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 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.
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.
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.
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…….
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.
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.
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.
We are off on our fall Angel Retreat & while I am away, I decided to try & design for the My Favorite Things Card Design Superstar Contest. There are 3 categories and tonight’s card is for the Clean & Simple Genius category. Let’s take a look…….
I have been working on some dog designs for the dog grooming shop that is displaying some of my cards for sale. I ordered MFT Paw Prints Die-namics and Critter Condolences set within the last month & hadn’t done anything with them yet so I pulled them out along with the Staggered Paw Prints stencil.
I used Tim Holtz Distress Oxides in Faded Jeans & Wilted Violet for the background stenciling and on a blank white cardstock to cut the paw prints from. I cut the paw prints and popped them for more interest. I stamped the sentiment on MFT Boysenberry cardstock, embossed in white & cut with the Starburst Sentiment Strips Die-namics. I mounted the finished piece on MFT Blueberry cardstock.
The Angels have already given multiple comments on the card & have requested it for class.
I am beyond tired but still headed out to the studio to play. Figured I would do a bits & pieces card ended up working this week’s MFT Sketch.
I did a play off my over the top card with the poppies from a couple of days ago. Here is what I came up with…..
Same MFT Etched Flower background but just stamped this time. I pulled a Colorburst watercolor powder scrap from my background box for the Poppy Blooms and added a sentiment from Well, Hello cut with Skinny Strips Die-namics. Overall a clean & simple, easy to create beautiful card.
Stay tuned for more stamp company fun. I do like challenges & challenging myself to create with one company’s products for a week is fun.
Find some creative time this weekend. It’s a great stress reliever.
Thought I would pop in & post this beautiful card I designed today. I am featuring a favorite stamp company each week in September & this week it’s My Favorite Things stamps. Plus this is the final week of my 100 day Wild & Wonderful Summer posting. Today makes day 94.
I decided I wanted to play & create an over the top card today. I think this beauty fits the bill. Let’s see how I created it…….
I gold embossed MFT Etched Flower background on watercolor paper, then pulled out the MFT custom Colorbursts in Jellybean Green & Tropical Teal & had fun watercoloring. When you are playing, don’t forget to mop up the overflow, that’s how I did the shadow cut for the Beautiful Die-namics die cut.
For the MFT Poppy Blooms & coordinating dies, I used Distress Oxides in Squeezed Lemonade, Ripe Persimmon & Abandoned Coral & color blended them onto some white cardstock. I gold embossed the flowers on the ombre background. Pro Tip – make sure your Distress Oxides are dry before heat embossing.
I picked up a sampler pack of MFT cardstock & pulled out my sheet of Coral Crush to make my card base. Pictures can be difficult with so much shiny but I think this is a fair representation of the rich colors in the card.
Stay tuned here or over on my Facebook page for more inspiration.
Thanks for stopping by and I hope you find some time to create this week.
I got my final Camp Create project done today. A slight interruption while I traveled to Lincoln Nebraska for a 4 day mini art retreat. The final Camp Create project from this week was an ombre project. Let’s take a look…..
Working in my favorite color combo of purple & green, I did 2 styles of ombre on this card. Watercolor on the flowers with 1 purple Tombow marker and the background was done with 3 different green Distress Oxides. The flowers feature MFT Flowers in Bloom & the sentiment is from Beautiful Blessings 2.
I really enjoyed this 2nd week in camp. Stay tuned to my Facebook page as I have some adventures to share from my trip. Wild & Wonderful Summer day 79.
I just love doing tone on tone cards or monochromatic if you want to be technical. First it’s a challenge to see what shades of the same color you can use & second how can you add interest & texture to the card using the same colors so it doesn’t appear flat & dull. Let’s see how I met the challenge….
Wouldn’t this make a great pink ribbon card? I used MFT Moroccan Mosiac stencil with Spun Sugar, Worn Lipstick & Pick Raspberry Distress Oxides on a light pink background. Then I blended the same inks on some white cardstock to stamp the MFT Painted Poppies flowers on. They are stamped in clear embossing ink & embossed with my clear & sparkle custom mix. I then added the Beautiful Die-namics die for the sentiment.
I think I’ll have to give up on getting to bed early this week but hey I’m have a blast in camp! One more camp adventure awaits tomorrow.