2014 Life Verse

Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and lean not on your own understanding; In all your ways acknowledge Him and He shall direct your path. Proverbs 3:5-6

Wednesday, July 31, 2013

Sassy Studio Designs at PCP

Howdy y'all.  I have a card for y'all today that uses the freebie image from Sassy Studio over at Paper Craft Planet.  If you play along, you get the image for free, plus a chance to win more.

This image takes us back to the 50's...don't ya just love those poodle skirts, saddle shoes and bobby socks??

Here's the card front.  I colored the image with my colored pencils and OMS.  I used three different patterned papers from DCWV and lots of flowers from Recollections.  I even added a black feather just for the heck of it.  The zebra print flap actually tucks in behind the image and keeps the card closed.  

This is what it looks like open.  You have space to write a message and the strip of black card stock on the standing up part is actually a gift card holder, or you could just throw some money in it..lol.

I got the idea for this card from a card that I received from a friend of mine.  The difference is the orientation of the card.  The one I received opens from the side instead of the top.

I hope y'all enjoyed your visit today and I hope to see y'all soon.  God bless.

Tuesday, July 30, 2013

Walking Beside You

Happy Tuesday everyone.  It's been a while since I have posted.  I've been pretty busy lately.  Thanks for stopping in to see what I have for y'all today.

The card for today uses a Digi Darla image.  I colored it with colored pencils and Sakura Glitter pens.

I made a standard A2 size card this time.  The card base is from Colorbok and is an Olive color.  The DP is a double-sided one from American Crafts.  I stamped the greeting (The Paper Studio/Stampabilities) with Memento Tuxedo Black.  The inside says, "Don't walk in front of me because I may not follow.  Don't walk behind me because I may not lead.  Just walk beside me and be my friend."  I used pop dots to adhere the shoe and added some pink gems from Queen and Co to finish it off.

Thanks again for stopping by.  God bless y'all.

Robyn's Fetish--#170 Friendship card with sentiment on the front
Avenue 613--#30 Anything Goes with optional Friendship Day twist
Love to Create--#76 Color Inspiration
Penny's Challenges--#137  Bling
Crafts 4 Eternity--#134 Anything Goes

Thursday, July 25, 2013

Guest Designer Spot at Sweet Stamps

Happy Thursday my friends.  Welcome back to my blog.  Today is my day to post as a Guest Designer over at Sweet Stamps.  If you haven't had a chance to check out all the wonderful products in the store, please take the time.  There are many wonderful surprises waiting for you.

This week, the challenge is Christmas Greenery.  I chose to use the Large Poinsettia Swag to make this card.

I began this card by creating a background panel by randomly stamping the image on a piece of white card stock.  I used a Pine Green BIC Marker, a Red Sakura Glitter Pen and a Gold Metallic Gel Pen to color in the images that were stamped with Tuxedo Black Memento Ink.  I stamped the sentiment and added another swag to the top.  Both the sentiment and background panels are matted on Red Recollections card stock.  The Dark Green Colorbok card base is the resting place for this background.  I wrapped a length of Green Organza Ribbon around the back ground panel before adhering it to the base.  The sentiment is popped up.

Thank you for stopping by today.  I hope y'all enjoyed this Christmas Greenery card.  God bless y'all and have a great day!

Robyn's Fetish--#169 Christmas in July
Sentimental Sundays--#164  Christmas in July
One Stop Craft--#235  Make Your Own Background

Tuesday, July 23, 2013

Happy News

Hi there friends.  If you have stopped by my blog here in the last couple of days, you may have seen a new blog badge on the left hand side.  Yep, that's right.  I am now a designer with QKR Stampede.  I love their stamps and am so very excited to be part of their great team.  If you haven't ever checked out their store or their blog, follow the links below for some fabulous eye candy.  I would turn cart wheels if I could. :)

store: http://www.qkrstampede.com/
blog: http://qkrstampede.blogspot.co.uk/

Friday, July 19, 2013

Gone Fishing

Happy Friday everyone.  It's gonna be a hot one here today..100 degrees.  That's way more than I can take so I will be staying inside today..maybe getting some cards made.

I have a card for you today that uses a QKR Stampede image.  I just love these stamps.  They are so whimsical and cute.  Maribeth designs some great ones.  If you haven't ever checked out their store, please do.  They also have a Biblical Store.

