Budget & Stash Stretchers, Cards

Birthday Planes

Hi Angels!

A somewhat busy vacation week with a little bit of creating. I dusted off my Cameo a couple of weeks back & helped my daughter with a sign this week. I was really happy when hubby told me I could download my designs to a USB stick & keep the Cameo in the studio because there really isn’t enough room in the study to hook it to the computer.

I started this card on Tuesday, then I lost a crown at dinner, kinda shot the rest of the night. Wednesday was an adventure day so I finished it today after my dental appointment for the crown. Yep I know it’s after midnight but I don’t count it as Friday until I’ve gotten some sleep.

I discovered the new mini Couture Creations dies earlier this year so when some new ones popped up at one of the stores I shop, I ordered a couple. They are very budget friendly dies. Since I have been trying to do a few more “guy” cards I thought this Biplane was perfect. I paired it with Purple Daisy Design Vertical Birthday.

I worked on a couple of more projects today but they will take more time than a card to finish up. Hopefully I’ll have a bit of time tomorrow to create, we already know we are going out to dinner.

Have a Fabulous Weekend!

Cards, Slimline Cards

Joyous Season Slimline

Hi Angels!

Hubby is on vacation this week so while we are not traveling, we do have some planned activities. That means create when I can and there probably won’t be everyday posts this week.

I got in the new A Jillian Vance Design slimline dies and started playing with them on Sunday. Here is my first card featuring the Slimline Essentials Backdrop and Slimline Stitched Plaid Cover Plate die sets. I like how they designed all the new slimline dies with matching stitching so the sets can be mixed & matched as well as including several dies that can stand alone for other projects very versatile.

One of their designers cut 2 plaid cover plate pieces & flipped one to create a different background layer so that was the first technique I used. It’s hard to see the details but it’s beautiful.

I also used Penny Black’s Joyous Season and a combination of Penny Black & Simon Says Stamp snowflake dies.

Have a Fabulous Week & don’t forget to share a bit of kindness!

Cards, Cards for the Troops, Slim Line Cards

Moonlit Gathering

Hi Angels!

I successfully had a play day today after spending lots of time working on the Troop cards this week. Which is good because the next couple of days are going to be busy and I really get cranky when I don’t get some creative time in. I have always said creating is as essential as breathing for me.

I will be hosting a slim line card class in August plus I have a challenge on the Let’s Make Card list to create some slim line holiday cards for the Troops so I’m playing with some designs.

I was looking for a particular product recently and of course had to check out what was new and spotted a couple of beautiful stamps by Creative Expressions. Tonight’s card features Moonlit Gathering.

It’s just gorgeous with some simple Distress Oxide blending. You have to look close to spot all the animals and it’s so neat how this silhouette image is designed.

I completed 2 projects today, started a third and did some leg work for a fourth. Overall not a bad creative day and I got some sunshine on a walk with hubby and Reilly our dog. It’s unusually cool for late July in Oklahoma. Fresh air, sunshine & art, what more could a girl ask for.

Have a Fabulous Weekend and do something fun for yourself!

Cards, Cards for the Troops, Sassy and Crafty Stamps

Let’s Be Mermaids

Hi Angels!

I am trying to rework my schedule so I ran out of time to create & post yesterday. Some of you know part of my ministry work is sharing cards for the Troops to send home to their families. We are in the middle of the holiday push and I received in 1136 cards last week and this was today’s mail …….

Yep 6 packages. I would have had them opened and counted but we had a power outage earlier today. I am scheduling troop work hours into my week and thankfully the AngelS help a lot. I was working on part of last weeks arrivals yesterday and simply did not get anything created. The Troops are going to have lots of choices over the fall/winter holidays.

Tonight I made some time to create. I discovered a new made in the USA company about 2 months ago called Sassy and Crafty Stamps. As much as I can I am supporting small businesses & US made. These stamps are so fun! For tonight’s card I used Salty but Sweet.

I used a Gel Press background mop up piece and embossed & watercolored the mermaid. And since life has been so upside down lately I figured “I’m done adulting” was the perfect sentiment to use.

I hope you have a fabulous week!

Don’t forget to spread some kindness and brighten someone’s day!

Cards, Kindness matters

Polished Poinsettia

Hi Angels!

I think after posting most of this month and getting into the habit of posting again, it’s time to work on mixing it up a bit. I have noticed a significant drop in Facebook views on my page on FB because they just don’t like to share the limelight. But that’s okay, I’m not much of a crowd follower anyway.

