Friday, April 29, 2016

More Regatta Cards

Here is a simple post of the cards I made for my April workshop. If you're unfamiliar with CTMH Workshops Your Way, you have directions to make 4 layouts and a collection of cards, using most of the paper in the paper packet. I used the direction for cutting the cards for my friends and myself, but I changed the way they were embellished with images, sentiments, and I added Kraft cardstock for the bases.

Here's a link to the pdf cutting guide for three of the layouts and the card patterns. I should have posted this link earlier this month for my customers, but illness and muscle spasms slowed my blogging. (The Regatta paper pack, workshop, and embellishments are only available until the last day of April.)

If you didn't see my Regatta card that I made yesterday, you can find it HERE.

Thanks for visiting!

Thursday, April 28, 2016

Mojo #445 Let Your Light Shine with Regatta

Today I kept thinking about my grandson who is about to turn 14. I remembered how much trouble he kept getting into in Kindergarten compared to what a model student he is now. He's very serious about getting his work finished and has really nice friends.  Of course, as his grandma, I'm quite proud of the way he helps everyone with their work, inside or outside. He recently helped me dig up perennials around my yard to transplant then used the trimmer to help his dad with mowing.

As the oldest of four kids, he is an example for his younger siblings. I've watched him fix them each different lunches in the summer. I'm sure he'll be a good dad some day. He's not only been growing taller than me, but also growing mighty in spirit.  As I get ready to stay with them this summer when school is out, I hope to encourage him to "Let your light so shine among men that they may see your good works and glorify your Father who is in heaven."

Here's the card I made to write a special message to him, using this week's Mojo Monday sketch #445 and the CTMH Regatta paper pack. He loved our trip to the ocean, so I knew he'd like this paper.


The lovely ladies at Mojo Monday say you can use the round or square or whatever size you need, so I made mine 4.25" x 5.5" so the sentiment would fit.

The Regatta paper has two 12" x 12" sheets with a variety of Picture my Life cards that can be used in pocket scrapbooking - or on cards! I used one of the 4" x 3" paper sections for the fenced square. I stamped the lighthouse with the My Anchor stamp set (after cutting it with the coordinating die) using Flaxen ink for the bottom rocks and Pomegranate for the top. (The Sapphire stamped sentiment is from a very old CTMH stamp set that was called Treasures of the Heart.) Sparkles and some hemp twine finished my card.

Thank you for visiting. I'll have more Regatta cards here tomorrow.

I'm sharing this card with the following challenges:
Crafting By Designs - For boys and men
Heart 2 Heart Challenge - use Regatta
Inky Impressions Challenge - About the boys
Mojo Monday #445 - sketch
Stampotique Designers Challenge #242 - Masculine
Word Art Wednesday #228-229 - anything uplifting

Thursday, April 21, 2016

Simple Chevron Birthday Card

I met my friend Sue more than 10 years ago when she started taking my adult ed scrapbook and card classes at an area high school. Her enthusiasm for both were contagious. She adores her family members which makes her a dedicated scrapbooker. She cares deeply about friends and acquaintances which makes her an eager card maker. When we're together we share our hearts and pray for each other's needs, problems, and blessings.

Here's a quick card I made for her birthday. My back is really bad right now so quick simplicity is important to me. I used a free cut file (from Dream Big) at Cricut Design Space to make the chevrons. Here's my cut file sized for a 4.25" x 5.5" card. (There was an extra little "heart chevron" I wasn't able to ungroup.)

The background DP was long-retired navy blue CTMH background and texture paper that looks like fabric (another attempt to USE IT UP). I stamped "Birthday" with black ink and used white embossing powder to make "wishes" stand out. The stamp set is CTMH Lovely Birthday. I added three pink enamel gems to match the flowers and chevron.

Thank you for joining me as I  honored a special friend on her birthday!

