Sunday, March 27, 2016

Christ Is Risen Easter Card

Happy Easter Sunday! This holiday brings up childhood memories of new dresses, hats, white patent leather shoes, and gloves. That was the 1950's and '60's. Of course there were Easter baskets with jelly beans, chocolate and stuffed bunnies. Joyful hymns at church and dinner with a large family stand out along with my mother's pots of Easter lilies adorning a table. She continued to decorate with those lilies all her life. This is why I chose the lily image from Our Daily Bread Designs.

But the enduring message of Easter was the joy I always found hearing the exciting account of Christ's resurrection from the dead. It surprised His followers then, but gives hope to believers now that He was truly God's son who took our punishment and that death doesn't end a believer's life -  life continues after death!  I used purple for this card because one of my younger sisters died in her early 30's and is now in heaven. I have the  hope of seeing my sister again some day. As I type, March 26th is Purple Day to raise world awareness of Epilepsy. My sister changed her seizure medication and when it combined with her regular meds, it stopped her heart. But I knew that she had believed in Christ as her savior from sin, so when she was "absent from the body," she was "present with the Lord."

I used this sketch from Scrapping Everyday Miracles.

I stamped the ODBD lily with light gray ink and colored it with Copics and Prismacolor pencils. I mounted it on a purple die cut piece made with a Spellbinder Fleur de Lis Rectangle (which means lily in French!). I added some glittery details with a Sakura Gelly Roll pen.

The polka dotted paper is from Graphic45 Sweet Sentiments.The lace is covering some of the stripes in the unknown striped paper from my scrap stash. I white embossed the sentiment from ODBD "I Am the Way" on a scrap of Basic Grey. The ribbon was old Making Memories and the sparkle flourishes are retired CTMH.

Thank you for visiting! May God bless you and yours during this lovely Easter season! May you have joy in the hope of life after death!

I'm sharing this card with the following challenges:

Card and Scrap #114 - Lace
Card Mania #78 - polka dots and stripes
Crafter's Cafe Challenge #145 - Easter
Crazy 4 Challenges #329 - Purple for Purple Day/World Awareness of Epilepsy
Kreativeinkauf #37 - Happy Easter
Let's Craft and Create #111 - Easter
Scrapping Everyday Miracles - March card sketch

Why the Resurrection Still Matters

Friday, March 25, 2016

ODBD Shining the Light Challenge #272

I saw several challenges today that inspired this card, but the real inspiration was one of the first  verses I learned when I was 6 or 7, John 3:16. I thought this would be a beautiful Easter verse for one of my cards:
16 For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.   John 3:16King James Version (KJV)

I rotated this lovely sketch from Tuesday Morning Sketches #344.

The challenge from Our Daily Bread Designs is to use Scripture and Lace.  I had to mask off the line on the bottom that said John 3:16. The verse and the lighter cross of nails behind it are from the ODBD stamp set, He Is Risen!
I saw the challenge at As You Like It to select a line from this bingo board and why:

I chose the middle line across first because purple is a favorite color of mine for Easter, and lace and die cut would go perfectly with my favorite purple paper. I used the "Violet Bouquet" from Graphic 45's Sweet Sentiments collection.  The die is from Spellbinders Floral Ovals.

Thank you for visiting and letting me share one of my favorite verses. May God bless you and yours this Easter season.

I'm sharing this card with the following challenges:
As You Like It - favorite line on Bingo Board - lace, purple, dies
Crafty Gals Corner #64 - Easter/Spring
Cuttlebug Mania - Happy Easter
Word Art Wednesday #222/223 - anything uplifting

Tuesday, March 22, 2016

The Real Beauty of Easter

The real beauty of Easter is knowing that you are loved so much by someone else that He would volunteer to take your punishment for all the wrongs you'd ever done in life by giving up His own life, dying in your place.  His death was cruel, traumatic, and ugly, but His love for doing it is beautiful, so we tend to make our Easter cards beautiful. This card is made in gratitude of Christ's beautiful love for me, for you, and for the world (Path of Positivity Challenge - Beauty).

I made the cross by cutting a border strip into two pieces and lining it with gold glitter paper to make the cross. I stamped the sentiment: You are Loved from the stamp set Your Own Kind of Wonderful.

