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