Art Inspiration, Cards, Kindness matters, Taylored Expressions

Autumn Abstract

Hi Angels!

I worked on 5 different projects today and completed 4, whew! Some were as simple as printing some Bible Journaling printables but still did quite a bit in the studio.

Since I have been sorting & organizing, I’m trying to make it a point to work with some of my newer supplies & some of my older supplies. I had not had a chance to play with my Taylored Expressions In The Abstract kit so here’s my first card design.

Usually I don’t create a lot of fall themed items but this year may be the exception. The kit’s main item is the Abstract Accents Stencil & Stamp Combo. I used Candy Apple, Ripe Persimmon & Fossilized Amber Distress Oxides for the background stencil shapes. Stamped a couple of elements from the coordinating stamp set and added a sentiment from the Beautiful Soul stamp set. I used the Branch Out dies set for the leaves.

Speaking of fall, the cooler temperatures today certainly hint at fall & are a welcome relief from the recent heat wave.

Share a little joy and make someone smile tomorrow!

Art Inspiration, Bits & Pieces, Cards, Catherine Pooler Designs

Special Birthday

Hi Angels!

Many blessings for the week ahead. I hope your weekend was wonderful!

I got some tidying and a wee bit of organizing done today. I have been getting some extra rest & started some meds for my allergies & asthma to keep them from getting much worse that they have been. I am finally starting to feel a bit better.

After tidying I grabbed the infamous Bits & Pieces and created this card tonight.

I rarely discard a hand created background piece if it’s a decent size and this leaf piece caught my eye in the bits & pieces stack. When I used Catherine Pooler Designs Round of Happy on an earlier creation, I went ahead & put the opposite pieces together & stuck them into the bits & pieces too. A quick embossed background & a sentiment from CPD’s Happy Birthday Sentiments set & my card was complete.

Looking forward to more sorting, organizing & creating this week. There’s another Crop & Create Cardmaking event coming up for World Cardmaking Day weekend & I have some homework to do too. I have 3 events total to participate in for the remainder of 2021. I am certainly enjoying the online classes for my 60th year.

Art Inspiration, Cards, SCT Sampler

SCT Sept Sampler – Let Your Light Shine

Hi Angels!

A quick card tonight using my September SCT Sampler. I did get some sorting done today & hubby figured out my camera issue, Yay! I want to video a project when it’s finished & start working on some other video ideas.

I don’t work in kraft paper very often but it certainly has been my go to lately, perhaps because it’s such a good color for fall and it’s one of the browns I’m willing to work with. Brown is probably my least favorite of all the colors, especially the darker tones.

This month’s sampler included a selection of Jen Hadfield’s Peaceful Heart papers & embellishments so I grabbed some to make this card. I only added the small woodgrain scrap to mat the light.

I hope you have a fabulous weekend!

Art Inspiration, Cards, Catherine Pooler Designs, Whimsy Stamps

Starry Christmas

Hi Angels!

I sure was hoping to get more done today but a migraine just put a stop to that. I will be so glad when allergy season takes a break.

I did make a 2nd card from the Verity Biddlecombe class video. She encouraged looking at your everyday stencils to see if they can be used for Christmas.

I came up with this neutral beauty.

I don’t often work in tone on tone but I was watching a video a week or so ago and the idea popped to try the Champagne Mist Decofoil Metallix on craft cardstock. It’s been hard to find lately so if you have Nuvo Mother of Pearl Embellishment Mousse it’s a very similar shade. After applying it through Whimsy Stamps Star Dangle stencil, I thought maybe Christmas red or green would be great but I actually love the tone on tone look. Very country elegant. I used Catherine Pooler Designs Merry Christmas sentiment die and found a scrap of cream metallic paper in my scraps to match the cream card base. The overall subtle metallic shimmer makes the card.

I hope you are looking forward to some crafty fun this weekend.

Altenew, Art Inspiration, Cards

Seasonal Blooms One Layer Cards

Hi Angels!

I was planning to post these cards yesterday but appointments & errands took up most of the day and today I am battling a migraine. However I did finish off the 2nd card so I could post the set.

With my To-Do list including finishing up class projects, these cards were from the 4th class of the Craft Your Life Retreat last month, where I also had a bad migraine & didn’t finish my classes. I still have at least a half dozen more cards to finish from this retreat but since they focus on the Seasonal Blooms stamp/die/stencil set I may spread them out a bit. As pretty as the set is, I’ve already made many cards from the set. So I may start mixing in some other Altenew stamp sets.

