Friday, November 24, 2017

Happy Everything



I wanted to cover Oct~Dec in the happy department...


 stamp: Lawn Fawn Happy Happy Happy  dies: Winnie & Walter In a Word Happy Cutaway,Verve Pumpkin Spice,Papertrey Ink Winter Penguin,Sweet 'n Sassy Season of Change (retired),My Favorite Things Sentiment Strip





I can be very literal...


literally....


http://timeoutchallenges.blogspot.com/2017/11/challenge-97-inspired-by-words.html


As much as I love Christmas...it can be a difficult holiday as well.

Some have experienced tremendous loss during Christmas past...and it's difficult to feel happy in the month of December.

 I pray this card will be more of a "hey, I pray you've had a happy everything"...because seriously...

these past few months were a blur!!!

 Plus, I didn't give my pumpkin and leaf dies proper love and they needed to be brought out, even if for one card. ;)

Have a good one friends and thanks for stopping by to see me~
 







Choose Joy




Hey friends, I pray you choose joy today.


stamp: Maymay Made It Your Faith is Showing  dies: Simon Says Stamp Stitched Dress Up Tags,Spellbinders Classic Scallop



I went with these Christmas classic colors~


http://just-add-ink.blogspot.com/2017/11/just-add-ink-387colour.html


The easiest start to this card was patterned paper that had the colors in them~it helped me stay on track. :)


My cards tend to lead a life of their own, you know what I'm saying?


They grow up so fast!!!


hahahaha

I'm in a silly mood and should probably stop blogging...

right.

this. 

minute.

Have a good one and stay safe and alert if you're black Friday shopping.

This gal is not leaving the house!!!

Take care friends~
 

Wednesday, November 22, 2017

PEACE CAS Card





I kept things bold and simple~



dies: Winnie & Walter In a Word Peace Cutaway,Altenew Bells and Bows



Peace, eternal peace is truly the best gift given!!!
 


CASE with your own twist


 Here is Michele's
lovely card:



 I love that the focal feature of Michele's card is a sentiment die cut~the CAS design shapes around it.

Instead of angling the die cut~I angled a scrap piece as a giftbox cover.

I've got a lovely variety of sentiment dies, so I'll try this again for sure~


Thanks for stopping in!


 

Sunday, November 12, 2017

Thank You for Your Service


I gave this to my husband, but wasn't feeling well enough to post until now.
 


stamps: Hero Arts Operation Write Home, Our Daily Bread Designs Not Forgotten  dies: Hero Arts Clearly Kelly's Planner Banners,Spellbinders Deckled Rectangles, My Favorite Things Stitched Oval Word Windows



When I first saw this image at its release...I burst into tears. It's literally a picture from my memories about 14 years ago.

I used the following fall colors as a starting point~

http://colorthrowdown.blogspot.com/2017/11/color-throwdown-468.html
 



My daughter will need the computer to write her paper here shortly~so I better post this quick. ;)

 Thanks for stopping by~stay well, friends!


 

Sunday, November 5, 2017

Courage & Health




Dawn McVey
is a Papertrey Ink staple! 

 I mean, I don't know PTI before Dawn.

She's been going through some courageous things, and PTI is dedicating a hop to her.


stamps: Papertrey Ink Winter Woods/Charmed  dies: Papertrey Ink Winter Woods





http://nicholeheady.typepad.com/capture_the_moment/2017/11/we-love-you-dawn-official-blog-hop.html


This card has added wrapped twine...inspired by 

Make It Monday #302: Twine & Ribbon Wraps 
 hosted by Stephanie


I'm praying for her continued health and perseverance~as I'm hoping you will also~




He Knows Your Need



We've been soooo busy, as I'm sure you've been also!

This card needed to be created and sent...like, weeks ago. 

Pain doesn't have a timeline, and I know a late card is better than never.


stamps: My Favorite Things Flowers,Maymay Made It Blessed Inside & Out  dies:My Favorite Things Blueprints 11/Square Frames/Stitched Oval Word Windows



 Grateful for this sketch which gave me a start.
 

http://www.cardchallenges.com/2017/11/wednesday-sketch-challenge-sketch-357.html






Sympathy With the Optional Twist of Distressing

(distressing on the edges of the panel with Tim Holtz Distress tool)


Thanks for stopping by!


