Tuesday, September 27, 2016

Get Well Sunflowers Card

I explained on my previous post how I needed to take my mind off of the pain and illness of auto-immune attacks this week. Here's my second card to take my mind off of how I feel and think about someone else who is ill. One of my crafty friends who moved away two years ago is just finishing radiation this week for lung cancer, so I'm thinking of her with this card.
I used Copics to color this image from Power Poppy stamps. You probably already know that coloring is therapeutic! It sure beats focusing on headaches, arthritis, etc.
The sunflowers at Just Us Girls this week helped inspire this cards. Fall colors with golds, oranges and browns were perfect for this variety of flowers. The photo inspiration at Time Out Challenge inspired me to make the vase gray and use a lined dark gray paper background like the wall around their fall window view.

Thank you for visiting! May God bless you with ways to get your mind off of yourself when you don't feel well. Cardmakers have a special way to make their craft a double blessing - for themselves and others!

I'm sharing this card with the following challenges:
Colour Crazy Craft Challenge week 22 - anything goes with hand-colored image
Crafty Cardmakers #173 - Autumn (I chose autumn flowers and colors)
Crafty Awesomeness September challenge - anything goes with hand-colored image
Just Us Girls #362 - photo inspiration
Let's Color Linky Party #12 - anything goes with hand-colored image
Pile It On #117 - autumn colors
Time Out Challenge #66 photo inspiration:

Get Well Card with Black-Eyed Susans

We are having such wonderful weather this week! We've known for a week that we would have no rain, low humidity, and perfect temperatures, high around 70 degrees F.. My auto-immune disease decided to flare up and make me miserable instead of letting me work outside in the garden as I'd planned. I decided to take my mind off of misery by coloring some beautiful flower stamps from Power Poppy. Thinking about making Get Well cards for others took the focus off of myself. It's amazing how well that works! Coloring does, too! Here's the first one I colored with Copics and designed using a sketch from the Cheerful Sketches Challenge and sunflower and colors from the inspiration photos at Use Your Stuff

The background paper is old Basic Grey Nook and Pantry and the black pattern is from the Paper Studio Harper's Boutique. I used Spellbinders dies and the sentiment is cut using Cricut Paper Lace. I used a gauzy ribbon across the bottom that I've had forever and so glad to use up!.


Thank you for visiting! May God bless you in times of pain or illness and show you ways to get your mind off of your distress! Cardmakers and crafters have a special outlet for blessing others, too! (Check out my 2nd get well card, later.)

I'm sharing this card with the following challenges:
Alphabet Challenge - O for Oval
Cheerful Sketches Challenge - September sketch
Colour Crazy Craft Challenge Week 22 - anything goes hand-colored
Crafty Awesomeness Challenge - September anything goes with colored image
Let's Color Linky Party 12 - hand colored image
Use Your Stuff Challenge #235 - inspiration board

Friday, September 23, 2016

Blessed to Have You in My Life

I love this sentiment because it clearly states the gratitude we have for those friends and family who encourage, bless, and lift us up.  Some of them bless us with their smile just by being near. You see them coming and your day is brighter. Others know how to read your unspoken thoughts or emotions and lift you up in prayer. Whatever way they bless us, this sentiment of gratitude is timeless, not just around Thanksgiving even though I used paper and colors for an autumn card.

The stamps are from the Close To My Heart Stamp of the Month for September which is only available for another week. I have a box with a lot of fall papers that have retired, so the gingham is ancient. I used the new Cricut Flower Market to cut the diecuts that match the stamps as well as the wreath and banner. I used the colors from the challenge at Your Next Stamp and the sketch at Tuesday Morning Sketch:


Thank you for visiting! May God richly bless your relationships with friends and family!

I'm sharing this card with the following challenges:
4 Crafty Chicks #317 - Colors of Fall
Addicted to Stamps #132 - trees/branches and or leaves
Aud Sentiments #164 - Fall Colors + a sentiment
Crafty Cardmakers #173 - Autumn
Creative Corner Challenge - Autumn
Tuesday Morning Sketches #370 - sketch
Word Art Wednesday #248-249 - anything goes that's family friendly
YNS Challenge #48 - used the color challenge - at least 3 plus neutral Chocolate

Thursday, September 15, 2016

Holiday Expressions Blog Hop

Welcome to our blog hop highlighting new products from the CTMH Holiday Expressions. If you just came from Maureen OSullivan's blog, you're on the right path.  You can see the complete list on Melinda Everitt's blog.
I always seem to order my favorite items first, so I decided to show a couple of those. I love the new winter themed papers of "Oh, Deer." I paired them with new Christmas stamps, fibers, snowflake dies, and a snowflake embossing folder, all new! Here are the first results:

Both cards have gold embossed sentiments from Very Merry Holiday. I enjoyed using the new snowflake die to cut the open design. I think it's easier to place dies where you want them than to try to cut a card like this using the Cricut.

