Art Inspiration, Cards, Challenges, Simon Says Stamp, Taylored Expressions

Simon Says Stamp 5 Ways in 5 Days- Day 2 Sparkle

Hi Angels!

Busy day & I’m tired. I got more sorting done in the studio, the new carpet was put in & the bedroom is almost back together and I got one of the 2 cards I started done for Simon Says Stamp 5 Ways in 5 Days.

Today Yana Smakula shared different ways to add sparkle to a card and I managed to get 3 different sparkles from my supplies on this card.

It’s very glittery so it’s hard to photograph. I didn’t have the medium Yana used but I did have Taylored Expressions new Glitter Grab that I hadn’t tried yet. I applied it through Taylored’s Winter’s Beauty Stencil then I grabbed some glitter I’ve had forever and tried for a striped effect. The outside edges are a light lavender glitter but just looks like a different white in the picture. The center is a mixture of white & silver glitter. Not perfect but very cool. I added a glitter rhinestone in the center & die cut peace out of glitter paper.

I will try & get my second card I started done soon but it may be after this week. I’d like to try & get something done for tomorrows 5 Ways and it’s an errand day so time will be short.

Have a Great Wednesday!

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, Classes, Taylored Expressions

Taylored Expressions Diamond Botanical Class

Hi Angels!

Rough couple of days between a migraine, bad air quality index & my knee injection but with some rest I still powered through todays class with Taylored Expressions Online Crafty Class featuring the Diamond Botanical Stamp & die set along with the Wood Plank background & Diamond Masking Stencil.

Lots of little tips & techniques I either hadn’t tried before or done for a long time helps refresh your creativity & inspiration. I don’t have a big variety of alcohol ink markers & my blending & mixing colors is a bit off but that just helps me get out of my comfort zone a bit.

Going to spend the weekend working in the studio doing some more sorting.

Hope you have a terrific weekend!

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!

Art Inspiration, Cards, My Favorite Things, Taylored Expressions

Christmas in July – Peaceful Sprig

Hi Angels!

I have you’ve had a fun and relaxed weekend! Summer just seems like the best time to combine fun in the sun with some time to chill out & relax.

I got the studio tidied up for a week of creating ahead. I’m taking a class, designing a class & still enjoying the techniques from the Card Makers Success Summit – Christmas in July. I got the VIP pass so will be able to work my way through the techniques & videos at my own pace. Tonight’s card is from one of the tutorials.

This was a fun stencil masking class from Laurie Wilson. She is the creative inspiration behind Taylored Expressions great masking stencil line. I think my favorite part of this technique was the shadowing overlay of the striped stencil. I used Taylored Expressions Masking Rectangle stencil & Seasonal Sprig stamp & layering stencil set and for the stripes I used My Favorite Things Candy Stripes stencil. I also used Candied Apple & Rustic Wilderness Distress Oxide Inks for all the coloring with a touch of Nuvo Glitter Gloss for the berries.

Blessings for a great week ahead!

Art Inspiration, Cards, Gina K Designs, Taylored Expressions

Time to Coast Birthday Wishes

Hi Angels!

I hope you have had a great Saturday!

This was actually the first card I created for last Monday’s class but I love how it came out & decided it would be the perfect birthday card for my Son-in-law Dustin’s birthday yesterday so I had to wait to share it.

I used Gina K Designs Time to Coast set and Master Layouts 5 die set along with Taylored Expressions Shiplap Background. I love the sunrise/sunset ink blended background on this one.

Have a Blessed Sunday!

Art Inspiration, Cards, Gina K Designs, Taylored Expressions, Watercolor

Have Faith

Hi Angels!

I had a great day! I started a 2nd Bible study & got some organizing/purging done. I have a van full for the thrift shop tomorrow.

Have faith is the 2nd “No Fuss” watercolor card from last night’s class.

I am loving the images in the Time to Coast stamp set from Gina K Designs. I added the Wood Plank Background from Taylored Expressions for the background & the sentiment is from Gina K Designs Incredibly Grateful set. My quick No Fuss watercolor makes it look like I spent more time on the card when the reality is it took about 5 minutes to swipe in some watercolor. A limited color palette is the key.

Tomorrow is errand day but hopefully I’ll have some creative time in the studio. I got my Altenew Craft Your Life Retreat goodies today for August 7th and they are tempting me to a little early crafting. What a fabulous kit! Some of their things sell out so fast I’m glad I got in on this one. I also have a few other new goodies to play with. Decisions, decisions. I’m hoping on Thursday I feel up to making several items as I have to rest after my knee injection. I’ll be coloring if nothing else.

Have a Fabulous Day tomorrow!

Art Inspiration, Cards, Classes, Taylored Expressions

Taylored Expressions Gifted Class Part 1

Hi Angels!

I am still enjoying celebrating Gloriously 60 with a variety of online classes & events and have several lined up the next few months. Today I took the 1st of Taylored Expressions Online Crafty Classes featuring the Gifted Background stamp and it was lots of fun.

We did 4 cards basically 2 for the girls & 2 for the guys but easy to make in a variety of colors. Tonight I am sharing the more girly style cards.

These are so bright and colorful and sure to bring lots of smiles. These 2 cards feature ink blending. I don’t own Taylored Inks so I substituted Catherine Pooler Designs inks in similar colors to the class samples. The balloon card is emboss resist and the Yay! card is blended through the matching stencil after stamping.

The really cool thing about the Gifted products is not only is there a large background stamp, but a matching stencil & cutting plate that give you endless options for creating. We also used the Celebrate Big Stamp set and matching Celebrate Big Balloon Shaker die set, Caps Lock YAY! die and Simple Strips Birthday stamp & matching die.

Taking classes helps keep my skills sharp, I get to try new techniques or products or refresh older skills I learned awhile back often with a new twist. Plus there’s more freedom in designing without deadlines.

Hope you have some summer fun planned this weekend with maybe a bit of creating.

Art Inspiration, Brutus Monroe, Cards, My Favorite Things, Taylored Expressions

Joy Shared

Hi Angels!

I had a quiet day at home doing some clean up in the studio & preparing for Taylored Expressions Online Crafty Class tomorrow.

I grabbed a few things on hand after tidying up to create tonight’s bright summery card.

I had the ink blended background on hand from another project so it was really easy to die cut out the Hero Arts Butterfly Confetti Fancy Die, bonus I have a lot of rainbow colored butterflies to create a couple more cards with. I used My Favorite Things Sending Christmas Joy Die-namics for the large Joy diecut and Taylored Expressions/Brutus Monroe Crafty Simple Strips for the sentiment. This card is sure to bring a smile to the recipient.

Have a Fantastic Weekend!

Art Inspiration, Cards, Taylored Expressions

Graduation Cards

Hi Angels!

My youngest daughter requested a couple of graduation cards this morning to deliver this afternoon before they go visit her hubby’s family for the 4th. Pinterest to the rescue.

I think I only have the one graduation stamp set from Taylored Expressions called Dream Big from many years ago plus a small cap die from Taylored too. I was a bit rusty making small tassels but I think for making quick cards these came out great.

I used a star stencil to add some interest to card one. I think the young lady will enjoy it. I liked the simple design of using a partial square to stand in for the cap from this cased design.

For card 2 I tried a fun fold which was surprisingly easy. I did a quick mock up first before working on the actual card. I hope the young man appreciates it.

I am thankful for fellow artisans that share their ideas for us to peruse for inspiration & instruction especially in a time crunch. I hope others are inspired by my shares too.