Cards, Catherine Pooler Designs, My Favorite Things

Sending Love

Hi Angels!

I’ve had a busy couple of days. I have been working on a project but it’s not quite done yet, so I decided to make a quick card to share. Well it didn’t turn out so quick because I just wasn’t finding a sentiment I liked for the card.

I did have fun using the new Catherine Pooler Designs Hip Hearts set & new ink colors. I figured I’d make a card similar to one of the samples Catherine created.

After searching for a bit, I finally settled on a sentiment in Well Hello from My Favorite Things and I added a few Romance sequins also new from Catherine Pooler.

Sometimes what you think you want to create just doesn’t quite gel with what you have on hand to create with.

I hope your weekend is peaceful.

Cards, Cards for the Troops, My Favorite Things, Slimline Cards, Taylored Expressions

Special Thanks

Hi Angels!

It was nice to take a few days off & just chill. I have been working on our holiday charity cards a bit, planning some new creations & got the house decorated for Christmas but overall just chillin’.

A couple of weeks ago a special postage gift came in for the Troop cards which required a special thank-you. Two in fact. One for the organization and one for the individual who recommended our Troop work. That gift made a big difference in the 9 boxes we shipped for the holidays.

This slimline was the thank-you for the organization.

I used Picket Fence Studios Slimline Floral stencil, My Favorite Things Thank-you die and Taylored Expressions Big Thanks stamp set.

This was the thank-you for the individual who recommended the gift for the Troop cards.

For this card I used Elizabeth Craft’s Leaf Pattern Background cover plate die with the Thanks from Taylored Expressions and Taylored’s Big Thanks stamp set.

It has been such a blessing this year working with the many individuals supporting Cards for the Troops. I cannot say thank-you enough for all the cards and supplies that have come in. For now we are on a temporary hold until we find out if the Troop draw down will affect the unit we send too.

Have a really fabulous first week of December!

The joy of the Christmas season is here.

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.

Cards, My Favorite Things, Sizzix, Taylored Expressions

Anniversary Roses

Hi Angels!

It was a busy weekend with Miss Nora here and class yesterday.

I have been creating several things but a couple will have to wait until the items make their way to their recipients before I can show them.

Tonight’s card was created for my youngest daughter & her hubby’s anniversary card. They are celebrating 6 years this year.

When I created the blended roses background originally it just didn’t gel. Most likely because it is in color tones I don’t usually work with. So I set it aside and decided that making it a bit smaller was the best way to utilize it in a card. Now it’s perfect.

I used My Favorite Things Roses All Over background stamp, Tim Holtz/Sizzix Roses embossing folder and Taylored Expressions Simple Strips
Background sentiments.

Remember if you’ve been creating & you are not happy or being overly critical of your creation, set it aside & walk away from it for awhile, even a day or two. Then you can look at it again with fresh eyes. Often you will find it’s just fine, needs a little finessing or if you truly don’t like it, there’s the trash can, you can make it into something different, or in the case of working on canvas, paint over it and start something new. Usually it’s not a mistake, it’s just a creative detour.

I hope you have a fabulous week ahead.

Thanks for popping in!

Budget & Stash Stretchers, Cards, My Favorite Things

Warm Hugs & Frosty Kisses

Hi Angels!

I have been puttering around & working on projects as well as contemplating some possible changes for the new year.

I follow Sandy Allnock on FB and remembered after seeing one of her posts that I missed last month’s project with My Favorite Stamps. So I went looking to see if the download was still available & it was. So I printed it out and followed along with Sandy’s tutorial.

Here is the result.

The MFT stamp set is named Warm Hugs and Frosty Kisses and this is just one of the images and a sentiment. It’s so nice of them to offer a digital image to try and is good marketing. I opted for a turquoise balloon instead of the red in the tutorial. I wasn’t too sure about the clouds at first but a little softening of them and they look pretty good.

I really appreciate these simple free classes. They don’t take a lot of time, are lots of fun and I’m learning a few new coloring tricks as I go along.

Some of our budgets have taken quite a hit this year but there are plenty of free/inexpensive classes & tutorials available if you start searching on Youtube & Pinterest. When you can afford it, support your favorite artists and companies.

