Art Inspiration, Cards, Kindness matters, Sweet 'n Sassy Stamps

Hopping By

Hi Angels!

It has been so nice to have a media break for the past couple of weeks. If you haven’t taken one in awhile, you might consider it.

We had so much fun on retreat last week at The Scrappin’ Pad. A whole week to play, create, chill, lots of laughter & fun.

The Scrappin’ Pad has a bit of a frog theme and a frog named Finnegan for it’s mascot. So I brought along a frog stamp set to create a card for our hostess, Liz.

Isn’t he fun! I took this pic at the Pad on the dining room table.

I pulled out one of my marbled backgrounds and colored the frog with colored pencils. I used an old FSJ set Stick Around, Gina K’s A Little Hello and Sweet ‘n Sassy Hoppy Spring.

I will be back to posting a bit more regular now that I’ve had a nice break. I have more creative ideas to work on and a bit more organizing planned.

Thanks for stopping by.

Art Inspiration, Cards, Encouragement & Hope, Kindness matters

Bits & Pieces Blitz

Hi Angels!

I know, I’ve been missing in action. There hasn’t been a whole lot of creating going on here but there has been a lot of sorting & organizing. I worked on nineteen 12 x 12 cases last week and I cleaned off my 3 main worktops so I actually can create a little easier while in the midst of some major sorting.

I unearthed a bunch of bits & pieces while sorting including a few I received in Happy Mail cards. So I grabbed my background box tonight & in about 40 minutes created 6 cards that I can send for Happy Mail.

Some pretty backgrounds and a handful of diecuts is certainly an easy way to create some fun. These are sure to brighten up someone’s day.

With the artic blast coming in this week be sure to stay safe & warm.

Have a Terrific Week!

Art Inspiration, Cards, Encouragement & Hope, Faith Based Art, Kindness matters, Slimline Cards, Sweet 'n Sassy Stamps

You Will Rise Above

Hi Angels!

I have slowly been curbing my spending however I am still celebrating my birthday all year so I splurged a little and got this fabulous die from the Crafty Meraki. Plus I do enjoy supporting small businesses and American made.

If you know me well, butterflies have been my symbol all my life so naturally I like the more unique things and this die is definitely unique. The background is hand dyed paper I made quite awhile back. I am thinking a hand dyed paper session is in order again this year. The sentiments are from Sweet ‘n Sassy God is Bigger stamp set.

This is another great encouragement card for someone who needs a little light and encouragement. Keep seeking those who could use a little joy and hope in their lives and do a little something special for them.

Thanks for popping in!

Art Inspiration, Cards, Encouragement & Hope, Faith Based Art, Kindness matters, My Favorite Things, Sweet 'n Sassy Stamps, Watercolor

Prayers & Peonies

Hi Angels!

Wednesday may become my new favorite day of the week around here. I scheduled it for working on classes but I think it’s been a good day just to chill & puddle around the house doing whatever.

After doing some prep work for another project, I decided to try out my shimmering watercolors on black cardstock.

Not bad for a first try, the shimmer is really pretty against the black. I may switch shimmering colors next time to a different brand. I used Sweet ‘n Sassy Encouraging Peonies with My Favorite Things Words of Inspiration (retired).

I know on my friends list & art groups there are quite a few people asking for prayers for various life events. Don’t forget to make yourself a note to pray for those you know & perhaps you can make a card of encouragement to send to them too. It may just bring the smile they need during a difficult time.

Thanks for stopping by.

Art Inspiration, Cards, Catherine Pooler Designs, Encouragement & Hope, Kindness matters, Slimline Cards, Sweet 'n Sassy Stamps, Watercolor

Incredible Slimline

Hi Angels!

I have been enjoying the late evening quiet the past couple of nights creating. I really should go to bed earlier but when you are creating time kind of fades away.

Tonight I opted for a slimline card. I haven’t made one in a bit. I used Sweet ‘n Sassy My Thoughts of You and In This Together sets.

This card makes a fabulous encouragement card! I used shimmering watercolors and tried WOW Disco Ball Embossing Glitter for Catherine Pooler Designs on the sentiment. The sparkle is fabulous.

Who do you know who could use a bit of extra encouragement this week? Do something special for someone who maybe doesn’t get recognized or chooses not to be recognized for something they do.

Thanks for stopping by.

Cards, Catherine Pooler Designs, Kindness matters, Watercolor

Shine Bright

Hi Angels!

I’ve been puttering around this evening working on a couple of projects.

