Wednesday, February 14, 2018

Happy Valentine's Day!

I feel so blessed to have had truly loving friends all my life. I made several cards to celebrate this day. Here's the first:

The sentiment is my favorite part of this card. It comes from a long-retired CTMH stamp set:

"Side by side, or far apart, true friends live within our heart."

I'm sharing this card with the following challenges:

Crafting By Designs - Be My Valentine
Deep Ocean Challenge #174 - Love Is All Around

Saturday, February 3, 2018

XOXO Tuesday Morning Sketch

Valentine's Day is a special time to let others know we love them, but so are the other 364 days of the year! When my hubby and I first started dating years ago, some of our dates included riding bikes in the park. That was what I thought about when I saw this fun Cricut tags that's currently free in Design Space.  I really love last year's XOXO die from CTMH. It's bold and fun, perfect for this tag .  This week's sketch at Tuesday Morning Sketches #438 was just right for this combination. I also used the theme and color combo from SumMore Fun. I added black for contrast.

I also love the CTMH cardstock with the white core. I embossed the little hearts and lightly sanded them.

I hope you'll let the others around you know that you love them, both by words and deeds
and cards!

Love suffers long and is kind; love does not envy; love does not parade itself, is not puffed up; does not behave rudely, does not seek its own, is not provoked, thinks no evil; does not rejoice in iniquity, but rejoices in the truth; bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things. 1 Corinthians 13: 4-7

I'm sharing this card with the following challenges:

Aud Sentiments #196 - Valentine or Love Sentiment
Bastel-Traum #61 - Valentine/Love
Creatalicious Challenges #132 - anything goes with option of love, anniversary, thinking of you
DL Art Thankful Thursday Challenge #221 -  Love
Scrap From Your Heart #18 - Mother's Day or Valentine
SumMore Fun Mood Board #21 - red, pink, kraft, white and love theme

Thursday, February 1, 2018

February SOTM Blog Hop - Sunny Thoughts

Welcome to our blog hop featuring the CTMH Stamp of the Month for February, Sunny Thoughts! If you just arrived from Priscilla Gotham's blog, you're on the right path. You can see the entire list of participants here at Melissa Everitt's blog.

Are you tired of the drab white, grays and browns of winter? I'm ready for some sunny colors! This is a great stamp set for birthdays! The sentiments are larger and in an informal script that's so popular! So I used it to make three larger cards that are 5" x 6.5." I chose to use the sunny, flowery papers in the Be-YOU-tiful Picture My Life Cards along with some favorite Cricut Artbooking and Artistry cuts. I welded rectangles to borders to make the bordered mats.

I trimmed one of the 4" x 3" cards into a bottom point and added marker dashes to resemble stitches.
The sentiment is white embossed.

For the last one I cut the Artbooking sunshine pattern out of kraft cardstock, paperclipped it to the 4" x 6" pml card and sponged Canary ink in the spaces, then Tangerine ink closer to the sun for a sort of ombre effect.

If you have the Artbooking cartridge (and Artistry for the sun shape) you can use my cut files from Cricut Design Space. I've included a few more product details below. You can get this lovely $17.95 stamp set from your consultant at a discount for $5.00 with a $50.00 order or you can find it here.

Thank you for visiting!  Now you're ready to move on to see what Darlys Recker has for you to enjoy!

Materials used:
Gimme Some Sugar Coordinating Cardstock: Bashful (dark side), Tangerine, Juniper (light side), Picture My Life Be-YOU-tiful cards, Kraft Cardstock
Inks: ! & 2- Tangerine; 2- Pixie and Canary, 3- Versamark and Ranger white superfine embossing powder
Ribbons - Adventure Ribbon Pack (yellow dotted), Whimsy Ribbon Pack (Juniper fiber), Blush Shimmer Ribbon
Bitty Sparkles, Light Orange ShinHan Touch Twin Marker, Thin 3-D Foam DotsSponge Daubers

Sunday, January 21, 2018

As long as I have breath...

A dear friend lost her husband this week several decades too soon, so I've been frequently praying for her. Another family at our church lost a sister/daughter/aunt this week.  I seem to need sympathy-type cards frequently. Here is the first. It simply started with this blue and kraft colored image from Graphic 45's Botanical Tea, which I've nearly used up. I had wanted to make it for this week's Color Throwdown challenge using light blue, kraft, and white, but of course mine also has the neutral cream color so much a part of Graphic 45. I added white glitter tape, white sequins, and white for the sentiment and card base.

I  chose two Psalms about prayer for this card from Verve's Scripture Medley Five: "Because He bends down to listen, I will pray as long as I have breath." Psalm 116:2 and "Cast your cares on the Lord and He will sustain you." Psalm 55:22. The truths in these verses will be needed for life's challenges to come. I'm so glad the Lord listens, cares, and is always near to help those who take their cares to Him. 

