Art Inspiration, Cards, Concord & 9th, Creative Tips

Shaker Party C9 Summer Camp

Hi Friends!

Let’s check out some ideas for shaker cards today. These cards from camp were quick & fun to put together.

You can turn just about any shape die into a shaker card fairly easily. Peruse your die stash & imagine which dies you already own that may make fun and unique shaker cards. Don’t forget to keep the cutouts for other fun projects.

Be generous with the foam tape when creating the “well” for your sequins, confetti or embellishments you plan to add to your shaker. Make sure to seal the opening edge to edge. You can also foam off several wells and highlight the area with different colors if you like. Each row of letters in the Celebrate card above is it’s own well. It also keeps the sequins front & center instead of at the bottom of the window.

Not all shaker cards have to be “fluffy”. Try your hand at the newer style of full front shaker cards. Shaker cards with less bulk are still fun and easier & less expensive to mail.

Using patterned paper will use up some of your scrap pile and add lots of interest to your card when you mix patterns that work well together. The Balloon card could easily be created with all scraps or make a stack of them with a 6 x 6 paper pad.

What kind of sequins or bits & bobs do you have that can make the shaker element fun? Confetti left over from a party, small seed beads from your bead stash, tiny flowers from your dies or flower collection, tinsel, chunky glitter or snow for a Christmas card, the possibilities grow when you look at your supplies with a new eye. This set came with a die that cut confetti shapes. If you have something similar in your dies, you could spend an evening watching TV and cutting out shaker bits from scraps.

Shaker elements are also fun for mini albums, junk journals, and scrapbook pages. Are there other art projects you can think of that you can add a shaker to?

Go on a creative adventure with your art supplies and see what you have that could make fun shaker elements. You might be surprised & come up with a few ideas for other projects when you look at your supplies with a different point of view.

Blessings!

Art Inspiration, Cards, Concord & 9th, Creative Tips

C9 Summer Camp Mountain Scenes

Hi Friends!

I broke out my group of cards from Concord & 9th Summer Camp into their individual classes and will try to share some tips & ideas to recreate a similar look with what you may already own. Especially since these are exclusive sets only for the campers. Class 1 was taught by Laura Bassen, who always shares great creative inspiration.

This Cardscapes set of dies, stencils & stamps offered a lot of variety for the class but also should translate well to similar items we already own. Let’s explore:

If you already own hill, mountain, wave, cloud or similar dies, it will be easy to duplicate this style of layered scenery. Look at your cover plate dies and see if they lend themselves to a decorative frame or check out your foliage & tree dies to be able to add in natural elements. Tree line dies were really popular a couple years ago so you may already have one. A simple circle makes an excellent sun or moon and it’s easy to make stenciled rays even if you don’t have a stencil. Blending between sticky notes works well when laid out in a ray pattern. Here’s a few more tips:

Tip #1 from class – if your die allows it, use it right side up and upside down to vary your hills, mountains, clouds, waves more.

Tip #2 – you can use edge stencils or torn paper to add the shading you see in the card on the right. It was blended with the same color ink that matches the cardstock. Shading & highlights add depth to the card without bulk.

Tip #3 – to create the tree shadow in card one, we used a matching stencil to the tree die placed upside down. If you don’t have a matching stencil you can use the negative die cut left from cutting out the trees as a stencil to create the same effect.

Tip #4 – add some playful fun by mixing patterned & solid cardstock

I hope these tips & tricks provide some idea starters for your next scenery card and allow you to look at your supplies with a new eye to possibilities.

Blessings!

Art Inspiration, Cards, Concord & 9th

C9 Summer Camp & Life Update

Hi Friends!

I’ve been missing in action for a few weeks. Life was really busy and I’ve been having some neck issues that can make my hands numb in just a few minutes depending on what I am doing so crafting was a slow process & I took a break. The good news is physical therapy is helping & after a consult with a neurologist for steroid shots in the next couple of months, it should resolve quite a bit.

I am really happy that after a couple of weeks of therapy, I was able to participate in Concord & 9th’s Summer Camp this weekend completing all 6 classes & making 14 cards. I’ll post about each class this week with individual class photos. In the meantime here is the complete group of cards:

This was my first time participating in C9 Summer Camp, it was so much fun and almost all the products are exclusive to camp. Even if you can’t get the exact same supplies, hopefully a bit of info and close-ups of the cards will give you some inspiration for the supplies you already have.

I plan to slowly work my way back into regular crafting and getting back to some more sorting. After this break, I have several ideas and projects in the works.

