Art Inspiration, Cards, My Favorite Things

Christmas in July – Pine Branch

Hi Angels!

I hope you enjoyed your weekend.

I got about 3 more buckets sorted today. I was trying really hard to get the scraps down to one file container but with some of my specialty papers that cost a bit more, it ended up being 2.

I opted for a quick card this evening.

This card would make quick multiples if you wanted to do a set. I used The Crafters Workshop Fir Branch stencil with My Favorite Things Bitty Holiday Wishes for the sentiment. I used Distress Oxides in Pine Needles & Peacock Feathers for the pine needles & since I don’t have any brown oxides, I grabbed Antique Linen & Brushed Corduroy Distress Inks for the pine cones.

I have a fairly busy week ahead with some early mornings but still will be sorting & creating.

Hope your week is Fabulous!

Art Inspiration, Cards, My Favorite Things, Taylored Expressions

Christmas in July – Peaceful Sprig

Hi Angels!

I have you’ve had a fun and relaxed weekend! Summer just seems like the best time to combine fun in the sun with some time to chill out & relax.

I got the studio tidied up for a week of creating ahead. I’m taking a class, designing a class & still enjoying the techniques from the Card Makers Success Summit – Christmas in July. I got the VIP pass so will be able to work my way through the techniques & videos at my own pace. Tonight’s card is from one of the tutorials.

This was a fun stencil masking class from Laurie Wilson. She is the creative inspiration behind Taylored Expressions great masking stencil line. I think my favorite part of this technique was the shadowing overlay of the striped stencil. I used Taylored Expressions Masking Rectangle stencil & Seasonal Sprig stamp & layering stencil set and for the stripes I used My Favorite Things Candy Stripes stencil. I also used Candied Apple & Rustic Wilderness Distress Oxide Inks for all the coloring with a touch of Nuvo Glitter Gloss for the berries.

Blessings for a great week ahead!

Art Inspiration, Cards, My Favorite Things

Christmas in July – Pawliday Party

Hi Angels!

I finished the cards I had started with the splotchy kind of imperfect coloring additions. A bit of a challenge today since I have also been entertaining my granddaughters for a sleepover at Grammy & Papa’s.

I added in the one from yesterday so you can see them all together. They make a great set.

They all have Distress Oxide backgrounds, were colored with alcohol ink markers and feature all the pups from My Favorite Things Stamps Happy Pawlidays set.

I hope your weekend is fun & relaxing!

Art Inspiration, Cards, My Favorite Things

Happy Pawlidays

Hi Angels!

I signed up for the Card Maker Success Summit – Christmas in July event & have been watching videos. Today I tried something a little different.

I tried some “storybook” coloring today & it’s a bit of a stretch for me and that’s perfectly okay because getting outside of your comfort zone often enhances the creative process.

Coloring in a splotchy tree & rug plus coloring imperfectly is hard when you’re not used to coloring that way. I did get the suggestion of a tree & rug into my picture. I have 3 more pups to practice on from My Favorite Things Happy Pawlidays set so let see if I improve over the next couple of days.

Have a Fabulous Weekend!

Art Inspiration, Brutus Monroe, Cards, My Favorite Things, Taylored Expressions

Joy Shared

Hi Angels!

I had a quiet day at home doing some clean up in the studio & preparing for Taylored Expressions Online Crafty Class tomorrow.

I grabbed a few things on hand after tidying up to create tonight’s bright summery card.

I had the ink blended background on hand from another project so it was really easy to die cut out the Hero Arts Butterfly Confetti Fancy Die, bonus I have a lot of rainbow colored butterflies to create a couple more cards with. I used My Favorite Things Sending Christmas Joy Die-namics for the large Joy diecut and Taylored Expressions/Brutus Monroe Crafty Simple Strips for the sentiment. This card is sure to bring a smile to the recipient.

Have a Fantastic Weekend!

Art Inspiration, Bits & Pieces, Cards, My Favorite Things, Slimline Cards

Let’s Celebrate Slimline

Hi Angels!

