Monday, September 22, 2014

A "Lovely Pink Christmas" & an UPDATE!

Hi Blog Friends!

I know I promised to tell you the direction of my blog this week, but plans have changed.
Always have to be flexible! LOL
 I am still waiting to hear back about what I was thinking would be a good opportunity to do something quite meaningful so......,

I decided to do a challenge this week!
 It's been awhile, & I have many stamps that I haven't used yet---especially, Christmas Stamps!
 So, you know what that means? 
Festive Friday Challenge!
Check here:

Here is the inspiration photo:
 Isn't it PRETTY? All those babbles & shine & even FLOWERS!
Be still my heart!
The other inspiration for my card is Melissa over at LilyBean Paperie, I LOVE her style!
Check here:
Melissa loves to use Vellum & just has a way with her lovely creations....sigh!
With her blog, I am ALWAYS saying, "Be still my heart!" LOL

Here's what I made for the challenge:
 My card is 4 1/4" x 5 1/2".
 I used Dick Blick Modeling Paste on the left side,
 with a Tim Holtz- Doily Stencil. I also used Distress Markers to color the modeling paste here & there, to get the look of the floral curtain in the picture. I was quite pleased how it took the color.

I used PTI- Tag Sale Die #1 & embossed it with Flourishes- A Year in Flowers 2, Versa Mark & Zig White Embossing Powder, & attached it with Vellum tape.
 The little banner greeting is by SU- Teeny Tiny Wishes,
  & it is  popped up on Scotch Perm. Mounting Tape.

The  Ornaments are by SU- Ornament Keepsakes Stamp Set & Dies. I embossed one with white embossing powder & sponged pink ink over it; the other I drew little circles over the die & added silver & white to the ball with  Faber-Castell Pitt Pens- Silver 251*** & White 101***.
 The ornaments are popped up on Scotch Perm. Mounting Tape.

The Christmas Wreath with bow is stamped with Brilliance Galaxy Gold Pigment Ink. The Wreath & bow are from Flourishes- Seasons of Wreaths & I used a water color brush to add just a little pink color to some of the balls. The wreath is popped up on Scotch Perm. Mounting Tape also.

The little silver trees are made with SU-Sizzix Die- Merry Details,
  & popped up on Scotch Mounting Tape.
I used Paper Studio Pearls for edging the tag, and I added a Prima Flower to top it off.

Here you can see all the sparkle....I used Wink of Stella, adding it to  almost everything!
A new product  I'm trying, I LOVE IT! I even added it to the silver trees.

Another look! I thought this picture showed a little more of the color & detail.

The inside:
"Let the Heavens rejoice & the earth be glad." Psalm 96:11.

The inside sentiment is from Flourishes- Poinsettia & Pine. I just layered my Vellum over the sentiment & I sponged pink over the embossed rose, from Flourishes-A Year In Flowers 2.

I hope you've enjoyed seeing my "Lovely Pink Christmas!"
 It IS FUN to mix & match what you have to get EXACTLY what you want!
 Try pulling out some of those hoarded stamps & supplies
 & join us over at Festive Friday Challenge Blog.
 There's still time...!

The more I do Pink for Christmas, the more I LIKE!

"If that is the case, our God whom we serve is able to deliver us from the burning fiery furnace, & He will deliver us from your hand, O king. But, if not, let it be known to you, o king, that we do not serve your gods, nor will we worship the gold image which you have set up."
Daniel 3:17-18.

P.S. See you next week,  I have a birthday card to create!

Supplies not mentioned above:
Grafix Vellum
Paper- Paper Studio & SU
Glue Dots
Zig Glue Pen
White dots from the negative space of a die.

Monday, September 15, 2014

PINK for our girl & a "Ninja Mom!"

Hi Blog Friends!

Today, I do have a card that I stamped for you. Our daughter went back to school the weekend before I made this. I miss her terribly! She is always a help to me & we just enjoy chatting about things... We are  so blessed with her understanding of Scripture & we enjoy our discussions. Her favorite color is PINK, so I thought she would like a Pink Card & of course it had to have flowers!

