Monday, June 16, 2014

Liberty Bell Scripture Card

Freedom is an amazing thing. I think that those of us who have it often take it for granted. We can travel or live where we want, read or write what we want, worship how we want. I look back across my family history and see that many of my ancestors came to America to have freedom of religion. Some came from England as Puritans in the 1620's so they wouldn't be arrested for their religious beliefs and practices. My father's Protestant relatives came from a Catholic area of Germany, buying land from William Penn. Many of my ancestors came to have the freedom to own their own land, and fought in the Revolutionary War to gain their freedom from the laws of a king in far away England. Two cousins of my Lee ancestors signed the Declaration of Independence. If we look back at the trials of our forefathers and how they obtained the hard won liberties that we have today, we get a better idea of the cost of liberty.

These are the things I was pondering as I made this 6" x 6" card. Each country has it's own history of people who stood for freedom and liberty. In three weeks my country will be celebrating Independence Day on July 4th. The Liberty Bell is a symbol of freedom and was often rung in Philadelphia whenever important announcements were made, like the Declaration of Independence. I loved this new image from Doodle Pantry. The scripture verse I included on my card is the one that was etched into the bell:

"Proclaim liberty throughout all the land unto all the inhabitants thereof." Leviticus 25:10

Most of my design comes from the patterned paper. I colored the bell with Copic markers and cut it out, There's an amazing song/video at A Song in Your Heart #9 that may inspire you in making your own card about freedom. The simple lyrics combined with the video give us a deeper message about the price of freedom.

Thank you for visiting. May we be thankful for the freedoms that we have and use them to do good and to bless others.

I'm sharing this card with the following challenges:
A2Z Scrapbooking June Linky Party - Stars and stripes
A Song in Your Heart #9 - "Hey, Brother"
Rhedd and Rosie Challenge #34 - Back in Time/Vintage style
Simply Create Too #63 - Celebrate your country/use your flag's colors (red, white, blue)

Word Art Wednesday #136 - anything goes with uplifting sentiment

Sunday, June 8, 2014

White on White Wedding Blessing

I was inspired by Our Daily Bread Designs to create a "white on white" card. I think of white representing something pure, clean, fresh, and new. The first verse that always comes to my mind is "Create in me a clean heart, O Lord..." from Psalm 51. But I think of that verse in relation to my own life, my own prayer. I don't usually think of it as a card sentiment that I want to give to someone else. I don't want someone to think that I'm telling her she needs to pray for God to clean up the sin in her life, especially since it's not my place to judge.

My next thought about a white card was the making a baby or wedding card. The simple elegance of just white made me decide on making a wedding card. This verse from 1 Thes. 3:12 in ODBD Scripture Collection 5 seemed perfect for a new couple. It's a beautiful blessing to give them:

"May the Lord make your love increase and overflow for each other and for everyone else, just as ours does for you."

I embossed the background with the Spellbinders M-Bossabilities folder "Reverence/Adoration" embossing folder. I loved the crosses in the flourished design. I added a Wilton doily, a heart border using the Martha Stewart punch, white satin ribbon, Recollections roses and a Prima flower.

I love the part of the verse that hopes their love will not only abound for each other, but for everyone else, too. Love is such an amazing thing that it can fill to overflowing and multiply! May you also share that kind of love with all those around you! Thank you for visiting!

I'm sharing this card with the following challenges:
Crafting at the Weekend #2 - anything goes 
My Time to Craft #250 - No Designer Paper
Our Daily Bread Designs Shining the Light Challenge #205 - white on white
Paper Creator's Crafts #25 - wedding/anniversary
Sentimental Sundays #210 - anything goes with sentiment
Totally Gorjuss #239 - embossing
Word Art Wednesday #135 - anything uplifting

Sunday, June 1, 2014

Vintage Gentleman Card with Doodle Pantry June Release

It's nearly Father's Day where we live. That's such a great time to honor the men in our lives, even if they're not our own fathers. I was attracted to this lovely image set that Laurie made for Doodle Pantry this month. The men are quite classy, but one of the sentiments was the main attraction for me. It talks about having character:

"The measure of a man's real character is what he would do if he knew he'd never be found out."

I'm so fortunate to have a husband who would do right whether anyone was watching or not. I'm hoping I can teach a little of that to my grandsons as I care for them this summer!  Here's the card I made using Laurie's images, sentiments, and papers. (If you look closely at the lighter designer paper you can see tiny shapes that look like mustaches.)

I die cut the sentiment using a Spellbinder's Shapeabilities "Fancy Tags Two" die. I trimmed off the top flourishes and inked it with Tim Holtz Vintage Photo Distress Ink. The ribbon was a very old scrap that seemed masculine. The pewter embellishments were from a retired CTMH collection.

I wanted this card to be appropriate for either Father's Day or a birthday, so I added an additional sentiment from one of the sets last May, "Buffalo and Caribou."

You can find the following images and other card designs here. Be sure to check out the other new releases for this month.

I'd also like to invite you to join the Doodle Pantry Challenge #47. The theme is "Make It Manly." You can use any image from any source. There will be three $15 random winners.

Thank you for visiting! May God bless you as you honor the men who are or have been part of your life.

I'm sharing this card with the following challenges:

Crafting for All Seasons #78 - Boys will be boys
Creative Card Crew #62 - Shabby chic/Vintage
Die Cuttin' Divas #167 - For the boys
Inky Chicks #30 - Use a metal embellishment
Paper Pretties Wednesday #312 - Father's Day/ Masculine
The Paper Shelter #160 - Make it manly
Ruby's Rainbow #80 - One for the Boys
Word Art Wednesday #134 - anything goes with uplifting sentiment