Saturday, August 12, 2017

Under His Wings

I'm writing this post as I watch the news about protestors fighting, a car running over protestors, a man pushing a lady in front of a bus that managed to swerve and not hit her, and medical workers in Syria killed. This world can be such a dangerous place. Scripture always encourages me, so I'm sharing this set of cards that I made this week with this encouragement:

Under his wings you will find refuge.

I think I'll be trying to use up my CTMH Paper Fundamentals for a long time. I made four of these cards using an older Whimsy pastel design in Glacier. I combined it with a gray leaf pattern from the old Lollydoodle papers. I made three of them using the Glacier and White pattern and only one with the reverse side that has the same pattern with shiny clear embossing. Here are the two side by side.

May you find comfort and help for life's problems by taking them to the Lord. He loves you and wants to shelter you like a mother bird shelters her babies. Thank you for visiting!

I'm sharing this project with the following challenges:

Cardz 4 Galz #53 - Pretty Pastels
Crafty Hazelnut's Patterned Paper August Challenge - anything with patterned paper
Moving Along with the Times #51 - Things that fly
WordArt Wednesday #294-295 - anything - a great wordart verse this week!

5.5" x 4.25" Card Recipe:
Paper - Whimsy Paper Fundamentals, Lollydoodle dp, retired White Daisy Textured Cardstock
Stamps - CTMH retired C1600 Happy Birds; sentiment: Papertrey Ink's Walk by Faith
Ink - Lagoon, Memento Tuxedo Black
Copic Markers
Embellishments - Recollections flowers, retired CTMH yellow buttons, white crochet thread, paper doily,
Tool - Cricut for stitched circle

Tuesday, August 1, 2017

August Stamp of the Month Blog Hop - School Year

Welcome to our CTMH Stamp of the Month Blog Hop. Our group of 22 stampers are featuring the August Stamp of the Month, School Year. You may have come from Brenda Lapp.  If so, you're on the right path. To see the entire list of participating bloggers, visit Melinda Everitt's blog here. 

As a retired teacher, I know that people like to give teachers a note of appreciation or encouragement at the beginning or the end of school. I thought that the Atlantic  Hearts Sketch #223  was perfect for a school-related card. I used Cricut Artbooking, a new CTMH word die, and an embossing folder for my card.

Sometimes I want a different sentiment than the one in a stamp set so I have a quick trick for using elements from two different sentiments. You can see them here on the stamp set:

My easy trick is to use scotch tape to (1)cover the parts I don't want, (2)ink the stamp, (3)pull off the tape, and (4)stamp on the paper. I keep a heavy office tape dispenser on my work area so that the process is quick and easy.

Thank you for visiting! Now you're ready to see the next creation on  Brandi Robinson's blog.

5.5" x 4.25" Card Recipe (all CTMH supplies):
Paper - newest Adventure Fundamentals (Fern Alphabet), Ruby, Goldrush, Black, White Daisy Cardstocks
Stamp of the Month
Ink - Memento Tuxedo Black, Versamark
Markers - ShinHan Touch Twin WG4 Warm Gray, GY234 Leaf Green, BR99 Bronze
Tools - White super fine embossing powder, heat tool, Hi There Thin Cuts, Alphabet Embossing Folder, Cricut Artbooking and Cricut Explore (#M45CEE - apple, #M3DC3F torn notebook edge)

Thursday, July 20, 2017

Love You Always Card with Color Dare #252

This week's Color Dare is to use Emerald, Sea Glass, Raspberry, White Daisy, Black and the option of Silver. 

I used this week's sketch from Atlantic Hearts Challenge:

I used patterned papers from the Adventure Paper Fundamentals pack that is about to retire at the end of this month, Black papers from the Uptown Fundamentals and from Some Kinda' Wonderful, as well as White Daisy, Emerald, and Sea Glass cardstocks. I will miss Sea Glass when it retires this month! I added silver glitter paper, silver sequins, Emerald ribbon, White Shimmer Trim, and Black enamel dots on the Cricut cut wreath. The black and white baker's twine is long retired along with the sentiment from the Sending Smiles Cricut  Bundle. The Hearts embossing folder and Hearts Thin Cuts dies that I used are also retired.

Thank you for visiting! May you spread lots of love with your crafting!

Lawson Picnic Mini Album

Each year our community has a three day celebration in July after Independence Day. It's called the Lawson Picnic, but lasts three days with lots of activities. When my grandsons were young, they enjoyed riding the carnival rides that attract the evening crowds. My scrapbook friends and I ate lunch at the Strawberry Festival at our church where they always serve homemade ice cream and strawberries. The crowd was really big as usual.

