Wednesday, August 15, 2018

Take Care of Others

Hello! I hope your week is going well. It's time for a new challenge over at the Word Art Wednesday blog. Our verse this week is Philippians 2:4, "Look not every man on his own tings, but every man also on the things of other." I hear a lot in social media about "self care" and "self love." The thought being that we need to look out for ourselves and take care of ourselves. While it is true that we need regular times for rest and relaxation, and we are to care for our bodies because they are the temple of the Holy Ghost (1 Cor. 6:19). However, I think we have to be careful that we don't become selfish. It's very easy to slide into a mentality that puts oneself first. Today's verse tells us that we're to look out for others. This verse isn't giving us a license to be busybodies but instead is encouraging us to look for ways to help others. Find ways to lighten the load or brighten the day of someone else. It doesn't have to be something big. Maybe a few flowers from your yard that you know they like. Maybe send a card, email, or text just to let them know you're thinking of them. Maybe help with a chore or just provide a listening ear.

When I saw this Cat Silhouette stamp on the Bugaboo site, I just had to purchase it, especially since it was on sale! It goes well with my watermark, don't you think? I used two Copic markers to add some color and interest to the kitties. I flipped the image for the cat on the interior because I thought it looked better facing a different direction. I love that with digis you can not only re-size them but also flip them as needed.

Pink & Main is one of our sponsors this week. Some of their Pumpkin Spice patterned paper was layered over cardstock and adhered to a Half Shutter card base. I really like the graphic patterns and beautiful colors in this paper pad. It is the first time I've ever used Pink & Main's paper and I really like the weight and texture of it. It's very easy to work with. The colors in this paper pad are traditional fall colors and yet they are able to be used year round. And with the name of Pumpkin Spice you just can't go wrong. LOL I saw Kristie Marcotte's recent Pink & Main haul video where she talked about the Glossy Dots. When I visited their booth last weekend at a stamp show, I couldn't resist picking up some for myself (along with this paper pad and another one - considering all the fantastic items in her booth I think I showed great restraint. 😊). I used the Glossy Dots to accent both cat panels. The plain white panel was added to allow a space to write a message. Some twine adds interest to the front of the card.

I'm not sure it shows up well in the pictures, but stickles were added to some of the circles in the white background papers. It adds some nice sparkle that goes well with the Glossy Dots. You will be seeing a lot more of Pink & Main papers in the near future and I'm pretty sure this cat will be making multiple appearances as well.

Card Base: Our Daily Bread Designs (Half Shutter Card Base)
Cardstock: Georgia Pacific (white), Bazzill (Tangelo)
Patterned Paper: Pink & Main (Pumpkin Spice 6 x 6 pad)
Stamps: WORDart by Karen (Philippians 2:4), Bugaboo Stamps (Cat Silhouette), Dare 2B Artzy (Prayers 4 You)
Ink: VersaFine (Onyx Black)
Copics: B02, YR04
Tools/Embellishments: Pink & Main Glossy Dots (Silver), Our Daily Bread Designs dies (Double Stitched Rectangles), Jillibean Soup Bean Stalks (Blue/Green Twine), Stickles (Diamond)

I'm entering this card in the following challenges:
Crop Stop Link Party #42 - Use brands/items found in the Crop Stop Store (I used Fiskars, Scotch, Ranger, Tsukineko, Jillibean Soup, Bazzill, Cuttlebug)
Whoopsi Daisy Challenge - Anything Goes
Crafty Creations Challenge #372 - Anything Goes
Always Fun Challenges #71 - Going in Circles
Cute & Crafty Challenge #7 - Use an Animal

Thank you for visiting with me today. I hope you'll be back soon. Please be sure to visit the Word Art Wednesday blog for your free digi and to see the rest of the projects from our Design Team. Also, please be sure to visit our sponsors. Link up your projects at the Word Art Wednesday blog to have an opportunity to win a prize.

