Art Inspiration, Cards, Catherine Pooler Designs, Creative Tips

Heart Love

Hi Angels!

It’s been a long but fun weekend. We are very blessed to be able to spend time with our granddaughters.

Our birthday girl spent the night last night and had lots of fun creating several things & getting a lesson in The Charleston Dance. We learned that Josephine Baker is one of her favorites and she recognized her right away from the 1920’s video we found on Youtube.

After all the weekend’s festivities, I still made a quick card tonight. I used Catherine Pooler Designs Scribbled Heart Stencil and Love in Heart die.

Ink blending is quick when you use a stencil & you are less likely to get the circles from the daubers showing. I used Distress Oxides in Peacock Feathers & Picked Raspberry. A little Nuvo Glitter Gloss over the word and some CPD Crater Lake sequins added a bit of sparkle.

I’m going to try & get my video set up back up and running this week especially since I have a project waiting to share. I enjoy popping on with a video from time to time.

Have a Blessed Week!

Cards, Impression Obsession, My Favorite Things

Purple Princess

Hi Angels!

Yesterday I was busy organizing my dies so I started this card but didn’t finish it. I couldn’t post it until today anyway as it’s the 2nd birthday card for my granddaughter’s birthday.

We had a private nail salon visit for nails on her birthday Thursday & today we had presents & cupcakes.

The Ice Princess & Friends set from My Favorite Things is so fun to create with. Who wouldn’t want to play with an ice skating polar bear?

The mountains gave me a bit of trouble since it’s the first time I used the Impression Obsession Mountain Layers slimline set. Sometimes solid image stamps just take a bit to get broke in and don’t stamp well. Figuring out their placement took a bit too. Where I ended up with a gap, I colored it blue to look like a lake in the distance between hills. Remember they are not mistakes, just creative detours. Of course if it’s truly awful, it just a few cents in paper and you can start again.

Hope your weekend is filled with creating & relaxing.

Cards, My Favorite Things

Heart Rays

Hi Angels!

Tonight’s card is for my oldest granddaughter’s 6th birthday. She declared this a “Purple Girl” birthday so I made a purple card.

The Heart Rays and Happy Birthday are My Favorite Things Die-namics. I dug into my scrap bin for the purple glitter paper. Fast & easy.

What a wonder that her birthday is on the 21st day of the 21st year in the 21st century.

Since her “party” (just family) is Saturday, you will probably see a 2nd card. We met today at the nail salon for a nail party, just Nora, mom & grammy. It’s a blessing to have a small salon to visit that we can reserve all for ourselves.

Count your blessings wherever you can.

Thanks for stopping by.

Cards, Encouragement & Hope, Faith Based Art, Penny Black, Watercolor

Confidence

Hi Angels!

I actually completed 2 projects today & did a class lesson.

Tonight’s card is courtesy of the infamous Bits & Pieces box and a watercolored background from my background stash.

I love how I was able to match the background to the diecut for a monochromatic look. I used Penny Black’s Hope Shines stamp set for the sentiment.

Now faith is the assurance of things hoped for, the conviction of things not seen. Hebrews 11:1

We may not know what God’s plans are in advance but we know He is in control even when we can’t see it.

May we continue to shine brightly with confidence.

Cards, Catherine Pooler Designs, Kindness matters, Watercolor

Shine Bright

Hi Angels!

I’ve been puttering around this evening working on a couple of projects.

Tonight’s card was made with the bonus stamp Shine Your Light included in my Club Sursee this month from Catherine Pooler Designs.

I used watercolor pencils on Bristol paper and added some Sparkle Silk.

The world needs a whole lot of light right now with the continued virus issues & general unrest. Kindness & love should be our golden rule.

In the same way, let your light shine before others, that they may see your good deeds and glorify your Father in heaven. Matthew 5:16

Share a smile with someone this week.

Cards, Unity Stamp Co

New Adventure

Hi Angels!

Popping by with a quick card tonight. It certainly didn’t take as long as last night.

I am usually woefully short of cards for guys. This card is great because it’s more neutral and I can use it for anyone going on an adventure, for a birthday or more. As short of guy cards as I may be, I usually am also short on cards that I can use for anyone at a moments notice. It’s always a good idea to have a variety of cards on hand.