This image is called "Gone Fishing".  Isn't he cute?  I used my colored pencils and OMS to create this image.  I also added the grass and dirt with chalk so that's not part of the actual stamp design.  After coloring the image, I started with the chalk work.  I have an Android tablet that I keep on my desk so that I watch you tube videos while I work.  I found one that showed how to use make up brushes instead of the little pom pom thingies to add chalk.  I didn't have a make up brush, but I have scads of paint brushes.  It works so much better.  I am hooked.  You have more control over where your color goes and how much you are adding.  I did the sky and the ground with the paintbrush and man, I love it.  The DP is actually from a Recollections Christmas stack but I thought it worked really well with the colors in this image.  Those cute little fish..well, I cut those out of a piece of DP that I had in my stash that I will never use.  Don't know why I bought it.  It had to have come in a stack of paper.  It has campers, picnic tables, fish and words on it.  Yeah, not up my alley at all.  But, I cut the fish out and added them with pop dots to the card and I think they work well.

I made this card for QKR's last challenge but I didn't get it finished in time to enter it, but I really liked it so I thought I would post it anyway.  

Thanks so much for stopping in today.  If it's going to be a scorcher where y'all live, please take the necessary precautions..lots of water, stay out of the direct sunlight and if you are like me, stay in the a/c. LOL.  God bless y'all.

Santa's Down Time

Good morning.  I've got my toes in the water, a** in the sand. Not a worry in the world, cold beer in my hand, life is good today.  Life is good today.  Gotta love Zac Brown.  Even though I'm not at the beach and I don't drink, Santa needs a break too.

This card really makes me want to be at the beach.  I love sound of the waves crashing on the sand, the smell of the salt water and watching all the people.  I think Santa enjoys it too from the look of things.  This image is Diane's Digital Designs and is printed on Neenah card stock.  I used colored pencils and chalk to make this image come to life.  I used an old sketch from my sketch book to design the card with a beach paper from my stash.  It's so old I don't even remember who designed it.  I cut a couple of the elements out of the DP and used them for embellishments.  The sentiment is from my stash and I think it's a Studio G.

Thanks for stopping in today.  I hope y'all enjoyed this brief glimpse into what Santa does in the off season. Have a great day and God bless.

V's Sweet Ideas--#13 Summer Fun
Fab n Funky--#179 Christmas in July
Chocolate Coffee Cards--#43 Life's a Beach

Finally Friday with Queen Kat Designs

Good morning friends.  It's finally Friday and that means it time for me to post a new card for Queen Kat Designs.  This week I am using the Teddy Ornament by Sandra Caldwell.  

To begin this card, I used Neenah card stock to print out the image and then colored with colored pencils and OMS.  I used my scissors to cut out the image because I wanted him to look like he was hanging from the front of the card.  I then took two papers from Recollections Bright and Jolly collection from last year and one from DCWV that had been in my stash for a couple of years.  I also used SU Old Olive card stock for the base as well as the mat .  I angled the green polka dot paper and folded the edges over instead of cutting them off.  I tied some ribbon from my stash around the middle of the front panel and then adhered it to the card base.  Adding a few gems finished it off.  The sentiment is from Sweet Stamps and is stamped in Memento Tuxedo Black.   Before adhering the front panel to the card base, I used my Crop a dile and punch a hole in the paper.  I stuck the "hook" through the hole so that it gives the illusion of hanging on the card.

I hope y'all enjoyed our Finally Friday card.  Stop on over to Queen Kat Designs blog to check out some of the gorgeous work posted there.  Have a wonderful Friday and God bless.

Wednesday, July 17, 2013

Milk Coffee and Ave 613 Entry

Hello my crafty peeps.  Welcome back to my blog.  It's safe here..everyone knows me...lol  I have a sweet little card for y'all using an image from Milk Coffee.  Our theme was to use the colors of your Country...soooo red white and blue it is.

 I told y'all she was cute.  I printed her out on Crafter's Companion card stock and used my colored pencils and OMS to give her life.  I then die cut her and embossed it, adding some Lady Bug Memento ink around the edges.  I then matted the image onto a panel of dark blue from Recollections.

