Sunday, May 20, 2018

Poinsettia Peace and Joy

We live in a world in desperate need of peace as well as joy. This Christmas card sentiment has a much deeper meaning than a trite or overused expression during the holidays. I saw another school shooting this week that was violent and senseless. When I was in school, one of our teachers taught us The Golden Rule at the beginning of the year and had it posted in front of the room all year: 31 Do to others as you would have them do to you. (NRSV) Luke 6:31. In high school a student would always read a scripture and another would lead in prayer before assemblies. Both schools were public schools.

Teachers and schools can't do that now. Taking the influence of the Bible and prayer out of school may have kept some from being offended, but it also removed the positive influence of Christian values that had been present in our society for generations.  Now we must pray for the Prince of Peace to heal troubled minds and hearts in the parts of our world where violence has destroyed peace and joy.

I made two versions of this Christmas card. Hubby likes the first and I like the second. They were made from DCWV paper, a gold embossed sentiment, gold sequins, and a ribbed gold ribbon.

To make these cards I played with the Power Poppy digital image in Photoshop to change it from a black and gray to an rgb image so I could change the color balance to red and magenta instead of black.

For the inside I changed the hue/saturation of the poinsettias adjusting the light/darkness bar to more light.

Thank you for visiting! May you be blessed as you share the message of Christ's love and peace with a hurting world.

I'm sharing this card with the following challenges:

ABC Christmas - J for Joy and K for Keep it Simple (I chose J)
A Snowflake's Promise Challenge #51 - Christmas anything goes
Christmas at Sweet Stampin' May- Christmas anything goes
Christmas Crafts All Year 'Round - Christmas anything goes
Crimbo Crackers Challenge #158 - Christmas anything goes
Jingle Belles - Holiday ribbon
The Holly and the Ivy Challenge #29 - anything Christmas goes

365 Promises - Promise #140: All My blessings will overtake those who obey Me.

Wednesday, May 16, 2018

SE2 New Product Blog Hop

Welcome to our blog hop featuring the new products in the new Seasonal Expressions 2 Idea Book. If you've come here from Alayne Fleming's blog, you're on the right path. To see the entire list of participants, visit Melinda Everitt's blog.

I chose to highlight ways you can use the newest Thin Cuts dies and papers from Central Park in this idea book. The first one I want to show is It's Your Day. It's perfect for the front of an A2 card.

I had planned to watercolor a background for this die cut, but the paper from Central Park won out as the easy, happy background for a birthday card. I cut the image twice and used liquid glue to match them up for a thicker overlay before attaching it to the card front. I used a little of the white ribbon that's also new in the book. It's thinner and lighter and ties really well with a lovely texture.

Next I wanted to show you a way you can stack the stitched hearts. They come in four sizes, but I used the three largest ones, cutting both the dark and the light sides of the cardstock that matches the Central Park patterns I used.  It reminded me of a quilt block, so I used a light Mink embossed background, cut 4.75" x 4.75." Each set of three hearts was attached using the mini-stapler. The sentiment came from the Festive Birthday Cardmaking Kit.

I made the last example to show you how you can use the stitched shapes as frames. I cut some of the stitched circles then cut them again with a heart shape die in the middle. Those circles with heart cut-outs are backed with a matching circle of Central Park paper and popped up with 3-D Foam dots.  Three of the circles aren't cut again with circles, they have patterned hearts popped on top of them and one has a Bashful bow from Beautiful Friendship Bows. I further embellished with a few Bashful enamel dots from Documented Dots.

Thanks for stopping by! I hope this gave you ideas for things you'd like to use from this new Seasonal Expressions catalog! Now you're ready to move on to see what Brenda Lapp has prepared to delight you!

Close To My Heart Card Ingredients:

Papers - Central Park Paper Packet, Central Park Coordinating Cardstock: White Daisy, Bashful, Glacier, Pacifica, Poppy)
Inks - Pacifica, Poppy

Tuesday, May 8, 2018

When Friends Are Sick

One of my friends scrapbooked with us last month. After she left she stopped by her elderly mother-in-law's apartment  a couple of blocks away to check on her and found she'd had a stroke. She was put in ICU in the hospital, then after a couple of days she was transferred to a nursing home. My friend was told she'd also had a heart attack, then was placed in a nursing home where she developed pneumonia . All of this meant she couldn't return to her apartment or live alone. So a few days ago my friend moved her things and brought her to live with her and her husband. When I see my friend this weekend I'm giving her this card for her mother-in-law. Because of her condition, I didn't want to simply say "GET WELL SOON."  But asking God to help her get through the problem with His Grace is always appropriate. I want her to know that God will strengthen and care for her during this difficult time.

