Friday, February 8, 2019

My Teenage Valentine

I used to be able to give my eight grandkids cute little valentines, but now most of them are in grades 7 to 12. When I saw the graph patterned paper in the new Heart Happy paper pack, I knew that would be perfect for one of my grandkids, especially if I die cut the right side with the torn notebook paper die instead of just a scallop.  The Color My Heart Color Dare was great for this one, too.

.I used Carolina, Peach, Smoothie, Mint, and Gold.  This weeks sketch at Atlantic Hearts Sketch Challenge was just right for adding a trio of hearts:

Here's a better photo of the Mint XO, hugs and kisses,  paper from the paper pack:

I die cut the edge with Thin Cuts-Decorative Borders, the hearts with the Stitched Hearts die, the arrow from Cricut Flower Market, and the sentiment from Cricut Artbooking.

Thanks for visiting! May you be blessed as you share your love with all the valentines in your life!

I'm sharing this card with the following challenges:

Atlantic Hearts Sketch Challenge #302
Aud Sentiments Challenge #220 - Love or Valentines sentiment
Color My Heart Color Dare #329 - Love of Color
Craft Rocket Challenge #56 - Valentine
Cuttlebug Mania - Be My Valentine
Dream Valley Challenge #195 - Love and Kisses
Simply Create Too #146 - anything goes, option- use hearts

Verse of the Day:
Ye have heard that it hath been said, Thou shalt love thy neighbour, and hate thine enemy. But I say unto you, Love your enemies, bless them that curse you, do good to them that hate you, and pray for them which despitefully use you, and persecute you; That ye may be the children of your Father which is in heaven: for he maketh his sun to rise on the evil and on the good, and sendeth rain on the just and on the unjust.
Matthew 5:43-45 KJV

Wednesday, February 6, 2019

I Heart Us Card

Here's my second rainbow-colored heart card for today, hopefully bright and cheery enough to overcome the dull gray, icy day we're having here in Missouri. It uses three PML cards and some chipboard die cuts that all coordinate with the CTMH I Heart Us paper pack.  When I saw the multi-colored words and hearts, I knew they'd be great together.

If you'd like another idea for using PML cards, scroll down to my previous post. They're really fun and easy to use!

Thanks for visiting! May you be blessed as you bless others with your creations!

I'm sharing this card with the following challenges:

Dragonfly Dreams February Challenge - Include a heart
Dragonfly Journey Challenge #133 - I heart you
Simply Create Too #145 - anything goes/ optional twist - hearts
The Paper Players challenge #427 - Love is in the air theme

Bright and Cheerful, Love You More

It's a gray, icy day here in Missouri.  I need some bright colors so today I pulled out the PML cards that go with the I Heart Us paper pack from CTMH. I usually find a few that make great cards. Since they already have images and sentiments, I like to see if they go with the current UnstampaBelles challenge. Here's one that I made for the challenge: Simply Bright and Cheerful with the twist to do something arsty.  I stacked three of the PML cards and added a strip of rainbow stripes from the paper pack, with strands of silver twine. My artsy techniques were to doodle around the edge of the trimmed title panel and to double emboss the dotted panel. First I used a heart embossing folder, then I rubbed the hearts with pigment ink, sprinkled on silver embossing powder, and heat embossed them. Last, I added three butterfly stickers from the set that coordinated with that paper pack.

Rainbows, hearts, love, and butterflies are some of the images that speak cheerful thoughts to me! I hope they do for someone who receives this card.

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

I'm sharing this card with the following challenges:

Crafting By Designs - anything goes
Crafty Cardmakers Challenge #226 - add some texture
Elliebelle's Crafty Wednesday February challenge - dies/punches or something with hearts
Fab 'n' Funky Challenge #426 - hearts and flowers
UnstampaBelles Challenge #86 - simply bright and cheerful, twist: something arty

Verse of the Day:
He that followeth after righteousness and mercy findeth life, righteousness, and honour.
Proverbs 21:21 KJV

Sunday, February 3, 2019

Simple Divinity

I love to encourage others with scripture cards. Over the years I've collected a good number of stamp sets with Bible verses, many from Our Daily Bread Designs. Did you know they've recently changed their name to Divinity Designs? I've also been hoarding a lot of papers from previous Basic Grey collections, My conscience has been pricked again to attempt using them up. So I pulled out the Lemonade collection and began making simple cards with scripture and those beautiful retired papers. Here are the simple results :

I decided to make larger cards using the same design in order to create faster and use up more paper. Here's one with the same scripture that I already had out and on a block. I decorated both of these with stickers. The owl and sentiment are from Green at Heart, but it had similar colors as Lemonade. It's for my granddaughter who loves anything with owls.

Next I decided to use die cuts from my drawer of previously cut shapes. I inked the edges with long-retired CTMH Kiwi ink. I matched scriptures from the first set I had purchased from Papertrey Ink years ago. Both of these cards used smaller scraps of Basic Grey. I cut each scrap in half to make two cards:

I finished each card with some old CTMH embellishments. The entire process took three hours and I still have most of the paper pack left. I really need to do this faster and more often. If you have any suggestions for making more cards, using more of some long hoarded paper, feel free to share your idea in the comments.

Thank you for visiting! Blessings to you always!

