Thursday, May 30, 2013

Father's Day Fishing

Before you know it, Father's Day will be here. My dad has been gone to be with the Lord for quite a while, but I have a son, son-in-law, and wonderful hubby who deserve to be recognized and encouraged!  Here's a Father's Day card I made with a great digi from Clearly Digi Stamps called "Gone Fishing."   My oldest daughter's husband LOVES to go fishing. I understand his passion. My parents let me go fishing after 10 pm at night -  alone at a river near our house, after hiking through the woods. I caught a large catfish and went home. I can't imagine letting any 12-year-old doing that in this day and age. I've always seemed to have busy guardian angels!

I used this great sketch #79 from Papertake Weekly:

I colored my image with Copic Markers to match the Echo Park "ruler" paper, which I thought was perfect for fish tales like "it was this long!"

Thanks for visiting! I'm sharing this card with the following challenges:
2 Sisters Challenge #145 - Outdoor Fun
Alphabet Challenge - H for Happy
C.R.A.F.T. Challenge #209 - FAther's Day
Art Impressions Stamps #111 - Use brads or eyelets (Thanks! I have tons to use up!)
Delightful Weekly Challenge- For Dad
Happy Campers #17 - Use Metal (brads) - metal is great for masculine creations
Hiding in My Craft Room #99 - Father's Day
Paper Crafting Journey - Masculine cards
Papertake Weekly - I used sketch #79 - tell which one you used

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6" x 6" Father's Day Card Recipe:
Image and Sentiment - Clearly Digi Stamps "Gone Fishing"
Paper - Echo Park "This & THat Charming," BAsic Grey "Clippings" (aqua dots); Close To My Heart White Daisy, Cocoa, Kraft cardstock
Copic Markers - SKIN E00; CLOTHES AND FENCE - E30, E33, E34, E35; E43, E44; POLE AND BOX - Y15, Y17, Y21, YR71; N0, N2, N6; JEANS - B91, B95, B97, B99; WATER B000, B00, BG10, YG41; SKY BG70; HAT AND FOLIAGE - G20, G24, YG03, YG63
Ink - CTMH Saddle
Accessories - CTMH pewter brads; wide twill, hemp
Tools - printer, Spellbinders Nestabilities "Labels Nine"

Tuesday, May 28, 2013

Perfect Sentiment Challenge #81 - Make Them Laugh


Our sponsor is Bugaboo who will provide 7 FREE Digis to one lucky winner.

I used this sketch from My Time to Craft:
I decided to use stars like they did because it goes so well with celebrations. I used CTMH chipboard stars and topped them with five petal flower sparkles that could easily go with star shapes.

I chose colors to go with just the photo inspiration at the Fusion challenge, using some My Mind's Eye "My Girl" designer paper. I thought they also went well with the fusion of birthday candles and the idea of fire.  Here's the comical image of Stella and her hilarious sentiment, both from Bugaboo,

I'm sharing this card with the following challenges:
ABC Challenge - N Not just one (4 stars/4sparkles)
All Sorts #208 - Birthday (It's their 4th!)
Crazy Challenge #146 - Use Sentiments - this one is great for my friends!
Created with Love #43 - At least 3 levels
Fusion Card Challenge #8 - used the photo inspiration to select my colors
Gingerloft Challenge - Happy Birthday
Glitter n Sparkle #34 - Birthdays
My Time to Craft #223 - sketch

Twist of Faith #39 - Clean and Simple

I'm always trying to learn how to make more CAS (Clean and Simple) cards. For our challenge at Twist of Faith this week I tried something new.

This week's challenge for you is to create your card in the style:

AND a scripture, or uplifting verse/quote or positive words of healing, encouragement, or support
Our sponsor is MilkCoffee Stamps. One lucky winner will get 5 FREE images! I used their lovely image of Lisbeth sits on a fence.
I thought I'd try making a Clean and Simple card using an image that is revealed in a negative shape.  I chose a butterfly shape shadow from one of my Cricut cartridges, Straight from the Nest, and sized it to approximately fit my image. I played with the placement of my image on the card base before attaching it.  I stamped my sentiment, embossed it with a 5" x 7" dotted embossing folder, tied an orange ribbon (to emphasize the orange butterflies) around it and pop dotted it over the image. The sentiment was from a Scripture collection from Papertrey Ink.

