Friday, November 20, 2015

Fear Not...

Hi to all and Happy Friday!

My card today is for my aunt who just lost her husband...he was very ill for some time, but the loss is so painful...they were married for over 50 years and really were in love.  The memorial is next week so I made a card to express my condolences...

The message is from Our Daily Bread Designs' Scripture Collection 1....As the sentiment indicates, I know God will strengthen her...When you've been married that long, you must feel as though half of you is missing!

I stamped the sentiment with Versamark and heat embossed it with Ranger's Rose Quartz.  I was afraid the color was going to be too pale, but it is readable, so I'm OK with it.  The frame for the sentiment is a die-cut oval from Spellbinders' Oval Floral...there wasn't enough room on the card for a fancier frame!

The flowers from my stash are brushed with Ranger's Tea Dye distress ink and I distressed the outside edges of the card itself.

I scrunched the green seam binding and let it dry after I spritzed it with water.  

The Leafy Branch die by Impression Obsession was also brushed with Tea Dye distress ink.  I think my aunt will like all these touches...she had a huge Victorian home in Northern CA for many years.

 In The Garden is the name of the beautiful paper made by Create With Sherri Baldy.  Have you ever heard of that company? neither!  

Enjoy your families this weekend and hopefully craft to your heart's content.  God bless your time, no matter how you spend it!

Tuesday, November 17, 2015

Prayers for Grace

Happy Tuesday!

No card today (I'm on a little hiatus....will return soon!), but I'm peeking in to let you know about someone special...a very talented stamper and faithful follower of Christ who needs your prayers....Her name is Grace Nywening...she is an alumni of Our Daily Bread Designs and has recently been diagnosed with breast cancer.  

Grace has faithfully updated her blog subscribers about her progress.  If you are not familiar with her blog, here is a link to Th-INK-ing of You, which will give you the latest news.  Please leave her a message of encouragement.  When you see her beautiful cards, you will be glad you looked!

Check out Grace's button to the right...that lovely button was created by Our Daily Bread especially for her....

God Bless the rest of your day and Keep on Crafting!

Thursday, November 5, 2015

Just a Little Christmas!

Good Thursday morning!  I hope you are enjoying the seasonal changes as much as I am!  For some of you those changes are radical compared to southern CA, however for me this transition to cool weather compared to the intense heat we had for weeks is pretty awesome!

Enough with my weather whining!  My card today is about a little Christmas tree that Miss Pure Innocence found in the lot!  She thought this small tree would be perfect for her bedroom and she is sure her Daddy won't mind buying it for her...

The 52 {Christmas} Card Challenge gives us the choice of using a previous Theme challenge so I selected #21, September 2013...Christmas Tree.  

The stamp set is called Sending You a Little Christmas (MFT).  The paper is Lemoncraft's Christmas Greetings and the image is framed with Snow Frame by Wild Rose Studio.

Of course, she wore her favorite winter plaid coat to the tree lot!  

Most of the Christmas decor is from my Christmas stash...the green ribbon is 1/4" May Arts silk ribbon that I swiped with some Wink of Stella Clear Glitter.  The branches are from a candle die set by Elizabeth Craft.

The white fur on the girl's cap and boots is fluffed a little with Snow Marker by Marvy Uchida. You just use it like a marker and then puff it up with a heat tool!

The Copics....

Thanks for looking....see you again soon...God Bless you!

Sunday, November 1, 2015

Light the Candles

Hi!  Happy and Blessed Sunday to you and Oh My Yes, it's November!   

I have a card today for the Our Daily Bread Designs Challenge #260 (Double Embossing...Dry and Heat Embossing).  The ODBD candle dies really make pretty additions to cards and there are so many ways to use them....they even come with large and small candles...the small ones are great to place in a window!

I heat-embossed the sentiment with Silver Pearl embossing powder by Ranger and dry-embossed the Boho Background die (ODBD) which made a very subtle imprint (see the last picture).  I think it is a little harder to see because the background paper is dark green.

The sentiment stamp is from ODBD's Luke 2:11 and the small poinsettia is a combination of Peaceful Poinsettias and the new Merry Mosaics that fit over the older dies perfectly.  Merry Mosaics and the Candle dies were die-cut from silver glitter paper (Christmas Glitter by American Crafts) this little 6x6 paper pad that has several glitter-y color choices for Christmas or anytime!

I sponged a bit of distressing with Tea Dye Distress Ink (Ranger).

The green and matching striped paper are from Holy Night (Kaisercraft).  

The tiny branches next to the flowers are from the Christmas Candles die (ODBD)...of course they aren't flower leaves, but I thought they gave the flowers a Christmas-y look!

"Joy to the World" is sitting on a Vintage Tag die (Spellbinders).

The candles are framed by one of the Layered Lacy Squares dies (ODBD).