The soft colors come from the Charlotte paper pack and the leafy branches are from Charlotte complements chipboard. The gold heart is one of my favorites from Treasured Puffies.  They have shine, dimension, but are fairly soft so shouldn't affect mailing.  The Whisper thick twine is also soft for mailing. The Cricut cut is from page 70 of Art Philosophy, If you use Cricut Explore, the image code is #M413F5.

Thank you for visiting! May God bless you and your loved ones this Easter with the overwhelming realization of how very much you are loved by Christ the Lord!

I'm sharing this card with the following challenges:
All Sorts #355 - Easter
Bitten by the Bug 2 - Spring flings and Easter things
Crafting with Dragonflies #53 - Easter
Crafty Cardmakers #160 - Easter
D.L.Art Thankful Thursday #176 - Easter
Fantabulous Cricut Challenge #262 - Easter
Jo's Scrap Shack #130 - Happy Easter
Path of Positivity Challenge - Beauty
Where the HeART is Challenge 7 - Easter/anything goes
Word Art Wednesday #222/223 - anything uplifting

Mojo Monday 440 Get Well Soon

My box of Get Well cards is nearly empty and I want to make a priority of encouraging my friends who are sick or recovering from surgery.

The Mojo Monday sketch this week was perfect for the scraps I was putting away. I cut a CTMH Picture My Life card in half, then I paired it with one of the Verve sentiments and flowers that I colored with Copics and mounted on a chipboard ring wrapped with cocoa grosgrain ribbon. The center of the flower is made by putting a glob of liquid glass and sprinkling on some dark brown granules I saved from a dessicant pack that came in my vitamins.

I'm keeping posts short until I can get my computer fixed!  So thanks for visiting!

I'm sharing this card with the following challenges:
Cards Und More #154 - use ribbon 
My Time to Craft #317 - flowers as main focus
Stamping Sensations March Challenge - flower power
The Crazy Challenge #218 - Flowers
The Ribbon Girl March any image challenge
Word Art Wednesday 222/223 - anything uplifting
Mojo Monday #440 sketch

Thursday, March 17, 2016

Penelope Easter Card

I love the colors of SPRING! They seem to wake me up after a drab season of winter colors. My yard is wrapped in pastel blooming bulbs and trees. Today two plum trees are in bloom, one white and one purple. Here's another Easter card reflecting these spring colors and the resurrection message: The Lord reigns; let the earth REJOICE! That's exactly what my trees and bulbs are doing on this sunny day!

I usually use my Cricut Explore to cut dies, but our computer connection has been spotty for a couple of weeks so I used four different punches instead. I'm also keeping this short while I have a connection! The Penelope papers, the Rejoice stamp set, and the Gray enamel gems are all CTMH.

I'm sharing this card with the following challenges:
Crafter's Café #145 - Easter
Crafty Enjoyments Challenge #5 - Easter
Creative Moments #89 - anything goes/optioal - Spring
Double D Challenges - Easter
Kreativeinkauf #37 - Easter
Paper Creators #45  Spring Colors
Sisterhood of Crafters- dies/punches
Southern Ridge Trading Company March challenge - Easter
Word Art Wednesday #222-223 - anything uplifting
Words 2 Craft By March challenge - Easter/Rebirth

Thank you for visiting! May you enjoy the beauties of this season and rejoice!

Tuesday, March 15, 2016

Happy Easter Daffodils

My favorite daffodils have resurrected in my yard. They are a pale yellow with a darker yellow center. My spring bulbs are like scripture written in nature that reminds me of Christ's death and resurrection and life after death for believers.  They popped through the soil almost two weeks ago and now they're sharing beautiful blooms. The lovely colors brightening my yard sing out praise to their Creator, especially after a brown and gray winter. 

Here's another simple Easter card with daffodils made with bright, cheery Penelope papers (and two retired CTMH stamps). I colored the image with Copics (Y11, G20, B000) and ShinHan markers (Y222 and G234).

I'm sharing this card with the following challenges:

Crafty Boots Challenge - Easter
Deep Ocean #124 - Easter
Marker Pop Challenge #90 - Easter
The Crazy Challenge #218 - flowers

Monday, March 14, 2016

Daffodil Tag Easter Card

My daffodils began blooming last week along with my apricot trees and a star magnolia. They inspired me to start making Easter cards with daffodils! And while the flowers are "resurrecting" I thought the ODBD stamp of John 11:25 would be an appropriate Easter verse emphasizing Christ's resurrection from the dead and the same hope of His believers.

