Cards, Creative Tips, Gloriously 60 Art Challenge

Gloriously 60 Day 40 Art – Hello Sunshine

Hi Angels!

Good news, my album is ready to decorate after class tonight the ‘eh’ news is my card is just so-so. I was playing with a new die & some scraps.

I was looking for a particular doily die & picked up a couple of more in the process. The one on tonight’s card is from the Scrap Man & is called Ethno Doily 2. It’s really pretty.

So after years & years of creating every once in a while I make a card and go “that’s okay but” and that’s perfectly fine. I still like the card, I’ll still send it to make someone happy. You don’t have to be top of your game all the time when you create.

I’m a bit tired & on creative overload after concentrating on the album class. I create because it’s just part of what makes me, me. And of course I needed something to post for my challenge today.

I literally was just trying a bit & that for this card design. I wanted a more classic darker blue for the red polka dots but it just really dragged the card down. Then the brighter blue was too plain. I added ink dots & it helps. If I really thought the card was awful it would have hit the trash.

Another lesson, you don’t have to try to salvage or live with something. Most paper only costs a few cents and except for the cardbase this card was made with all scraps from other projects. Practice & play does not always lead to a great creation but it’s very necessary to get to that great creation. So tonight was more of a play date, working out an idea & it’s just okay but not over the top.

I think a good night’s rest in is order & tomorrow I can come play in the studio refreshed & ready to design for my next class & decorate my album.

Play, Practice, Stumble a bit, Soar even more, Create & Inspire!

Art Inspiration, Cards, Catherine Pooler Designs, Creative Tips, Memory Box, Pinkfresh

Glorious 60 Day 2 Art – Joyful Peonies

Hi Angels!

Today I am sharing my oldest daughter’s birthday card. Our ages are easy to keep track of as she just celebrated her 40th birthday and mom is celebrating 60. We celebrate our special days just about a month apart.

This came out so lovely. I used Pinkfresh Studio Joyful Peonies stamp, die & layering stencils for the beautiful floral focal point and their Essentials Classic Words die for the sentiment. The handcolored background is embossed with Memory Box Chrysanthemum Field 3-D Embossing Folder. The sequins are from the Catherine Pooler Design Williamsburg mix.

This card gave me just a wee bit of trouble as the original idea I had just wasn’t working with the pretty flowers so I may have created some extras for the infamous Bits & Pieces box. Nothing wrong with a little trial & error to achieve a pretty card, so don’t become discouraged with a project. Sometimes it’s as simple as walking away for a bit & coming back with a fresh set of eyes.

Don’t forget to comment for a chance at the prize package. I think I’ll do a mixture of products from a couple of my favorite companies.

Have a Fabulous Week!

Art Inspiration, Cards, Creative Tips

Crop & Create Day 1

Hi Angels!

Boy has it been a busy day. Lots of learning and creating. I started 5 cards, completed 2, prepped more kits for classes and got 2 Bible Journaling projects done.

I will be posting over the next week or so as there will be tons of creating going on this weekend.

Today Crop & Create was market place, happy hour kick-off and a card design by Cathy Zielske. There were a couple of lessons during the market place time. I played with some more foiling, and created a quick heart card.

Here is my Cathy Zielske Clean & Simple Rainbow and my Heart card.

For the rainbow I successfully learned the Press & Seal technique. I had tried it once before but wasn’t successful. I also averted a disaster with my rainbow. I went to add Nuvo Glimmer Gloss to my clouds, the barrel popped open & dropped a puddle of sparkle on my rainbow. I grabbed a brush and spread the sparkle over the rainbow & the clouds. No mistakes, just creative detours.

The hearts have a fun pop element to them but will flatten for easy mailing. Quick and easy & using more of the Heidi Swapp paper pad we received.

Off to get some rest. Thanks for checking in.

Art Inspiration, Cards, Creative Tips

Spring Flowers

Hi Angels!

Working on a couple of projects as well as prepping for the virtual retreats this weekend. So this will be a quick post.

I’ve been playing with my flower dies from a variety of companies and made this card this evening.

The flowers are colored with Distress Oxides. A great way to use up white scraps. Cut out a stack of different die images & sponge on some color.

Thanks for stopping by.

Art Inspiration, Brutus Monroe, Cards, Creative Tips

Staycation ATC’s

Hi Angels!

I finished my ATC class today & turned the shaker one into a card.

Some may be wondering what an ATC is. It’s an Artist Trading Card, the artist’s equivalent to a collectible baseball card. Small individual works of art perfect for small gifts, day brighteners & thank-yous. Artists love to trade them at art shows & clubs.

These were lots of fun & incorporate a bit of mixed media too.

Now I have to confess the bee is a stretch for me & almost all the original design samples had bees on them. I don’t like them in any form, I have been stung by so many different bees & wasps over the years that ummm…. nope, not my thing. So I compromised and one honeycomb card has one small bee on it from the stamp set. I had a couple of wonderful art teachers early on that taught me there is always something to appreciate in art even if it is not your personal taste. Observe the colors, techniques, patterns, designs and see beyond the elements that are not your personal taste. They also were good at reminding you to step outside your box, create with something you normally wouldn’t. It expands your horizons, tool box of skills and enhances your designs.

Remember to step outside of your box once in a while & try different things. Keeps life interesting.

Art Inspiration, Budget & Stash Stretchers, Cards, Creative Tips, My Favorite Things, Simon Says Stamp

Geometric Birthday

Hi Angels!

This week in February has all the birthdays I need to make cards for in the same week.

Our youngest son’s birthday was Tuesday and since my guys don’t like any fuss made for their birthdays I opted for a simple geometric design. Of course he probably would have been happier if I’d skip the card but hey, it’s what I do. BTW – my “baby” is now 27 years old. I don’t feel like the 60 I will turn soon so the age of my kids seems a bit unreal.