 This is the inside of the card.  I used two stamps from Cloud 9's American set.  I stamped the fireworks in Lady Bug Memento Ink and Bahama Blue Memento Ink.  The sentiment is stamped in TCP Real Red ink. I added a DP from Colorbok's Americana pad and then a panel of Red from Recollections and then the white panel.  This card is a Z fold card turned sideways.  Here's a pic of what it looks like from the side..

I used my EK Success  Mini Star punch to create the embellishments.   That's it.  Pretty simple, but nice.

I am also entering this card into the Ave 613 challenge..birthdays..as this is America's Birthday Card.

Thanks for joining me today.  I pray y'all have a great night.  God bless.

Avenue 613--#28  Birthday
Milk Coffee-- Use Your Country's Flag Colors

DS4J Shapes and Buttons

Hello friends.  I begin this post with a heavy heart.  My cousin, Ben, whom I wrote about in the last post, went to be with the Lord yesterday.  His young body suffered too much damage to survive.  Thank you for the thoughts and prayers.  Please, continue to keep his mom, sister and father in your prayers.  Thanks.

I have a card for you that I made for the Digital Stamps 4 Joy challenge this week.  Challenge #71 is Button it Up Shapely.  Translation: make a shaped card and add buttons.  I am also entering this card into some other challenges and they are listed at the bottom of this post.

I began by folding a 6x12 piece of Colorbok Pink card stock in half to form a base.  I printed out this shape on the computer and hand cut two black shapes from Recollections card stock.  I made an easel card from the base and adhered one of the black pieces to the front, the other to the inside bottom.  I then cut around the shapes so that the only pink you see is at the very top when the card is closed.  I so want a Grand Calibur or a Big Shot so that I can die cut shaped cards without all the fussy cutting.  It would be so much easier.

I used an image from DS4J designed by Jen Lee..love love love her images.  This one is called Misteri's Prom.  I colored her with colored pencils and OMS.  I am so thrilled..I bought my first three Prismacolor Pencils the other day at AC Moore.  I bought two shades of skin tones and a pink for the cheeks.  I love them.  I am definitely going to have to invest in a whole set.   I chose a sentiment from Desert Diva and added that to the inside of the card.  The remaining pink card stocks are from Recollections and the DP is all DCWV.  All of those buttons are from my stash.

I hope y'all enjoyed your visit today.  I hope y'all have a great day.  God bless.

DS4J--#71  Button It Up Shapely
Penny's Paper Crafty--#136 Use Black
Created with Love--#50 Anything Goes
Papertake Weekly--Buttons and Bows--my bows are on the image itself.

Tuesday, July 16, 2013

Special Prayers Needed

Hello friends.  I am writing this post to ask my wonderful followers who believe in the power of prayer to start praying for my cousin, Ben Parks.  He is 23 and was in a major accident early Sunday morning.  He is in critical condition at MCV Hospital in Richmond, VA.  He was thrown through the windshield of the car he was riding in.  His face is mangled, many broken bones, and they had to do emergency surgery to open a spot in his skull to relieve the pressure from a brain bleed.  He's unconscious and on a ventilator. The neurosurgeon who operated on him doesn't hold out much hope because test show brain stem injury.  Please, pray for Ben, my Aunt Susan and Ben's little sister Hailey.  They desperately need all the prayers and support they can get.  

If you would like to send a thinking of you card to my aunt and her family that would be great.  Just email me privately and I will tell you where to send it.  

Thanks so much in advance for the prayers.  God bless y'all.

Friday, July 12, 2013

Christmas in July at Queen Kat Designs

Happy Friday!  Thanks for joining us at Queen Kat Designs for another preview of some wonderful artwork by Kathy Cyr.  This little girl and her cat are so cute!

I used a new medium to create this card.  I was AC Moore yesterday and was talking to a man who is an artist.  I was asking him, other than Prismacolor Pencils, are there any alternatives for a lower price?  He was telling me that Derwent is good, but they are kind of pricey too.  Then he asked me if I had ever used Soft Pastels.  Nope, I haven't.  So, I broke down and bought me a set of 24.  I used them to color in the tree, cat, her pj's and the presents.  I did realize one thing...they are super messy.  But, the great thing about them, they blend wonderfully.  So, I am thinking some very pretty sky backgrounds.  I'm not so sure I would use them again to color an image other than a large image of an animal or water or something like that.

