Cards, Penny Black, Taylored Expressions

Elegant Rose

Hi Angels!

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.

Thanks for popping in!

Cards, Taylored Expressions

Sketchbook Coneflower

Hi Angels!

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.

Have a Fabulous Week!

Cards, Kindness matters, Taylored Expressions

Wildflower Sunset

Hi Angels!

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.

Have a Blessed Sunday!

Cards, Kindness matters, My Favorite Things, Taylored Expressions

Blooming Hello

Hi Angels!

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 found these really cute happy mail stickers on Etsy.

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.

Thanks for popping by.

Cards, Cards for the Troops, Taylored Expressions

Sketchbook Floral

Hi Angels!

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.

Cards, Catherine Pooler Designs, Taylored Expressions, Techniques, Terrific Tuesday, Tonic Studios, Tutorial

Terrific Tuesday – Tone on Tone

Hi Angels!

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.