Wednesday, April 16, 2014

WAW - 2 Corinthians 1:5

This week's post for my Word Art Wednesday Challenge is going to be quick.  Our 4 year old grandson is spending a couple days with us and I'm busy with playdoh, toy trains, hide-and-seek, and space battles.  Life is good!!

Our challenge verse is 2 Corinthians 1:15, "For as the sufferings of Christ abound in us, so our consolation also aboundeth by Christ."  The old adage says, "Nothing ventured, nothing gained."  The spiritual correlation is discernible in this verse by the Apostle Paul.  The believer discovers the fullness of the consolation (comfort, solace) of Christ in direct proportion to the sufferings of Christ abounding in him. 




One of our sponsors this week is Mark's Finest Papers.  I chose to paper piece one of the images from their Dogwood Blossoms clear stamp set for the focal image on this easel card. The embossed background has liquid pearl accents to the flower centers.  The flower is popped up over an embossed and matted panel. A button from my stash tied with embroidery thread.  



Some cut outs from the Sweet 'n Sassy Lacey Eyelet border die add a little extra interest to the pattern paper strips on the main panel and on the easel stopper strip.  Some distress stickles finish off these little flowers. 

Supplies:
Cardstock: Bazzill, Georgia Pacific 
Patterned Paper:  Basic Grey (Oh! Baby Girl)
Stamps:  WORDart by Karen (2 Corinthians 1:5), Mark's Finest Papers (Dogwood Blossoms)
Ink: Memento (Tuxedo Black)
Copics: (E33, 35, 37; 100)
Tools/Embellishments:  Cuttlebug embossing folder (D'vine Swirl), Spellbinders M'bossabilities embossing folder (Splended), Spellbinders dies (Standard Circle Large, Petite Scalloped Circle Large), Sweet 'n Sassy Stamps Lacey Eyelet Border die, Fiskars border punch (Apron Lace), decorative trim (Michael's), Liquid Pearls (Opal White), Stickles (Distress - Spun Sugar), DMC floss, button from stash

I'm entering this card in the following challenges:
Just Keep On Creating - Anything Goes
Just B Creative Crazy - Anything Goes
Sentimental Sunday Challenge #202 - Embossing 
Scrapbook Blessing Club Challenge #17 - Anything Goes
 
Thanks for stopping by for a visit today.  Please don't forget to pick up your free digi at the Word Art Wednesday blog and see the rest of the Design Team projects. 

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Happy Birthday, to You!!

Today I'm honored to be a Guest Designer for the Top Tip Tuesday Challenge Blog.  I really have been enjoying this challenge blog and have learned several helpful things from the tips that have been shared there.  I was so delighted when they asked me to be a Guest designer for them.  When I heard that this week's challenge was paper piecing, I was excited because I love that technique.  The sponsor for this week is:


And an awesome prize of 

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For my card, the girl is completely paper pieced (her dress and hat with patterned paper - her body/hair with cardstock) and glued over the log.  Her skin, hair, the grass, log and sky are all colored with copics.  After paper piecing the hat, I also added shading and colored the hat with several copics.


White embroidery floss was added to her hat and dress.  The hat was coated with a Wink of Stella glitter brush marker.  The dandelion fluff and flowers have some stickles for accent.

This image is a digi from Digi Darla (sadly, this store is now closed).  For a tutorial on paper piecing with digi stamps see my tutorial here.  Obviously paper piecing is a fantastic way to use scraps but using other smaller pieces on your card is possible when you cover seams or where they don't join with other elements.  For instance:  All the patterned paper used for my card were scraps from other projects. The red background piece wasn't big enough for my card front.  I cut what I had in half and the floral strip covers the gap.  And the floral piece wasn't long enough to span the width of my card.  However, the image panel hides that gap.

Supplies:
Cardstock: Georgia Pacific
Patterned Paper:  Basic Grey (Picadilly - 12 x 12 and 6 x 6 pad)
Stamps:   Digi Darla (Blowing Dandelions); Stampendous (Birthday Wish clear stamp)
Ink:  VersaFine (Onyx Black)
Copics: E00, 07, 08, 09, 11, 25, 31, 33, 35, 37, 50; BG000, 10; N1, 3; 100; R20, 27; YG03, 05; Colorless Blender
Tools/Embellishments: Sakura Micron .01 black pen, Quickie Glue Pen, Prima pearl flourish, DMC embroidery floss, Spellbinders dies (Petite Oval Large and Small, Floral Oval, Decorative Photo Corner), Sweet 'n Sassy die (Lacey Eyelet Border), Zig Wink of Stella glitter brush marker (clear), Stickles (Star Dust)

I'm entering this card in the following challenges:
Just B Creative Crazy - Anything Goes
Just Keep on Creating - Anything Goes
Scrapbook Blessing Club Challenge #17 - Anything Goes 
 
Please be sure to stop by the Top Tip Tuesday Challenge Blog to see the rest of the projects from the Design Team and to get additional tips from them.  I also hope you'll join in the challenge for a chance to win the fantastic prize from our sponsor.

