Tuesday, August 31, 2021

Remarkable You

I've got autumn on my mind.  It's definitely my favorite season.  We've had a hot summer, so I am dreaming of what is to come!

Here's a simple card with a feel of fall, featuring a pretty copper maple leaf accent (from Stampin' Up!).  I paired it with a marbled handmade paper scrap sample that came with an envelope order loooong ago.  There's a bold sentiment from Simon Says Stamp, and a little bit of 'distressing' with a stamp in the background.  At first, I put a yellow strip of cardstock above the marbled paper, and it did not look right.  So I took a Krylon 24kt Gold Pen and wiped it down.  It's a shame you can't see the metallic gleam of that, and of the leaf. 

Simon Says Stamp Hand Lettered Encouragement sentiment; Stampin' Up! Artisan Textures distressed dot stamp, copper leaf accent; twine; handmade paper (marble, not by me!); Krylon 24kt Gold Pen

Thanks so much for joining me! God bless you!

Sunday, August 29, 2021

Wild About You

I have been blessed this year by a few friends who gave me crafting supplies they no longer needed.  One of the items was a sticker pack of happy animals.  I gave some of them to my church's Sunday school craft leader, but I kept a few and made some quick cards with them.

Not my usual style, but it was fun to try something different.

Unity Stamps Wild About You sentiment; burlap fringe; elephant sticker

Unity Stamps Wild About You sentiment; zebra sticker; rhinestones; Kat Scrappiness Stitched Postage Stamp Edge Rectangles die; My Favorite Things - Stitched Mini Scallop Rectangle STAX

Papertrey Ink Barnyard Sentiments sentiment, On The Farm circle sentiment; cow sticker

Thanks for taking a peek at these critters! 😊

Saturday, August 28, 2021

Frosty Skating

Hi!  I received this sweet little My Favorite Things stamp from a friend who was de-stashing not too long ago.  I've never had one a stamp from their Pure Innocence line before.  Typically I do not gravitate toward stamps of people, but this one was free, so I gave it a try. 😀

My Favorite Things Ice Skater stamp; Spellbinders Romantic Rectangles die; aqua ribbon; pearls

I used Copic markers to color the image, and a white pencil for the skates.  I drew a line behind the skates to fill in for ice, stamped some tiny snowflakes in silver, and added a pearl hem to the little girl's sweater.  I am pleased with how it came out, as I have just about no experience coloring skin.

Thanks so much for joining me here today!

Thursday, August 26, 2021

Sending Hugs from the Cat

One more for today. 😀  Believe it or not, that first girly card was for my husband's birthday...from our cat, Cristabel.  She always 'makes' him a card.  I start running out of ideas, honestly.  I had an idea to feature a kitty that kind of looks like her (she's all black, but I had to color gray or you would not see the face!) along with a tumble of flowers.  It's cute, but definitely not masculine.  LOL

Stampin' Up! Nine Lives cat, ball of yarn, little hearts, Punch Potpourri flowers, Boho Blossoms coordinating punch

The second creation is a simple encouragement card using stamps I rarely play with.  I also used a piece of patterned paper from Stampin' Up! - and I think it might be Kiwi Kiss, so that shows you how old it is.  I am entering this in Word Art Wednesday's challenge #505-506, where we are to use an uplifting sentiment.

Papertrey Ink Graceful Greetings II sentiment; Stampin' Up! Garden Silhouettes solid flower stamp, Organic Grace dragonfly; ivory dots 

Our world is full of sorrowful news, and I am saddened by it.  I place my concerns in my Lord's hands, and ask Him for help.     

John 16:33 NIV
33 “I have told you these things, so that in me you may have peace. In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world.”

More Mother's Day Cards

Hello friends!  As the weather is so very hot outside, and gardening is more of a chore than a pleasure, I'll turn to paper flowers and insects instead!  Looking forward to lower humidity and lower temperatures, hope they come soon.

These are from my batch of cards that went to the shop this past Mother's Day.  Hope you enjoy.

Papertrey Ink Spiral Notebook Page die; Stampin' Up! Sentimental Rose sentiment; pink ribbon, lace, pearls; Anna Griffin rose sticker

Inkadinkado Butterfly; Papertrey Ink Daily Designs Sentiments sentiment; Anna Griffin rose cluster stamp; Gina Marie Designs Frilly Lace Rectangles die; pearls; Stampin' Up! Sentimental Rose (in background)

Pink Paislee Queen Bee sentiment, bees; Inspired By Stamping Fancy Labels 2 stamp and frame die; yellow gems, yellow ribbon; Stampin' Up! Country Floral embossing folder

Gina Marie Designs Medium Butterfly die; pearl; Stampin' Up! Avant Garden sentiment; Papertrey Ink Fillable Frames # 5 stamp & die; Flourishes Lilacs stamp (in background); K & Co. corner stickers

I'm entering the card below in Word Art Wednesday's current challenge # 505-506: use an uplifting sentiment.  Letting someone know they are a blessing is truly uplifting.

