Thursday, April 19, 2012

{our} refuge and strength

Happy Thursday to ya!

Can you stand seeing yet another card made from these now-familiar Stella Rose papers?  ;P  I'm about ready to move on, but I've just been enjoying them so much...the colors, the patterns --yum!

I think I've been in an aqua mode lately.  It's such a pretty color --and perfect for spring too, don't you think?

Anyway, here's my {last} card using Stella Rose Hazel paper...well, for a while ;):

I found the flower among my stash and thought it would go well with the pink splatters on it...well, it did once I sponged the petal edges with some pink ink and added a pearl center. ;)   My youngest daughter thought it resembled the flowers on the designer paper.  The zig-zag stitching running vertically on the pink panel got lost behind the pearl swirl, but the card just seemed a bit out of balance without the swirl, so hidden it will remain. 

Oh, and the layout is based on this week's sketch from RetroSketches.  It's a relatively new sketch challenge blog with fun, simple sketches and a talented design team.  If you haven't heard of them before and if you love sketches, you should check 'em out. 

I hope you're having a wonderful week!

Thanks so much for the visit, and I hope you'll stop by again soon.  Until then, many blessings to you!

Supplies shown some lovin':

Psalm 46:1

Cardstock:  Colonial White (Close To My Heart)
Patterned Paper:  Stella Rose Hazel 6x6 collection (My Mind's Eye)
Stamps:  Psalm 46:1 (Verve Stamps)
Ink:  Smoky Gray VersaFine (Tsukineko), Antique Linen Distress Ink (Ranger), Heavenly Blue, Baby Pink (Close To My Heart)
Other:  Standard Circle Small and Large dies, Lacey Circle die (Spellbinders), Cuttlebug (Provo Craft), Daisy border punch (Martha Stewart), flower (my stash), wrinkled seam binding (MemrieMare's etsy shop), flat back pearl (Joy! Crafts), Opaline pearl swirls (BasicGrey), sponge, sewing machine, thread, foam dimensionals

Friday, April 13, 2012

congrats! {girlfriend}

Happy Friday to ya!!

One of my dearest friends recently went back to school to get her nursing degree and then subsequently passed the state board exam, so this card is for her --and this sweet little girl even reminds me of her {and all the black thread reminds me of sutures -lol}:

I used this week's sketch from Card Patterns as the design --haven't played along with them in really loonnngggg time-- and this was also my first time to use a digi image {I know, Where have I been?!?!}.  I can't believe I waited this long to try my hand at these, as I've got quite a few digis patiently waiting for me --the big bummer with that is last night my laptop decided not to recognize either of our printers...not sure how long it will take to fix that little snafu. ;-/  Hopefully not long, as I use our printers almost on a daily basis.  Ugh.

And here's the inside of her card:

Oh, and please just ignore that teeny red fleck next to the stethoscope --I have NO idea how that got there, but I'm pretty sure it had to have come from the red glitter pen I used to color in the heart.  Doh!  Good thing she's not a stamper...maybe she won't notice.  On second thought,  maybe it would be good if she did notice...I wouldn't want a poor-sighted nurse working on me; would you? lol 

And I see now that I forgot to color in the stethoscope's ear pieces, so that will be taken care of before it gets sent out...but NOT with a glitter pen.  ;)

Well, because it's Friday, that means it's "pancake day" over here and the hubster will be home soon to join I'd best get into the kitchen and get started before I have a mutiny on my hands. ;P

I hope you have a wonderful weekend!

Thanks so much for the visit, and I hope you'll stop by again soon. Until then, many blessings to you!

