I was nominated a couple days ago by my friend Carole to a 10 day art post challenge. I decided that since I only have to post my nominated post without explanation to my main Facebook page, I could still do a break down on my studio page. The good thing about the challenge is that I can keep working my way through my unfinished retreat projects.
The original design of this particular card just wasn’t in my wheel house so I came up with this variation.
I loved the Distess ink watercolor smoosh background so I found some close in my stash for the background, stamped Taylored Expressions Backstory – Christmas background and turned it into a shaker card. The merry die was in our retreat kit from Concord & 9th so a bit of glitter of course with the shiny sequins was perfect.
I hope everyone has had a blessed weekend and you are looking forward to the 2nd week of Advent & holiday joy.
My eye surgery was a complete success and I have 20/20 vision, the left eye is scheduled for the 16th. After being able to see how much colors had dulled for me, even though the left eye wasn’t as bad, everything was so dull & dingy looking after the right eye was fixed, I decided to get it fixed too. Colors are so important to us as artists. Refreshed sight is my Christmas present this year.
While we were off watching Christmas with The Chosen – The Messengers, last night there was a Bible Journaling session over on Instagram. I caught up with it today & created a New Year’s Prayer.
Based on John 1:45 Philip finds Nathanael and tells him, “We’ve found the one that Moses in the Torah, and also the prophets, wrote about – Yeshua of Natzeret,the son of Joseph!” TLV
Philip was obviously a student of the Word and knew it well. We were encouraged to reflect on the time spent with God & His Word in the New Year.
I have always much preferred goals over resolutions for the New Year. May we all become messengers of God’s Word & love.
I used Sweet ‘n Sassy Stamps Spectacular Snowflakes & Faith Wordfetti Too. The snowflakes free float & have more encouraging words on the reverse side.
I hope your December is filled with the anticipation of the promise Yeshua brought with His birth, life & promise of the new kingdom to come.
I got a lot done today, preparing for my cataract surgery Tuesday including getting my art projects in order so they are easier to grab & work on.
Since I was so busy, I grabbed this dove image out of the infamous Bits & Pieces box and created this card.
After fussy cutting out the dove, I added a silver background embossed with Simon Says Stamp Snowflake Oval and die cut Peace out of white glitter paper using Sweet ‘n Sassy Stamps Peace & Joy Word dies. I had a few stars in the Bits & Pieces so I added one to the background.
I hope you have a fabulous first week of December! Do you have any traditions you are looking forward to this year? Drop a comment sharing that tradition.
I hope everyone had a blessed Thanksgiving holiday and you’re looking forward to Christmas.
While we were on retreat last weekend, I created a Christmas card to go with a small gift I picked up for our retreat hostess.
This came out so beautiful. I used Honey Bee Stamps Pierced Fancy Flakes A2 Cover Plate with Noel Buzzword die set and Catherine Pooler Designs Winter Frames Slimline Die set. I ink blended the background & word then added glittering snowflakes.
I’m busy resetting the studio from retreat & so I can work easily after my cataract surgery Tuesday. I’m still debating if I want to do a December challenge or not.
Have a Fabulous Weekend and spread some holiday kindness wherever you can.
I hope everyone had a great weekend and you are looking forward to Thanksgiving this week.
I know I haven’t posted in a bit, been a bit busy and then headed off on retreat with the Angels this past weekend, where I did work on a couple of projects and soak up the quiet of the area we were in.
Before I left, I created a card for our youngest daughter and her husband’s anniversary. I used the Cosmos stamp & die combo from Pinkfresh Studio that will release soon.
This is a card I started during the Pinkfresh Create & Connect weekend a couple weeks ago and decided it would make a beautiful anniversary card. It is watercolored on a watercolor wash background.
Looking forward to putting the studio back in order after retreat and working on some projects. It’s good to get away for a bit to have a break from the daily hub-bub and refresh.
I hope you had a wonderful weekend! I took a short break, spent some time in nature and did some brainstorming for 2022.
Pinkfresh Studio has this elegant Celebrate in Style stamp, die & stencil set releasing soon and it was a joy to work with in the class with Lea Lawson a couple of weeks ago.
There are so many possibilities and occasions that this set can be used for. We did one stamp of the main image & created 2 cards after stenciling in the colors. So pretty and you can use the flowers by themselves, do several variations of the cake layers and mix & match with other sets.
I hope your week is off to a great start.
I’m in a bit of a time crunch as I have to pack for our fall Angel retreat by Thursday, but excited for a weekend of creating with the Angels. The difficult part is pairing down my projects for the weekend.
I got a bit more done in the studio today than yesterday. It’s tidy enough to work in and I have a handful of things to complete this weekend.
I just love today’s cards from the Built on Dreams stamp, stencil & die combo from last weekend’s event.
I just love the house shape and the floral stencil is perfect for several projects. Laura Bassen taught this class and she made it easy & fun. We also used the Lush Vines Hot Foil Plate to 3-D emboss the background on the thank-you card. I’m thinking I need to dig out my hot foil machine & try foiling it soon. I’m also game to see about using the house die by itself to create a mini album. May have to wait a bit with my current to do list.
I hope you have a fabulous weekend and find some ways to share some kindness. I picked up what I needed for my first Christmas angel project this week. I just need to make a quick card & get it off in the mail. Look for the little ways to bring a bit of light to someone’s day.
Sometimes it’s a good thing that I have items already created to share. Today was errand day & I didn’t get to spend anytime working on art. Fortunately I’m still pretty much just running errands once a week.
I finally got these cards assembled from the Creative Journey Art Retreat 2 weekends ago and some glitter accents added.
These are so fun. The first card features Lawn Fawn Joy To All, Stitched Snowflake Backdrop and the sentiment is from Newton’s Nook Designs Holiday Home. The second card features Purple Onion Designs Stacey Yacula Chestnut – bear, Tinsel – squirrel and Sparkle Tree and Warm Winter Thoughts sentiment set.
I hope you are having a great week and sharing some kindness along the way.
Tonight Gayle from PatioPonderings presented a quick lesson on the Creative Worship group.
The focus was Luke 10:38-42 the story of Martha and Mary and the reminder this holiday season to not be so busy as to loose focus on what the season is all about. Spending time in God’s presence reminds us of His great love and the gift of Yeshua’s arrival to bring us salvation, restoration with God and serving others with joy.
I used Sweet ‘n Sassy’s Delightfully Delicate stencil for the background in 2 ink colors, hand lettered my reminder and added a couple of orphaned printable stickers leftover from another project.
Remember it’s not the things and the presents this holiday season, it’s the time we spend with family & friends that means the most, time in His presence and helping others.