So, I resorted back to my Sakura Glitter pens to add some color and sparkle to this image.  I used my BIC markers for the eyes of the cat and the girl.  The card base is Colorbok.  The strip of green card stock is Recollections.  Both DPs are from The Paper Studio's new Christmas pad.  I found the little sentiment and holly stickers in my stash.

Thanks for stopping in today and I hope you will hop on over to Queen Kat Designs and check out the wonderful, eclectic stamps.

Thursday, July 11, 2013

Just Something a Bit Fun!

Howdy y'all.  I just wanted to show you what my daughter has been up to.  I am not a girly girl.  I haven't been one those since my high school days when I wouldn't even leave my house to go to the end of the drive way to get the mail without my hair, make up, fingernails and clothes all together.  Well, after years of waitressing, marriage and a child, I don't have time for all that mess anymore.  

Kierstynne wanted to paint my nails.  She got some new polish in some funky colors and said, "Momma, you would look so pretty with your nails done and we could even match."  Ok, how could I resist that, right? So, I let her do my nails..including my toenails which match my fingernails.  Wanna see???

Yep, black and white polka dotted.  I think it turned out pretty cute.  I even told her if she got some red polish that I would let her make my nails look like ladybugs..he he.  And yes, that is my wedding band tattooed on.  I have a severe metal allergy and cannot wear jewelry so I went and had my wedding band permanently put on my finger.

I hope y'all enjoyed my new nails..lol  Have a great day and God bless.  

Made in America

Hello there friends.  Thanks for stopping in to see what I have been up to.  Today I have a card for y'all that uses the #2 image in the Progressive Challenge over at Sassy Studio Designs Paper Craft Planet site.  If you remember, the first image was Army Honey.  The second one is Air Force Honey.  Now that I have completed my card with her, I can request Sailor Honey.  

To begin, I printed off the image on Neenah card stock and used colored pencils and a Gold Metallic Gel Pen.  I trimmed down the image and matted it onto a panel of Gold Glittery card stock and then a Blue panel.  Both of these are from DCWV.  I followed this weeks MFT Sketch # 132 to design it.  The DP's are from Colorbok's Americana pad.  The card base is SU Red Riding Hood.  I used a scrap piece of blue and gold star DP and my new Hexagon Fiskars punch to make the little elements on the gold panel.   I stamped the sentiment (Cloud 9) onto Neenah card stock with Memento Lady Bug and inked the edges with Bahama Blue.

So, that finishes up my card for today.  I haven't been too many challenges lately.  I'm trying to catch up and get ahead of my DT cards because we are going on vacation next week.  If you don't see me alot next week, then you know why.  

I hope y'all have a great day and God bless!

Sassy Studio--Progressive Freebie
My Favorite Things--Sketch #132
Chocolate Coffee Cards--4th of July

Monday, July 8, 2013

Sad News in the Crafting World

Hello friends.  I just want to post this to let y'all know to please place watermarks on your cards when you post them either on your blogs or into a gallery.  We have had an issue on the Outlawz with someone stealing cards from other blogs and entering it as her own work.  It's a sad day when people resort to stealing other's work.

Outlawz Paper A La Mode Challenge

Good Morning again.  I am a bit late in posting this card.  We had such a busy weekend I didn't get to post it.  On Thursday we took Kierstynne to see fireworks, Friday we cooked out at my MIL's and had fireworks again, Saturday my husband wanted to have a cookout, so we had about 30 people here at our house.  Sunday we had church, dinner at the inlaws and then took Kierstynne to the arena here in our area for the WWE Wrestling show.  She is a girl after her daddy's own heart.  He's a huge wrestling fan and so is she.  This week is Vacation Bible School at Tim's grandmother's church plus Twirling tonight..so it looks like I will be busy all week.  I have to fit some crafting in somewhere..

So, this week over on The Outlawz Paper a la Mode Saturday challenge, we have a Summer Challenge.  I used Dearie Dolls images and a Creative Stamping image to create my card.

