Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Going. . .going. . .gone! And Two Balloon Ride Encouragement Cards

Close To My Heart listed all of the products that will no longer be available after the end of this month. A new catalog will be available for customers on August 1. If you're like me, there might be something on the retiring list that you really meant to get, but hadn't gotten around to it yet. I also realized I still had some of the products from the retiring list that I'd like to use up. So I decided that for the rest of this month I will post cards and projects using products that will soon be unavailable.

Here are two cards using the soft colors of the Balloon Ride paper pack and two of the retiring stamp sets with retiring embellishments.  Both cards have three identical patterned papers which I reversed. The fourth patterned layer on top of each card is a 3" x 4"card from the Skylark Picture My Life set of cards. To fulfill the challenge at Really Reasonable Ribbon (Things with Wings) I chose the first one with  a bird and the second with a dragonfly. Because they have a variety of colors and themes they can match cards or scrapbook layouts that use other paper packs. I distressed them with cocoa ink.

The retiring stamp set used on this first card is  "Count Your Blessings."

The sentiment was stamped on retiring Color-Ready Noted Canvas Shapes.  The price has been lowered to $1.60 on my shopping page called "While Supplies Last." You should check out other items on this list. They've been significantly reduced!

This second card used the retiring stamp set "Words of Comfort." Some people will be sad to see this one go. I'm glad I already have one.
Embellishments on each card are 1) wooden accents, 
2)Baker's Twine Paradise Assortment, and 3) Chocolate striped grosgrain ribbon which are both no longer available. If you're interested in any of these retiring items, please follow the links for a closer look and to purchase. For more ideas using Balloon Ride, look at the bottom of this post.
Thank you for visiting. May you be blessed as you make and send your own cards of encouragement.

I'm sharing this project with the following challenges:
Crafting from the Heart #28 - Anything Goes
Crafty Hazelnut's Patterned Paper July Challenge - anything with patterned paper
Creative Corner - Love of Ribbon
Deep Ocean #82 - Lots of Layers
Pause, Dream, Enjoy #15 - 3 or more patterned papers
Really Reasonable Ribbon #99 - Things with Wings plus ribbon
Sisters of Craft July Challenge - Anything Goes
Through the Craftroom Door - Anything Goes
Use Your Stuff #145 - Layers
Word Art Wednesday - anything goes with uplifting message

So you can see more ideas for using Balloon Ride, I'm including three other cards that I posted earlier this year:


Sunday, July 20, 2014

A Kitty Bouquet of Thanks

We came home from vacation to find four new kittens on our porch, two white and two gray. Living on a farm, we've been overrun with feral cats who won't even let us get near them. I didn't even realize that one of them was expecting. We've neutered the ones we could catch. We're determined to give the new kittens a lot of holding and petting so they won't be so wild and afraid of us.

Yesterday I had another surprise. There was a third white one we hadn't seen all week.

While we were gone, our neighbor down the road came up to feed and water them each day. Here's the card I made this week to thank them for their kindness.  I used Doodle Pantry's Kitty Bouquet Color from October 2013.The sentiment came from Doodle Pantry's Carousel Cheetah.

I'm sharing this card with the following challenges:
Deconstructed Sketch #160 - sketch
Deconstructed Sketch 160
D.L.Art Thankful Thursday #136 - Thank you card
Fairy tale challenge #96 - use a digital stamp
Scrapbooker PhD #13 - digital with option of animal
Sisterhood of Snarky Stampers SOSS Challenge #12 - B for brads or buttons
Word Art Wednesday #141 - anything goes with uplifting sentiment

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Red, White, and Blue Anniversary

When we came home from vacation this week we had two surprises. One was that our country road was lined on both sides with a really thick swath of blue chicory flowers. I've never seen so many, so thick. I used to pick them and put them in 4th of July flower arrangements for our cookouts and company. Since they bloom best in the morning, I went outside the next day intending to take photos, but sad to say, a county road crew had come by and mowed all of them on both sides of the road. (My next post will be about our second surprise.)

