Cards, Challenges, Paper Craft Artist, Penny Black, Simon Says Stamp

Holiday Gnome

Hi Angels!

Popping in to share the card I made for the Paper Craft Artist inspiration sketch. This is a classic easy sketch that can have multiple looks depending on occasion & supplies.

I actually took a couple of days off from the studio despite the fact that my worktop still needs several things put back in order. So since my space is a bit crowded I decided something fun & quick was in order. I actually saw the colors used on the recent Simon Says Stamp Blog Hop featuring their new Cheer & Joy release. I love fun holiday color combos so here is my card:

Yep I actually have a couple of items from the new release. Isn’t the Simon Says Stamp Gnome cute? I may have to reconsider ordering the gnome stencil too. Now if you know me well I only like certain gnomes. If they are of the “travel” variety they are as bad as clowns to some people. The cute ones with just a nose peeking out are more my style. The sentiment is from Penny Black’s new Merry Up stamp set & the patterned paper is from Penny Black’s Holiday Trimmings paper pad.

If you have some time, pick a challenge of your choice & see what you can create.

Have a Fun Weekend!

Cards, Challenges, Let's Make Cards, Simon Says Stamp

Ribbon Awareness

Hi Angels!

I know I have neglected my poor blog page again. It’s been an incredibly busy month & I keep thinking I need to post but then it’s late & I’m doing good to get a card posted on Facebook. Add in some allergy & asthma issues with the fall weather & well….. The really good news is I am enjoying creating more freestyle. Just puttering in the studio playing with this & that. I love sharing inspiration to spark your creativity too.

They started some challenges over on the Let’s Make Cards group on Facebook. I agreed to help host them along with my co-hostess Diann. These are to give you some ideas & creative inspiration. We hope you’ll play along. If you are not a member, you can request to join.

I am hosting the October 15th – 31st challenge & I chose Ribbon Awareness since October is traditionally Pink Ribbon Month. However there are many great ribbon causes so feel free to create a card for any ribbon cause you feel led to, post it to the group & then send it off to brighten someone’s day. We have either personally experienced a disease or illness or know someone who has. Let them know you care with a special card.

Here is my card:

I used Ann Corbiere-Scott’s In Memory of Laura stamp set paired with Simon Says Stamp Daisy Bouquet set for the background. I colored the ribbon with Zig Clean Color Markers

The Angels & I got to hang out with Ann at the Grace Conference in June & received her Fruit of the Spirit stamp set in class. She also creates state themed stamp sets & sells them only through local scrap/art stores in the state they were created for. Got to keep small businesses up & running or we won’t have them. You can find In Memory of Laura & her other designs on the Scraps of Love website in Arizona.

Find some time to brighten someone’s day this week.

Thanks for popping by.

Classes, Fun Stampers Journey, Mixed Media, Simon Says Stamp

2019 Calendar Creation – Part 3

Hi Angels!

Sorry, was planning to post this yesterday & was in the studio creating for today’s class & lost track of time. Technically it’s after midnight so 2 nights ago, but it’s not the next day until I get to bed & get some sleep.

Let’s take a look at the last 4 months of calendar pages.

 

September’s page was created with another Clarity Stencil I found on Simon Says Stamp. Just love it. Since it doesn’t cover the whole page, I  added in one of the greens to the bottom of the page. This one ties a close 2nd to my favorite April page.

October had the Create-A-Palette Swirl Technique on the base & then the leaf stencil in 2 colors over top to create more depth in the background.

 

 

November had a liquid color background, which actually came out lighter than I had hope for, but looks great with the woodland stencil over the top in Oatmeal Cookie ink. Reminds you of the fiery changes of fall some trees showcase. One of the drawbacks of many of my stencils is that some manufacturers don’t mark their stencils. So once I open it & start creating with it unless I know the brand well, I can’t tell you where November’s stencil came from.

December’s page is pretty classic Christmas with the poinsettia stencil from Tim Holtz in reds & greens. And, yep, that’s a bit of blue in the center. Sometimes class samples get exposed to other colors during class use. I wasn’t redoing the whole page over a bit of blue. As Bob Ross says “It’s just a happy little accident.”

I hope you have enjoyed this look at my 2019 Calendar designs. Really truly pure fun to create.

Stay tuned for more creative inspiration, I have plenty to share. Rumor is there may be a video on Facebook in the next day or two.

Create something that makes you happy!

 

 

 

Classes, Fun Stampers Journey, home & holiday projects, Mixed Media, Simon Says Stamp

2019 Calendar Creation – Part 1

Hi Angels!

