Cards, Catherine Pooler Designs

Embroidered Snowflake

Hi Angels!

I am starting to play with the new Catherine Pooler Designs Nordic Wood collection. Since I am still working on holiday charity cards, spare time to create is a little scarce still.

I am trying to get into the habit of working in 10-15 minute blocks of time. Even if it’s just a few minutes I can precut card bases and mat layers, die cut some elements, blend a background, emboss some sentiments, color an image, etc.

For this card I used the Embroidered Snowflake stencil and used glitter paste one day in a short time slot, then set it aside to dry. I didn’t actually start the card until several days later.

The background is ink blended with several Distress Ink pinks and I used the Merry Christmas Word die from the Jolly Holiday collection. Definitely bright & cheerful. Pink & black is one of my favorite color schemes.

Has anyone already pulled out the Christmas decorations or planning to? Creating any special holiday projects? I’m going to start decorating this weekend. I am taking a Christmas class later this month & have a few more holiday cards planned.

Find some time to be creative.

Budget & Stash Stretchers, Cards, My Favorite Things

Warm Hugs & Frosty Kisses

Hi Angels!

I have been puttering around & working on projects as well as contemplating some possible changes for the new year.

I follow Sandy Allnock on FB and remembered after seeing one of her posts that I missed last month’s project with My Favorite Stamps. So I went looking to see if the download was still available & it was. So I printed it out and followed along with Sandy’s tutorial.

Here is the result.

The MFT stamp set is named Warm Hugs and Frosty Kisses and this is just one of the images and a sentiment. It’s so nice of them to offer a digital image to try and is good marketing. I opted for a turquoise balloon instead of the red in the tutorial. I wasn’t too sure about the clouds at first but a little softening of them and they look pretty good.

I really appreciate these simple free classes. They don’t take a lot of time, are lots of fun and I’m learning a few new coloring tricks as I go along.

Some of our budgets have taken quite a hit this year but there are plenty of free/inexpensive classes & tutorials available if you start searching on Youtube & Pinterest. When you can afford it, support your favorite artists and companies.

Find something that looks like fun & play along. For a lot of them it’s pretty easy to use what you have on hand and I always encourage in my classes to change up the colors and layout to suit your taste. Then it’s more your own creation and not just a copy of the original.

I just checked and Sandy will be live with My Favorite Things Stamps this Friday. Head on over and check it out. The link to the tutorial above will take you to Sandy’s page.

Thanks for popping by.

Art Inspiration, Cards

Aurora Borealis Snowflakes

Hi Angels!

I played just a bit today after tidying up the studio a bit. The icy weather that came makes you want to curl up & hibernate or have a Hallmark movie marathon. Thankfully we haven’t had more than a few minutes without power & with over 100 trees on our 2 acres, not too much tree damage so far. Praying for many others who are not so lucky. Last I checked on our youngest daughter they had been without power for over 14 hours.

I just got in Paper Rose Snowflake Trio & Holiday Blessings Chunky. I started with one idea & got totally sidetracked by using the negative cutout of the Holiday Blessings die. My original idea was silver & copper and that one may be still in the works or I’ll head off a different direction.

What the picture isn’t picking up very well is that everything but the cardbase is either metallic or a beautiful mica shimmer. The paper I used for the snowflakes & background of the sentiment reminded me of an aurora borealis. It’s a background sheet I made ages ago with Radiant Rains. I’m thinking I need to break out my Rains & do some more backgrounds.

Making backgrounds is a great way to play & tempt your muse when you feel like you don’t have any creative inspiration. Try it.

Stay safe & cozy.

Cards, Classes, Watercolor

Watercolor Stacked

Hi Angels!

I completed day one of Simply Watercolor Christmas. I wasn’t sure since I’ve been dealing with a migraine all day.

Card 1 was supposed to be a trio of stacked presents but I kept seeing the middle present as a lid to the bottom box so I made two stacked gifts. The base colors are regular watercolor with metallic watercolor accents. Sentiment strips from Taylored Expressions Simple Strips Christmas.

Card 2 is the bonus video by Jennifer McGuire featuring a divided Christmas tree. I used metallic watercolor for the whole tree & had fun with the star & sequins.

Here is the picture of all of day one cards together.

I will try and get at least one card done tomorrow. I have a bigger paint project to start working on and a class to design for.

Toodles!

Cards, Classes, Watercolor

Watercolor Presents

Hi Angels!

I’m back sharing my cards from Kristina Werner’s Simply Watercolor Christmas class that started on Monday at Online Card Classes. I had actually started her Simply Watercolor class during vacation just as something a little different to do. These two classes offer easy watercolored cards with minimal supplies. Of course if you know me, I am always switching things up, so I am doing the basic designs but have been adding in stamping & layers to my cards.

