Thursday, December 12, 2013

Lantern Christmas Card

Greetings Blogging crafters, I can't believe it's been over a month since I last posted. Today I am posting a quick card I made for a special friend in my life who inspires and uplifts me way over the top. She is my bestie in Jesus and I thank God for her presence in my life daily. I'm not writing everything about the card today but will update at a later date. I will share that I bought the template from: www.sandrasscrapshop.blogspot.com for a very reasonable price via a download. Be sure to check out her blog, her creations are quite incredible.


Have a Blessed Christmas and check back as I plan to add some additional pictures of some other Christmas cards I've made.



SUPPLIES I USED
Stamps: Magnolia Image plus bench     
Accessories:Cottage Cutz Lamp Post w/Sign Die, Impression Obsession DIE023-X (small sprig, holly leaf and berrys), Impression Obsession DIE021-N (large sprig), and Spellbinders Layered Poinsettia.

Wednesday, October 30, 2013

May the Light of Christ.........


Hello and greetings fellow crafters, glad you could stop by.   I recently found the stamp, "May the Light of Christ sing in your heart" at a thrift store.  My prayer is that you'll be inspired to shine His light to those around you and to be continually singing in your heart His wonderful grace which reaches to everyone.


I enjoyed putting this card together and was inspired by Becca Feeken at Amazing Paper Grace.  The outer portion is sealed on the left, top, and right sides and the card with the stamped image slides up inside the pocket from the bottom  The solid paper is from Stampin' UP called Island Indigo (aka: teal) and the flower is made using the blossom punch and I added white highlights with my Copic Opaque white with a paintbrush.  I used the Spellbinders Labels 24 to make the two frames and Spellbinders Crosses 2 in white and a shimmery teal plus Spellbinders Marvelous Squares for the light teal piece placed on top of the two crosses.  I added a small pearl to the center of the crosses, some bling on the upper left corner and two pieces of teal ribbon looped and placed under the flower.  I also had the designer paper for the background amongst my large stash.  The inside of the card was stamped with the quote and I also used some CTMH stamps for the butterfly and floral background behind the quote.  I used two step stamping for the butterfly so I could get the darker image on the main image and just a light fill inside.  I added a small glitter heart to the image to make it stand out a little more.  I also used Spellbinders Grand 12" Classic Lace Border for the borderability below the quote.  It was a really fun card to make, if you have any questions, leave me a comment and I'll answer your question. Thanks for dropping by.

TGIF.....Today GOD is first.


SUPPLIES I USED
Stamps:CTMH Butterfly and flower plus quote by Imaginations! stamps
Accessories: Spellbinders: Labels 24, Crosses 2, Marvelous Squares, Grand 12" Classic Lace Border, SU Blossom Punch

Wednesday, October 16, 2013

Thy word is lamp unto my feet.............


Greetings blog friends, today's card is a wonderful reminder of how God directs our path when we are following His will for our lives.   When we are feeding on His Holy word we will find peace and rest that only the Divine one can deliver.  My prayer for you is that you know of His love and kindness in your life.

 
This 6x6 square card starts with a white base, a black mat plus a blue decorative mat one on top of the other.   The Spellbinders used for this card are: Damask Accents for the black accents around the Lattice Motifs (white paper).   I also used the Lattice Motifs to hand cut a black paper underneath the white paper. Then I used Big Scalloped Ovals Small for the sentiment from Karen's Word Art and the blue and black mats underneath.

The black flower is the Damask Accents and the white flower is crepe paper cut from Rose Creations.  The center of the white flower is a small dot cut from some leopard paper.  There are also green crepe paper leaves, a star covered in glitter, sequins under the Magnolia image, a coiled up paperclip expanded, and a plastic rose in Magnolia's hair from CTMH.   The Magnolia image is from the Sea Breeze Collection called Bikini Tilda.  She's really cute and I colored her with Copic Markers.   Thank you for visiting and drop in again.  Blessings.

TGIF.....Today GOD is first.
 
SUPPLIES I USED
Stamps: Magnolia Sea Breeze Collection Bikini Tilda
Accessories: Spellbinders: Damask Accents, Lattice Motifs, Big Scalloped Ovals Small, and Rose Creations.