Nothing like watching the past 2 weeks fly by & miss my new goal of 3 blog posts a week. The 1st week I was unearthing the study & last week was a variety of appointments. Whew! I did get a live video in so a bit of progress is always good.

Today’s share is from the 2019 Calendar Class. I think this is the 5th or 6th year the Angels have enjoyed creating a calendar. Instead of just some stamping & diecuts this year, I designed mixed media style backgrounds with inks, Liquid Color & Color Burst & stencils. So fun & definitely messy.

Let’s take a look at the 1st four months.

For January – I did the zig-zag technique on the Gel Press with my custom Create-a-Palette ink pads in blues & purples. Then I stencil snowflakes over the background.

For February – I used Distress Oxides & a dauber on the background, then overlaid a stencil with hearts & applied more ink daubered on.

For March – I applied a bit of Color Burst to the Gel Press, spritzed & got a great watercolor type background. But it was the 2nd pull that was a bit more blotchy that was the winner for this page. It really popped with the stenciled leaves.

For April – I used my new Clarity Stencil I picked up from Simon Says Stamp with 3 ink colors & applied with a dauber.

The really fun part of working with so many different mediums is no 2 backgrounds are exactly the same. They all vary based on amount of color, amount of medium, how it’s applied, etc.

Backgrounds are a cool way to play when you think your muse took a hike, you feel uninspired, your tired but still want to make a little art or you just flat want to get messy & create something!

Pull out some inks, paints, liquid colors, whatever you have handy & add some color to some cardstock with no plan in mind for the outcome. Pick your favorite colors & have fun!

More calendar pages coming soon.

Budget & Stash Stretchers, Cards, Fun Stampers Journey, My Favorite Things, Simon Says Stamp, Spellbinders

Christmas Greetings

Hi Angels!

I thought I’d put a wrap on the holiday sharing the next couple of days leading up to Christmas. I created today’s card for a December swap. I love My Favorite Things Stamps or MFT for short & decided I really wanted to be an affiliate for them too so I got some new goodies in to play with recently including the BB Polar Bear Pals set.

Isn’t he cute? True to my clean & simply styling, it doesn’t always take a lot to create a fabulous card.

  • Cut a Whip Cream Card base 5 1/2″ x 8 1/2″ & fold in half. Add a Whip Cream mat 4″ x 5 1/4″ sprinkled with Sparkle Silk on card base.
  • With white glitter paper use any type of snow drift, wave, hill, etc. die to cut a snowy hill. I used MFT Whimsical Waves now retired. Adhere to mat base. (Pro-tip: just because my wave die is retired doesn’t mean you can’t duplicate my card. See what dies you might have in your own stash that could create hills. Remember to use what you have, it’s doesn’t always have to be the newest item on the market. Although new goodies are lots of fun too.)
  • Stamp & color waving bear, die cut & pop up on card.
  • Die cut sentiment of choice & adhere to card. I used Simon Says Stamps Christmas Blessings paired with MFT retired Peaceful Greetings.

All done, quick, fun & elegant.

Don’t forget to head on out to see some Christmas lights or cozy up by the fire & relax. Share the joy of the season.

Cards, Fun Stampers Journey, Simon Says Stamp

8 Weeks of Christmas Inspiration – Week 7 Peace

Hi Angels!

It’s our last full day of vacation & we’ll be driving home tomorrow. It’s appropriate that this week’s post is Peace. Everyone needs a bit of time to catch their breath & find a bit of peace from their normal hectic everyday schedules. Whether you take a vacation or just schedule an hour or two of solitude into your week, it’s important to refresh & refocus.

Today’s card was created for our last Christmas card class full of glitz & glitter.

I cased most of the cards from Pinterest but just used the concept idea & changed them up quite a bit for the glamour & glitz. I couldn’t resist picking up Penny Black’s Winter Trees set at My Hearts Fancy for this card.

Card Basics:

  • Cut a card base from Whip Cream 4 1/4″ x 8 1/2″ & fold in half. Sprinkle with Sparkle Silk.
  • I used Simon Says Stamp’s Drifting Stitches Borders & white glitter paper to cut the snowdrift. Attach to card. 
  • Cut tree from Dark Roast cardstock & adhere to card.
  • Cut 3 birds & the word peace from red glitter paper & adhere to card.
  • Cut a white glitter paper star & pop up on top of tree.
  • Attach tiny rhinestones to tree to add more sparkle. (Pro-tip: Nail rhinestones are perfect when you need tiny rhinestones.)

Amidst all the holiday preparations, find a few minutes to take a bubble bath, read for a bit or escape to your art place & create just for fun.