Friday, March 24, 2017

Hello Lovely Easter Card 1

I need to make quite a few Easter cards, so I used the card bases I made with our recent CTMH Hello Lovely Workshop Your Way. This one uses pattern 4 with a few additions: a doily, a circle (from retired Caboodle paper, cut with MFT double stitched circle die), a sentiment panel (retired Nevermore paper). The Blush Shimmer Ribbon were the perfect addition. The cross, stamped with Whisper ink,  and sentiment are retired but are perfect for my card's message that Easter is a celebration of Christ's resurrection from the dead.

I kept this simple so my friends at our scrapbook workshop could quickly make one if they wanted.  You can even download the cutting guide for all the layouts and cards here.

Thank you for visiting! May God bless your crafting and the recipients of your crafts!

I'm sharing this card with the following challenges:
4 Crafty Chicks #343 - punches or dies
Addicted to Stamps #144 -  Easter
Aud Sentiments #176 - any sentiment but birthday
Crafty Sentiments Designs - Easter
Really Reasonable Ribbon #160 - Springtime/Easter with ribbon
Southern Girls #156 -  use a die
Word Art Wednesday #274-275 - anything family friendly

Wednesday, March 22, 2017

Mojo Monday Thinking of You

I've been MIA for a while thanks to computer issues. I've finally decided to use my old computer until I get those resolved. Today I combined the Mojo Monday sketch this week with the challenge at Crafting By Designs, Thinking of You.  I love to make cards that send the message of "thinking and praying for you," so I made several. Here I'm sharing one that is feminine and one that is masculine using this sketch. Both cards use long-retired papers from CTMH that I'm attempting to stop hoarding and use up! I'm also sharing this feminine card with Word Art Wednesday this week. If you've never visited them, you should check out their challenge with free inspiring word art each challenge.

I used an encouraging Verve Plain Jane sentiment on the MFT stitched circle die cut because it's an encouraging verse for someone you pray for. The inside ODBD verse (not pictured) says "You are in our hearts, our thoughts and our prayers." It was a perfect accompaniment for the outside sentiments.

The masculine card has some thin bamboo stars to embellish and a little more simple according to my hubby's tastes.

I'm also sharing this second card with The Crazy Challenge #244 and Watercooler Wednesday Challenge #111, both for "Masculine."

Thank you for visiting! May God bless you and the recipients of your crafts!

Tuesday, March 7, 2017

Spread Love Wherever You Go

Do you experience a calming effect when you hand-color images like I do? Last night we had tornado warnings. The television broadcast of severe weather goes on all evening when this happens, so I decided to stamp , color, and fussy cut to calm my nerves. I managed to keep that up for about an hour until our electricity went off and my phone was broadcasting the alarm for take cover for our area. We stayed in the dark basement (which is only used for storage) for 45 minutes while they kept extending the warning time. We were blessed by having nothing more than strong winds and no real damage, but nearby areas on three sides of us had damage, especially Oak Grove, which  had 483 homes damaged or destroyed.

Once we had electricity again, I decided to cut out some Cricut Artbooking frames with hearts because today neighbors are helping neighbors to clean up the damage. I love the sentiment that came with this stamp set: "Spread love everywhere you go." I wanted the frames to express this idea.

I used the Dreamin' Big paper pack and colors for the Heart 2 Heart Challenge this week. The first one I made is more CAS (Clean and Simple). The stamps came from last year's Lovely Garden. I colored them with a couple of ShinHan Touch Twin alcohol markers and several Copic markers.

This second one uses a 4" x 3" pml card from the paper pack.

I'm sharing this project with the following challenges:
Color Inspiration Monday - anything goes with image colored
Heart 2 Heart - Dreamin' Big
The Paper Players #334 - Theme: die cuts, punches, fussy cutting
Word Art Wednesday #272-273 - anything goes family friendly

Monday, March 6, 2017

Embossed Silhouette Thinking of You

Our weather today is too warm (again) for March 6th with an increased chance of severe weather and tornadoes by evening. Gusty winds are already up to 48 miles per hour. I was in a severe F4 tornado when I was seven years old so this weather always makes me nervous, not just for myself, but for all the people in the path of this severe weather. At lunch I found myself praying for everyone's safety. So the message I chose for this card could apply to a lot of us.

My inspiration was this sketch that I found at Freshly Made Sketches so I tried to keep my card CAS (Clean and Simple)..and the colors from the Daring Cardmakers inspiration photo...I decided to "play" with some of my "Old Stuff," 2009 CTMH Silhouette papers that are black, white, and bamboo. I combined the Bamboo floral pattern with a current black pattern from Some Kinda Wonderful collection.

 I saw some aqua books on the shelf so I added a few aqua sequins paired with the white.

I gold embossed the leafy shape from 2012 CTMH Flirty Workshop on the Go and white embossed the sentiment (current Happy to Be Friends) using Ranger Princess Gold and Recollections Snow Detail Embossing Powder and basic heat embossing after rubbing the surface with an anti-static Embossing Magic Powder Bag.