I was thankful for the retro challenge at Southern Girls to use old punches. I used two scalloped squares for the sentiment. The stamp set is CTMH Sending Prayers  and retired papers from Gimme Some Sugar.

Thank you for visiting! May your cards encourage others who are ill or have lifelong conditions.

365 Promises - Promise #128:  My Son took upon Himself all your sicknesses and diseases.

I'm sharing this card with the following challenges:

A Gem of a Challenge #218 - Sympathy or Get Well card
Creative Craft Challenge #107 - Dies or punches
Dragonfly Journeys Challenge #117 - use sequins
heARTful Stamping Challenge - anything goes with stamping
Southern Girls Challenge - use punches

They brought to Him many who were demon-possessed; and He cast out the spirits with a word, and healed all who were ill. This was to fulfill what was spoken through Isaiah the prophet: “He Himself took our infirmities and carried away our diseases.” (Matthew 8:16–17)

Sunday, May 6, 2018

Butterfly Wreath

It's no secret to family and friends. I love crafting, especially scrapbooking and cardmaking. Yesterday was National Scrapbook Day and I gave myself to craft almost all day. But I began the day with something else I love to do - writing personal notes or letters of encouragement in cards that I send. I sent three yesterday which is as fulfilling for me as making them. It may be a lost art to communicate with pen and ink instead of social media, but I still think it's important. I have a lot of handwritten letters from a long lost grandmother that are still dear to me. Who can ever find a facebook post from years ago with the same kind of personal touch?

Here's the card I made inspired by four challenges:

I used this week's Atlantic Hearts Sketch and Color Throwdown

I used the two Cricut cartridges for images, Flower Market for the wreath and Artistry for the butterflies. Feel free to check out my cut file.  I added neutrals, cream flowers and black. I stamped the kraft butterflies with a very old CTMH stamp set, Romantic Backgrounds. I stacked two of the butterflies attached with glue dots. I started to cut cream flowers but noticed some from my stash had tiny wooden beads that matched the kraft cardstock.

I love to dry emboss white backgrounds. This one uses a retired CTMH vine folder. The die cut sentiment is part of CTMH Thankful for You sitting on CTMH Coral Shimmer Trim.

Thanks for visiting! May God bless your crafting and your giving.

I'm sharing this card with the following challenges:

Atlantic Hearts Sketch Challenge #262 - sketch
Color Throwdown #491 - coral, green, kraft, white
Crafty Calendar May Challenge - Things with Wings
Fab 'n' Funky Challenge #392 - wet or dry embossing

365 Promises - Promise #126: My face will shine upon you all the days of your life.

Tuesday, May 1, 2018

May Stamp of the Month Blog Hop - Classic Summer Bash

Welcome to our Stamp of the Month blog Hop.  If you just came from Alyson Mayo's blog you're on the right path for the hop. You can find the entire list of participants at Melinda Everitt's blog here.

I chose a Cricut Artbooking background that reminded me of the lemons even though that wasn't the original theme of the design. The "HELLO" sentiment was also part of that design. I did add a rectangle from Basic Shapes and welded it to the bottom so it would fit my card dimensions and allow me to wrap the Blue Burlap Ribbon around the sides.

I stamped the jar on vellum and left a half inch border on each side so I could glue only that border to the mat and slightly curve the jar to look more three dimensional.  I used a craft knife to cut a thin slit to make an opening on top of the jar to slide the lemon and straw through. I used tiny glue dots to attach the stamped pieces of lemon to the straw or jar.

I used a second Artbooking background as a stencil and inked two inside areas.

I was also interested in trying the banner with an invitation that our oldest daughter might use to invite guests to one of the fabulous barbeques they have on their new deck. I wanted to include an orange half as part of the banner.

Here's the card I posted this morning. You can see the details here if you're interested.

You can purchase this month's stamp of the month at a discount for $5.00 with a $50.00 purchase or at full price for $17.95 from your CTMH consultant or here.

Now you are ready to see how Jean McNulty used this fun stamp set.

Thank you for visiting!