I'm sharing this card with the following challenges:
Cute Card Thursday #270 - Tie It Up
Digi Haven - Butterfly challenge
Di's Digis Designs - Winged Things
Dutch Dare #218 - Flutterby Butterfly
No Matter Which #9 - Things with Wings
Polka Doodles #21 - To Die For - used Cricut to cut butterfly shape
Stamps & Fun =Creativity #153 - Clean and Simple
Word Art Wednesday #81 - anything goes with Scripture or encouraging, uplifting verse

Sunday, May 26, 2013

Simple Uptown Girl Thank You Cards

Last week was the end of the school year for my eight grandchildren. I visited the oldest ones and we wrote thank you cards to the teachers and staff. I was amazed at their sentiments of appreciation. Although I'm a retired teacher, I resisted the urge to edit their spellings, knowing that those would be overlooked by their dear teachers at the Christian school as authentic messages definitely from their students.

Then I realized I needed to increase my supply before the next unexpected occasion.  One of the cards my grandsons had used had a very old stamp image from Close To My Heart called "Uptown Girls." I decided to revisit that stamp set and I made these two simple cards:

I made them with glittery flowers and red gingham ribbon. This first one has a button tied with waxy flax.

I'm sharing these cards with the following challenges:
Addicted to Stamps #57 - Bingo - ribbon, flowers, sentiment
Amusing Challenge - anything goes - used acrylic stamps, not digis
Crazy 4 Challenges #187 - no patterned paper
Pattie's Creations #68 - red, white, and blue with image
The Squirrel and the Fox #44 - Here Come the Girls
Twisted Tuesday Challenge - Girly - with a friend (dog)

 Amusing Challenges 

Tuesday, May 21, 2013

PSC80 - Boy Fishing

Last week my oldest grandson called me to ask what kind of fish were in our ponds. He's suddenly very interested in fishing. The card I made for today's Perfect Sentiment's ANYTHING GOES challenge is for his birthday next week. Our challenge this week at The Perfect Sentiments:


The prize this week will be 3 Christmas digis. Please check the challenge blog for more details.

The image I used for my card is from Our Daily Bread Designs, "Little Boys," and I'm entering it into their Shining the Light Challenge "Sky or Water."  The sketch came from 613 Avenue Create:

I used this month's color palette from Scrappiness Designs, which was perfect for the subject of this card:

I'm sharing this card with the following challenges:
2 Sisters #144 - 1-2-3 (1 image, 2 corduroy brads, 3 leaves)
613 Avenue Create #20 - Anything goes/optional sketch #5
A Little Bit Crafty May Challenge - use Kraft
Crafty Catz #183 - 3-2-1 (3 leaves, 2 corduroy brads, 1 image)
Creative Creations #10 - for a child
Forever Friends #62- for a child
Love to Create #66 - Something for kids
ODBD Shining the Light Challenge #155 - sky or water
QKR Stampede #39 - Children's card (or gift tags)
Scrappiness Designs May Challenge - color palette


Twist of Faith #37 - Square

As I type this post on May 20th, my heart is breaking for the people in Oklahoma who just endured a horrendous tornado. It's also the anniversary date of the Ruskin tornado that I was in as a 7-year-old. Ruskin Heights was a brand new housing area near Kansas City where most houses did not have basements.  It stayed on the ground for 70 miles and injured over 530 people. Tonight, so far, the death toll in Oklahoma is even greater than the 39 people who were killed in the Ruskin tornado. Most homes in that part of Oklahoma don't have basements either.

It seems that children were still having school in the elementary school that was destroyed. Please pray for the survivors and the rescuers that they will find all of those injured and buried under the debris. Those of us who were children that survived the tornado here many years ago still have nightmares and some fear of such weather. We share a firm conviction that we must go to a basement during tornado warnings. I'm praying that God will calm the hearts and minds of the people in Oklahoma and that God's people will lovingly minister to their needs.