Find something that looks like fun & play along. For a lot of them it’s pretty easy to use what you have on hand and I always encourage in my classes to change up the colors and layout to suit your taste. Then it’s more your own creation and not just a copy of the original.

I just checked and Sandy will be live with My Favorite Things Stamps this Friday. Head on over and check it out. The link to the tutorial above will take you to Sandy’s page.

Thanks for popping by.

Brutus Monroe, Cards, Crafters Companion, My Favorite Things

Sweet Birthday

Hi Angels!

I have been very busy with the Troop cards & some organizing. I was feeling quite squished in my study where I do some of my artwork. Then the studio has a lot of card sorting spread out in it to organize for the Troops and our other charities.

I did find some fun time to create my youngest daughter’s birthday card for her special day yesterday.

I used Brutus Monroe’s Turbine Stencil, My Favorite Things Hand Lettered Happy Birthday die and Crafter’s Companion Scenic France dies.

I will have a big update tomorrow.

Thanks for stopping by.

Cards, Classes, My Favorite Things

Unexpected Joys

Hi Angels!

It’s been a busy week. I have done a little creating & organizing but the change in weather also brought a couple of migraine days.

Tonight I took Sandy Allnock’s coloring class in partnership with My Favorite Things Stamps. MFT provided a digital image from their new Joyous Holidays stamp & die set. The tutorial featured coloring with Copic markers. I have a very limited selection but I made what I have work.

Nothing like a groovy rainbow santa to bring holiday cheer. Until I got my blending a bit better he looked more like a tie-dye santa. I don’t work in alcohol markers very often. The tree is done freehand with the markers and was really easy. I was able to color along in the hour class online & finished up my card right after class. Sandy is a great teacher.

I hope you have a wonderfully creative weekend!

Thanks for stopping by.

Cards, Classes, My Favorite Things, Simon Says Stamp, Sweet n' Sassy Stamps

Happy Trails

Hi Angels!

Everyone is going to have fun creating in tomorrow’s Young at Heart class because I had so much fun designing for it. I just picked out a handful of stamps & started playing with no real plan in mind.

Tonight’s card did take a bit of work with die cutting but it came out so cute. It features the new My Favorite Things Car Pool & On The Road Die-namics & Better Together Stamp set.

The card kit comes with an idea sheet & I really like the polka dot car so I picked out a couple of happy colors & started designing. It looked a bit blah against a plain cardstock background so I pulled out Sweet n’ Sassy Texture Tiles 5 set as it had the perfect size polka dots for the background to tie it all together. The word “trails” came from CZ Design Happy Days from Simon Says Stamp.

The really fun thing about the Better Together stamp set is there are so many cute critters to choose from to drive the car.

I hope you are enjoying a great holiday weekend.

Thanks for stopping by.

Cards, Classes, My Favorite Things

Dream Magic

Hi Angels!

I am having a great time designing for Monday’s class Young at Heart. Well, except for the crazy wasp that got into the studio today. He was doing that fall drunken bee thing, ugh!

Today’s card features some monochromatic fun. I used My Favorite Things Magical Friends to create this card and a wood sentiment stamp by Great Impressions.

I raided my background stash for this marbled background. Since I rarely make one background, I have enough to share for class. A little accent stamping with a touch of colored pencil & a Gelly Roll Stardust Clear pen makes an easy card.

Stay tuned for more Young at Heart fun.

Cards, Cards for the Troops, Kindness matters, My Favorite Things

Troop Work & Hugs

Hi Angels!

It has been a very long day. The Angels & I worked many hours processing almost 1150 troop cards. I put in 9.5 hours myself. Whew!

Here is a look at both sides of the table after all our hard work. This is only part of what we got done. I got this packed into boxes ready for the holiday shipment coming up.

Despite the many hours of work, I decided to create a quick 10 minute card. I pulled a couple of die cuts off my work top. The “Hugs” is from My Favorite Things and the flower from happy mail. I picked out a background I had embossed awhile ago, added a card base & fast card.

All the Angels deserve a huge hug for all their help today! Many thanks! This is our favorite kindness project, providing cards for the troops to send home.

Time for some sleep.