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.

Cards, Fun Stampers Journey, My Favorite Things

Filmstrip Heart

Hi Angels!

Well I certainly didn’t plan on taking 3 days off from posting but my back had an agenda of it’s own this past weekend. I was able to sit for a short period of time & do some sorting in the studio but that was about it. Thankfully it’s much better today.

When you are busy catching up after a small setback you head to the infamous Bits & Pieces box for a quick card.

Classic pink & black for the win everytime. I love being able to grab a marbled background from my background box & use it for a quick card. The heart filmstrip die is an old Fun Stampers Journey die, the love die is My Favorite Things Lots of Love and is current. The little foam pink heart was on my desk and it completed a trio for my card.

I have several projects I will be working on this week that can’t be posted until they are received by the recipient but I’ll do my best to post something everyday.

I hope you have a fabulous 1st week in February!

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.

Cards, Impression Obsession, My Favorite Things

Purple Princess

Hi Angels!

Yesterday I was busy organizing my dies so I started this card but didn’t finish it. I couldn’t post it until today anyway as it’s the 2nd birthday card for my granddaughter’s birthday.

We had a private nail salon visit for nails on her birthday Thursday & today we had presents & cupcakes.

The Ice Princess & Friends set from My Favorite Things is so fun to create with. Who wouldn’t want to play with an ice skating polar bear?

The mountains gave me a bit of trouble since it’s the first time I used the Impression Obsession Mountain Layers slimline set. Sometimes solid image stamps just take a bit to get broke in and don’t stamp well. Figuring out their placement took a bit too. Where I ended up with a gap, I colored it blue to look like a lake in the distance between hills. Remember they are not mistakes, just creative detours. Of course if it’s truly awful, it just a few cents in paper and you can start again.

Hope your weekend is filled with creating & relaxing.

Cards, My Favorite Things

Heart Rays

Hi Angels!

Tonight’s card is for my oldest granddaughter’s 6th birthday. She declared this a “Purple Girl” birthday so I made a purple card.

The Heart Rays and Happy Birthday are My Favorite Things Die-namics. I dug into my scrap bin for the purple glitter paper. Fast & easy.

What a wonder that her birthday is on the 21st day of the 21st year in the 21st century.

Since her “party” (just family) is Saturday, you will probably see a 2nd card. We met today at the nail salon for a nail party, just Nora, mom & grammy. It’s a blessing to have a small salon to visit that we can reserve all for ourselves.

Count your blessings wherever you can.

Thanks for stopping by.

Cards, Catherine Pooler Designs, My Favorite Things

Sending Love

Hi Angels!

I’ve had a busy couple of days. I have been working on a project but it’s not quite done yet, so I decided to make a quick card to share. Well it didn’t turn out so quick because I just wasn’t finding a sentiment I liked for the card.

I did have fun using the new Catherine Pooler Designs Hip Hearts set & new ink colors. I figured I’d make a card similar to one of the samples Catherine created.

After searching for a bit, I finally settled on a sentiment in Well Hello from My Favorite Things and I added a few Romance sequins also new from Catherine Pooler.

Sometimes what you think you want to create just doesn’t quite gel with what you have on hand to create with.

I hope your weekend is peaceful.

Cards, Cards for the Troops, My Favorite Things, Slimline Cards, Taylored Expressions

Special Thanks

Hi Angels!

It was nice to take a few days off & just chill. I have been working on our holiday charity cards a bit, planning some new creations & got the house decorated for Christmas but overall just chillin’.

A couple of weeks ago a special postage gift came in for the Troop cards which required a special thank-you. Two in fact. One for the organization and one for the individual who recommended our Troop work. That gift made a big difference in the 9 boxes we shipped for the holidays.

This slimline was the thank-you for the organization.

I used Picket Fence Studios Slimline Floral stencil, My Favorite Things Thank-you die and Taylored Expressions Big Thanks stamp set.

This was the thank-you for the individual who recommended the gift for the Troop cards.

For this card I used Elizabeth Craft’s Leaf Pattern Background cover plate die with the Thanks from Taylored Expressions and Taylored’s Big Thanks stamp set.

It has been such a blessing this year working with the many individuals supporting Cards for the Troops. I cannot say thank-you enough for all the cards and supplies that have come in. For now we are on a temporary hold until we find out if the Troop draw down will affect the unit we send too.

Have a really fabulous first week of December!

The joy of the Christmas season is here.

Cards, My Favorite Things, Sizzix, Taylored Expressions

Anniversary Roses

Hi Angels!

It was a busy weekend with Miss Nora here and class yesterday.

I have been creating several things but a couple will have to wait until the items make their way to their recipients before I can show them.

Tonight’s card was created for my youngest daughter & her hubby’s anniversary card. They are celebrating 6 years this year.

When I created the blended roses background originally it just didn’t gel. Most likely because it is in color tones I don’t usually work with. So I set it aside and decided that making it a bit smaller was the best way to utilize it in a card. Now it’s perfect.

I used My Favorite Things Roses All Over background stamp, Tim Holtz/Sizzix Roses embossing folder and Taylored Expressions Simple Strips
Background sentiments.

Remember if you’ve been creating & you are not happy or being overly critical of your creation, set it aside & walk away from it for awhile, even a day or two. Then you can look at it again with fresh eyes. Often you will find it’s just fine, needs a little finessing or if you truly don’t like it, there’s the trash can, you can make it into something different, or in the case of working on canvas, paint over it and start something new. Usually it’s not a mistake, it’s just a creative detour.

I hope you have a fabulous week ahead.

Thanks for popping in!

Budget & Stash Stretchers, Cards, My Favorite Things

Warm Hugs & Frosty Kisses

Hi Angels!

I have been puttering around & working on projects as well as contemplating some possible changes for the new year.

I follow Sandy Allnock on FB and remembered after seeing one of her posts that I missed last month’s project with My Favorite Stamps. So I went looking to see if the download was still available & it was. So I printed it out and followed along with Sandy’s tutorial.

Here is the result.

The MFT stamp set is named Warm Hugs and Frosty Kisses and this is just one of the images and a sentiment. It’s so nice of them to offer a digital image to try and is good marketing. I opted for a turquoise balloon instead of the red in the tutorial. I wasn’t too sure about the clouds at first but a little softening of them and they look pretty good.

I really appreciate these simple free classes. They don’t take a lot of time, are lots of fun and I’m learning a few new coloring tricks as I go along.

Some of our budgets have taken quite a hit this year but there are plenty of free/inexpensive classes & tutorials available if you start searching on Youtube & Pinterest. When you can afford it, support your favorite artists and companies.

Find something that looks like fun & play along. For a lot of them it’s pretty easy to use what you have on hand and I always encourage in my classes to change up the colors and layout to suit your taste. Then it’s more your own creation and not just a copy of the original.

I just checked and Sandy will be live with My Favorite Things Stamps this Friday. Head on over and check it out. The link to the tutorial above will take you to Sandy’s page.

Thanks for popping by.

Brutus Monroe, Cards, Crafters Companion, My Favorite Things

Sweet Birthday

Hi Angels!

I have been very busy with the Troop cards & some organizing. I was feeling quite squished in my study where I do some of my artwork. Then the studio has a lot of card sorting spread out in it to organize for the Troops and our other charities.

I did find some fun time to create my youngest daughter’s birthday card for her special day yesterday.

I used Brutus Monroe’s Turbine Stencil, My Favorite Things Hand Lettered Happy Birthday die and Crafter’s Companion Scenic France dies.

I will have a big update tomorrow.

Thanks for stopping by.