Tuesday, April 29, 2014

Ariana Mother's Day Card

Proverbs 31 has always challenged me to be the amazing woman described in the verses. Now that I'm in my 60's I have enough wisdom to know I won't always live up to all the standards, but I also know that God has created us to be unique individuals, many variations of this godly woman, and that His Spirit can help us to live a godly life to glorify Him.  Today's Mother's Day card has one of the last verses from this chapter:

"A woman who fears the Lord is to be praised! Proverbs 31:30"

The bottom two diecuts are from Cricut Artiste. The punched scalloped circle was just the right size for the stamp from Our Daily Bread Designs. I used two CTMH design stamps on the bottom layer to fill the right and left sides.  I have way too many brads, so I attached four of them to match the light blue in the paper. The CTMH crocheted flowers have CTMH button centers in two shades of blue.

If you'd like to use one of the Mother's Day verses from Proverbs 31, you can find them with many different translations here.

I'm sharing this card with the following challenges:
2Cute Ink #105 - Mother's Day
Craftin' Desert Divas - Mother's Day
Dream Valley Challenge #80 - Say It With Words
Get Inky #12 - Die Cuts
Squigglefly #17 - card for mom or special lady
The Squirrel and the Fox #68 - die cut or punch (used both)
Use Your Stuff #133 - Flowers (CTMH crocheted flowers)
Word Art Wednesday #129 - Anything Goes with uplifting verse

Here are the other Ariana cards for our workshop this Saturday. Some of them have been posted on other days.

This card can have any sentiment you'd like:

Monday, April 28, 2014

Ariana Birthday Card

I never seem to have enough birthday cards around. Here's one I made that has what sounds like an Irish Blessing as the sentiment. Although this stamp set is quite old, I still love the silhouette flower images and sentiment. When I first got this stamp set I cut the long sentiment in half so it would fit better. I goofed and cut it one line too soon as you'll notice. Of course it still makes sense, but I didn't mean to break up the phrase.  Here's what it says:

May you have enough happiness
to make you sweet,
enough trials to make you strong,
enough trials to keep you human,
and enough hope to make you happy.
Happy Birthday!

The CTMH Ariana paper pack combines the red, pink, green, dark gray and blues to give a lot of possibilities for cards. I cut a tag using Cricut Design Space and I'm pretty sure it came from Artiste.  I turned it upside down so that the hole was under the ribbon. The retired stamp set I used is called "Treasure Life." I used Garden Green and Sky inks to stamp the leaves and flowers on the tag. I inked the lower stem/leaf portion with green first, then I inked the top flower portion with Sky blue ink.

I've made quite a few Ariana cards for our card workshop this weekend. Later this week I'll put them all in one post for my workshop ladies to refer to. 

I'm sharing this card with the following challenges:

613 Avenue Create #69 - Anything Goes
Amusing Challenge - Anything Goes
Cut It Up #43 - Birthday card
Penny Black and More April challenge - Blossoms and Blooms
Pile It On #17 - Ink on Paper Stamping
That Craft Place - Anything Goes
Word Art Wednesday #129 - anything goes with uplifting message

Tuesday, April 22, 2014

Mojo Monday 342 Encouragement

I've always loved Romans 12. It has amazing advice for how to live in many circumstances. I chose a sentiment from verse 12 for this card, hoping it will encourage one of my friends in a difficult situation. It says: "Rejoice in hope, be patient in tribulation, be constant in prayer. Romans 12:12" We all have problems that we could face with this advice, but since it uses the word "tribulation" it implies the very worst problems that could trouble us. We need hope that God will see us through the problem and continuous prayer for His help and solution.  I believe that such hope helps sustain our patience through tribulation. My friend's husband had been out of work for a long time. Now God has provided a suitable job, but in a distant town so they have to move. Preparing their home to be sold is the difficult task left to the wife while her husband has already relocated, so I am joining her in the constant prayer that God will strengthen her for the task since He provided the job. Here's the card I'm sending her:

Doodle Pantry introduced a set of verses and papers this month that are bright and encouraging. This week's sketch seemed perfect for these elements. I loved the bright colors that Laurie Wilson used with the papers and floral images. They match colors from the retired CTMH paper pack "Flirty" which I combined with the "Genuine Love" set of Doodle Pantry's papers. Here's the entire "Genuine Love" set with the other verses from Romans 12:

I used the Nestabilities to cut circles, the Cricut to cut the bird (Give a Hoot) and a Martha Stewart  border punch. Magenta and black sparkles are from Close To My Heart. I used this sketch from Mojo Monday #342:

I'm sharing this card with the following challenges:
All Sorts #255 - birds and feathers
Bitten by the Bug 2 - Birds of a Feather (used Cricut "Give a Hoot" to cut bird)
Crafty Calendar - Things with wings
Creating with Faith, Hope, and Love - anything goes with Scripture
Kreativeinkauf-Challenge #14 - winged messengers of spring
Lexi's Creations #114 - focus on the sentiment
Mojo Monday #342 - sketch
Scrapping Everyday Miracles - April theme - faith, hope, love
Totally Gorjuss #232 - die cuts and punches
Word Art Wednesday #128 - anything goes with uplifting verse