Supplies shown some lovin':


Cardstock:  White Daisy, Cranberry (Close To My Heart), Smokey Shadow (Papertrey Ink)
Patterned Paper:  Urban Prairie 6x6 collection (BasicGrey)
Stamps:  Pure Innocence Nurse digi image (Heather Ellis), U R A Hoot! and Comforting Hugs (Kim Hughes for the old Cornish Heritage Farms)
Ink:  Jet Black StazOn (Tsukineko), Antique Linen Distress Ink (Ranger)
Other:  Classic Circle Small die, Big Scalloped Circles die (Spellbinders), Half & Half die collection, Mega Mat Stack 4 die (Papertrey Ink), Cuttlebug (Provo Craft), Daisy border punch (Martha Stewart), Prismacolor pencils (Sanford), odorless mineral spirits (Mona Lisa), blending stumps (Alvin), Pitch Black, Silver, and Lipstick Spica glitter pens (Too Marker), buttons (my stash), embroidery floss (DMC), sponge, Liquid Glass (Close To My Heart), sewing machine, thread, foam dimensionals

Thursday, April 12, 2012

love {note}

Happy Thursday to ya!

And a happy Thursday it is...I just found out that this card received the honor of being recognized by the very talented sketch artist herself, Tracy!   For those who are on design teams or whose work is regularly published, that may be old hat {does that actually ever happen?}, but it's pretty exciting news for little ol' me; and she definitely made my heart smile with the sweet words she wrote about my card {*blush*}.  ;)  If you're at all interested, you can read about it by clicking here --and even if you're not interested in reading about it {it's okay, really}, you can get inspired by her new sketch for this week.

Okay, I'm done tootin' my own horn...if you're still with me, thanks for humoring me.  ;)  

{And now if you don't want to be subjected to further boredom, I suggest you skip the text and just move on down to the card.   You're welcome.}

Once upon a time, long, long ago in a far away land...before home schooling...I used to send little reminders of my love for my sweet hubby with him each time we'd be separated overnight.  I'd have one card for him to open for each night that we were apart.  It was really easy to do when I used to just buy cards, although I am the type of person who will stand there pouring over cards for a painfully long period of time to be sure I had chosen the perfect card for the person in mind for each particular occasion.  I'm fairly certain the employees of my favorite card store must have thought I was crazy camping out there like that every few months, but I just can't bring myself to give a card to someone if I don't honestly feel the sentiment conveyed.  If you're reading this, you probably feel the same way. 

Thankfully, spending hours in card stores carefully selecting a handful of cards is a thing of the past.  Now I just spend hours making a single card...which means I rarely have any made ahead of time so I'm usually scramblin' to get them done.  ;P  

Ten years ago, I took the leap into cardmaking by telling myself {and my hubby} that I was going to be saving a TON of money by not buying cards.  Now, I know I'm not saving time or money {shhh, don't tell him that! lol}...not by a long shot!...but the process of creating a card by hand means:

* I get to joyfully fill my time while thinking about/praying for others as I make their card 
{makes me feel a little less selfish for wanting to stamp -lol}
* the hours spent on cards are now spent at home with those I love
{where they don't have to wonder if I'm crazy...they already know!}
each card is truly personalized 
{the whole idea behind giving a card} 

--it's a triple win in my book!  ;D   What an awesome blessing this hobby is...just wish I could find some way to speed up my creative process.

Anyway...all that to say I haven't had the time to make my hubby many little love notes in the last several years. ;(  Not that I've needed too many, but still.

So today's card {you knew I'd get to the card at some point...or at least you were hoping I would, right?!} is the first one I've made for this purpose in a long time, and I plan it to be the first one of many I'm going to need to tuck into my hubby's bag when he helps out with scout camp again this summer...which will be sneaking up on us before we know it! 

I made this one last night using this sweet little sketch over at retro sketches

Whew!  My apologies for being so talkative today.  I'm going to blame it all on the side effects of the happy dance I've been doing since finding out I was named Tracy's Sketch Artist today.  {*toot toot*}  ;P

As always, thanks so much for the visit, and I hope you'll stop by again soon.  Because I've had some extra stamping time this week, I've got another card to share with you tomorrow.  Until then, many blessings to you!