I hope your 4th of July has been blessed with celebrating our freedom, family & friends!

A quick card tonight from the infamous Bit’s & Pieces box. I had tried this background from StencilGirl for another project & it didn’t quite fit so grabbed it & it’s matching layer to create tonight’s card.

I used a scrap of the handpainted backgrounds from last Monday’s class for the sentiment which is a retired My Favorite Things Die-namics. A few sequins & it’s ready to bring a smile to someone.

Have a Fabulous Week!

Art Inspiration, Bible Journaling, Brutus Monroe, Faith Based Art, My Favorite Things

Bible Journaling Words Like Honey

Hi Angels!

I was planning to create & post yesterday but a migraine just zapped my energy to create. After all the rain we’ve had the mold counts are climbing & so are my allergies. I did get to spend a quiet day with my granddaughters and they even helped Grammy with some organization. So blessed.

I was thinking of working on some Christmas in July today but sidetracked with a Bible Journaling idea & the hunt for one of my honeycomb stencils which I did not locate but I did locate another for my page based on Proverbs 16:24.

“Pleasant words are honeycomb -sweet to the soul and healing to the bones.” TLV

I used Distress Oxides in Fossilized Amber & Dried Marigold for the stenciled background, die cut some My Favorite Things Stitched Blooms from scraps of my mop up & hand colored backgrounds & hand lettered my sentiment. If you know me well, you know bees & I aren’t on friendly terms but I’m glad I have the Brutus Monroe Bee You stamp set to add in a couple of tiny bees. You can’t have honey without them.

I hope you are enjoying a blessed 4th of July weekend and are thankful for the freedoms our country offers.

Art Inspiration, Cards, Gloriously 60 Art Challenge, My Favorite Things

Gloriously 60 Day 53 – Father’s Day Pup

Hi Angels!

A quiet day today with the steroid shot still causing a bit of havoc with my system & lot’s of knee icing. I did work on a couple of coloring projects.

My final Father’s Day card is for my Son-in-law Mike, hubby to my youngest daughter & dad to my granddog Louie.

I used My Favorite Things Woof Pack set for this cute pup.

This completes my Father’s Day series for my family. I did not get a card done for my hubby but he rarely wants one anymore & just gives them back to me after they have been on display a couple of weeks. He did get a trip in to both Home Depot & Lowes for his current projects. Often a pricey tool is involved. I think I got off easy with a $30 drill bit plus the parts for a new outdoor frost free faucet he wants to install.

Art Inspiration, Cards, Gloriously 60 Art Challenge, My Favorite Things, Taylored Expressions

Gloriously 60 Day 30 Art – Sympathy Florals

Hi Angels!

Today we began the 2 day journey home. It’s been a fabulous trip so far but it will be nice to be home too.

Today’s card is one we often hope we don’t need to make but is always good to have on hand.

I had cut an extra gel print background floral from the Focus Florals card I posted a couple of days ago and decided it would work great for this card design. I again used Taylored Expressions Masking Circle stencil and I stamped the Taylored Gathered Greenery background stamp over the circle mask. I found a couple of stitched circles in my dies to create the frame, added the MFT In Focus Floral die cut and a sentiment from Taylored Simple Strips Background set.

Hope your Sunday has been blessed.

Art Inspiration, Cards, Gloriously 60 Art Challenge, My Favorite Things

Gloriously 60 Day 28 Art – Focus Florals

Hi Angels!

When creating a variety of cards quickly, I will often check out Pinterest ideas when my initial design ideas fade a bit or I am looking for something a bit different.

Tonight’s card fits that bill, just a little quirky in design but still beautiful.

I used My Favorite Things In Focus Florals & In Focus Floral Frames dies plus Itty Bitty Basics stamp set. I also used a Gel Print for the background & one floral die cut. The splatters give it a more mixed media look.

We are on the last 4 days of our trip. We added a day and are taking a side trip to visit family. We are tired but are having so much fun and enjoying so many sites.

Thanks for stopping by.