was. So I printed it out and followed along with Sandy’s tutorial.

Here is the result.

The MFT stamp set is named Warm Hugs and Frosty Kisses and this is just one of the images and a sentiment. It’s so nice of them to offer a digital image to try and is good marketing. I opted for a turquoise balloon instead of the red in the tutorial. I wasn’t too sure about the clouds at first but a little softening of them and they look pretty good.

I really appreciate these simple free classes. They don’t take a lot of time, are lots of fun and I’m learning a few new coloring tricks as I go along.

Some of our budgets have taken quite a hit this year but there are plenty of free/inexpensive classes & tutorials available if you start searching on Youtube & Pinterest. When you can afford it, support your favorite artists and companies.

Find something that looks like fun & play along. For a lot of them it’s pretty easy to use what you have on hand and I always encourage in my classes to change up the colors and layout to suit your taste. Then it’s more your own creation and not just a copy of the original.

I just checked and Sandy will be live with My Favorite Things Stamps this Friday. Head on over and check it out. The link to the tutorial above will take you to Sandy’s page.

Thanks for popping by.

Cards for the Troops

Holiday Troop Update

Hi Angels!

I was planning on this post a couple of days ago but I’ve had a couple of migraines.

The Holiday/Christmas shipment of cards to the troops is officially complete.

I sent 2 shipments out Oct. 30th and Nov. 6th of 9 boxes containing 2965 cards. One box was holiday thank-you’s for care packages they receive and one box was Christmas cards which have to be distributed by the chaplain at services since we have a restriction on “religious” cards. The remaining 7 boxes had a large variety of happy holiday type greetings.

Here are some samples of cards made by several members of the Let’s Make Cards group, who whole-heartedly support this endeavor. Many, many thanks!

And here are the photos of all the cards ready to mail.

Our next shipment of cards for the Troops will be Valentine’s, then back to everyday cards.

In the meantime, work has begun on the holiday cards for our other 2 charities, the Angel Tree program for our local Salvation Army and Feed His Sheep a local homeless ministry.

It is a true blessing to have so many who support our military and be able to send so many cards to support our unit.

Thank-you!

Bible Journaling, Faith Based Art, Unity Stamp Co

The Hope of Christmas

Hi Angels!

It’s definitely been an emotional week all the way around.

When I heard Matthew West’s new release The Hope of Christmas, it was an absolutely perfect reminder of where my hope lies.

I created this Bible journaling page as the official first entry in my new Interleaved Bible.

I used Unity Stamp Company’s Lying in a Manger stamp set, Distress Inks, colored pencil & Stickles to complete this page. I hand lettered the chorus of the song. I place the layout opposite of Luke 2, the birth of Jesus.

Take some time to rest & reflect on where your hope lies. Then reach out & bring hope & love to those around you.

Have an Awesome Week!