Art Inspiration, Bits & Pieces, Cards

Life Blessings

Hi Angels!

I was busy reorganizing my paint rack today and working on some Happy Mail to send out tomorrow while I am out & about. So it was dive into the infamous Bits & Pieces box for a quick 10 minute card.

I did create one of the Happy Mail cards today which I will post in about a week after it has time to arrive. The oval mat on this card was leftover after die cutting out the image for the first card. The hand dyed scrap was just barely big enough to fit behind the opening and the butterfly was from a long ago project. All it needed was the sentiment. I probably could have spruced it up a bit more but I have an early day tomorrow so it’s time to wrap up the night. So super clean & simple it is.

I hope your week is going well.


Art Inspiration, Brutus Monroe, Cards, Elizabeth Craft Designs

Elegant Abstract

Hi Angels!

I was going to create this card yesterday but I got some much needed tidying & organizing done and decided to call the day good.

You guessed it, it’s the Abstract Flower Stencil from Brutus Monroe’s February stencil of the month. I think for now I’m done designing with it, we’ll see.

This came out fabulously elegant! I embossed the stencil in white. I actually just got in some Brutus Monroe Alabaster (white) embossing powder. I decided it needed a border so I found the thinnest washi I had that would work with the black & white design.

The sentiment is Quietfire Design by Suzanne Cannon through Elizabeth Craft Design. If you are not familiar with Suzanne’s work, she is a master calligrapher, who many years ago started turning her calligraphy into stamps. Her designs are now available through Elizabeth Craft Designs & the Silhouette Store. I have many of her original red rubber unmounted stamps in the studio. I need to gather them together while I am organizing & put them to use again. Her calligraphy is just lovely.

I hope you are recovering well from last week’s frigid blast.

Have a Great Week!

Art Inspiration, Brutus Monroe, Cards, Taylored Expressions

Birthday Abstract

Hi Angels!

I’ve been playing with the Brutus Monroe Abstract Flower Stencil of the Month again.

I wanted to try a couple of black & white cards with this stencil so this is my first design. Fairly easy even with embossing. The sentiments are from Taylored Expressions Simple Strips Birthday.

Thanks for stopping by.

Art Inspiration, Cards, Sweet 'n Sassy Stamps

Blessings Found

Hi Angels!

Some simple coloring for tonight’s card.

I headed outside this afternoon with our youngest son to shovel the driveway, no mean feat when you live on 2 acres in the country. We do not have a short driveway. We also were not going to be able to get any of the cars out until the 8+ inches were removed. I’m sure I will be sore tomorrow.

I did work on my bigger project a bit then thought I’d make a card. I used Sweet ‘n Sassy Stamps Blessings in Disguise.

I finished coloring and didn’t quite like it, the stark white background wasn’t working. I grabbed a watercolor pencil & a waterbrush & made a quick background & it made all the difference.

I hope your weekend is wonderful.

Art Inspiration, Brutus Monroe, Cards, Simon Says Stamp

Sending Smiles

Hi Angels!

I spent a good part of the day working on another project however since I made a few backgrounds Monday, I took a break to make this colorful card.

Isn’t this background fabulous! It’s the new Stencil of the Month from Brutus Monroe Abstract Flower. I paired it with Simon Says Stamp Sending Smiles Words die for a fast card.

Here is the background before I turned it into a card. I just love the swirls in this stencil. I’m going to have to see what else I can design with it soon.

I’m going to see if I can get some shoveling done in the morning. It got a bit warmer today but we still can’t get out of our driveway.

Hope you have a good weekend and are warm & safe.

Art Inspiration, Cards, Faith Based Art, Sweet 'n Sassy Stamps

Owl Delight

Hi Angels!

We got several more inches of snow over night to add to our current winter wonderland. I missed creating last night but the weather does sometimes bring on migraines unfortunately.

Tonight’s card features the negative background from Monday’s Light of Faith card. If I think there is enough ink on the stencil when I am done blending, I will spritz with water & print on another piece of cardstock. This one came out like a soft watercolor.