I'm sharing this with the following challenges:

2 Crafty Critter Crazies Challenge #23 - anything goes with a critter
613 Avenue Create Challenge #218 - anything goes/ optional add a critter
Crafty Friends Challenge #102 - animals/birds
Crafty Hazelnut's Patterned Paper February Challenge - anything goes with patterned paper
Word Art Wednesday Challenge #372-373 - anything goes

Verse of the day: 
But I will sing of your strength; I will sing aloud of your steadfast love in the morning. For you have been to me a fortress and a refuge in the day of my distress.
Psalm 59:16 ESV

Saturday, February 2, 2019


For several years I've found myself signing cards and emails with 'Hugs!" I feel that sending some extra love expands my message to let the reader know how I really feel about them. I never thought I'd say this, but I'm glad a red heart is an emogi I can use when I send a text. I find myself using it at the end of a text message to my hubby and my friends.  So the XOXO hugs and kisses message of this card seems appropriate to me. I'm convinced we need to share a lot more love and kindness in this world.

I always think it's fun to make cards about love for Valentine's Day or Anniversaries and such. This one came together so easily. I was inspired by the copper foiled "XOXO" card (from DCWV Copper Luxury). The pink and green floral border inspired the other paper panels. I love those colors on Kraft cards, so I embossed the card front with a retired CTMH hearts embossing folder and lightly rubbed them with a small Smoothie pigment ink. I added lace, half of a 4" doily, twine, and pink enamel dots to finish.

Thank you for visiting! May you have many opportunities to share love!

I'm sharing this card with the following challenges:

All Sorts Challenge #505 - Love
Card Mania Challenge #113 - Love Is In the Air
Challenge Up Your Life Challenge #105 - Love Is in the Air
Dragonfly Journeys Challenge #133 - I Heart You
Scrap from Your Heart Challenge #30 - Valentines or Mother's Day
Use Your Stuff Challenge #345 - enamel dots

Verse of the Day:
But, as it is written, “What no eye has seen, nor ear heard, nor the heart of man imagined, what God has prepared for those who love him”—
1 Corinthians 2:9 ESV

Friday, February 1, 2019

February SOTM Blog Hop - Heartfelt Sentiments

Welcome to our February Stamp of the Month blog hop. If you came from Darlys Recker's blog you're on the right path. To see the entire list of participants, visit Melinda Everitt's post.

I wanted to try two  techniques using watercolor paints with salt and dyed salt to the wet paint.  I knew the large stamp had flowers on the border surrounding the sentiment. so I wanted colored salt in a border and plain salt in the middle. I used Celtic sea salt that I already had and mixed some in a lid with a couple of drops of food color. (Next time I'd like to try reinkers with larger Kosher salt.)  First I made  a trial sample on a small piece of watercolor paper (2 5/8" x 4 7/8") to be sure it would work. When it did, I used it as a background panel to make a small card with that sample. I stamped the tiny flowers from the stamp set and the ribbon banner (using Ballerina ink) with one of the sentiments. The flowers were colored with watercolor pencils. You can see how the plain salt gave the blue watercolored area in the middle a mottled/dotted look. The sapphire and lagoon hearts paper is from the So Much Happy collection.

I used a larger piece (4 3/4" x 6 1/4") of watercolor paper to make a 5" x 7" card from folded Peacock cardstock. First I white embossed the large sentiment image. Then I quickly wet the top of that panel under running water so it was very wet. I painted the entire surface with two colors of a greenish blue, keeping it wet, and quickly sprinkled the plain sea salt in the middle and the red and the green salts around a border. I didn't get as much red salt on the panel as I did on the first one. The paint dries lighter than when it's wet. I allowed the panel to dry completely, then I scraped off the salt into the sink until it was smooth. Then I painted the flowers, leaves and letter details with a Waterbrush and watercolors. I white embossed the ribbon banner onto a scrap of Peacock cardstock, trimmed it, and adhered it over the matching image on the panel using Thin 3-D Foam dots.

I used the white and gold ribbon and some I Heart Us Sequins. I also included White Glitter Paper strips on each side of the panel.

You can get this large stamp set only in February for $18.95 or for only $5.00 with a $50.00 purchase from your consultant or here.
Thank you for visiting.  Now you're ready to see the wonderful artwork made by Becca Whitham

Friday, January 25, 2019

Peony Leaf Background

About 17 years ago, Kristy Bishop,  a CTMH director, taught classes in a North Kansas City high school. After attending the first one, I could hardly wait for the next class. The technique she taught us was random stamping. We were using rubber stamps on wood blocks. We made each little stamp a different color and stamped the first design in a visual triangle. That was my addicting introduction to stamping. (The day I found out CTMH went from wood mounted stamps to acrylic stamps I signed up to become a consultant. I knew I'd need a discount for all the stamps I wanted to get.)

I was inspired by the challenge at Heart 2 Heart to use random stamping. My technique and stamps have changed a little. I thought I'd use only the foliage of the Budding Peony stamp set with the new lighter shade of Sage ink to make the background for this card.

I added the soft shade of Mint checks with bright pops of a Lagoon strip and Raspberry for the die cut sentiment and background mat. Of course I had to stamp the leafy sprig again with New England Ivy on Sage cardstock and cut with the coordinating thin cut die. I wanted to make the random stamping into a soft background for a Clean and Simple card.

Since the card base is black I finished with a few black enamel dots on the front and a couple of leafy sprigs on two inside corners. I looked at this card and truly wished for spring!!!

Kristy Bishop is now a college professor in another state far away, so she may not know the directions her card classes have taken or how many people have been blessed along the way.  May you be blessed as you share your love of stamping, cardmaking, and giving, blessing your friends who receive your creations. What you enjoy can be a part of something much bigger than yourself!

I'm sharing this card with the following challenges:

Die Cut Divas - Something New (Budding Peony stamp and die are new)

Budding Peony  
365 Promises - Promise #25: I will not withhold anything good from those with an upright heart.
For Yahweh God is a sun and a shield.
Yahweh will give grace and glory.
He withholds no good thing from those who walk blamelessly.