Art Inspiration, Classes, Penny Black, Taylored Expressions, Watercolor

2021 Floral Calendar July/August

Hi Angels!

I have more calendar goodness to share. I love how all my calendar pages came out but these 2 are a couple of my favorites.

July features Taylored Expressions Doodle Flower Background. Except for the greens, I have been selecting new colors for each month. July is a mix of several of the colors from the other months.

For August I used Penny Black’s Softly stamp. It’s one of my favorite flower stamps.

I hope these calendar pages are inspiring your creativity and bringing a bit of floral color in the middle of winter.

Classes, Fun Stampers Journey, Taylored Expressions, Watercolor

2021 Floral Calendar Jan/Feb

Hi Angels!

It’s time to debut the 2021 Calendar. I have been offering this calendar class I think for 7 years now. Could be 8 years but somewhere around that time frame. This year features watercolored florals.

I did every other month alternating silver & gold embossing for a touch of elegance. I brought out my Twinkling H2O’s for shimmer. I used Taylored Expressions Seasonal Sprig for January and an old Fun Stampers Journey set Sweet You.

Like a lot of artists this year, I am planning to use what I have on hand as much as possible. While I am puttering in my studio during my Glorious 60th year, I hope to create with a lot of things that haven’t been used yet as well as revisit some unfinished projects & see about the finishing touches on them. As you can imagine with well over 35+ years of paper art supplies, I have a small treasure trove here. I also plan to purge some more. When I do purchase I am planning to support local & small business shops as much as possible.

I hope your week is full of sunshine & blessings!

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.

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!

Cards, Penny Black, Taylored Expressions

Elegant Rose

Hi Angels!

A typical Monday even with packing for retreat except for the migraine that slowed me down a bit. I’m definitely not a big fan of time crunches but almost always it turns out okay. So the packing will get finished tomorrow & the van loaded.

The Taylored Expressions Sketchbook Flowers set has 3 flowers & my goal was to create at least 3 cards. Mission accomplished. Today’s is softly elegant with the rose flower.

I wanted a more organic background so I pulled out Penny Black’s Petite Blossoms stencil. The sentiment is from the TE Field Notes stamp set.

I hope you enjoyed this short series and you were inspired with some creative ideas.

If I have time between packing tomorrow, I have a new idea waiting in the wings.

Thanks for popping in!

Cards, Taylored Expressions

Sketchbook Coneflower

Hi Angels!

Enjoyed a great Sunday at church & then visiting the granddaughters. But now the race is on, as I only have 2 days to finish packing for our fall Angel Retreat. Yikes! I’m partially packed but there always seems like there’s a lot to do before I leave.

Creative fun is still happening with more of the Taylored Expressions Field Notes kit. This coneflower from the Sketchbook Flowers set features a watercolor/distress type background.

I saw a similar sample on Pinterest but of course had to change it up a bit. The original was just the yellow watercolor. After I did distress ink smooshing for my watercolor effect & let it dry, I swiped in some blue with a blending brush to the edges & added gold splatters. The dots & sentiment are from the Field Notes set.

Off to bed, this week has some early starts to the day and still lots of packing ahead.

Have a Fabulous Week!

Cards, Kindness matters, Taylored Expressions

Wildflower Sunset

Hi Angels!

I hope you’ve had a wonderful Saturday. I got some organizing done, always a good thing & I handed off a couple of new home baskets to Feed His Sheep. One of the sheep got their new apartment yesterday & are no longer on the streets.

I have been playing with the Taylored Expressions Field Note kit. I’m glad I decided to get one because the exclusive kit is sold out.

I’ve been eyeing distress ink blends on Pinterest again and a sunset one caught my eye so I used it to create this card using the Frayed Edge masking stencils. It came out beautifully.

I chose the Indian Paintbrush flower from the Sketchbook Florals set, at least I think that’s what it is. I love flowers but am far from an expert. No green thumb here. I colored it in rich colors so it would stand out against the background. The sentiment if from the Field Notes stamp set.

I’m off to get some rest. Heading off to church in the morning & then visiting with our granddaughters in the afternoon.

Have a Blessed Sunday!

Cards, Kindness matters, My Favorite Things, Taylored Expressions

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.

Cards, Cards for the Troops, Taylored Expressions

Sketchbook Floral

Hi Angels!

Whew! It’s been a busy day. I spent almost 7 hours working on Cards for the Troops with the help of the Angels for about 5.5 hours of the day. Makes for some good visiting time while we work. We processed over 670 cards today.

I created a relatively fast card tonight using the new Field Notes kit from Taylored Expressions featuring the Sketchbook Florals stamp set.

This is when it pays to have a stash of watercolor/spray type backgrounds on hand and these two paired lovely together. A quick cut oval, a couple of stamps and instant card perfect to brighten someone’s day.

Don’t forget to do something kind everyday this week. The world can certainly use a few more smiles and good surprises.

Cards, Crafters Companion, Kindness matters, Taylored Expressions

Butterfly Trellis

Hi Angels!

Still working with fast, quick & elegant.

I have a list I am working through of things to get accomplished this week. However when an old friend calls, you take the time out of your schedule to chat. One of the key components of kindness is that time with people is always more important than your to-do list. It’s so nice to catch up and visit a bit.

While I was out, I popped into Hobby Lobby for a couple more bandanas. If it gets much hotter, with my asthma, I will switch from my mask to the lighter weight bandana for brief periods of time. While there I peeked to see if there was anything interesting in the paper arts area & came home with the Butterfly Trellis 3-D Embossing folder by Crafters Companion. I love just love butterflies and it was great for a fast card tonight.

Black & white is always a great classic. I lowered my lighting a bit so it was easier to see the embossing. A quick sentiment from Taylored Expressions Sentiment Strips & this card is perfect for anyone going through a difficult time.

Find some time to chat with a friend this week, with a lot of us still staying home, it’s always a joy to spend time with a friend & share some laughter & smiles. #kindnessmatters