Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Just Nutty - Doodle Pantry mid-September Release

Hard times know no season. Even on a beautiful day difficulties or tragedies raise their heads in the lives of so many. Bad news or incidents can change lives forever. There is one constant: God is still there to strengthen and lead. This is why I chose Laurie Wilson's fun image and serious sentiment. I wanted cards that would encourage with this gentle reminder:  God always provides a way when you're out on a limb. Despite the pun, I think I need dozens of these cards. Here are two with an autumn flavor. I was thinking of my wise 10- and 12-year-old grandsons as I made them.

 This is my second card:

This close-up is a better photo of the bitty brown sparkles and wooden acorn:

I wanted a woodland setting for my squirrel, so I used some retired CTMH "Twitterpated" designer paper and a woodgrain embossing folder. The sketch I used was from Mojo Monday #362 last week:

I sponged Sorbet ink on the edges of the paper.  I enlarged the branch and colored the leaves fall colors for the top embellishment. I added bitty brown sparkles like dewdrops on one card and bitty mocha pearls like berries or acorns on the other. The large acorn embellishment was a retired CTMH wooden shape that I colored with dye ink and a Copic marker. 

You can find Laurie Wilson's Just Nutty images and sentiments here. Check out the other new sets while you're there!

I'm sharing these cards with the following challenges:

Addicted to Stamps #87 - For a man or boy
Come and Get It - Use a digi with an autumn theme
Creative Moments #51 - anything/fall colors
Jellypark Friends - about pets/animals
Milk Coffee Challenge - Colors of autumn
Robyn's Fetish #229 - Use an embossing folder
Simply Create Too #70 - Fall/autumn
The Male Room #18 - Autumn/fall
Word Art Wednesday #149 - anything uplifting

Sunday, September 14, 2014

DP Miracle from Above card

I heard a statement on the news last week that more children are born in September than any other month. I had my son in September a couple of days before my cousin and a close friend had their daughters, the same year. All three of us had waited for many years to have children.  They were truly a cherished gift, the answer to much prayer! So I made a couple of baby cards, just to be ready for a joyous occasion.

Here's one I made using Doodle Pantry's "Miracle from Above" image and patterned paper. (I flipped the image in photoshop so that she'd face the flowers and opening of the card.) I embossed the background with the 5" x 7" CTMH dot embossing folder.

This is what I typed inside:
A baby is a blessing,
A gift from heaven above,
A miracle of life,
To cherish and to love.

Children are a gift from the LORD;
 they are a reward from him. (NLT) Psalm 127:3

Thank you for visiting! May God bless you and the "babies" in your life with His joy and love!

I'm sharing this card with the following challenges:
Brown Sugar Challenge #111 - Celebrations
Crafting by Designs - Pretty in pink
Dragonfly Dreams Challenge #9 - Celebrate with jewels or pearls
In the Pink #52 - Buttons and bows
Robyn's Fetish #229 - Use an embossing folder
Wags 'n' Whiskers #137 - for the girls
Word Art Wednesday #149 -  anything goes/uplifting

Friday, September 12, 2014

Cricut Artfully Sent and a Cricut Artiste Card

I was so excited to find out that the Cricut Artfully Sent cartridge is now available through CTMH consultants. It's especially for card makers and I'm ordering mine today.  If you're interested, I'm attaching the description below. I can't wait to see what card shapes are included. I guess I'll have to get ready and use that excitement by making cards with my other cartridges which may get lonely once the Artfully Sent cartridge arrives!

I had just made this card using the Artiste cartridge when I read the announcement. I loved the unique shape on the front of this card with the cut-out heart. The card was cut using the <6> card key and the butterfly with the <k> shift accent 4. I used the Scaredy Cat paper pack, which obviously isn't just for Halloween. I used one of the "30 Years of Happy" stamps that are a special this month. It was quick to use my 2" scalloped circle punch on this one. I embossed the card front with the CTMH 5" x 7" Damask embossing folder.
Thank you for visiting!

I'm sharing this card with the following challenges:

A Creative Need Sept. Challenge - texture and/or patterns
Art Impressions Stamps Challenge #144 - purple, orange, black
City Crafter Challenge #228 - Butterflies
Cuttlebug Mania - anything embossed (Damask embossing folder)
Divas by Design - anything goes
Moving Along with the Times - add texture
Nutcrafters #76 - B is for . . .(butterfly)
Paper Shelter Challenge #173 - embossing
QKR Stampede Challenge #104 - things with wings
Sister Act Card Challenge #74 - anything goes
Through the Craftroom Door - anything goes
Wonderful Wednesday - anything goes

Cricut® Artfully Sent Collection Product Description

Cardmaking has never been easier or more fun! With our newest Cricut® collection, you can make handmade masterpieces in no time at all. Choose from cards with sentiments cut directly into them, or combine several cutouts to create your own pop-up scenes. Featuring more than 25 different card themes and 5 different card formats including dynamic interactive designs, this cartridge has a card for any and all occasions—even if the occasion is "just because"! Card styles include pop-ups, scenes, sentiments, sleeves, and pocket cards.
Collection includes: 1 – Cartridge (700 images: Cards and Font)
3 – My Acrylix® D-size stamp sets (sentiments, frames, alphabet)
1 – 12" × 12" White Daisy Cardstock Pack

Item Number: Z3017 $99.00   ($4.50 S&H if ordered here)

Here are cartridge images (sorry they're so small!)

layered cards

Pop-up Cards:



If you'd like to order this cartridge, please visit my website here! If you have questions, feel free to email me.