This card was stamped with some light blue chicory flowers from an Our Daily Bread Designs stamp set, "Don't Worry." You can now get just the chicory flowers as a single stamp set. I was inspired by the ODBD Shining the Light challenge to use red, white, and blue. I decided a soft blue would be nice. I used background paper from Basic Grey's "What's Up."

 I stamped the chicory with CTMH Heavenly Blue ink and colored them lightly with Copics B000 and B00. Since the photo came out even lighter, I should have used darker colors so you could see the details I can see. I used the scripture from ODBD's  "Scripture Collection 5" and the anniversary sentiment from their "All Occasion Sentiments."  The cranberry buttons are inside a CTMH Marquee Enamel Heart.  This is one of the retiring items that is only available until the end of July. The entire list can be found here.

I like to use the scripture on this card for anniversary and wedding cards, but I know that when it was written, the intention was for all of us to abound in love. My prayer for our world is that each of us will let God's love increase in our lives to bless those around us. May God fill your heart with His boundless love and bless you as you share it with your world.

I'm sharing this card with the following challenges:
ColourQ #250 - use any of the colors ( I used the red, aqua, black, white)

Crafting for All Seasons #81 - Tic Tac Toe (I used blue, buttons, ribbon)

Our Daily Bread Designs Shining the Light Challenge #209 - patriotic or red, white, and blue
Word Art Wednesday #141 - anything goes with uplifting message

Monday, July 14, 2014

A Doodle Pantry Vintage Fan . . . to blow out all the candles!

I've been with these grandchildren for the last seven weeks, so I haven't gotten to post much. Now that I'm finally home, I'm hoping to do much more. In some ways they keep me young, and in other ways they make me feel older each summer when I babysit.

My hubby and I just got back from our camping and hiking trip to Rocky Mountain National Park. We had a wonderful time taking kids and grandkids with us. This year the elevation sickness kept my activities limited. Hubby and I both felt our age had accelerated on this trip. He only took one of his usual 4 a.m. hikes for the perfect sunrise photo. I could barely "hike" from our motor home to my family's cabin without stopping for air. I'm not used to being so breathless on vacation. So the humorous sentiment I found with the Vintage Fan seemed appropriate.

I used the fan and sentiments from Doodle Pantry's Vintage Fan.  I wanted to use some paper representing lots of candles, so I printed the candle paper from the Doodle Pantry set called, Birthday Birdie Color. I did some color adjustment on the smaller panel of candles and changed one to black and white.  I used today's Mojo Monday #354 sketch.

I kept the inside simple with this sentiment:

I'm sharing this card with the following challenges:

Artistic Inspirations #100 - anything goes for their 100th "birthday"
Cheerful Stamp Pad - Use a digital background
Crafting from the Heart #27 - anything goes
House of Cards - July challenge to Add a Bow (used black jute)
Incy Wincy Designs - strings and things (black jute)
Love to Scrap #33 - anything goes
Mojo Monday 354 - sketch
Stamp and Create July challenge - Birthdays
Through the Purple Haze - Birthdays (because they are ONE today!)

Sunday, July 6, 2014

Doodle Pantry New Release - Classic Clunkers

With five grandsons and a hubby who loves cars, I was drawn to this new set just released from Doodle Pantry. Since it's called Classic Clunkers 1, I knew the cars would be somewhat older. When I mixed up the names, hubby still knew which ones they were. Good work, Laurie! I'm also intrigued to see which clunkers she'll offer next. I plan to make a whole set for some car lovers I know. Please check out the other new release samples here.

I chose the outlines and colored them with Copic markers similar to cars we owned in the past, like dark olive green. I never would buy that color again! Gold and yellow weren't too bad. I'm not sure the color of the photos turned out exactly. Trees have shaded my windows so that very little light comes inside, so I tried outside photos for a change. I hoped it would show the detail of the Spellbinder's "Kickin' Rubber" M-bossabilities. I rubbed some slate ink over the raised embossing. I love the look of the "tire tread" for these masculine cards.

