Saturday, January 14, 2017

Amazing Grace How Sweet the Sound

We all need a little encouragement from time to time, some of us more than others. I usually like to be the one to encourage others, but yesterday I had a small shock that left me feeling quite down. I have a rare disease, systemic mastocytosis, that requires me to drink a liquid medicine 4 times a day or I can't eat. For the last year and a half I've been down to only two foods (that didn't make me sick or give me rash) and they've given me trouble the last month. Nausea is not my friend. But when I found they had raised my medication cost by 82% and I'll be paying over $800 a month for just this one generic med for most of the year I went into shock! I knew I needed to turn this burden over to God. I went back and forth between worry and prayer. Today I was comforted by 1 Corinthians 12:9, "My grace is sufficient for you, for my strength is made perfect in weakness." So here's the card I made maybe for myself, but eventually to give someone else. I was inspired by the sketch at Freshly Made Sketches and the colors at Color Throwdown this week.


Challenge Up Your Life today encouraged us to make our own backgrounds so I embossed the back panel with Cuttlebug's older Allegro embossing folder. I stamped the Honey panel with Saffron ink using Our Daily Bread Design's "Amazing Grace Hymn" stamp and stamped and cut the "Amazing," "Grace," and "how sweet the sound" with PTI's "Inspired - Grace" stamp and die set. The inside used the same stamp set and blue washii tape like the front.

I also wanted a sympathy card for a dear friend who just lost her husband to cancer. We were reading teachers in the same program and district who also loved scrapbooking. Before her teaching days she worked for the National Park Service, so I chose the trees and a Cricut Flower Market cut of a Maidenhair fern like I'd seen in Zion National Park.

I decided to make more of these with a slightly varied design using the Sizzix embossed birch trees and the Sea Glass tree pattern from the CTMH "Oh, Deer" papers.

I'm also sharing this card with Word Art Wednesday #264-265.

Thank you for visiting. When you encounter your need for encouragement, I hope you'll also find strength in the knowledge that God's grace IS sufficient to see us through any trial.

Thursday, January 12, 2017

Masculine Monster Birthday

Birthdays can scare some people when they hear the larger number for their new age. I'm hoping the humor of this card will lighten that negative feeling. Some time back I had seen the sentiment: "How old? That's scary!" I thought it would be perfect for some masculine cards using my leftover Jeepers Creepers paper and a monster from an old CTMH stamp set, Party Animals, which also includes a stamp of a speech balloon outline. I typed and printed the sentiment a size to fit inside that balloon.

I used a Sizzix embossing folder, Arithmetic, to emboss the background. The monster was colored with Copic markers. The stars were from last year's Peacock Fundamentals Assortment.

Thanks for visiting!

I'm sharing this card with the following challenges:
Cards 4 Guys #152 - Happy Birthday
Dragonfly Journeys #83 - Birthday bash
Fab 'n' Funky #333 - birthday with a number (mine has lots of numbers)
Paper Craft Crew #226 - Birthday

Monday, January 9, 2017

White Butterfly Get Well Card

The Heart 2 Heart challenge today is called Season of White.  I think that's appropriate because outside I've seen white snow everywhere for days. Usually that would make me create a card with everything white. But this time I think it influenced the pale colors of this card, white "snow" dotted background, and white butterfly. I also find that my eyes long for color, flowers and butterflies when all I see outside is WHITE!  I'm trying to make an entire set of get well cards because sub-freezing temperatures and the arrival of flu in our area reminds me that someone will need encouraging!

For the background I chose the Rustic Home Fundamentals kraft with white dots. All of the images were cut using CTMH Cricut cartridges. One thing I love to do with foliage, flowers, and butterflies is to only add some liquid glue in the centers and bend up many of the edges for more dimension. The leaves (Flower Market) and bamboo colored flower centers (Artistry) used Oh Deer papers and the pink flowers used the pink watercolored designer paper from Calypso.

The inside has one of my favorite verses of encouragement for strength:

My grace is sufficient for thee: for my strength is made perfect in weakness." 1 Corinthians 12:9

I used photoshop to combine a digital sentiment from Sweet n Sassy Stamps, "Amazing Grace," and a butterfly from Bugaboo's "For You From Me Flower Block" that I got long ago. My technique was to use the Magnetic Lasso Tool to roughly outline the butterfly to copy it. I did have to resize the entire image by half  first (which increases the dpi)  and lower the resolution to 300 dpi by clicking on Resample Image in the Image Size screen in order to get the right fit for the 300 dpi sentiment. If the resolutions don't match, the butterfly would have been way too big.

Thank you for visiting! May God keep you warm and safe from flu and winter's ailments!

I'm sharing this card with the following challenges:
613 Avenue Create #193 anything goes/optional twist-totally technical
Catch the Bug Challenge  - anything goes
Craft for the Craic - Pick Me Up - I made this card to encourage someone who's sick
Crafty Hazelnut's Patterned Paper Challenge - January anything with patterned paper
Creative Craft Cottage Digi Challenge #64 -  include a butterfly (Yay! butterflies in January!!)
Heart 2 Heart - Season of White
PDE Linky Party #154 - anything goes
Word Art Wednesday #264-265 - anything goes that's family friendly

Friday, January 6, 2017

Seasonal Expressions 1 Blog Hop

Welcome to our blog hop featuring new products in the Seasonal Expressions 1 Idea Book. You may have just come from Tamytha Jenkins' blog.   To see the entire list of participants you can visit Melissa Everitt's blog. 

New products are so exciting to try out! I like to see how many different ways I can use something.