Thursday, October 10, 2013

U R Picture Perfect



Greetings blog friends, what a blessing to have you pay me a visit.  As this card states "U R Picture Perfect" is so true in the eyes of the Lord Jesus. He loves us with an unfailing love and His children are perfect in every way.   If you know Him as your Saviour, He meets our every need and our sins are as far as the East is from the West.  Praise the LORD!!



I've been practicing my coloring skills and made this card the last couple days.  I got my inspiration from Rhea Weigand at http://passionatepapercreations.blogspot.com.au/.   She is an awesome copic color artist for "Make It Crafty" where you can enhance your alcohol marker skills at their challenge blog located at www.makeitcolourful.com.   I encourage you to visit both sites to get inspired to improve your alcohol ink coloring skills. (Both sites are located on the right side of my blog under "Card Inspiration Blog List".

Here is how I made the card from the bottom up.  The maroon background paper is 6x6 square, I added a piece of Stampin- Up designer paper on top, cut a cream paper and ran it through with a Spellbinders M-Bossibilities Reverence folder, and stamped with brown ink the negative strip and words "Picture Perfect" from a Close to my Heart stamp set called "Instant Memories".   The stamp is a digital download from Make It Crafty called "April" and the UR is chipboard covered with maroon paper and the edges sanded.  I made the brown felt flower and the center of the cream flower with my Spellbinders Rose Creations, and the large white petal around the cream flower is a Stampin' UP punch called "Blossom".  I cut the circular flower by hand and coiled it up and underneath the flowers is some cheese cloth, an 18" piece of "Hug Snug" seam binding for the winter white ribbon, and some old gold photo corners around the edges.  Oh, and I almost forgot, the words are printed on a Spellbinders Ribbon Tag Trio 2 set plus I used some burgundy ribbon through it and taped behind the SU designer paper.  Whew!!

I enjoy hearing your comments or if you have any questions, feel free to drop me a line.  May the Lord richly bless you.

TGIF........Today GOD is first.


SUPPLIES I USED
Stamps: CTMH "Instant Memories", Make it Crafty, digital download "April"       
Accessories: Spellbinders: M-Bossibilities Reverence, Ribbon Tag Trio 2 and Rose Creations.  Copic Markers: Skin: E30, E51, E21, W1, W3, Eyes: B02, B18, W1, W3, W7, Cheeks: R11, E93, Hair: E30, E55, E57, E29, Lips and Strap: R43, R59, W3, W7. 

Friday, October 4, 2013

A Trip Down Memory Lane.......


Hello sweet blog friends, today I decided to take a trip down memory lane and post some old cards I designed over ten years ago, BD (before Dies).  Do you remember the days back before we had the blessings of all these wonderful dies and cutting machines?   My early crafting days go back to when there was a company called, "DOTS" (Dozens of Terrific Stamps) today which is called, "Close to my Heart".   Kind of tells you how long I've been making cards (25+ years).  Isn't it just like the Lord to give us the desires of our hearts and provide all these wonderful tools for us to use to glorify Him.  He daily blesses those who love to create and use our God given talents to create wonderful things for Him and the special people in our life through our cards.

Here are five cards I made before there ever was a "dress" die cut and everything was cut out by hand.  ENJOY!!

 
 
 
 

I created these using my old Barbie doll clothes as examples. I would draw them out on tissue paper for a template and cut them by hand using large decorative ribbon or paper then add pretty embellishments. They were kind of my pride and joy at the time.  I hope you enjoy todays post and get inspired to design and create something beautiful yourself.  Blessings today and always.

TGIF......Today GOD is first.
SUPPLIES I USED
Stamps:  Retired Stampin' Up Sets      
Accessories: All created and designed by Sherrie Clark then cut out by hand.  Beads, Buttons, Lace, and Ribbon.

