Thursday, December 18, 2014

Good Tidings Angel Christmas Card

Last week's free verse at Word Art Wednesday (#162) is perfect to pair with this angel from the Cricut Cartridge, Inspired Heart.
I used the sketch from Mojo Monday #375.

A 5" x 7" snow embossing folder embossed the card front. I printed the verse on last year's CTMH "Frosted"winter paper. The other starry cardstock is from DCWV, "The First Noel."  I used CTMH Black Glitter cardstock behind the angel to hopefully represent the winter night sky.

Thank you for visiting! I'm sharing this card with the following challenges:

Come and Get It - Merry Christmas
Crafting By Designs - embossing
Crafts 4 Eternity #206 - Christmas
Crafty Creations #278 - diecuts
Crafty Hazelnut's Christmas Challenge #207 - anything urgently needed
Deep Ocean #93 - Christmas is all around
Fantabulous Cricut Challenge Me Monday #241 - anything with Cricut cut
Jingle Belles - anything goes
Pile It On #49 - anything goes Christmas
Word Art Wednesday #163 -anything uplifting

Here's another version with the Cricut Inspired Heart angel image on a circle card for one of my grandkids.


Tuesday, December 16, 2014

White and Silver Snowy Glad Tidings Card

I was inspired to make a white on white Christmas card.  I wanted to use Word Art Wednesday's great verse from last week for my Christmas cards this year. Because of the great news that the soon-to-be-born baby would be called Jesus for He would "save His people from their sins," I paired it with the CTMH stamp sentiment, Mary and Babe, about this being Glad Tidings of Great Joy!

I apologize for the poor lighting these dark wintery days that made my black print look brown:

I embossed the white panel on front with a Cuttlebug snow folder. I put a strip of white glitter trim on the bottom of the panel. I used the CTMH Cricut Art Philosophy cartridge to cut the snowflake tag. I stamped and embossed the bottom front with my Glad Tidings sentiment and small snowflake in the middle of the cutout using Versamark and Ranger Super Fine Silver Embossing Powder.  The top of the tag has satin ribbon and a row of white opal Liquid Pearls.

This was a fun, easy Christmas card to make in multiples. Thank you for visiting. May you be blessed as you craft your own for family and friends.

Crafting by Designs - Silver and white
Delicious Doodles Challenge #114 - winter whites
Fantabulous Cricut Challenge Blog #241 - anything goes with Cricut cut
Fussy and Fancy Challenge #129 - snowflakes and ribbon
Little Red Wagon #267 - So Flaky - snowflakes
Really Reasonable Ribbon Challenge #108 - tags with ribbon or trim
Stampavie and More Challenge #226 - snowflakes
Take Heart Ideas Challenge #6 - anything goes with CTMH product
Try It On Tuesday - winter whites
Word Art Wednesday #162 - anything uplifting

Monday, December 1, 2014

December Christmas Card Workshop

Here are part of the cards we are making on Saturday, December 6, 2014. This post is to help the crafty ladies coming that may need to complete a card or two. Each lady will receive half a package of Yuletide Carol paper pack and half a package of Snowhaven, gold sequins, silver and gold glitter paper, card bases, and twine/ribbon/trim. All of the pieces are pre-cut and individually packaged. Here are a few using the Yuletide paper images with additional stamping:

Two of the Yuletide Carol cards are swing cards cut using the Cricut Artfully Sent cartridge.  Here is one I previously posted:

Here are cards previously posted that use the Snowhaven papers and an older snowflake paper:

I will post more individual information on the Yuletide Carol cards later! If you're not coming to our workshop, perhaps these can be inspiration for some of your own!

Sunday, November 30, 2014

November Stamp of the Month Cards


I celebrated a blessed Thanksgiving with family on both sides this week. I also took a break from making multiples of Christmas cards to post a few needed cards. Here are three I  made with the November Stamp of the Month, "It's the Little Things."It has a variety of flower and leaf shapes that can be combined in many ways.

I hope mine will inspire you to try a variety of colors on the flowers. They can go with nearly any patterned paper. I used the Pathfinding paper and its colors to make these. The first one uses a sentiment from a retired stamp set, but it's one I always need.

 I made this last one using one of the previous Mojo Monday sketches, #369.

I'm sharing these with the following challenges:
613 Avenue Create - #100!! - anything goes (option of calendar)
Amusing Challenge- anything goes (no digis)
Eclectic Ellapu - Purple team - leaves and folliage
Just Us Girls #269 - anything goes
Robyn's Fetish Challenge #240 - anythig goes
Word Art Wednesday #160 - anything uplifting

Monday, November 24, 2014

Give Thanks Card Set

This week we celebrate Thanksgiving on Thursday. When I was a girl my thoughts focused on the Pilgrims, their hardships, and the feast they had their second year in America thanks to the help of Native Americans teaching them how to raise American foods. They had much to be thankful for that year. More recently I learned that Abraham Lincoln proclaimed our national celebration of Thanksgiving in the midst of the Civil War, when few might have little to help them feel thankful. Both historic events point us to the idea that we should be thankful in the midst of plenty and in times of trouble. Scripture also directs us to be thankful to the Lord for His lovingkindness no matter what our circumstances are.

Here's a set of cards I made to give to friends and family.

The first card I made uses a new CTMH background stamp, Season of Thanks. I embossed the olive background, inked the stamp with Versamark clear ink, and used green and brown chalk to make the design pop.

The next two cards used CTMH designer paper from Pathfinding instead of the background stamp.  All three cards have embossed background that I sponged with coordinating ink. The verse I used is an older one from Verve. 