Heartfelt Creations Birds and Blooms birds, flowers, and matching dies; Stampin' Up! Rose Wonder sentiment, Artistic Textures (in background)

I do like these little birds and branches (from Heartfelt Creations), aren't they sweet?  The stamps and matching dies were a gift from my friend Susie.  She is good to me!  

Luke 12:27 ESV
Consider the lilies, how they grow: they neither toil nor spin, yet I tell you, even Solomon in all his glory was not arrayed like one of these.

God gives us a lesson each time we see flowers.  He created each plant and provides what they need to grow.  However, He treasures you and me far above these.  He gives us what we need to grow, too; we only have to ask Him.

Thanks for coming by, I appreciate you!

7 Baby Cards

Hello there!  I am popping in with some baby cards made earlier this year.  I think my basket at the store was short on this category, so I whipped up a small batch.  You will see similar stamps or dies used on a few of these, since my supplies were already out on the craft desk.

Hero Arts Precious Baby Boy boat, sentiment; Spellbinders Large Deckled Edge Rectangles die (to create frame); Gina Marie Designs Flower Pleated Lace Nested Rectangles die; turquoise mirror cardstock from Stampin' Up!; sequins

Penny Black Special Friends bunny, leaves; Stampin' Up! Praiseworthy Prose sentiment; Market Street Stamps Gingham Background (yellow); pearls

Stampin' Up! elephant, balloons, 'wild about you' sentiment (from scrap bag); Technique Tuesday Sweet Baby 'baby' sentiment; Penny Black Special Friends leaves; Gina Marie Designs Flower Pleated Lace Nested Rectangles die; string

Penny Black Special Friends leaves, bunny; Papertrey Ink Inside and Out: Baby sentiment

Hero Arts Precious Baby Boy lion; My Favorite Things Grassy Fields die, Jumbo Fishtail Stitched Banners die; Stampin' Up! Fable Friends sentiment

My Favorite Things Grassy Fields die; Gina Marie Designs Big and Little Chain Rectangles die; Stampin' Up! elephant, balloon & sentiment (scrap bag)

Hero Arts Precious Baby Boy rocking horse; Papertrey Ink Tiny Tags sentiment and tag die; pink and white twine; Inspired By Stamping Whimsical Banners triangles; The Paper Studio Ornate Flourish damask embossing folder

I have not held a baby in my arms in so long!  My daughters are 23 and 19.  So, it has been quite a while. 😊

Thanks for coming by!  God bless you!

Wednesday, August 11, 2021

Happy Hydrangea

Hey!  I had a few minutes after work this evening to get out another post, a real quickie!  In fact, this card was pretty quick to put together, too.

Papertrey Ink Pen and Ink sentiment; K & Co. hydrangea sticker (love, love, love); clear dots

I'm going to enter this one in two challenges that offer easy challenge categories, and I'm grateful for that:

So good to 'see' you again, and God bless!

Sing Praises

Hey everyone!  I am popping in to play in a challenge at Word Art Wednesday.  The theme is Anything Goes.  I like those kind. 😉 

I've got two very similar cards to share with you today.  Both began with a song sheet from church.  I die cut a piece, crinkled the paper with my hands, then inked the edges and well, kind of all over.  

Papertrey Ink Walk By Faith sentiment; Michael's lion; Spellbinders Large Deckled Rectangles dies; ivory dots

Papertrey Ink Walk By Faith sentiment; Blockhead Paper Arts Feeling Regal crown; gold embossing powder; Spellbinders Large Deckled Rectangles dies; ivory dots

Matthew 7: 24-27 ESV
Build Your House on the Rock
24 “Everyone then who hears these words of mine and does them will be like a wise man who built his house on the rock. 25 And the rain fell, and the floods came, and the winds blew and beat on that house, but it did not fall, because it had been founded on the rock. 26 And everyone who hears these words of mine and does not do them will be like a foolish man who built his house on the sand. 27 And the rain fell, and the floods came, and the winds blew and beat against that house, and it fell, and great was the fall of it.”

In this crazy world, I am building my house upon the Rock, the Lord Jesus Christ.  And it seems by the hour there is new craziness we hear about.  I have got to keep my eyes fixed on things above.

Sending you hugs and love,

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