Art Inspiration, Cards, Taylored Expressions

Stamp Joy Elegant Cards

Hi Friends!

Today is the final round of cards from the Stamp Joy event with Taylored Expressions.

This set is a little more elegant and beautiful with ink blending.

On the first card, after ink blending through the Birds & Blooms stencil, we added some details with colored pencils to add more interest to the background. The 2nd mini slimline card was supposed to be an ink lifting technique but I didn’t have the ink so I used white pigment ink over the blending to achieve a similar look. Unfortunately for the last card you cannot see the subtle shimmer created by a light mist of Pixie Spray over the oval, while still masked, and then foiled with Decofoil.

The next few days will be filled with Bible Journaling both from my Lent studies & the Sweet n’ Sassy Bible Journaling Retreat is this weekend. I’ll also start taking pictures of last weekend’s Crop & Create cards to post in between.


Art Inspiration, Cards, Taylored Expressions

Stamp Joy Mod Quad

Hi Friends!

I managed to clean up the craftermath from Crop & Create today. Now it will be easier to finish up the cards that still need finishing touches.

If you are familiar with Taylored Expressions Create-in-Quads Layerinng Stencils, we got an exclusive one at Stamp Joy called Mod.

These stencils are designed to create 4 card backgrounds and are great for gift sets. The possibilities for colors & mixed media techniques is endless, so fun! I was able to modify the last card as the sentiment didn’t stamp well the first time. I just trimmed it down to the patterned area and popped it on a card base.

Can you believe it’s almost the end of March? National Craft Month just flew by. I hope you found some time to be crafty.


Art Inspiration, Cards, Taylored Expressions

Stamp Joy Fun Cards

Hi Friends!

I hope you are having an amazing week!

I am tired. Crop & Create for 3 days, 8 mini classes, 8 full classes, 2 make & takes & a challenge is a lot in one weekend. I completed 19 cards, have 15 cards in various stages of final touches to complete, have 5 classes to start on, 1 of the make & takes & the challenge to finish. I am thinking the challenge would be great for the month of April so I’m working on ideas for approaching that. Whew! I’ll get pictures posted as soon as I can.

In the meantime, I still have several projects to share from the Angel’s weekend earlier this month. This was the fun set of cards for Stamp Joy.

These cards are great for the young or young at heart. The llama has beautiful texture paste on it called Happy Medium from Taylored Expressions in iridescent glitter. It is stunning in person. If I had had Wobblers with me on retreat, the melon slice would have been wobbling. So cute as a mini slimline card. The hello is perfect for any occasion for anyone but would be great for a tween or teen.

I’m hoping to clean up the ravaged studio from the weekend tomorrow and complete a few of the finishing touches that need done. I have plenty to post & will strive to get caught up in the next couple of weeks. Allergies & asthma are still wearing me out, the Bradford Pears are in full bloom.


Art Inspiration, Cards, Taylored Expressions

Stamp Joy Floral Flurry

Hi Friends!

Tonight I’m sharing the Friday class from the Stamp Joy weekend event that Pam & I did together while on our Angel Retreat weekend.

I just love how these turned out using the exclusive Stamp Joy Floral Flurry stamp & stencil set.

These cards look great both with a combination of the stamp & the stencil and the stencil by itself for that “no line’ look. I can see doing the tone on tone one in several different colors. The blue card is a unique “box” card that pops up when you open it but folds flat for mailing. Always love playing in classes for different ideas, tips & tricks.

I’m so glad my laminator held out for this class for the shaker card because on Sunday of our weekend when I went to do some more foiling it decided it wasn’t heating up anymore. I had to replace it right away because I need it for this weekend’s event. It was a weekend of tech failures for me. My headset died, the remote to the Firestick had battery corrosion that had to be cleaned & fresh batteries added and then the laminator died. Sometimes life just throws in curve balls.


Art Inspiration, Cards, Creative Crate, Pinkfresh Studio, Sizzix, Taylored Expressions

Sketch Challenge – Creative Crate

Hi Friends!