This week's challenge theme at Twist of Faith is:
We want to see SQUARE cards, or squares used in your card design.
Your creation should also include a scripture, uplifting verse or positive words/quote

This week we're sponsored by Robyn's Fetish. I used their image called Waking Up Birdie. See the Twist of Faith blog for more prize details.

Besides making my card a 6" x 6" square, I used some Basic Grey paper that had colorful stripes in small squares that made bigger squares. I also added 3 pewter square durables from CTMH on three of the squares on the upper left side.


I'm sharing this card with the following challenges:
365 Cards - Day 136-Words of wisdom
Dream Valley #57 - Animals
Kreativeinkauf #3- Anything that flies
Natalie and Amy's Challenge #9 - Things with wings (and colorful!)
No Matter Which #9 - Things with wings
SweetPea Stampers May Challenge - Birds of a Feather
Word Art Wednesday #80 - anything goes with Scripture/encouraging/uplifting verse

Sunday, May 19, 2013

Clearly Digi Stamps May Blog Hop - Flowers

Welcome to our May blog hop. You can win one of the stamp sets we used just by leaving a comment. Each of us is drawing a name from the comments left at our own blog. One lucky person will receive the entire stamp set used to make our card. I used the flower stamp from this set called "Loving Hands." It has amazing drawings and sentiments.

To design my card I used the Deconstructed sketch #101 and the color combo from The Play Date Café #182: maroon, poppy, and soft jade. I only used 4 Copic markers: E00 for the hands, E04 and R89 for the flower centers, and BG10 for the stems.


Winners will be chosen by 5pm eastern daylight savings time on Wednesday, May 22nd. Please include your email address in your comment. I will contact my winner on Thursday, May 23rd via email, first announcing they have won and the name of the digi set. If they reply they already own it, I will offer them another set used by a DT member during this month's hop.

Your next stop on the blog hop is Linda's. Here is the blog roll list in case you missed one:
CDS Blog
Jerusha - Rubber Boots
Sarah T. - Bugs & Blooms
Dee - Heart Cup
Jennifer D. - Bless my Bloomers
Carrie - Charlie Bee
Vickie - Loving Hands (that's me)
Linda - Josephine Clematis

Saturday, May 18, 2013

Mojo Monday #293 - with Wood

This week as my husband and I traveled we heard some wild weather stories in Minnesota (snow on Saturday and temps over 93 degrees on Tuesday) and saw the devastation of Texas towns by tornadoes. Tomorrow is supposed to be our first day of severe weather with the possibility of tornadoes here in the Kansas City area. I do a lot of praying in tornado weather. I chose a verse from Psalms to remind myself and others that God is our refuge who can give us rest from our fears. I also chose that verse to go with the leaf because trees and leaves provides shade or shelter.

I used this week's Mojo Monday sketch to make this masculine Our Daily Bread Designs Shining the Light challenge card using wood designer paper and wooden embellishments.

I started with the wood patterned paper from My Mind's Eye (Dilly Dally) and chose coordinating colors from that. The wooden leaf, stem and buttons are all from Close To My Heart. I inked their edges with some Brown Bag ink. The Psalm I used is from  Scripture Collection 2 at Our Daily Bread Designs, stamped on some Basic Grey dp.  The cranberry dp and cs are from Close To My Heart and the light background is really old K&Co (that I've hoarded). I always wonder when I try to make a masculine card if I should add ribbon or not. I'm open to your comments or suggestions.

May God bless and keep you safe in trying times. May you feel the comfort and protection of resting in Him.

I'm sharing this card with the following challenges:
Mojo Monday #293 - sketch
Our Daily Bread Designs Shining the Light Challenge #154 - Wood or stone
Word Art Wednesday #80 - anything goes with Scripture or uplifting/encouraging verse

Friday, May 17, 2013

CDS May Release - Carnival Kids

Clear Dollar Stamps has changed the name and store to Clearly Digi Stamps! The new store is now open! My husband and I were traveling so this post went live a couple of days before the store was ready and I wasn't able to change things until today when we got home.

When I saw the delightful images in the new set called Carnival Kids, I knew I could use it for an upcoming birthday card and scrapbook layouts for my grandsons who love carnival rides. I was amazed that the kids were holding corn dogs and what I imagined to be snow cones (crushed ice with a fruity syrup), which my parents bought me when we went to the state fair many years ago.

