Art Inspiration, Cards, Gina K Designs, Sweet 'n Sassy Stamps, Trinity Stamps

Love Balloons

HI Angels!

We had a bit of warm today and now we start to polar plunge towards our next winter weather event. I did get out & get some sunshine today. I hope you had some sunshine to enjoy where you live.

It’s always fun when a company adds a little thank-you to an order. Even a sweet note is a blessing. I recently ordered for the 1st time from Trinity Stamps after using their products in a couple of different events and they included a small stencil as a thank-you.

I used the Love Balloons to create this card.

Now if you know me, I rarely make Valentines, I usually make love cards that can be used for a variety of occasions and today’s creation can easily be used for anything. I ink blended with Candy Apple, Kitsch Flamingo and Wilted Violet Distress Oxides, added some white gel pen highlights and hand drawn strings & bows. I used Sweet ‘n Sassy Stamps Bitty Hearts stencil & Gina K. Designs A Little Love for the sentiment. Since I couldn’t trim the card down to add a mat, I outlined the edges with a black Sharpie & a ruler so it popped just a bit more.

If you are expecting winter weather too, please stay safe and warm.

Have a Wonderful Sunday!


Art Inspiration, Cards, Creative Journey Art Retreat, Gina K Designs

Never Lose Hope Creative Journey Art Retreat

Hi Angels!

I hope your weekend has been relaxing and fun!

I still have a few cards to share from last weekend’s event but I officially completed them all today. Yay!

I just love how these butterfly cards turned out using Gina K Designs Never Lose Hope stamp set.

I love the bright hues of the card on the left and the softness of the card on the right, which I entirely changed the color scheme on. Fairly easy with color blending, however, the card on the right has a resist effect with white colored pencil on the butterflies that adds a beautiful highlight effect.

We have snow coming in so hopefully after a couple of short errands tomorrow, I’ll have lots of creating time in the studio this week.

Enjoy the week ahead!


Art Inspiration, Cards, Creative Journey Art Retreat, Gina K Designs, Simon Says Stamp

Birthday Balloons Creative Journey Art Retreat

Hi Angels!

I hope your week is off to a great start. Some of the Angels came over for a get-together, we visited & did some creating. Time with friends makes a perfect start to the week.

We always need birthday cards and the weekend’s event provided a few to choose from including these 2 made with Simon Says Stamp Birthday Balloons set & Gina K Designs Layered Confetti stencils.

Jenn Shurkus enjoys mixing & matching products from different companies during this retreat. Mixing up your supplies expands your creative options & gets you thinking outside of the box.

These were lots of fun to color & create. The blue & green card was straight up coloring & stenciling. The multi-color balloons included some Stickles Glitter Gel through the stencil for shimmer & texture. It’s really easy to take a simple design like this & dress it up or down.

Thanks for popping in.


Art Inspiration, Cards, Creative Journey Art Retreat

Hometown Parade – Creative Journey Art Retreat

Hi Angels!

It’s been a minute. It’s been a very busy week and I really missed creating this past week but I did get some organizing & purging done.

This weekend is my very first event for the year. The Creative Journey Art Retreat with Jenn Shurkus. I’ve been doing a lot of coloring today but did finish up this card.

This card came out so cute. We used Trinity Stamps Hometown Parade stamp set along with Gina K Designs Layering Confetti stencil set. I modified mine a bit so you could see a bit more of the patterned paper.

Thanks to this weekend I should have a small stash of cards to post this next week. I kept planning to work on my creative projects last week but by the time I was done with appointments & errands I was just too tired to put in a good effort. I did manage a few minutes a day sorting & purging & cleaned up my worktops for this weekends events.

I hope you are enjoying the weekend and have a bit of sunshine to bask in.


Art Inspiration, Cards, Concord & 9th, Gina K Designs

December Round-Up Silver Christmas

Hi Angels!

Are you ready for Christmas? It’s just a couple days away now.

Designing with mirrored cardstock gives cards an elegant look and I love how these 2 turned out.

The card on the left uses Concord & 9th’s Nordic Noel and Stitched Vines dies. The card on the right is a case of a Gina K Designs project and uses Gina K’s Holiday Toppers dies.