I hope life has been treating you well.

Have a Blessed Week!

Art Inspiration, Cards, Concord & 9th, My Favorite Things

Up & Away Birthday

Hi Friends!

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.

Art Inspiration, Cards, Concord & 9th, Creative Journey Art Retreat

Merry Tree – Creative Journey Art Retreat

Hi Angels!

I was nominated a couple days ago by my friend Carole to a 10 day art post challenge. I decided that since I only have to post my nominated post without explanation to my main Facebook page, I could still do a break down on my studio page. The good thing about the challenge is that I can keep working my way through my unfinished retreat projects.

The original design of this particular card just wasn’t in my wheel house so I came up with this variation.

I loved the Distess ink watercolor smoosh background so I found some close in my stash for the background, stamped Taylored Expressions Backstory – Christmas background and turned it into a shaker card. The merry die was in our retreat kit from Concord & 9th so a bit of glitter of course with the shiny sequins was perfect.

I hope everyone has had a blessed weekend and you are looking forward to the 2nd week of Advent & holiday joy.

Art Inspiration, Cards, Concord & 9th, Hero Arts

Sparkling Christmas – Creative Journey Art Retreat

Hi Angels!

Busy day in the studio between my classes & sorting more.

Today’s card brings on all the sparkle using Concord & 9th’s All the Merrys and Hero Arts Poinsettia stencil.

We did an ink blend fade on the background, then I added Bo Bunny Sugar Glitter Paste through the stencil. If you do this be sure to clean the ink off your stencil before adding the paste through the stencil. Most stencils line up again easily.

An awesome part of this retreat was that most of the stamping & die cutting was done for us & sent in card kits to complete each card. We added our card bases & any extras we wanted.

Have a really awesome day & share some kindness along the way.

Art Inspiration, Cards, Concord & 9th, SCT Crop & Create Delivered

Grateful Blooms – Crop & Create Delivered Cardmaking

Hi Angels!

I hope you are looking forward to a relaxing weekend.

I wish I could say the same but until Reilly is further on the mend, this furmama is on full time nurse duty.

Sunday morning brought our class with Cathy Zielske presenting the cool Concord & 9th’s Grateful Blooms stamp & die set. If you are familiar with Concord & 9th’s Turnabout stamps this stamp set is a slightly different take on a turnabout. The 2 main stamps in this set make a complete circle when stamped. Represented in the 2 grateful cards below.

Then we got this really cool 2 piece scallop circle die that has one element that looks like a doily. We were paper piecing just the white one but I figured if I was using the 3 colors I might as well make a set of three so I didn’t waste any parts. I had diecut some extra sentiments from one of the other classes so it was easy to make 2 more cards.

Concord & 9th also included the matching paper & inks for this class. Just love the colors they chose for us to play with.

FYI: sign-ups for the Spring Crop & Create happen a bit later this month if you’d like to join the fun.

Art Inspiration, Cards, Concord & 9th, Penny Black, Taylored Expressions

Christmas in July – Beautiful Backgrounds

Hi Angels!

I am very much enjoying the tutorials from the Card Makers Success Summit. Today’s cards just took my ink blending up a notch.

These came out just gorgeous with rich beautiful color.

For the top card I used Distress Inks in Seedless Preserves, Blueprint Sketch, Chipped Sapphire & Black Soot just like in the instructions. The only big city stencil I have is from Inkylicioius. This card uses a total of 4 stencils.

For the bottom card I used Distress Oxides in Salvaged Patina, Peacock Feathers & Mermaid Lagoon. The snowflake background is Penny Black’s Snowflake Pattern and the Joy is from Concord & 9th’s Full of Joy Trifold Die. The sentiment is from Taylored Expressions Simple Strips – Christmas set.

Tomorrow I will spend all day in the studio sorting & working on some more cards. Yay!

Cards, Classes, Memory Box

Love & Joy

Hi Angels!

We have our last holiday card class tomorrow just before the full holiday season kicks off with Thanksgiving on Thursday.

Late at night I’ve been watching some of Kristina Werner’s 2020 Holiday Card series videos on Youtube and just loved the trifold card she made for day 2 and decided it was perfect for class.

Here is my version….

I just love the blue poinsettia paper for the background. I used Concord & 9th’s Full of Joy die & stamp set and Memory Box Poinsettia Circle Frame & Pine Needle Twigs dies. I’m thinking this Joy die will find it’s way into my Bible journaling too.

I hope everyone has a great Thanksgiving week!

Thanks for popping by.