I  used the outline version, which I colored with Copics to match the fun rainbow colors in the Basic Grey "Oh, Baby Girl" striped paper for the Die Cuttin Divas challenge, Over the Rainbow.

I used this great sketch from A Die for a Sketch #112:

The die cut behind my images comes from Cricut Artiste (p.77 Accent 2 shift). I wanted that shape and the sparkles to suggest the "WOW!" excitement my grandsons have had when I've taken them to a carnival. I wanted the CTMH sparkle flourish to show the connection between the boy, the ferris wheel, and the "Fun times!" sentiment. I used Photoshop to copy and paste the word "Celebrate" on top of one of the tickets.

I'm sharing this card with the following challenges:
A Die for a Sketch #112 - sketch plus die cuts
Craft Your Passion #162 - Child's Play
Creative Creations #10 - For a child
Die Cuttin Divas #115 - Over the Rainbow (colors) + die cuts
Digi Sketch Challenge - following Theme only "For the Boys"
Get Inky #4 - Die Cuts

Tuesday, May 14, 2013

PSC #79 - A Spring Thank You Card

The groundhog this year said we'd have an early spring, but that didn't seem to happen where I live in Missouri. We had record snowfall, even in May, and many unseasonably cool days with lots of clouds and rain. Finally the sun has come out and warmer temperatures have convinced my asparagus that it's safe to come up. Here is weather to be thankful for! And with it, hearts are encouraged and more thankful for many blessings. This week at The Perfect Sentiment Challenge #79 we'd like you to


Our sponsor is Pattie's Creations, who is providing 3 free digis to a lucky winner.

Pattie';s Creations Digital Stamps

My card uses their image, Daffodils Circle Scroll, showing one of the first flowers that bloomed here the last day of March, but I actually still have white daffodils that are in bloom now in the middle of May.

The CTMH sentiment that I used is rather shabby chic with its uneven letters and extra ink blots, so I scissor distressed the edges of the sentiment strip. The Cuttlebug embossed Spring Iris cs and green epoxy gems are also from CTMH. The butterfly is Martha Stewart's punch and the heart circle die is Spellbinders Nestabilities. These spring colors worked perfectly with some Basic Grey LilyKate dp that I've hoarded.

Twist of Faith #37 - The Ties That Bind

This week at Twist of Faith Challenge #37, the theme is:
We want to see STRING/TWINE in your creation.
Your creation should also include a scripture, uplifting verse or positive words/quote
Our challenge this week is sponsored by MelJen's Designs, who continues to delight us with magical images! Our MelJens prize is 4 uncoloured images. I used her image called "A Girl and Her Kitty."
When I threaded two of the buttons on the top right side, I threaded from the top and left the twine extra long so I could tie them together in a bow. The middle button and the flower button are tied with brown waxy flax. I also threaded some twine through a couple of the holes of the floral oval mat and on the lower left hand corner and tied a bow. Behind that mat is a small turquoise mat that shows through a little. For some reason I thought it looked better that way.

Here is the jpg file of the verse I created. If you want to copy it, click on it to get the larger size, then right click and do a save as.

I used ideas from the following challenges to design this card:
As You Like It #1 - favorite dies and punches - Spellbinders Nestabilities Floral oval
Basic Grey #93 - Mix and Match - papers from hello luscious, Knee Highs (pink), Bowties (turquoise)

Stamp and Create May Color Challenge - bright pink, turquoise, lime green, brown
Stampin' for the Weekend - lots of buttons
Sweet Sketch Wednesday #205 - the following sketch rotated

Word Art Wednesday #79 - anything goes with Scripture or encouraging/uplifting verse
Thank you for visiting and I hope you'll join our challenge with your own string or twine creation!

Sunday, May 12, 2013

S.P.R.I.N.G. Card with Mojo Monday

This will be a brief post - it's a very busy day today! I couldn't resist making this card with the Graphic45 paper collection "Birdsong." I have a son and daughter-in-law that love all things Asian.