I decided to make a mini-album for photos and memories. I cut the pages using Cricut Artiste and used a variety of stamps from my boxes of summer stamps and 4th of July Stamps. Some of the pages have pockets and others have flaps that lift in order to add extra photos or mementos. The papers are from Authentique's Honor collection and a few from CTMH and very old papers from the scrapbook store years ago.

The pages were cut using Kraft cardstock with matching papers in the same shapes adhered on top. This makes it more durable. The cover was cut using really heavy cardstock.

 Extra tags go into the pockets.


Thank you for visiting! May we as citizens ever honor the Lord and look to Him to Bless America.

City Crafter  - use Kraft
Let's Craft and Create #127  - Beach theme or use Red, White, and Blue
Paper Sweeties Challenge #57 - picture inspiration

Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge - Stars
Sunday Stamps Challenge #157 - color challenge

Sunday, July 16, 2017

So Hard to Say Goodbye Blog Hop

We each have favorite CTMH products that are about to retire.  We're highlighting these on our blog hop today. You may have just come from Jean McNulty's blog. If you'd like to see the entire list of participants, you can find them on Melinda Everitt's blog.

I'll find it hard to say goodbye to the Rustic Home Fundamentals paper pack and all of the ribbons. I enjoy using the woodgrain papers in that pack for Christmas cards and masculine cards. I'll also miss the coloring with the Blending Pens when mine dry up!

The woodgrain papers can also be girly. Pink flowers and some Sea Glass glitter paper look great on the opposite side of the woodgrain paper which has a gray tone. The flowers are from one of the stamp sets re-introduced for this month only, April Word Puzzle.

Now you're ready to go on to Tammy Lubick's blog.

Additional Products used:
Thinking of You card: Homegrown stamps stamped with Cocoa and Desert Sand inks, sponged background with Sweet Leaf and New England Ivy for grass, Glacier for sky. I picked up Desert Sand ink with the Blending Pen to color the barn and horse, New England Ivy for the tree tops. 

Keep Dreaming leaves stamped with Cocoa ink.  
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Hello card:  Wreath  stamp and die (unavailable) colored with Pastel Green and Leaf Green ShinHan markers
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April Word Puzzle  Pixie Ink for solid flowers and outline stamped in black, Warm Grey 4 marker for centers with bitty sparkles added.
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Hello/Thanks die no longer available.

Monday, July 10, 2017

Stampaganza Blast from the Past

Stampaganza is our chance to buy two stamp sets and get one free. We can also get the opportunity to purchase stamp sets that were previously retired from Close To My Heart.  Today we are showcasing stamp sets from the past that have been re-released just for this month..  You may have come from Brenda Lapp's blog.  If you get lost along the way, you can find the whole list at Melinda Everitt's blog here.

 I decided to play with the Washi Wonder stamps again to make another card. You can see all of the re-released stamp sets here.

I was inspired by a sketch at Atlantic Sketch Challenge and the current Color Dare at Color My Heart.

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I hadn't used this stamp much when I first got it a couple of years ago. (That happens to me a lot.)Now I can't stop playing with it!  You are ready to go to Darlys Recker's blog.

4.25" x 5.5" Card Recipe:
Paper - White Daisy cardstock
Stamps - Washi Wonder, Happy To Be Friends
Inks - Sorbet, Lemon, Juniper, Black
Embellishments - Whimsy Ribbons, Gold glitter paper, Black (and white) Enamel Dots
Tools - Cricut, Flower Market cartridge

Sunday, July 9, 2017

Praying for So Many

In the past few days my oldest daughter had surgery, a good friend's son lost his eye in an accident and is having a second surgery, and tomorrow my son's wife is having surgery.  Amazingly, I had serious eye pain for two days and I used it as a prompt to help me remember to pray for the eye surgery and my daughter each time it bothered me, which meant a lot of praying! Saturday my eye was fine and I heard that the patients were much better, too. It's amazing how prayer works! Here's another one of my encouragement cards that's going to be hand-delivered tomorrow.

I used the top row across at CAS-ual Fridays tic-tac-toe challenge:

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I used one of the stamp sets that has been re-introduced this month at CTMH, called Washi Wonder. There's a great sale for stampers, buy two get one free. If you enjoy stamping or want ideas for using some of the older stamp sets being re-introduced, please check out the blog hop Tuesday morning. I'll have the link here when all the links go live.

I'm sharing this card with the following challenges:

4 crafty Chicks #358 - stamping, no digis
Cards 4 Galz #51 - butterflies, mine are from Recollections
CAS-ual Fridays - tic tac toe challenge - one layer, butterflies, I stamped washi-type stripes
Crafting with Friends #37 - anything goes
Simply Papercraft #48 - anything goes