Art Inspiration, home & holiday projects

Sunrise Wall Art

Hi Angels!

I hope you’ve had a fabulous weekend!

Earlier this year hubby completed the accent wall in the master bedroom and I planned some art for that wall. We debated several designs but I finally chose a simple upcycle design. I’ve been working on it for the past week or so and now it’s done & hung.

I used 5 of the remaining wall planks for the background, we had some board suitable for backing in the shop. Hubby cut a pre-done circle piece in half and the rays are made from paint sticks. Because I was repurposing a lot of materials the cost was about $15 for the 4ft by 2ft wall art itself. The French cleat to hang it was another $15 so we now have a stunning piece of art work for about $30.

Here is a view of the artwork as you enter the room.

Hubby wanted some artwork with warm colors so I was happy to create something a bit different. I use a lot of blues in decorating because hubby says greens make his nauseous and I’m not a fan of a lot of reds, oranges & yellows but I do like a few pops of color here & there. Part of it is from being a redhead & part of it is trying to keep our home a more tranquil atmosphere.

Enjoy the week ahead!

Art Inspiration, home & holiday projects, Mixed Media, Sweet 'n Sassy Stamps

Sweet ‘n Sassy Stamp-a-thon Anything but a Card – Ornament

Hi Angels!

I was finishing up one of the other Stamp-a-thon projects so posting a bit late tonight.

The 4th challenge was anything but a card. Since I have been sorting & organizing, I had just put some ornaments in their new home so pulled one out to create with.

I had to take a picture in different lighting, the cute pink nose & cheeks were washing out. I stamped with permanent ink & heat set on the porcelain, then colored with alcohol ink markers. The color was quite pale so I went back over the coloring with colored pencils, then sprayed with workable fixative. I used a retired SNSS stamp set Cozy Friends.

Enjoy your Thursday & do something nice for someone, the world can use some extra kindness right now.

Art Inspiration, Elizabeth Craft Designs, Gloriously 60 Art Challenge, home & holiday projects, Lawn Fawn, Spellbinders

Gloriously 60 Day 45 Art – Sweet Summer

Hi Angels!

Tonight’s class was the final installment of our 12 x 12 Seasons Samplers – Sweet Summer. I had so much fun designing this.

I started off with another idea with the Lawn Fawn Magic Iris Birdhouse Add-On & while looking for some other dies came across the Elizabeth Craft Designs Lake Scene Die set. The other dies are older Spellbinders sets & the sentiments are also Elizabeth Craft Designs. What says summer better than days at the lake, birds singing & a gazebo to hang out with the family.

All the pieces feature ink blending with Distress Oxides. The main pieces include Cracked Pistachio, Peacock Feathers, Mermaid Lagoon, Wilted Violet & Seedless Preserve. The accent pieces have Fossilized Amber, Abandoned Coral & Seedless Preserves.

I have a quiet week ahead so that means more studio time, Yay!

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.

Catherine Pooler Designs, Classes, home & holiday projects, Memory Box, My Favorite Things, Penny Black, Spellbinders

Winter Sparkle

Hi Angels!

I fought the Oklahoma winds today to get a picture of Monday’s class. Duct tape helps.

I designed the winter themed 12 x 12 collage for our frames. I started with one idea & it turned into another.

I love how it came out.

It’s mainly a variety of die cuts from a variety of companies and some ink blending and lots of Stickles. I know the snowflake corners are hard to see in this picture but the lettering & these are in white glitter paper. There’s definitely sparkle.

Look for posts every few days for the next couple of weeks. I am working hard to get our next batches of charity cards completed. I do plan to squeak in a wee bit of creating but it’s crunch time.

Thanks for stopping by.

home & holiday projects, Unity Stamp Co

November Calendar

Hi Angels!

Nothing like finishing up my final calendar page half way through the month. It’s been on my things to do list for about 2 months, but since it’s for me, I push it to the bottom of my project list. Thankfully December was done earlier this year. Now I get to start designing next year’s calendar.

I used Unity Stamp Co. Planner Gal: All Little Things set for this page. The camera didn’t pick it up very well but I have been working on getting better on different skin tones. She’s not as peachy as she looks. It will take lots of practice & maybe a class or two to get better. Stretching your wings & art skills takes practice & determination.

I’ll see what tomorrow brings for posting. Princess Nora will be here and I am sure she will keep Grammy quite busy. Perhaps we can work on an art project together.

Thanks for stopping by.

Brutus Monroe, Cards, Classes, home & holiday projects

Fall Sampler

Hi Angels!

I had a lot of fun designing for class this week although having hubby home for an extra week after vacation threw me off my timeline. I was scrambling to finish up the design & teach at the same time.

This class was requested by one of the AngelS and it came out beautifully. We opted to do the four seasons instead of holidays. The winter class is scheduled for just a couple of weeks from now.

The card was a bonus since the Lawn Fawn Stitched Pumpkin Frame cuts out extras that can be swapped between patterns & colors.

I also used the Tim Holtz Impresslits Leaf cut & emboss folder, a variety of dies in my stash and stamps from Brutus Monroe, FSJ & Stampin’ Up!

Okay it’s confession time… for all the designing I do, I have a bit of a problem with 3-D visualization. I did not think the frame was sized right to fit the 12 x 12 layout. Why? Because I was thinking the layout went on the glass like a regular picture not to the back of the shadow box. I really struggle with figuring out anything with depth. So I trimmed the layout to fit to the glass & ended up having to mat it on another 12 x 12 so it did show properly. Bonus, the layout is much sturdier now. You would never know if I hadn’t fessed up. But it’s important to share what we learn & struggle with because it might just help someone else along the creative path.

I hope to get back to my watercolor class soon but I have some Troop business to take care of & birthday & sympathy cards to make.

I hope you are finding time to be creative.

Thanks for stopping by.

home & holiday projects, Mixed Media

It’s Fall Y’all

Hi Angels!

It’s been a wee bit busy around here & then there’s the allergy issue so a bit more sporadic on posting.

I did spend the past three days creating this wonderful fall artwork.

First I want to thank Leona for sharing info on this free online class by The Social Easel. I have very few fall decorations & this came out perfect. It is entirely freehand, no template was provided. Also the original didn’t have a saying but I wanted one.

Second if you know me well, shabby is not my usual style. As an artist I do feel it’s important to step outside of your usual comfort box & play with something different. It can also be good to do if you are stuck in a rut or your muse has gone walkabout.

Third play with something different I did. This is a pallet board frame. It is rough, has lots of splinters & was entirely a challenge to create on. I just dug in & went with it. It’s done with brushes, palette knife, acrylic paints & Posca Paint pens for the lettering.

I hope you are having a wonderful fall week!

Thanks for stopping by!

Classes, home & holiday projects, Kindness matters, Unity Stamp Co

September Calendar Page

Hi Angels!

Can you believe it’s September already? I’m not ready for fall & usually in Oklahoma it won’t start to show up for about another month. However given as strange a year as it’s been well……

I got my September calendar page colored & displayed. I used Unity Stamp Company’s Go Get It Girl set for this month. As a redhead in long sleeves she looks like she’s ready for fall.

Speaking of calendars, I’d better get prepped to design the 2021 calendar class. The Angels have been making them for I think 6 years now.

Looking forward to a little fun this month. Our spring retreat got cancelled so we are set for our fall retreat in just 2 weeks and will be gone for about 6 days. Yay! But first some troop card processing tomorrow & a class I’d better get designed for next Monday.

Thanks for popping by!