Art Inspiration, Cards, Creative Journey Art Retreat, Lawn Fawn

Dream Big – Creative Journey Art Retreat

Hi Angels!

I hope you are warm & cozy. Looks like we got a little over 2″ of snow today and it’s still falling. A good day to stay inside & create. I also tidied up my work surfaces always a plus.

These 2 cards are so adorable & sure to make anyone smile, especially the little ones.

We used Lawn Fawn’s Dream Big stamps, dies & add-on set, along with Spring Showers, Diagonal Gift Card Pocket, Reverse Stitched Scallop Rectangle Windows dies. The dragon bookmark is a great extra on the card on the left and the see-thru double sided shaker element for the card on the right is a fun design.

Looks like I’ll have another day creating in the studio tomorrow. Probably won’t traverse out until most of the snow melts off.

Thanks for stopping by.


Art Inspiration, Cards, Creative Journey Art Retreat, Honey Bee Stamps

Coneflower – Creative Journey Art Retreat

Hi Angels!

I hope your week is off to a great start. I got a couple of quick errands done before the winter weather comes in tomorrow.

A big bonus to the Creative Journey Art Retreat is the designs that featured items I already own. It’s great to have fresh ideas for older products. Honey Bee Stamps Lovely Layers Coneflower Honey Cuts is a favorite.

We received the pieces already diecut with watercolor paper and watercolored with Distress Ink Reinkers. The reinkers blend beautifully. I got carried away with my paint splatters, it takes a bit of practice to get fine splatters but so worth the texture it adds to the flower.

Tomorrow will be a great day to spend in the studio creating if we truly receive up to 4″ of snow. If you are not a native Oklahoman (we are military transplants), you know to stay off the roads because Okies don’t drive too well in snow & ice.

Thanks for stopping by!


Art Inspiration, Cards, Creative Journey Art Retreat, Gina K Designs

Never Lose Hope Creative Journey Art Retreat

Hi Angels!

I hope your weekend has been relaxing and fun!

I still have a few cards to share from last weekend’s event but I officially completed them all today. Yay!

I just love how these butterfly cards turned out using Gina K Designs Never Lose Hope stamp set.

I love the bright hues of the card on the left and the softness of the card on the right, which I entirely changed the color scheme on. Fairly easy with color blending, however, the card on the right has a resist effect with white colored pencil on the butterflies that adds a beautiful highlight effect.

We have snow coming in so hopefully after a couple of short errands tomorrow, I’ll have lots of creating time in the studio this week.

Enjoy the week ahead!


Art Inspiration, Cards, Creative Journey Art Retreat, Pinkfresh Studio

Citrus Blooms Creative Journey Art Retreat

Hi Angels!

I hope you are having a wonderful weekend.

I kept meaning to post but between several hours purging & sorting on Wednesday, elderly dog issues Thursday & a bit of Friday it felt like too much effort. Today I have been sidetracking a bit but got a little finishing work done on a couple of last weekends cards. Just 2 more to complete.

The fun with these cards is I had already worked with the Pinkfresh Studio Citrus Bloom stamp, die & stencil combo in a Pinkfresh event.

Fresh ideas on how to use what I already own is always a bonus. The Pinkfresh Dotted Lattice & Elongated Lattice cover plate dies are beautiful and were great to work with. We also used Pinkfresh Simple Sentiments: You stamp & dies.

I’m determined to make most of my January goals both creatively and around the house. I’ve got about 10 days to do so. No sweat.

Thanks for popping in.


Art Inspiration, Cards, Creative Journey Art Retreat, Newton's Nook

Newton’s Cupcake Creative Journey Art Retreat

Hi Angels!

I have another fun birthday card to share today featuring Newton kitty from Newton’s Nook Designs.

This was such a fun card to color & create and I just love kitty cats. It also features Newton’s Nook Essential Alphabet and Frames & Flags die sets. I added Penny Black Balloon dies to the mix since I didn’t have anyone in mind for the Honey Bee Stamps Balloon Number die cuts included in the card kit.

I have just 3 cards to finish from the weekend, hopefully tomorrow I can get them done. First on the agenda is about 3 hours of sorting, organizing & purging. Since I am usually home on Wednesdays, that’s the day that got designated for home projects.

Thanks for stopping by!

Art Inspiration, Cards, Creative Journey Art Retreat, Gina K Designs, Simon Says Stamp

Birthday Balloons Creative Journey Art Retreat

Hi Angels!

I hope your week is off to a great start. Some of the Angels came over for a get-together, we visited & did some creating. Time with friends makes a perfect start to the week.

We always need birthday cards and the weekend’s event provided a few to choose from including these 2 made with Simon Says Stamp Birthday Balloons set & Gina K Designs Layered Confetti stencils.

