Art Inspiration, Cards, Penny Black, Scrap Attack, Taylored Expressions

Garden Birthday #1

Hi Angels!

It’s February birthday week here. Two of my friends and my youngest son all have birthdays this week.

First up is this card for my dear friend Miss Margaret’s 83rd birthday.

Miss Margaret’s favorite color is red so I decided on this color scheme for her flower card. I used Taylored Expressions Garden Variety & Rustic Pail dies, lots of scraps from my scrap bin to cut the flowers & an older sentiment die from Penny Black. The flower centers are glitter dots. A bit of work to place all the greenery & flowers but well worth the effort.

I hope you have a fabulous week ahead.

Thanks for stopping by.


Art Inspiration, Bible Journaling, Creative Retreat Kits, Faith Based Art, My Favorite Things, Penny Black, Sweet Poppy Stencils

Rooted & Grounded Bible Journaling 2023 #1

Hi Angels!

I have set a few challenge goals for myself this year including a least one Bible Journaling or Faith Art project each week or 52 completed projects for 2023. Since it’s the final couple of days in January, I’m a little behind the power curve on this project. Not to worry, I have some ideas and I actually hope to exceed my goal for this year. I’ve been busy establishing longer in depth Bible Study times & getting my exercise routine set.

My first page is based off my January Creative Retreat Kits Deeply Rooted study, featuring the verses from Jeremiah 17:7-8 NIV.

Blessed is the man who trusts in the Lord, whose trust is the Lord. He is like a tree planted by water, that sends out it’s roots by the stream, and does not fear when heat comes, for it’s leaves remain green, and is not anxious in the year of drought, for it does not cease to bear fruit.

I used a combination of stencils, colored pencil work, watercolor and word/alphabet stamps for this page. The stencils were from Sweet Poppy Stencils & My Favorite Things and the stamps were from Creative Retreat Kits, Sweet ‘n Sassy and Penny Black.

Are your roots deep or shallow? It is important in our walk with God to be discerning & directly in His Word studying, seeking His knowledge & wisdom. Too many outside influences have infiltrated the “church” and there are a lot of false teachings and half truths being touted as okay.

I hope your week ahead is wonderful. Stay safe & warm.


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, Creative Crate, Penny Black

Bloom Wildly Creative Crate – Penny Black

Hi Friends!

I hope your week is off to a great start.

Our final project for our retreat weekend was a make & take featuring Penny Black’s Masterpieces Made Simple Critter Cuddles prints.

These prints are just gorgeous all by themselves but allow you the freedom to add a bit to them. We were given the Penny Black Warm My Heart sentiment set along with some PB die cut branches & various mat & frame designs. I switched mine up a bit and you can’t see it in the picture but I used Stickles to give sparkle to the falling snow & ground.

Keep sharing prayers & kindness, it does make a difference.


Art Inspiration, Cards, Penny Black

Snow Wishes – Get Cracking on Christmas

Hi Friends!

It’s been a busy week but I finally took a break to play a bit tonight in Jenn Shurkus’s Get Cracking on Christmas event.

This came out so cute. I did the background similar to what Jenn demonstrated tonight & pulled an already stamped image to color in.

The snowman & background stamp are both from Penny Black, Sweet Snowman & Snowflake Pattern, with a bit of non-traditional color for fun. I used Distress Oxides/Inks & Prismacolor pencils with glitter.

I have a few more items to post & another Christmas card to finish from tonight. I will be participating in the Bloom Wildly Creative Crate Event next week so should have a bit more inspiration to share in the coming weeks. I’m still sorting & organizing but am settling into a sort for a couple hours than make art routine.

Have a fun weekend. Find a bit of time to create, refresh, spend some time in nature & share a little kindness along the way.


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, Cards, My Favorite Things, Penny Black

Ribbon Tree

Hi Angels!

It’s been a wee bit. I think I’ve caught up on rest from taking care of Reilly, who is doing great by the way & sees the vet tomorrow to get his staples out. Almost 3 weeks of doggy care.

While I haven’t been creating a whole lot, I have been sorting, organizing, doing some hand sewing & we got the new rug down on the studio floor. I have a couple of projects in the works and hopefully will be back on track to regular creating.

I was finishing up one of the classes from Crop & Create & stopped to create this card using the Trinity Stamps Ribbon Swirl Tree stencil that came in an order today.

I love designs that offer a modern twist or different perspective on the holidays and this tree is just perfect. I used Wilted Violet & Salvaged Patina Distress Oxides, some glittering snowflakes and the sentiment from My Favorite Things Merry & Bright set.

I hope your are looking forward to a wonderful weekend and a bit of kindness sharing along the way.

Art Inspiration, Cards, Kindness matters, Penny Black, Taylored Expressions

Grateful Kindness

Hi Angels!

While sorting & organizing, I found a couple pretty fall pattern papers and set them aside to make a couple of cards.

Tonight’s card is the first creation with a piece from an old Bo Bunny collection.

I added a Penny Black Grateful die cut with a Taylored Expressions Simple Strips Background sentiment. A couple of blue sequins that play off the blue berries in the pattern and a quick card is done.

We are off on a family weekend tomorrow so the next couple of posts are scheduled with more creative goodness.

Don’t forget to share some kindness and have a Fabulous Weekend!

Cards, Challenges, Penny Black, Simon Says Stamp, Taylored Expressions

Simon Says Stamp 5 Ways in 5 Days – Day 1 Ink Blending

Hi Angels!

I hope your week is off to a great start!

No art sorting done today because we were clearing the master bedroom for new carpet tomorrow. But I did get a little more sorting done there.

I popped in on Simon Says Stamp new Summer Crafty Series 5 Ways in 5 Days today & decided to play along as the week allows. I didn’t have the Simon Says Stamp products that Laura Bassen used in today’s video so I challenged myself to use what I have.

I love clean & simple graphics. I used Taylored Expressions Masking Stencils Rectangle & just shifted it a bit to get the layers for the first card along with Pink Fresh Studio’s Happy Birthday. For the 2nd card, I created circle layers with my Hero Arts Infinity Dies Nesting Circle set & Yupo paper. Yupo makes great reusable stencils with your diecuts. The celebrate is from Penny Black.

So much fun but it’s off to bed, the carpet guys will be here bright & early in the morning.

Have a Terrific Tuesday!

Art Inspiration, Cards, Concord & 9th, Penny Black, Taylored Expressions

Christmas in July – Beautiful Backgrounds

Hi Angels!

I am very much enjoying the tutorials from the Card Makers Success Summit. Today’s cards just took my ink blending up a notch.

These came out just gorgeous with rich beautiful color.

For the top card I used Distress Inks in Seedless Preserves, Blueprint Sketch, Chipped Sapphire & Black Soot just like in the instructions. The only big city stencil I have is from Inkylicioius. This card uses a total of 4 stencils.

For the bottom card I used Distress Oxides in Salvaged Patina, Peacock Feathers & Mermaid Lagoon. The snowflake background is Penny Black’s Snowflake Pattern and the Joy is from Concord & 9th’s Full of Joy Trifold Die. The sentiment is from Taylored Expressions Simple Strips – Christmas set.

Tomorrow I will spend all day in the studio sorting & working on some more cards. Yay!