Monthly Archives: October 2014

I Can’t Get Enough Fall Foliage

I Can’t Get Enough Fall Foliage

Driving through my rather ordinary Connecticut town earlier this week, I was once again amazed by the colors on the trees. I was struck by the fact that most of the time we pay little or no attention to these trees–they aren’t fancy, just maples and elms and oaks–but right now they are ablaze in stunning oranges and reds and yellows, and it about takes my breath away.

I made a little project with one of my recent foliage photos. Since I printed the photo on canvas, it’s not as vibrant as the photo on glossy paper, but I like the sense of peace and calm it gives. I mounted the canvas piece on a canvas panel and added some lace and a Tim Holtz metal “moments” circle. A little ink on the edges and it was done.

Moments by BraveBeanArt

 

Like every season here in New England, fall is fleeting. (Well, some would argue that winter isn’t as fleet as one might like, but it’s all relative!) I feel the urge to capture these moments, but I’m also grateful to my Creator that the seasons keep coming around–Lord willing, I’ll see many more autumns.

Entering this in the Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge “Anything Goes.”

More Coffee Cards

More Coffee Cards

Yesterday I pulled out the October card kit from Simon Says Stamp again and got to work: we have a lot of fall birthdays in our family!

JavaCard by BraveBeanArt

 

 

My daughter had made a few cards last week. She makes lovely, simple cards, and because she doesn’t get caught up in trends or fancy techniques, she often does things I don’t think of, like fussy cut the coffee mug. So she was my inspiration for this card. She also loves heat embossing and Wink of Stella, both of which make an appearance here in her honor.

What'sBrewingCard by BraveBeanArt

 

This was the second card I made, and I had a funny experience while I was looking for inspiration online. I knew I wanted to use the talk balloon stamp and the “what’s brewing?” sentiment stamp together, but I wasn’t sure just how. I hopped online to the card kit gallery at Simon Says Stamp for this kit and scrolled through. looking for talk balloons and opening tabs with examples as I went along. When I went from tab to tab I was surprised to see that I’d clicked on one of my own cards where I’d previously used the talk balloon–I had completely forgotten I’d used it! So I sort of inspired myself… Only in the meantime I had had the idea of heat embossing the sentiment first and stamping the talk balloon on top, letting the embossed words resist the ink–which worked just fine.

I’m adding this second card to the Monday “Anything Goes” challenge at Simon Says Stamp–check out the fun here!

Tell Your Stories

Tell Your Stories

TellYourStories by BraveBeanArt

I had the background to this art journal page (in my large Dylusions art journal) prepped for a week or so before I knew what I wanted to say on it. I have seen this quote a number of times but when I saw it most recently on Pinterest it resonated even more strongly with me.

There is nothing fancy going on here technique-wise–just a lot of stamping. The dragonfly is a Tim Holtz stamp, and most of the others are by Dina Wakely. The washi tape is a new acquisition from 7Gypsies, and the alpha is…old.

Photo Monday (and a Scrapbook Page!)

Photo Monday (and a Scrapbook Page!)

 

I don’t know if it’s me or the weather or the trees or what, but I’ve found this fall’s color here in Connecticut to be spectacular. On our way to breakfast this past Saturday I asked my husband to take me to a nearby reservoir so I could capture some shots. It was overcast but simply gorgeous.

Reservoir1 by BraveBeanArt

Reservoir2 by BraveBeanArt

Reservoir3 by BraveBeanArt

 

I liked that middle photo enough that I made a scrapbook page out of it yesterday.

Glorious page by BraveBeanArt

Happy fall! It is my favorite season, and I’m not done photographing it.

Birthday Cards

Birthday Cards

 

I often can’t resist 6 x 6 paper pads I run across on sale at Marshall’s or TJ Maxx. Do I really need all that cute patterned paper? Uh, no. But I pulled a few of those pads out recently and put a few pieces to work on some birthday cards. They are both pretty simple and really all about the fun patterns. I used Lawn Fawn Small Stitched Rectangles dies on both–love those dies–as well as stamps from Simon Says Stamp for the sentiments.

Birthday Card by BraveBeanArt

Arrows birthday card by BraveBeanArt

Bible Journaling

Bible Journaling

Isaiah 49 by BraveBeanArt

 

I recently ran across a group of folks online who are doing art journaling in their Bibles, which intrigued me as a cool intersection of art and spirituality grounded in the solid foundation of the Word of God. I dug out a journaling Bible I used a number of years ago and had a go at it recently. Someone important to me had forgotten an appointment with me, and I badly needed the assurance that God would never forget about me or stand me up, that I am always in his thoughts and surrounded by his love.

The journaling Bible has wide margins for note taking, so I have space to play without obscuring the words of Scripture, which is important to me. On the other hand, the type size in this Bible is really tiny, which is why I stopped using it a couple years ago. I’m not sure if I’ll make a regular practice of journaling in my Bible; Scripture already finds its way into my other art journals pretty often, and that may serve the purpose well enough for me. But it was fun to give this a go, and this will always be a good reminder of the faithfulness of my Savior.

Friendship Has Its Perks

Friendship Has Its Perks

Friendship card by BraveBeanArt

I have a couple of friends with whom I meet for coffee and talk pretty often, but I made this one for one friend in particular. She and I meet almost every week, always at the same coffee shop, for something to drink (she’s a tea drinker) and–mostly–good conversation. We have been doing this for several years, and it is a precious time in my week.

I made this using the most recent card kit from Simon Says Stamp. I added a little Wink of Stella to the hearts in the mugs and the “smoke,” but everything else is right from the kit.

Take Heart Art Journaling

Take Heart Art Journaling

Take Heart by BraveBeanArt

It really helps me to document Bible passages that strike me in particular ways. I did this page in my planner after mulling over the account in Matthew of Jesus walking on the water to the wave-washed boat of his disciples. How often do I need to remember that my Savior is in the storm with me? Daily, I imagine. I love the phrase take heart; it challenges me to be brave, not because of my own power or strength or talent, but because I am held by a powerful and loving God who says to me daily, “Take heart–it is I! Do not be afraid.”

Oh, and the sail on the boat? Shelf liner. I love the dollar store for things like that.