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.

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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.

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Look for the Miracles Slimline

Hi Angels!

I hope you had a wonderful Saturday.

We had a fairly quiet but warm day here.

Tonight’s card uses the negative print of last night’s Brutus Monroe Victorian Swirl stencil. If I think I have enough ink on a stencil after coloring through it, I will often spritz it with water & try to take a negative print with the color on the stencil. I have found it’s actually quite effective if I spritz the paper with water first & then only lightly mist the stencil before trying to take an impression.

This gave such a beautiful soft watercolor look to the print that I knew I just had to create something. I’ve been wanting to play with silhouette images so I pulled out My Favorite Things Flower Silhouettes and opted to do them in the card base color. The sentiment is from Simon Says Stamp Look for the Miracles set. The butterfly is one of my oldest stamps when All Night Media used to make them on foam blocks.

Kindness today came when our oldest son & his wife came to assist us when our van wouldn’t start. Seems like it was just a bit of corrosion on the battery & the cable was a bit loose. The battery tested great for a charge thankfully.

Have a blessed Sunday!

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Blooming Hello

Hi Angels!

Today’s kindness was working on some “happy mail” to send out. I have been focusing on those who need some cheer, requests for family & friends who may be ill or having a special birthday, etc. A wonderful way to share some encouragement especially since some of us are still in areas of quarantine.

I found these really cute happy mail stickers on Etsy.

I dealt with a migraine most of the day so I made another quick card tonight. I blended a little Distress Oxides through Taylored Expressions Blooming Beautiful stencil and added the Sweet Hello die cut from My Favorite Things.

This bright cheery card is sure to brighten up someone’s day in my next happy mail batch.

Thanks for popping by.

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2020 Possibilities

Happy New Year!

If you haven’t guessed it already, my word for 2020 is Possibilities. I will be revamping my art & studio over the course of 2020. Teaching a few less classes, creating in different mediums, mixing it up a bit, sharing more inspiration & encouragement and art tips & techniques.

Our charity work is growing with more Cards for the Troops to send and more Christmas cards to make for our local charities. Since this is an important part of the studio to be able to give back to our community, it will take on a bit more of a prominent roll.

I am also taking a month or so off of teaching to allow the tendonitis in my right elbow to heal up. I’m right handed so the more I do, the more it will stay inflamed so a bit of rest is in order. I will still be creating art almost daily just on a smaller scale for a few weeks. Not doing so much prep work with classes & events will allow some extra healing time.

Today’s card is a New Beginning. Each day is filled with possibilities, make the most of the day you are given, share some joy & a smile with the world.

I used emboss resist with My Favorite Things Card Sized Star Confetti Stencil and Distress Oxides. The sentiment is from Sweet n’ Sassy stamps Inspirational Word Art 1.

I hope you will stay tuned for the adventures 2020 holds in store for the studio.

Wishing you a blessed & creative New Year full of possibilities.

Cards, Challenges, My Favorite Things

Bearing Gifts – MFT Sketch Challenge 460

Hi Angels!

Thought I’d pop in tonight with a sketch challenge. The month & all it’s busyness is winding down, which is a good thing since I needed to clear my schedule to care for my asthma flare.

When I started seeing the samples from My Favorite Things Christmas sELFies stamp set, it made it’s way to my house as it was just too cute. Here is what I came up with for this week’s sketch:

Yep, cute, clean & simple and I forgot how much fun spattering can be. I think one of our November classes is on it’s way to be a spattering class since I used it on last nights card too.

To create this card I also used MFT Bitty Holiday Wishes & Fishtail Flag Trio Die-namics. And did I mention before how much I love MFT Blu Raspberry cardstock? The color is fabulous! The spattering is done with thinned white acrylic paint & a toothbrush.

I hope you enjoyed this quick sketch card. Find sometime to take care of yourself this week. The holiday season is upon us & it’s easy to get super busy & not find time to rest.

Thanks for stopping by.

Cards, My Favorite Things

Song in My Heart

Hi Angels!

I made it just barely. I got a final design done for the My Favorite Things Contest in the Innovation Master category.

Because we are on retreat, I had a whole cheering section here going you can do this design & create. So here it is, Song In My Heart…….

Front of tunnel card

I tried a tunnel card for the 1st time. I used the Inside & Out Stitch Circle Stax for my circles. I love the MFT Inside & Out Die-namics sets because I get a stitch line on the positive & negative die cuts. I used Distess Oxides & the MFT Mini Cloud Edges Stencil for the backgrounds.

I stamped & colored with regular colored pencils several elements from MFT Tweet Friends, Scene Builder & Brillant Blooms stamp sets & fussy cut them out to build my design. The sentiments come from Tweet Friends & Essential Sentiments set and were die cut with the Fishtail Flag Trio Die-namics.

Inside of tunnel card

This card was so much fun to design even with a bit of time pressure to get it posted in time. The Angels & I are on the road home tomorrow. It’s been a great retreat.

Have a Fabulous Week!

Cards, My Favorite Things

Fresh Cut Flowers Watercolored

Hi Angels!

We’ve been tucked away on retreat today having a Hallmark Movie marathon & creating fun things.

I have designed another entry for the My Favorite Things Card Design contest for the Coloring Virtuoso category.

I chose my MFT Fresh Cut Flowers background stamp & decided to watercolor them. I used my Staedtler Watercolor pencils. I just love how they turned out. The sentiment is from Well, Hello cut with the Skinny Strips Die-namics. The Peach Bellini cardstock is the perfect compliment to the flowers.

Find some time this weekend to relax & enjoy some me time.