Art Inspiration, Cards, Catherine Pooler Designs, Creative Tips

Heart Love

Hi Angels!

It’s been a long but fun weekend. We are very blessed to be able to spend time with our granddaughters.

Our birthday girl spent the night last night and had lots of fun creating several things & getting a lesson in The Charleston Dance. We learned that Josephine Baker is one of her favorites and she recognized her right away from the 1920’s video we found on Youtube.

After all the weekend’s festivities, I still made a quick card tonight. I used Catherine Pooler Designs Scribbled Heart Stencil and Love in Heart die.

Ink blending is quick when you use a stencil & you are less likely to get the circles from the daubers showing. I used Distress Oxides in Peacock Feathers & Picked Raspberry. A little Nuvo Glitter Gloss over the word and some CPD Crater Lake sequins added a bit of sparkle.

I’m going to try & get my video set up back up and running this week especially since I have a project waiting to share. I enjoy popping on with a video from time to time.

Have a Blessed Week!

Art Inspiration, Bible Journaling, Creative Tips, Faith Based Art, Watercolor

Light of the World

Hi Angels!

One goal for this year is more Bible Journaling & Bible art.

I actually sketched this design out the week of Christmas but didn’t start working on it until a week ago. I often sketch during church service and there was some point in the message that inspired this page.

Again Jesus spoke to them, saying, “I am the light of the world. Whoever follows me will not walk in darkness, but will have the light of life.” John 8:12.

Since my Twinkling H2O’s were still out, I painted the page with them so with the shimmer the picture is a bit difficult. I hand drew the page then decided the “sun” needed to represent the world. I hunted up some clipart and resized it to fit the spot. It’s fairly easy to trace through the page in my Interleaved Bible. Interleaved means every other page is blank front & back, perfect for large size Bible art.

Creative Tip: Watercolor means pretty wet wrinkly pages. I do use a heat gun to help dry throughout but the page is still fairly wrinkled. I have a Clover mini iron and decided to see if it would smooth down the page a bit. I used a thin tea towel between the iron & the page & I think it did a pretty decent job. It’s not perfectly smooth, I don’t expect it to be but it definitely made a difference.

There has been a great deal of unrest the past year and we will most likely see more in the year ahead. We are to keep our eyes on God, point to His light, love others and stand for His truth & justice. If what you stand for doesn’t line up with His Word & truth, you might want to consider a heart check. He is always waiting for us to call on Him.

Be the light. Share the joy. Make a difference.

Art Inspiration, Creative Tips, Unity Stamp Co

All Things Are Pawssible

Hi Angels!

I hope you have had a relaxing weekend.

I made a quick card tonight with the new Unity Stamp Co Love Kitties stamp set and paper pad by Graciellie Design. These kitties are so cute!

The play on words on this card are a great reminder that “With people this is impossible, but with God all things are possible.” Matthew 19:26

Last week was a bit rough. Keep God first, love others, be the light and remember God is in control.

Since the paper is so beautiful, I opted to leave my image mostly black & white with a pop of accent color. If you haven’t tried Unity’s pattern paper it is a wonderful heavyweight high quality paper.

This card took about 15 minutes start to finish. A card doesn’t always have to be elaborate or over the top to be a great card. Clean & simple is one of my favorite designs to work in.

Enjoy your week. Find some time to share some joy and enjoy a bit of creating.

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.

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.

Cards, Creative Tips, Penny Black, Techniques

Beauty in White

Hi Angels!

I was busy watercoloring and almost forgot to post.

I am going to try & make my posts earlier in the day. In true artist fashion, schedules and me are not friends but I’m working on it.

Tonight’s beauty is my oldest daughter and son-in-law’s anniversary card. I haven’t worked in white on white for awhile so dug into my pearlescent papers to create their card.

I used Penny Black’s Layered Scene dies and Creative-Expressions Happy Anniversary Mini Shadowed Sentiments dies. The different patterns in the pearlescent paper offer interest and contrast which gives the white on white depth and keeps it from looking flat.

If you are creating in white on white different white patterns is the key to a great card. You can use variations between smooth & textured by using patterned papers and embossing folders. Silver can add enough contrast for a sentiment to stand out and still keep the card very monotone. Have fun with it and experiment with different tone on tone colors too.

Feel free to contact me if you have questions about tone on tone or if you try this technique to share your creation. I’d love to see your artwork. You can also add it to the comments on my MeWe or Facebook pages for this card.

Enjoy your weekend!

Cards, Creative Tips, Watercolor, Whimsy Stamps

Peaceful Birthday

Hi Angels!

We had a wee bit of snow for New Year’s day here in Oklahoma. Always love to see the earth blanketed with fresh snow.

With a break from posting most of last month, let’s crank 2021 into high gear with fresh inspiration.

Our Christmas week is very busy with our oldest son’s birthday on the 21st and our oldest daughter’s anniversary on the 22nd, which usually means we get the granddaughters for a sleepover, then it’s straight into Christmas.

I did find some time to create for their special occasions.

First up is Matthew’s birthday card using Whimsy Stamps Canoe set.

Who doesn’t enjoy a peaceful day at the lake? This image is stamped on watercolor paper and I used my Koi watercolors to color it in. Variation & shading are still a struggle but I keep working on these techniques.

When we create we are always our own worst critics. I have 2 tips to share:

1. If you are getting frustrated or feel a lot of uncertainty, walk away from your project for awhile. Then go back and look at it with fresh eyes.

2. If you find yourself trying to “fix” a section over and over again it can be the hardest thing to just stop & let go. Repeat step one and see how it looks later. Chances are it’s just fine.

My favorite saying – “There are no mistakes in creating just creative detours.” And if you really hate it chances are it’s only a few cents worth of paper, ink, paint, etc. Trash it and start fresh.

I am finishing up working some of my set up, goals & project lists for the New Year but they are almost done. It’s nice to have a long holiday weekend to take care of some planning.

I hope you have had a wonderful first day of the New Year!