Saturday, September 28, 2013

Ticket to Paradise


Greetings everyone, hope you are having a good and Godly day, for of what lasting value is a good day if it isn't also a Godly day. I have a couple of fellow crafters (Robin and Phyllis) who are leaving for Hawaii in the next few days so I thought I would send them off with a Bon Voyage with a "Ticket to Paradise". I really hope you both have a fun trip and we'll look forward to seeing pictures and hearing your stories upon your return. This card also reminds me of my free ticket to heaven. If you know the Lord, you can receive one of these too. Don't miss out on the most beautiful place we've ever seen as it will be far greater and more beautiful than our present earth with no more sin. Isn't that a wonderful thought!! Don't miss heaven, ask Jesus to become Lord of our Life today.

Today I decided to include two photos of this card at different angles.  I often make my cards like a easel (see bottom photo).   By adding a cardboard back with a fold about one inch down from the top with only the top inch attached to the card it sits up stronger and is less apt to fall over.  That's why I call them "Art Cards" so the recipient can place them on a table to enjoy instead of being hidden away in a drawer somewhere. They can also be framed and hung up on a wall to be appreciated for years to come.


The card recipe is a 6x6 kraft paper base stamped with a nautical stamp I had.  The lighthouse frame is cut using Spellbinders Labels 18 with the edges embossed. I usually just use my stylus on the back of the cut out and press around the edges to make the raised impression. You can also run it through your cutting machine again if you have the correct sandwich. The lighthouse is a stamp I've had for years and the Magnolia stamped image is from the Sea Breeze Collection called "Salute Tilda".  Both are colored with copic markers and the die around Tilda is from Spellbinders called Lattice Rectangles. In front of Tilda I used part of a die from Spellbinders called Gilded Gate 2.  There is one additional die in red in the upper left corner called Spellbinders Fleur de Lis Motifs. You'll notice a piece of cut burlap, shells, compass, flip flops, ticket (colored red with copics), beads, starfish earring, and some blue sparkly swirly things from a border punch I have. These are just lots of trinkets I have collected over the years in my ventures to different thrift stores. Thanks for dropping by.  Baskets of Blessings.


TGIF....Today GOD is first.

SUPPLIES I USED
Stamps: Magnoila: Sea Breeze Collection "Salute Tilda" 
Accessories: Spellbinders: Labels 18, Lattice Rectangles, Gilded Gate 2, and Fleur de Lis Motifs.

Monday, September 23, 2013

HOWDY


 
Howdy partners, sorry for the delay in posting as I've been working on a major crafting project.  I'll post it before the end of the month.  It's been a real challenge and loads of fun.
 
 
 
 
 
 
I made this card sometime back and used the Spellbinders (SB) Labels 8 in rust and kraft, SB Gilded Gate 2 in a textured cream paper, SB Parisian Motifs in olive green for the corners and SB Rose Creations for the middle flower.  I stamped "Howdy" on a pre-cut metal banner and colored the cute Magnolia Image called "Mini Cowgirl" with Copic markers.  I hand drew the cactus'.  There are also two white flowers with pearls made with some punches.  The leaves are made with SB Foliage and a Martha Stewart branch punch.  The cowboy boots are a metal embellishment for added cuteness.
 
Blessings in Christ until next time.
 
TGIF.....Today GOD is first.

 
SUPPLIES I USED
Stamps: Magnolia "Mini Cowgirl" 
Accessories: Spellbinders: Labels 8, Gilded Gate 2, Parisian Motifs, Rose Creations, and Foliage.

Tuesday, September 17, 2013

O Give Thanks to the Lord


Greetings everyone, hope you are having a good and Godly day. I've been having some fun since my last post which included two card parties and an all day "Beth Moore" simulcast at my church.  The card I am posting today was lovingly given to a very special lady named Joyce.   She is due to have surgery again in the near future and I'm sure if you said a prayer for her it would be greatly appreciated. This scripture reminds us that we are to "Give thanks to the Lord, for He is good! For His mercy endures forever".  What a promise we have that we can trust in His goodness and mercy even when we have trials and tribulations.


This card was made with Spellbinders Lattice Motifs and Crosses Two.   Radiant Rectangles and Jewel Keys were used for the sentiment area and of course the scripture is from Karen's Word Art which I so enjoy using on my cards.


