Art Inspiration, Cards, Crafters Companion, Taylored Expressions

Butterfly Prayers

Hi Friends!

I thought I’d get to work on some art yesterday but unfortunately a migraine said otherwise. Today I was hoping to get into the studio earlier but my errands ran longer than planned then a friend called for help. So I definitely got my kindness in today helping out my friend.

Fortunately beautiful cards do not have to be elaborate all the time. Another design in my encouragement/sympathy series.

A classic black & white design with a beautiful 3D embossing folder made for a quick card. The embossing folder is Fluttering By from Gemini & Crafters Companion & has a matching stencil for accent work. I believe after a quick search it is now retired. The sentiment strip is from Taylored Expressions Simple Strips Sympathy.

I hope to get a few more crafty minutes in tomorrow. I scheduled Wednesdays to be my house project days. Tomorrow it’s clean the fridge & wash down the cabinets with Murphy’s Wood Oil soap.

How are your new year crafty projects coming along? I hope you are finding time to create & be kind.

Blessings!

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, 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.

Blessings,

Art Inspiration, Classes

2022 Calendar 1st Quarter

Hi Friends!

I have enjoyed designing a calendar class for many years now using Taylored Expressions 6 x 6 downloadable calendar. This will be the last one designed in this style, I may or may not design a new calendar for next year.

I had about 3 ideas for this calendar & they just would come together then someone shared a card with ink blended die cut shapes & it greatly appealed to the desire to just play a bit. So I did several quick blends and added to them as I decided on each calendar page. This was the final grouping all on 5 1/2 x 4 1/4 cardstock.

These were just fast blends with Distress Oxides, not a lot of time spent because they were going to be stamped & die cut. I did 2 sets and recorded the color combo on the back so they could be duplicated for class. I then selected a variety of stamp/die combos from my collection and started creating. Only 2 months had stamps with no dies that were fussy cut.

After decided on the color combos for each month based on the stamp sets I selected, I then did a lighter blend on the calendar page itself, stamped some coordinating background images & dug into my sequin stash for some bling.

They are much more vibrant in person, my lighting wasn’t the greatest today. These months feature all Catherine Pooler Designs sets.

My best advice when ideas don’t come together or your muse had gone on vacation it to just play with background techniques. You are still creating & there’s no pressure or stress when you are just playing & experimenting.

Handmade calendars make great gifts to share some kindness & love. You might want to plan on creating some for next year to give away.

Art Inspiration, Cards, Taylored Expressions

Monochromatic Bouquet

Hi Angels!

I created a quick tone on tone card tonight. I had a busy and productive day including spending a couple of hours with my youngest granddaughter. We sorted out 2 of my small baskets then we did some coloring. I cleaned the studio for this weekend’s event and got some of my homework done.

I pulled Taylored Expressions Sketchbook Bouquet out thinking about a black & white card & create this instead.

I used cream, a lighter kraft color & gold embossing & splatters to keep it tone on tone. The sentiment is from Taylored’s Sweet Sentiments set.

A big final prep day tomorrow before Friday’s festivities kick off. I’m sneaking out long enough for a pedicure. Pretty toes & a few minutes in the massage chair is a great way to start a creative weekend.

Art Inspiration, Cards, SCT Sampler, Taylored Expressions

Floral Wall

Hi Angels!

Sometimes you just have to grab what’s available for a quick card. It’s been a busy day of errands so not much time for creating. I’m still pretty much keeping my errands to one day a week so I crammed a lot in today.

I picked up a couple of my SCT Samplers and pulled this 3×4 card out of the August kit from the Simple Stories Sunkissed Collection. I grabbed my Shiplap background from Taylored Expressions & pulled a sentiment from the Simple Strips background that I keep a pre-cut & stamped package of and instant card.

Looking at a quiet day tomorrow, a bit of time with my youngest granddaughter & more prep work for Crop & Create this weekend.

Do you have any plans for World Cardmaking day Saturday?

Art Inspiration, Cards, Kindness matters, Taylored Expressions

YAY! Celebration

Hi Angels!

I hope your weekend has been truly fabulous, blessed & you had the opportunity to share some kindness.

We should be home by now but I’ll bet tired so I’m glad I got some cards done before I left to schedule.

I had a spare YAY! Caps Lock die cut from Taylored Expressions cut & assembled in black and thought it would be a great small test piece for the new Iuile Watercolors Christmas Palette I ordered. The watercolor is supposed to look great on black and it does. I’m not sure the photo does it justice for how incredibly glittery it is.

I did a bit of ink variegation on the Gifted Background stamp and add a sentiment from Simple Strips Birthday. A fairly easy card that looks like it took a bit of work to pull off.

This week will be a little bit busy and the excitement is building for next week’s Crop & Create Deliver Cardmaking Event on World Cardmaking Weekend!

Have a wonderful week & keep sharing kindness!

Art Inspiration, Cards, Kindness matters, Taylored Expressions

Owls with Great Love

Hi Angels!

Today’s card was lots of fun and reminds us to do all things with love.

These Taylored Expressions Owls from the What a Hoot stamp, stencil & die combo are so cute. I stamped them onto one of my hand painted backgrounds and die cut them out. I used the stencil to create the background. I did one color, then shifted the stencil a bit for each of the other colors. It turned out great. The sentiment is from the Beautiful Soul stamp set.

Have a Blessed Sunday tomorrow!

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!

Art Inspiration, Cards, Kindness matters, Taylored Expressions

Autumn Abstract

Hi Angels!

I worked on 5 different projects today and completed 4, whew! Some were as simple as printing some Bible Journaling printables but still did quite a bit in the studio.

Since I have been sorting & organizing, I’m trying to make it a point to work with some of my newer supplies & some of my older supplies. I had not had a chance to play with my Taylored Expressions In The Abstract kit so here’s my first card design.

Usually I don’t create a lot of fall themed items but this year may be the exception. The kit’s main item is the Abstract Accents Stencil & Stamp Combo. I used Candy Apple, Ripe Persimmon & Fossilized Amber Distress Oxides for the background stencil shapes. Stamped a couple of elements from the coordinating stamp set and added a sentiment from the Beautiful Soul stamp set. I used the Branch Out dies set for the leaves.

Speaking of fall, the cooler temperatures today certainly hint at fall & are a welcome relief from the recent heat wave.

Share a little joy and make someone smile tomorrow!