Thanks for visiting with me today.  Please stop back tomorrow when I'll have another project using paper piecing (this time using clear stamps).

Monday, April 14, 2014

Masculine Card Inspiration

I don't know about you, but I find masculine cards to be an extra challenge.  Cindy from Cre8ive Cindy has a weekly Manly Monday feature.  I just "discovered" this weekly post last week.  I know I'll be visiting often for inspiration.

Today I'm honored to have two cards featured in her blog post. Please see all the details in this post:

Manly Monday - April 14, 2014


Thanks, Cindy for linking up my cards!!

Wednesday, April 9, 2014

An Easter Tulip

It's Wednesday and time for a new challenge at Word Art Wednesday.  This week we're focusing on another Easter Scripture, John 11:25, "Jesus said unto her, I am the resurrection and the life:  he that believeth in me, though he were dead, yet shall he live."  Jesus paid our sin debt on the cross, was buried and rose again the third day.  By believing in Him and accepting His gift of salvation, we can live with Him forever in Heaven.  What a great and precious promise!



For my card today, I kept things pretty simple (for me anyway).  The background cardstock was embossed with a flower embossing folder and matted on black cardstock.  The flowers were accented with pearls and faux stitching finishes off the edges..  I thought the tulip image went well with the Easter/new life theme of this week's verse.  The tulip and background around it were colored with copics.  The background was accented with stickles and the tulip was coated with a Wink of Stella glitter pen.  The image panel was matted with black cardstock and popped up over the background layer.



The Scripture panel spans the card and is accented with black pearls and is then matted with black cardstock.  The finished card is a standard A2 size.

Supplies
Cardstock:  Neenah Solar white (image and Scripture panels), Georgia Pacific (card base), Recollections (black), blue cardstock unknown
Stamps:  WORDart by Karen (John 11:25), Eureka (Tulip Frame - digi version)
Copics: BG000, 01, 10; Y000, 11,13,15,17; YG03, 05
Tools/Embellishments: Spellbinders M'bossabilities embossing folder (Splendid), black pearls (Want 2 Scrap), white pearls (The Paper Studio), Stickles (Star Dust), Staedtler Tri-Plus fine tip black marker, Zig Wink of Stella brush tip glitter pen

Challenges:
Papertake Weekly - Spring has Sprung
Clear it Out Challenge - Anything Goes plus real or faux stitching (I chose to use faux stitching)
Fan-tastic Tuesday Challenge #30 - Anything Goes
Craft Your Passion Challenge #208 - No Patterned Paper
Just B Creative Crazy - Anything Goes
Just Keep on Creating - Anything Goes
Scrapbook Blessing Club Challenge #17 - Anything Goes 

Please don't forget to visit the Word Art Wednesday blog to pick up your free digi and to see the projects from the rest of the Design Team. Thanks for your visit today. 

Tuesday, April 8, 2014

Adoption is Another Word for Love


As I mentioned yesterday, my husband's coworker and her husband just finalized the adoption of their son last Friday.  We wanted to give them a card of congratulations so I used more of the sentiments in The Gift of You clear stamp set from Sweet 'n Sassy Stamps.  Since I used Cocoa on the other card, I decided Rhubarb needed to make an appearance on this one.  After coloring Rhubarb and his heart with Copics, the sentiment was heat embossed in white. The sentiment was stamped, die cut and matted before being adhered flat onto the plaid panel.  Rhubarb was popped up over the sentiment.  A white get pen and fine tip marker add definition to Rhubarb's eyes.  Some glossy accents make his nose shiny.  Lots of faux stitching and some doodling complete the front of the card.

My tip for Top Tip Tuesday:  If you don't have the right size die for a mat, trace around the outside of the die you are using and then fussy cut it out.  I didn't have the right size die to mat the plaid panel so I traced the outside of the die and then fussy cut it.  A related tip would be to trace the die on the wrong side of the mat layer.  That way you won't have to erase your tracing.  I used the same technique for the interior decorating.



