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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
I am tired. Crop & Create for 3 days, 8 mini classes, 8 full classes, 2 make & takes & a challenge is a lot in one weekend. I completed 19 cards, have 15 cards in various stages of final touches to complete, have 5 classes to start on, 1 of the make & takes & the challenge to finish. I am thinking the challenge would be great for the month of April so I’m working on ideas for approaching that. Whew! I’ll get pictures posted as soon as I can.
In the meantime, I still have several projects to share from the Angel’s weekend earlier this month. This was the fun set of cards for Stamp Joy.
These cards are great for the young or young at heart. The llama has beautiful texture paste on it called Happy Medium from Taylored Expressions in iridescent glitter. It is stunning in person. If I had had Wobblers with me on retreat, the melon slice would have been wobbling. So cute as a mini slimline card. The hello is perfect for any occasion for anyone but would be great for a tween or teen.
I’m hoping to clean up the ravaged studio from the weekend tomorrow and complete a few of the finishing touches that need done. I have plenty to post & will strive to get caught up in the next couple of weeks. Allergies & asthma are still wearing me out, the Bradford Pears are in full bloom.
I hope you have an enjoyable relaxing weekend planned. I’m knee deep in my 4th Crop & Create event, so much fun but probably not going to get it all finished with 8 main classes, 8 mini classes & 2 make & takes. Whew!
Back to Angel Retreat sharing. I usually do a gifty for everyone on retreat. This time I gave them the Catherine Pooler Designs Life in Full Bloom stamp set with this “class” I designed.
A really fast & easy card set with white embossing the florals onto die cut shapes, I little ink blending, a quick sentiment and layered onto an embossed background. These make great gift sets.
Tonight I’m sharing the Friday class from the Stamp Joy weekend event that Pam & I did together while on our Angel Retreat weekend.
I just love how these turned out using the exclusive Stamp Joy Floral Flurry stamp & stencil set.
These cards look great both with a combination of the stamp & the stencil and the stencil by itself for that “no line’ look. I can see doing the tone on tone one in several different colors. The blue card is a unique “box” card that pops up when you open it but folds flat for mailing. Always love playing in classes for different ideas, tips & tricks.
I’m so glad my laminator held out for this class for the shaker card because on Sunday of our weekend when I went to do some more foiling it decided it wasn’t heating up anymore. I had to replace it right away because I need it for this weekend’s event. It was a weekend of tech failures for me. My headset died, the remote to the Firestick had battery corrosion that had to be cleaned & fresh batteries added and then the laminator died. Sometimes life just throws in curve balls.
During the Creative Crate event they had a sketch & welcome gift challenge going on. Since I had 2 migraines that week, I only did the sketch challenge & had to wait until voting was over to post.
I love a good challenge. I opted to design so they looked like a set.
With the geometrics elements these would make great guy cards or cards for any occasion. On the left I used Pinkfresh Studio’s Art Deco Hot Foil plate to emboss the design on the background & color in with the matching stencil set. I embossed the small triangle piece with the Sizzix Staggered Chevrons 3D embossing folder which I also used on card #2. The sentiment strips are from Taylored Expressions Simple Strip sets.
It’s always fun to stretch your creativity with something like a sketch challenge.
The weekend is almost here, do you have any plans to get creative?