I'm sharing this card with the following challenges:

Aud Sentiments #153 - anything goes
Cards in Envy - Birthday
Love to Scrap Challenge Blog #76 - anything goes
Penny Black and more April Challenge - birthdays
Seize the Birthday - anything goes
Word  Art Wednesday #226-227 - anything uplifting

Friday, April 15, 2016

Sending Prayers Card

A week ago I woke up praying for my son-in-law who has his own business but hadn't made much lately. Months ago he'd applied with area employment agencies for a night job that would still allow him to watch their kids if they came home from school sick or to do bids for his tree service in the day. The agencies always told him that they rarely had requests for third shift workers. I had been praying for him to get more business, but that day I focused on praying for him to get a regular night job. Later my daughter said that morning she also prayed differently that the right night job would open. About 30 minutes later, he received a call about a job, went on the interview, and had a job that he started this week. It's only a mile from their home. Coincidence? No, an answer to two fervent prayers provided by a loving Father!

So here is my card for today to encourage someone else, to let them know we're praying for them.

The inside:

I cut the card base using my Cricut and folded it so that the back was 4.25" x 5.5" and the front was 3.75" x 5.5."  This is my cut file in case you'd like to try it using the Explore.  The polka dot strip was glued on the front of a black 4.25" x 5.5" base glued on the inside of the top flap. The flowers were die cut using CTMH Springtime Wishes Thin Cuts dies, then stamped with the Springtime Wishes stamp set. I die cut the black script word "prayers" and stamped the coordinating words with a Hero Arts stamp set from Simon Says Stamp.  I popped up the center flower on front with a thin 3-D foam  and added two small black sparkles and three Glitter Green Triangles.

Thank you for visiting. May your faith in answered prayer grow as you pray for the needs of your friends and family and see the answers!

I'm sharing this card with the following challenges:

Cards in Envy - Flowers (and/or fantasy)
Crafty Boots - Use a sentiment
Crafty Gals Corner #67 - Die cuts or punches
Creative Card Crew #110 - die cuts
Cut It Up #94 - spring flowers (+die cuts)
House of Cards - Add Script (and/or color inspiration)
Moving Along with the Times #18 - spring flowers
Tuesday Throwdown #289 - Use your die cuts
Word Art Wednesday 226-227 - anything uplifting

Thursday, April 14, 2016

Floral Banners Cards

I love flower stamps, so naturally I was sold on this stamp set as soon as I saw it, but one of the sentiments was the deal clincher:  "I am so blessed to have you as a friend."  That's how I feel about my friends and think I don't tell them nearly enough!

Here's my first card using these stamps along with the color dare at Color My Heart.  I used one of the papers in the Regatta paper pack.

The floral images and sentiment are from a CTMH stamp set, "Floral Banners" and the butterflies are from "Your Beautiful Self." The butterflies were colored by pressing the closed ink pad hard in the middle and picking up color from the puddle in the lid using a Blending Pen.

Thank you for visiting. May you have a beautiful day blessed with friendship, too!

I'm sharing this card with the following challenges:

Polka Doodles #14 - Floral Frenzy
Word Art Wednesday #226-227 - anything uplifting

Tuesday, April 12, 2016

Flower Vase Sympathy Card

I saw the challenge at Just Add Ink and knew I needed to make a LOT of these. Usually when I make a sympathy card I use soft colors and subtle patterns, so I started working on my stash with this card, but decided it wasn't my best. It was too soft for some friends.

I was thinking of some of my friends who have had a celebration of life for some of their family members. Drab colors would just not be appropriate, so here is my final card that I'm sending to a friend whose father passed away.

I wanted to include a vase and flower on my card, so I looked for color ideas for the vase. The colorful photo inspiration at the Time Out Challenge inspired the color and pattern of my vase, using a piece of Basic Grey, and the other colors. The Cricut cut vase is from the Serenade cartridge.

Thank you for visiting! I wonder how YOU feel about brighter sympathy cards. Feel free to leave a comment.