To begin, I used an Ivory card base from Recollections.  I printed out the images onto Neenah card stock and using colored pencils, added some color.  I fussy cut each element.  The "sand" is actual sandpaper that I tore and inked with DI Walnut Stain. I learned my lesson the hard way of cutting sandpaper with a trimmer..I wouldn't advise it. :)  The "ocean" is a DP from Recollections All Season pad that I got at Michael's for $4.50.  Before adding the ocean and sand, I used chalks to make the sky.  The little swimmer is adhered with Pop Dots for interest.  I printed out that sentiment from my computer program and trimmed it down, inked it with DI Walnut Stain and added it with pop dots.

I hope that you guys will jump on over to the Outlawz and join us.  There will be a new challenge posted for every day of the week plus a progressive freebie challenge every two weeks where you can use images designed by the very talented Anne Fenton and Sandi Huggett.  You don't want to miss those.

Thanks so much for stopping by today.  I hope y'all enjoy your day.  God bless y'all.

Melonheadz Friends Monday Challenge

Welcome back to another Melonheadz Friends Monday challenge.  This two week challenge is to USE EMBOSSING.  You can use Embossing Folders, Embossing Powders or a combination of both.  

I used the cute Pippi Longstocking digi set that can be found here in the store.

For those of you who have no idea who Pippi Longstocking is, she has crazy red pigtails, no parents to tell her what to do, a horse that lives on her porch, a best friend who is a monkey and a flair for the outrageous that always seems to lead to one adventure after another.  The book is written by Astrid Lindren and there was a movie made from the book. My daughter had to read this novel for school this year and she loved it.  

Pippi is a thing finder.  She is always finding little trinkets and things that most people would consider junk, she finds amazing.  So, I added some little things that she may have found along her journey.  That cute little monkey, that's Pippi's best friend, Mr. Nilsson.

I chose dry embossing with embossing folders to design my card.  I used Tim Holtz Rays, Sizzix D'vine Swirls and Swiss Dot.  Mr. Nilsson is Swiss Dotted for texture.  The DP is from DCWV and the card stock is Recollections.

I sure hope that you will stop by Melonheadz this week and enter an embossed project.  The prizes for this challenge?  A bundle from Melonheadz store of your choice...it will be a hard choice because there are some very cute ones there.

Thanks for stopping by.  God bless y'all and have a great day.

Digi Darla Monday Challenge

Good morning friends.  It's Monday again and that means another challenge at Digi Darla.  The challenge this week is to make and Easel Card.

I chose Country Bouquet to make my easel card.
DigiDarlas Country Bouquet

I began this card with a SU Fresh Asparagus card base.  I used DPs from DCWV and Pink and Green card stock from Recollections.  The image and mat are die cut using Spellbinder's Nestabilities.  I also used Darice's EF Argyle for the pink card stock.  The sentiment is Desert Diva and the flowers are Paper Studio.

I hope that you will come join us at Digi Darla this week.  The prizes--Digi Darla Digi Stamps.

Thanks for stopping in today.  Have a blessed Monday.

Friday, July 5, 2013


Good Morning my crafty friends.  I just thought you might like to know that Melonheadz Friends is having a sale.

How about checking it out.

Beary Merry Christmas

Happy Friday everyone.  I sure hope everyone enjoyed their 4th of July.  It was sure hot here today.  I am not ready for the summer heat.  I need to find a place where the temp is about 60-65 all year round.  That would suit me just fine.

It's been quite a while since I have posted with Queen Kat Design.  We have some new images in the Kat Shop and would love to have you come check them out.  The stamp I am using today is a digi by Sandra Caldwell.  I have used a few of her images before and I love them.

This cute little bear is a single image and I copied it to make a hanging Christmas swag.  I colored it with Colored Pencils and OMS.  After trimming down the image, I inked it with DI Vintage Photo.  The swag line was hand drawn with a Sakura Glitter Pen and the hooks were outlined with Sakura. I used Recollections and SU card stock and Recollections Bright and Jolly DP.  The sentiment is an old set from Inkadinkadoo that I had in my stash.  I stamped the "merry...merry" continuously onto a piece of white card stock and trimmed it down to fit the card.  The main sentiment is matted onto Grass Green SU card stock and adhered with pop dots.  I added three little "flowers" from K & Co. to finish off the card. 

Thanks so much for stopping by to say hi and see what I have created.  God bless y'all.