 

Saturday, November 4, 2017

Wishing You Joy



Goodness, this month came by quick!!!


stamps: My Favorite Things Let's Hang Out/Christmas Ornaments  dies: My Favorite Things Square Frames, Spellbinders Classic Circles


I'm trying to roll with pumpkin everything, but inside I'm shook!


 Thankful for the bright multi colors of the following challenge~


http://www.cardchallenges.com/2017/10/mft-color-challenge-80.html


I went with a non-traditional colored card for Christmas.

 
Thanks for stopping in~



Thursday, November 2, 2017

With Love Deer




This could very well be the fifth Christmas card I've made for my hubby ;).

I'll probably give him a stack of them!!!

can't. stop. creating. for. my. guy.


stamps: Simply Cards & Papercraft Issue 167 free Majestic Moments  dies: Simply Cards & Papercraft Issue 167 free Majestic Moments,My Favorite Things Rectangle Peek-a-Boo Window,Avery Elle Wonky Stitches




 Thursday is beautiful in its own special way~I've heard peeps call it Friday Jr. ;)

 Thanks for stopping by!


Wednesday, November 1, 2017

Uplifting Masculine Card




I needed an uplifting masculine card~


stamps:Maymay Made It Your Faith is Showing  dies: My Favorite Things Stitched Rectangle,Avery Elle Dotted Elle-Ments



I was motivated by the following sketch~

 

https://sundaystamps.blogspot.com/2017/10/ssc164-sketch-fun.html


It's nice I have masculine papers scattered throughout my stash.


I don't reach for them as often as I should.

Guys need encouraging too!

Have a good one friends~
 


 


Monday, October 30, 2017

I Am Praying With You



Here is a rare shaker from me~



stamps: Maymay Made It Your Faith is Showing  dies: Simon Says Stamp (sentiment panel),MFT Horizontal Stitched Strip/Blueprints Panel  other: Verve free ribbon with order~THANKYOU!


I wanted to make one just because.

The bright print panel was sitting under a window in my scrap pile and I built up from there.




 Thanks for stopping in!



Hello Dear





 I've been chauffeuring around my girlies since August, but somehow I still snag nice stamps!
 
 
Here is a masculine set I found in a magazine at Barnes.
 



stamps: Simply Cards & Papercraft Issue 167 free Majestic Moments  dies: Simply Cards & Papercraft Issue 167 free Majestic Moments,My Favorite Things Stax Cross Stitched Ovals
 
 
 
 The following photo led the direction in colors~picture the antlers as sparklers. ;) 
 
 
 
 
http://inkspirationalchallenges.blogspot.ca/2017/10/challenge-146-autumn-photo.html
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
It's back to the old grind again...Monday adventures (as Jean-Luc in Star Trek would say)...engage!
 
 
 

Sunday, October 29, 2017

From Our Gnome



I'm still on the Christmas card train...


stamps: Papercrafts Essentials Aug 2017 Free Enchanted Corner Gnome dies:My Favorite Things Stitched Dome Frames,Papercrafts Essentials Aug 2017 Free Enchanted Corner Gnome
 
 
 
I can't stand the cuteness of this gnome set!
 
Barnes and Noble carries card magazines and this particular edition 
 
made. my. day.
 
 
 
 
Thanks for stopping by friends~
 

It's Not What's Under the Christmas Tree



Since I had the set out, I made another Christmas card.



stamps: Essentials by Ellen Homespun Holiday  dies: Essentials by Ellen Homespun Holiday


Here's one more for the colorful challenge~this time I pulled inspiration from the bottom center photo.

