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.
I hope you’ve had a wonderful Saturday. I got some organizing done, always a good thing & I handed off a couple of new home baskets to Feed His Sheep. One of the sheep got their new apartment yesterday & are no longer on the streets.
I have been playing with the Taylored Expressions Field Note kit. I’m glad I decided to get one because the exclusive kit is sold out.
I’ve been eyeing distress ink blends on Pinterest again and a sunset one caught my eye so I used it to create this card using the Frayed Edge masking stencils. It came out beautifully.
I chose the Indian Paintbrush flower from the Sketchbook Florals set, at least I think that’s what it is. I love flowers but am far from an expert. No green thumb here. I colored it in rich colors so it would stand out against the background. The sentiment if from the Field Notes stamp set.
I’m off to get some rest. Heading off to church in the morning & then visiting with our granddaughters in the afternoon.
Today’s kindness was working on some “happy mail” to send out. I have been focusing on those who need some cheer, requests for family & friends who may be ill or having a special birthday, etc. A wonderful way to share some encouragement especially since some of us are still in areas of quarantine.
I dealt with a migraine most of the day so I made another quick card tonight. I blended a little Distress Oxides through Taylored Expressions Blooming Beautiful stencil and added the Sweet Hello die cut from My Favorite Things.
This bright cheery card is sure to brighten up someone’s day in my next happy mail batch.
Whew! It’s been a busy day. I spent almost 7 hours working on Cards for the Troops with the help of the Angels for about 5.5 hours of the day. Makes for some good visiting time while we work. We processed over 670 cards today.
I created a relatively fast card tonight using the new Field Notes kit from Taylored Expressions featuring the Sketchbook Florals stamp set.
This is when it pays to have a stash of watercolor/spray type backgrounds on hand and these two paired lovely together. A quick cut oval, a couple of stamps and instant card perfect to brighten someone’s day.
Don’t forget to do something kind everyday this week. The world can certainly use a few more smiles and good surprises.
I decided on one of my favorite techniques to share today, tone on tone or monochromatic creating. My absolute favorite is white on white but today’s card is more of a cream color. Let’s take a look….
I just love how this card turned out, simply elegant. This would make great wedding thank-yous for a winter wedding.
There are quite a few new card creators in some of my groups so let’s do a step by step on this card.
I selected an ivory or cream cardbase, standard A2 which equals a 4 1/4 by 5 1/2 inch card or half a sheet of standard 8 1/2 x 11 cardstock folded in half.
The mat piece is Canson 140 lb watercolor paper cut 4 x 5 1/4. (Watercolor paper tends to be more off white thus the ivory card design.)
I secured Taylored Expressions Nordic Snowflake stencil with some masking tape over the mat. Using Nuvo Glimmer Paste I applied or “buttered” a thin layer over the stencil with a palette knife. Carefully remove the stencil, wash immediately with warm soapy water & set aside to dry. Set your mat piece aside to dry too.
To keep the monotone effect, I cut the Catherine Pooler Designs Snowflake Mini Cover Plate die out of another piece of Canson 140 lb watercolor paper and the thank-you sentiment that comes with the die out of champagne colored pearl cardstock.
Once the stenciled snowflakes are dry you can build the card. Adhere the snowflake mat to the card base.
Use thin foam strips applied to the back of the Snowflake frame to pop it up off the card & adhere to the mat layer.
I used Nuvo Deluxe Adhesive Clear Drying Craft Glue to adhere the thank-you die cut.
Finally I punched a small glitter circle & applied to the center of the snowflake in the frame to carry the glitter effect to the front.
Some more tips for working with tone on tone:
Keep your colors of the same shade or hue. You don’t want a red-orange with a red-violet as they will clash a bit. My exception to this is I will quite often use silver, black or gray words with my white on white designs as well as sometimes adding a layer of silver to the design.
The biggest trick for monotone cards to work is adding depth & interest. The glimmer paste glittery snowflakes create a lot of interest in this card without overwhelming the design. Embossing folders work great too. Popping up an element adds more depth. Vary the types of paper, mat, glossy, metallic, glitter etc. It is perfectly alright to add a stamped sentiment in an ink to compliment the color scheme or even black, gray or brown allows the sentiment to stand out more. Adding pearls, rhinestones, sequins & ribbon in the same color tone adds more interest too.
I hope you enjoyed this peek into tone on tone creating. Pull out your favorite color & see what you can create with one color family.