Before I show you the card, I should tell you about moving her into her dorm---I jumped out of the vehicle with her, when we got there, to check her in....As we went between the dorms, I stepped off the sidewalk to make my way around the large portable air-conditioning they had set up. The minute I stepped off the side walk, I lost my footing & down I went! First hitting the sidewalk with my left knee, trying to catch myself with my right hand...I went over onto my left shoulder.  (I had my purse on my left arm. Thank goodness, I had just zipped it up! I would have been showered with it's contents!) About that time, a little voice in my head said to, "roll!" So, I rolled; well actually, I think I "flipped!" Everything went slow motion about then & I could see my hair flying up around my head. I landed on my backside, sitting up in the grass. About that time, I heard our daughter, "Oh no! Oh no!"  She was scurrying about me, not knowing what to do! Yes, there were on-lookers. How embarrassing! But, I brushed myself off & stood up. Our daughter then was saying, "Don't do that again Mom!" Like that is what I had planned to do all along! LOL I am sore today in my shoulder & rib cage, but no visible bruising, except a very little on my left knee. I think the "rolling/flipping" helped ALOT! Thank you Lord! I remembered hearing, that if you fall, "roll..." it makes the injury less severe. I told our daughter, I felt like a "Ninja Mom!" LOL We'll keep an eye on the soreness & see if it persists, as to whether I need to be seen or not. When it came time to move her things in, some of her friends came to help & our daughter told me to stay put in her room. I guess she didn't want another "Ninja Show" for the campus! LOL

When I made this card, I was thinking just a small 3" x 3" card ( I usually choose small for quickly made cards), & that is what I made to start with. I liked how it came out & wondered how a 4 1/4" x 5 1/2" card would look, so I made one of those too!

Here's the 3" x 3" card first:
I used the set- SU- Peaceful Petals for my main image.

I used the Peaceful Petals flower & stamped first with Pretty in Pink, then Pixie Pink, & lastly with Pink Passion Ink. (I still use those "old" colors & love them! How could I not?)

 I created an ombre affect with the colors.

I wondered how this would look with an open image....just overlapping the stamped images randomly. I like how it almost looks scribbled. The little sentiment is from SU- Short & Sweet.
(Yep, I can't seem to get rid of the old stamp sets either! LOL)

Now, for the larger 4 1/4" x 5 1/2" card:
The sentiment on the front is SU- Bloom'in Beautiful.

Dimensionals were added to the back of the blooms & then arranged.

A close look at the flowers:
An even closer look at one of the flowers:
To color the blooms, I used my Letraset Water Color Marker- Blender Marker. I just touched it to my Ink Pad & picked up the color that way.
For the center, I used Stickles.

 Now, for the inside:
You can see the ombre affect a little better here. I just love the scribbled look of this, all done with an open image! The sentiment inside is from SU- Bloom'in with Love.

Which one do you like best, the small 3" x 3" card or the larger 4 1/4" x 5 1/2" card?
I made a matching envelope, so when our daughter receives this in the mail, she'd know it is special!

The "Ninja Mom!"
***Next week I have an "announcement" in regards to my blog & what is in store...."
 See you then!

Monday, September 8, 2014


Hi Blog Friends!

I'm glad you came by to see what I have for you today! 
I have a card for you that I was very happy to create! Not really thinking of anyone in-particular when I made it. I just wanted to use my ability to create a card that you might like.

The Bible tells us,
"Your eye is a lamp that provides light for your body. When your eye is good, your whole body is filled with light. But, when your eye is bad, your whole body is filled with darkness. And if the light you think you have is actually darkness, how deep that darkness is!" 
Matthew 6:22- 23 (NLT)

When I created my image for this card, I found a picture of a young woman who's eyes just "sparkled!" I don't know this woman, but there seems to be light in her eyes...
 & this scripture came to mind.
The only thing I might expound further on with this Scripture is when first I read this, my thought  was, about the light that might be in you when Christ is living in your body- when you know Him, it will show through your eyes, your life.... But, when I read this Scripture another day & thinking on it, my thought also went to what are you filling your body with now or at any given time, through your eyes? If your "eye is a lamp,"  helping you to see...  Your eyes are meant to bring light into your body---looking on things that are good. Another words, if you look at darkness, using your eye to look at bad things/ungodly things, your body will be filled with darkness, the very darkness you are looking at, this shows the condition of your heart--that it is bad/not of God; if you look at good things/ godly things, your body will be filled with light, again showing the condition of one's heart, that it is good. Just like Paul, when he thought he was doing right by persecuting Christians, he was in the dark, & "how deep that darkness was." He was in the dark spiritually & then, God blinded Paul, & when he was visited by Ananias the scales fell from his eyes & his eyesight was restored.
This story also tells us in more ways than one, that our sin affects & hurts others, 
 but when restoration comes, healing comes! Our restoration affects & helps others;
 It  also tells me God wanted Paul to see just how blind he was---a literal, physical lesson for him!
Acts 9:1-19.
This reminds me of the children's song, "Oh be careful little eyes what you see...." (I know, I've mentioned this song before. I can't seem to get away from this song when I think about growing in Christ--a constant goal. So simple, but so true!) Those lessons we learn as children ARE important!
 And it is important for us as parents to TEACH THESE LESSONS, 
to our children from a young age! This is a very basic Christian lesson!
 If we teach our children these lessons, it will save them & ourselves much heartache!