Damask Accents make the black leaves around the flowers, I made the small birds nest out of twine and added a few pearls for eggs.   I made the black felt flower and I used Spellbinders Rose Creations to make the cream colored rose.   There is also some Hug Snug white ribbon and cheese cloth.

Thanks for stopping buy, drop in again.

TGIF.....Today GOD is first.






SUPPLIES I USED
Stamps: Karen's WordArt 
Accessories: Spellbinders: Lattice Motifs, Crosses Two,  Radiant Rectangles, Jewel Keys, Damask Accents, and Rose Creations

Wednesday, September 11, 2013

Christmas Blessings


Greetings crafty blog friends, just a simple reminder to keep those in prayer that are still dealing with the tragedy that took place on 9/11/2001.  "May we never forget".

 I took some time the past couple days to create a Christmas Art Card. I'm not usually thinking about Christmas this time of year but have noticed a lot of Christmas cards popping up on pinterest and many of the other crafty blogs I follow. I especially enjoy Christmas because we celebrate Christ's Holy birth. We wouldn't have salvation without Him coming to earth as the God man. Praise the Lord He willing came so we can have everlasting life with Him.


This magnolia stamp has to be one of my favorites along with the table. I colored them with Copic markers and used a Spellbinders Die Labels 2 along with the Ribbon Banners Large for the "Christmas Blessings" sentiment.


The poinsettia is using the three smallest Spellbinders from Layered Poinsettia cut out of some sparkly paper and a small piece of foam in between each layer to give it height and depth. I used a lace doily and had to crinkle it up because it was larger than the 6 x 6 card. The ribbon is from Hug Snug and I died it using ink refills for my ink pads.  I also added the Spellbinders Fantastic Flourish 1 for the leaves and added a couple extra tiny leaves using the Layered Poinsettia along the flourish.


Thanks so much for dropping bye, may the Lord richly bless you today and always.

TGIF......Today GOD is first.

SUPPLIES I USED
Stamps: Magnolia Stamps; French Tea Party and Joyful Tilda        
Accessories: Spellbinders: Labels 2, Ribbon Banners Large, Layered Poinsettia, and Fantastic Flourish One

Monday, September 9, 2013

For it is by Grace..........


Greetings blog friends, hope you are having a great day in the Lord. My card for today is a scripture favorite from Ephesians. It is only by God's wonderful grace that we are saved. If we are relying on our own good works or deeds because we believe we are a good person in order to gain God's favor, we deceive ourselves. We can only rely on the shed blood of Christ and His sacrifice on the cross. It is the best gift ever given to mankind.

 
 
For this card I used the Spellbinders Marvelous Squares to make the frame and interlocked them. I used Spellbinders Crosses 2, Damask Motifs for the corners, a Couture Creations embossing folder called Radiant and a Sizzlit for the white filigrees.

 
The flower was made with a Sizzix die called paper sculpting daisy and I placed a small rose in the center with some old fashioned glitter. Thanks for stopping bye.

TGIF.....Today GOD is first.

SUPPLIES I USED
Stamps: Word Art from Karen       
Accessories: Spellbinders: Marvelous Squares, Damask Motifs, Sizzix, and Couture Creations

Friday, September 6, 2013

Once again......your generosity astounds.

Greetings fellow crafters, I spent several hours yesterday with a special new bestie in Jesus, Lisa and her daughter BethAnne. She was extremely generous and helpful in providing some much needed guidance on how to improve my blog image. It was a great time of fun and fellowship in the Lord.


This simple 4 1/4" x 5 1/2" card speaks to the generosity we are to give one another in the Lord in the form of hospitality. It's a good reminder that we need to find ways to encourage others especially when they have encouraged us. 

I used Spellbinders Damask Accents for the leaves.   The flower was made with Spellbinders Medallion 4 and a button off an old shirt from a long time ago I use to wear.  The sentiment is from Close to My Heart and is cut out with Spellbinders Opulent Ovals. Blessings and hugs.

TGIF.....Today GOD is first.



