Thursday, April 20, 2017

Sweet Birthday Wishes

Someone asked me last week to make a bunch of children's birthday cards because she has so many grandchildren!  For this post I'll share the outside of two "girl" cards that were inspired by the challenge at Bitten By the Bug2 this week, "Sweet." Images and word for the first card were cut using Cricut Artistry. The cone and sprinkles were stamped using CTMH Sugar Rush Scrapbooking stamp set. I printed the rest of the sentiment using Word.



This second card's cupcake is from Cricut Doodlecharms. I embossed the white background with Cuttlebug's "Happy Birthday" folder. The "chocolate icing" was also embossed and I lightly rubbed a small chocolate pigment ink pad over the raised portion. I added some Sugar Rush glitter gems. I used a bone folder to emboss lines every 1/4" on the cupcake base.


I'm sharing the first card with the following challenges:

Bitten By the Bug 2 - the word SWEET
Make My Monday Challenge #44 - Embossing, heat or dry
Ooh La La Creations #226 - Birthday
Pile It On #129 - interactive and/or Birthday
Send a Smile 4 Kids - punches and/or die cuts

Tuesday, April 18, 2017

Mojo Monday 493 - Scatter Kindness Like Confetti

 When I was a girl in 6th grade, our public school teacher, Mrs. Schrader, had a large copy of the "Golden Rule," which came from the Bible,  in front of our class. At the beginning of the year she had all of us write our own copy, "Do unto others as you would have them do unto you." She was a great influence on our class and probably for many others over the years. She would have loved the sentiment I used today. If only the whole world practiced the idea of KINDNESS, this world would be a much better place.

I loved this Verve sentiment and flower from "Kindness Matters." .They were perfect for my Mojo Monday card for this week. Here's Julie's lovely sketch:



I used CTMH Sugar Rush paper and a Hello Lovely PML card that both resembled confetti.

Thank you for visiting! I challenge you to scatter kindness everywhere and watch your world follow your example!

I'm sharing this card with the following challenges:
Mojo Monday #493 - Sketch
Sisterhood of Crafters - Stamped image, not digi
Try It On Tuesday - Add a Quote
Word Art Wednesday #278-279 - anything goes/family friendly

Saturday, April 15, 2017

Happy Easter - Celebrate the Saviour!

On national news yesterday they showed a segment where they interviewed young children who looked to be about five or six years old, the age I often used to teach. They asked them what Easter was all about and a few specific questions about what did Jesus do, etc. The answers seemed funny, yet not so funny. They thought Jesus brought Easter eggs, candy, etc . If you know the real events of Christ's death and resurrection, I hope you'll make it clear to the young children in your lives. I plan to do that tomorrow at our family gathering.


I used some old lavender striped paper long retired from CTMH and an unknown floral. The die cuts were all cut using Cricut Design Space. The sentiments are all from the PTI set "Alleluia."


Thank you for visiting! May you find the peace, joy, and blessings of following the risen Saviour!

I'm sharing this card with the following challenges:

Crafting with Dragonflies #78 - Easter card
Creative Knockouts #189 - Buttons, Buttons
Deep Ocean #152 - Easter
Inky Chicks #81 - Use Purple
Little Red Wagon #389 - Happy Easter



Tuesday, April 11, 2017

Yellow, Green, and Gray Easter Cards

After making a bunch of flowery feminine Easter cards I wanted to make a few more that were more Clean and Simple or masculine. I'm not sure if this set of cards fit that plan, but they were fun to make!  The YNS Sketch and Color Challenge #61 seemed like perfect inspiration for these cards.




I made several of these but here are the two main versions. I used yellow, green, Whisper gray, Slate gray, and black from the color challenge. I only vaguely used the sketch, but it gave me the idea for my card. I wanted to use a woodgrain background and this light gray birch bark background from CTMH "Oh, Deer" seemed nice for a springtime card.


The main difference is what portion of my green scraps I used for the word Easter. One part of this scrap (from retired CTMH "Tinkerin'") had the look of yellow paint. I wasn't sure I'd like that but in the end, it was my favorite.

To stamp just one word in a set of words, I place a piece of scotch tape over the unwanted word, ink the stamp, pull off the inky tape which leaves the unwanted word in-inked, and stamp the single inked word you want.


I used the same lily stamp on the inside with the sentiment stamps that are also in the set.


Thanks for visiting! May His love fill your heart, too!

