Art Inspiration, Budget & Stash Stretchers, Cards

Card Candy

Hi Angels!

I hope you are enjoying preparing for Christmas or other winter holidays you may celebrate.

I recently created some card candy for a small holiday swap with my fellow admins & mods on the Let’s Make Card group. I haven’t made card candy in ages.

If you are wondering what card candy is…… it’s basically premade card elements to make a quick card. Most of the work is done you just pop it onto a card with maybe some background paper & it’s ready to give or send.

We were to make 2 sets, one Christmas themed & one everyday based on a set of questions everyone answered. You will see 2 duplicate pieces here from my recent Winter Sparkle post. I was trying out 2 different blues and decided why not make the 2nd set for my card candy. You will also see in a couple of days that the snowman in buffalo plaid inspired a card for our last card class of the year.

I was going for a country/nature theme for the second set. I actually pulled out the infamous bits & pieces box for ideas. I was thinking that maybe after the first of the year I should spend a week with the bits & pieces box & see how many cards I can make. Might make a good New Year’s challenge.

Try revisiting an old technique or card making style & see what you can create. It helps keep your skills sharp & new materials give things a whole new look.

Thanks for stopping by!

Art Inspiration, Cards

Aurora Borealis Snowflakes

Hi Angels!

I played just a bit today after tidying up the studio a bit. The icy weather that came makes you want to curl up & hibernate or have a Hallmark movie marathon. Thankfully we haven’t had more than a few minutes without power & with over 100 trees on our 2 acres, not too much tree damage so far. Praying for many others who are not so lucky. Last I checked on our youngest daughter they had been without power for over 14 hours.

I just got in Paper Rose Snowflake Trio & Holiday Blessings Chunky. I started with one idea & got totally sidetracked by using the negative cutout of the Holiday Blessings die. My original idea was silver & copper and that one may be still in the works or I’ll head off a different direction.

What the picture isn’t picking up very well is that everything but the cardbase is either metallic or a beautiful mica shimmer. The paper I used for the snowflakes & background of the sentiment reminded me of an aurora borealis. It’s a background sheet I made ages ago with Radiant Rains. I’m thinking I need to break out my Rains & do some more backgrounds.

Making backgrounds is a great way to play & tempt your muse when you feel like you don’t have any creative inspiration. Try it.

Stay safe & cozy.