SUPPLIES I USED
Stamps: CTMH  "A Little Thanks"     
Accessories: Spellbinders: Medallion 4, Opulent Ovals and Damask Accents

Wednesday, September 4, 2013

Which Hope we have as an Anchor of the Soul


Greetings blog friends, I've been reading the Bible about the return of Jesus for His Saints and this verse from Hebrews is of great encouragement to me. What great blessings we have when we follow Christ. This verse assures us of God’s infallible promise in Christ. We can hope in Him without reservation because He is always faithful. For those who have fled to Christ for a refuge in the midst of this world’s turmoil can have a mighty indwelling strength and strong encouragement to grasp and hold fast the hope appointed for us in Him.


Todays card was inspired by some Stampin' Up paper I recently purchased named, "Island Indigo". I had the background paper that matched and thought brown would be a nice accent color. I made pictures with and without the Magnolia image of Edwin hanging on an anchor colored with Copic markers.


I started with a 6"x 6" square card.  It has Spellbinders Marvelous Squares in brown and Labels twenty four in "Island Indigo" (the white one I hand cut and distressed so you couldn’t tell if it wasn't cut straight). I used Spellbinders Radiant Rectangles to cut out the verse and added Fleur de Lis Motifs as accents around the verse and the flower in brown and white paper.    The blue polka dot flower was from Recollections.  Under the flower I used one of my favorite elements, cheese cloth.  You'll also see  a white Spellbinders Die D-Lites Fantastic Flourish 2, brown tulle, and some ribbon.   I made my first blog entry of this card (without Edwin) today over at Word Art Wednesday for challenge #96. I hope it will be inspiring to others.


If you have any questions about the card, feel free to leave me a comment and I'll get back to you.  I appreciate any input about my blog and how I might be able to encourage you in your paper craft projects.

Until next time……have a good and Godly day, for of what lasting value is a good day if it isn’t also a Godly day.

TGIF.....Today GOD is first.

SUPPLIES I USED
Stamps: Magnolia Stamp of Edwin
Accessories: Spellbinders: Radiant Rectangles, Fleur de Lis Motifs, and  D-Lites Fantastic Flourish Two

Monday, September 2, 2013

The Joy of the Lord


Greetings Blog friends, I can't tell you how much fun this is having a blog to post my cards. It's such a joy to have the privilege to share with you what God has blessed me with. I give Him all the credit for the talent and design abilities to make my handmade cards. He is "The Joy of my strength". I also want to give credit for the scripture images I've been using on my cards. They are designed by Karen at Paper Craft Memories, you can follow her link below on the right side of my blog. She has hundreds of different scriptures available on her blog to download and use for making cards or other craft projects.


This card was made using a Magnolia image called Tilda and Wiola (that's the dog) which I colored with Copics.


I made the small yellow roses and the cream colored flowers which are Spellbinders Rose Creations.


It also uses Spellbinders Fleur de Lis Squares, Spellbinders Crosses Two, Spellbinders Floral Flourishes, Spellbinders Damask Accents, and Sizzix Dies for the tree and fence. Thanks for stopping by.

TGIF......Today GOD is first.

SUPPLIES I USED
Stamps: Magnolia Image: Tilda with Wiola
Accessories: Spellbinders: Fleur de Lis Squares, Crosses Two, Floral Flourishes, Damask Accents, Rose Creations, and Sizzix Dies (Tree and Fence)

Thursday, August 29, 2013

Time To Relax........


Greetings crafting friends, it was so much fun posting my first card that I thought I would practice the process and add a second card. It's a good reminder to take time to relax and think about the goodness of God. He is so faithful to His children and loves us beyond measure.
  

I liked the bright colors on this card and thought the little flip flops were cute. I used a cuttlebug embossing folder for the blue background, Spellbinders Labels 18 for the white frame, and Moroccan Motifs for the yellow and green die.  The sentiment was something I had, the butterfly was cut on my ME Slice Machine, and the flip flops were a gift.  I colored the Magnolia Image with Copic Markers from the Seabreeze collection.   Thanks for stopping by and may the Lord richly bless you!

TGIF......Today GOD is first.

SUPPLIES I USED
Stamps: Magnolia Image colored with Copic Markers
Accessories: Cuttlebug Embossing Folder, Spellbinders: Labels 18 and Moroccan Motifs.