Jenn Shurkus enjoys mixing & matching products from different companies during this retreat. Mixing up your supplies expands your creative options & gets you thinking outside of the box.

These were lots of fun to color & create. The blue & green card was straight up coloring & stenciling. The multi-color balloons included some Stickles Glitter Gel through the stencil for shimmer & texture. It’s really easy to take a simple design like this & dress it up or down.

Thanks for popping in.


Art Inspiration, Cards, Creative Journey Art Retreat, Hero Arts

Cozy Penguin – Creative Journey Art Retreat

Hi Angels!

What a fun weekend creating! I finished 10 of 14 cards with the remaining 4 in the works.

Today’s card features a fun penguin that could be used for several occasions.

We used Hero Arts Cozy Penguin and Sprinkled Dots Stencil. We ink blended 3 colors onto the card base, then placed the stencil on top & blended the same 3 colors over top the original colors. It creates a fun ombre blend. The “snow” on the bottom is Ranger’s Moondust Stickles Glitter Gel placed with a palette knife. Then I colored & assembled the penguin & popped him onto the card.

I hope you have a wonderful week ahead. Enjoy tomorrow if you don’t have to work, I know not everyone gets a holiday tomorrow.


Art Inspiration, Cards, Creative Journey Art Retreat

Hometown Parade – Creative Journey Art Retreat

Hi Angels!

It’s been a minute. It’s been a very busy week and I really missed creating this past week but I did get some organizing & purging done.

This weekend is my very first event for the year. The Creative Journey Art Retreat with Jenn Shurkus. I’ve been doing a lot of coloring today but did finish up this card.

This card came out so cute. We used Trinity Stamps Hometown Parade stamp set along with Gina K Designs Layering Confetti stencil set. I modified mine a bit so you could see a bit more of the patterned paper.

Thanks to this weekend I should have a small stash of cards to post this next week. I kept planning to work on my creative projects last week but by the time I was done with appointments & errands I was just too tired to put in a good effort. I did manage a few minutes a day sorting & purging & cleaned up my worktops for this weekends events.

I hope you are enjoying the weekend and have a bit of sunshine to bask in.


Art Inspiration, Cards, Pinkfresh Studio, Quick & Easy Design, SCT Sampler

Quick & Easy Card Design – Sweetheart

Hi Angels!

Today’s card is a quick make. I had absolutely no idea in mind other than a short break from the Christmas cards waiting to be finished. So since I barely touched or worked with my SCT Samplers last year, I grabbed a kit, shook it out & put this card together in about 15 minutes.

I grabbed the May kit as it had this beautiful scripty diecut Sweet and decided a Valentine or love card was perfect. The kit also included samples of Pinkfresh Studio’s Happy Heart collection and these flowers were perfect for the background. I grabbed some scrap glitter paper and grabbed a heart die to add into the design, some clear confetti sequins & instant card.

Now looking at it you might think it’s off center but sometimes being off center draws the eye more and garners a 2nd look. It’s always fun to play outside the box or rules.

PS: I opted out of my SCT Sampler Subscription this year. One of my goals is to work with what I already have & I have limited myself to a couple of monthly kits & some classes & events. There were so many things I didn’t touch as it came in last year and after years of creating, I definitely have a healthy stash to work with. The events will give me new goodies to play with in addition to the kits. Hopefully my budget will thank me. LOL!

Have a wonderful Friday!


Art Inspiration, Cards, Pinkfresh Studio, UFO - Unfinished Projects

Winter Foliage – UFO #1

Hi Angels!

I got busy today on my first house project of the year clearing the upstairs bonus room. My goal is to have it finished by the end of January. It tends to become a catch-all year round & it actually houses an office area for hubby, our weight machine & soon our chin-up bar for workouts plus extra household supplies.

It did house my sewing area but I moved the sewing machine to the studio so I can sew on some of my paper projects. Now I just need to determine what sewing items can stay in storage drawers upstairs & which need to be in the studio.

I have about 3 new projects to get started on but I’m still adjusting to my new schedule for the year while dealing with migraines. So tonight I grabbed a UFO to finish. If you are not familiar with the term, in the crafty world a UFO is an unfinished object or project.

I had all the stamp & color work done for my bonus cards from the Pinkfresh Studio event in October but haven’t finished putting them together. This one features the Winter Foliage stamp & stencil set with the Art Deco and Large Snowflakes dies. I switched the design elements up just a bit from the original and love the simple elegance it created. Bonus, first Christmas card complete for 2023.

Look for more UFO posts throughout 2023. It’s one of my yearly goals to finish up previous classes & work on kits I purchased & haven’t done anything with yet.

Thanks for stopping by.