Wednesday, August 13, 2014

Prima Shabby Chic

Hi!  Happy Wednesday!!  I hope your week is going well.  This week's focus verse at Word Art Wednesday is Colossians 1:27, "To whom God would make known what is the riches of the glory of this mystery among the Gentiles; which is Christ in you, the hope of glory." We can read the Bible daily all our lives and still learn something new each time we read it.  God wants to share His riches with us.  When we accept Christ as our Savior, the Holy Spirit comes to live within us and helps shed light on what we're reading.  Too often, we read simply to say we've have read our Bible for the day.  We should stop to ask the Lord to show us what He has for us to learn in what we read that day.


I received a notebook project kit as a challenge prize a couple weeks ago.  It came with several beautiful Prima 6x6 papers, some ivory and pink cardstock, and LOTS of embellishments.  I decided to use it for cards instead of the intended notebook.  For this reason, I don't know the brand of some of the items on today's card.  This is a 5.5" square (when folded flat) Z-fold card.  The verse font had an elegance to it that went very well with these papers.  Shabby chic is a challenge style for me but with these papers....this is my version of it.  The Lattice Motif under the verse panel is accentd with small pearls.


A matching lattice die cut on the inside provides a spot to write a message to the recipient.


There is lots of interior decorating on this card.  I'm not sure how well it shows up in the picture but there is a pretty pearl flourish on the left interior panel.  LOTS of pearls on this card!!

Supplies:
Cardstock:  Georgia Pacific (white), Unknown (pink, gray/brown)
Patterned Paper:  Prima
Stamp:  WORDart by Karen ()
Tools/Embellishments: My Favorite Things die (Postage Stamp Edge), Spellbinders dies (Classic Ovals Large and Small, Lattice Accents, pearls (Want2Scrap, The Paper Studio, Michael's), ribbon (unknown), flower (Prima)

I'm entering this card in the following challenges:
Digi Chooseday Week 31 Challenge - Shabby Chic
Sentimental Sunday Challenge #219 - Decorate card inside and out
Scrapbook Blessings Club Challenge #26 - Anything Goes
Fan-tastic Tuesday Challenge #48 - Anything Goes
Crafty Hazelnut's Patterned Paper Challenge - Must cover card with Patterned Paper
Crafts Galore Encore Challenge - Anything Goes
V's Sweet Ideas Challenge #26 - Anything Goes

Thanks for stopping by today.  I hope you'll be back to visit often.  There is lots more inspiration over that the Word Art Wednesday blog and a free digi for you to snag. 

Tuesday, August 12, 2014

Canine Birthday Wishes



My husband's co-worker has a shih tzu dog that she adores.  She is celebrating a birthday this week so this image was perfect for her card.  I didn't have an appropriate stamp or digi so I went looking online.  I found this public domain image at wpclipart that was perfect, pre-colored AND it came with permission to use it freely.  I used the sketch from the Clear It Out Challenge blog but am too late to enter it in the challenge.  Shading around and under the dog was added with Copics.


The image and sentiment panels are popped up a little off the background. 


This card has a sentiment stamped as part of the interior decorating.  The finished card is 5.5" square.

Supplies:
Cardstock:  Georgia Pacific (white), Unknown (Pink, gray/brown)
Patterned Paper:  Prima
Stamps:  Inkadinkado (front), Stampendous (Birthday Wish)
Ink:  VersaFine (Onyx Black)
Tools/Embellishments:  Spellbinders dies (Classic Squares Large and Small), Lacey Squares, Classic Ovals Small, Lacey Ovals), Fiskars border punch (Apron Lace), pearls (The Paper Studio), Copics (N0, 1, 3, W-1)

I'm entering this card in the following challenges:
Sentimental Sunday Challenge #219 - Decorate inside and out
Papertake Weekly - Spots and Dots
Going Gray with Scrap Creations - Animals
Fan-tastic Tuesday Challenge #48 - Anything Goes
Dies R Us Challenge #7 - Birthday

Thanks for stopping by today.  I hope you'll come back tomorrow when I'll have a new Word Art Wednesday card to show you.