The patterned papers are from Basic Grey and My Mind's Eye. The black hemp, black sparkle flourishes, and the triangle durables are all from Close To My Heart.

We hope you'll also join the July challenge at Doodle Pantry. Remember, you can use images from any source. There are two themes you can choose from:  a choice of either Christmas or Make a Splash (water). Also, until July 24th you can get the Happy Trails Camper free with any purchase!

I'm sharing these cards with the following challenges:
4 Crafty Girls #21 - anything goes
Brown Sugar #101 - anything goes
ScrapbookerPhD  #12 - add texture
Sister Act Card challenge #64 - anything goes
Stempelsonnen #118 - Anything with wheels
SweetPea Stampers - for the boys/men

Friday, July 4, 2014

Doodle Pantry "God Bless Our USA"

Blessed is the nation whose God is the Lord, the people he chose for his inheritance.

I'm finally home after babysitting three grandsons for the last six weeks. I didn't do as much crafting and blogging definitely took a back seat. Today we are celebrating our country's Independence Day.
I used  Doodle Pantry's "USA Charlie" and last month's Mojo Monday sketch #351 to make this patriotic card. I had many ancestors who came to this country in the 1600's and 1700's looking for religious freedom or escaping political tyranny. My Lee ancestors had two members who signed the Declaration of Independence from England, which is what we celebrate today. Sadly, the price of freedom meant a long and bitter war. In each of our countries may we remember the cost of freedom and celebrate the blessings God has given us as a result of our freedom.

I tried something different with the Charlie panel. Instead of cutting him out and attaching him on the vertical panel, I simply cut out his head, one foot, and his tail with scissors, leaving him on the panel and simply trimming the panel down to the cut portion with my paper cutter to fit the card design.

The stars are all edged with a glitter gel pen and the chipboard star also has two tiny star sparkles for embellishment.

Thank you for visiting. My hope is that you'll cherish the freedoms you have in your country and seek God's blessings.

I'm sharing this card with the following challenges:
A  Creative Romance - Show us the colors of your country's flag
Crafty Catz #238 - Stars of Stripes or Both
Jellypark Friends - red, white, and blue
Polkadoodles - red, white, or blue
The Stamping Boutique - stars and stripes
Twisted Tuesday 79 - Red, white, and blue with Twist: use stars

Word Art Wednesday #139 - anything goes with uplifting sentiment

You Are Not Forgotten

Many years ago I lived next to an air base during the Vietnam war.  After I was out of school, I worked there as a civilian employee nearly a year, first for the Air Force, then for the Army Air Defense Command. Many of my friends and I married airmen. Some of the military families came to our church. We became close friends then suddenly they were transferred and we never saw them again. A few wrote or called, but military life wasn't conducive to long, lasting relationships in one place. One thing that never changed was the fact that after more than forty years, I still remember and cherish the times we had together. God will bring them to my mind and I'll pray for them. When I was in Washington, D.C., I checked the Vietnam wall for their names and was relieved not to find them.

This is one of five cards I made in remembrance of the military personnel who have crossed my path. Its message is also for the many that I've never met. Each of them has made a contribution to the freedom that I enjoy in our country. Too many have made a sacrifice of their lives or health while serving our country. So have their families.

No matter what country you call home, may we all send out the message with prayers, "You are NOT forgotten." May God bless and protect our service men and women. May He lead them to make righteous decisions and give them courage to do His will. May our countries show them how proud we are of them and the sacrifices they've made.

The image and sentiment I used was from Our Daily Bread Designs.

I'm sharing this card with the following challenges:
A Creative Romance  - Colors of your nation's flag
Bloggers Challenge - red, white, and blue
Crafter's Cafe #70 - red, white, and blue
Crafty Catz #238 - stars and stripes or both
Inky Impressions #166 - patriotic or red, white, and blue
Jellypark Friends Friday Challenge - Red, White, and Blue
Polkadoodles Wk.#26-27 - Red, white, and blue
Quick Quotes #41 - use stars
The Stamping Boutique #24 - stars and stripes
Word Art Wednesday #139 - anything goes with uplifting sentiment