Monday, September 1, 2014

Doodle Pantry "Glory Days" Cards - September New Release

I grew up next to an airbase with the sound of jet engines nearby. Like many others, I worked there as a civilian  two summers after high school. When I was a teacher, we could see planes and jets practicing for air shows right outside our classroom windows. When my son was an adolescent he joined the Civil Air Patrol there with dreams of being a jet pilot someday. We saw the Blue Angels fly overhead many times. My son had his photo taken with them one year. Times changed, the air base closed. Now there's a Christian School and Bible College in the buildings and we go there for soccer games.

Today is my son's birthday and he loved this card made using Doodle Pantry's new "Glory Days" and shared memories of his adolescent dreams of "Glory Days" flying a jet. I used the image of the F-18 because it is one of the jets used by the Blue Angels, painted blue, of course. I left mine with the original colors used by Laurie Wilson. Both of mine were designed using a sketch from Operation Write Home. They have a treasure trove of sketches for those interested, including measurements.

I repeated the stars in the digi paper by using three star sparkles on the left and by embossing the background cardstock with stars. My son liked the sparkle vapor trail. I liked the sentiment that gave me the chance to tell him how proud I am that he has soared in his education and career. I also tied in the title and one of the gifts I gave him, a book on praying scripture over his son, so that his prayers may soar as well. (Praying for Boys: Asking God for the Things They Need Most by Brooke McGlothlin)

My second version is similar but I used older Outdoor Denim patterned paper and a retired corrugated star from a retired embellishment set.

Here are the other images in the "Glory Days" set:

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Thank you for visiting! May God bless you and help you "soar like no other" in His Word, in prayer, and in life!

I'm sharing these cards with the following challenges:

Come and Get It - Things with Wings
Crafts 4 Eternity#191 - Tic Tac Toe (below) the diagonal: something old (blue corrugated star), color blue, and something new ( image and digi papers)
Sister Act Card Challenge #72 - Anything Goes
The Corrosive Challenge #207 - For the Boys
The Male Room - Stars
Word Art Wednesday #147 - anything goes with uplifting sentiment

Thursday, August 28, 2014

Dress for a Lady with Chalk It Up

When I was a teenager our girls group at church was challenged to memorize Proverbs 31: 10 - 31. The real challenge wasn't in the memorizing, but in living up to the high standards set in the beautiful verses. Many of them were for married women, but even as a teen I wanted to build godly attitudes and character encouraged in the verses. I designed this card with a young lady in mind. It was inspired by the sketch at Our Daily Bread Designs Shining the Light Challenge and Bitten by the Bug's 2 challenge to use a dress or dress form cut on the Cricut. This dress was cut using my Nifty Fifties cartridge and the tiny sorbet patterned paper from CTMH Chalk It Up.

I'm sharing this card with the following challenges:

Bitten By the Bug 2 - Dress or dress form cut on Cricut
Little Red Wagon Challenge #252 - Girl Power
Loves Rubber Stamps Challenge #118 - 2 or more patterned papers
Our Daily Bread Designs Shining the Light Challenge #212 - sketch

PDE Linky Party #17 - dies or punches (scalloped circle punch)
Shopping Our Stash #166 - use things starting with ABC ( arrows on dress, blue papers, crocheted flower)
Word Art Wednesday #147 - anything uplifting

Monday, August 25, 2014

Mojo Monday 360 and Doodle Pantry Lily Card

My hubby and I met years ago where he was a chemist at Lily Industries (not the pharmaceutical company). I was just their summer temp since my regular occupation was teaching, which I loved. Three years later when we married, I carried a bouquet of Oriental lilies in honor of our meeting place. I also planted many lilies in our yard to remind us of that time and place of our meeting. Years later his company was sold to another company, so the name changed. This week is the official closing of his lab, which was moved to another state, so I made this card to give to one of his co-workers as a little "good-bye."

One of the lilies I planted was called "Mona Lisa" in honor of our daughter, Lisa. I colored the Doodle Pantry Easter lily to look like the beautiful lilies I love. This week's Mojo Monday sketch was perfect for the card. The white panel is embossed with chevrons. I added CTMH silver shimmer trim and a thistle diagonal striped ribbon with a glitter button on top. The background papers are from CTMH retired Lollydoodle. The lily petals were recolored with Copics: RV00, R81, R83, R85, RV04, RV25.

I used the following challenges to make my card:
Frosted Designs Friday Challenge - Chevrons
Just Add Ink #228 - Color Combo

Mojo Monday #360 - Sketch

Paper Creators Crafts #28 - Bows, Bling, Blooms
The Cutting Edge Challenge #8 - picture inspiration + die cuts - I used Spellbinders Floral Ovals.

Friday, August 22, 2014

Mojo Monday 359 Chalk It Up Cards

Today I'll be picking up four grandchildren from their Christian school. The staff is always amazing. They work hard and keep such a wonderful atmosphere in the school. I made this first card today to give to the school secretary who is the first contact anyone has with the school and works overtime to make sure everything gets completed. She gets to know every child, every family in this large K-12 school. I want to encourage her and show my appreciation for a job well done.