Sunday, September 7, 2014

Mojo Monday and September Stamp of the Month Card 2

Here is my second card using the Mojo Monday sketch this week, a black and white Picture My Life (PML) card, and the CTMH September Stamp of the Month. You can see the first one and what I used HERE.

I'm using the great colors inspired by the Craft Garden challenge this month. The background paper is from the CTMH Yuletide Carol collection. It's topped with the Glacier blue piece from the Fundamentals collection and the black and white PML card from the For Always collection. I will probably use some of the set of 122 cards for a wedding album, but since there are 2 each of the 4" x 6" cards and 3 each of the 3" x 4" cards I have plenty to play with when I make cards. I'm astounded by the variety of the two-sided cards. This one is one of the simplest. I stamped the hearts from the stamp of the month using Bamboo, Glacier, and Flaxen inks. The small puffy lagoon colored heart is from the Chalk It Up Assortment.

Here's the fun set of colors from The Craft Garden:

and the sketch I used from Mojo Monday

Here's the Stamp of the Month  I used. You can find it on my shopping site for $5 with a $50 purchase or get it at the regular price. If you're looking for ideas, I will be posting two more cards using this set.

Mojo Monday 361 and Stamp of the Month Card 1

I'm enjoying using the Close To My Heart September Stamp of the Month, especially with the new trend of using Picture My Life Cards with the new Paper Fundamentals collection.  

I trimmed the black and lace border a little so it would fit the sketch and the size of the hear. I stamped the word "Love" on the PML card, along with a few Glacier colored flowers from this National Stamping Month's #30 Years of Happy stamp set. (If you purchase $30 in stamps from my CTMH site, you get this stamp set of 30 images free. I stamped the heart image from the stamp of the month on a heart I cut out with the CTMH Cricut Artiste cartridge. I also cut one .25" larger using Ruby cardstock. The Black Shimmer trim and Black/Gray Epoxy Bubbles add some bling.

Here's a close-up of the bling:

Here's the Mojo Monday sketch I used this week:

I'm sharing this card with the following challenges:
4 Crafty Girlz #26 - anything goes
Crafting by designs September - anything goes
Mojo Monday #361 - sketch
Suzy Bee's Bloomin' Challenge #45 - anything goes

Totally Gorjuss #252 - Bling

Thursday, September 4, 2014

Teachers Have Heart Card

Since this is National Stamping Month, I'm doing more stamping than blogging. I thought I'd post one of the cards I just made for a teacher when I visit the Christian school for Grandparents Day later this month. I used one of my new stamp sets, "Teacher Appreciation." I loved the apples in the shape of hearts. I also used the CTMH special this month, "30 Years of Happy" above the words "Thank You." I also stamped the banner/ribbon pieces on the side with "All the Details."  I used the new CTMH color Flaxen with Sorbet and Lagoon suggested in the challenge at Color My Heart Color Dare.  The colors are the ones used in the Chalk It Up paper pack used with the star background.

I'm sharing this card with these challenges:
Color My Heart Color Dare # 108 - flaxen, lagoon, sorbet
C.R.A.F.T. #275 - Back to School
Craft Your Passion #229 -  Back to School
D.L. Art Thankful Thursday #139 - Back to school
Milk Coffee Challenge- Back to School

Here are the papers and stamps I used:

September 2014: #30yearsofhappy

Monday, September 1, 2014

Doodle Pantry "Glory Days" Cards - September New Release

I grew up next to an airbase with the sound of jet engines nearby. Like many others, I worked there as a civilian  two summers after high school. When I was a teacher, we could see planes and jets practicing for air shows right outside our classroom windows. When my son was an adolescent he joined the Civil Air Patrol there with dreams of being a jet pilot someday. We saw the Blue Angels fly overhead many times. My son had his photo taken with them one year. Times changed, the air base closed. Now there's a Christian School and Bible College in the buildings and we go there for soccer games.

Today is my son's birthday and he loved this card made using Doodle Pantry's new "Glory Days" and shared memories of his adolescent dreams of "Glory Days" flying a jet. I used the image of the F-18 because it is one of the jets used by the Blue Angels, painted blue, of course. I left mine with the original colors used by Laurie Wilson. Both of mine were designed using a sketch from Operation Write Home. They have a treasure trove of sketches for those interested, including measurements.

I repeated the stars in the digi paper by using three star sparkles on the left and by embossing the background cardstock with stars. My son liked the sparkle vapor trail. I liked the sentiment that gave me the chance to tell him how proud I am that he has soared in his education and career. I also tied in the title and one of the gifts I gave him, a book on praying scripture over his son, so that his prayers may soar as well. (Praying for Boys: Asking God for the Things They Need Most by Brooke McGlothlin)

My second version is similar but I used older Outdoor Denim patterned paper and a retired corrugated star from a retired embellishment set.

Here are the other images in the "Glory Days" set:

You can get this or other images with this week's Labor Day Sale:
30% OFF cart total!  (excludes gift certificates AND bundles) ($2.00 minimum)


Thank you for visiting! May God bless you and help you "soar like no other" in His Word, in prayer, and in life!

I'm sharing these cards with the following challenges:

Come and Get It - Things with Wings
Crafts 4 Eternity#191 - Tic Tac Toe (below) the diagonal: something old (blue corrugated star), color blue, and something new ( image and digi papers)
Sister Act Card Challenge #72 - Anything Goes
The Corrosive Challenge #207 - For the Boys
The Male Room - Stars
Word Art Wednesday #147 - anything goes with uplifting sentiment