Art Inspiration, Cards, Concord & 9th, Creative Tips

Shaker Party C9 Summer Camp

Hi Friends!

Let’s check out some ideas for shaker cards today. These cards from camp were quick & fun to put together.

You can turn just about any shape die into a shaker card fairly easily. Peruse your die stash & imagine which dies you already own that may make fun and unique shaker cards. Don’t forget to keep the cutouts for other fun projects.

Be generous with the foam tape when creating the “well” for your sequins, confetti or embellishments you plan to add to your shaker. Make sure to seal the opening edge to edge. You can also foam off several wells and highlight the area with different colors if you like. Each row of letters in the Celebrate card above is it’s own well. It also keeps the sequins front & center instead of at the bottom of the window.

Not all shaker cards have to be “fluffy”. Try your hand at the newer style of full front shaker cards. Shaker cards with less bulk are still fun and easier & less expensive to mail.

Using patterned paper will use up some of your scrap pile and add lots of interest to your card when you mix patterns that work well together. The Balloon card could easily be created with all scraps or make a stack of them with a 6 x 6 paper pad.

What kind of sequins or bits & bobs do you have that can make the shaker element fun? Confetti left over from a party, small seed beads from your bead stash, tiny flowers from your dies or flower collection, tinsel, chunky glitter or snow for a Christmas card, the possibilities grow when you look at your supplies with a new eye. This set came with a die that cut confetti shapes. If you have something similar in your dies, you could spend an evening watching TV and cutting out shaker bits from scraps.

Shaker elements are also fun for mini albums, junk journals, and scrapbook pages. Are there other art projects you can think of that you can add a shaker to?

Go on a creative adventure with your art supplies and see what you have that could make fun shaker elements. You might be surprised & come up with a few ideas for other projects when you look at your supplies with a different point of view.

Blessings!

Art Inspiration, Cards, Concord & 9th, Creative Tips

C9 Summer Camp Mountain Scenes

Hi Friends!

I broke out my group of cards from Concord & 9th Summer Camp into their individual classes and will try to share some tips & ideas to recreate a similar look with what you may already own. Especially since these are exclusive sets only for the campers. Class 1 was taught by Laura Bassen, who always shares great creative inspiration.

This Cardscapes set of dies, stencils & stamps offered a lot of variety for the class but also should translate well to similar items we already own. Let’s explore:

If you already own hill, mountain, wave, cloud or similar dies, it will be easy to duplicate this style of layered scenery. Look at your cover plate dies and see if they lend themselves to a decorative frame or check out your foliage & tree dies to be able to add in natural elements. Tree line dies were really popular a couple years ago so you may already have one. A simple circle makes an excellent sun or moon and it’s easy to make stenciled rays even if you don’t have a stencil. Blending between sticky notes works well when laid out in a ray pattern. Here’s a few more tips:

Tip #1 from class – if your die allows it, use it right side up and upside down to vary your hills, mountains, clouds, waves more.

Tip #2 – you can use edge stencils or torn paper to add the shading you see in the card on the right. It was blended with the same color ink that matches the cardstock. Shading & highlights add depth to the card without bulk.

Tip #3 – to create the tree shadow in card one, we used a matching stencil to the tree die placed upside down. If you don’t have a matching stencil you can use the negative die cut left from cutting out the trees as a stencil to create the same effect.

Tip #4 – add some playful fun by mixing patterned & solid cardstock

I hope these tips & tricks provide some idea starters for your next scenery card and allow you to look at your supplies with a new eye to possibilities.

Blessings!

Art Inspiration, Cards, Concord & 9th

C9 Summer Camp & Life Update

Hi Friends!

I’ve been missing in action for a few weeks. Life was really busy and I’ve been having some neck issues that can make my hands numb in just a few minutes depending on what I am doing so crafting was a slow process & I took a break. The good news is physical therapy is helping & after a consult with a neurologist for steroid shots in the next couple of months, it should resolve quite a bit.

I am really happy that after a couple of weeks of therapy, I was able to participate in Concord & 9th’s Summer Camp this weekend completing all 6 classes & making 14 cards. I’ll post about each class this week with individual class photos. In the meantime here is the complete group of cards:

This was my first time participating in C9 Summer Camp, it was so much fun and almost all the products are exclusive to camp. Even if you can’t get the exact same supplies, hopefully a bit of info and close-ups of the cards will give you some inspiration for the supplies you already have.

I plan to slowly work my way back into regular crafting and getting back to some more sorting. After this break, I have several ideas and projects in the works.

I hope life has been treating you well.

Have a Blessed Week!

Art Inspiration, Cards, My Favorite Things, Pinkfresh

Ornate Celebrate

Hi Friends!

Hope your week is off to a great start!

Today’s share is the birthday card I created for my daughter-in-law using a future release from Pinkfresh Studio. Yep, participating in an event again that allows me to play with products before everyone else.

