Art Inspiration, Cards, Taylored Expressions

Stamp Joy Mod Quad

Hi Friends!

I managed to clean up the craftermath from Crop & Create today. Now it will be easier to finish up the cards that still need finishing touches.

If you are familiar with Taylored Expressions Create-in-Quads Layerinng Stencils, we got an exclusive one at Stamp Joy called Mod.

These stencils are designed to create 4 card backgrounds and are great for gift sets. The possibilities for colors & mixed media techniques is endless, so fun! I was able to modify the last card as the sentiment didn’t stamp well the first time. I just trimmed it down to the patterned area and popped it on a card base.

Can you believe it’s almost the end of March? National Craft Month just flew by. I hope you found some time to be crafty.


Art Inspiration, Cards, Taylored Expressions

Stamp Joy Fun Cards

Hi Friends!

I hope you are having an amazing week!

I am tired. Crop & Create for 3 days, 8 mini classes, 8 full classes, 2 make & takes & a challenge is a lot in one weekend. I completed 19 cards, have 15 cards in various stages of final touches to complete, have 5 classes to start on, 1 of the make & takes & the challenge to finish. I am thinking the challenge would be great for the month of April so I’m working on ideas for approaching that. Whew! I’ll get pictures posted as soon as I can.

In the meantime, I still have several projects to share from the Angel’s weekend earlier this month. This was the fun set of cards for Stamp Joy.

These cards are great for the young or young at heart. The llama has beautiful texture paste on it called Happy Medium from Taylored Expressions in iridescent glitter. It is stunning in person. If I had had Wobblers with me on retreat, the melon slice would have been wobbling. So cute as a mini slimline card. The hello is perfect for any occasion for anyone but would be great for a tween or teen.

I’m hoping to clean up the ravaged studio from the weekend tomorrow and complete a few of the finishing touches that need done. I have plenty to post & will strive to get caught up in the next couple of weeks. Allergies & asthma are still wearing me out, the Bradford Pears are in full bloom.


Art Inspiration, Cards, Catherine Pooler Designs

Life in Full Bloom

Hi Friends!

I hope you have an enjoyable relaxing weekend planned. I’m knee deep in my 4th Crop & Create event, so much fun but probably not going to get it all finished with 8 main classes, 8 mini classes & 2 make & takes. Whew!

Back to Angel Retreat sharing. I usually do a gifty for everyone on retreat. This time I gave them the Catherine Pooler Designs Life in Full Bloom stamp set with this “class” I designed.

A really fast & easy card set with white embossing the florals onto die cut shapes, I little ink blending, a quick sentiment and layered onto an embossed background. These make great gift sets.

Enjoy your weekend!


Art Inspiration, Cards, Taylored Expressions

Stamp Joy Floral Flurry

Hi Friends!

Tonight I’m sharing the Friday class from the Stamp Joy weekend event that Pam & I did together while on our Angel Retreat weekend.

I just love how these turned out using the exclusive Stamp Joy Floral Flurry stamp & stencil set.

These cards look great both with a combination of the stamp & the stencil and the stencil by itself for that “no line’ look. I can see doing the tone on tone one in several different colors. The blue card is a unique “box” card that pops up when you open it but folds flat for mailing. Always love playing in classes for different ideas, tips & tricks.

I’m so glad my laminator held out for this class for the shaker card because on Sunday of our weekend when I went to do some more foiling it decided it wasn’t heating up anymore. I had to replace it right away because I need it for this weekend’s event. It was a weekend of tech failures for me. My headset died, the remote to the Firestick had battery corrosion that had to be cleaned & fresh batteries added and then the laminator died. Sometimes life just throws in curve balls.


Art Inspiration, Cards, Creative Crate, Pinkfresh, Sizzix, Taylored Expressions

Sketch Challenge – Creative Crate

Hi Friends!

During the Creative Crate event they had a sketch & welcome gift challenge going on. Since I had 2 migraines that week, I only did the sketch challenge & had to wait until voting was over to post.

I love a good challenge. I opted to design so they looked like a set.

With the geometrics elements these would make great guy cards or cards for any occasion. On the left I used Pinkfresh Studio’s Art Deco Hot Foil plate to emboss the design on the background & color in with the matching stencil set. I embossed the small triangle piece with the Sizzix Staggered Chevrons 3D embossing folder which I also used on card #2. The sentiment strips are from Taylored Expressions Simple Strip sets.

It’s always fun to stretch your creativity with something like a sketch challenge.