Sunday, August 10, 2014

Picture Perfect Congratulations


Deedee's Digis released quite a few new sets last week.  This card uses the Picture Perfect set.  The camera, speech bubble and checked paper are just a few of the choices you have when you use this set.  I chose to use the pre-colored camera but an outline camera is also available for you to color.  I cropped one of the sentiments from the Stitchy Stars set to put in the speech bubble.  I used the sketch from the current Clear It Out Challenge but won't be entering this card in their challenge because I didn't use any die cuts.


The camera has gold and silver glitter accents courtesy of Wink of Stella brush markers.  The lens and the 2 hearts were also accented with Glossy Accents.  The camera flash has a small rhinestone for a little extra sparkle.


I didn't have red brads so I colored white ones with a Copic marker and then gave them two coats of clear embossing powder.  I just colored a brad, dunked it in embossing powder while it was still wet, heated the embossing powder until it melted and repeated the dunk/heat cycle one more time.  These last two pictures also show my interior decorating.

Supplies:
Cardstock:  Georgia Pacific (white), DCWV (metallic blue/gray)
Patterned Paper & Stamps:  Deedee's Digis (Picture Perfect, Stitchy Stars)
Tools/Embellishments:  Copic marker (R29), Wink of Stella glitter brush markers (gold, silver), Making Memories brads, Recollections fine detail clear embossing powder, Staedtler fine tip black marker, Glossy Accents,  Gelly Roll white gel pen

I'm entering this card in the following challenges:
Sentimental Sunday Challenge #219 - Decorate Your Card Inside & Out
Scrapbook Blessings Club #26 - Anything Goes
Papertake Weekly - Anything Goes
Fan-Tastic Tuesday Challenge #47 - Anything Goes
C.R.A.F.T. Challenge #271 - Well done/Congratulations

Thanks for stopping by today.  I hope you'll come back to visit again soon.

Thursday, August 7, 2014

Monkey Business



I have a card to share with you today using the Monkey Business digi set from Deedee's Digis.  This is the current Digi of the Month and is available this month for a special price in the shop or Deedee will email it to you for free if you purchase $10 or more (after any discounts) in the shop.  You can see all the details here


This month we're celebrating the one year anniversary of Deedee's Digis being back in business.  So the Digi of the Month challenge has a couple twists:

Twist #1: FREE for all - participants from last month's Digi of the Month challenge received the entire set free.  However, one of the images is free to download from the blog this month.  If you make and link up a project using one of the images from the set, you receive the next month's featured set free.

Twist #2:  PRIZES!!  There will be weekly prizes and then a monthly winner.  Be sure to check out the blog post here for all the details.



Back to my card....I made a 5.5" square joy-fold card.  After die cutting the single monkey pre-colored image from the set, the background was sponged with light blue ink for a sky.  One of the sentiments was die cut and double matted.  Usually I have a brad or design element for the top layer to tuck under to keep a joy-fold card closed.  That didn't work on this card design but the extra weight from the sentiment keeps the top flap down.  Some glossy accents was applied to the banana and the heart on the top of the cupcake.



One of the digi papers was cropped down to a strip and then die cut to add a little interior decorating.  This is one of the benefits of digis - you can resize them for your project.

Supplies:
Cardstock:  Georgia Pacific (white), Recollections (kraft), Core'dinations (green)
Patterned Paper:  DCWV
Stamps:  Deedee's Digis (Monkey Business)
Ink:  Stampin' Up (Bliss Blue - retired)
Tools/Embellishments:  Spellbinders dies (Classic Squares Large and Small, Standard Circles Large and Small, Petite Scalloped Circles Large), Staedtler brown fine tip marker, Glossy Accents

I'm entering this card in the following challenges:
Scrapbook Blessings Club Challenge #26 - Anything Goes - Focus technique is joy-fold cards
Pile It On Challenge #31 - Stitching (real or faux)
Papertake Weekly - Anything Goes
Fan-tastic Tuesday Challenge #47 - Anything Goes
PDE Linky Party #16 - Kids Theme
Penny's Paper Craty Challenge #189 - Anything Goes
MilkCoffee Challenges - 2 or more die cuts
V's Sweet Ideas Challenge #26 - Anything Goes

Thanks for stopping by.  I hope you'll have time to play along in the Digi of the Month challenge.  This little monkey sure is a cutie!  Deedee has also put lots of new sets in the store be sure to go check them out!