Wednesday, August 1, 2018

Daydreaming Bear

It's time for another challenge at Word Art Wednesday. This week, we are focusing on Psalm 92:4, "For thou, Lord, hast made me glad through thy work: I will triumph in the works of thy hands." In this verse, the Psalmist is remembering all that the Lord has done for him. His heart is glad over the wonderful things he has received and experienced and he is rejoicing in what the Lord has done. When was the last time we spent time just thinking about all the wonderful things the Lord has done for us? The Lord is so good to us and provides so much for us every day. Sometimes the good things He does for us are keeping things from us - not just providing things for us. He knows exactly what we need and when we need it.

I did some Copic coloring on this sweet bear image for my card today. The bottom edge of the panel was die cut and then double matted with a cardstock layer and a eyelet border.The Copic colored panel and the matted verse were layered over patterned paper and then matted with cardstock before being adhered to the card front. The flower in her hair was embellished with Wink of Stella and a tiny gem. Nuvo Crystal drops in clear were added to the bear's nose and used to add drops on the copic panel.

Cardstock: Park Lane #110 (card base), Georgia Pacific (white), Bazzill (teal)
Patterned Paper: Recollections (Teal Paisley)
Digi Stamps: WORDart by Karen (Psalm 92:4), Beary Wishes (Daydreaming Bear)
Copics: C0; W1, 3, 5; BG000, 10, 11, 13, 15; R22, 24, 35; E11, 13, 15, 29, 31, 33, 35, 37
Tools/Embellishments: Simon Says Stamp Dies (Curved A2 Edge, Eyelet Arch Borders), Nuvo Crystal Drops (clear), Wink of Stella (clear), Gina Marie Designs (bling)

I'm entering this card in the following challenges:
Crop Stop July Link Party #41 - Use brands/items from the Crop Stop online store (I used Cuttlebug, Scotch, Tonic Studio, Fiskars, and Zig)
Through the Craft Room Door - Anything Goes
Whoopsi Daisy Challenge Blog - Anything Goes
Crafty Creations Challenge #371 - Anything Goes

I hope you'll stop by the Word Art Wednesday blog to see what the rest of the Design Team have made. I appreciate you taking the time to visit today. I'll hope you'll be back soon.

Thursday, July 19, 2018

Like a Watered Garden

I hope your week is going well. I'm late to the party with my Word Art Wednesday post for this week. This has been a bad headache week and I've been trying to rest as much as I can. Our focus verse this week is Isaiah 58:11, "And the Lord shall guide thee continually, and satisfy thy soul in drought and make fat thy bones: and thou shalt be like a watered garden, and like a spring of water, whose waters fail not." God rewards His people for their faithfulness. When we obey Him and follow His leading in our lives, He will provide for us even during the tough times. He will minister to our spirits and provide encouragement and satisfaction. God is always faithful and NEVER fails.

I needed easy this week so I went with a good sketch (Sweet Sunday Sketch #203) and used Kristie Marcotte's measurements as found on this blog post. Faux Stitching, stickles and a few gems are the only embellishments. This card will mail easily and hopefully be an encouragement.

Cardstock: Georgia Pacific (white), Park Lane (white card base), Recollections (black)
Patterned Papers: Echo Park (Have Faith 6 x 6 pad)
Stamps: WORDart by Karen
Tools/Embellishments: Our Daily Bread Designs dies (Double Stitched Circles), Spellbinders dies (Standard Circles Large), Gina Marie Designs bling, Faber Castell Pitt Artist Pen (Black), Stickles (Star Dust)

I hope you have a fantastic week and that you'll check out the rest of the design team projects on the Word Art Wednesday blog. Please come back soon.

Wednesday, July 4, 2018

Following the Shepherd

Happy 4th of July!! I am so thankful for our country and that she's celebrating her 242nd birthday!! It's time for another Word Art Wednesday challenge. Our verse this week is Psalms 23:6, "Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life: and I will dwell in the house of the Lord for ever." This verse is the last one in the very familiar 23rd Psalm. Throughout the Psalm, the writer is talking about all the benefits of having the Lord as his Shepherd. Some of those benefits are being led along the right path, not having to face death alone, protection from enemies, comfort and in this verse a Home in Heaven. As my (pastor) husband often says, "You'll never be sorry for putting the Lord first." Yes, you'll face difficulties in the Christian life but you'll never have to face them alone.