Other Card Ingredients:
Card 1 - Lemon, Sapphire, White Daisy Cardstock, Blue Burlap Ribbon, Cricut Artbooking
Card 2 - Beautiful Friendship paper pack (Sapphire flowered), Adventure Fundamentals paper, Sapphire, Lemon, Tangerine inks, Thin Cuts Block Alphabet, Bitty Sparkles

Sending Sunshine

Today started with a thunderstorm which moved through quickly and was replaced by sunshine lighting up all the brightly blooming trees and shrubs in my yard. The amazing thing about sunshine after a storm is that you appreciate it even more than when you have sunshine day after day. Life is so similar. After a stretch of problems we appreciate the good things in life even more when the problems subside. Here's a card I hope will brighten someone's day with it's sunny colors.

I love this sketch from Just Add Ink.  I plan to use it many times!

I stamped the bright citrus slices using the CTMH May Stamp of the Month. I thought the wedge shape within the citrus pieces matched the triangle shapes on the patterned paper from the new Beautiful Friendship paper pack. I chose a sentiment from Cricut Flower Market and the background shape that also had citrus and the words from the Cricut Artistry cartridge. That shape was matted on white glitter paper that you can see better in this close-up. I added a few gold glitter gems for a little more sparkle.

To see more projects I made using this stamp set, visit our blog hop tomorrow.

Thank you for visiting!  May God bless you with more sunny days after the storms of life!

I'm sharing this card with the following challenges:
Crafty Creations #365 - anything goes
Try It On Tuesday - stencils/diecuts or both
Word Art Wednesday #332-333 - anything uplifting

6.5" x 5" Card Recipe:
Paper - Beautiful Friendship, Lemon, Tangerine, Willow, White Daisy cardstocks, white glitter paper
Stamp - Classic Summer Bash
Ink - Lemon, Tangerine, Willow, Blossom
Embellishments - gold glitter gems, Adventure Ribbon Pack
Tools - Cricut Design Space, Flower Market and Artistry cartridges

Monday, April 30, 2018

Heart 2 Heart Color Challenge

I used to think there was something wrong with me that made me wait till the last minute to do things I really wanted to do. But when I had a professor in college that taught us a lot about the brain, I learned that some people become a lot more motivated and do better if they wait until the pressure is on. So I try not to beat myself up for postponing opportunities to join certain challenges. Somehow I also think it's the right brain part of me that does the last minute thing.

I couldn't resist using the Blossom, Peacock, Bashful and White Daisy challenge at Heart 2 Heart to make a birthday card.

The floral design in the Blossom colored paper inspired the embossing with the Rose embossing folder. I used a little Bashful ink on a sponge dauber to highlight the embossing. Bashful Pearls and new soft white ribbon to embellish.

Thank you for visiting! May you be blessed as you bless others with your cards!

Mother's Day for the Cook

A few days ago I watched an interview of the author of a new cookbook. I was once a good cook from a family of foodies until I developed so many food allergies after e-coli that I only had one or two things I could eat for years. Yet now I've been able to add a few more foods in the past year and I especially loved the addition of veggies! I was intrigued by this book and thought I'd like to read it some day. Imagine my delight when I saw the challenge at The Library Challenge to make something highlighting the title, cover, content. My mother and her mother loved cooking so much they were copying new recipes all their lives. Now my daughter, part of a new generation of cooks, loves cooking, collecting recipes from internet using her smart phone in the kitchen and watching the food network on tv. This will be her Mother's Day card.

Each CTMH paper pack has a Workshop Kit that makes 3 layouts and a set of cards in two or three patterns. This card came from one of the card patterns but I made changes to make it the way I like to have cards. I attached the pieces to a 6.5" x 5" card base instead of the smaller size. I embossed the Peacock cardstock with diamonds and added the sentiment stamped on a party banner die cut. I like to stamp the pieces first, like the salt and pepper shakers and the oven mitt, then cut them with the dies, taping them with washii tape to hold in position over the stamped image.

Here is the 2nd card that is part of that workshop kit:

Thank you for visiting!

I'm sharing this card with the following challenges:

Brown Sugar Challenge #277 - pearls or Mother's Day
D.L.Art Thankful Thursday #227 - Mother's Day
Dream Valley #178 - add ribbon or lace
Heartful Stamping Challenge April 29-May 6 - anything goes with stamping
The Library Challenge #6 - Plenty More (a cookbook)

Hebrews 6:17-18 this way... 17So when God desired to show more convincingly to the heirs of the promise the unchangeable character of his purpose, he guaranteed it with an oath, 18so that by two unchangeable things, in which it is impossible for God to lie, we who have fled for refuge might have strong encouragement to hold fast to the hope set before us. (ESV)

Have a Happy Day Card

I love the Color Dare this week at Color My Heart because it includes all the colors from the lovely Gimme Some Sugar paper pack.  I used the middle row down on this color chart (Tangerine, White Daisy, Heather) and also Bashful, Blossom, Peacock, and Juniper.