I have completed the first day’s regular lessons but tonight I am sharing the first 2 that were made into cards. I hope to do the bonus tomorrow & will get the third design made into a card.

Red stripes with a metallic bow.
Blue dots with metallic dots & bow.

The red stripes are regular watercolor on watercolor with a gold metallic ribbon & stamped sentiment.

The blue dots are metallic dots on regular watercolor with a silver metallic ribbon. For the stamped sentiment I added a watercolor swish to tie it in better. Also I decided my blue present would be a square instead of a rectangle.

It’s actually pretty fun creating with minimal guidelines. It’s also freeing to not worry if the lines aren’t perfectly straight or even.

Taking classes stretches your creativity & can help tempt your muse if you’re not feeling particularly creative. Online classes are pretty easy to navigate and are available for a variety of budgets including free. Find a class or a tutorial and try something new this week.

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, 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

Fun Christmas Trees

Hi Angels!

I love working in non-traditional Christmas colors as much as traditional colors. For tonight’s fast card I grabbed a background from my stash.

I am working on being a bit more selective in my purchases since I have so much to work with already, so I was looking for something a little different. This JOFY 84 set by Paper Artsy is a great addition to my Christmas collection. I added a sentiment from Taylored Expressions Simple Strips Christmas and instant card. The picture doesn’t show the Nuvo Glitter Gloss accents I added but there is a subtle shimmer.

Thanks for popping by!

Have a Fabulous Day!

Cards, My Favorite Things

MFT Camp Create Day 3

Hi Angels!

Ready for a little bit of Christmas for Wild & Wonderful Summer day 47? Today’s Camp Create is all about Spectacular Shakers and a wee bit of Christmas in July. At least that’s what I chose based on today’s MFT Camp Video. Let’s take a look……

Not only is this card cute, it’s relatively easy to create. You’ve seen me use this bear before from the MFT Polar Bear Pals set. He’s really versatile for all types of occasions.

Now I know we have all been told not to use Staz-on on our clear stamps but I had stamp cleaner nearby & cleaned it immediately after stamping this cute guy on clear acetate. I used his die to cut his outline in the card layer then placed the stamped image behind to start to build my shaker portion of my card.

The cute snowflakes background is from MFT Candy Land 6 x 6 paper pad and the sentiment is from the MFT Hand Lettered Holiday set. The sequins I’ve had for ages & never used and was happy they went with the card so well.

I hope I have inspired you to start thinking about holiday cards. It’s less than 6 months away.

Cards, Fun Stampers Journey

Christmas in July Inspiration

Hi Angels!

Now that the blog has had a bit of a refresh, my goal is 2 posts a week. Some weeks it’s tough but if I can do 2 videos a week, I can do 2 blog posts too. I haven’t figured out what days might be best for consistency but I’m working on it.

So most of this past week I have been working on my FSJ Creative Team Application. In between trying to choose items to represent my artwork, I was busy trying to figure out my creative resume & share a bit about me. My final project was this Christmas card using our new Christmas Sprig ATS with the sentiment from the Sparkle Trim stamp set. I have been practicing staging my photos a bit differently than just using my light box. What do you think?

Isn’t it lovely? It is very hard to pick up the shimmer and sparkle on this monotone style card with a hint of color. My secret to making it interesting is using layers & texture. I chose the beautiful new Rose Gold embossing powder for my focal images.

I used the Mystic Impressions embossing folder for the background sprinkled with Sparkle Silk. The pine boughs are from the new Branch & Cone die set. (Sorry it wasn’t available for the product view below. DI-0470 $16.95) I brushed the tips with our Craft Glue & added Sparkle Cuts for a snow like glittery effect. The flower is stamped twice in clear pigment ink. (Tip: brush your paper with Journey Panpastel Colorless Blender to help prevent stray embossing powder from sticking.) The first one is embossed in regular Rose Gold embossing powder and the 2nd with my custom Rose Gold and Sparkle Dust mix of the embossing powder. Fussy cut the 1st image in full and just the flower itself from the embossed sparkle image. Pop the flower up over the 1st image with Journey Foam Squares. I embossed the sentiment from Sparkle Trim with my custom mix of Rose Gold/Sparkle Dust and fussy cut. I glued the pine boughs flat to the background of the card and popped the flower & sentiment up. Simple elegance.

 

It may be hot outside but by working on your Christmas projects now, you’ll be ready for the holidays in no time with less stress.

Thanks for stopping by!