Thank you for visiting. May you take time to reflect on the many blessings God has given you, even during hardships or trials. May this week be a time for reflections and expressions of gratitude that will continue all year!

I'm sharing this card project with the following challenges:

Chalk-ah-Lot Cafe #70 - Thanks/Thankful/Thanksgiving with chalk

Frosted Designs Friday Challenge - Thanks with twist -ribbon/trim, twine, washi tape
Fun-day Friday Challenge #67 -from Jo's Scrap shack - Happy Thanksgiving
Great Impressions November Challenge - Thankful Thoughts

Kitty Bee Designs Aloha Friday Challenge #37 - Thanks/Thank You
Open-Minded Crafting Fun Challege #24 - Grateful
Quick Quotes Friday Challenge #45 - Gratitude/Thanksgiving
Sentimental Sundays Challenge #234 - Heartfelt Thanks
Sweet Pea Stampers - Thanksgiving
Word Art Wednesday #159 - anything goes with uplifting message

Sunday, November 23, 2014

Quick and Easy Christmas Cards

I recently sold more than 50 of my handmade Christmas cards and now need to replace more than that for myself. I found a really quick procedure to make them using some of my older My Mind's Eye card bases and the newer CTMH "Pear & Partridge" Picture My Life cards. The first set of PML cards I bought came with page protectors that have a variety of 4" x 6" and 3" x 4" arrays to be filled with the cards and photos. Now they've come out with sets you can buy without the page protectors, so I'm on my second set.

These are so fast, I'm totally sold on them! There are three of each 3" x 4" card in each set, meaning I can easily make two more cards after designing one.  I only added a contrasting mat, a small amount of coordinating Christmas paper and a simple embellishment or two. Here are a few samples:

I cut along the top edge of the sleigh so I could insert a "gift" with this message from a Verve stamp: "Christ the Savior is Born."

(The sentiment on the last card was stamped using a long-retired stamp from a long-retired company.)

My favorite Christmas style is traditional, with traditional colors like red and green, so the PML cards help with this style.
Thank you for visiting! Let us be thankful for this blessed holiday celebrating the birth of Christ the Savior.
I'm sharing this project with the following challenges:
As You Like It- favorite Christmas style (traditional/modern) & why
Aud Sentiments Challenge #120 - use a sentiment for any Dec. holiday
Christmas Stampin' All Year #38 - Anything goes (plus comments)
Crafting by Designs - Get Ready for Christmas
Scrapper's Delights Challenge #36 - anything goes/traditional Christmas
Winter Wonderland - Let's get sentimental

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

Scripture and Lyrics Lesson #19

After no internet connection for most of last week, three days focused on our local craft fair, and a great workshop with a dozen ladies in my cardmaking/scrapbook club, I was ready for some physical and spiritual R and R (rest and recovery)! I added a layout to My Crush album using Patter's most recent scripture lesson revolving around the lyrics from "Something in the Water" by Carrie Underwood. What I really enjoy about focusing on the lyrics and scripture while I create is that I mull over the ideas longer and make new "connections" with the ideas in Patter's lesson and the ones I'm including.

I had never heard the song, so I enjoyed listening to the lyrics. I chose to print the entire song again, this time on a card base that will open. Since all of the pages in My Crush album have differently decorated pages, I chose to use the butterfly themed set of pages to reflect the lyrics revolved around change and stronger. It's across the page from my favorite anniversary photo (inside a flip-flap) taken at a butterfly festival. I labeled the photo using one of the new Skylark Picture My Life cards and some washi tape.

I stamped quotes and scriptures about GRACE from Our Daily Bread Designs and Verve.

  I hand-lettered the word CHANGED and surrounded it with a retired white enamel shape. I stamped the word STRONGER using flaxen ink using the Keyboard Uppercase alphabet.

I especially love 2 Corinthians 12:9:
"And he said unto me, My grace is sufficient for thee: for my strength is made perfect in weakness. Most gladly therefore will I rather glory in my infirmities, that the power of Christ may rest upon me."
I know that my life has plenty of weaknesses and faults so I'm always thankful that I don't have to be perfect to come to Christ, but that His strength shows despite my weaknesses. Last week I was designing, cutting and packaging 48 two page layouts and 30 cards for my workshop. I always need the entire week with few interruptions and still have to stay up until 1:00 a.m. the night before the workshop. Somehow, Monday through Thursday I had major interruptions digging up bulbs, helping with removal of shrubs, trees, pergola, and patio in order to have three sides of our basement dug up for repair. I just kept praying that God would help me get everything finished, saying I can't do it, but You can, Lord. Amazingly, I finished around supper time on Friday instead of the usual late bedtime. I even woke before the alarm that morning, set up 30 minutes earlier than ever, and didn't get exhausted from all of the activity that day. Wow! That was definitely a God thing! I was SO thankful that His strength helped me despite my weakness and having less time. Oh, and we were supposed to have several inches of snow but only had a few hard-to-see flurries that didn't accumulate! His grace really IS SUFFICIENT!

I stamped the ODBD Butterfly Corner using Twilight ink and colored it with Prismacolor Pencils. I wanted it to be subtle so the verses would stand out more.
Thank you for visiting. May God bless you with the awareness of His strength in you when you feel weak or in need of His grace.
I'm sharing this project with the following challenges:
Anything But a Card #41 - anything goes
Loves Rubberstamps Challenge #127 - Things with Wings
Not Just Cards #6 - anything goes
The Pink Elephant Challenge #277 - anything BUT a card
Triple The Scraps - SLLC14 - #19 Something In the Water
Use Your Stuff Challenge #162 - use stamps

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Word Art Wednesday #158 - anything uplifting