Monday, June 27, 2016

Christmas Joy in June

I saw the challenge at Christmas at Sweet Stampin' to make a card showing warm winter clothing. Of course, Santa Clause has to wear really warm winter clothes,


so here's my example made from my box of Christmas paper scraps and a CTMH ornament and stamps. I think the background paper was from Basic Grey.  I colored Santa with watercolor pencils.  I loved the sentiment stamp which was very inexpensive and may not be available much longer.  Santa is one of the images in the set Santa Claus.




I'm sharing this card with the following challenges:
A Snowflake's Promise #24 - anything goes
Christmas at Sweet Stampin' - warm winter clothing
Christmas Card Challenge #30 - anything goes
Crafty Hazelnut's Christmas Challenge #287 - use a sentiment
Crafty Hazelnut's Christmas Challenge Extra - anything goes!


Thanks for visiting! May the JOY of Christ be with you all year



Saturday, June 25, 2016

Mojo Monday 453 - The Sweet Life

I wanted to combine the Mojo Monday sketch with the Bitten By the Bug 2 challenge to use 2 of something. I wanted to cut out two strawberries because I thought about a sweet incident that happened years ago in June. We were in the ministry and moving to a new home in the sandhills of Nebraska. Our moving truck pulled up to the parsonage some time after 7:00 in the evening. There were many of the church families waiting to unload our truck. The ladies even unpacked our kitchen boxes and put everything away. In a very short time we were done.

Then they brought out homemade ice cream and strawberries!  They told me the strawberries were from our garden, planted by the previous minister. That strawberry patch was filled with everbearing strawberry plants that kept producing some even later that summer.

Is it any wonder that we enjoyed our time serving the folks of that church! This sweet memory inspired the choice of my sentiment from the old CTMH July 2013 stamp of the month set, Sweet Life.





I used this Mojo Monday sketch with grosgrain and satin ribbons for the diagonal strips. I cut the Cricut strawberries (Paisley cartridge)and the scalloped rectangle (don't remember the cartridge).
I added some silver sequins and the satin ribbon for the Simon Says Stamp challenge to add some shimmer. (I'm always trying to use up my old B&T paper. This is Seafoam, I think.)

I'm also sharing this card with Word Art Wednesday Challenge #236-237. Their scripture word art and devotions always inspire me. May we be like those everbearing strawberries by serving the Lord and blessing others all throughout our lives!

"For even the Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve, and to give his life a ransom for many. Mark 10:45"


Thursday, June 9, 2016

Vintage Christmas Card

Before I cut my hand deeply today on broken glass I didn't know was there,  I made this card and photographed it. So this post is short, but the card was just so relaxing after spending 3 hot days working in our barn.  Somehow in summer the cool thoughts of December seem to help me.


I was inspired by this sketch from Tuesday Morning Sketches, Crafty Hazelnut's Christmas Challenge #284 to make it vintage, and the music challenge at Moving Along with the times. I wanted to show the song title on one of the Paper Studio papers, A Carol of the Holly, and use the Santa image with holly in the corner and the holly wreath. I also focused on using the traditional Christmas colors of red and green for the challenge at Holly Jolly Christmas.





Thanks for visiting! May you have cooling thoughts in the heat of summer!




Saturday, June 4, 2016

Mojo Monday #450 - Christmas Wishes

Staying out of town and living in our motor home isn't as conducive to creating as spending the day in my well-supplied craft room. I'm spending the days and some evenings with 3 or 4 grandkids, taking them swimming or watching them play baseball or basketball.  It's also past time to start making Christmas cards if I'm going to have enough, so here's a start. I used this week's Tall and Skinny sketch at Mojo Monday for a fun snow/snowman themed card. Weather is getting hot here and it was pleasant to think about making snowmen!




I used a little math and made mine with the same proportions but larger to fit my envelopes, 6 1/2" x 4 1/8." Everything used is from CTMH except the copics I used for coloring, the Stardust Stickles, and the ribbon. I also typed the word Christmas using the free  "love moments" font I found on internet, set at 60 point. The striped paper is from the Magical paper pack with red shimmer trim beside it. I embossed the Crystal Blue tag using the confetti dots embossing folder because the random dots seem more like snow. I sanded them to reveal the white core of the cardstock, one of my favorite features of the CTMH papers.

The snowman is from a retired stamp set, "Flakey Friends." I stamped him with whisper ink and colored him to match the striped paper.



