Sunday, March 1, 2015

Viva la Verve February Sketch 3

My Sheri Crafts had the right idea for a challenge this week - "Think Spring!!" Our ground is covered with more white stuff today and those of us with snow are so very ready for warmer weather and the buds of spring. Here's another card with spring colors and seed packet images from Graphic45. The wonderful sentiment is a Plain Jane from Verve, "All the flowers of tomorrow are in the seeds of today." It's not just talking about flowers, but refers to all the good things in life. I hope I can help teach this concept to my grandchildren. Simply, the little things they do now will make a difference in their lives tomorrow.

I used this sketch from Viva la Verve and Bingo (sentiment plus ribbon, flowers, embossing) from Aud Sentiments Challenge:

Thank you for visiting! May you be blessed with the fruits of good seeds planted earlier in life!

I'm sharing this card with the following challenges:
Aud Sentiments Challenge #126 - Bingo (ribbon, flowers, embossing) plus sentiment
Crafter's Cafe #105 - lots of layers
My Sheri Crafts #151 - Think Spring
Really Reasonable Ribbon #112 - ribbon plus purple and green
Suzy Bee's Bloomin' Challenge #69 - anything goes with twist - embossing
The Stamping Boutique - more than one layer
Viva la Verve February Week 3 sketch
Word Art Wednesday #172 -  anything uplifting

Saturday, February 28, 2015

Davy and Duke Birthday Card

Here's the second birthday card I made today with a friend of a grandson in mind. Little Davy from Mo's Magic Pencil reminds me of all five of my grandsons who sit on the floor with video games in their hands, dogs (or a cat for one) at their sides. Such an image should stir joy in any of our birthday boys! I used this week's ColourQ palette for this card, too, along with the sketch from Tuesday Morning Sketch #289:

I used the debossed side of the purple panel after embossing. It seemed more masculine.  Thank you for visiting! May God bless you as you bless others with your crafting!

I'm sharing this card with the following challenges:
Bronte and Bella challenge #248 - anything goes with Mo image with option - animals
ColourQ #281 - above palette
Craft for the Craic - birthday
DL.Art Thankful Thursday #151 - for a boy or man
Scrap & Craft #3 - birthday
Seize the birthday - birthday with optional masculine theme
Suzy Bee's Bloomin' Challenge #69 - anything with optional twist- embossing

6.5" x 5" Birthday Card Recipe:
Paper - CTMH Heavenly Blue cardstock, Basic Grey"Hey Boy" chevron cs, unknown green and purple cardstocks
Digital Image - Davy and Duke from Mo's Magic Pencil
Our Daily Bread Designs stamp for sentiment "Little Boys"
CTMH black ink
Copic markers; CTMH Heavenly blue ink for star
Embellishments - unknown chipboard white star from stash, retired CTMH orange bigger brads,
Tools - printer, CTMH Diamond embossing folder

For the Birthday Boy!

Three of my five grandsons love to fish, so I used this first silhouette image from Our Daily Bread Designs to make a simple birthday card. I chose colors from this week's ColourQ:

Unfortunately, it's snowing again today so the lighting is poor and my aqua doesn't look true. I embossed that piece with a spellbinder's M-Bossibilities "Kick-in Rubber." I love the footprints for masculine cards!

Thank you for visiting! My next post is another masculine card with this color theme.

I'm sharing this card with the following challenges;
A Gem of a Challenge #139 - Clean and Simple
ColourQ Challenge #281 - above
Craft for the Craic February challenge - birthday
Crafts 4 Eternity #215 - emboss it
DL.Art Thankful Thursday #151 - for a boy or man
Our Daily Bread Designs Shining the Light Challenge #228 - No coloring
Scrap & Craft challenge #3 - birthday
Seize the Birthday - birthday theme with masculine option
ShowCASe your style #9 - birthday
Suzy Bee's Bloomin' Challenge #69 - anything, with optional twist - embossing

6.5" x 5" Card recipe:
Papers - CTMH Heavenly Blue, Spring Iris, Olive and White Daisy Cardstock; Basic Grey "Hey, Boy"orange chevron and light green (unknown scrap)
Image - Our Daily Bread Designs - "Little Boys"
Ink - CTMH Black
Embellishment - Button brad - from my ancient stash
Tools - 2.5" & 3" circle punches, Spellbinder's M-Bossibilities "Kickin' Rubber   

Thursday, February 26, 2015

Asian Hummingbird Card

Every spring hummingbirds return to our yard here in northern Missouri. I can't wait!  Here is my interpretation of the most recent Oriental Sketch Challenge at Mark's Finest Papers. I kept it rather CAS and altered it to make a horizontal instead of a vertical cards. I have one of their clear acrylic stamps with this hummingbird and wanted it to "fit inside" one of the die cut scalloped circle halves. I chose a DCWV Asian paper with red flowers, which I heard that hummingbirds are attracted to. I planted many red flowers in my yard, but found that hummingbirds here will get nectar out of other flowers as well, especially if they're shaped with a deep center.