During the Creative Crate event they had a sketch & welcome gift challenge going on. Since I had 2 migraines that week, I only did the sketch challenge & had to wait until voting was over to post.

I love a good challenge. I opted to design so they looked like a set.

With the geometrics elements these would make great guy cards or cards for any occasion. On the left I used Pinkfresh Studio’s Art Deco Hot Foil plate to emboss the design on the background & color in with the matching stencil set. I embossed the small triangle piece with the Sizzix Staggered Chevrons 3D embossing folder which I also used on card #2. The sentiment strips are from Taylored Expressions Simple Strip sets.

It’s always fun to stretch your creativity with something like a sketch challenge.

The weekend is almost here, do you have any plans to get creative?


Art Inspiration, Cards, My Favorite Things, Scrap Attack, Taylored Expressions

Birthday Shiplap

Hi Friends!

I am still sorting away in the studio. Today I put in about 3 1/2 hours, whew!

Today was my youngest son’s birthday. My guys just don’t like to be fussed over for their birthdays or the holidays so often a quick & easy card is the way to go.

Bonus, this is a ‘scrap attack’ card. The teal is an old Bo Bunny paper from way back when, I had the right sizes in light & dark gray for the shiplap background from Taylored Expressions & to shadow the letters. The sentiment is a retired My Favorite Things Dienamics. Extra bonus, I got a new system to store my scraps in folders, I’ll start setting up tomorrow. Who knows what I’ll ‘scrap attack’ next.

This would be a great card style to have on hand in a few different colors & sentiments.

I hope you are spreading some extra love & kindness during the month of love.


Art Inspiration, Bits & Pieces, Cards, My Favorite Things, Taylored Expressions

Anniversary Love

Hi Friends!

I spent yesterday doing some more organizing & sorting. Because I changed the location of a few items, I now have a really big sort & straighten project going on plus slimming down a bit. I see a couple of weeks ahead of hard work.

In between organizing I have started 2 mini albums and grabbed some items from the infamous Bits & Pieces box for tonight’s card.

I pulled a scrap of pink out for the mat and stamped it with My Favorite Things Romantic Script. Pulled a few sentiments out of my Taylored Expressions Simple Strips Background stash and used the die cuts from the Bits & Pieces to finish the card.

I hope you have a fabulous week! Don’t forget to check on your neighbors if you are experiencing a bit of winter weather.


Art Inspiration, Cards, Kindness matters, Lawn Fawn, Taylored Expressions

Snowflake Fun Part 2 – Get Cracking on Christmas

Hi Friends!

I was so busy having fun with the alcohol ink & die cuts the other evening that I only got one of my cards completed.

So here is part 2:

Not one to waste alcohol ink scraps, I cut some more Lawn Fawn Stitched Snowflakes out of the leftovers. I also used Lawn Fawn’s Snowflake Background stencils & Snow Day stamps for card #1.

I decided to play with both silver & gold foils with the alcohol inks so this is my gold card. It also features LF Stitched Snowflakes & Taylored Expressions Simple Strips Christmas.

Since I was using up glitter paper scraps, I now have several more snowflakes ready to go for future projects. I have a couple projects going to use up more of my scraps. I’m determined to thin out the studio even more this year.

I hope you have had a blessed weekend! Enjoy the week ahead & spread some kindness.


Art Inspiration, Cards, Lawn Fawn, Taylored Expressions

7th Birthday Critter Fun

Hi Friends!

Today my oldest granddaughter celebrated her 7th birthday & this Grammy had lots of fun creating her card.

I don’t make interactive cards very often but this was fun. I used Lawn Fawn’s Stitched Hillside Backdrop: Landscape die, Scootin’ By & Butterfly Kisses Flip Flop stamps & dies along with Taylored Expressions Gifted Background.

She enjoyed her card almost as much as the marble run set we got for her.

I hope you have a fabulous weekend!


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.