The weekend is almost here, do you have any plans to get creative?


Art Inspiration, Cards, Gina K Designs, Sweet 'n Sassy Stamps

Anniversary Hearts

Hi Friends!

I am back after some much needed healing time for my allergies & asthma and a fun unplugged retreat with the Angels. I limited my social media & news while away. I highly recommend it. It is easy to get overwhelmed with all the news & chaos in this world.

Before I left, I created this card for my oldest son & his beautiful wife for their 2nd wedding anniversary.

I used Gina K. Designs Layered Hearts stencil for the background and You Are Enough stamp set for the silver embossed flowers. The card background features Sweet ‘n Sassy Stamps Bitty Hearts stencil. The sentiment is from an old FSJ set.

I hope you are having a wonderful week after the time change. I certainly enjoy the longer daylight hours. More time for sunshine.


Art Inspiration, Cards, Faith Based Art, Kindness matters, Scrap Attack, Sweet 'n Sassy Stamps

Joy Cards

Hi Friends!

It’s March and that means National Craft Month. I hope to do quite a bit of creating but….

Allergy & asthma season is here in full force & trying to sideline me with an upper respiratory. But I don’t take chances with my asthma & have been off to the doctor for proper medications.

A couple of weeks ago I made my first batch of Joy cards to bless others with. I believe I made 58 cards in about 3 hours and it was a great scrap attack to whittle down my white scraps.

You may also know them as Love or Blessing cards. I will be making more with other encouraging sentiments & thanks. I used a variety of Sweet ‘n Sassy stencils, Delightfully Delicate, Chicken Wire, Bitty Hearts, Diamond Tile & Vintage Doily. I also used Flower Garden, God is Good & Faith SNSS stamp sets.

Pretty easy once you have an idea what you want to create and a great way to brighten someone’s day. You can leave an encouraging note of thanks for your server at a restaurant, hair dresser, doctor’s staff, co-worker, or anyone you encounter during the day. Think of how many people you could bless with a simple, quick card.

Keep sharing kindness & praying for our world.


Art Inspiration, Cards, Creative Crate, Penny Black

Bloom Wildly Creative Crate – Penny Black

Hi Friends!

I hope your week is off to a great start.

Our final project for our retreat weekend was a make & take featuring Penny Black’s Masterpieces Made Simple Critter Cuddles prints.

These prints are just gorgeous all by themselves but allow you the freedom to add a bit to them. We were given the Penny Black Warm My Heart sentiment set along with some PB die cut branches & various mat & frame designs. I switched mine up a bit and you can’t see it in the picture but I used Stickles to give sparkle to the falling snow & ground.

Keep sharing prayers & kindness, it does make a difference.


Art Inspiration, Cards, Creative Crate, Pinkfresh

Bloom Wildly Creative Crate – Pinkfresh Studio Floral Envelope

Hi Friends!

I hope you’ve had a great weekend!

I have really enjoyed my very 1st Firefly Farms Creative Crate Weekend and can’t wait to participate again. What has distinguished it over other events was the more laid back pace of the classes & activities compared to jam packed weekends that move, move, move.

Today’s class was with Lea Lawson of Pinkfresh Studio using the recently released Floral Envelope stamp, die & stencil set. So beautiful.

The 1st card beautifully features the cute envelope that you can tuck the flowers & other goodies into. I have plans to add it to a mini book soon. The second card features the layering stencils by themselves for the flowers. An easy way to create the ‘no-line’ coloring look. The Pinkfresh jewels are the perfect finishing touch.

I hope you have a wonderful week ahead. Please keep the Ukraine and our world/country in your prayers and share kindness everyday.


Art Inspiration, Cards, Creative Crate, Lawn Fawn

Bloom Wildly Creative Crate – Lawn Fawn Class

Hi Friends!

I hope you are looking forward to a relaxing weekend!

I’m participating in my first virtual retreat of the year with Firefly Farms Creative Crate Bloom Wildly Cardmaking event. It’s my first Creative Crate weekend and it has been wonderful all week leading up to the weekend. They positively spoiled us with little daily gifts.

Tonight’s class was with the new Lawn Fawn release that just launched yesterday, retreats have perks.

Taught by the wonderful Jenn Shurkus we created 3 fun spring cards. I just love the barn & the goats! I also enjoyed making a Flipping Awesome interactive card and the cute Hello Spring.

One class down, 3 to go plus I’m putting the finishing touches on a Bible journaling page this weekend. Stay tuned.