The verse on the inside is also from the same stamp set.  The Congratulations stamp is a wood mounted stamp by Inkadinkado.

Supplies:
Cardstock:  Neenah Solar White (image), Georgia Pacific (white), Bazzill (blue), DCWV (red)
Patterned Paper:  Echo Park (Little Boy)
Stamps:  Sweet 'n Sassy Stamps (The Gift of You clear stamp set, Rhubarb's Heart digi stamp), Inkadinkado (Congratulations wood mount stamp)
Ink:  Versamark, Stazon (black)
Copic Markers:  E31, 33, 35, 37; R22, 27, 29; 100
Tools/Embellishments: Stampendous embossing powder (white opaque), Glossy Accents, Zig Wink of Stella glitter brush marker (clear), Spellbinders dies (Classic Ovals Large & Small, Grand Big Scalloped Ovals), Sakura Micron pen (black), Uni-ball White gel pen, Staedtler Tri-plus marker (red, blue)

I'm entering this card in the following challenges:
Clear It Out Challenge - Anything goes with stitching (real or faux)
Top Tip Tuesday - Cute
Cuttlebug Mania - Make Us Smile
Cute Card Thursday Challenge #315 - All Boy
4 Crafty Chicks Challenge #188 - Color a stamped image (rubber or digi)
Paper Crafting Challenges #7 - Masculine
Just B Creative - Anything Goes
Just Keep On Creating - Anything Goes

Thanks for stopping by today.  Please be sure to stop back tomorrow for a new challenge at Word Art Wednesday.

Monday, April 7, 2014

Adoption: How God Made Us Family



My husband's co-worker, and her husband, finalized the adoption of their son this past Friday.  This is the card she asked me to make for him.  Their son is 3 and loves football.  Sweet 'n Sassy Stamps has the perfect adoption stamp set so I knew I would be using that for the sentiments.  I didn't want the football theme to be too grown-up, so who better to add a little fun than Cocoa?



Cocoa and his football were colored with Copics and then fussy cut.  A white gel pen was used on the football stitching.  I embossed and matted the white panel and then added Cocoa up on top of it. Cocoa's head and tail were left unattached to add dimension. Two gray brads bring in a little more gray. The entire image panel was popped up over the background football paper. The sentiment was stamped on banners and added to the top and bottom.  Lots of faux stitching completes the front.

My tip for Top Tip Tuesday is when you are fussy cutting intricate details (like the tail on a mouse), don't rush, turn the paper - not the scissors, and don't be afraid to cut small sections at a time and approach the cuts from different angles.  Rushing tends to lead to shorter mouse tails - just sayin'.  :)



The verse on the inside left panel was requested.  Countless prayers went into the adoption of this little guy.  Plenty of room was left on the right panel for them to write a message to their new son.


Supplies:
Cardstock:  Georgia Pacific, Neenah Solar White (image only)
Patterned Paper:  The Paper Studio
Stamps:  Sweet 'n Sassy Stamps (The Gift of You clear stamp set, Cocoa Loves Football digi stamp), WORDart by Karen (2 Samuel 1:17 digi)
Ink:  Stazon (black)
Copic Markers:  N0, 1, 3, 5, 7; E11, 33, 35, 37; 100
Tools/Embellishments: embossing folder (The Paper Studio - Tiny Hearts), Uni-ball white gel pen, Sakura Micron black pen, Staedtler Tri-plus marker (brown), Spellbinders dies (Petite Oval Large and Small, Petite Scalloped Oval Large)

I'm entering this card in the following challenges:
Paper Crafting Challenges #7 - Masculine
Just Keep on Creating - Anything Goes
Just B Creative Crazy - Anything Goes
4 Crafty Chicks Challenge #188 - Color a stamped image (rubber or digi - mine is a digi)
Cute Card Thursday Challenge #315 - All Boy (any masculine card)
Top Tip Tuesday - Cute 

Thanks so much for stopping by today.  Please come back for another visit soon.
 

Saturday, April 5, 2014

Happy Birthday, Ian!

Our son's birthday was a couple weeks ago. This is the card I made to send to him.  Since he will be going on a fishing/camping trip in a couple months, I thought this image was truly appropriate.  After stamping the image with black Stazon ink onto watercolor paper, I used Distress markers and inks to water color the image.  Distress inks were also used to ink the edges of the die cuts and papers.  I've never tried this technique before and really had fun with it.  I think kraft paper is such an easy way to start a masculine card - especially one with an outdoorsy theme.  I started with a kraft card base for my A2 card and layered up from there.  I used a sketch from The Kraft Journal for the card design.