Now, to my card---- I have pictures of the progression of my image for you.
 I do hope you enjoy & gain a new perspective on the beauty of a face filled with "light!"

Here is my inspiration:

Can you see the light in her eyes? (Maybe, I should call it "twinkle?" Since I don't know her.) :D

Here is the progression of my image:
Beginning lightly....

This is my image mounted on card stock.

Some natural lighting....

The inside is left plain for a lengthy hand written note.

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Hope you have enjoyed seeing the progression of my sketch & the finale!

Don't forget to "Sparkle" for Christ!

***Be back next week for "PINK for our girl & 'Ninja Mom!' "
(Yep, you heard right, "Ninja Mom!") LOL

Supplies not mentioned above:
Faber-Castell 9000 Graphite Artist Pencils
Faber-Castell- Perfection 7056 Eraser
Blending Stump
Knead Eraser
Dick Blick-Sketch Board
Da Vinci 2485 Brush
SU- Stamp-a-ma-jig
SU- Warm Words
Acrylic Sealant

Sunday, August 31, 2014

Monet's Water Lily

Hi Blog Friends!

I hope you enjoyed my "Tutorial Blitz!"
As you have been enjoying my tutorials, I have been busy at work here working away
 with new posts for you for the next few weeks; trying to find my footing & the direction of my blog!

First of all, I want to share with you a Scripture that just seemed to speak to me, when I heard it. I was listening to  Dr. David Jeremiah, I wrote it down quickly so I wouldn't forget it.
I was actually thinking of our kids, but knew this Scripture was for me too!
When I find a Scripture that speaks to me or that I think will encourage me, I write it out on a 6" x 4" card & then I decorate the card. Sometimes, I'll send them to our kids or I will post them about the house where I can see them. Sometimes they are decorated with stamps, other times I hand draw my designs. Today, I hand drew my design.
(Feel free to copy this Scripture Card for yourself!)

Here is my Scripture Card for you today:
"The goal of obedience isn't success. The goal of obedience is abiding---
abiding in the one true vine, the only source of abundant joy."
 John 15:10-11.
There are many times we don't succeed at obedience. I think of children, disobeying their parents....that's us sometimes as God's children. We disobey to get our way, to manipulate the situation, to force what we want. We disobey when God specifically tells us something through His Word, & rather than trust Him that it is so, we react to the situation around us.
 There are many situations that I can describe where we might disobey.
The goal isn't success in obedience, but it is "abiding in the one true vine!"  Webster's Dictionary says abiding is, to accept without objection, to remain stable.  The"One true vine," is Jesus Christ! What joy we receive when we "abide in the one true vine!" Joy that surpasses just happiness! Joy that others who aren't walking after Christ cannot experience! When all the world around us, is falling a Christian, we can "abide in the one true vine." And as we "abide in the one true vine," we receive joy, from "the only source of abundant joy!"  Notice: "The only source..." This is a joy that we can not get anywhere else! "Abundant joy?" Abundant joy is joy that is of  ample quantity or perfect joy! Another words,
We receive perfect joy of ample quantity for remaining stable, not fighting Christ & what He wants in our lives, for accepting without objection what Christ has for us! 
What a wonderful promise!
I also know, people make life harder than it needs to be.
 If we can only remember this promise!

Now for my Artistic Creation for you today!
I wanted to do a flower of some sort & this just came to me one evening as I closed my eyes. Once I was finished creating this, I remembered a book I had on Monet.
 It made me think of Monet's Water Lily's!

Take a look at what I've done:
I sketched out my design first with my Faber-Castell 9000 Artist Graphite Pencils. 

Then I used my Faber-Castell Illustration Pens to draw over my pencil markings.

Then using my Gelato's I colored in my image & just blended it with my fingers. I also used my Faber-Castell Artist Crayons to add additional depth to my colored image, and I also used my Faber Castell- White Pitt Pen 101***.

I wanted to write the name of my flower on my image & so I used my Faber-Castell Illustration Pens.  Faber Castell Illustration Pens are India Ink, so they work well with the Gelatos.

Lastly, I added Diamond Glaze for water droplets on the flower & the lily pad.
This image just screamed CAS to me!

Don't forget to come back next week for a hand-drawn sketch I've done for you--"Sparkle!"

Hope you like my "Monet!"
P.S. I think I need some Mozart & a fine cup of Tea now!

For the FINEST Art Supplies go to:[dickblick's%20com]&wmcid=msn01&cid=psgex11031247807

Supplies not mentioned above:
Gelatos- Metallic Grape, Boysenberry, Lemon,  Blueberry,
Banana, Lavender, Raspberry, White, Pistachio & Green Tea.
Prisma Color Marker- For the fine lines on the flower center.
Paper Studio- paper
Scotch Permanent Mounting Tape

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

TUTORIAL BLITZ------Behind the Scenes- #3!