I used this week's Mojo Monday sketch again:

For the Our Daily Bread Designs Shining the Light Challenge #153, I used four letters from their SPRING word recipe:  S - scripture sentiment, P - pink, Plum blossoms embossing folder, R - ribbon, I - inking the edges - and G - Glitter Gems from CTMH. The solid pink and the blue butterfly are both from Basic Grey. The butterfly punch is Martha Stewart's.
I'm sharing this card with these challenges:
A Gem of a Challenge #79 - Things with wings
Creative corner #18 - Things with wings
Mojo Monday 292 - Sketch
Our Daily Bread SLC #153 - use 4 of the letters of SPRING
Word Art Wednesday #79 - anything goes with scripture or uplifting, encouraging verse

Saturday, May 11, 2013

Dream Pop Neon Colored Birthday

Here is the card I made for my friend Becky's birthday. She's an amazing mom and grandmother. I don't see her aging at all, so she deserves a bright, youthful birthday card. Inside her card I told her how glad I was that we're friends, but that we're also sisters in Christ. We share prayer requests with each other, and this month I'm praying God will lead her to the right job!

I was thrilled to see the challenge at Paperminutes - to use neon colors. They said that the 90's trend is back, so I'm taking their word for it, especially after visiting Archiver's today and seeing new papers by different companies. I chose to use the CTMH paper pack, Dream Pop, that's the May special, because I knew Becky was getting that pack and would probably love some ideas for using it.

The sketch this week from Mojo Monday was my guide:

The Delightful Challenge this week to use something from your stash gave me the idea to use some really old flowers that almost matched the bright pink in the paper. Because I had used a dotted embossing folder, I added the dotted flower below the brighter solid pink one. The flower and the paper ribbon were enhanced with gray CTMH Licorice Opaque pearls. I tried something new for the ribbon. I attached one of the paper's zip strips on top of white twill. That really seemed to dress up the twill and the twill addition looked much better than the paper strip alone.

Thank you for letting me share my craft with you and may God bless you as you share yours with others.

I'm sharing this card with the following challenges:
Delightful Challenge - Stash It (flowers more than 5 years old)
Dilly Beans - Celebrations
DRS Designs #69 - Circles (I cut two out of the patterned paper and matted them on two gray circles that I punched out 2.5" and 1.75")
Mojo Monday #292 - sketch
Paperminutes #268 - neon colors
Ribbon Carousel #81 - celebrations with spooled item (birthday with twill)


Thursday, May 9, 2013

In God's Hands

When I was younger, I would easily become overcome with worrying about different things in life. One of my younger friends is going through that right now. We've been talking this week about leaving her burden in God's hands. She calls it putting it in her "God box" and I said if it doesn't stay in there, keep putting it back in until you have peace. I usually encourage her or my children to then focus on the truths in Philippians 4:8, "Finally, brothers and sisters, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable—if anything is excellent or praiseworthy—think about such things" instead of dwelling on the problem. Here's the card I made with this issue in mind.

I have enjoyed the new set, Loving Hands, from Clear Dollar Stamps. I love the sentiment I used today as an encouragement for a friend. I used Photoshop to combine the image of praying hands with a matching sentiment. I'll explain how I did it below in case you want to try combining.

I had seen a color challenge that asked for dark blue, pink, and gold, so I started making my card with those, but eventually changed out the blue to this aqua/CTMH Lagoon color. Here are two of the other challenges I used to make my card. The Sweet Sunday Sketch from The Sweetest Thing and Nutcrafters Bingo:

I chose to emboss the card front with a Cuttlebug 5" x 7" medium dots embossing folder so it would coordinate with the dotty paper. I made the scallop by cutting a piece of Prima "Madeline" stripes freehand, following the curve of the design. The pink mat is Spellbinders Nestabilities "Fleur de Lis." The Lagoon "Dotty for You" and gold glitter cardstock are from CTMH. I coordinated it with the gold edged white organdy. To make my image I opened the praying hands image and reduced the opacity to 50%. Then I copied and pasted the sentiment on top. 
I'm sharing this card with the following challenges:
ABC #27 - Tic Tac Toe (ribbon, flowers, pink cardstock)
As You Like It #1 - die cuts and punches (fleur de lis rectangle)
Crafty Sentiments - Use a sentiment
Nutcrafters #42 - Bingo (embossing, blooms, ribbon)
Paper Crafting Journey - anything goes
Penny's Paper-Crafty #126 - die cuts and/or punches
The Sweetest Thing - Sweet Sunday Sketch #183
Word Art Wednesday #79 - anything goes with scripture or uplifting/encouraging verse