Supplies shown some lovin':

love note

Cardstock:  Kraft (SU!), White Daisy (Close To My Heart)
Patterned Paper:  Stella Rose Hazel 6x6 collection (My Mind's Eye)
Stamps:  Hugs & Kisses (Kim Hughes for the old Cornish Heritage Farms)
Ink:  Smokey Gray VersaFine (Tsukineko), Antique Linen Distress Ink (Ranger)
Other:  Tags Trio die (Spellbinders), Jotted Heart die (Verve Stamps), Cuttlebug (Provo Craft), Lipstick Spica glitter pen (Too Marker), Prismacolor pencils (Sanford), odorless mineral spirits (Mona Lisa), blending stumps (Alvin), Cherry Twist twine (Shabby Green Door), edge distresser (Heidi Swapp), sponge, sewing machine, thread, foam dimensionals 

Tuesday, April 10, 2012

it takes {courage}

I've been able to stamp quite a bit these past several days, so my week is definitely off to a great start.  I feel like I'm coming alive again {not that I've felt dead or anything -lol...just haven't been able to fill my days with things that really make me smile on the inside}!! ;D  Not to say I don't enjoy my days, I do.  But I liken crafty time to a vacation or something out of the ordinary, like going to your favorite holiday some people go to Disneyland or someplace special like that.  Does that make sense?  Too bad my schedule doesn't regularly accommodate my wish that every week could be filled to the brim with crafty days.  I know, welcome to the real world.  ;P 

The unseasonably warm and sunny weather we've been having lately has been really great for boosting my inspiration, and this really fun sketch by Tracy Clemente was just the jump start I needed for this card:

Okay, guess the play time is over for me today...time for me to go "accomplish" something. ;)  Hope you're having a wonderful week!

Thanks so much for the visit, and I hope you'll stop by again soon. Until then, many blessings to you!

Supplies shown some lovin':

It Takes Courage

Cardstock:  White Daisy (Close To My Heart), Sweet Blush, vellum (Papertrey Ink), Kraft (SU!)
Patterned Paper:  Stella Rose Hazel 6x6 collection (My Mind's Eye)
Stamps:  Where You Should Be (Unity Stamp Company)
Ink:  Smoky Gray VersaFine (Tsukineko), Baby Pink (Close To My Heart)
Other:  Classic Circle Large die, Circle Scallop Large die (Spellbinders), Rolled Rose die (My Favorite Things), Large Country Heart die (BossKut), Tiny Bubbles embossing folder, Cuttlebug (Provo Craft), Daisy border punch (Martha Stewart), Say it in Pearls Swirls (Prima), crochet trim (Wright's), sponge, Liquid Glass (Close To My Heart), sewing machine, thread

Saturday, April 7, 2012

{everlasting} life

This week was rather busy around here, but fortunately my schedule freed up enough that I was able to make an Easter card for my sweet hubby.  My inspiration was this week's Mojo Monday sketch...again. ;P  If you look closely, you may notice that some more of those luscious Linen Closet papers found their way to my crafting table --thanks again, Mom!  ;)

I wanted the beauty and simplicity of the cross to be the focus, so I didn't color it in...just used some pastel green glitter pen to give it a subtle shimmer and sponged on some blue in the background.  The one-line sentiment was broken up to make it fit the small panel.  I'm sure my hubby will appreciate the {relative -lol!} un-fussiness of this much so that I probably should've restrained myself and saved the pearls for another card {oops}.

ETA:  Not sure what's up with the right side of the card being cut off, but trust me, it's there...and balanced. ;P

So much more than bunnies, baskets, and candy, Easter is a time to celebrate what Christ did for us on the cross over 2,000 years ago...the very reason we can have hope and the promise of everlasting life.  What an unfathomable gift --Happy Easter weekend! ;D

Thanks so much for the visit, and I hope you'll stop by again soon.  Until then, many Easter blessings to you!