I picked out a Gel Press background with embedded silver leafing to cut out the new Pinkfresh Ornate Circle die. It looks a fancy flower or sunburst in this format. I did the cloud background with My Favorite Things Stamps Mini Cloud Edges stencil. The beautiful iridescent gemstones are brand new too and not yet available. The celebrate is a current Pinkfresh die and is cut from silver foil. I already have another idea for this die after playing with the different ways it cuts out. Stay tuned.

Blessings!

Art Inspiration, Cards, My Favorite Things

Mother’s Day Cards 2022

Hi Friends!

I hope your last week or so has been wonderful. I have been creating but not having the time to post between busy & allergies.

Today I am sharing the Mother’s Day cards I made my daughters and daughter-in-law. Lots of fun doing a few different techniques. A couple are inspired by recent video tutorials on Youtube. All the cards incorporate My Favorite Things stamps & dies.

My oldest daughter’s card has a combination of handmade background paper with shimmer paper added to a sparkling design paper.
My daughter-in-law’s card is ink blended, then I hand fussy cut the whole piece.
My youngest daughter is a dog mom so of course cute pawprints on hand dyed paper was just the perfect touch.

These were so fun to make and I’m settling more & more into creating for the shear joy of the process & to bring smiles to someone’s day. So I may not be posting as often but I am creating everything with love.

Have a fabulous week!

Blessings!

Art Inspiration, Cards, Unity Stamp Co

Simple Birthday

Hi Friends!

Sometimes it’s quick & easy for the win. I needed to get a birthday card in the mail for a friend & had a couple of foiled backgrounds ready to create on. A die cut sentiment & instant beautiful card.

Foiled cards are often difficult to photograph. The background of this one is all gold. The die cut is from a Tonic Studios die and the toner card front is Rosy Days from Unity Stamp Company.

Blessings!

Art Inspiration, Cards, Concord & 9th, My Favorite Things

Up & Away Birthday

Hi Friends!

I hope you had an awesome weekend! We definitely enjoyed the time with our granddaughters. They will be moving a few hours away soon.

It’s May & my birthday month & for the past 5-6 years I have bee doing a monthly art challenge, but this year I have decided to continue to enjoy creating at a quieter pace & keep purging. Don’t worry, I’ll still have plenty of inspiration to share.

My oldest daughter’s birthday was Friday and I decided to create with Concord & 9th’s Up & Away Die set.

The best thing about having a background stash is I don’t always have to start from scratch to design a great card. I pulled this beautiful alcohol ink background to die cut the balloon, added a glitter heart and a silver basket to complete. I used My Favorite Things Stamps Stylish Birthday Die-namics with their cloud stencil for the background.

I hope you have a great week ahead. It’s definitely May in Oklahoma, we had a few storms and a couple of tornadoes this evening (no tornadoes near us). We are expecting more storms on Weds. Spring is here.

Art Inspiration, Cards, Pinkfresh

Find Your Tribe

Hi Friends!

While checking out some Bible journaling printables by Charlene Warwick Art, I came across a really fun printable called Find Your Tribe & instantly knew it was perfect to create cards for the Angels.

Even more perfect was the sentiment I found in my collection for the inside:

“Held together by friendship, love & a handful of crazy stories.”

It’s from Pinkfresh Studio’s Always Uplifting sentiment set.

Take some time to enjoy spring or any part of God’s creation. I know some are buried in snow right now.

Blessings!

Art Inspiration, Cards, Taylored Expressions

Stamp Joy Elegant Cards

Hi Friends!

Today is the final round of cards from the Stamp Joy event with Taylored Expressions.

This set is a little more elegant and beautiful with ink blending.

On the first card, after ink blending through the Birds & Blooms stencil, we added some details with colored pencils to add more interest to the background. The 2nd mini slimline card was supposed to be an ink lifting technique but I didn’t have the ink so I used white pigment ink over the blending to achieve a similar look. Unfortunately for the last card you cannot see the subtle shimmer created by a light mist of Pixie Spray over the oval, while still masked, and then foiled with Decofoil.

The next few days will be filled with Bible Journaling both from my Lent studies & the Sweet n’ Sassy Bible Journaling Retreat is this weekend. I’ll also start taking pictures of last weekend’s Crop & Create cards to post in between.

Blessings!

Art Inspiration, Cards, Taylored Expressions

Stamp Joy Mod Quad

Hi Friends!

I managed to clean up the craftermath from Crop & Create today. Now it will be easier to finish up the cards that still need finishing touches.

If you are familiar with Taylored Expressions Create-in-Quads Layerinng Stencils, we got an exclusive one at Stamp Joy called Mod.

These stencils are designed to create 4 card backgrounds and are great for gift sets. The possibilities for colors & mixed media techniques is endless, so fun! I was able to modify the last card as the sentiment didn’t stamp well the first time. I just trimmed it down to the patterned area and popped it on a card base.

Can you believe it’s almost the end of March? National Craft Month just flew by. I hope you found some time to be crafty.

Blessings!