This week I'm playing with my CTMH Chalk It Up paper and embellishments. I had already selected the chipboard I'd use on two layouts so I selected some for these cards. The package still has more for additional layouts or cards. (The Cricut Artbooking cut file on this card was designed and shared by Melanie Brown, another one of our CTMH consultants.) I love the new black striped twill ribbon that comes with the Chalk It Up Workshop on the Go. It's fairly thick but ties beautifully. I used Mojo Monday's sketch from this week:

 Her card has this stamped sentiment inside from the CTMH stamp set "Greatest Love."

Here's an example with other chipboard embellishments from the set of Chalk It Up Complements.

If you enjoy this Cricut Artbooking cartridge project but don't have your own cartridge you can shop for it here. If you'd like to get it for half the price, you can email me for details. Also, Close To My Heart will have a new card-making Cricut cartridge, Artfully Sent, in September, so keep checking here for details.

I'm sharing this card with the following challenges:
Craftin' Desert Divas Linky Party #38 - Back to School
Crafty Sentiment Designs - Back to School
Cute Card Thursday #335 - Back to School
Delightful Challenges - School Daze
Lexi's Creations #123 - Back to School
Melonheadz Friends - Back to School
Mojo Monday #359 - sketch
Ruby's Rainbow #86 - Back to School
Shopping Our Stash #165 - Chipboard
Word Art Wednesday #146 - anything goes with uplifting message

Monday, August 18, 2014

Doodle Pantry Dirt Rides Birthday Card

One of our grandsons makes us laugh with the vocabulary he uses that seems beyond his years. Last week he was talking about what kind and how much DNA he has from each parent and what that means to his future. Here's a card I made for his eighth birthday next week with a couple of interesting words for him.
Laurie Wilson at Doodle Pantry has so many great masculine images and  papers.  I recolored this bike using Photoshop and Copic markers. I used the Spellbinders M-Bossabilities folder, Kickin' Rubber, to emboss the beige background with the tire track pattern. A little black glitter cardstock and two stacked buttons with Cranberry baker's twine are the embellishments. I used an orange alcohol ink marker to color the rim of the clear button on top

I used the fun sketch from Sweet Sunday Sketch this week.

You can find the rest of Laurie's Dirt Rides images here along with more card samples:

I'm sharing this card with the following challenges:
Creative Card Crew #68 - embossing, wet or dry
Fresh Brewed Designs - buttons
Great Impressions August Challenge - Birthday Bash
Scribble and Scrap #25 - anything goes
Sweet Sunday Sketch #232 - sketch
The Cupboard Trilogy #24 - Birthday
The Squirrel and the Fox #75 - anything goes

Sunday, August 17, 2014

Butterfly Thinking of You

One of my friends lost her mother recently. I know how that feels. Even though my mom had been seriously sick for about six weeks, it was still difficult to face the finality of not being able to call her on the phone or see her on holidays. I've met a number of people over the years who feel the same way I do, thinking of mom brings tears to their eyes. I think there is a special bond between mothers and their children that is never broken. The factor that makes it more bearable is knowing that my mom is in heaven with her mom, both of them in a place with no tears, no illness or pain, ready for me to join them when it's my turn to go. My friend is finding strength by joining a Bible study with other ladies who are encouraged by scripture and fellowship. I made this card today to let my friend know that I'm thinking of her and praying that God will comfort and strengthen her during difficult moments.

This week Our Daily Bread Designs Shining the Light Challenge was to make a card using their sketch.

The image I used was from ODBD Butterfly Corner. I stamped the butterfly a second time and cut out, only adhering the middle body part and adding black pearls. I colored the images with Copics and ShinHan Touch Twin Y49 Pastel Green marker. I used papers from My Mind's Eye "Cambridge Court" paper pack. The oval was cut using Spellbinders Lacey Ovals. The sentiment comes from ODBD All Occasion Sentiments. 

Thank you for visiting!  May God bless you as you encourage others who have lost a loved one. May He encourage and comfort you when you, too, experience loss.

I'm sharing this card with the following challenges:
Amusing Challenge - die cuts
Hiding in my Craft Room #161 - use ribbon (I used 3 kinds, velvet, satin, and organdy)
Kitty Bee Designs #30 - in the Garden
Our Daily Bread Designs Shining the Light Challenge #211
Suzy Bee's Bloomin' Challenge #42 - anything goes
Word Art Wednesday #145 - anything goes with uplifting message

Saturday, August 16, 2014

Take Heart Baby Layout

I just discovered a new challenge I'd never noticed before - Take Heart. They have a sketch this week that was perfect for the first page of my granddaughter's album. I was using one horizontal photo and one vertical photo. I used Close To My Heart papers (Lolly Doodle and Paper Fundamentals) and Chantilly chipboard embellishments, except for the Wilton doily.

I'm sharing this layout with the following challenges:
All Crafts Challenge - Anything but a card
Just Add Ink #227 - use chipboard (the flowers and word elements)
Tando Creative Challenge - lovely layers
The Crafter's Cafe #76 - Anything But a Card