Thursday, July 4, 2013

Guest Designer Spot on Sweet Stamps

Snow Challenge with Guest Designer, Emily Thubbron from www.emsmanythoughts.blogspot.com

Hi, its Emily from Pennsylvania bringing you snow  from Sweet Stamps.   I am using Mr. and Mrs. Snow DUO to  create this card.
It was a tough choice because Sweet Stamps has so many wonderful snow images to select from.

I used the paper piecing technique for this card.  I stamped the image on Neenah White card stock first, then onto four different patterned papers 
from MME.  I cut out each part of the snow people's clothes and adhered them with a ZIG two way glue pen.
I used a masking technique to add the snow to the bottom of the card.  I outlined both snowmen with a very light grey Spectrum Noir Marker.  The image was then cut with Spellbinders Classic Squares and embossed.  I cut a mat for it using the Classic Scalloped Squares from Spellbinders.  The DP is DCWV and the entire thing was added to a Gina K Heavy Base Weight White card base.

So join us this week with your snow  creation. And, of course my special heartfelt thanks to the Sweet Stamps team for the warm welcome and the opportunity to showcase their fabulous stamps this month. 
~Emily T.~

Wednesday, July 3, 2013

I Only Have Eyes for You

Welcome back to my blog.  I sure do appreciate y'all taking the time to come see me.

I have a cute card that uses an image from Little Miss Muffet called Monsters Lou and Tia.

I thought they were pretty cute.  I used my colored pencils on them after printing the image and sentiment off on Neenah White Card Stock.  The card design is from Seems a Little Sketchy.  The card stock is Recollections and SU.  The DP is DCWV and American Crafts.  I punched out a ton of little stars with an EK Success punch from a scrap piece of DCWV star paper.  The sentiment is matted onto SU Old Olive and a cool Glittered Blue DP.  I used pop dots to add height to the word "Eyes".

I hope y'all enjoyed this card today.  I pray everyone has a great 4th of July tomorrow.  Thanks for stopping by and God bless.

Seems a Little Sketchy--#42
Little Miss Muffet Challenges--#64 Seeing Stars
Papertake Weekly--Anything Goes with optional animal/creature theme

Useless Facts

Hello my friends.  I am so glad to see y'all.  I do have a card for ya, but first some useless facts.  I have been called a walking encyclopedia by my pastor and his wife.  I love learning..always have.  History is my favorite subject, but running a very close second is useless facts.  I don't know why I find them so interesting.  My MIL gave me a book the other day called, "Joey Green's Magic Brands".  It's kind of a history/factoid book about everyday products that you find in your home and what you can use them for other than the intended use.  I thought I would share a few that I found very interesting.

Alberto VO5 Conditioning Hairdressing in the gold and black tube can be used to soften dry skin on your feet, removing makeup, adding glitter to your face or shoulders for a party, smoothing your legs after shaving, shining horse's hooves.  It was invented in 1956 by a chemist to restore the damage done to Hollywood actors/actresses' hair by the stage lights.  No one remembers what Alberto's last name was.  Alberto was the first advertising company to have a 60 second TV commercial.

Alka-Seltzer-- cleans toilet bowls, polishes jewelry, removes burned on grease from a pot or pan, unclog a drain.  Invented in 1930 by the same chemist who invented the aspirin in 1899.  The theme song, "Plop, Plop, Fizz, Fizz, Oh, What a Relief It Is!" is one of the most recognized commercial melodies in the US.

Aunt Jemima Original Syrup--  Prolong the life of a real Christmas Tree, Conditions hair and prevents split ends and frizzies, revive an ailing houseplant, lures insects and bees away from an outdoor party.  Invented in 1964.  Nancy Green, a famous African American cook played the part of Aunt Jemima for thirty years beginning in 1893 at the Chicago World Fair.  In 1924, the Quaker Oats Company bought out Aunt Jemima Mills.

Barbasol Shaving Cream: Created in 1920 by Frank B. Shields to eliminate the need for the old fashion shaving soap mug and brush.  It can remove spots from rugs or carpet, clean upholstery,  used for finger paint, and keep your bathroom mirror from fogging up.  A typical shave will cut about 20,000 facial hairs.  A typical razor blade today is good for about ten shaves.  According to archaeologists, men shaved their faces as far back as the Stone Age.  Ancient Egyptians shaved their faces and heads so that the enemy had less to grab on to.