For my card this week, I used the MFT sketch #268 as my inspiration. I used some of the beautiful papers from the Our Daily Bread Designs Americana Quilt paper pad. It's hard to see in the picture but there are stickles highlighting the pattern of the paper on the far left and also accenting some of the flowers on the larger patterned paper panel.

Cardstock: The Paper Studio Heavy Weight (white card base), Georgia Pacific (white), Bazzill (Cherry Splash)
Patterned Paper: Our Daily Bread Designs 6 x 6 (Americana Quilt)
Stamp: WORDart by Karen
Tools/Embellishments: Our Daily Bread Designs Dies (Double Stitched Rectangles, Bitty Borders Dies), Wright's ribbon, Gina Marie Designs Enamel Dots (Patriotic Sparkle), Gelly Roll white gel pen

Thanks for visiting with me today. I hope you'll have time to visit the Word Art Wednesday blog to see more inspiration, pick up your free digi, and find out all the details on how you could win a nice prize from one of our fabulous sponsors!

Wednesday, June 20, 2018

Sunflower Season

Hello! It's time for another Word Art Wednesday challenge. Our focus verse this week is Isaiah 64:8, "But now, O Lord, thou art our father; we are the clay, and thou our potter; and we all are the work of thy hand." In this verse, Isaiah is praying and acknowledging that the Lord is in control.The potter chooses what he wants the clay to become and then proceeds to mold and shape it into that item. In the same way, the Lord chooses what we are to become and then molds and shapes us as necessary. Just as the clay does not tell the potter what to make, neither should we protest and tell the Lord what we want to become. We are the work of the Lord's hands. A popular saying today is to "be your best self." Well, if we truly want to be our "best self" then we will leave the choice up to the Lord and allow Him to mold and make us into what He knows is best for us.

One of our sponsors this week is Stamp Simply. They generously provided me with the Sunflower Season stamp set that I'm using on today's card. After printing the WORDart on white cardstock, I die cut it with a 5.25" x 4" rectangular die (MFT Blueprints 1). I then stamped the sunflower image four times all around the panel. After coloring the flowers with Copic markers, this panel was die cut again using a stitched rectangle (MFT Blueprints 29). A smaller stitched rectangle (ODBD Double Stitched Rectangles) was used to die cut the verse out of the middle. The verse panel and the larger stitched rectangle panel were matted with embossed Bazzill cardstock. The larger panel was adhered to the A2, cream colored card base. The verse panel was popped up with foam tape and adhered in the center. Star Dust and Cinnamon Stickles were used on the flower centers.

The thin frame that was left after die cutting the larger stitched rectangle was adhered to another piece of the Bazzill cardstock. A die cut panel from MFT Blueprints 1 was adhered to the center to allow room to write a message. This card has some nice extras while still being flat enough to mail easily.

Cardstock: Georgia Pacific (white), Recollections (cream), Bazzill embossed (Boardwalk)
Stamps: WORDart by Karen, Stamp Simply clear stamp set (Sunflower Season)
Ink: Memento (Tuxedo Black)
Copics: YG17, 23, 25; E25, 29, 33; Y15, 17, 19
Tools/Embellishments: My Favorite Things die-namics (Blueprints 29, Blueprints 1 (retired)), Our Daily Bread Designs dies (Double Stitched Rectangles), Stickles (Star Dust, Cinnamon), Scotch foam tape

I'm entering this card in the following challenges:
Crafty Creations Challenge #368 - Anything Goes
Whoopsi Daisy Monthly Challenge - Anything Goes with Option of Hand-colored Image
Through the Craft Room Door - Anything Goes
My Creative Scoop Color Inspiration Challenge #35 - Hand-colored Image
Crop Stop Challenge #40 - Use items/brands found in the Crop Stop Store (I used Cuttlebug, Fiskars, Scotch, Ranger, My Favorite Things and Bazzill)

Thanks for visiting with me today. Be sure to stop by the Word Art Wednesday blog for more inspiration and to pick up your free digi. Have a nice week!!