I used the lovely April sketch at Viva la Verve's challenge.  They share lots of inspiration and Julee Tilman has been adding the sizes of the pieces to cut if that helps you do your best.

I had cut a number of daisy-like flowers on the Cricut days ago and this one happened to be in the blossom color. I punched two Tangerrine circles, punched one with 1/8" holes and mounted it with the light side up over the other one with the dark side showing.

Thanks for visiting! I hope you, too, have a happy day and share the happy!

I'm sharing this card with the following challenges;

Color My Heart Color Dare #290 - Tic Tac Toe
The Paper Players #391 - Tic Tac Toe top row across: flower, die cut, twine
Viva la Verve April Challenge sketch

Sunday, April 29, 2018

Atlantic Hearts Sketch With Deepest Sympathy

This morning I read the daily encouragement at 365 Promises.

That promise sounds like something I'd love to share with two of my friends who recently lost loved ones.Weeping comes for a time, but there will be joy again. I never have enough sympathy cards so when I also saw the challenge at A Gem of a Challenge to make Get Well or Sympathy, I knew what I needed to make. I want to always let those I know who've lost loved ones that they are in my prayers.

I used this sketch from Atlantic Hearts Sketch turned on it's side:


I wanted my card to be simple with a light colored background and decided to choose the subtle glacier-colored flower outlines to be cut using Cricut Artfully Sent. I sized my image for this 5" x 6.5" card and you are welcome to use my cut file here.  I put a charcoal mat under the cut layer and a rectangular vellum mat as the 2nd mat. A piece of gold glitter cardstock lined the cut flower and the gray ribbons includes the middle one with a stripe of gold. 

I kept the inside simple with three stamps from Our Daily Bread Designs. I cut off the top card base part of my Cricut cut and used part of that rectangle to decorate the sides inside.

Thank you for visiting! May you find the joy that drives away sorrow! I find my joy in Jesus Christ!

I'm sharing this card with the following challenges:

4 Crafty Chicks #400 - anything goes with optional Less is More (CAS)
613 Avenue Create #208 - Anything goes with optional twist - add vellum

A Gem of a Challenge #218 - Get Well or Sympathy
Atlantic Hearts Sketch #261 - sketch above
Word Art Wednesday #332-333 - Anything uplifting
Tic Tac Toe Challenge #45 top row across and middle row down

5" x 6.5" Card Recipe:
CTMH Paper - Chelsea Gardens (stripe), retired Happy Times (floral outlines), Charcoal CS, Vellum, Gold Glitter Paper
Stamp - ODBD With Heartfelt Sympathy
Ink - Black
Embellishments - CTMH Light Gray Ribbon and Basics Ribbon Pack (gray with gold stripe)
Tools - Cricut Design Space and retired CTMH Artfully Sent cartridge

Thursday, April 26, 2018

Watercolored Flowers Card

I was intrigued by the challenge at Modsquad challenge blog to make a floral watercolor. I'm always wishing I could get better in creating with watercolors. It's a medium I love that doesn't always love me or produce what I envision. But like everything else, I'm sure practice makes perfect, so I tried again. I wanted to make an encouragement card with the message: "God doesn't give us what we can handle...He helps us handle what we are given."

I chose flower colors from this inspiration photo at Hand Stamped Sentiments challenge:

I wanted to paint these in a free style that goes outside the outline of the flowers, which is harder for me than staying in the lines. I stamped flowers in Stazon ink. The middle pink flower and its stem and leaves were stamped first. I stamped the same again on a sticky note, cut it out, and covered(masked) the flower on the card before stamping the rest of the stems and leaves so they appear to be behind the middle flower. When I painted the flowers one at a time using a waterbrush and watercolor paint, then I went back over the slightly dry flower with more water hoping it would smear a little to help make a background. The green paint "smeared and spread" most easily. The butterflies were lightly painted the lightest yellow in the paint set. I was happy to see that painting them made the wings curl.  I mounted my colorful flowers with diagonal black and white stripes on each side, which seems to be a trend in crafting right now. I thought the black and white was good for such a colorful subject as bright spring flowers.

Inside the card I stamped two sentiments and added three flowers along the edges in light gray (Pebble).

This style card may not appeal to everyone, but I have a very artsy friend who needs encouragement, so I think this verse and watercolor style will be perfect for her.

Thank you for visiting! May you also be encouraged by this message and encourage others in turn.

