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.

Art Inspiration, Classes, Simon Says Stamp, Watercolor

2021 Floral Calendar Nov/Dec

Hi Angels!

My 2021 calendar is officially completed.

A slight delay as I was enjoying the company of my oldest granddaughter yesterday. We did do a wee bit of creating.

Everyone needs a happy glittery penguin & snowman. I give Nora free rein with the Stickles when she is in studio, with a little guidance of course.

Here are the final 2 calendar pages.

I was “accused” of planning poppies for Nov & Veterans Day. It was actually not planned. I wasn’t happy with the flower choices I had pulled out & when I went digging for more, I decided on these from Wendy Vecchi’s Artworks LCS073 set. I’ve had it for ages & only used the set a couple of times before. I hope to dig into much more of my stash this year & use it.

December was created with Simon Says Stamp Winter Floral Mix Background. I’m swimming in snowflakes & snowmen but realized I had very few pretty poinsettia flowers that would fit the calendar page. Maybe something to add later this year.

I hope you have enjoyed this tour of my 2021 calendar. I am already working on new creations.

Have a Great Weekend!

Art Inspiration, Classes, Creative Tips, Penny Black, Sweet 'n Sassy Stamps, Watercolor

2021 Floral Calendar Sept/Oct

Hi Angels!

We made it to the fall months on the calendar.

The sunflowers from Sweet n’ Sassy Stamps Like a Sunflower set were just perfect for September. They are not one of my favorite flowers, hubby is severely allergic to them, but this set is just charming. I also don’t like their big brown centers. If you know me, I’m just not a huge brown fan. I tried brown on these, it didn’t make me happy, so I tore it up, reprinted, re-stamped and settled on using green & bronze for my centers. Don’t be afraid to toss something & start again. Most of the time it’s just a few cents worth of cardstock & a bit more time.

October features Penny Black’s Stitched Flowers. I settled on orange to play off the more traditional pumpkin colors we see in the fall.

Thanks for stopping by.

Art Inspiration, Classes, Penny Black, Taylored Expressions, Watercolor

2021 Floral Calendar July/August

Hi Angels!

I have more calendar goodness to share. I love how all my calendar pages came out but these 2 are a couple of my favorites.

July features Taylored Expressions Doodle Flower Background. Except for the greens, I have been selecting new colors for each month. July is a mix of several of the colors from the other months.

For August I used Penny Black’s Softly stamp. It’s one of my favorite flower stamps.

I hope these calendar pages are inspiring your creativity and bringing a bit of floral color in the middle of winter.

Classes, Creative Tips, Fun Stampers Journey, Simon Says Stamp, Watercolor

2021 Floral Calendar May/June

Hi Angels!

I am having so much fun painting my calendar pages and the Angels are too.

Part of my sabbatical was studio play days with a couple of classes here & there. The calendar class was Dec. 30th but scheduling conflicts occurred so make-up time become relaxed play days with a little extra guidance here & there. It’s nice to sit down & create with the Angels.

Today is the half-way point in the year, May & June.

This set was the most challenging to photograph so far. Both stamps have heavy/multiple lines meaning the silver/gold embossing reflects a lot. So this shot muted the shine better allowing the colors to show a bit more.

May is Simon Says Stamp Daisy Bouquet set. The flowers are painted in a white shimmer H2O first then I added pink tips. May is my birthday month & daisies are my favorite flower. I can’t actually have daisies around because my hubby is very allergic so pretty stamped ones are the next best thing.

June features Fun Stampers Journey Bloom Burst. Hydrangeas are so beautiful.

When taking photographs remember that natural light or being outdoors can sometime be your friend with difficult pictures. I took today’s picture near a window with some sunlight coming in but not enough to make the metallic embossing glare in the camera. I am by no means a photo expert and use what works from what I have learned. Sometimes the simplest tips are easier to remember than more technical ones.

Thanks for stopping by.

Classes, Sweet 'n Sassy Stamps, Unity Stamp Co, Watercolor

2021 Floral Calendar Mar/Apr

Hi Angels!

I’m still working on my timing but I got a lot done today.

Today I am sharing the March & April calendar pages. It’s been a bit tricky trying to photograph the pages with the silver & gold embossing I used so I’ve been trying different things & pick the best.

March features the beautiful flowers from Sweet n’ Sassy Stamps In This Together stamp set. I really love the little teapot and there’s also a teacup in the set.

For April I used Unity Stamp Co. You Have Made a Difference set. When I was looking at images of dogwood flowers on line, I saw this really interesting almost blood red flower. I like different so I picked out some deep coral watercolor paint for my flowers with a touch of gold in the shading. The wonderful thing about art is being able to do things that are different.

I usually pick out sentiments for my calendar pages but decided I just wanted the beauty of the flowers this year.

Thanks for popping in.