Sunday, June 17, 2018

Reverse Confetti's Paper Bliss Paper Pad

I am a long-time fan of Kristie Marcotte and her 6 x 6 paper pad tutorials. Kristie takes a 6 x 6 paper pad and usually makes 30-40 cards from it. She doesn't design card sketches but she figures out the measurements to use and then shares those measurements on her blog, The Best Things in Life are Pink. Most of the time, she also provides a video of her process on her YouTube Channel. I've always wanted to give this process a try but have never made it through a whole paper pad. She recently had a give-away sponsored by Reverse Confetti and I won their new Paper Bliss 6 x 6 paper pad. A card group I'm in had a challenge to make 30 cards for a Ronald McDonald House in Charlotte so I thought the time was right to be inspired by Kristie's process, use my new paper pad and make cards to encourage the families of some children with cancer. Kristie uses several card sketches per paper pad. I only used about 4 and I'm very pleased that I was able to make 41 cards: 30 for the Ronald McDonald House and 11 to help build my stash.

The next six pictures are of the cards going to the Ronald McDonald House.  All their cards had to have a "Just for You" or "Welcome" sentiment.

 Here are pics of the 11 cards that went into my stash - some have already been sent out in the mail to friends/family.

This project was so much fun. I definitely want to try it again. If you have questions about specific supplies, leave me a comment below and I'll let you know what I used.

Thanks to Kristie Marcotte for the inspiration and to Reverse Confetti for the paper pad.

Have a good week and thanks for visiting with me today. 

Wednesday, June 6, 2018

Blessed is the Man

Hello! Can you believe we are already in the month of June?! This year is just moving right along. This week our Word Art Wednesday Challenge is looking at Psalm 1:1, "Blessed is the man that walketh not in the counsel of the ungodly, nor standeth in the way of sinners, nor sitteth in the seat of the scornful." A man (or woman) that stays away from ungodly influences is truly wise. The Lord will be able to bless him because he doesn't make it a habit to get counsel or "hang out" with people who would give him advice that would lead him away from the Lord. Two quotes that come to mind are: "He who would not fall down ought not to walk in slippery places" and "You are right now or soon will become like your friends" (both by Adrian Rogers). If you don't want to do wrong, stay away from places and people who would tempt you to do wrong. People with similar habits, interests and thought patterns tend to become friends. Over time, we become more and more like our friends. This is one of the reasons we need to take special care to make sure our close friends are godly influences in our lives and will encourage us to follow the Lord. We should also make sure that we are that type of friend to others as well.

Our sponsor this week is Lawn Fawn. They have some of the cutest animal and critter stamps around, as well as inks, papers and dies. I have two cards to share with you that use their products. For this card, I started out by stamping the Woodgrain Backdrops stamp in brown ink on kraft cardstock. I used a Gina Marie Designs die to make a starburst quilt style panel using some patriotic papers. The outside edges of the panel were inked with Distress Inks. I wrapped the panel with burlap and twine. After covering a chipboard star with patterned paper and inking the edges, it was adhered on top of the trim with glue dots. Two small punched stars embellish the verse panel and all 3 stars were coated with Nuvo Crystal Drops in clear. The kraft panel was adhered to a cream colored A2 card base.

Cardstock: Recollections (Kraft, cream and red)
Patterned Paper: DCWV
Stamps: WORDart by Karen (Psalm 1:1), Lawn Fawn (Woodgrain Backdrops)
Ink: VersaFine (Vintage Sepia), Distress Ink (Vintage Photo)
Tools/Embellishments: The Paper Studio Star Punch, Heidi Swapp Chipboard Stars, Spellbinders Dies (Classic Ovals Large & Small), Nuvo Crystal Drops (Clear), Gina Marie Designs Dies (Oval Starburst), Wright's twine, The Ribbon Boutique burlap ribbon

For my second card, I used the adorable yay, kites! stamp set to make this card for our grandson. After coloring several of the images with Copic markers I fussy cut them. This stamp set does have coordinating dies but I don't own them...yet! I used a black marker to go around the edge of each fussy cut image. A white get pen was used to embellish the kites and a black gel pen was used for the eyes on each animal/bird. The background panel was inked to make a sky. Some Lawn Fawn Perfectly Plaid 6 x 6 paper was die cut to make grassy hills. A white gel pen added some extra touches to the hills. Some clouds were cut from white cardstock and coated with clear Wink of Stella for some shimmer. The fussy cut images were adhered to the card front and some twine was added for kite strings. One of the heart stamps from the set was used to stamp the birds' "songs." The "hello" sentiment from the stamp set was stamped and heat embossed on a piece of vellum. This was cut into a banner shape and adhered to the card front and embellished with one of the little birds. The scene was matted with blue cardstock and adhered to the front of an A2 card.