I enhanced the edges of my white panel with various colors~just like some circles outlined in the photo.



http://ellenhutson.typepad.com/the_classroom_new/2017/10/ellen-hutson-october-pin-sights-challenge.html



http://ellenhutson.typepad.com/the_classroom_new/2017/10/ellen-hutson-october-pin-sights-challenge.html


Keep on keeping on~

Saturday, October 28, 2017

Rainbowish Christmas



I didn't plan on a rainbow Christmas card.


stamps: Essentials by Ellen Homespun Holiday  dies: Essentials by Ellen Homespun Holiday,My Favorite Things Square Frames, Avery Elle Wonky Stitches


The rainbowish colors matched with cream and stripes in the following inspiration got the ball rolling.



http://ellenhutson.typepad.com/the_classroom_new/2017/10/ellen-hutson-october-pin-sights-challenge.html

http://ellenhutson.typepad.com/the_classroom_new/2017/10/ellen-hutson-october-pin-sights-challenge.html


It's been a doozy of a week~but I survived.

Did you survive yours???

 Rest up folks, because the weekend flies by.

FAST.

Thanks for stopping by~




 


Wednesday, October 25, 2017

When Words Won't Come




This week started off with much reflection and nostalgia for me.

I got a text from my mom, with an obituary post of my first childhood's friend's mom. 

Most of my primary school memories were born at her home (she was my only best friend at the time)~and I had to track down this long-lost friend so I could send my condolences. 
 


stamps: Papertrey Ink Palm Prints,Maymay Made It Blessed    dies:My Favorite Things Stitched Dome Frames,Papertrey Ink Palm Prints



Weird thing is, I had just been thinking about this friend a few days before.

Isn't it something how God brings to mind folks when something like this happens?
 
 I'm grateful for the inspiration of the following challenge~monochrome.







 
I wasn't sure how to start (it's been at least 30 years since I've seen this friend)~but I remember the decor in her home near the beach.

Her mom was so classy, as I'm sure my friend is also. ;)


 Challenges or not~creating cards is very therapeutic for me!


 I pray for the recipient as I'm creating~and it helps me to process life.

Thank you, card companies, for your beautiful products.

 Also, thank you for the motivation to create a tangible "hug" of sorts.

I'm praying I found the right address for this long lost friend. 

 

 

Tuesday, October 17, 2017

Best Wishes Sketch




I created a card for an anniversary or wedding~


stamps: Verve Deco Borders  dies: Verve Great Kindness,My Favorite Things Stitched Square Stax



 This classy sketch got my ideas rolling~



http://vlvsketches.blogspot.com/2017/10/october-2017-viva-la-verve-sketch.html




Today was the first day I wore my winter coat in my neck of the woods~brrrrr

 It's finally feeling fall/winterish here, weather :) I'm ready or not.





 





 

Sunday, October 15, 2017

WCMD 2017 Smooshing Challenge




I did a little smooshing with reinkers on acetate~pressed on watercolor cardstock.

You have to look past the chunky glitter to see it though, I went a little overboard with it. ;)


dies: Winnie & Walter In a Word: Peace Cutaway/True Multifaceted Border Cutaways,Avery Elle Wonky Stitches




http://justusgirlschallenge.blogspot.com/2017/10/trend-week-415-windowpeek-boo-card.html


Thanks for stopping by~
 

WCMD CAS Challenge



CAS cards are my favorite~



dies: Winnie & Walter In a Word: Friend Cutaway/True Multifaceted Border Cutaways, Spellbinders Classic Circles  other:Pebbles Paper Pad Basics 2



This card was especially easy, because I used a ready made cardbase.


As for the border~I've noticed that shiny paper seems to cut the best with this multifaceted cutaway~especially if you have well loved cutting plates like I do. :) 
 

WCMD 2017/CAS Challenge with Heather H.


 Probably the biggest hurdle, is actually sticking this in the mail.



 I'm working on that~


WCMD Variations Challenge


I'm still cracking away at the week long WCMD Challenges at Winnie & Walter.


WCMD 2017/ Variations Challenge With Shay

 motivated me to get a twofer project done~Christmas and Birthday!

Here are my cards~





This is the first one I made.




 stamps: Winnie & Walter Scenery:It's A Wonderful Pennant  dies: Winnie & Walter In a Word:Peace Cutaway



I bulked up on the Cutaway by using a thin cardboard layer under two cardstock layers.






It wasn't until I went to take a photo, that I realized my trees could also be party hats.

I stamped another~this time tilting the Christmas tree stars over so they appear as tassels~



stamps: Winnie & Walter Scenery:It's A Wonderful Pennant  dies: Winnie & Walter In a Word:
Happy Cutaway, Spellbinders Classic Circles



I'm enjoying these crafty challenges, thank you Winnie & Walter!