Tonight’s card was made with the bonus stamp Shine Your Light included in my Club Sursee this month from Catherine Pooler Designs.

I used watercolor pencils on Bristol paper and added some Sparkle Silk.

The world needs a whole lot of light right now with the continued virus issues & general unrest. Kindness & love should be our golden rule.

In the same way, let your light shine before others, that they may see your good deeds and glorify your Father in heaven. Matthew 5:16

Share a smile with someone this week.

Cards, Kindness matters, Taylored Expressions

Wildflower Sunset

Hi Angels!

I hope you’ve had a wonderful Saturday. I got some organizing done, always a good thing & I handed off a couple of new home baskets to Feed His Sheep. One of the sheep got their new apartment yesterday & are no longer on the streets.

I have been playing with the Taylored Expressions Field Note kit. I’m glad I decided to get one because the exclusive kit is sold out.

I’ve been eyeing distress ink blends on Pinterest again and a sunset one caught my eye so I used it to create this card using the Frayed Edge masking stencils. It came out beautifully.

I chose the Indian Paintbrush flower from the Sketchbook Florals set, at least I think that’s what it is. I love flowers but am far from an expert. No green thumb here. I colored it in rich colors so it would stand out against the background. The sentiment if from the Field Notes stamp set.

I’m off to get some rest. Heading off to church in the morning & then visiting with our granddaughters in the afternoon.

Have a Blessed Sunday!

Cards, Cards for the Troops, Kindness matters, My Favorite Things

Troop Work & Hugs

Hi Angels!

It has been a very long day. The Angels & I worked many hours processing almost 1150 troop cards. I put in 9.5 hours myself. Whew!

Here is a look at both sides of the table after all our hard work. This is only part of what we got done. I got this packed into boxes ready for the holiday shipment coming up.

Despite the many hours of work, I decided to create a quick 10 minute card. I pulled a couple of die cuts off my work top. The “Hugs” is from My Favorite Things and the flower from happy mail. I picked out a background I had embossed awhile ago, added a card base & fast card.

All the Angels deserve a huge hug for all their help today! Many thanks! This is our favorite kindness project, providing cards for the troops to send home.

Time for some sleep.

Bible Journaling, Kindness matters, Sweet 'n Sassy Stamps

Praise the Lord

Hi Angels!

I hope your Monday has been a great start to the week.

We were busy with car repairs. Apparently it wasn’t just my battery, it was the starter too. Then hubby went out to go to work & his battery was dead. So he took the day off to repair both cars.

I finished up my Bible Journaling page that I started a week ago. I remembered to do a before shot right after I stamped the first flower here.

The coloring on this page is the bleed through of the distress inks I used on the other side & it is so pretty. It features Psalm 135 which has a lot of wonderful praise verses about God’s greatness and the many things He had done for Israel & for us.

The watercolor effect called for some flowers so I just played with several different sets from Sweet n’ Sassy Stamps. I used Marker Alpha, Whimsy Bouquet, Fall in Love with Jesus, Happy Day, The Lord’s Battle, Words of Life: Actions, Amazing Grace and Consider the Wildflowers. Sometimes you just need to play & have fun. Is it a perfect page, nope but it is a heartfelt page.

Mondays are my heavy home cleaning day but I did manage to pop out the door quick enough to tell one of my package delivery people “thank-you” before they made it back to their truck. I imagine a lot don’t receive many thanks during the day. It’s just a small kindness & I hope it made the drivers day.

Have a Fabulous Week!

Cards, Catherine Pooler Designs, Kindness matters

Hey Pumpkin

Hi Angels!

Personally it’s a little early for fall for me, however, I kept seeing such cute designs with Catherine Pooler Designs Hey Pumpkin stamp set that I ordered one & it arrived today.

After a long day of errands, chores, teaching & troop work, I decided to pop back into the studio this evening & create a card inspired by one of the brand ambassadors designs.

These pumpkins just make me smile in their variety of color. I used the new CP Mini Inks from the Spa Collection Paradise Found. I had decided that I didn’t want another full size set of ink pads so opted for the CP Mini’s & I love them. They are really a nice size for a variety of projects. Easy to use & handle.

I have been working on a couple of the behind the scenes kindness projects that will remain behind the scenes. I have a lot of fun planning surprises & things that are meant to bring joy in a quieter way. No matter how you share kindness, keep sharing it, we need a whole lot of it flooding the world right now.

Thanks for popping in!