The background is sprayed Distress Oxides from my background stash. I had pre-stamped several images last time I worked on guy cards. This one is from Unity Stamp Co. All Cylinders set. It’s probably a bit harder to see but I used the Painted Texture 3D embossing folder from Stampin Up! on the background. The sentiment if from an old FSJ set.

I hope you have a terrific week!

Thanks for stopping by.

Cards, Catherine Pooler Designs, My Favorite Things

Sending Love

Hi Angels!

I’ve had a busy couple of days. I have been working on a project but it’s not quite done yet, so I decided to make a quick card to share. Well it didn’t turn out so quick because I just wasn’t finding a sentiment I liked for the card.

I did have fun using the new Catherine Pooler Designs Hip Hearts set & new ink colors. I figured I’d make a card similar to one of the samples Catherine created.

After searching for a bit, I finally settled on a sentiment in Well Hello from My Favorite Things and I added a few Romance sequins also new from Catherine Pooler.

Sometimes what you think you want to create just doesn’t quite gel with what you have on hand to create with.

I hope your weekend is peaceful.

Art Inspiration, Budget & Stash Stretchers, Cards

Valentine Smile

Hi Angels!

You guessed it, it’s another Bits & Pieces card.

I grabbed the pieces to make this Valentine/Love card. I like to make my heart cards versatile for either the holiday, just to say “love you” or for an anniversary.

A classic red & black color combo. All the pieces came out of the box, I just had to die cut the sentiment down & add a card base.

In case you were wondering, this is a picture of the infamous Bits & Pieces box. It’s a 12 x 12 Iris Scrapbook case. I could probably make cards everyday for a couple of months with this box, just add card bases.

While fine tuning my schedule, I am going tentatively scheduling Wednesdays to be class/tutorial day where I catch up on some of my classes or try a tutorial I’ve been wanting to try. It’s important to try new things & keep skills up to date.

Thanks for stopping by.

Bash That Stash, Budget & Stash Stretchers, Cards, Challenges

Bash That Stash Polka Dots

Hi Angels!

It’s Monday and that means my heavy cleaning day so not as much time for art, which is why I am working on trying to manage my days a bit better.

Over on the Caffeine Fueled Chaos and Card Making Group they started the year with a “Bash That Stash” challenge. The premise is to use what you already have on hand. Some of us have bigger stashes than others, LOL! I certainly do.

Today’s challenge was Polka Dots and since I wanted to still do some quick creating, I dug into my infamous Bits & Pieces box.

I often test my embossing folders on plain old white cardstock so have a stack of them on hand. This one happened to have a swiss dot background, instant polka dots. I didn’t even have to dig in the patterned scraps for polka dot paper, the red was within reach. A quick sentiment, a little Stickles & instant card flat enough to mail easily. Which is important with rising postage costs.

I will probably only participate in the challenges now & then but I am definitely working on using more of my stash this year all around.

Have a Fantastic Week!

Cards, Creative Tips, Penny Black, Techniques

Beauty in White

Hi Angels!

I was busy watercoloring and almost forgot to post.

I am going to try & make my posts earlier in the day. In true artist fashion, schedules and me are not friends but I’m working on it.

Tonight’s beauty is my oldest daughter and son-in-law’s anniversary card. I haven’t worked in white on white for awhile so dug into my pearlescent papers to create their card.

I used Penny Black’s Layered Scene dies and Creative-Expressions Happy Anniversary Mini Shadowed Sentiments dies. The different patterns in the pearlescent paper offer interest and contrast which gives the white on white depth and keeps it from looking flat.

If you are creating in white on white different white patterns is the key to a great card. You can use variations between smooth & textured by using patterned papers and embossing folders. Silver can add enough contrast for a sentiment to stand out and still keep the card very monotone. Have fun with it and experiment with different tone on tone colors too.

Feel free to contact me if you have questions about tone on tone or if you try this technique to share your creation. I’d love to see your artwork. You can also add it to the comments on my MeWe or Facebook pages for this card.

Enjoy your weekend!