Art Inspiration, Cards, My Favorite Things

Christmas in July – Pine Branch

Hi Angels!

I hope you enjoyed your weekend.

I got about 3 more buckets sorted today. I was trying really hard to get the scraps down to one file container but with some of my specialty papers that cost a bit more, it ended up being 2.

I opted for a quick card this evening.

This card would make quick multiples if you wanted to do a set. I used The Crafters Workshop Fir Branch stencil with My Favorite Things Bitty Holiday Wishes for the sentiment. I used Distress Oxides in Pine Needles & Peacock Feathers for the pine needles & since I don’t have any brown oxides, I grabbed Antique Linen & Brushed Corduroy Distress Inks for the pine cones.

I have a fairly busy week ahead with some early mornings but still will be sorting & creating.

Hope your week is Fabulous!

Art Inspiration, Cards, Honey Bee Stamps

Beautiful Coneflower

Hi Angels!

I hope you’ve had a fabulous Saturday!

I got 5 buckets sorted out & started a 6th and the best news is commenting is working again for my blog, Yay! Apparently there was a conflict between 2 applications and my wonderful web designer daughter finally had a chance to check it out. She’s busy running her own business & raising my granddaughters so I patiently wait for technical help because the whole family knows me & technology are not friends.

I splurged & got the wonderful Honey Bee Stamps Coneflower Honey Cuts die when it came back into stock. Since I was sorting out some of my handmade background papers, I used them to create tonight’s card.

The picture doesn’t do the shimmer in the flowers & leaves justice. The soft marbled background is just the right touch. I also used Honey Bee Stamps Beautiful Life set for the sentiments.

I hope to find some time this week to play with the holiday items I picked up too. More sorting tomorrow.

Have a Blessed Sunday!

Art Inspiration, Cards, Classes, Taylored Expressions

Taylored Expressions Diamond Botanical Class

Hi Angels!

Rough couple of days between a migraine, bad air quality index & my knee injection but with some rest I still powered through todays class with Taylored Expressions Online Crafty Class featuring the Diamond Botanical Stamp & die set along with the Wood Plank background & Diamond Masking Stencil.

Lots of little tips & techniques I either hadn’t tried before or done for a long time helps refresh your creativity & inspiration. I don’t have a big variety of alcohol ink markers & my blending & mixing colors is a bit off but that just helps me get out of my comfort zone a bit.

Going to spend the weekend working in the studio doing some more sorting.

Hope you have a terrific weekend!

Art Inspiration, Bits & Pieces, Cards, Simon Says Stamp

Butterfly Hugs

Hi Angels!

Another quick card tonight inspired by the bits & pieces on my worktop. Today & tomorrow busy errand days.

I did grab my new Simon Says Stamp Pinpoint Starlets 3D embossing folder to add some interest to the background but everything was pre-cut or pre-stamped from previous projects.

I hope you have a blessed day tomorrow!

Art Inspiration, Cards, Pinkfresh, SCT Sampler

Blue Daisies – SCT July Sampler

Hi Angels!

I spent a good portion of the day sorting & organizing so I opted for a quick card tonight. I am working a corner at a time on 3 areas of the house, upstairs, the master bedroom & the studio. This week’s push is the master bedroom because we are having new carpet installed next week. In the studio I started reorganizing the scraps. Their storage files are a bit of a jumble and for some reason a couple of them ended up in another location which is no fun when you are looking for something in particular.

I haven’t had a chance to create with my new SCT July Sampler and it’s always great for something quick using the new products.

I indulged my love of daisies with some background paper from Pinkfresh Studio’s new Happy Blooms Collection and The Stamp Market’s Sunflower Bliss stamp set created for this sampler. The stamp set may say sunflowers but I think they make pretty great daisies. The stems were a little shorter than I wanted so I hand drew them with a Koi Brush pen and then stamped the leaves. The hello stamp in the set was a little too big so I added a diecut.

I hope your week is going great.

Stay tuned more Christmas in July is in the works.

Art Inspiration, Cards, Concord & 9th, Penny Black, Taylored Expressions

Christmas in July – Beautiful Backgrounds

Hi Angels!

I am very much enjoying the tutorials from the Card Makers Success Summit. Today’s cards just took my ink blending up a notch.

These came out just gorgeous with rich beautiful color.

For the top card I used Distress Inks in Seedless Preserves, Blueprint Sketch, Chipped Sapphire & Black Soot just like in the instructions. The only big city stencil I have is from Inkylicioius. This card uses a total of 4 stencils.

For the bottom card I used Distress Oxides in Salvaged Patina, Peacock Feathers & Mermaid Lagoon. The snowflake background is Penny Black’s Snowflake Pattern and the Joy is from Concord & 9th’s Full of Joy Trifold Die. The sentiment is from Taylored Expressions Simple Strips – Christmas set.

Tomorrow I will spend all day in the studio sorting & working on some more cards. Yay!

Art Inspiration, Cards, My Favorite Things, Taylored Expressions

Christmas in July – Peaceful Sprig

Hi Angels!

I have you’ve had a fun and relaxed weekend! Summer just seems like the best time to combine fun in the sun with some time to chill out & relax.

I got the studio tidied up for a week of creating ahead. I’m taking a class, designing a class & still enjoying the techniques from the Card Makers Success Summit – Christmas in July. I got the VIP pass so will be able to work my way through the techniques & videos at my own pace. Tonight’s card is from one of the tutorials.

This was a fun stencil masking class from Laurie Wilson. She is the creative inspiration behind Taylored Expressions great masking stencil line. I think my favorite part of this technique was the shadowing overlay of the striped stencil. I used Taylored Expressions Masking Rectangle stencil & Seasonal Sprig stamp & layering stencil set and for the stripes I used My Favorite Things Candy Stripes stencil. I also used Candied Apple & Rustic Wilderness Distress Oxide Inks for all the coloring with a touch of Nuvo Glitter Gloss for the berries.

Blessings for a great week ahead!

Art Inspiration, Cards, Gina K Designs, Taylored Expressions

Time to Coast Birthday Wishes

Hi Angels!

I hope you have had a great Saturday!

This was actually the first card I created for last Monday’s class but I love how it came out & decided it would be the perfect birthday card for my Son-in-law Dustin’s birthday yesterday so I had to wait to share it.

I used Gina K Designs Time to Coast set and Master Layouts 5 die set along with Taylored Expressions Shiplap Background. I love the sunrise/sunset ink blended background on this one.

Have a Blessed Sunday!

Art Inspiration, Cards, My Favorite Things

Christmas in July – Pawliday Party

Hi Angels!

I finished the cards I had started with the splotchy kind of imperfect coloring additions. A bit of a challenge today since I have also been entertaining my granddaughters for a sleepover at Grammy & Papa’s.

I added in the one from yesterday so you can see them all together. They make a great set.

They all have Distress Oxide backgrounds, were colored with alcohol ink markers and feature all the pups from My Favorite Things Stamps Happy Pawlidays set.

I hope your weekend is fun & relaxing!

Art Inspiration, Cards, My Favorite Things

Happy Pawlidays

Hi Angels!

I signed up for the Card Maker Success Summit – Christmas in July event & have been watching videos. Today I tried something a little different.

I tried some “storybook” coloring today & it’s a bit of a stretch for me and that’s perfectly okay because getting outside of your comfort zone often enhances the creative process.

Coloring in a splotchy tree & rug plus coloring imperfectly is hard when you’re not used to coloring that way. I did get the suggestion of a tree & rug into my picture. I have 3 more pups to practice on from My Favorite Things Happy Pawlidays set so let see if I improve over the next couple of days.

Have a Fabulous Weekend!