Bounce Dryer Sheets: Repels mosquitoes, will eliminate static electricity from the TV, will dissolve soap scum from the shower, will clean baked on food from a pan, will collect cat hair.  Invented in 1972.

Well, I guess I will stop for now.  I will keep reading the book and when I find some more interesting facts, I will tell y'all about them.  Stay tuned for my next post where I will showcase the card I made.  

Thanks for stopping in and God bless.

Tuesday, July 2, 2013

Hebrews 13:2

Welcome back to my last post of the evening.  Thanks for hanging in there with me.

The last card for tonight uses a set of images that I received in a swap about a year ago.  I have been going through some of my stash and weeding out.  I found these pretty flower images and decided to make a card from them.

I matted the image and sentiment onto a soft green Colorbok card stock.  The card base is the same green.  The sentiment is from Rubber Monger and I stamped it in Bamboo Leaves Memento ink over top of the flower image.  The DP is from American Crafts.  I have no idea why I picked an Asian lettering paper, but it looked really good with the colors of the images. I added a doily from my stash behind the images.  The tan die cut behind the sentiment is from my friend Jan.  That beautiful butterfly is also from Jan.  Adding some light green gems from Queen and Co finished off the card.

Thank you so much for coming back to look at all my work tonight.  I truly appreciate it.  I pray God richly bless each and every one of you.

ABC--#35  Anything Goes
Oldie but a Goodie--Butterflies
Catch the Bug--Color Challenge (the greens are the mats and card base, all other colors are in the images)

Ephesians 2:10

Welcome back.  I truly appreciate y'all stopping in.  I have another Scripture card for ya this time.

This is another word art designed by Word Art Wednesday.  I used the weekly sketch from MFT to design the card.   The card base is Recollections.  The DP is DCWV.  I inked the edges of all the elements with DI Vintage Photo.  I added a flower from AC Moore to finish off this CAS card.

Word Art Wednesday--#86

Phillipians 4:6-7

Hello friends.  I'm back with another card.  This one uses a Scripture designed by Word Art Wednesday.

I used the sketch from Freshly Made Sketches to make this card.   I made the sentiment into a tag and slid it into the "holder".  The card base is Recollections Pink.  The DP is DCWV and Recollections All Seasons. I added some pearls from Queen and Co to finish off the card.

Thanks for stopping in tonight.  I hope y'all have a great evening.  God Bless y'all.

Freshly Made Sketches--#92
Word Art Wednesday--#86
One Stop Craft--#232  Add a Tag

Freedom isn't Free!!

Welcome to my second post of the evening...only three more to go..:)

The image for this card is a beaut from The Paper Shelter.  The challenge this week is Buttons or Brads.  I chose brads.

Aint' she just too dang cute?  I wonder who she is waiting for?  Maybe her daddy, her brother, uncle, boyfriend...someone coming home from serving a tour overseas with the military?  Who knows.

She's printed on Neenah white card stock and colored with colored pencils.  The back ground of the image is done with chalks.  The card stock for this card is all from Colorbok.  The DP is DCWV Boyhood stack.  I followed the Feeling Sketchy sketch for this week to make this card.  I used Fiskars Shape Cutter to make the circle and a Fiskars Scalloped border punch for the bottom layer.  After matting the image, I used my new Tonic Retractable pick to make the holes for the Recollections Black brads.  I hand wrote the sentiment and inked it with DI Vintage Photo.  The image is inked with DI Vintage Photo too and then popped up on the card.

Thanks so much for hanging with me.  I appreciate it. God bless you.

Feeling Sketchy--#64 
The Paper Shelter--#118  Buttons and/or Brads
Penny's Paper Crafty--#133 For the Girls
TTCRD--Anything Goes

Sending My Love

Howdy y'all.  I'm back with quite a few cards so the posts will be numerous.  I could combine them all, but I don't think y'all would want to read that extended post. ;)

The first card for this evenings show uses a technique I have never tried before...making pinwheels.  They were a bit more difficult that I thought for.  I had a hard time making them stay together.

The image is from Digital Stamps 4 Joy and the sentiment is Designed 2 Delight which is now From the Heart.  Both are printed on Neenah white card stock.  I've been on a colored pencil kick this week so this one followed suit.  I cut out the image and used pop dots to adhere it. 