The middle strip of my card had a gold flower right near the tip of the hummingbird's beak. I intensified the color by going over it with gold rub-on. I colored the hummingbird with chalk and went over the green head and red throat with matching green and red metallic rub-on. In real life it actually has that shine you often see on hummingbirds - that is, if they remain still more than a split second.

Thank you for visiting. I'm writing this while the weather man on TV is predicting six more inches of snow coming. May God keep you warm with happy thoughts about friends, family, and spring! (Philippians 4:8 - ... whatever is lovely...think on these things!)

I'm sharing this card with the following challenges:
Chalk N Stock February Challenge - always anything goes with chalk
Crafty Sentiments Designs - Clean and Simple
Cute as a Button #6 - die (scalloped circle) and birds/bees/spring theme
Oriental Sketch Challenge #66 - sketch
PaperMinutes #372 - birds
PDE Linky Party - animals
Scrapbooker PhD #20 - CAS and use a stamp
The Corrosive Challenge #218 - things with wings

Viva La Verve February Sketch 2

In my younger gardening days I would start planning what flowers, trees, and vegetables I would grow as early as January. I would begin growing flats of annual and perennial flowers under ultraviolet lights. Stores and garden centers would usually start selling seed packets in January.

Perhaps that will explain why I chose these Graphic45 papers with flowers and seed packets to go with this scripture stamp from Verve. Most of us make plans of some type. Sometimes life's details upset our best plans, but our loving God can direct our steps along the path that is best for us. When I had an accident that tore three tendons and injured my back, my consuming hobby changed from gardening to papercrafting. May God direct your steps along life's way!

 The background was embossed with a CTMH Scallops embossing folder. Here's the sketch I used from the Viva la Verve challenge:
I'm sharing this card with the following challenges:
Craft-Dee BowZ February Challenge - anything goes with a handmade bow
Crafting from the Heart #48 - anything goes
Craft It Up Link It Up (Craftin' Desert Diva's) - use ribbon
Crafty Boots Challenge - use a sentiment
Get Creative Challenge #9 - embossing
Loves Rubber Stamps #140 - use ribbon and/or lace
Love to Scrap #48 - anything goes
Monday Morning Challenge #4 - Spring
Vintage Stamping Challenge #29 - Spring colors
Viva la Verve February Sketch 2

Viva la Verve February Sketch 1

I'm still playing with spring-inspired papers to make these Viva La Verve encouragement cards. This one uses the sketch from week 1 for February.

On this card I used circle punch, Cricut Art Philosophy  for additional circle, and the Spellbinder's Nestabilities die, Lacey Circles. The butterfly was hand cut and has three black gems on the body and head. The first one above had soft spring colors, so I used more of my scraps and made one with slightly bolder accent colors.  The scalloped circle die cut was from Cricut Art Philosophy.

I used this fun sketch:

The Verve butterfly goes well with the butterflies on the Graphic45 paper.

I'm sharing these cards with the following challenges:
Crafting for All Seasons #96 - dies and/or punches (I used both.)
Crafts 4 Eternity R#214 - circles
Die Cut Divas February Challenge - words, quotes, sentiments (my die cut from Cricut Art Philosophy)
Mod Squad Challenge - Spring
Monday Morning Challenge #4 - Spring
The Corrosive Challenge #218 - things with wings
Viva la Verve February Sketch 1

Wednesday, February 25, 2015

Mojo Monday 386 Encouragement Card

Here in northern Missouri we've had two incredible warmer days, but we're getting rain and snow right now with the prediction of below zero temps again tonight. But in this brief respite I noticed trees and flowering bushes with swelling buds, the promise that spring really will come soon. So I've been using spring papers, feasting my eyes on their refreshing colors after all the monotonous grays and browns of winter. So I have several posts with these amazing Graphic45 papers, Verve sentiment, and a little Close To My Heart paper and embellishments.

Here's my Mojo Monday Tall and Skinny card for this week with this Verve sentiment:

"Be strong and take heart all you who hope in the Lord." Psalm 31:24

I used a CTMH woodgrain embossing folder to represent the wood in the trees and shrubs in my yard swelling to bloom, hopefully soon! For you who have been overwhelmed with snow lately, like the verse says, "take heart all you who hope in the Lord," spring will soon be here!

 I'm sharing this card with the following challenges:
Come and Get It - lots of layers
Tuesday Throwdown #233 - anything goes
Word Art Wednesday #172 - anything uplifting