365 PromisesPromise #116: Seek My kingdom first and everything you need will be given to you.

I'm sharing this card with the following challenges:

Dragonfly Journeys Challenge #116 - April showers bring May flowers
Ellibelle's Crafty Wednesday Challenge - flowers and a sentiment
Hand Stamped Sentiments Challenge #288 -  inspiration photo
Make My Monday Challenge #69 - In the garden
ModSquad Challenge Blog - Floral Watercolor
Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge - flower power
Try It On Tuesday Challenge - Nature's beauty
Word Art Wednesday #332-333 - anything uplifting

5.5" x 4.25" Card Recipe:
Paper - CTMH Watercolor Cardstock, Cats and Bats paper pack (black and white stripe, retired)unknown yellow cardstock from stash
Stamps - CTMH Many Congratulations, Falling for You-Scrapbooking (retired); Sweet and Sassy Stamps "The Future"
Embellishments - all CTMH - Black and White enamel dots, all retired: butterflies, Thistle Thick Twine, Make Waves Sequins

Wednesday, April 25, 2018

Wedding Day Card

I thought  the colors at this week's Color Throwdown challenge were perfect for a wedding card I needed to make.

The sentiment design helped me determine where to put everything else on the card. One of the flowers included with that sentiment stamp set was a pansy. I know they usually have a yellow center, but I colored mine light gray and finished it with a clear glitter pen. Pearls and some very old lilac organdy ribbon were the finishing touches.

Thank you for visiting!
365 Promises, #115 - "If we are faithless, he remains faithful.
He can’t deny himself.” 2 Timothy 2:13 (WEB)

I'm sharing this card with the following challenges:
2 Sisters on the Blog #14 - Wedding or anniversary
Allsorts Challenge Week #464 - use pearls
Color Throwdown #490 - light pink, light lavender, green, light gray
Die Cut Divas - anything goes with die cuts
Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge - Flower power
Unicorn Challenge #31 -  use some ribbon
Word Art Wednesday #332-333 - anything uplifting

6.5" x 5" Card Recipe:
Paper - CTMH White Daisy cardstock, light gray floral paper from CTMH Basics Paper Fundamentals, unknown pink cardstock,
Stamps - CTMH Happily Ever After
Ink - CTMH Pewter
Markers - Copics: RV00, RV23, RV63, BV0000, BV00, BV04, N2, YG11
Embellishments - CTMH White pearls, retired spring ribbon rounds
Tools - PTI Mix and Mat Hearts die

Friday, April 20, 2018

Picture My Life Blog Hop

Welcome to our blog hop featuring ways to use the Picture My Life Cards that coordinate with the designer papers from Close To My Heart. If you just came from Krista Hershberger's blog, you're on the right path. To see the entire list of participants, visit Melinda Everitt's blog.

After I've made several scrapbook layouts, I like to use the remaining PML cards to make cards. Here are two I made using PML cards from the Gimme Some Sugar paper pack. 

Today I'm highlighting the sentiment and journaling cards in the set.

I used two of them to make this first birthday card. I thought the sentiment on the large 6" x 4" card was perfect for birthdays: LIFE IS SHORT, lick the bowl! I also trimmed a gray sentiment card to use as a tag. I liked its lines and flourish on top.

The scalloped circle was cut out using Cricut Design space. If you have the Flower Market Cartridge, you may use this cut file sized for a 6.5" x 5" card.

I used three of the smaller 3" x 4" for the second card. Again, the fun sentiment, JUST ROLL WITH IT, became my focus. I measured that sentiment and cut out the center of the lined recipe card to pop dot as a frame for that sentiment. I die cut a 2.5" circle out of the Juniper "cooking words" pml card for matting a rolling pin, oven mitt, and "cookies."

This set also coordinates with the Picture My Life Be-YOU-tiful cards that I used in February to make a set of cards. For those ideas, you can see my other cards here.

I couldn't resist sharing this card set with Cuttlebug Mania's Baking challenge!

Thank you for visiting! Now you're ready to see the creation of  Alyson Mayo!

Card ingredients:
Paper - Gimme Some Sugar paper pack
Stamps  and dies - Gimme Some Sugar Cardmaking stamp and Thin Cuts,
Ink - Charcoal
Tools - Watercolor pencils, Thin Cuts Basic Circles, Cricut Design Space and Flower Market Cart, paper cutter, 3D Foam Tape, Thin 3-D Foam Dots
Embellishments - Gimme Some Sugar Cork Shapes, Whisper Thick Twine,