Wednesday, August 6, 2014

The Number of the Stars

It's time for another Word Art Wednesday Challenge.  This week's focus verse is Psalm 147:4, "He telleth the number of the stars; he calleth them all by their names."  If this verse doesn't boggle your mind then I don't know what will.  There are an astronomical amount of stars in the universe.  Someone has said that there are the same number of stars as there are grains of sand on all the sea shores.  Humans just can't count that high so we don't how many there are..  God does know the exact number.  Which truly does make sense because He created all of them.  However, He also has a name for every single one of them!!  Now that just blows me away.  I have trouble remembering the names of childhood friends, customers, etc. and yet God knows the individual name of each of the stars!!  Wow!!


I found this paper in my stash and it just seemed perfect for this week's card. Using a VersaMarker, the background stars were heat embossed with a sparkling embossing powder for some shine. Some of the larger stars in the background have an added rhinestone for even more shine.


The cluster of stars on top of the sentiment panel were fussy cut, outlined with a Copic marker, pressed into a VersaMark ink pad and given two coats of the sparkling embossing powder. 


I attached the middle star with a blue dot and popped up the two smaller stars.  Some blue rhinestones on the embossed panel add a little more shine.



The interior decorating is kept simple to allow for plenty of room to write a note.  I used the current Sketch 'n Dies sketch (Challenge #12) for the card design.  The finished card is 5.5" square.

Supplies:
Cardstock:  Geogia Pacific (white), Recollections (black), The Paper Studio (blue)
Patterned Paper:  The Paper Studio
Ink:  VersaMark
Stamps:  WORDart by Karen (Psalm 147:4)
Tools/Embellishments:  Spellbinders dies (Classic Squares Large, Classic Circles Small, Petite Scalloped Circle Large), Cuttlebug embossing folder (Wicker Weave), My Favorite Things die (Mini Scallop Edge - used on interior), VersaMarker, Copics (B26, B34, 100), ribbon (May Arts - black; Morex - white; Schiff - blue), rhinestones (The Paper Studio), embossing powder (A la Mode Sparkle)

I'm entering this card in the following challenges:
Sketch 'n Dies Challenge #12 - Use sketch and at least one die cut
Pile it on Challenge #31 - Stitching - real or faux
Papertake Weekly - Anything Goes
Sweet Stamps Challenge #181 - Bling
Fan-Tastic Tuesday Challenge #47 - Anything Goes
Digi Choosday Challenge #30 - Lots of Layers
MilkCoffee Challenge - 2 or more die cuts
Crafts Galore Encore Challenge - Anything Goes
SSS Work It Wednesday - Use Blue
Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge - Make It Sparkle
Penny's Paper-Crafty Challenge #189 - Anything Goes

Thanks for stopping by today -- I appreciate you spending some time with me. Don't forget to stop by the Word Art Wednesday blog for more inspiration and your free digi.

Wednesday, July 30, 2014

I Will Praise Thy Name

It's time for a new challenge at Word Art Wednesday.  As always, our challenges are Anything Goes (as long as it is family-friendly and has an uplifting sentiment).  Our focus verse comes from Isaiah 25:1 this week: "O Lord, thou art my God; I will exalt thee, I will praise thy name; for thou hast done wonderful  things; thy counsels of old are faithfulness and truth."  How wonderful to have a God whose counsel is ALWAYS faithful and true.  The Lord deserves our praise and exaltation.  He truly is good....all the time.  This was brought home to me today when I read a CaringBridge entry from my husband's former student.  His student's teenage daughter, Jana, had a doctor's appointment today to find out if the radiation treatment she had completed had been effective.  The mom said, " I said I would give Him the glory no matter what the doctor said today."  This statement really struck home with me.  What a testimony of faith in God's goodness! {Thankfully, they received much encouraging news today.}  If you think of her, please remember Jana as she starts a chemo regimen on August 19th.