Tuesday, May 7, 2013

PSC #78 - Dry Embossing

We had so many amazing entries in our last challenge to make a feminine card. Remember to stop by on Friday to see if you're a winner. The new challenge at The Perfect Sentiment Challenge #78 is my favorite technique:


Our sponsor this week is The Paper Shelter who has an amazing prize of a $20 gift voucher for a lucky entrant.

I used one of their images called "Let's Go to Sleep." I started to use a quote about following your dreams, but when I attached this lovely girl to the white embossed hearts and saw how she was hugging the dog, I changed it to say "from my heart" with an older CTMH stamp I have.

The hearts were embossed with a folder from The Paper Studio. The yellow dp was embossed using a Sizzix "Swirly Vines and Hearts" folder. The two corners were embossed with a small Cuttlebug folder from the set "Formal Squares," cut in half diagonally, then sanded. I added the row of sparkles along the edges of the corner adornments and the sentiment circle.  I used this sketch from Just Us Girls:

I used a lot of Copic markers to color this lovely image:
E00, E02, E11, E13, E21, E30, E33, E34, E35, E43, E95
Y21, YR31, YR61
R01, R20, R21, RV14
BV00, BV02, B21

I hope you'll join our challenge and show what you like to do with dry embossing.

I used the following challenges to design this card so I'm sharing this card with:

ABC Challenge #27 - Tic Tac Toe - ribbon, flowers, pink cardstock
All Sorts #205 - add some sparkle
Crafty Boots - use a stamped character
Creative Card Crew #35 - bling
Deep Ocean #51 - Let's Sparkle
Forever Friends Fortnightly Challenge #61 - Pastel Colors
Just Us Girls #187 - Sketch
My Heart Pieces - embossing
Paper Nest Dolls Challenge #3 - Emboss It
Paper Playtime #9 - Emboss dry or wet


Your Friendship is a Gift from God

The closer it gets to Mother's Day, the more I think about the many women I know who deserve a Mother's Day card for a variety of reasons. I know two mothers who may be sad on Mother's Day because their older children have reached that stage of independence where they've moved out of the house in rebellion and treat their mothers like dirt - so sad, but true. I know they won't be receiving cards from those children for Mother's Day. This card is for one of them. Most cards sing the praises of motherhood and most mothers love that. But when the pain is recent and deep, I fear that some of those platitudes only rub salt in the wound. So I'm sending a special friendship card for that day, because they can know that our friendship is true. I want the recipient of this card to know how glad I am to have her as a Christian friend and that God heals wounds.

I was attracted to the sketch this week at Sketchy Colors. I thought it would work well with my image from Clear Dollar Stamps that I colored with Copics.  The flower image comes from the set "Spring Trimmings" and the sentiment comes from "Christian Friendship." To accompany the flower basket, I used papers from Basic Grey's Oh, Baby Girl and Graphic 45's Secret Garden.

I used the following Copic markers to color the image:
E21, E34, E43
BV02, BV04, B95, BG78
YG23, YG63, Y21
I'm sharing this card with the following challenges:
All Sorts #205 - sparkle (CTMH blue/green sparkle collection)
Clear It Out - anything goes / stash item: use two or more pattened papers
Cutie Pie Challenge #43 - lots of layers
Love to Create #64 - for a mom or special lady
Marker Pop #22 - May Flowers (colored with Copic markers)
Order of the Opus Gluei #156 - Bouquet for you
Whoopsi Daisy - for a special lady
2 Sisters #142 - Bingo (bottom row across: die cut, sentiment, flowers )


Twist of Faith #36 - Mother's Day

Next Sunday, May12th, is Mother's Day in the U.S. Our challenge today can help you make cards for your mom, grandmother, mother-in-law, aunt, daughter, mother-to-be, good friend, etc. If you don't live in the U.S. you can always make a card for that person just celebrating how special they are.