For this set of cards, we created 2 identically colored card bases with the stencil set. The first one just has an embossed sentiment. The 2nd one has a watercolored background, regular stamped sentiment & then was embossed to “step it up”. I used a lattice embossing folder. Originally we were supposed to use the embossing folder that matches the stamps but it doesn’t line up. This was Altenew’s 1st Craft Your Life set & they have already corrected the problem for the 2nd set that released. This was my favorite color combo from the retreat classes. I broke out from the suggested class colors & did my own colors.

Have a Great Thursday!

Art Inspiration, Cards, SCT Sampler

Be Fearless

Hi Angels!

I hope you are enjoying lots of summer fun this Labor day weekend. Fall will be here before we know it.

I got more organizing done today, cleaned off my computer desk, worked on both my big art project & finishing up a Bible Journaling project.

Saturday night’s are date night with hubby so after dinner out, I grabbed the August SCT Sampler & made a quick card.

This sampler featured papers from Amy Tangerine’s Brave & Bold and Simple Stories Sunkissed collections. The background pattern is from the Brave & Bold set & the teepee is from the Sunkissed set. Both sets color coordinate so well together. The sentiment is from Joy Clair Inspirational Arrows stamp set. Definitely a cute & fun card.

Have a Blessed Sunday!

Altenew, Art Inspiration, Cards

Seasonal Blooms on Watercolor

Hi Angels!

My allergies are just relentless lately so I’m dragging a bit. However I do have a couple of projects in the works including a very large art piece I was working on yesterday.

Tonight I grabbed one of the projects from the Altenew Craft Your Life Retreat that I hadn’t completed yet & finished it after spending part of today organizing more of the studio.

This is one of the cards from the Dye-namic Inking class. I used Distress Oxides to create a watercolor ombre background as well as inking through the matching Seasonal Blooms stencil that matches the stamp set to color the flowers. I then die & fussy cut the image to fit a standard A2 card base since the set was designed for a 6 x 6 square card which I don’t make because of the extra postage to send it.

I hope you have a fabulous Labor Day Weekend!

Art Inspiration, Cards, Gina K Designs, SCT Sampler

With Love & Prayers Wreath

Hi Angels!

I finally played with my August SCT Sampler last night after watching Gina K’s inspiration video. The stamp set included in the sampler was a Gina K. Designs exclusive Poppy Silhouettes.

Okay confession time, I think I bought the Gina K. Wreath Builder stencil set a couple of years ago & this is the 1st time using it & it was easy & fun! I pulled a couple more Gina K. sets to complete the card. The Salvaged Patina Distress Oxide flowers are from the SCT Exclusive set Poppy Silhouettes, the Shaded Lilac DO flowers are from Grateful Greenery and the sentiment is from Peaceful Floral. Since I rarely do square cards, I die cut the wreath & added the thinnest black border.

Now I am going to have to watch the video tutorials on creating a spray of flowers for a card.

Have a Terrific Thursday!

Altenew, Art Inspiration, Cards, Watercolor

3D Embossing Watercolor Part 2

Hi Angels!

I was busy working on 2 other projects, so a little late posting tonight.

The 3D Embossing class was wonderful but more of a refresher for me. This is not a bad thing because techniques evolve over time and there were a couple of great new versions of techniques. Plus because it was more of a refresher course it was easy to do the projects on time and complete the class.

It wasn’t part of the class but I really wanted to detail color an embossed image & the result was stunning!

I used the same Altenew Majestic Bloom 3D embossing folder & the same Koi Creative Art colors as last night’s card. I just followed the contours of the embossed image to watercolor in detail. There might have been a “one” hair paintbrush involved too, LOL! The sentiment is from My Favorite Things Essential Sentiments set.

Never be afraid to try something new and step out in faith. You might be surprised at the results.

Have an absolutely wonderful Wednesday!

Altenew, Art Inspiration, Cards

3-D Embossing Watercolor Part 1

Hi Angels!

My allergies are trying to get the best of me with these high pollen counts we’ve been having but I’m still poking around the studio a bit each day.

Our final lesson for the 3-D Embossing class was watercolor.

The instructions were to loosely add some color. I used the Koi Creative Colors palette with metallics. It seemed a little stark so I added a copper wash over the top. It’s pretty but a bit splotchy to me. It actually looks better in person than in the photo. I used Altenew’s Majestic Bloom Embossing folder with sentiments from Build-A-Flower Primrose.

So after I tried this, I went for watercolor my way. Check back tomorrow for an absolutely fabulous card!