I used Stardust Stickles on the circular tips of the chipboard snowflake:


Thank you for visiting! May you make some cool memories that will make someone smile in the warm days of summer!

I'm sharing this card with the following challenges:
A Snowflakes Promise Challenge 23 - Christmas anything goes
Crafty Hazelnut's Christmas Challenge Extra - June
 Jingle Belles - Frosty the Snowman/or Snowflakes
Mojo Monday 450 - sketch
The 12 Months of Christmas Link-Up - this one follows the anything goes option
Winter Wonderland - Snowflakes Challenge

Wednesday, June 1, 2016

June Stamp of the Month Blog Hop - The Long Way Home








Welcome to our blog hop illustrating the June Stamp of the Month, The Long Way Home. If you've come here from Tammy Lubick's blog, you're on the right track. If you get lost, you can find the entire list of bloggers on Melinda's blog hop list.








When we take our grandkids on road trips, I give them each a notebook and pens for writing notes, drawing, playing games, etc.  Here's my latest altered composition book for one of them. This month's stamp of the month was perfect for a road trip theme.









The small images inspired me to stamp them on a banner. All of the papers are from the Urban paper pack. I used Archival Black ink and Enchantment pigment inks (Peacock, Saffron, Sapphire) and Saddle from the Basic pigment inks because I was using Matte Mod Podge that seemed a little watery to adhere and coat all of the pieces for durability. I stamped the word "NOTES" using the small alphabet, Etched. The banner, black arrow, and "adventure" were cut using Cricut Artbooking. I stamped the vehicles on back and kept it simple:








Now you're ready to move on to Michele Rowley's creative artwork! Enjoy the journey!



Wednesday, May 18, 2016

Mojo Monday #448 - Graduation Card

More than seven years ago I met a 5th grade girl in one of my scrapbook clubs. She was helping her great-grandmother, who had Parkinson's disease, put together a couple of layouts. She was patient, kind, and efficient. She eventually became a regular attendant at our monthly scrapbook club. Ladies were always amazed that she finished her layouts so quickly without any problems.


She just graduated from high school this week, so I made a card for her with her school colors. Inside I wrote a heartfelt message that is my prayer for her. She's about to leave our rural Missouri area for college in the New York City metropolis. I pray that she will always turn her plans over to God for His direction and seek His leadership in her decision-making, His comfort in distress, His help in difficulty.


I used this week's Mojo Monday sketch with square shapes from Cricut "Paper Lace" and a graduation cap from Cricut "A Child's Year" cut at 1.5" and matted on a 2" scalloped circle.





To match the Cricut cut-out, I embossed the white panel with Cuttlebug's Concentric Circles which fits 5" x 7" cardstock.  The diploma is just thin cardstock rolled with my Quilling Tool and tied with old Sunflower waxy flax. The gold glitter paper is part of the Cricut shape cut from Paper Lace. I liked the way the sketch offset the two rectangles at an angle.  I finished the card with black sequins.

I'm sharing this card with the following challenges:
Crafting for All Seasons #126 - add some embossing
QKR Stampede #191 - Graduation Cards
Sisterhood of Crafters - No Designer paper
Word Art Wednesday #230-231 - family friendly/anything goes




Monday, May 16, 2016

Happy Times - Three Layouts

Since this is National Scrapbooking Month I'm sharing some SIMPLE layouts I made for the weekend using the Happy Times paper pack that I got free with a $60 purchase.  It was perfect for the photos I took of my mother-in-laws 90th birthday.  I'm sharing this first one with this scrapbooking Heart 2 Heart Challenge. To coordinate with the gold foil striped paper, I cut Cricut numbers using gold glitter paper. I kept embellishments simple cutting Cricut flowers from Blush and Pomegranate cardstock and adding gold sequins. (The words "great" and "golden years" were welded and cut using the free "love moment" font I had downloaded to my computer.) I like to make these simple layouts for 4" x 6" photos and an occasional 4" x 4."





One of my scrapbooking friends made her beautiful cake, all from scratch! The flowered papers worked perfectly with the cake and table photos. I decorated the tables with silk flower garlands and pinned photos of Virginia to both garlands. I made stand-up photo holders to put on the tables. Guests were told to take a photo as a memento before they left. It became a wonderful "mixer" as people went around to different tables to look at her black and white photos over the years. Both family and church members had a chance to get to know each other. (Words "sweet" and "lovely" were cut using Cricut Quarter Note.)



The background paper on this last layout so perfectly matched her blouse and her great-grandson's shirt.




Thank you for visiting! Happy scrapping!