I'm sharing this card with the following challenges:

Crafting with the Dragonflies #78 - Easter Cards
Crafty Catz #365 - anything goes with option of Easter
Dies R Us Challenge #70 - Easter, with die cuts (tag and happy)
Stamps & Fun = Creativity #299 - spring or Easter
Your Next Stamp Challenge #61 -  sketch and colors

4.25" x 5.5" Card Recipe:
Paper - CTMH White Daisy, Whisper, Slate cardstocks, Oh, Deer and Tinkerin' retired CTMH dp
Stamps - CTMH retired His Love (lily and inside sentiment); ODBD Tulip Tag Set (word Easter)
Ink - CTMH Slate (lily outside), Sweet Leaf (lily inside), Memento Tuxedo Black (text)
Markers - Copic YG00, YG03; Y11, Y15;
Tools - CTMH "happy" word die; MFT StitchedTragTagStax Die-Namics, Scotch tape


Sunday, April 9, 2017

Mojo 491 Dream Big Card

I missed scrapbooking with friends yesterday due to the onslaught of auto-immune symptoms that have been flaring up the last three weeks. This afternoon my swollen fingers allowed me to finally create a little, but this post will be short. I always hate missing the Mojo Monday challenges. Julie's sketches work so well! My friends created with  CTMH Dreamin' Big yesterday so I used these and some leftover complements to make a bright, cheery card!




Thank you for visiting!


Wednesday, April 5, 2017

Paisley and Gingham Easter Card

I give my family Easter cards that celebrate that first Easter Sunday when Christ arose from the dead. This was my hubby's favorite from the ones I've been making. This is my second card that uses a  Cricut Lacy Label, three stamps from the Papertrey Ink "Alleluia" stamp set, Spellbinder Foliage Two leaves, and papers from my very old Close To My Heart background and texture packs that seem perfect for Easter and spring. The stamped sentiment says, "He is Risen! He is risen indeed!"


Thank you for visiting! May you be blessed by the risen Lord!

I'm sharing this card with the following challenges:
Come and Get It - Easter
Craftaholics R Us April Challenge - Easter
Creative Moments #115 - anything goes with option of Easter
Deep Ocean Challenge #152 -  Easter
Dies R Us Challenge #70 - Easter
Do-All Kreatives #4 - Easter
Inky Chicks Challenge #81 - use purple
Mustard Seed Faith #2 - Easter
Scrap From Your Heart #8 - Spring colors/Easter
Sweet Stampers Challenge #5 - Easter or Spring

Sunday, April 2, 2017

Kaleidoscope Easter Card

I found a new challenge last week called Mustard Seed Faith Challenges. This week the challenge is to make something for Easter. I appreciated the idea shared that Easter isn't just one day to celebrate in a year but what affects life every week, every day for those who believe in Christ's gift of salvation. For me it's a daily relationship with a living Savior who took my punishment for my sins so that I could receive that gift and have a close personal relationship and share eternal life with the Lord. Sometimes a man may have died for a friend or family, but only one who was the sinless Son of God could take our punishment when He died and better yet, rise again from the dead to show us that life is eternal.

I love this sentiment stamp from Paper Trey Ink using Matthew 28:6 that expresses that He is a living Savior. History records that over 500 people saw Him after He arose from the dead before He ascended to heaven. For me, His Spirit speaks to my heart each day and He's always near to help, comfort and guide me. So I agree with the writer at Mustard Seed Faith that Easter impacts my life every day. I hope you'll visit their blog and check out their beautiful creations.


Thank you for visiting! May you be blessed by the risen Lord!

I'm sharing this card with the following challenges:

Come and Get It Challenge - Easter
Craftaholics April Challenge - Easter
Dies R Us Challenge #70 - Easter with die cuts (Cricut and Spellbinders leaves)
Do-All Kreatives #4 - Easter
Just for Fun April Challenge - Spring/Easter
Mustard Seed Faith - Easter
Scrap from Your Heart #8 - Spring colors/Easter
Sweet Stampers Challenge #5 - Easter/Spring

6.5" x 5" Card Recipe:
Papers - Close To My Heart "Kaleidoscope" paper pack, Pixie, Sweet Leaf, White Daisy cs
Stamp - Papertrey Ink Alleluia stamp set
Ink - Memento Tuxedo Black
Embellishments - Recollections paper flowers, CTMH Purple Hearts, retired CTMH brads
Tools, Spellbinders Foliage die, Cricut Lacy Labels Cartridge on Design Space

Saturday, April 1, 2017

April Stamp of the Month Blog Hop - Flock Together



Welcome to our April Stamp of the Month Blog Hop! You may have just come from Krista  Hershberger's blog.  If you just started here and would like to see the entire list of participants or get lost along the way, you can find them on Melinda's blog

This stamp set has the cutest quail which I used to make a variety of cards.



I used random stamping on the background of the first card:


The other three cards I envisioned as a scene for each one, using a watercolored background for this card. I pounced some Saddle reinker on the bottom using wadded plastic wrap. The quail were stamped with black pigment ink and clear embossed. They were colored using a blending pen with ink and watercolor pencils. (The other similar one was given to my artistic grandson for his birthday since he recently emailed me a photo of his own animal artwork.)


While making this last card I thought about my daughter and her four children when we've hiked together on trails at an area botanical garden/arboretum. I added a plant that I cut using Cricut Artistry and flowers from Cricut Flower Market.



Thank you for visiting! Now you're ready to go on to Miss Carrie's Creations to enjoy her artwork!