I'm sharing this second card with the following challenges:
Creative Card Crew #110 - Die Cut (Cricut vase, ODBD stitched oval)
Creative Corner - Flower Power
Just Add Ink #306 - Sympathy
Robyn's Fetish #311 - Add a sentiment
Time Out Challenge #54 - photo inspiration

Card 2:
Papers - Bazzill Cardstock, Basic Grey scrap for vase, CTMH Sapphire Cardstock
Stamp - CTMH retired "Words of Comfort"
Ink - Memento Black
Accents - retired CTMH chocolate opaque pearls on retired butterfly, Bitty Buds glitter flowers, lace and leaf ribbon from my stash, Recollections red flower
Tools - Cricut Serenade cart, Our Daily Bread Designs stitched ovals, "Stylized Flowers"Cuttlebug embossing folder

Card 1 retired CTMH patterned paper from my scraps, retired ribbon flowers, ribbon from stash, CTMH silver sequins, same stamps and ovals from above.

Sunday, April 10, 2016

Happy Thoughts Card with colourQ #336

This color palette at colourQ looked so bright and cheerful I knew it was perfect for a card to brighten someone's day.

This is one of my "use it up" creations. I decided to play with more of my older papers and a stamp I got many years ago. I stamped the flowers with an old CTMH Watermelon ink. 

The sentiment is from a retired stamp set called Card Chatter-Sympathy. I added the large sparkle flower and a few pink glitter gems and some gold metallic dots on the stamen of the stamped flowers.  Here's a close-up.

The rest of the sentiment is inside, with extra room for me to write my own:

I'm sharing this card with the following challenges:

Come and Get It - Bright colors 
Craft-Dee Bowz - anything goes with a bow
Star Stampz Challenge - Flowers, flowers, flowers
Through the Craftroom Door - anything goes 
Word Art Wednesday 224-225 - anything uplifting

Saturday, April 9, 2016

Life in Pictures Layout

My daughter, her hubby, and three teen and tween boys came to our rural home today to help pick up sticks, clear the fence line, and mow. There is always a LOT of work that needs to be done and the only good thing about the ailments of old age is that family realizes you can't do it all alone and comes to visit more often to help.

I showed my 40 year-old daughter these photos of her 20 year-old self and she laughed that she still has that dress and it still fits her size 2 self after 5 pregnancies including 2 sets of full-term, full-sized twins. I'd always loved the photos but hadn't scrapbooked them because I wanted subtle, neutral background papers. After they left I paired the photos with some papers on the table by my desk. The soft colors of  some Charlotte papers worked perfectly with the challenge at 613 Avenue Create - use neutral colors (with black or light pink for accents).  There is a subtle rose pattern on the white background. I used a couple of accents from the Charlotte complements and the black patterned background paper is from La Vie en Rose.

All of the stamps are from CTMH Life in Pictures. My hubby is such a camera buff these are perfect for our family. I know he took the photos above with one of his medium format cameras because of their size, but I didn't include the stamped image of one on this layout.  The two smaller cameras are darker because I used black embossing powder when I stamped them.  I have quite a few more planned with these stamps. I thought they went well with the Cricut Artbooking title I gave this layout. (The circle was cut at 8.5" using Cricut Artiste.)

Thank you for visiting.

I'm sharing this layout with the following challenges;

613 Avenue Create #170 - neutral colors.
Craft for the Craic - April anything but a card
Crafty Calendar April Challenge - anything goes
Jo's Scrap Shack Funday Friday#133 - anything goes
PDE Linky Party #118 - anything goes
Simply Papercraft #27 - anything goes

Thursday, April 7, 2016

Color My Heart Color Dare #187 - Greens and White

I find the colors of spring so refreshing after a long, drab winter. I used to read Beatrix Potter's stories to my children. Mother Rabbit said,"Green is good for the eyes." I totally agree.

I was inspired to make a card with lots of greens at the Color My Heart Color Dare. Here's a quick card I made mixing shades of Close To My Heart greens: Fern, Pear, and Topiary Paper Fundamentals matted with New England Ivy.