I chose to highlight some of the Thin Cuts die and stamp sets. I was attracted to the Hello Lovely - Cardmaking Thin Cuts and coordinating stamp set because of the flowers. They were harder to color the way I wanted so my first attempt is not my favorite. I stamped the image with Flaxen ink and colored the open images with a combination of ShinHan Touch Twin alcohol markers (diluted with the colorless blender), watercolor pencils, and the waterbrush. I had to trace over the lines of the two pink roses with the cranberry watercolor pencil to still see the shape. The image is mounted on one of the pocket cards from the Hello Lovely paper pack that has been trimmed 1/2" off of the top and bottom. (The base panel is from the Whimsy Fundamental pack.)

I decided to try embossing the flowers. This was my favorite. Here's white on Kraft cardstock:

The papers are from the Adventure Fundamentals pack (cranberry with hearts) and Rustic Home chevron wood pattern. The word "love" is from the new Hello Lovely Scrapbooking stamp set.

I used two different Thin Cuts sets to make an anniversary card using gold embossing powder on Sorbet cardstock. The card was made with one of the Hello Lovely papers and the new Basic Heart Thin Cut was used on the base panel. The sentiment stamped with Desert Sand ink is from the Cricut Flower Market stamp set "Just to Say." The Uptown Ribbon pack had the perfect ribbon for this card.

I used this week's sketch from Tuesday Morning Sketches #384 for this card.

Now you're ready to see what Krista Hershberger has ready to delight you!

Thursday, January 5, 2017

Some Kinda Wonderful Birthday Card

Despite all the snow and low temperatures today it was so exciting for the mail lady to deliver my box with more new CTMH products. With so many birthdays among friends and family this month, I was inspired to  make another birthday card today. When I saw the challenge at Colour Throwdown - black, green, and hot pink and the sketch at Die Cuttin' Divas, it all came together with my new paper from CTMH , "Some Kinda Wonderful." 

My hope is that a dear CTMH friend will enjoy the card and know how much I care. We share our faith and our love of teaching and creating! We've also taken a lot of fun adventurous CTMH trips over the years. The bright colors are perfect for her bright personality.

I used a new CTMH Heart Basics Thin Cut to die cut the heart that I stamped and embossed with tiny hearts. The Happy Birthday sentiment is also a new die set.

The floral images are from the new stamp set, "Hello Lovely - Scrapbooking." If you'd like to see more of the new dies, papers, and stamps come back on Saturday morning for our New Product Blog Hop where about 27 creative ladies will be featuring new products from the new Seasonal Expressions 1 Idea Book in their creative artwork.

Thank you for visiting! May God bless your new beginnings in this new year!

I'm sharing this card with the following challenges:
Color Throwdown #424 - black, green, hot pink
Craftaholics R Us #17 - new beginnings - cards for girls
Craft Rocket #30 - something new
Little Red Wagon #375 - something new
Word Art Wednesday #264 - 265 - anything family friendly

Tuesday, January 3, 2017

Mojo Monday Sweet Birthday Wishes

Today our oldest grand-daughter turned 12. It seems like only yesterday that we drove 50+ miles in an ice storm to see her the day she was born. (We were more adventurous 12 years ago!) We're always amazed at how sweet and thoughtful she is since she also tends to be silly and excited when we see her. As a retired teacher, I'm very thankful that she's intelligent, kind, and musically talented. Her sweetness inspired this card and CTMH Sugar Rush papers and complements were perfect for her birthday. I used this week's Mojo Monday sketch for the design.

I loved the new complements that came with this paper. I always have some left over but hadn't made my layouts yet with this paper so I went through the photos of the Sugar Rush Workshops Your Way and marked each one used on the suggestion sheet that comes with the complements. I put those away for later and decided to use the others on cards. I love the chipboard images that are highlighted with gold foil. They're great for cards as well as layouts. The sentiment was changed to pink and printed on the computer.

Thank you for visiting! God bless your sweet crafting!

I'm sharing this card with the following challenges:
All Sorts #396 - Something New (chipboard complements)
Crafting Musketeers - Party Time
Hiding in My Craftroom #282 - anything goes/freestyle
Incy Wincy Designs - Celebrate
Mojo Monday #478 -  sketch
My Time to Craft #337 - something new (chipboard complements)
Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge - Start Afresh - just opened Sugar Rush chipboard complements


Monday, January 2, 2017

Birthday Stars

Happy New Year! Did you make resolutions or maybe tentative plans to organize your craft space or use more of your supplies? If so, I hope we can both accomplish those goals to make our crafting easier. My craft room looked like a tornado hit while I was getting ready for Christmas.

My event calendar is so full of birthdays and anniversaries for the month of January! I've been making birthday cards for the past few days using a lot of retired papers. Here's one I just designed and made two duplicates to help use up the extra stars I had cut before Christmas. I hoped that the simplicity, colors, and cork might make these suitable as masculine birthday cards.

I had just enough leftover cork embellishments for three. Most of the materials are retired from Close To My Heart except for the Flaxen cardstock and Cocoa Ink and the Sea Glass Ink I used to stamp the tiny stars. The white glitter paper is also still current.
Now I'm off to print or stamp sentiments to go inside. Here are some Free Sentiments online that I found today at I especially liked their Religious and Friendship Birthday ideas for the people that I know.

Thank you for visiting. May God bless your crafting in this coming year and  the recipients of your handmade love!

I'm sharing this card with the following challenges:
A Bit More Time to Craft #35 - anything goes
Digi Designs Challenge - Celebrations
Get Creative Challenge #54 - anything goes
Love to Scrap Challenge #93 - anything goes with stamping
Paper Creator's Crafts #55 - anything goes
Pile It On #123 - Celebrations
Sparkles Monthly Challenge #87 - Happy Birthday