If you are in the freezing area, please stay safe & warm the next couple of days.

Thanks for popping in.


Art Inspiration, Cards, Gina K Designs

December Round-Up Holiday Silhouettes

Hi Angels!

I hope your week is off to a great start!

I did not get all of October’s Crop & Create classes done but I did a few. One of my favorite classes is Gina K Designs and this year was no exception.

You’ve probably seen these around the internet already and although exclusive at the time of Crop & Create, the Holiday Silhouettes stamp set & the Graceful Snowflake stencil are now available to everyone. I only have a couple of Gina K inks so I am usually blending with Distress Oxides.

Thanks for stopping by.


Art Inspiration, Cards, Gina K Designs

December Round-Up Anniversary Wishes

Hi Angels!

Our youngest daughter & her hubby celebrated their 8th anniversary last month and this was their card.

I have watercolored on black cardstock before but this was the first time I had used black watercolor paper. I used Kuretake Gansai Tanbi Gem Watercolors for this project inspired by a card on Prairie Paper & Ink’s Youtube channel. I used Gina K Designs Spring Bouquets stamp set & the sentiment is an older wooden stamp in my stash.

Today was fairly quiet after yesterday’s trip to see the Route 66 Christmas Chute in Sapulpa, Oklahoma. It’s the first year for this display & it was wonderful. I just love visiting lights & displays this time of year.

What holiday events do you have where you live?

Have a Blessed Sunday!

Art Inspiration, Cards, Classes, Gina K Designs, Penny Black

Christmas Holly Twist

Hi Friends!

I’ve managed a wee bit of creating everyday this week. I signed up for Eileen Godwin’s Christmas Creations Class. If you are familiar with Lavinia Stamps & Sweet Poppy Stencils, she creates for them.

I am waiting for my Sweet Poppy Stencils to cross the pond so I can do all 5 cards from class a bit more proper but in the meantime I created with what I had on hand for card #1. It was designed with non-traditional colors.

I didn’t have any holly stencils at all so I took my Penny Black Holly Flourish die, cut it out and used it to stencil my card. The sentiment is from Gina K Designs Seasonal Greetings set. I added Stickles dots to the background for a bit of sparkle.

The Sweet Poppy Holly Wreath stencil is a bit more delicate and will be fun to try when it arrives. In the meantime, I think I’ll try this card in a softer color palette.

We will be going on fall retreat in just a few weeks, I’m planning on taking several Christmas items to work on. I kinda skipped Christmas in July this year.

Are you looking forward to anything crafty this holiday weekend, a weekend trip, a quiet weekend?


Art Inspiration, Cards, Gina K Designs, Sweet 'n Sassy Stamps

Anniversary Hearts

Hi Friends!

I am back after some much needed healing time for my allergies & asthma and a fun unplugged retreat with the Angels. I limited my social media & news while away. I highly recommend it. It is easy to get overwhelmed with all the news & chaos in this world.

Before I left, I created this card for my oldest son & his beautiful wife for their 2nd wedding anniversary.

I used Gina K. Designs Layered Hearts stencil for the background and You Are Enough stamp set for the silver embossed flowers. The card background features Sweet ‘n Sassy Stamps Bitty Hearts stencil. The sentiment is from an old FSJ set.

I hope you are having a wonderful week after the time change. I certainly enjoy the longer daylight hours. More time for sunshine.


Art Inspiration, Cards, Gina K Designs, Pinkfresh Studio, SCT Let's Stamp Together

Daisies Celebration

Hi Friends!

I hope you are having a great week!

Last week was really busy & although I had a couple things ready to post, it just wasn’t happening. I have been making more progress organizing & purging with a goal this week to spend a minimum of 2 hours a day working on it.

Since I had my SCT Let’s Stamp Together set still out, I created this birthday card for a dear friend.

She’s loves purple so of course that’s what I used. The sentiment is from Pinkfresh Studio, the daisies are the exclusive Gina K. Designs Happy Floral for the Let’s Stamp Together club. I added lots of sparkle with some glitter.

Make your week be filled with joy and take some time to share a bit with others.