I embossed the Sky blue cardstock with the CTMH Rose embossing folder. I used a PTI border die to cut the kraft border and added the leftover inside. Some burlap twine seemed to go with all the kraft.

Thank you for visiting. May you, too, take your cares to the Lord who wants to sustain you if you'll only ask.

I'm sharing this card with the following challenges:

4 Crafty Chicks #386 - with Sympathy
Color Throwdown Challenge #476 - kraft, light blue, white
Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge - Birds of a feather
Word Art Wednesday 318-319 -  anything goes.

Wednesday, January 17, 2018

Reach for the Stars

Yesterday I posted a set of cards for which I used a pattern from the new CTMH Make It From Your Heart Vol. 4 How-To Book.

It has a great variety of card patterns and lovely samples for each pattern. I used one of the new paper packs, Stargazer, for this masculine card.  This card uses Pattern #1 from the new book.  It was so quick and easy when the pattern tells you what size to cut each of the banner pieces.

Thanks for visiting!

I'm sharing this card with the following challenges:
Crafting By Designs -  Out of This World
Deep Ocean #172 - Something New
Die Cut Divas January Challenge - Do or Use something NEW (paper, pattern book)
Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge - add a sentiment
Stinkin' Inkers January Challenge - It's a Banner Year
Watercooler Wednesday Challenge #153 - Masculine, anything goes

Tuesday, January 16, 2018

Seasonal Expressions New Product Blog Hop

This month Close To My Heart released another fabulous Seasonal Expressions 1 catalog full of new products and inspiration. Our blog hop today is highlighting some of the new products. If you just came from Miss Carrie's Creations you are on the right path. You can find the complete list of participants at Melinda Everitt's blog

I chose to share the newest Make It from Your Heart, Vol. 4 how-to book for making cards. The pages are printed on very heavy cardstock. I placed mine in one of the Everyday Life notebooks I had previously ordered.

Each pattern on the left includes measurements of each panel for a 4.25" x 5.5" card. The opposite page on the right shows two sample cards using the pattern.

What I loved was that the patterns are basic and open for adding any variety of sentiments, stamped images, and embellishments. I like to add clusters of these to finish my cards. Here's what the background looks like for pattern #7 that I used.

Here are three samples showing variations in clustering as I finished each card using the same pattern base. I only used the following colors from the Color My Heart Color Dare #275:

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Leaves and flowers were gold embossed on Bashful and light Fern cardstock before die cutting.

Both of these versions use the stamps from Chelsea Gardens Cardmaking Stamp and Thin Cuts die set.

The third card uses another new stamp set, He Is the Way. The Bashful colored paper on the sides is a new one from the paper pack, Make Waves.

Now you are ready to see what Wendy Kessler has created for you!

New Stamp sets used:
Chelsea Gardens Cardmaking Stamps:

He Is the Way
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Other embellishments used: Bashful Glitter paper, Bashful Pearls, gray gems from Chelsea Gardens Dots and Gems, Bronze Sequins, Rose Embossing FolderWhite and Gold Twine, Basics Ribbon Pack.

Monday, January 15, 2018

He Counts the Stars

A number of challenges, like Path of Positivity, are about making cards with BLUES.  It makes me think of the sky.  I live on a farm, far enough from city lights that you can see so many more stars where we live. My photographer hubby likes to visit National Parks even farther from city lights. He'll get up hours before dawn after the moon sets to photograph the night sky and show star movement across the sky. When you ponder how many stars there are, it's almost incomprehensible. When I read this verse, I was amazed to think God could count all those stars and had a name for each one. How amazing He is, in so many ways. He cares about even the tiniest details, including those that are important to us. 

I chose some of my older CTMH paper from Stardust to go with this PTI verse.

I'm also sharing this scripture card with Word Art Wednesday #316-317.

Be sure to visit my blog tomorrow night or Wednesday morning for our blog hop with 20 bloggers showing ideas for using new products from the new Seasonal Expressions 1 catalog. 

Using that paper inspired me to make a couple of birthday cards for boys using this paper and my older star stamp sets.

I used three retired CTMH stamp sets, Reach for the Stars, Shining Star, and Wishing Star.
I typed my own sentiment for the front and the inside. I've included a jpg at the bottom of this post of the front and inside sentiments that you can click on and save if you need a sentiment like this for an out-of-space birthday card.  I printed it on a 6.5" x 4.5" cardstock piece and cut off the top words.

I'm sharing the birthday cards with the following challenges:

Brown Sugar #274 - Birthdays
Dream Valley #170 - anything goes
Seize the Birthday - anything goes that's birthday