Sympathy cards can be difficult to create but are often a gift of love & caring. They also provide the perfect opportunity to pray for the individual or family I am sending a card to while I am creating them.
Tonight’s card was mailed over a week ago and hopefully brought some comfort to a dear friend.
I used Taylored Expressions Aflutter stamp set and a custom ombre ink pad. I added some Nuvo Glitter Gloss to the butterflies. It adds a touch of shimmer without being too sparkly.
A couple of projects done today after a few errands & a quick visit with a friend.
I had fun playing with Taylored Expressions Oh Hoppy Day Stencil and the Bunch O’ Bunnies wooden bunnies.
I used the Distress Oxides from the background to color the wood of the small bunny. Super easy. I may hide this one from the granddaughters & give to one of them for Easter. Then design a 2nd card for them.
Speaking of granddaughters they are visiting tomorrow so this Grammy better get some rest.
It’s time to debut the 2021 Calendar. I have been offering this calendar class I think for 7 years now. Could be 8 years but somewhere around that time frame. This year features watercolored florals.
I did every other month alternating silver & gold embossing for a touch of elegance. I brought out my Twinkling H2O’s for shimmer. I used Taylored Expressions Seasonal Sprig for January and an old Fun Stampers Journey set Sweet You.
Like a lot of artists this year, I am planning to use what I have on hand as much as possible. While I am puttering in my studio during my Glorious 60th year, I hope to create with a lot of things that haven’t been used yet as well as revisit some unfinished projects & see about the finishing touches on them. As you can imagine with well over 35+ years of paper art supplies, I have a small treasure trove here. I also plan to purge some more. When I do purchase I am planning to support local & small business shops as much as possible.
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.
I used Picket Fence Studios Slimline Floral stencil, My Favorite Things Thank-you die and Taylored Expressions Big Thanks stamp set.
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.
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.
A typical Monday even with packing for retreat except for the migraine that slowed me down a bit. I’m definitely not a big fan of time crunches but almost always it turns out okay. So the packing will get finished tomorrow & the van loaded.
The Taylored Expressions Sketchbook Flowers set has 3 flowers & my goal was to create at least 3 cards. Mission accomplished. Today’s is softly elegant with the rose flower.
I wanted a more organic background so I pulled out Penny Black’s Petite Blossoms stencil. The sentiment is from the TE Field Notes stamp set.
I hope you enjoyed this short series and you were inspired with some creative ideas.
If I have time between packing tomorrow, I have a new idea waiting in the wings.
Enjoyed a great Sunday at church & then visiting the granddaughters. But now the race is on, as I only have 2 days to finish packing for our fall Angel Retreat. Yikes! I’m partially packed but there always seems like there’s a lot to do before I leave.
Creative fun is still happening with more of the Taylored Expressions Field Notes kit. This coneflower from the Sketchbook Flowers set features a watercolor/distress type background.
I saw a similar sample on Pinterest but of course had to change it up a bit. The original was just the yellow watercolor. After I did distress ink smooshing for my watercolor effect & let it dry, I swiped in some blue with a blending brush to the edges & added gold splatters. The dots & sentiment are from the Field Notes set.
Off to bed, this week has some early starts to the day and still lots of packing ahead.