The matted image was popped up over the layered background.



I included interior decorating on both sides.





I love this definition stamp.  It's so perfect to use in cards for special people - and is definitely true of our son.  The image and mats were cut with Labels Four and Labels Four Small.  The top and bottom were trimmed to make them mimic the brackets in the stamped image. A great way to extend the use of your die cuts is to trim them to other shapes.  I'll be using this technique again.





Supplies:
Sketch:  The Kraft Journal Challenge 160
Cardstock: Recollections, Royal & Langnickel Watercolor Paper
Patterned Paper:  MME
Stamps:  Flourishes (In Nature), Stampendous (Birthday Wish)
Ink: Stazon (Jet Black), Distress Inks (Bundled Sage, Tea Dye, Antique Linen, Vintage photo, Walnut Stain, Crushed Olive, Peacock Feathers, Tumbled Glass, Broken China, Barn Door)
Tools/Embellishments: Distress Markers (Shabby Shutters, Frayed Burlap, Weathered Wood), Spellbinders dies (Standard Circles Large & Small, Labels Four, Labels Four Small), Staedtler Tri-plus fine tip marker (brown)

I'm entering this card in the following challenges:


The Kraft Journal Challenge #165 - Inside & Out
Papertake Weekly - Anything Goes
Fan-tastic Tues Challenge #29 - Use Patterned Paper
Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge - Birthday
Cute Card Thursday Challenge #315 - All Boy (any masculine card)
4 Crafty Chicks Challenge #188 - Color a stamped image
Chocolate, Coffee Cards Challenge #62 - Stripes
Just B Creative Crazy - Anything Goes
Just Keep On Creating - Anything Goes
Paper Crafting Challenges #7 - Masculine

Thanks for stopping by today. 


Wednesday, April 2, 2014

Butterfly Congratulations



This card says "Spring" to me.  Pretty flowers, a butterfly, beautiful colors....ahhhh spring!!  This gatefold card is 5.5" square when closed.  The butterfly was stamped on parchment paper with Versamark and then embossed with fine detail black embossing powder.  After fussy cutting it, I embellished it with Liquid Pearls and regular pearls.  The butterfly perches on an embossed circle that is matted with a doily die cut.  The embossed circle has a doodled border.  A pearl flourish "flight path" completes the butterfly panel.  The individual pearls that embellish the doily and make up the butterfly's body are cut from another piece of the flourish.



The patterned paper background flowers were embellished with liquid pearls and the small white flowers have stickles added to their centers.  There is a doodled border around the edges of the background paper.



Due to the direction of the flourish, the panel was attached to the right "gate" instead of the left.  Variety is the spice of life, right?  I glued two identical doilies with wrong sides together so that when the card is open the doily has a finished look on the inside as well.


The interior has two embossed panels and a little interior decorating on the writing panel.


Supplies:
Cardstock: Georgia Pacific (white), Bazzill, Fiskars Parchment Paper
Patterned Paper:  Simple Stories (Vintage Bliss 6 x 6 pad)
Stamps:  Layers of Color (Joyful Noise - butterfly), Inkadinkado (Congratulations)
Ink:  VersaMark, Versafine (Onyx Black)
Tools/Embellishments:  Spellbinders Dies (Standard Circle Small), My Favorite Things Dies (Blueprints 1), Cherry Lynn Designs die (French Pastry), Ranger embossing powder (Super Fine Detail Black), Cuttle Bug embossing folder (Swiss Dots), M'Bossabilities folder (Splendid), Stickles (Star Dust), Liquid Pearls (Bisque, White Opal), Zig Wink of Stella glitter brush pen (Clear), Staedtler Tri-plus pen (black), Prima Say it in Crystals pearl flourish

I'm entering this card in the following challenges:
Sentimental Sunday #200 - Add a Doodle
Scrapbook Blessings Club Challenge #16 - Anything Goes (I used a fancy fold)
Pile It On #13 - Floral Fantasy
Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge - Anything Goes
Papertake Weekly - Anything Goes
Fan-tastic Tuesday Challenge #29 - Use Patterned Paper
Just Keep On Creating April Challenge - Anything Goes
Just Be Creative Crazy April Challenge - Just Because
Inky Chicks #26 - Butterflies
Paper Pretties Wednesday Challenge (PWC304) - No Markers
Inky Impressions Challenge #153 - Fold it! (Fancy Folds)
Scrapbook Pal Share Your Project - Use Liquid Pearls
Sweet Stamps Challenge #163 - Dies
Delightful Challenges - Hip to be square (make a square card or have a square on it - my card is 5.5" square)

Thanks for stopping by.