Supplies shown some lovin':

Everlasting Life

Cardstock:  Colonial White, Desert Sand (Close To My Heart)
Patterned Paper:  Linen Closet mat stack (DCWV)
Stamps:  Everlasting Life (Verve)
Ink:  Smoky Gray VersaFine (Tsukineko), Antiniue Linen Distress Ink (Ranger), Heavenly Blue (Close To My Heart)
Other:  Classic Circle Small die, Pinking Circle Large die (Spellbinders), Rickrack border die (Papertrey Ink), Cuttlebug (Provo Craft), sponge, Liquid Glass (Close To My Heart), Mint Spica glitter pen (Too Marker), Opaline half pearls (BasicGrey), sewing machine, thread, foam dimensional adhesive

Sunday, April 1, 2012

{wisteria} wishes

Happy Sunday! 

My family has been sick this week, so, in addition to playing nursemaid and gestapo {NO sugar, NO dairy}, I feel like I've been dodging bullets...and so far I've been fairly successful.  My tip:  lotsa prayer, more sleep than usual, nourishing chicken soup with homemade broth, extra butter oil/fermented cod liver oil blend {my choice is the Cinnamon Tingle flavor...everyone else wimps out and takes the capsules -lol}, soaking up some vitamin D {aka sunshine}, and no *receiving* kisses {that last one's been the toughest}.  BUT, if there's a positive side to having everyone in the house under the weather this particular week, it was that I could get my baby's birthday card made without my having to stay up until all hours of the night.  ;)

I knew she would like some brown in her card {one of her favorite colors...hmmm, wonder if it's because it reminds her of chocolate? lol}.  And when I went shopping with a girlfriend last weekend, we found some beautiful lacey rosette ribbon that just had to come home with us.  I knew I wanted to use one of them on my daugher's card.  And then I spotted the cutest package of dimensional {and glittered!} stickers.  I don't usually buy stickers {or any crafty items for that matter...lately}, but these were butterflies and flowers and I knew my daughter would love them. ;P 

It was then I began putting her card together in my mind.  I almost bought a single piece of 12x12 at the store {the lavender was a perfect match to coordinate with the lacey trim and the stickers}, but opted to put it back because I was afraid that it would get wrinkled in transit. ;(  Plus, I figured with all the paper I had at home, I must have something that would work...and I figured I could always send my sweet hubby back for it if I really needed it {he's always sooooo good about picking things up for me on his way home from work, although if he had known about my Plan B, he'd have been really glad he got sick this week -lol}. 

Well, once home, I coudn't find any patterned paper in my stash that would work to create the card I'd envisioned. ;(   BUT, the following day is when this week's Mojo Monday sketch found its way to my!   I now had a fresh vision.  Love it when that happens. ;)

Here's what resulted:

It's a bit "older" looking than what I'd planned to make for my sweet baby girl turning 12 this week, but I think the whimsical butterfly and the die cut floral layer help to create a somewhat playful look {maybe you could humor me and tell me I'm right??}.  And if that doesn't do it, maybe I'll try to distract her by telling her this card holds my record for layering...I counted 14 layers of paper on this puppy!!  ;P  {Yes, it's a little heavy...glad I'm not having to mail it. lol}  In any case, I hope she'll like it. 

Stay well! ;)

Thanks so much for the visit, and I hope you'll stop by again soon. Until then, many blessings to you!

Supplies shown some {long-overdue} lovin':

{wisheria} wishes

Cardstock:  White Daisy, Cocoa (Close To My Heart)
Patterned Paper:  Wisteria Violet, Wisteria Fountain (BasicGrey), Eliza Eyelet (Making Memories), Flower Child Socialite in brown (KI Memories)
Stamps:  Circular Sayings (Verve)
Ink:  Antique Linen Distress Ink (Ranger), Amethyst (Close To My Heart), Timber Brown StazOn (Tsukineko)
Other:  Lacey Squares die, Classic Scallop Rectangle small and large dies (Spellbinders), Cuttlebug (Provo Craft), Quilted border punch (Martha Stewart), Popyseed Butterfly & Paisley Grand Adhesions stickers (K&Company), lace trim (craft store), vellum, sponge (Close To My Heart), sewing machine, thread