Art Inspiration, Cards, Classes, Sweet Poppy Stencils

Peace on Earth Holly

Hi Friends!

I hope you’ve had a great week!

I didn’t get quite as much creating done as I’d like after my 2nd steroid shot but it went much better this time so thankful for that. I did get some more organizing done. I am almost finished with my stencil organization & since I want to work on Christmas at the upcoming retreat, spent some time organizing my Christmas area.

My Sweet Poppy Stencils finally arrived after a 3 week trip from the UK including 12 days sitting in customs in Chicago, then took an additional 4 state tour before arriving here in Oklahoma. I got to recreate my holly card for Eileen’s class with the proper stencil and it turned out fabulous.

I used the Sweet Poppy Holly Wreath with Distress Oxides and an old SU! Christmas sentiment. It doesn’t show in the picture well but I added some accents with Nuvo Dream Drops. This stencil is made for a larger 6 x 6 card but since we were working with a portion of the stencil this is a 5 x 7 card. I don’t usually work with larger cards but it’s nice to get out of your normal creative routine/comfort zone.

I can finish up the other 4 cards from class now that my stencils have arrived. I have to figure out how to fill in the scenes on a couple since I opted not to purchase the extra stamps. I’m sure I have something here in studio that will work.

Try something outside of your normal routine this week. You’ll be surprised how it inspires your creativity.

Blessings!

Art Inspiration, Books, Journals & Albums, Budget & Stash Stretchers, Scrap Attack

Tag Journal Tag 1 Scrap Attack

Hi Friends!

I have been busy, busy reorganizing in the studio. Over 37 years of stamping, I have a lot of stamps, I stopped counting when I knew I had several thousand. Well 10 boxes, mostly wood mounted, are walking out the door soon. I reduced from 28 drawers full to 19. I kept only what I really love using or for the type of art I am planning to do. The remaining 19 drawers are organized by type & labeled. It’s wonderful!

I started following the Scrapbooking with ME YouTube channel a few months ago and decided to work on her newest project to create a Tag Journal. Of course I watched the first video then promptly went rogue. I plan to make 2 one using my huge pile of scraps from the Bo Bunny Believe & Faith Collections and a Christmas one from a paper pad I received as a gift a couple years ago.

Miss E created a swing tag for the first tag but I created a booklet tag more less following her design.

Cover with 2 pockets
Cover Tags
Inside of Booklet with lots of journaling space
Back Cover
Back Tag flips up for more journaling space.

It was lots of fun to pick through the scraps, design the booklet and add some tags. I will add some more embellishments as time allows. I loved switching to the inverted corner punch or ticket style punch for my corners to change it up a bit.

I hope you are having a fabulous Labor Day Weekend.

Blessings!

Art Inspiration, Cards, Classes, Gina K Designs, Penny Black

Christmas Holly Twist

Hi Friends!

I’ve managed a wee bit of creating everyday this week. I signed up for Eileen Godwin’s Christmas Creations Class. If you are familiar with Lavinia Stamps & Sweet Poppy Stencils, she creates for them.

I am waiting for my Sweet Poppy Stencils to cross the pond so I can do all 5 cards from class a bit more proper but in the meantime I created with what I had on hand for card #1. It was designed with non-traditional colors.

I didn’t have any holly stencils at all so I took my Penny Black Holly Flourish die, cut it out and used it to stencil my card. The sentiment is from Gina K Designs Seasonal Greetings set. I added Stickles dots to the background for a bit of sparkle.

The Sweet Poppy Holly Wreath stencil is a bit more delicate and will be fun to try when it arrives. In the meantime, I think I’ll try this card in a softer color palette.

We will be going on fall retreat in just a few weeks, I’m planning on taking several Christmas items to work on. I kinda skipped Christmas in July this year.

Are you looking forward to anything crafty this holiday weekend, a weekend trip, a quiet weekend?

Blessings!

Art Inspiration, Cards, Concord & 9th, My Favorite Things, Pinkfresh Studio

Celebrate Times 2

Hi Friends!

I love creating cards that make 2 with one design. I created the flower celebrate for a dear friend’s birthday party and ended up with a solid complimentary card to use later.

I used mainly items from Concord & 9th Exclusive Summer Camp, Celebrate Today Dies, Summer Blossoms Turnabout Stamps & dies and Let’s Eat Cake Stamp set. I paired them with My Favorite Things Roses Background (retired) and Pinkfresh Studio Essentials Blanket Stitch Slimline & Mini Slimline dies.

