Cards, Impression Obsession, My Favorite Things

Purple Princess

Hi Angels!

Yesterday I was busy organizing my dies so I started this card but didn’t finish it. I couldn’t post it until today anyway as it’s the 2nd birthday card for my granddaughter’s birthday.

We had a private nail salon visit for nails on her birthday Thursday & today we had presents & cupcakes.

The Ice Princess & Friends set from My Favorite Things is so fun to create with. Who wouldn’t want to play with an ice skating polar bear?

The mountains gave me a bit of trouble since it’s the first time I used the Impression Obsession Mountain Layers slimline set. Sometimes solid image stamps just take a bit to get broke in and don’t stamp well. Figuring out their placement took a bit too. Where I ended up with a gap, I colored it blue to look like a lake in the distance between hills. Remember they are not mistakes, just creative detours. Of course if it’s truly awful, it just a few cents in paper and you can start again.

Hope your weekend is filled with creating & relaxing.

Cards, My Favorite Things

Heart Rays

Hi Angels!

Tonight’s card is for my oldest granddaughter’s 6th birthday. She declared this a “Purple Girl” birthday so I made a purple card.

The Heart Rays and Happy Birthday are My Favorite Things Die-namics. I dug into my scrap bin for the purple glitter paper. Fast & easy.

What a wonder that her birthday is on the 21st day of the 21st year in the 21st century.

Since her “party” (just family) is Saturday, you will probably see a 2nd card. We met today at the nail salon for a nail party, just Nora, mom & grammy. It’s a blessing to have a small salon to visit that we can reserve all for ourselves.

Count your blessings wherever you can.

Thanks for stopping by.

Cards, Encouragement & Hope, Faith Based Art, Penny Black, Watercolor

Confidence

Hi Angels!

I actually completed 2 projects today & did a class lesson.

Tonight’s card is courtesy of the infamous Bits & Pieces box and a watercolored background from my background stash.

I love how I was able to match the background to the diecut for a monochromatic look. I used Penny Black’s Hope Shines stamp set for the sentiment.

Now faith is the assurance of things hoped for, the conviction of things not seen. Hebrews 11:1

We may not know what God’s plans are in advance but we know He is in control even when we can’t see it.

May we continue to shine brightly with confidence.

Cards, Catherine Pooler Designs, Kindness matters, Watercolor

Shine Bright

Hi Angels!

I’ve been puttering around this evening working on a couple of projects.

Tonight’s card was made with the bonus stamp Shine Your Light included in my Club Sursee this month from Catherine Pooler Designs.

I used watercolor pencils on Bristol paper and added some Sparkle Silk.

The world needs a whole lot of light right now with the continued virus issues & general unrest. Kindness & love should be our golden rule.

In the same way, let your light shine before others, that they may see your good deeds and glorify your Father in heaven. Matthew 5:16

Share a smile with someone this week.

Art Inspiration, Classes, home & holiday projects

Glamorous Snowlady

Hi Angels!

This was such a fun project!

One of my sister Admin/Moderator’s over on the Let’s Make Cards group has a shop over on Etsy called Jazzy Bundles and when she shared these snowmen I just knew they would make a great project. You might have seen my granddaughter’s version a couple of weeks ago……here’s mine:

She looks like she’s ready for a night on the snow with her fabulous fur accents. She is base coated white, has Nuvo Glimmer paste in Moonstone on her raised pieces and for the base. You absolutely must have an assortment of jewels for a night out.

This is the type of designing I love, just seeing where it goes as one element leads to another.

I hope Miss Snowlady brings a smile to your day.

Thanks for popping by.

Cards, Unity Stamp Co

New Adventure

Hi Angels!

Popping by with a quick card tonight. It certainly didn’t take as long as last night.

I am usually woefully short of cards for guys. This card is great because it’s more neutral and I can use it for anyone going on an adventure, for a birthday or more. As short of guy cards as I may be, I usually am also short on cards that I can use for anyone at a moments notice. It’s always a good idea to have a variety of cards on hand.

The background is sprayed Distress Oxides from my background stash. I had pre-stamped several images last time I worked on guy cards. This one is from Unity Stamp Co. All Cylinders set. It’s probably a bit harder to see but I used the Painted Texture 3D embossing folder from Stampin Up! on the background. The sentiment if from an old FSJ set.