Cardstock: Georgia Pacific (white), Paper Reflections (Brilliant Blue), Taylored Expressions (vellum)
Patterned Paper: Lawn Fawn 6 x 6 pad (Perfectly Plaid Christmas)
Stamps: Lawn Fawn (yay, kites!)
Ink:  Distress Ink (Salty Ocean), VersaFine (Onyx Black), Memento (Tuxedo Black), Hero Arts Ombre (Pink to Red)
Tools/Embellishments: Wink of Stella (clear), Simon Says Stamp embossing powder (clear), Memento Marker (Tuxedo Black), My Favorite Things dies (Snow Drift), Uniball Signo white gel pen, Gelly Roll Gel Pen (white and black), The Twinery Baker's Twine, Fiskars Cloud Punch

I'm entering this card in the following challenges:
Crop Stop June Linky #40 - Use items/brands found in the Crop Stop Store (I used: Fiskars, My Favorite Things, Cuttlebug, Tsukineko, Zig)
Whoopsi Daisy Challenge - Anything Goes with an Optional Hand Colored Image
Crafty Creations Challenge #367 - Anything Goes
Outlawz Color Challenge - Tic Tac Toe (I used diagonal from bottom left to top right - twine, blue and die cutting)
Shopping Our Stash Challenge #357 - My Favorite Things (die cutting, inking, critters, heat embossing)
Through the Craft Room Door - Anything Goes
Cute 'n Crafty Challenge #2 - Summer theme
Always Fun Challenges #61 - Summer Fun

Thanks for stopping by to visit today. I hope you'll have time to stop by the Word Art Wednesday blog for your free digi and to see the other Design Team Projects. Also, don't forget to link up your projects for an opportunity to win some free Lawn Fawn goodies.

Friday, May 25, 2018

Thanks a Latte!!


 Today is the start of the 2018 Spring / Summer Coffee Lover's Blog Hop. I have a very simple card to start off with for this hop. I needed a quick thank you card for a fellow coffee lover. The My Favorite Things Blueprints 29 die set made this card quick and easy.

I filled the rectangles with sentiments and an image from Super Sponsor Joy Clair's Coffee Love stamp set (and svg files). These stamps were part of a prize I won on a previous Coffee Lover's Blog Hop. I used a heart die cut from another Super Sponsor, Lawn Fawn, to add an embellishment to the cup. The heart was coated with Wink of Stella and then Nuvo Crystal Drops. The latte cup was popped up over the panel.

Cardstock - Georgia Pacific (white), Bazzill (teal)
Stamps: Joy Clair (Coffee Love) clear stamp set and coordinating SVG files
Ink:  Memento (Tuxedo Black), VersaFine (Onyx Black)
Tools/Embellishments: Copic Markers, Nuvo Crystal Drops, Lawn Fawn Heart Dies, Wink of Stella (clear), My Favorite Things dies (Blueprints 29)

I am also entering this card in the following challenge:
Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge - Use more than one stamp (I used 3)

Thanks for stopping by today! I hope you enjoy your weekend.

Wednesday, May 23, 2018

Our Guide

Happy Wednesday!! It's time for another challenge at Word Art Wednesday. Psalm 48:14, "For this God is our God for ever and ever: He will be our guide even unto death," is the verse we are concentrating on this week. I just love knowing that God is the same "yesterday, today and forever." I can be fickle, change my mind, be happy one day and mad at the world the next, but God isn't like that. He is consistent and unchanging. Once we accept Him as Lord and Savior, He will guide us for the rest of our lives...all the way thru the gates of death until we join Him in Heaven. The world is such an uncertain place, I'm so thankful to have a loving and  knowledgeable Guide. As Warren Wiersbe says, "to trust and obey a Lord who is 'our God' and 'our Guide' is to have a future that is secured and blessed."