I used the CTMH Penelope workshop kit to make this card along with the CTMH Chevron embossing folder. The tag and verse stamps are from ODBD, but the butterfly is a retired one from the Trellis stamp set. I colored the images with Copic and ShinHan alcohol ink markers and embellished simply with CTMH silver Playful Puffies and thick twines.

I'm sharing this card with the following challenges:
Aud Sentiments Challenge #150 - Easter or Spring
Come and Get It #109 - Easter/Spring
C.R.A.F.T. Challenge #354 - Easter/Spring
Word Art Wednesday #221 - anything uplifting

Sunday, March 13, 2016

Mojo Monday 438 Brighter Days Card

Yesterday I did a workshop with a friend who had surgery a few weeks ago. Although she's off work and doing physical surgery, she's so tired you can see the exhaustion in her face. She didn't realize surgery would take such a toll on her energy level. The doctor said it would take a year to get her strength back. I made this card today so I could write an encouraging message to her.  I used the Mojo Monday sketch from this week:

I raided a couple of bags of scraps I had at my desk, (thanks to HIMCR) so I'm not sure where all the papers came from although the background seems to be Basic Grey.  The flowers and circle were in my scrap bag left over from a November project. The sentiment is from a Verve set called Brighter Days. The butterfly is from Close To My Heart, colored with Shin Han Twin Touch markers. The colors were too bright at first until I distressed them with gray and brown. The Colonial white circle was distressed with a stippling brush and Flaxen and Glacier inks, but they don't show up in the photo.
I'm sharing this card with the following challenges:
Crafting with Friends #16 - anything goes
Crazy 4 Challenges #327 - circle or pie
Creative Knockouts #132 - die cuts/punches
Let's Color Saturday Linky Party #5 - anything with colored image
Word Art Wednesday #221 - anything uplifting

Sunday, March 6, 2016

Watercolor Blog Hop

Enhancing projects with watercolors has been so popular! Welcome to our blog hop highlighting ways to use your watercolor paints and/or watercolor pencils!  If you came from Michelle's blog you're on the right track.

My first project is a simple birthday card with watercolor background over the white embossed sentiment. I see this technique used a lot.  I used the largest CTMH flat watercolor brush  and two paint colors closest to Crystal Blue and Thistle used in the Penelope paper pack. I wanted to make an arched shape. It's not a slow laborious process. I think it looks better if you simply go back and forth quickly leaving informal edges on the sides.

I wiped a little excess paint off the embossed sentiment. It's best to emboss first. If you do it afterward, the embossing powder can stick to any still-damp areas that were painted.

After I painted it I loaded a smaller rounded brush tip with water and flicked it on top of my painted arcs by tapping the brush, point down, over the intended area.

On my second card I gold embossed a leafy background stamp, then brushed the entire surface of the panel with water. With the wide flat brush I brushed on two colors of watercolor paint that were a pear green and turquoise. They blended with the water and each other. I let them almost dry before wiping excess paint off the gold embossed leaves.

I stamped the butterflies with black Stazon ink before the next watercolor technique.  I cut them out leaving a thin white border that I wanted to stay white. So I used the smallest round detail brush to paint the butterflies with three colors, light orange, darker orange, and bright pink. I dipped the brush in a little water to blend the colors.

If you'd like to use any of these stamps you should check out this month's Stampaganza special: Buy two stamp sets and get the third set free! See details here.

Thanks for visiting! Now you're ready to see the artsy example Tracey has for you.

6.5" x 5" Birthday Card Recipe:
Ink - Versamark

4.25" x 5.5" Anniversary Card Recipe;

Basketball Super Stars Cards

Yesterday I watched five hours of the basketball tournaments that my two young grandsons played in. The youngest, age 9,  played in two games and his team lost in the last couple of minutes. He wasn't really upset because he's really easy going and received a medal.

 The oldest, age 11,  plays on a team of the best possible fifth and sixth graders who play really hard, win nearly every game, and look more like college players in their passion and techniques. They played two hours in a row and lost the final game of the tournament in the last quarter when I saw their energy begin to droop. He and his team mates all became tearful when they lost because emotions and energy ran high through the games. For this reason I decided to make him a card of encouragement. Of course, I couldn't leave out his brother, so here are two cards.