I stamped one panel with the roses background & created a second panel with an ink blended background, cut the celebrate die out of both & switched which background the word went back into. The letters are stacked on 2 more sets of white letters to create dimension & depth. For a finishing touch I added a couple of sentiments & sequins to each card.

I have been playing a bit more in between sorting & organizing so stay tuned for some more inspiration.

Have a Fabulous Week!

Blessings!

Art Inspiration, Bible Journaling, Faith Based Art, Simon Says Stamp, Watercolor

Tree of Life

Hi Friends!

I finally made some time to be creative. I’ve spent the better part of the past 2 weeks organizing some more in the studio. I took 6 boxes of cardstock & scrapbook paper to our closest elementary school. By the time I was done unloading one teacher was already talking about using the scrapbook paper for origami with the students. Fabulous!

I have all these creative ideas brewing & begging to be created so it’s time to buckle down on designing. I made it a priority this week to clear my worktops. I did have my first steroid shot to the neck Tuesday, so a couple of days recovery were in order. Since I had another Wisdom page laid out, it was the easiest to start with.

Based on Proverbs 3:13-18 ESV

Blessed is the one who finds wisdom, and the one who gets understanding, for the gain from her is better than gain from silver and her profit better than gold.

She is more precious than jewels, and nothing you desire can compare with her.

Long life is in her right hand; in her left hand are riches and honor.

Her ways are ways of pleasantness, and all her paths are peace.

She is a tree of life to those who lay hold of her; those who hold her fast are called blessed.

I am still working in my Scripture Journal of Proverbs. The bonus of organizing is finding items that fit your ideas. I pulled Simon Says Blossoming stamp set for this page. The tree is embossed in gold & watercolored with Prima watercolors. I finished up with a bit of ink blending, stenciling & letter play.

Hope you are enjoying the final days of summer & spending some creative time too.

Have a fabulous weekend!

Blessings!

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

Wisdom

Hi Friends!

It’s been a hot minute since I’ve posted. Life has just been crazy between my neck, now my lower back, hubby’s blood pressure & summer travel but God is forever good and obviously I needed a little bit of a creative break. Although I have snuck in some creating when I can and done a bit more organizing.

I’ve really missed Bible Journaling and have recently started a study in Proverbs. I went back to a lesson from February on the Creative Worship group and created this page. The focal verse is Proverbs 9:10 The fear of ADONAI is the beginning of wisdom and the knowledge of the Holy One is understanding. Pretty much sums up studying God’s word.

This is the opening page in my Proverbs Scripture Journal. If you are not familiar with scripture journals, you can purchase an individual book of the Bible for just a few dollars and every other page is blank for taking notes and creating. Perfect for a concentrated study & travel.

I don’t usually gesso my pages & now I remember why, I don’t like the difference in how products work on a gessoed page. But I did gesso this one to protect the scripture on the page behind from bleed through. I used Distress Oxides, Sweet ‘n Sassy stencils, hand lettering, die cuts and the Owl is a stamp from By The Well 4 God.

No promises at the moment for how often I’ll be posting but I’m working on more consistency in life in general so hopefully that will work it’s way over to the creative side.

Have a fabulously blessed weekend!

Blessings,

Art Inspiration, Cards, Concord & 9th, Creative Tips

Hooray for Cake C9 Summer Camp

Hi Friends!

Today’s Creative Adventure is Interactive Cards. For me they are always fun but sometimes intimidating to try. This Let’s Eat Cake die & stamp set looked complicated but was really quite easy to work worth.

For as creative as I am, me & technical are not friends and interactive cards are usually technical. So I do better if I can watch it being assembled step by step. I love classes & tutorial videos for these type of projects.

My #1 suggestion is to always see if you can find several instructional videos on a project that might seem difficult. If you find the right instructor it helps a lot. If it’s a die like this card’s main feature, check out the company’s instructions & what their designers did with it. For this card the slider feature was designed right into the dies and after a couple of video walk-throughs, I got it. I always feel accomplished if something I thought was hard works out great.

Suggestion #2 is don’t be afraid to step outside your comfort zone & try a project. You may decide you don’t like a particular technique but by trying it out you expand your creative knowledge, tips & tricks for future creating. You also may fall in love with the technique & go on to create many variations of it.

So what is your favorite type of interactive card? A pop-up? Slider? Shaker? There are many possibilities when you start exploring moving parts on cards and albums.

Blessings!

Art Inspiration, Cards, Concord & 9th, Creative Tips

Shaker Party C9 Summer Camp

Hi Friends!