I don’t play with geometrics nearly enough. When My Favorite Things re-released their Trendy Triangles set, I knew I wanted it for my collection. The sentiment is from Simon Says Stamp Birthday Sweets set. True to my favorite clean & simple designs, I opted for red & black on a light gray base.

Masculine cards can be difficult and geometrics can be one solution when you are creating. I don’t have sports, fishing or hunting guys in the family. My guys tend towards the technical side of things. That limits what I create in the masculine style. So geometrics, nature & vehicles are usually what I am working with.

Sometimes limited supplies can be an issue too if you are just starting out or are on a budget. Always be looking for ideas when you check out other card designs and see what you can adapt to what you already have. It’s always a good idea to start with a few stamp sets that can give you some versatility. Many suggest before purchasing, you think about the set & if you will be able to make 3 – 5 different designs with that set. And of course a good basic all around sentiment set is a must when getting started. You can always work within your budget with a little planning & thought.

Stay safe & warm.

Art Inspiration, Cards, Catherine Pooler Designs, Creative Tips

Heart Love

Hi Angels!

It’s been a long but fun weekend. We are very blessed to be able to spend time with our granddaughters.

Our birthday girl spent the night last night and had lots of fun creating several things & getting a lesson in The Charleston Dance. We learned that Josephine Baker is one of her favorites and she recognized her right away from the 1920’s video we found on Youtube.

After all the weekend’s festivities, I still made a quick card tonight. I used Catherine Pooler Designs Scribbled Heart Stencil and Love in Heart die.

Ink blending is quick when you use a stencil & you are less likely to get the circles from the daubers showing. I used Distress Oxides in Peacock Feathers & Picked Raspberry. A little Nuvo Glitter Gloss over the word and some CPD Crater Lake sequins added a bit of sparkle.

I’m going to try & get my video set up back up and running this week especially since I have a project waiting to share. I enjoy popping on with a video from time to time.

Have a Blessed Week!

Art Inspiration, Bible Journaling, Creative Tips, Faith Based Art, Watercolor

Light of the World

Hi Angels!

One goal for this year is more Bible Journaling & Bible art.

I actually sketched this design out the week of Christmas but didn’t start working on it until a week ago. I often sketch during church service and there was some point in the message that inspired this page.

Again Jesus spoke to them, saying, “I am the light of the world. Whoever follows me will not walk in darkness, but will have the light of life.” John 8:12.

Since my Twinkling H2O’s were still out, I painted the page with them so with the shimmer the picture is a bit difficult. I hand drew the page then decided the “sun” needed to represent the world. I hunted up some clipart and resized it to fit the spot. It’s fairly easy to trace through the page in my Interleaved Bible. Interleaved means every other page is blank front & back, perfect for large size Bible art.

Creative Tip: Watercolor means pretty wet wrinkly pages. I do use a heat gun to help dry throughout but the page is still fairly wrinkled. I have a Clover mini iron and decided to see if it would smooth down the page a bit. I used a thin tea towel between the iron & the page & I think it did a pretty decent job. It’s not perfectly smooth, I don’t expect it to be but it definitely made a difference.

There has been a great deal of unrest the past year and we will most likely see more in the year ahead. We are to keep our eyes on God, point to His light, love others and stand for His truth & justice. If what you stand for doesn’t line up with His Word & truth, you might want to consider a heart check. He is always waiting for us to call on Him.

Be the light. Share the joy. Make a difference.

Art Inspiration, Creative Tips, Unity Stamp Co

All Things Are Pawssible

Hi Angels!

I hope you have had a relaxing weekend.

I made a quick card tonight with the new Unity Stamp Co Love Kitties stamp set and paper pad by Graciellie Design. These kitties are so cute!

The play on words on this card are a great reminder that “With people this is impossible, but with God all things are possible.” Matthew 19:26

Last week was a bit rough. Keep God first, love others, be the light and remember God is in control.

Since the paper is so beautiful, I opted to leave my image mostly black & white with a pop of accent color. If you haven’t tried Unity’s pattern paper it is a wonderful heavyweight high quality paper.

This card took about 15 minutes start to finish. A card doesn’t always have to be elaborate or over the top to be a great card. Clean & simple is one of my favorite designs to work in.

Enjoy your week. Find some time to share some joy and enjoy a bit of creating.

Classes, Creative Tips, Fun Stampers Journey, Simon Says Stamp, Watercolor

2021 Floral Calendar May/June

Hi Angels!

I am having so much fun painting my calendar pages and the Angels are too.

Part of my sabbatical was studio play days with a couple of classes here & there. The calendar class was Dec. 30th but scheduling conflicts occurred so make-up time become relaxed play days with a little extra guidance here & there. It’s nice to sit down & create with the Angels.

Today is the half-way point in the year, May & June.

This set was the most challenging to photograph so far. Both stamps have heavy/multiple lines meaning the silver/gold embossing reflects a lot. So this shot muted the shine better allowing the colors to show a bit more.

May is Simon Says Stamp Daisy Bouquet set. The flowers are painted in a white shimmer H2O first then I added pink tips. May is my birthday month & daisies are my favorite flower. I can’t actually have daisies around because my hubby is very allergic so pretty stamped ones are the next best thing.

June features Fun Stampers Journey Bloom Burst. Hydrangeas are so beautiful.

When taking photographs remember that natural light or being outdoors can sometime be your friend with difficult pictures. I took today’s picture near a window with some sunlight coming in but not enough to make the metallic embossing glare in the camera. I am by no means a photo expert and use what works from what I have learned. Sometimes the simplest tips are easier to remember than more technical ones.

Thanks for stopping by.