Today's 3.75" x 5.25" card has a school theme.  I think this little mouse from Deedee's Digis Chalk Talk set is just adorable.  I used several of the pre-colored images.  




There is a chalkboard that has the mouse in front of it but it wasn't the right shape.  After adding today's verse to the chalkboard and recoloring it to look like chalk, the mouse and eraser were layered on top.  After printing and fussy cutting, some shadowing was added with Copics. An apple button from my stash accents the upper left corner of the chalkboard.The image was popped up over the background papers with pop dots.


  The corner accents were made by cutting a 1" square diagonally and then die cutting the long edge.  After being adhered to opposite corners, they were coated with a glitter pen.  Glossy Accents was added to the corner pieces and the red part of the eraser.  The corner pieces ended up looking sort of coppery.  That was an experiment that turned out well.  :)




I did a small amount of interior decorating with a coordinating print from the collection.  I was using up some scraps and didn't have enough of either of the papers used on the front for the interior.




Supplies:
Cardstock: Georgia Pacific (image), Recollections (cream, kraft)
Patterned Paper:  Basic Grey (Oxford collection)
Stamps:  WORDart by Karen (Isaiah 25:1), Deedee's Digis (Chalk Talk)
Copics: N0, N1, E29
Tools/Embellishments:  My Favorite Things die (Mini Scallop Edge), button (stash), Glossy Accents, Gelly Roll Clear Star Pen, Fiskars border punch (Apron Lace), Staedtler fine tip marker (brown)

I'm entering this in the following challenges:
Sketch 'n Dies Challenge #11 - Sketch + dies (scallop edge die on this card)
Fan-tastic Tuesday Challenge #46 - Anything Goes 
Digi Choosday Challenge Week 30 - Lots of Layers
Scrapbook Blessings Club Challenge #25 - Anything Goes
Chocolate, Coffee & Cards Challenge #70 - Polka Dots
Wags 'n Whiskers Challenge #134 - Polka Dots
My Time to Craft Challenge #254 - Use Kraft
Craftyhazelnut's Patterned Paper Challenge - Cover card front w/patterned paper
Penny's Paper Crafty Challenge #188 - Anything Goes 
Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge - Anything Goes

Thanks for stopping by for a visit today.  If you haven't already had a chance to check out the rest of the Design Team's projects, I hope you'll stop by the Word Art Wednesday blog soon to do so.  Don't forget to pick up your free WORDart digi while you are there.

Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Congrats Gift Set

My husband's co-worker just received a nice promotion.  This is the gift set I made to congratulate her.  I forgot to take pics before bagging it.  However, that also gives you a look at my new packaging for the items I sell.  :)



The box holds an altered RSVP pen.  I found the tutorial for the Ink Pen Box on the Chic 'n Scratch blog.  I really like Angie's video tutorials.  She breaks things down and is very easy to follow.  I did have to alter the size of her box to better fit the RSVP pens.  Her pens were a little shorter. 



The square with the flower is a post-it note holder.  It holds a 3x3 post it note pad.  I used quite a bit of inking on all the papers and cardstock for both projects.

Supplies:
Cardstock:  Recollections 
Patterend Paper:  The Paper Studio
Stamps:  Sweet 'n Sassy Stamps (Owl Occasions - retired), Inkadinkado (Floral Flourishes)
Ink:  VersaMark (Vintage Sepia)
Tools/Embellishments - flower (Studio G), pearls (Want2Scrap), Spellbinders dies (Labels Four, Labels Four Small), Staedtler fine tip pen (brown), doily (Sunny Side Up Bakery), ribbon (May Arts)

I'm entering this in the following challenges:

Shopping Our Stash Challenge #162 - Triple Threat (from the list I used die cuts, pearls and a doily)
Tuesday Throwdown Challenge #206 - Other than a card or tag

Thanks for stopping by today.  I truly appreciate your visit.

