Art Inspiration, Cards, home & holiday projects, Scrap Attack

Halloween Cards & Treat Bags Scrap Attack Style

Hi Friends!

I keep meaning to post but get busy & then it’s late. I got about 2 dozen buckets & bins cleaned up in the studio last week. Slowly but surely getting things in order.

Before we left for our trip, I quickly created a couple of Halloween cards & goody bags for our granddaughters to leave with mom & dad for today.

I have never been a huge Halloween person and tend to lean towards cute. With granddaughters, I think I’d better up my game for all future holidays. These were a great Scrap Attack project. I grabbed some Halloween dies & some scrap paper and had fun creating these fun items. The Hey Pumpkin is a stamp set from Catherine Pooler Designs, the haunted house, bats & balloons are old FSJ sets & the pumpkin I think was from a Spellbinders set.

I put some movie theater boxes of M&M’s in the goody bags.

Have a fabulous November!


Art Inspiration, home & holiday projects

New Home Holiday Wreath

Hi Friends!

I’m working to get into the habit of posting 2-3 times a week. Still doing well, working to get my steps back up to par this week, working on some creating & organizing.

Before we left for our trip, I was desperately looking for poinsettia flowers to finish this Housewarming gift for our oldest daughter’s new home.

She had asked me last season to create a new wreath for their home because their old one was looking a bit tired but it was a bit late to get started so I shopped the after season sales for this year. Then they moved & it became the perfect housewarming present. The problem was I had everything but the focal flowers & it was either too early in the season for the Christmas flowers to be out or they were the size of dinner plates when I found them. Their previous wreath had roses for the focal flower & I picked some up as my backup plan but I really wanted poinsettias. While on retreat we stopped at Ollies & low & behold they had the perfect size poinsettias, hallelujah.

I don’t do florals very often but I do like to play with them from time to time and bonus when it’s a gift.

So what other crafts do you like to dabble in besides your main hobby?

Over the years I have done just about everything related to crafts & sewing. The knowledge gained when you work in other mediums helps you keep a fresh perspective when creating.

Have a fabulous week!


Art Inspiration, Faith Based Art, home & holiday projects

Choose Love Always

Hi Friends!

I wore myself out yesterday sorting out & organizing plus I over did it with my new physical therapy exercises for my knee, but tonight’s creating was pure fun!

I signed up for The Social Easel’s Pop-Up Paint Party class benefitting an upcoming mission trip. The theme fit perfectly with my OLW ‘one another’ and features 1 John 4:19 “We love because He first loved us.”

It’s a little wonky but it was lots of fun to paint on this 10 x 20 canvas. I might do a variation in my One Little Word tag book I made.

I hope you are looking forward to a fun weekend.


Art Inspiration, Catherine Pooler Designs, home & holiday projects, Taylored Expressions

2022 Calendar 4th Quarter

Hi Friends!

I have really been enjoying the quiet & slower pace of this first week in January after the holidays.

The 4th quarter of my calendar design features whimsical owls, leaves & Christmas trees. I used Taylored Expressions, an old FSJ stamp set & Catherine Pooler Designs to complete the year.

I hope you enjoyed this tour through the quarters of my calendar design. I’d better get busy on some new projects to share. I started one today so we’ll see what tomorrow brings.

Don’t forget to share some kindness along your daily path.

Art Inspiration, Brutus Monroe, Catherine Pooler Designs, home & holiday projects

2022 Calendar 3rd Quarter

Hi Friends!

I got Christmas put away today. I purged a few things since I added a couple new items this year and eliminated one whole bucket. I’m hoping to do a lot of purging/organizing this year to fit our lives at this point in time.

Here is the 3rd quarter of my calendar design. This calendar is going to bring a whole lot of smiles this year.

I used stamp sets from Brutus Monroe and Catherine Pooler Designs.

I’m spending a quiet week in reflection of some of my plans & designs for the new year now that my guys are back to work. Starting to lay out some art projects and some things to work on around the house. I think January will be a good month for a slower pace of life while still accomplishing a bit on my lists.

Enjoy the simple joys of life & share a little kindness along the way.

Art Inspiration, Catherine Pooler Designs, home & holiday projects, Taylored Expressions

2022 Calendar 2nd Quarter

Hi Friends!