Saturday, October 14, 2017

WCMD Rainbow Color Challenge








stamps: Winnie & Walter In Bloom: Eva's Favorite Flowers 
dies: Winnie & Walter In a Word:Happy Cutaway


I'm so grateful that Winnie and Walter's World Card Making festivities have carried into this weekend.

I stamped all day last Saturday and then I got to play again a week later.

The days in between are a BLURRRR.  :)

Thanks for stopping by~
 

Saturday, October 7, 2017

HAPPY WORLD CARD MAKING DAY!




Happy World Card Making Day!!!


stamps: Winnie & Walter True/In Bloom: Eva's Favorite Flowers  dies: Winnie & Walter In a Word: Hugs Cutaway, My Favorite Things Wonky Stitched Circles



Here I used the multifaceted circle from True and dots from Eva's Favorite Flowers to create an abstract background for the diecut sentiment.


I added an interesting border of "bubbles" because I can. ;)
 







 Well, I may need to finish off this day with this post, because I think my family misses me and we have shows on DVR to catch up on. ;)

Thanks for stopping by~



 


My Desk is a Mess




My desk is a mess, as always.


However, I am an "out of sight, out of mind" kind of gal....so I need to SEE everything to process it.






I'm linking this pic of my craft space to the


" A craftie can include a picture or two of where you are making all of your cards for WCMD (this may include the table you are working on, the room, locale, etc.), you crafting, your crafting companions, etc. "


This is where I do what I do~

I have papers within inches of my fingers and stamps in front and behind me. ;)


If I can't reach it...it's not making it to my card.


Simple as that.

It's a mess, but it's my creative mess and I love it. :)

Stenciled Challenge



I created my own stencils from shimmery paper~cutting with Winnie & Walter dies.

After dabbing on the ink, I LOVED the way the "stencils" shimmered so I adhered them also.



stamps: Winnie & Walter My Precious  dies: Winnie & Walter Flawless Diamond Cutaways


Look at the way the shimmery paper picked up the color~






The cutaways add a shadow effect when sitting off to the side of the stenciled images. 





 I love the look of Rose Gold!

I topped the card with a shiny rose gold washi tape.

Thanks for stopping by~

 


Layers and World Cardmaking Day




I layered up...


stamps: Winnie & Walter Scenery:It's A Wonderful Pennant  dies: Winnie & Walter In a Word:Happy Cutaway






 I initially stamped the banners in white~but they didn't pop, so I embossed with white powder.


 I took advantage of my home day and crafted, crafted crafted.


Yayyy for WCMD!!!!





 

Tuesday, October 3, 2017

Peace Color Combo



Another Christmas card accomplished~


stamps: Winnie & Walter Scenery:It's A Wonderful Pennant  dies: Winnie & Walter In a Word: Peace Cutaway,Avery Elle Wonky Stitches



I was inspired by the following challenges~




http://www.blog.winniewalter.com/2017/09/september-color-combo-with-heather-h.html


http://justusgirlschallenge.blogspot.com/2017/09/wild-card-week-413.html





I know the news is pretty rough these days~scary scary times we live in.


 As much as there is evil (and there always has been)~God is working through those that fear Him, and we are not alone.


Hold on to the Hope of all ages~


Thursday, September 21, 2017

Clean & Simple Llama Fiesta






I created a card for the 2017 Card Design Superstar Contest.
 

stamps: My Favorite Things Llama Love/Party Balloons  dies: My Favorite Things Llama Love/Party Balloons/Blueprints 11 cardpanel/Creative Clips/Stitched Oval Word Window  pp:My Favorite Things Painted Prints Citrus






 I love this lil' guy~he amuses me :).

Have a good one~

 


You're the Best Cacti



This card happened.



  stamps: Newton's Nook Designs Cultivated Cacti, My Favorite Things Because You   dies: Newton's Nook Designs Cultivated Cacti, My Favorite Things Stitched Oval Word Window





I used shiny paper framing and accents for~





I just went for whatever colors and messed around until I was happy with it. :)

You know how that goes~



Thanks for stopping by!