Art Inspiration, Cards, Challenges

Hello & Updates

Hi Angels!

It’s been a minute. Hopefully life will begin to fall into a more normal routine now that we’ve completed our anniversary trip, enjoyed our granddaughters visiting for a week and I’ve navigated another round of knee injections.

I only completed 51 days of my faith challenge but that’s okay. My asthma & allergies had me down for awhile but I will be finishing up my Beatitude journal & posting more faith art soon. I’ll also work on a bit of Christmas in July and some classes I need to finish and share.

I’ll be backtracking this week and off and on to share some of the art I have made and haven’t posted yet.

While we were on retreat in April, for fun we listed challenges for most days. I have some art challenge cards, so each of us pulled one out everyday or so and wrote them on a board. The idea was to see if we could incorporate them into the projects we were working on. It got us thinking outside of the box. We have retreat coming up again in just about 8 weeks & will probably play again.

This is one of the cards I created. We could use one or more of the elements listed that day. This one was a challenge to use One Word.

Do you have a favorite way to challenge yourself when creating?

Have a fabulous week!

Art Inspiration, Cards, Challenges, Lavinia Stamps

Butterfly Blessings

Hi Angels!

I started this challenge card on Thursday when it was posted before we attended Riverdance’s 25th Anniversary show. Finished it on Friday & then ended up with no internet because while laying our new fiber line, they chopped through our existing cable line. Add in a couple of migraines & I think I’m stuck with off & on posting for awhile.

Thursday’s challenge was 2 colors, I chose my favorite combo of purple & green but decided while splattering to add in some gold. For challenges like this, I just start poking through my supplies & playing to come up with a design. It’s actually fun & inspiring.

I had finally picked up a couple of the Lavinia Sticker Stencil sets but hadn’t had a chance to play with them. I used both the positive & negative butterfly to create this card. Partially inspired by Riverdance, I pulled out my Judikins background stamp of the Book of Kells & stamped it into the butterfly center after inking & splattering. The diecut butterflies feature alcohol ink & I opted for a diecut sentiment.

Hopefully I can catch up on Friday’s & yesterday’s challenges tomorrow.

Thanks for popping by.


Art Inspiration, Cards, Challenges, Lavinia Stamps

Whisper Fragile Truth

Hi Angels!

It’s been a minute. Allergies are still trying to win the war here. I have been doing some creating but can’t share just yet.

Eileen Godwin issued a challenge this morning on her group & I love a good challenge & it was just the inspiration I needed after a long day of errands to grab some supplies & create. The challenge was very basic – start with a stencil then add in a stamp or two.

I only have a handful of Lavinia stencils & I picked out Feather Leaf and grabbed some blending brushes that still had ink on them from another project to blend the background. I stamped Mooch in Versafine Clair, the neat part is because I used Distress Oxides, you can see the stencil pattern under the black ink. I decided the Fairy Orb needed color too & blended 3 different colors onto the stamp. The sentiment is an old Post Modern design stamp from my stash that is probably around 15 years old now.

It was so much fun just to grab a couple things, play & design as I went.

I hope you are having a great week!


Cards, Challenges, Penny Black, Simon Says Stamp

Holiday Gnome

Hi Angels!

Popping in to share the card I made for the Paper Craft Artist inspiration sketch. This is a classic easy sketch that can have multiple looks depending on occasion & supplies.

I actually took a couple of days off from the studio despite the fact that my worktop still needs several things put back in order. So since my space is a bit crowded I decided something fun & quick was in order. I actually saw the colors used on the recent Simon Says Stamp Blog Hop featuring their new Cheer & Joy release. I love fun holiday color combos so here is my card:

Yep I actually have a couple of items from the new release. Isn’t the Simon Says Stamp Gnome cute? I may have to reconsider ordering the gnome stencil too. Now if you know me well I only like certain gnomes. If they are of the “travel” variety they are as bad as clowns to some people. The cute ones with just a nose peeking out are more my style. The sentiment is from Penny Black’s new Merry Up stamp set & the patterned paper is from Penny Black’s Holiday Trimmings paper pad.

If you have some time, pick a challenge of your choice & see what you can create.

Have a Fun Weekend!