A fairly simple card tonight using the Tim Holtz Poinsettia 3D embossing folder. I played with a little bit of Creative Expressions Blossom Gilding Polish. The polish comes with a fairly large application sponge in the cap & it was hard to control so I switched to an old school finger dauber. It gave me much better results. Of course back in the day we just used our fingers to apply metallic paste.

The sentiment is from Taylored Expressions Simple Strips Christmas set. I do 2 or 3 sets in black & white, die cut & then have a stack on hand for quick cards.

Have you had the opportunity to share some kindness this week? It can be as simple as telling your mail lady thank-you for bringing your packages to the door. I wait until she is on the way back to her truck & open the door to say thank-you. Helps with the whole social distancing thing. Think of 3-5 ways you might be able to spread a little kindness & make it a goal to accomplish them over the weekend.

Thanks for popping by!

Cards, Cards for the Troops, Kindness matters

Kindness Bloom

Hi Angels!

Busy day today! We had our first in studio class in 6 weeks and we got a few hundred troop cards processed & ready for the next mailing. My home team AngelS are amazing!

I thought a kindness card was a perfect way to end the day.

I used Unity Stamp Company’s new Words in Bloom stamp set. I watercolored the flower for easy color. A couple of die cuts and it’s a simple elegant card with heart.

Have you spread a little kindness lately? If not, this week is the perfect time to bring a smile to a friend or even a stranger. I know a lot of us still aren’t venturing out much but even a simple thank-you can make someone’s day so much better.

“No act of kindness however small is ever wasted.”

Cards, Cards for the Troops

Classic Christmas Plaid

Hi Angels!

It’s another fast card tonight. Busy day cleaning & prepping the next batch of troop cards to mail. There are 945 everyday cards heading out tomorrow to our unit. Yay!

I grabbed my new Paper Rose Merry & Bright die, some leftover holiday plaid from another project and tonight’s card was classic & quick. I can see using this die in a variety of holiday colors. Plus it comes with the matching solid outline for more versatility.

This will make a great troop card since I didn’t add any sparkle & it’s fairly flat making it easier to travel through the mail.

I hope you have a fantastic week! Don’t forget to share some extra kindness & encouragement!

Cards, Cards for the Troops, Kindness matters

Poinsettia Border

Hi Angels!

Hope you’re enjoying the weekend!

I did a nod to the red, white & blue July Holiday Extravaganza for the Troops challenge today. It needed to be a quick card since Saturdays are usually date night & we had a little extra adventure planned.

What the picture does not show is the poinsettia flowers have just a touch of blue at the tips & a hint of yellow in the centers. I used a little Panpastels to add the color. The Poinsettia Border Die is from Paper Rose. A quick sentiment & instant card.

I will have a Troops update tomorrow or Monday. It is such a blessing to have such wonderful support for our service members & their families.

Thanks for popping by!

Cards, Classes, Whimsy Stamps

Enjoy the Journey

Hi Angels!

I put a bow on the cards for my masculine card class with tonight’s creation and got a bit of tidying done in the studio. Win-win.

You can ask anyone that knows me well that I do not usually work in vintage/sepia/rustic/distress very often. However when I saw the new Manly collection by Authentique, I knew it would be perfect for guy cards. This brick pattern was perfect for this card.

I used Whimsy Stamps Enjoy the Journey stamp set with a dark gray instead of a black to stamp the train & Fired Brick Distress Oxide to stamp the sentiment. I popped the brick paper over the stamped image to create more of a window effect.

I hope everyone has a fabulous weekend with some creative time too!

Don’t forget to spread some kindness!

Cards, Crafters Companion, Kindness matters, Taylored Expressions

Butterfly Trellis

Hi Angels!

Still working with fast, quick & elegant.

I have a list I am working through of things to get accomplished this week. However when an old friend calls, you take the time out of your schedule to chat. One of the key components of kindness is that time with people is always more important than your to-do list. It’s so nice to catch up and visit a bit.

While I was out, I popped into Hobby Lobby for a couple more bandanas. If it gets much hotter, with my asthma, I will switch from my mask to the lighter weight bandana for brief periods of time. While there I peeked to see if there was anything interesting in the paper arts area & came home with the Butterfly Trellis 3-D Embossing folder by Crafters Companion. I love just love butterflies and it was great for a fast card tonight.

Black & white is always a great classic. I lowered my lighting a bit so it was easier to see the embossing. A quick sentiment from Taylored Expressions Sentiment Strips & this card is perfect for anyone going through a difficult time.

Find some time to chat with a friend this week, with a lot of us still staying home, it’s always a joy to spend time with a friend & share some laughter & smiles. #kindnessmatters