I hope you have a terrific week!

Thanks for stopping by.

Cards, Catherine Pooler Designs, My Favorite Things

Sending Love

Hi Angels!

I’ve had a busy couple of days. I have been working on a project but it’s not quite done yet, so I decided to make a quick card to share. Well it didn’t turn out so quick because I just wasn’t finding a sentiment I liked for the card.

I did have fun using the new Catherine Pooler Designs Hip Hearts set & new ink colors. I figured I’d make a card similar to one of the samples Catherine created.

After searching for a bit, I finally settled on a sentiment in Well Hello from My Favorite Things and I added a few Romance sequins also new from Catherine Pooler.

Sometimes what you think you want to create just doesn’t quite gel with what you have on hand to create with.

I hope your weekend is peaceful.

Art Inspiration, Bible Journaling, Creative Tips, Faith Based Art, Watercolor

Light of the World

Hi Angels!

One goal for this year is more Bible Journaling & Bible art.

I actually sketched this design out the week of Christmas but didn’t start working on it until a week ago. I often sketch during church service and there was some point in the message that inspired this page.

Again Jesus spoke to them, saying, “I am the light of the world. Whoever follows me will not walk in darkness, but will have the light of life.” John 8:12.

Since my Twinkling H2O’s were still out, I painted the page with them so with the shimmer the picture is a bit difficult. I hand drew the page then decided the “sun” needed to represent the world. I hunted up some clipart and resized it to fit the spot. It’s fairly easy to trace through the page in my Interleaved Bible. Interleaved means every other page is blank front & back, perfect for large size Bible art.

Creative Tip: Watercolor means pretty wet wrinkly pages. I do use a heat gun to help dry throughout but the page is still fairly wrinkled. I have a Clover mini iron and decided to see if it would smooth down the page a bit. I used a thin tea towel between the iron & the page & I think it did a pretty decent job. It’s not perfectly smooth, I don’t expect it to be but it definitely made a difference.

There has been a great deal of unrest the past year and we will most likely see more in the year ahead. We are to keep our eyes on God, point to His light, love others and stand for His truth & justice. If what you stand for doesn’t line up with His Word & truth, you might want to consider a heart check. He is always waiting for us to call on Him.

Be the light. Share the joy. Make a difference.

Art Inspiration, Budget & Stash Stretchers, Cards

Valentine Smile

Hi Angels!

You guessed it, it’s another Bits & Pieces card.

I grabbed the pieces to make this Valentine/Love card. I like to make my heart cards versatile for either the holiday, just to say “love you” or for an anniversary.

A classic red & black color combo. All the pieces came out of the box, I just had to die cut the sentiment down & add a card base.

In case you were wondering, this is a picture of the infamous Bits & Pieces box. It’s a 12 x 12 Iris Scrapbook case. I could probably make cards everyday for a couple of months with this box, just add card bases.

While fine tuning my schedule, I am going tentatively scheduling Wednesdays to be class/tutorial day where I catch up on some of my classes or try a tutorial I’ve been wanting to try. It’s important to try new things & keep skills up to date.

Thanks for stopping by.

Bash That Stash, Budget & Stash Stretchers, Cards, Challenges

Bash That Stash Polka Dots

Hi Angels!

It’s Monday and that means my heavy cleaning day so not as much time for art, which is why I am working on trying to manage my days a bit better.

Over on the Caffeine Fueled Chaos and Card Making Group they started the year with a “Bash That Stash” challenge. The premise is to use what you already have on hand. Some of us have bigger stashes than others, LOL! I certainly do.

Today’s challenge was Polka Dots and since I wanted to still do some quick creating, I dug into my infamous Bits & Pieces box.

I often test my embossing folders on plain old white cardstock so have a stack of them on hand. This one happened to have a swiss dot background, instant polka dots. I didn’t even have to dig in the patterned scraps for polka dot paper, the red was within reach. A quick sentiment, a little Stickles & instant card flat enough to mail easily. Which is important with rising postage costs.

I will probably only participate in the challenges now & then but I am definitely working on using more of my stash this year all around.

Have a Fantastic Week!