After I stamped the butterflies I realized I'd leant my green markers to a friend, so I colored the butterflies from the set Your Beautiful Self using watercolor pencils and a Vivid Green ShinHan marker. I painted over the watercolor pencils with a Blending Pen.  I embellished each square with glittery Green Triangles. The sentiment is from A Thousand Thanks.

Thanks for visiting! I hope you're enjoying the beautiful colors of spring (or fall) where you live!

I'm also sharing this with the following challenges:

Cute Card Thursday #420 - Something shiny
Paper Playful Challenge #243 - Spring Delights

Mojo 442 Amazing Grace Encouragement Card

This month at Path of Positivity the focus is on GRACE. This word has many different meanings, but I chose to focus on the Grace of God. I've been reading a book by John McArthur called, At the Throne of Grace. I had found it at the library and enjoyed it so much I ordered my own copy at Amazon. It has scriptures and prayers from 52 of his Sunday services. I like a definition of grace he has on his website: Common grace is a term theologians use to describe the goodness of God to all mankind universally.

When I was young I don't think I understood the far-reaching impact of this concept. Now its something I think about often, that God's loving kindness extends to us even when we don't deserve it;. That's why I chose the Verve sentiment I stamped today: Amazing grace will bring us through. I want this card to encourage someone with the realization that no matter what happens to us in life, God's care and loving kindness will comfort and sustain us.

I was inspired to make this card by several challenges. The sketch from Mojo Monday 442 and the color palette at Color Throwdown #387:

The sentiment phrase "Amazing Grace" made me think about the famous hymn of that name, so I chose the pale yellow paper with a musical theme for the stitched square die cut, although I don't know its source.  The background aqua paper and orange polka dot strip are from  My Mind's Eye "Bloom and Grow," and the red plaid is a Basic Grey "Lauderdale" paper. 

On the inside I added the beautiful truth the Lord told Paul, "'My grace is sufficient for you: for My strength is made perfect in weakness.' Most gladly therefore will I rather glory in my infirmities, that the power of Christ may rest upon me" 2 Corinthians 12:9.

Thank you for visiting. May you grow and flourish in the beauty, knowledge, and comfort of God's grace.

I'm sharing this card with the following challenges:
ABC Challenge - E is for Everything
Color Throwdown #387 - aqua, red, orange, yellow 
Crafty Hazelnut's Patterned Paper April challenge - anything goes with patterned paper
Sisters of Craft - anything goes
Word Art Wednesday #224-225 - anything uplifting

Tuesday, April 5, 2016

ODBD Birthday Blessings

In the last two days there have been three birthdays to celebrate among my family and friends. I wanted each to know what a blessing they are to me and how I pray and wish God's blessings on them. Here's one of the cards I made to share a blessing with a friend. I've always noticed that she enjoys displaying cards on her mantle, so I made her an easel card.

I chose the scripture and inside sentiment from Our Daily Bread Designs  (stamps Birthday Blessings, All Occasion Sentiments). I used their Shining the Light Challenge today to include elements that started with the letters
O - Our Daily Bread Designs stamps, Organdy ribbon
D - Die cuts (Cricut butterfly from Florals Embellished, circle and mat from Artiste)
B - Butterfly, Bow, Birthday Blessings
D - Distressed by inking the edges

The scripture sentiment on front says:

"For through wisdom your days will be many, and years will be added to your life. Proverbs 9:11"

The vintage looking papers came from Graphic45 "Ladies' Diary." I chose this for her card because the first time I had ever seen Graphic45 papers we were shopping together, admiring it together.

Thank you for visiting!

I'm sharing this card with the following challenges:
Bitten by the Bug 2 - Tiny winged things - butterfly
Crafty Sentiments Designs - Lace and/or Pearls (pearls on flowers, butterfly, and 5 large pearls inside to help card stand up)
Love to Scrap #75 - use a bow
Try It On Tuesday - Add a quote (Proverbs 9:11)
Word Art Wednesday #224-225 - anything uplifting