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

God's Song of Comfort

It's Wednesday and that means it is time for another Word Art Wednesday challenge.  This week's focus verse is Psalm 42:8, "Yet the Lord will command his lovingkindness in the daytime, and in the night his song shall be with me, and my prayer unto the God of my life." When I was a teenager, I remember my dad telling me that when things were difficult getting thru the day was easier because you were busy but that the nights were hard because when you lay down to sleep you had time to think about your difficulties.  At the time, he was encouraging me to make wise decisions so that I didn't have to live with difficult consequences of foolish decisions.  However, I've found his words to be true during health problems and other times of trial (that didn't come because of my foolish decisions).  During the day there can be much to distract you but the nights....well, that is when I am especially glad that the Lord is with me.  Our verse this week says that the Lord's song will be with us.  How often during those nighttime vigils with a sick loved one or wakeful hours for some other trial, the Lord has put a song in my heart.  So often, I've prayed the song back to Him and received such comfort.  The Lord is good to us, Day and Night!



This week's card uses a sketch by The Kraft Journal.  I turned the sketch a 1/4 turn clockwise for this card.  The papers started to feel a bit dark to me so I brightened things up with a dot from a white gel pen in the middles of the figures in the papers.  The flower was colored with Copics and fussy cut.  Black Diamond Stickles accent the center.  It is popped up over the burgundy panel.



The vertical ribbon is bordered on each side by a scallop die cut. 



Interior decorating is pretty simple.  A cream panel is matted on the green paper and has a strip of the burgundy along the left side.  All the edges of my papers are inked and as usual there's plenty of faux stitching in evidence.

Supplies:
Cardstock:  Recollections
Patterned Paper:  DCWV
Stamps:  WORDart by Karen (Psalm 42:8); Mark's Finest Papers (Dogwood Blossoms)
Ink:  Memento (Tuxedo Black), Distress Ink (Vintage Photo)
Copics:  R81, 83, 85; YG03, 05, G17, 28; E31, 35
Tools/Embellishments:  Spellbinders dies (Labels Four, Labels Four Small), My Favorite Things die (Mini Scallop Edge), May Arts ribbon, Black Diamond Stickles, Want 2 Scrap pearls, Uni-ball Signo white gel pen, Staedtler fine tip marker (brown)

I'm entering this card in the following challenge:
The Kraft Journal Challenge #181 - sketch
Scrapbook Blessings Club Challenge #25 - Anything Goes
Crafty Hazelnut's Patterned Paper Challenge - Cover front with Patterned Paper
Just Keep on Creating - Anything Goes
Fan-tastic Tuesday Challenge #45 - Anything Goes

Thanks so much for visiting again today.  There's still a little time to get your free digi set at Deedee's Digis.  It's only available thru the end of the day Thursday, July 24th.  You can find the details here.  Also, please don't forget to see what the rest of the Design Team made this week and pick up your free WORDart digi.  Have a good week!!

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Happy Birthday Fisherman



Here is a card I made for my husband's birthday using the current Deconstructed Sketch (#160).  He really likes fishing so this cute little Fisherman Luka {retired} image seemed just right.  If you are a long-time blog follower, you may remember that I try to use new techniques and/or folds whenever I make a card for my hubby.  This time the technique was distress marker/ink water coloring and adding my own background around the image. 



I covered the hearts with Glossy Accents for some shine and popped up the image panel.  I gave the bucket a coat of Sakura Glaze Pen. His buttons were accented with a white gel pen. Of course, I had to finish off the front with faux stitching. 



Tim really likes when a card has interior decorating.  Sentiments from three different stamp sets were heat embossed for the interior sentiment. 