Are you working on any new year crafty projects? I’m still working on my planning, almost done. I got a good portion completed today.

Today I’m sharing the 2nd quarter of my calendar design. It features Catherine Pooler Designs and Taylored Expressions stamp sets.

These are going to be so cheerful to look at every month. I love bright vibrant colors.

Don’t forget to include some kindness everyday as you ease into the new year.


Art Inspiration, home & holiday projects, Penny Black

Ornament Gift

Hi Angels!

I’ve been busy addressing Christmas cards to mail out tomorrow. Hopefully 2 weeks is enough mail time.

Tomorrow I’m meeting with a dear friend for lunch so today I created this ornament.

Yep it’s another “joy” ornament, LOL! Except this one will hang on a tree. I found these cool wood discs on Amazon and thought they’d make lovely ornaments. I painted the center white. Die cut Penny Black’s Joyful Ornaments Joy out of red mirror cardstock and cut a couple more to stack to create more depth. I found this gold cord in my stash making yesterday’s card & knew it was the perfect finishing element.

My friend loves red so hopefully she’ll love this ornament along with the chocolate I got her.

I only posted yesterday’s card directly but since it’s the companion to the card before, I’ll post it here too.

Enjoy your day & continue spreading holiday cheer wherever you go.

Art Inspiration, home & holiday projects

Sunrise Wall Art

Hi Angels!

I hope you’ve had a fabulous weekend!

Earlier this year hubby completed the accent wall in the master bedroom and I planned some art for that wall. We debated several designs but I finally chose a simple upcycle design. I’ve been working on it for the past week or so and now it’s done & hung.

I used 5 of the remaining wall planks for the background, we had some board suitable for backing in the shop. Hubby cut a pre-done circle piece in half and the rays are made from paint sticks. Because I was repurposing a lot of materials the cost was about $15 for the 4ft by 2ft wall art itself. The French cleat to hang it was another $15 so we now have a stunning piece of art work for about $30.

Here is a view of the artwork as you enter the room.

Hubby wanted some artwork with warm colors so I was happy to create something a bit different. I use a lot of blues in decorating because hubby says greens make his nauseous and I’m not a fan of a lot of reds, oranges & yellows but I do like a few pops of color here & there. Part of it is from being a redhead & part of it is trying to keep our home a more tranquil atmosphere.

Enjoy the week ahead!

Art Inspiration, home & holiday projects, Mixed Media, Sweet 'n Sassy Stamps

Sweet ‘n Sassy Stamp-a-thon Anything but a Card – Ornament

Hi Angels!

I was finishing up one of the other Stamp-a-thon projects so posting a bit late tonight.

The 4th challenge was anything but a card. Since I have been sorting & organizing, I had just put some ornaments in their new home so pulled one out to create with.

I had to take a picture in different lighting, the cute pink nose & cheeks were washing out. I stamped with permanent ink & heat set on the porcelain, then colored with alcohol ink markers. The color was quite pale so I went back over the coloring with colored pencils, then sprayed with workable fixative. I used a retired SNSS stamp set Cozy Friends.

Enjoy your Thursday & do something nice for someone, the world can use some extra kindness right now.

Art Inspiration, Elizabeth Craft Designs, Gloriously 60 Art Challenge, home & holiday projects, Lawn Fawn, Spellbinders

Gloriously 60 Day 45 Art – Sweet Summer

Hi Angels!

Tonight’s class was the final installment of our 12 x 12 Seasons Samplers – Sweet Summer. I had so much fun designing this.

I started off with another idea with the Lawn Fawn Magic Iris Birdhouse Add-On & while looking for some other dies came across the Elizabeth Craft Designs Lake Scene Die set. The other dies are older Spellbinders sets & the sentiments are also Elizabeth Craft Designs. What says summer better than days at the lake, birds singing & a gazebo to hang out with the family.

All the pieces feature ink blending with Distress Oxides. The main pieces include Cracked Pistachio, Peacock Feathers, Mermaid Lagoon, Wilted Violet & Seedless Preserve. The accent pieces have Fossilized Amber, Abandoned Coral & Seedless Preserves.

I have a quiet week ahead so that means more studio time, Yay!