White Tulle, Flowers, White Metallic Thread, Burgundy Pearls--->Stash

May the Lord bless your day and I'll see you again this coming week!  Keep crafting!

Other Challenges for this card:
Word Art Wednesday #207 (Anything Goes)
Thursday, October 29, 2015

Poinsettia Joy

Hi and Happy Thursday!  I hope that every one is having a good week and has been doing something crafty!

I have a Christmas card today for the Sweet Sunday Sketch Challenge #292 and Word Art Wednesday #207.

I used a well-worn stamp set and matching dies for the small poinsettia...Festive Poinsettias (JustRite).  I think this set is the "mother" of all poinsettia stamps!  I was prompted to make the poinsettia flower after seeing the papers from Painted Poinsettias (6x6 pad by Wild Rose Studio). I love the soft colors of this paper pad...

I was afraid the Razzleberry ink (MFT) I used for the poinsettia would contrast too brightly with the paper, but it doesn't seem too overwhelming... 

The wreath stamp by Penny Black is called A Wish for was stamped onto the circle with my MISTI (My Sweet Petunia) and colored with Copics.

Branches---> Martha Stewart Branch Punch
Highlights--->Wink of Stella Glitter Pen, White Kirarina Pen
Thread--->Coats and Clark Red Metallic
Metal snowflake and bell--->Christmas stash
Lace--->Venetian Crochet Trim (SU)
Dies--->Double Stitched Circles (MFT), Charming Lace Trim (Creative Expressions)

I  distressed the sides of the paper to give it a bit of a shabby look...

The Copics....

Enjoy your weekend!  God bless your family time!

Monday, October 26, 2015

We Are Blessed

Hi and welcome!

I recently bought the Deluxe Flower Shaping Kit from Heartfelt Creations and could not wait to make at least one flower!  This is an amazing kit and has a total of ten different tips...used for different purposes in shaping flowers (Yes, there is a video!).  I have a long way to go with this, but I must say..I loved shaping and coloring the flower!

I used the colors in the paper from the Miss Empire 6x6 paper pad (Kaisercraft) for the embellishments...the flower and the flourish.

The flower was stamped from Botanical Rose and die-cut with Botanical Wings (Heartfelt Creations).  The leaves were sponged with Baked Brown Sugar (SU) and the rose was colored with Copics.

Those sweet little baubles in the middle of the flower are called Pearl Prills (US Art Quest).  You just squirt in some liquid glue and drop them in!  

Orange Rhinestones--->Kaisercraft
Brown-ish Lace--->Kaisercraft
Sentiment--->Blessed (SSS)
Dies--->Romantic Rose (Spellbinders), Finishing Touches-Petite Vinery (Creative Expressions)

And last, but not least, the spritzing on the decorative panel is Heidi Swapp's Teal Color Shine Spray.  I do NOT spray the color onto the panel!  I spray it onto a stamping block, add a little water if it needs to be thinned and use a small paint brush to pick up the color....then I tap on the brush end of the paint brush...lightly.

Now....the Copics...

Thanks for visiting my blog!

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John 16:33
"I have told you these things, so that in me you may have peace.  In this world you will have trouble. But take heart!  I have overcome the world."
Thursday, October 22, 2015

Fall Flourishes

Happy Thursday everyone!  I have another Fall/Autumn card today.  This moving much too quickly for me!  I received a text inviting me to my son's home for Thanksgiving dinner today...I can't believe it's just around the corner!  

My card was inspired by the inspirational picture on The Shabby Tea Room's #262 Challenge.  I also entered into the Word Art Wednesday Challenge #206 and several others I listed below.

I was prompted by the picture on the Shabby Tea Room to use pinecones and pumpkins in the midst of Fall-ish colors.

The only stamp I used was the sentiment from Mini Tag Sentiments (Our Daily Bread Designs) and the rest of the card is made up of embellishments and die-cuts.

I love swirls and flourishes...they just make me feel good!  And combine them with Fall colors...Perfect!  I separated the pinecones from their original die, attached orange-yellow paper to the back of each one and then sponged with some Gathered Twigs distress ink.  The flowers are Sugar Red Minis by Petaloo.  They actually do look as though they are sprinkled with some crystal sugar!

The background paper is from a 6x6 pad called Twelve Days of Christmas (Graphic 45) but I thought the color looked more like Fall than Christmas.  

Twine--->Harvest Hemp Cord (Hemptique)
Sequins--->Autumn Harvest (PPP)
Dies--->Mini Tags (ODBD), Oval Floral (Spellbinders), Pinecone and Greenery (Memory Box), Pumpkin Patch (Impression Obsession)

The leaf flourish is Verona Flourish by Poppystamps.  The original die is actually smaller and has only three I die-cut it x2 and added on the other leaves.

The other Challenges....
Crafty Addicts Challenge #3 (Autumn Pallette)
Whimsy Stamps Challenge #87 (Fall or Christmas)

Thanks for looking today!

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