Supplies:
Cardstock:  Strathmore Watercolor Paper, Recollections
Patterned Paper:  My Mind's Eye - Miss Caroline (Dolled Up 6 x 6 Pad)
Stamps: La-La Land Crafts (Fisherman Luka), Stampendous (Birthday Wish), Mark's Finest Papers (Dogwood Blossoms), Lawn Fawn (Woodgrain Backdrops)
Ink: Stazon (Jet Black), Distress Inks/Markers (various), Versamark, VersaFine (Onyx Black)
Tools/Embellishments:  My Mind's Eye enamel dots, Lawn Fawn Lawn Cuts (Hearts), My Favorite Things die (Pinking Edge), Recollection Fine Detail embossing powder (clear), Stampendous Opaque embossing powder (white), Glossy Accents, Sakura glaze pen, Uni-Ball Signo white gel pen, Staedtler fine tip marker (brown)

I'm entering this card in the following challenges:
Deconstructed Sketch #160 - sketch
MilkCoffee Challenges - Birthday
4 Crafty Chicks Challenge #203 - Great Outdoors
Scrapbook Blessing Challenge #25 - Anything Goes
Just Keep On Creating - Anything Goes
Fan-Tastic Tuesday Challenge #45 - Anything Goes
Inky Chicks Challenge #34 - Happy Birthday
Wags 'n Whiskers Challenge #133 - Anything Goes
Cards Galore Encore Challenge - Use digi or stamp
Simon Says Stamp - Work It Wednesday

Thanks for stopping by again today.  Please come back tomorrow when I'll have a card for the next Word Art Wednesday challenge.




You're So Cool...




I wanted to show you card I made for this month's Digi of the Month Challenge over at Deedee's Digis.  This set is called, "So Cool."  Isn't this penguin adorable??  The set is so versatile because there are Get Well, Birthday and general sentiments. Here's the full set:



For my card today, I used the current sketch at Sketch 'n Dies.  For this challenge you have to not only use the sketch but also use a die cut on your card.  The background paper is dry embossed and then matted.  The corner pieces are also dry embossed and then I used a Copic marker to accent each of the dots.  The sentiment comes from the Pocket Pal Kitten set.  I cropped the Hello, Friend! sentiment in Word before printing it on white cardstock.



The penguin is the pre-colored version that I shaded slightly with Copics.  I'm not sure how well it shows up in the picture but the ice cubes are coated with Glossy Accents.  In real life, this gives them a more ice-like appearance. I couldn't resist adding a little Wink of Stella to the feat and beak of the penguin.



In my efforts to be more "mail-friendly," only the sentiment is popped up.  This card should still only require one stamp.



I love this sentiment on the inside. In an attempt to give an ice cube look, a Copic was used to accent the words and the sentiment square. This card is going to the coolest 4 year old I know, our grandson, Jack.  :) I think he'll think the sentiment is funny.  And just because I can't resist, here's a pic of Sir Cuteness:


Supplies:
Cardstock:  Georgia Pacific (white), DCWV
Patterned Paper:  The Paper Studio
Stamps:  Deedee's Digis (So Cool, Pocket Pal Kitten)
Copics: C0, C-1, BG000, Colorless Blender
Tools/Embellishments:  Spellbinders Dies (Classic Squares Large and Small, Standard Circles Large and Small, Deckled Rectangles Large and Small), Cuttlebug embossing folders (D'Vine Swirl, Swiss Dots), Creative Memories 1-1/4" square punch, Glossy Accents, Wink of Stella brush marker (clear)

I'm entering this card in the following challenges:
Sketch 'n Dies Challenge #11 - Sketch + dies
Fan-tastic Tuesday Challenge #45 - Anything Goes
Chocolate Coffee Cards Challenge #69 - For the Birds
Wags 'n Whiskers Challenge #133 - Anything Goes
Cards Galore Encore Challenge - Use a Digi or stamp somewhere on project
Just Keep On Creating - Anything Goes

There's still time to play along in this month's Digi of the Month Challenge. As Deedee said on the Deedee's Digi blog, "If you haven't discovered our Digi of the Month challenges yet, you are missing out! Each month we offer a featured set that is available in our shop for just $1.25 (or FREE with your purchase of $10 or more). Make a project using this set and link it up to our challenge post, and you'll get the next month's featured set for FREE! This is a great way to build your digi collection at little to no cost, plus it gives you something fun to look forward to each month. What have you got to lose?"

There's also a free gift for you if you stop by Deedee's Digis by the end of the day Thursday, July, 24, 2014.  You can see all the details here.

Thanks for stopping by today.  I hope you'll play along with us!


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