Altenew, Art Inspiration, Cards, Catherine Pooler Designs, Classes, My Favorite Things

Christmas Wreath

Hi Angels!

Allergies continue to sideline me including the dog, who went to the vet unexpectedly this morning for severe allergic dermatitis, so I didn’t work on anything yesterday like I wanted and today was a bit slow but I got a card done & started another project.

I have been wanting to make this card since I saw the video by Verity Biddlecombe from Pretty Little Button during the July Cardmaker Success Summit. I had no leafy wreath stencils, so hunted down the Altenew one she used & ordered it.

I love how this turned out. I probably wouldn’t do a large batch but it would be pretty simple to assembly line about 6 of them in a short period of time.

I switched my colors up a bit from the video but it’s pretty much the same design. I used Altenew’s Wonderful Wreath Stencil, Catherine Pooler Designs Merry Christmas Word Die and sentiment from My Favorite Things Bitty Holiday Wishes.

Hope you’ve found some time to work on your holiday projects. The holidays will be here before we know it.

Altenew, Art Inspiration, Cards, Classes

Amazing Things

Hi Angels!

It’s been a very tiring week with helping the dog recover, allergies & asthma. I worked on a couple of cards but I was just too tired most evenings to work on a post.

Today I participated in the Altenew Craft Your Life Retreat and made it through 4 of the classes with a migraine. I tried to focus on the techniques & tips for each class so have several cards in the works. I completed these 2 from the Magical Masking class.

These cards feature the Watercolor Extravaganza set and I used Amazing Things for the sentiments on the bottom card. My masking material wasn’t working well so I took an extra cardstock die cut mat from Nesting Slim Rectangles die set to use as a mask, then used it to create the top card.

I should be able to get back to regular posting this week, view classes 5 & 6 & work on all the projects to finish up this fun retreat.

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, Cards, Classes, Taylored Expressions

Taylored Expressions Gifted Class Part 2

Hi Angels!

I hope your Saturday has been great!

Tonight I have the final 2 cards to share from yesterday’s class which feature watercolor and could be a big hit with the guys.

The sample colors were blue, green & orange but I swapped orange out for a softer bluegreen. This set features using the matching Gifted die cover plate which cuts out the presents giving you many more options for using the background stamp. The cut presents were used both for the stack of presents card and I added a couple to the truck for a birthday delivery. After cutting out the presents, the watercolor background was layered over a plain stamped background of presents for some pop & interest.

I’m glad I signed up for both July classes and will get to play again in 2 weeks. In the meantime I always have lots of projects & ideas in the works.

Have a Blessed Sunday!

Art Inspiration, Cards, Classes, Taylored Expressions

Taylored Expressions Gifted Class Part 1

Hi Angels!

I am still enjoying celebrating Gloriously 60 with a variety of online classes & events and have several lined up the next few months. Today I took the 1st of Taylored Expressions Online Crafty Classes featuring the Gifted Background stamp and it was lots of fun.

We did 4 cards basically 2 for the girls & 2 for the guys but easy to make in a variety of colors. Tonight I am sharing the more girly style cards.

These are so bright and colorful and sure to bring lots of smiles. These 2 cards feature ink blending. I don’t own Taylored Inks so I substituted Catherine Pooler Designs inks in similar colors to the class samples. The balloon card is emboss resist and the Yay! card is blended through the matching stencil after stamping.

The really cool thing about the Gifted products is not only is there a large background stamp, but a matching stencil & cutting plate that give you endless options for creating. We also used the Celebrate Big Stamp set and matching Celebrate Big Balloon Shaker die set, Caps Lock YAY! die and Simple Strips Birthday stamp & matching die.

Taking classes helps keep my skills sharp, I get to try new techniques or products or refresh older skills I learned awhile back often with a new twist. Plus there’s more freedom in designing without deadlines.

Hope you have some summer fun planned this weekend with maybe a bit of creating.

Art Inspiration, Cards, Classes

Kindness & Cake

Hi Angels!

