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, 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, 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, Dare 2B Artzy, Slimline Cards

Snowflake Holiday Slimline

Hi Angels!

I took my computer on retreat & never turned it on. It was easier just to do quick posts & keep creating. We certainly enjoyed the breather & time to ourselves. It’s always good to relax, refresh & refocus. What a blessing!

Tonight’s card had to be relatively quick after working on over a thousand troop cards today. I had lots of fun with Dare 2B Artzy’s Snowflake Slimline although the glitter paper I grabbed from my scrap bin is an old school sheet that sheds quite a bit when cut.

I love pink & black as a color combo. Instead of more glitter paper, I grabbed a black pearlescent to cut my sentiment. The merry is from Merry Labels from Casual Fridays and the holidays comes with the snowflake slimeline.

This week is the push to get the fall/thanksgiving cards out for the troops so more troop work tomorrow.

Thanks for popping by!

Brutus Monroe, Cards, Kindness matters, My Favorite Things, Simon Says Stamp, Slimline Cards

Look for the Miracles Slimline

Hi Angels!

I hope you had a wonderful Saturday.

We had a fairly quiet but warm day here.

Tonight’s card uses the negative print of last night’s Brutus Monroe Victorian Swirl stencil. If I think I have enough ink on a stencil after coloring through it, I will often spritz it with water & try to take a negative print with the color on the stencil. I have found it’s actually quite effective if I spritz the paper with water first & then only lightly mist the stencil before trying to take an impression.

This gave such a beautiful soft watercolor look to the print that I knew I just had to create something. I’ve been wanting to play with silhouette images so I pulled out My Favorite Things Flower Silhouettes and opted to do them in the card base color. The sentiment is from Simon Says Stamp Look for the Miracles set. The butterfly is one of my oldest stamps when All Night Media used to make them on foam blocks.

Kindness today came when our oldest son & his wife came to assist us when our van wouldn’t start. Seems like it was just a bit of corrosion on the battery & the cable was a bit loose. The battery tested great for a charge thankfully.

Have a blessed Sunday!

Brutus Monroe, Cards, Catherine Pooler Designs, Pink & Main, Slimline Cards

Hello Beautiful Slimline

Hi Angels!

It has been a busy week as I had some errands to run & was prepping the Cards for the Troops shipment. You can see the details of the shipment on my Facebook page.

After 2 days of dealing with migraines & still taking care of things, I finally made it out to the studio for a few minutes to create. I just love how this card came out.

Isn’t it just gorgeous! I used the new Brutus Monroe Slimline Stencil Victorian Swirl with Catherine Pooler inks. Then I used the new Pink & Main slimline die sets Stitched (layers of stitched rectangles), Beautiful & Sympathy. Another great set of dies that coordinate together.

The Troop cards are always a kindness project plus I gave some encouragement this week too. Sometimes it’s the little bits of kindness that can mean the most.

I hope you have a fantastic weekend!

Thanks for stopping by.

Cards, Kindness matters, Slimline Cards

Summer Hello Slimline

Hi Angels!

Boy is this Grammy tired. Little Miss Nora came to visit & spend the night & even she was so tuckered out, she fell asleep on the way home this afternoon. We had lots of fun & did a wee bit of artwork together of course.

I did start a Bible Journaling page yesterday but it’s not quite finished so I opted for a quick card tonight. I had done a trial cut of the A Jillian Vance Design Slimline Signature Polka Dot Cover Plate die on red but hadn’t designed anything yet. I enjoyed playing with the daisies so much a couple of days ago that I created a cute summer hello.

I also used the Essentials Backdrop die that has coordinating stitching and dug up my big hello & daisy set from FSJ. This will make a great kindness card to

I have a couple of busy days the next couple of days so this Grammy better get some rest.

More on my kindness project soon.

Have a Fabulous Week!

Cards, Kindness matters, Slimline Cards

Heart Smile

Hi Angels!

Sometimes the best kindness is to yourself, especially after dealing with a migraine on Tuesday. Yesterday I ran a couple of errands, did a little troop work and then just chilled. Today I did something I haven’t done in awhile and that was just poke around a couple of stores with no real agenda, then treated myself to lunch. Of course in addition to being kind to me, I also left a nice tip for my waitress. Most restaurants are still not at full capacity so there’s just not the tips for the waitstaff like usual.

Tonight I got my main worktop cleaned off & tidied, then created a quick card using the heart cutouts from the faith, hope & love card I posted last week.

The hearts are from A Jillian Vance Design Slimeline Heart Window & Words Cover Plate die set. I always love projects that I can create a 2 for one and this cover plate set offers just that.

Since there are obviously no slimline embossing folders as far as I know, I experimented with the Ornate Floral folder from Stampin’ Up! to see if I could get an even emboss flipping the cardstock piece. If you look close there is a thin meeting line but overall I had good success on my 2nd attempt. The smile is from a Sizzix set & the daisies are an old retired FSJ set.

Thanks for stopping by.

Cards, Slimline Cards

Faith Hope & Love Slimline

Hi Angels!

Well I thought I would get this posted yesterday but a day out in the heat & humidity just wore me out. I will be hiding out in the house the next couple of days as they are predicting it will stay hot for awhile.

Our final slimline card for class was the easiest one. I let the dies do the work for us with some pretty paper.

I am loving the coordinating sets of slimline dies from A Jillian Vance Design. This card features the Essentials Backdrop and Heart Window & Words sets. Simple & elegant.

I hope everyone is having a good week so far. The weekend is just ahead. I hope your plans include some creative time.

Thanks for popping in!

Cards, Slimline Cards

Birthday Balloons Slimline

Hi Angels!

Another quick post for one of the slimline cards I designed for tonight’s class.

Some fun birthday balloons! I used My Favorite Things Stamp Cloud Stencil for the background, I think the balloons are from my Penny Black set but they are part of the dies need reorganized project. The Happy Birthday is from Simon Says Stamp.

On the run the 1st couple of days this week but I have another fun slimline card to share tomorrow or Weds.

Have a Fabulous Week!