For my card today, I used one of my favorite sketches: Papertake Weekly #80. (This sketch challenge site is no longer operational but thankfully they have kept the sketches available.) This sketch allows the focus to really remain on the Scripture verse. No foam tape was used this time so that I could keep the card flat and easy to mail. I love cards that mail for one stamp! The punched butterflies embellish the sentiment panel. Stickles on the flower centers and butterfly bodies are the only other embellishments. I used a stitched rectangle die to add some texture and interest to the sentiment and large patterned paper panels.

Cardstock: The Paper Studio Heavyweight cardstock (white for cardbase), Georgia Pacific (white for sentiment panel), Recollections (Kraft)
Patterned Paper: Echo Park (Have Faith 6 x 6 pad)
Stamp: WORDart by Karen
Tools/Embellishments - Fiskars Punch (butterfly), Stickles (Stardust), Our Daily Bread Designs dies (Double Stitched Rectangles)

I'm entering this card in the following challenges:
Cards in Envy - Feeling Sketchy (Use Favorite Sketch)
Crop Stop Linky Party #39 - Use item/brand found in the Crop Stop Store (I used Fiskars, Scotch, Spellbinders, Stickles, and Tombow)
Outlawz Twisted Thursday Challenge - Anything Goes
Whoopsi Daisy Challenge Blog - Anything Goes with Optional Twist of Die Cuts and/or Punches (I used die cut panels on my card front and used punched butterflies as embellishments)
Dare 2B Artzy - Dreaming of Flowers

Thaks for visiting with me today. I hope you'll come back again soon. Don't forget to stop by the Word Art Wednesday blog to pick up your free digi and to see lots of inspiration from the rest of the Design Team.

Thursday, May 10, 2018

Birthday Butterflies

I am so honored to be Guest Designing for the Crop Stop Blog today. I found a simple Step Card tutorial by Loll Thompson on Pinterest and used that for my card base. I decided to make this a birthday card for a friend who likes purple and also likes butterflies. I really enjoy this step card design because it still allows room to write a message on the interior.

After following the tutorial to make my card base, I cut solid cardstock slightly smaller to mat patterned paper. I inked the edges of the patterned paper with Distress Ink for extra dimension. The green patterned paper strip across the bottom front of the card was embossed with an embossing folder. After inking the edges of this strip, the embossing was also highlighted with ink to really help it pop.

The sentiment on the right side was stamped with Versafine black ink and heat embossed with clear embossing powder. A Spellbinders circle die was used to die cut the sentiment which was then matted on a Spellbinder Picot Edge Circle die cut. After adhering these to the panel, the circles were embellished with clear bling. The sentiment on the left was stamped directly on the patterned paper and then heat embossed with clear embossing powder. The small butterflies were punched from dark purple cardstock with a Fiskars punch. The centers of the butterflies were accented with Stickles. The large butterfly was die cut with a Momenta die from cardstock and then from vellum. The vellum layer was also embossed with the coordinating embossing plates. The vellum layer was adhered to the cardstock layer only in the middle. After adhering the large butterfly to the card, it was accented with clear bling.

Cardstock: Bazzill (dark purple for butterflies), Taylored Expressions Vellum, Unknown {Pealized (cardbase), Lavender}
Patterned Paper: Recollections
Stamps: My Sentiments Exactly clear stamp set (Inspirational Birthday Innies & Outies)
Ink: Tsukineko Versafine (Onyx Black), Ranger Distress Ink (Dusty Concord)
Tools/embellishments: Scor-Pal scoring board, Scotch ATG gun, Fiskars (Trimmer and Butterfly punch), Momenta Butterfly Die, Spellbinders dies (Standard Circle Small, Picot Edge Circles), Bling (The Paper Studio, Gina Marie Designs), Simon Says Stamp embossing powder (Clear), Stickles (Star Dust)

Thanks for visiting, I hope you'll come back again soon. Thanks to the wonderful folks at Crop Stop for letting me Guest Design for them today.


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