We had a couple of extra make & take type lessons over the weekend retreat. Here are 2 of my extra creations.

This is an Angie Blom Digital Design. Angie did a lot of design for Unity Stamp Co’s stamp line and then branched out into digital. I have always loved her “girl” designs & have several stamps but this is my first of her digital designs. It is watercolored with Koi Watercolors.

Then Honey Bee Stamps created a special exclusive birthday stamp for SCT’s 15th birthday celebration. For this card I used my small selection of alcohol ink markers. Your next stamp included a Birthday Girl paper pad for one of our classes so I grabbed one design to use for the background.

Today was an errand day so I didn’t get to finish my last 2 cards from the weekend but I did emboss & prep some more Taylored Expressions Sentiment Strips so I have enough variety on hand. Plus one is planned for one of my remaining cards. If you haven’t checked them out, you should. They are handy to have on hand for quick cards.

Thanks for stopping by!

Art Inspiration, Cards, Classes

Roller Coaster Fun

Hi Angels!

Since we were working on the 12 X 12 Spring Frame Class today, I only got 2 more cards from the last Crop & Create class finished up. I’m determined to complete all the projects because I still haven’t finished my mini album from last month’s Brutus Monroe retreat.

Our 3rd class was with Lawn Fawn. I only own a couple of Lawn Fawn items so it was fun to play with the Coaster Critters set.

These are so cute but all the little pieces & critters are a lot of work. I haven’t made an interactive slider card in awhile so it’s always good to refresh your skills. These cards are sure to delight whoever receives them.

Thanks for stopping by.

Art Inspiration, Cards, Classes

Crop & Create Day 3

Hi Angels!

Whew! It’s been a long weekend but so much fun learning, creating & hanging out in the virtual group.

Only 12 cards completed today with 4 left to finish up, that makes 34 cards completed over 3 days.

The 2nd class from Saturday was with Close To My Heart and I made double the cards since they were easy layouts. Plus I wasn’t overly thrilled with the colors they provided, so I grabbed the Heidi Swapp paper pad we received in our goody bag & designed another set. I much prefer the pinks & the greens although I did change up the ink colors a bit for the 1st set.

One of the flowers I stamped for my second set didn’t work colorwise so I grabbed an extra from the Gina K class. It was very handy to have a few spares during the weekend.

Off to get some rest. The Angels will be here creating their 12 x 12 Spring layout tomorrow. Still more crafty goodness ahead.

Have a Fabulous Week!

Art Inspiration, Classes, home & holiday projects, Mixed Media

Beautiful Spring

Hi Angels!

Last night’s card was actually a teaser for tonight’s post.

Beautiful Spring is the 3rd installment in our 4 seasons 12 x 12 frame project that I have been designing.

Taking the picture was very challenging today, that’s a reflection on the end of the word spring not part of the design.

I pulled out several flower/grass type dies from a variety of companies. Some are cut from handmade papers and hand painted backgrounds. The others were cut from white cardstock & colored in distress inks. I have been seeing several cards with white diecuts on white and decided it was perfect for the clouds to give the flowers center stage.

Now I have some bright cheery spring flowers in the house and the Angels will have lots of fun putting their layout together because I have quite a variety of handpainted papers to work with and they will decide what colors they want their flowers to be. Just makes each one more unique.

Thanks for stopping in.

Art Inspiration, Classes, home & holiday projects

Glamorous Snowlady

Hi Angels!

This was such a fun project!

One of my sister Admin/Moderator’s over on the Let’s Make Cards group has a shop over on Etsy called Jazzy Bundles and when she shared these snowmen I just knew they would make a great project. You might have seen my granddaughter’s version a couple of weeks ago……here’s mine:

She looks like she’s ready for a night on the snow with her fabulous fur accents. She is base coated white, has Nuvo Glimmer paste in Moonstone on her raised pieces and for the base. You absolutely must have an assortment of jewels for a night out.

This is the type of designing I love, just seeing where it goes as one element leads to another.

I hope Miss Snowlady brings a smile to your day.

Thanks for popping by.