The inside verse says, "The Lord your God is with you, He is mighty to save, He will take great delight in you,  He will quiet you with his love.  He will rejoice over you with singing.  Zephaniah 3:17" In tornado weather I need the part that says that He will quiet me with His love! (from Our Daily Bread Designs Scripture Series #1)

Thank you for visiting! May God's love also quiet YOU during times of stress!

I'm sharing this card with the following challenges:
Cards 4 Galz #42 - Name your (embossing) powder
CCEE Stampers - Old Stuff - stamps or papers
Crafty Hazelnut's March Patterned Paper Challenge - anything with patterned paper
Daring Cardmakers Challenge - Elemental Inspiration (mine were the colors)
Sweet Stampers Challenge #4 - add a sentiment
Word Art Wednesday #272-273 - anything uplifting/family friendly

Friday, March 3, 2017

Mojo Monday #486 Sketch

This card has a story. Wednesday evening I had decided I hadn't used my scripture stamps as much lately, so I got out my box of ODBD and Verve stamps and considered what to use. Thursday I was deciding what paper to use, I organized  a stash of my very old retired spring-colored papers from CTMH, selecting some Black and White "Silhouette" and pastel colored "Paper Garden."  Then I needed to meet someone in town in the early evening. Just before I left I thought I should quickly check email since I hadn't checked it all day. I had an amazing email from someone who wanted me to make more scripture cards for our local store that sells my cards. She gives them to her friends and family but had just received one of my get well cards in her door from a neighbor as she was leaving for the doctor's. She wanted me to know how much my cards meant to her.

She said something that stuck in my mind that I think those of you who are cardmakers can also take to heart:  "Thank you for taking the time to do what you do for so many others that you will never know all the stories." I thought about that all the way to town and back. My goal is to bless others, not to get recognition, but hearing her story brought the blessing back to me!  After I returned home, I responded to her kindness with an email sharing how God had prompted me to get my scripture stamps ready even before she made her request for more. I love to see the way He works in our lives!

The Mojo Monday sketch this week:

My first card had the rectangle shapes matted on Colonial White cardstock and two Colonial White butterflies that I sponged with Black, Buttercup and Baby Pink inks. For the sake of translation, the beautiful verse from ODBD Scripture Collection 1 says: "When I pray YOU ANSWER ME! You encourage me by giving me the STRENGTH I NEED. Psalm 138:3"--something I pray frequently!!

Then I decided that Kraft cardstock would help the patterns stand out along with a couple of Recollections Kraft butterflies:

I used a Petaloo flower for my circle element of both and embossed the background of the card with a CTMH floral embossing folder.

Thank you for visiting! The inside message (from ODBD "Hope") is "May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace as you trust in Him. Romans 15:13a" May God bless you and the recipients of your cards!

I'm sharing this card with the following challenges:
CCEE Stampers #1709- Old stuff - My paper was from 2009 and this is my oldest Scripture Collection stamp I  from Our Daily Bread Designs
That's Crafty - Just Words - words as the main focus
Word Art Wednesday #272-273 - anything family friendly

Wednesday, March 1, 2017

March Tea-rrific Stamp of the Month Blog Hop

Welcome to our March Stamp of the Month Blog Hop using Close To My Heart's Tea-rriffic stamp set. If you have come from Tamytha Jenkins' blog you're on the right path. To see the entire list of bloggers in the hop visit Melinda Everitt's blog.

I made four samples to show my scrapbook/card club this month, all using the Dreamin' Big paper pack and some coordinating cardstock. The first two sets of cups are backed with a mat made from one of the PML cards and two zip strips. The cup details were colored with ShinHan Touch Twin alcohol ink markers.

The next two use the flowered paper and the glacier and juniper cardstock for the cups embossed with Silver ep. The mat behind the first cup was cut using the Artistry Cricut cartridge.

The mat behind the cup on the next card was cut using Artbooking Cricut cartridge.

If you don't already have a consultant, you can purchase this stamp set for $5.00 with a $50.00 order here on my website OR you can purchase it at full price, $17.95.
Thank you for visiting! Now you are ready to move on to Tracey Pierce's blog to see artwork!

Tuesday, February 28, 2017

Hello Lovely Birthday Greetings

I'm making up for not blogging last week thanks to stomach flu. . . then a migraine. . .then working on my daughter's birthday scrapbook that I gave her Saturday. I think I was going through withdrawal and really needed to make cards, my favorite thing to do!

The Heart 2 Heart Challenge also had a challenge to make something using the Hello Lovely paper pack. I made a birthday card using one of the PML cards cut into a circle to fit inside a frame cut with Cricut Artbooking cartridge. I traced the inner circle cut by my Cricut but went around any leaf that was bigger than the circle.  I also wanted the flowered paper to be just a thin border behind a more solid paper, so here is the result.

The birthday greeting came from the retired stamp set, Just a Number. The Blush Shimmer Ribbon was the perfect accompaniment for this paper!

Thank you for visiting! May God bless your crafting!

I'm sharing this card with the following challenges:

Die Cuttin' Divas #306 - Ribbon and Bows
Heart 2 Heart Challenge - use Hello Lovely