The second card has the sentiment stamped and embossed on vellum from the Uptown Fundamentals paper pack. The shiny embossed woodgrain seemed to fit perfectly with the pine paper from the Oh, Deer pack. The cricut pinecone and branch were cut using Cricut Flower Market, using Cocoa, Chocolate, and Sea Glass cardstock. The shiny mat is Sea Glass glitter paper.

My last project was quick and simple. I need a lot of Christmas gift tags, so I stamped pine branches and the pine cones from the Perfectly Pine stamp set and embossed the sentiment from A Child Is Born. I tied them with three different fibers. The white and gold twine and the black shimmer ribbon are my favorites.

The 2.5" x 4" tags were stamped with New England Ivy and Cocoa. Two of them have additional background branches stamped with Sea Glass.

Thank you for visiting! Now you're ready to see Jennifer Dykstra's creation.


Sunday, September 11, 2016

Mojo Monday

I was enjoying "playing with paper" so much the last few days that I nearly forgot to post my Mojo Monday card this week. The sketch was so versatile I made several with different papers. This was my favorite.

I used papers from a new paper pack, Oh, Deer. The woodland theme is one I love, especially the birchbark!  The music strip is one of the zip strips off the top of one paper. The stamp on the cocoa leaves is from this month's Stamp of the Month. I stamped the sentiment on one of the PML cards that came with the paper pack and trimmed it to fit.

I'm sharing this card with
Addicted to Stamps Challenge #131 - trees, branches, and or leaves
Crafting with the Dragonflies #65 - music related
Just Us Girls #360 - use sequins
Mojo Monday 484 - sketch.

Thursday, September 8, 2016

Vintage Snowman Easel Card

 The idea of an easel card  and snowpeople inspired me to make a vintage Christmas card  using an image from one of my cd's. The Basic Grey paper I used is so old, it's "vintage," too - "Figgy Pudding." I chose the sentiment "Love never melts" because there's a feeling of warmth and love in the way the boy is building the snowman, the girl is smiling, looking on, and a man is looking across the fence like an adoring father.

The torn paper in the lower left gave me the idea to rip the edges a little. That also gives the easel a resting place so it doesn't slide shut. Here's the side view showing the two folds and a top view showing the verse I typed.

I'm sharing this card with the following challenges:

ABC Christmas Challenge - R for Rip It
A Snowflake's Promise - anything goes
Christmas at Sweet Stampin' - August - Snow People
Christmas Card Challenge Wk 39 - any Christmas (or optional photo inspiration)
C.R.A.F.T. Challenge #380 - easel card
Crafty Hazelnut's Christmas Challenge #297 - Vintage
Holly Jolly Christmas #80 - more than one fold

Tuesday, September 6, 2016

National Stamping Month Blog Hop

Welcome to our blog hop highlighting all the special parts of the special from Close To My Heart for National Stamping Month, Create Kindness. If you arrived here from Brenda Lapp's blog.  you're on the right path. You can find the entire list on Melinda Everitt's blog.  You can find all the contents of this kit here, where you can also buy each piece individually.  I used 8 of the cards to make the smaller 3" x 3" cards that are great to make as a gift enclosure or place on someone's pillow or desk. You can see those I posted on September 1st.

Today I'm sharing a few of the 5.5" x 4.25" cards I made using the card pieces. I wanted to also use up the small envelopes so I included them inside to make these cards for giving cash or gift cards.

The first three use the stamps from the set: I cut off 1/2" from the paper used on front to help decorate  the gift card envelope inside. I also used the cricut shapes I included with the set I posted September 1st and papers from the Adventure Fundamentals papers that coordinate with the papers in the kit.  On each of them, I placed ribbon or another element over the scored line for folding the 6" x 3" card base I used to decorate the front.

Because I especially need gift card holders for Christmas, I'm showing two of the ones I decorated using different stamps.

Thanks for visiting.  Now you're ready to visit  Jennifer Dykstra's creation!