Let’s check out some ideas for shaker cards today. These cards from camp were quick & fun to put together.

You can turn just about any shape die into a shaker card fairly easily. Peruse your die stash & imagine which dies you already own that may make fun and unique shaker cards. Don’t forget to keep the cutouts for other fun projects.

Be generous with the foam tape when creating the “well” for your sequins, confetti or embellishments you plan to add to your shaker. Make sure to seal the opening edge to edge. You can also foam off several wells and highlight the area with different colors if you like. Each row of letters in the Celebrate card above is it’s own well. It also keeps the sequins front & center instead of at the bottom of the window.

Not all shaker cards have to be “fluffy”. Try your hand at the newer style of full front shaker cards. Shaker cards with less bulk are still fun and easier & less expensive to mail.

Using patterned paper will use up some of your scrap pile and add lots of interest to your card when you mix patterns that work well together. The Balloon card could easily be created with all scraps or make a stack of them with a 6 x 6 paper pad.

What kind of sequins or bits & bobs do you have that can make the shaker element fun? Confetti left over from a party, small seed beads from your bead stash, tiny flowers from your dies or flower collection, tinsel, chunky glitter or snow for a Christmas card, the possibilities grow when you look at your supplies with a new eye. This set came with a die that cut confetti shapes. If you have something similar in your dies, you could spend an evening watching TV and cutting out shaker bits from scraps.

Shaker elements are also fun for mini albums, junk journals, and scrapbook pages. Are there other art projects you can think of that you can add a shaker to?

Go on a creative adventure with your art supplies and see what you have that could make fun shaker elements. You might be surprised & come up with a few ideas for other projects when you look at your supplies with a different point of view.

Blessings!

Art Inspiration, Cards, Concord & 9th, Creative Tips

C9 Summer Camp Mountain Scenes

Hi Friends!

I broke out my group of cards from Concord & 9th Summer Camp into their individual classes and will try to share some tips & ideas to recreate a similar look with what you may already own. Especially since these are exclusive sets only for the campers. Class 1 was taught by Laura Bassen, who always shares great creative inspiration.

This Cardscapes set of dies, stencils & stamps offered a lot of variety for the class but also should translate well to similar items we already own. Let’s explore:

If you already own hill, mountain, wave, cloud or similar dies, it will be easy to duplicate this style of layered scenery. Look at your cover plate dies and see if they lend themselves to a decorative frame or check out your foliage & tree dies to be able to add in natural elements. Tree line dies were really popular a couple years ago so you may already have one. A simple circle makes an excellent sun or moon and it’s easy to make stenciled rays even if you don’t have a stencil. Blending between sticky notes works well when laid out in a ray pattern. Here’s a few more tips:

Tip #1 from class – if your die allows it, use it right side up and upside down to vary your hills, mountains, clouds, waves more.

Tip #2 – you can use edge stencils or torn paper to add the shading you see in the card on the right. It was blended with the same color ink that matches the cardstock. Shading & highlights add depth to the card without bulk.

Tip #3 – to create the tree shadow in card one, we used a matching stencil to the tree die placed upside down. If you don’t have a matching stencil you can use the negative die cut left from cutting out the trees as a stencil to create the same effect.

Tip #4 – add some playful fun by mixing patterned & solid cardstock

I hope these tips & tricks provide some idea starters for your next scenery card and allow you to look at your supplies with a new eye to possibilities.

Blessings!

Art Inspiration, Cards, Concord & 9th

C9 Summer Camp & Life Update

Hi Friends!

I’ve been missing in action for a few weeks. Life was really busy and I’ve been having some neck issues that can make my hands numb in just a few minutes depending on what I am doing so crafting was a slow process & I took a break. The good news is physical therapy is helping & after a consult with a neurologist for steroid shots in the next couple of months, it should resolve quite a bit.

I am really happy that after a couple of weeks of therapy, I was able to participate in Concord & 9th’s Summer Camp this weekend completing all 6 classes & making 14 cards. I’ll post about each class this week with individual class photos. In the meantime here is the complete group of cards:

This was my first time participating in C9 Summer Camp, it was so much fun and almost all the products are exclusive to camp. Even if you can’t get the exact same supplies, hopefully a bit of info and close-ups of the cards will give you some inspiration for the supplies you already have.

I plan to slowly work my way back into regular crafting and getting back to some more sorting. After this break, I have several ideas and projects in the works.

I hope life has been treating you well.

Have a Blessed Week!