I have so many wonderful conversations with my oldest daughter about nutrition and feeding her four guys and daughter with nourishing foods when they'd rather eat fun or junk food. She is persistent and determined in their busy lives not to take the easy carry-out food path, even on nights when her hubby and three boys have sports practice. This isn't easy when you work full time and attend many functions in church. So it was easy to decide who would get this card with the lovely Eleanor and Lily Strawberries digi from Lacy Sunshine Stamps, our sponsor this week at Twist of Faith. Our challenge is:

Make a Mother's Day card.
Your creation should also include a scripture, uplifting verse or positive words/quote.

Our sponsor, Lacy Sunshine Stamps, will be providing ____ to one lucky winner.

My card was made using this fun sketch from Sketch 'n' Stash, along with my overstock of Basic Grey "Baby Girl" paper that goes back quite a few years. (Why did I get two packs of girly paper when our kids kept having boys?)

Before designing my card I chose to use the ABC Challenge Tic Tac Toe for this week using ribbon, flowers, and pink cardstock (behind the sentiment). The CTMH ribbon reminded me of strawberries with the gray dots. I also used CTMH Sweet Leaf green bitty sparkles on her glasses where there were four dots on each side. I used a lot of Copics and will list these at the end.

I wanted a portion of Proverbs 31 to be my front sentiment. That is the chapter that describes the actions and qualities of an excellent wife or  mother. I memorized that passage in church when I was a young teenager. I still look at it as something to strive for since none of us are perfect. Here is my sentiment in case you want to use it. I reduced the size to 3.5 " wide when I was ready to make my card. You can click on it to get a larger version, then right click and do a "Save As." I printed mine on a 4 x 6 card.

I'm sharing this card with the following challenges:
ABC Challenges #27 - Tic Tac Toe
Card Mania #20 - flower power
Created with Love #40 - Mother's Day
Creative Stamp Friends #76 - Mother's Day
Get Inky #3 - Floral fun
Love to Create #64 - For a mom or special lady
My Craft Spot #96 - For mom
Sketch 'n' Stash #113 - sketch plus my old stash of Basic Grey "Baby Girl"
Tammy's Scrapin Corner #61 - Mother's Day
Word Art Wednesday #78 - anything goes with scripture or uplifting verse

Here are the verses I'm including inside her card from Bible Gateway's Proverbs 31:

Description of a Worthy Woman

10 An excellent wife, who can find?
For her worth is far above jewels.
11 The heart of her husband trusts in her,
And he will have no lack of gain.
12 She does him good and not evil
All the days of her life.
13 She looks for wool and flax
And works with her [h]hands [i]in delight.
14 She is like merchant ships;
She brings her food from afar.
15 She rises also while it is still night
And gives food to her household
And [j]portions to her maidens.
16 She considers a field and buys it;
From [k]her earnings she plants a vineyard.
17 She girds [l]herself with strength
And makes her arms strong.
18 She senses that her gain is good;
Her lamp does not go out at night.
19 She stretches out her hands to the distaff,
And her [m]hands grasp the spindle.
20 She [n]extends her hand to the poor,
And she stretches out her hands to the needy.
21 She is not afraid of the snow for her household,
For all her household are clothed with scarlet.
22 She makes coverings for herself;
Her clothing is fine linen and purple.
23 Her husband is known in the gates,
When he sits among the elders of the land.
24 She makes linen garments and sells them,
And [o]supplies belts to the [p]tradesmen.
25 Strength and dignity are her clothing,
And she smiles at the [q]future.
26 She opens her mouth in wisdom,
And the [r]teaching of kindness is on her tongue.
27 She looks well to the ways of her household,
And does not eat the bread of idleness.
28 Her children rise up and bless her;
Her husband also, and he praises her, saying:
29 “Many daughters have done nobly,
But you excel them all.”
30 Charm is deceitful and beauty is vain,
But a woman who [s]fears the Lord, she shall be praised.
31 Give her the [t]product of her hands,
And let her works praise her in the gates.

Copics used:

E00, E02, E21, E25, E33, E35, E43
R20, R21, R29, R81, R83
YG23, YG63
G24, G28