The card base is  a bright pink from Recollections and it's a step card.  Thanks Beccy Muir, for the template. The DPs are Colorbok and DCWV.  The brads are Recollections and the gems are Queen and CO.

Thanks for stopping by today.  I hope you will continue to hang with me through the next few posts.  If not, have a great night and God bless.

Digital Stamps 4 Joy--#70 Folded Paper Embellishments

Happy 4th of July

Good morning.  I hope y'all had a great night's rest.  With Independence day just a few days away, many of the challenge blogs and my DTs have a 4th of July theme.   237 years ago  group of men got together to establish the Declaration of Independence for this amazing country we live in.  "We hold these truths to be self evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness."  are probably some of the most famous words ever uttered in our country.  Many of our ancestors came to America because of those words.  They wanted better lives for their families and a chance to make one.  Many people have given up their lives for these words.  We, here in America, not only need to celebrate our freedom on Thursday, but every day.  We need to remember why we celebrate the 4th of July and not just enjoy the fireworks, parades and picnics.  We need to pray for those who don't know what life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness is all about.

Here are some quirky facts about the 56 men who signed the Declaration of Independence:

5 of the signers were captured by the British and tortured as traitors.

12 had their homes ransacked and burned down.

2 lost their sons in the Revolutionary War and another 2 had their sons captured.

9 of the 56 fought and lost their lives in the Revolutionary War.

24 were lawyers, 11 were merchants and all knew that by signing this document, they were placing their lives and the lives of their families in jeopardy.

Carter Braxton, of Virginia, lost everything he had and died in rags.

Thomas McKeam was forced to move his family constantly and keep his family in hiding.  He served in Congress with no pay and died a pauper.

Thomas Nelson, Jr. had his home taken over by British General Cornwallis and died penniless.

Francis Lewis had his wife jailed for treason and she died shortly after.

These were not ruffians.  They were soft spoken men of means who believed in the document they risked their lives to sign.  Standing tall and unwavering, these men pledged , "For the support of this declaration, with firm reliance on the protection of divine providence, we mutually pledge to each other, our lives, our fortunes and our sacred honour."

Now that you have had your history lesson for this morning..:) I have a card for you.  This morning's card is for the Digi Darla challenge for this week: Stars and Stripes--Red and White (Canada) or Red, White and Blue (USA).

I used two of Digi Darla's images to make this card..Your Cheerleader and July Fourth with three stars.  Both can be found in the shop.

To begin this card, I made a standard card base from Gina K's Heavy base weight White card stock.  I used a combination of Recollections and card stock and DCWV All Year Stack for the background.  I added two die cuts that my friend, Jan, sent to me.  The images are printed on Neenah card stock and colored with BIC Markers and Sakura Glitter Pens.  I cut out the cheerleader and popped her up after adding the sentiment.  Adding a few Queen and Co gems finished off this celebration card.

Thank you so much for staying around to listen to my ramblings this morning.  As you go through your week, remember to be thankful for the big things as well as the little things that living in America allows us to have and do.  God bless America and God bless y'all.

Chocolate, Coffee, Cards--#42 4th of July
Simply Create Too--#40 Use the colors in your country's flag.
Tuesday Throwdown--#154  4th of July
Shopping Our Stash--#108  4th of July

Monday, July 1, 2013

Gone Fishin'

Hello friends.  Well, y'all can relax now.  Monday is over..:)  I have been busy, busy, busy in my craft room getting cards made for this week.  I have a sweet image from Anji's Antics for ya today.

Isn't this a sweet little guy?  Fishing away with his best friend by his side.  

To begin, I printed out the image and sentiment onto Neenah card stock and used Colored Pencils and Chalk to add color.  After trimming down the image, I matted it onto Kraft card stock from Recollections.  I followed the Papertake Weekly sketch for this week to put the card together.  The DPs are all from DCWV. The sentiment is matted onto Aqua Recollections card stock and popped up with pop dots.  The card base is the same Kraft card stock as the image mat.

Thanks for stopping by today.  I hope y'all had a great day and have an even better night.  God bless y'all.

Twist of Faith--#43 Scenes
Papertake Weekly--Sketch Week