The owl from Sweet ‘n Sassy Stamps Owl Be There is stamped on a brayered gel print background from my stash and lends himself well to the slightly grungy details the Grunge Dots stencil left on the background. I added more dots with SNSS Texture Tiles 8 and the sentiment is from Faith Phrases.

Fun, colorful and a great reminder of where our focus should always be.

If I don’t post much for a few days, not to worry, we may have to shut down part of our house as we have reached the red line 20% level on our propane tank. If the truck doesn’t get here in the next couple of days with the propane shortage, we may be relying on space heaters & the fireplace for warmth providing we have electricity still too.

20 years ago we did 3 days no power in an ice storm with just a gas fireplace, wasn’t easy but we made it through. We will again.

Hopefully you are starting to unthaw from this week’s intense cold or will in the next couple of days. Many prayers if it’s still heading your way or you are without power. Try your best to stay safe & warm.

Art Inspiration, Cards, Faith Based Art, Sweet 'n Sassy Stamps

Light of Faith

Hi Angels!

Our temperatures are still really cold but there was some beautiful sunshine today before snowmageddon round 2 arrives. I know many are already struggling to get through these storms especially with the power & water outages.

We have zoned heating & hubby perfected the balance enough today that I could spend a wee bit of time in the studio. We are mostly keeping it shut off to conserve but with the sunshine helping to warm I could work a bit. I did a couple of different backgrounds but this one was my main focus for creating today.

My new Sweet ‘n Sassy order arrived Saturday so I wanted to create something with the new stencils. This card features the Grunge Dots stencil with the new Faith & Hope word dies and the Faith stamp set that has been available for awhile. I just love how it came out.

This winter storm may be a trial but keep your eyes focused on God, especially in the dark & He will bring you through to the light.

Sending warm hugs & prayers.

Art Inspiration, Cards, Catherine Pooler Designs

Serenity Relax

Hi Angels!

With the intense cold even with central heat & air plus an extra infrared heater, I could only be in the studio a short time today. It is after all still a garage with some extra insulation added to it.

I did complete my mini series and worked on getting some happy mail prepped in my study.

Nature is one of the most perfect ways to relax and we are blessed to live on 2 acres that are like a mini nature sanctuary. So this leafy border was a perfect way to convey serenity.

The same Catherine Pooler Designs sets from the past couple of days. Classy Trims & Re Sentiments. I also added Crater Lake sequins to all three cards. On today’s card I grouped tiny sequins in groups of three to mimic berries in the foliage.

Please stay warm and safe during this artic blast.

Art Inspiration, Cards, Catherine Pooler Designs

Rainbow Rejoice

Hi Angels!

I decided since I already had the Catherine Pooler Designs Classy Trims & Re Sentiments out that I would do a mini series. 3 border trims = 3 cards. When I am designing this is a great way to create a class.

This fun rainbow/scallop border is so fun. Rainbows are a great reason to rejoice. The promise from God to never flood the earth again like He did when He had Noah create the ark. This card is sure to bring a smile and can be used for multiple occasions.

I colored my rainbows with my CPD inks and a Tombow blender marker.

The first part of snowmageddon is due to arrive in just a couple of hours. Wherever you are in this cold blast, I pray you are safe & warm.


Art Inspiration, Cards, Catherine Pooler Designs

Geometric Refresh

Hi Angels!

After gathering a few more supplies for snowmageddon, I popped into the studio for a quick card tonight.

I didn’t have time to play with what I was planning to, so after a quick scan through some stamps I opted to do another geometric card.

Black & white with a pop of color is always fun. I used Catherine Pooler Designs Classy Trims, Re Sentiments & Best in the Patch stamps sets with the new Pucker Up and Catching Rays ink colors.

Several people seemed to be a bit stressed lately and it’s always good to take a little time to refresh & regroup. It can be as easy as a bubble bath, reading a favorite book or even if you’re able a weekend getaway. It’s okay to give yourself some breathing space.

I hope everyone stays safe & warm during this super freeze event. It could be a blessing to stay in & have some down time.