Several challenges guided my card construction. It started with Bitten By the Bug 2 with the theme, "LEAP." My interpretation was a basketball player leaping to dunk a basket. I used the sketch from Sketch Saturday #402, the theme of die cutting from Challenge Up Your Life, and creating my own background suggested by Cardz 4 Guys.

The Cricut cuts came from Basketball, CTMH Artiste (stars), and CTMH Art Philosophy (tags).

I made the background on this first card by rolling ink on the CTMH Stars embossing folder on the flat side with the stars recessed. The tag was embossed with The Paper Studio Stars folder and sanded so the stars would be white.

The second card has a lot of sports words stamped randomly all over with a retired CTMH stamp set, "My Game." The tag was embossed with Cuttlebug Stars and sanded.

Thanks for visiting! Now it's time for me to write the grandma words that help build character, win or lose!

I'm sharing this project with the following challenges:
Bitten By the Bug 2 - Leaping
Cardz 4 Guys #109 - create your own background
Challenge Up Your Life #36 - Die Cutting
Crafty Gals Corner #61 - about boys
Sketch Saturday #402

Friday, March 4, 2016

Our Daily Bread Designs Dogwood Card

Some weeks I get more prayer requests than others. This week I need to send three sympathy cards and three cards for friends from church having surgery. I've started making multiples of cards to have even more on hand for such weeks.
This card has a sentiment inside that I hope will be an encouragement to the receiver. It has a reminder: "The will of God will never lead you where the grace of God cannot keep you." I used three stamps from the Grow in Grace stamp set from Our Daily Bread Designs. The focal point sentiment on front has a meaning of grace I'm thankful for. It's arranged artfully with the first letters spelling GRACE: God's Riches At Christ's Expense.

I used the Paper Craft Crew Card Sketch 184 to design the card. All of the papers are retired and long retired from CTMH. (I'm forever trying to use up more of the paper filling my craft room!) I colored the dogwood image with Copic markers.

Thank you for visiting! May God bless you as you make cards to bless others.

I'm sharing this card with the following challenges:

Alphabet Challenge - A for anything pink
Crafty Creations #310 - Sentiment as a focal point
Creative Knockouts #131 - flower power
Morgan's Art World #5 - use a sentiment
ODBD Shining the Light Challenge #271 - anything goes with ODBD stamps
PDE Linky Party #113 - anything goes
Word Art Wednesday #221 - anything uplifting

Thursday, March 3, 2016

Mojo Monday 437 - Three Anniversary Cards

I started scrapbooking slowly, occasionally 20 years ago. I didn't realize how many "ancient" papers I still had until I began moving them to my new craftroom. Now I'm determined to use up as much as I can. This is one of my "Use It Up" projects.

I chose to make mine with a rectangular shape to make it easier to mail in the U.S.

I made two more versions of the card using small leftover pieces of the lavender patterned paper and the same sketch:

I'm sharing the first card with the following challenges:
Crafty Hazelnut's Patterned Paper  - anything goes with patterned paper

Nordsalten Hobbyklubb #134 - dies and/or punches
Simon Says Stamp - Touchy Feely (add texture)

Tuesday, March 1, 2016

March SOTM Blog Hop - Sunshine Birdies

Welcome to our March Stamp of the Month Blog Hop. If you just came from Dana Kessler's blog, you're on the right path.  If you need to see the entire list you an find it on Melinda's blog here.
We used the stamp set, Sunshine Birdies. This stamp is only available in the month of March. It's just perfect for spring!

This was such a fun stamp set to play with. I made all of my cards using the Penelope paper pack. My first card uses a Cricut frame with three windows since the stamp set has three different birds. I embossed the green background with the Vine embossing folder.

The last two cards also have Cricut cuts from Artbooking.  I used fussy cutting on the images of the first and made the second so that the detailed images didn’t need to be cut out.

On the first, the heart banner came from p.61 cut at 5.5 in.   I used the word “happy” from the stamp set by placing scotch tape over the other words while I inked, pulling it off before I stamped the word. Then I added the tiny word “birthday” from C1605, Happy  to be Friends. 
I discovered that the sun in the stamp set matched the number of rays as the Cricut sun on p. 53 when cut at 3 3/8 in. I stamped it on the Penelope yellow striped paper and colored and cut the center out to pop dot over the image I stamped on the die cut sun.
Thanks for visiting!

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