Word Art Wednesday - 2 Corinthians 5:21

It's time for another challenge at Word Art Wednesday.  This week our verse is 2 Corinthians 5:21, "For he hath made him to be sin for us, who knew no sin; that we might be made the righteousness of God in him."  As we anticipate celebrating Easter later this month, it's good to turn our thoughts to what we are really celebrating.  This verse reminds us that Christ took our sin debt, even though He had never sinned, so that we could be made righteous (just as if we'd never sinned).  While I've been taught this truth my whole life, I never cease to be amazed that Christ died for ME.  Why?  Because He loves me so much that He wants me to be in Heaven with Him someday.  And you know, He loves you that much too.  If you haven't accepted His gift of salvation, I hope you will today.



For my card today, I went with a black and gold color scheme.  The black represents my sin that Christ took on Himself.  The gold represents His royalty and the home in Heaven that He has provided for me.  I used this week's sketch by Mojo Monday (Mojo339).  I turned the sketch 90 degrees and the finished card is 3.5" x 5.5"



I popped up the verse panel with pop dots for some dimension and accented it with black pearls.


The black and gold theme was carried through to the inside of the card.

Supplies:
Cardstock:  Recollections
Patterned Paper:  The Paper Studio (Simple Elegance 4.5" x 6.5" pad)
Stamp:  WORDart by Karen (2 Corinthians 5:21)
Tools/Embellishments:  Spellbinders dies (Petite Ovals Large, Petite Scalloped Ovals Small), Want 2 Scrap (black pearls)

I'm entering this card in the following challenges:
MOJO Monday (MOJO339) - Sketch
Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge - Anything Goes
Papertake Weekly - Anything Goes
Fan-tastic Tuesday Challenge #29 - Use Patterned Paper
Just Keep On Creating April Challenge - Anything Goes
Just Be Creative Crazy April Challenge - Just Because

I hope you'll stop by the Word Art Wednesday blog and see how the rest of the Design Team showcased this verse.  You can also pick up your free digi while you are there.  Thanks for visiting today.  I hope to have more to share with you later this week.

Monday, March 31, 2014

I Found A Hug...

Each month, Deedee's Digis has a Digi of the Month Challenge.  This is a progressive challenge, which means if you use this digi on a project and link it up this month, you'll receive an email with next month's digi for free.  Keep playing and you'll keep receiving free digis.  You can find all the details on this month's challenge here.



April's digi is is an absolutely adorable set called Under Your Wing.  It is also offered at a special price of $1.25 all month long. If you purchase $10 worth of digis from the Deedee's Digis shop, you can receive this set for free.  See the details here.



For my card using this set, I chose to use the pre-colored version of the owls.  I die cut it, added some faux stitching and matted it twice.  I also die cut this adorable sentiment and matted it as well. Both the image and sentiment panel are popped up over the background paper.  Wink of Stella glitter pen was added to the owls' beaks, eyes, and feet.



Some additional die cuts, a button, baker's twice and more faux stitching doodles finish off the card front.



I did a little interior decorating. with scraps left from the front and more doodle stitches.

Supplies:
Cardstock:  Neenah (Desert Storm), Georgia Pacific (white), DCWV (yellow)
Patterned Paper:  MME (Quilting Bee 6 x 6 pad)
Stamps:  Deedee's Digis (Under Your Wings)
Tools/Embellishments:  Spellbinders dies (Standard Circles Large & Small, Labels Four Small), MFT Blueprints 1 dies, Staedtler tri-plus fine point marker (brown), baker's Twine (The Twinery), Zig Wink of Stella glitter brush pen (clear), button from stash

I'm entering this card in the following challenges:
Sentimental Sunday Challenge #200 - Add Doodles
Scrapbook Blessings Club #16 Mini Challenge - Anything Goes (past challenge focus - sentiment on the front)
Catered Crop - Put a bird on it
Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge - Anything Goes
Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge - Anything Goes with a Button
Just Keep on Creating April Challenge - Anything Goes

Thanks for stopping by today.  I have several projects to show you this week so please keep visiting.

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