Hi Blog Friends!

I'm here today with the last tutorial of my "Tutorial Blitz," just for you! 
This one is a little simpler & I hope you like it too.
Giving you some more ideas for your coffee stamps.
Remember all these images can be found anywhere out there in the stamping market.
(SU is a good source for this image, maybe SSS -Simon Says Stamp)!


I thought this card reminded me of  early morning drives taking  our kids to school when they were younger, or heading out for shopping early in the day. I always liked to stop by Tim Horton's & grab a specialty coffee & a muffin! (Yes, TLady does like coffee too---with lots of sugar & cream! LOL)

These are the supplies you will need for this card:
Stamp Image/s
1- 8 1/2" x 5 1/2" -  Aqua- This is your card base.
1- 4 1/8" x 5 3/8" - Pink- This layers on top of the card base.
1- 4" x 5 1/4"- Dark Brown- This layers on top of the pink card stock.
Designer Paper- Echo Park- "Everyday eclectic."
1- 3 7/8" x 2 3/4"- Clouds
1- 3 7/8" x 2 3/8"- Chevron pattern
9" Cotton Twill- 3/4" wide- White or Cream
1- 3 3/4" x 3 3/4"- White Die- Circle- This is for the sun rays
1- 2 3/4" x 3"- White- This is for your Stamped images.
3- Aqua Enamel Dots-you can buy these or make your own like I did.
Glimmer Mist  &/or Sponges & Ink- In a Sunflower color/Bright Yellow
Glimmer Mist for the ribbon-In Creme de Chocolate/ Dark Brown or Instant Coffee, hot water  & spritz bottle.
Your choice of coloring medium for the images.
Stencil of Sun Rays - I used Tim Holtz stencil- Rays.(Your other options- Paper Piece the sun rays or create your own stencil. Try using Artist's Crayons & melt it letting it drip to make the rays. Your choice!)
Pencil & Eraser

Using the 8 1/2" x 5 1/2" Aqua- Card Base,
 lay your card stock horizontally across your Score-Buddy,
score at 4 1/4". Go ahead & fold your card & set this aside.

First of all prepare the space where you will be spritzing with old newspaper or scrap paper to protect  your surface.
Using the Circle Die, lay your stencil over it, placing the rays coming off of one side as below.
You can either spritz this or sponge on your color with a stencil, or use melted wax & let it drip to make the sun rays, or paper piece the sun rays instead of using the stencil. You choose.
 I chose to spritz it.
 I thought the sponging wasn't dark enough for me, & I like the shimmer of the Glimmer Mist!
Be sure to clean your stencil as this dries.
TIP: Keeping your tools clean makes them last longer & you won't end up with surprises later!
TIP: I found my Glimmer Mist bottle wasn't spritzing, as it has sat in my cupboard for awhile. To unclog the nozzle---Using a bowl, fill it with HOT water. Unscrew the top off of the bottle, placing your glimmer mist somewhere where it won't be spilled, place the nozzle of the bottle-- submerged under the hot water & let it set just a bit. After a bit, try to spritz the water out through the nozzle over the sink. This did the trick for me! If it doesn't work for you, try hotter water  &/or letting it soak just a bit more. (I wouldn't recommend "boiling" water!)

This is after Spritzing. I love that shimmer! Lay it aside to dry.
Prepare your space for spritzing your ribbon. Lay your ribbon down & spritz! Don't feel you have to soak the ribbon. Just enough to make it look like you've splattered some coffee on it.
I used Glimmer Mist Creme De Chocolate- 30120. You can use Instant Coffee dissolved in hot water if you don't have Glimmer Mist. It leaves a nice coffee scent too! Set aside to dry.
***(Any coffee kept needs to be refrigerated & used soon. It does go bad!)***

Stamp your sentiment on the inside of your Aqua- Card Base.

Adhere the Brown- 4" x 5 1/4" card stock on top of the Pink- 4 1/8" x 5 3/8" card stock.

Now adhere the Designer Paper- with Clouds- the 3 7/8" x 2 3/4" card stock to the top.

Next adhere the Chevron Designer Paper- 3 7/8" x 2 3/8" card stock to the bottom.

Get an eye for how you want your sun rays to lay. You'll want them going up & out.

You can use the seam where the two Designer Papers meet to guide you.

Using a ruler, mark a straight line with your pencil across the circle.

Cut on your pencil line.

Now it's time to mark the side of your circle die. You'll want  the matting on the card base to show, so  line up your circle to the bottom seam where you just cut, & make your line according to the matting on the side--the brown & the pink.

Now, cut that line.

Erase any pencil lines gently with your eraser after cutting
TIP: A "Knead Eraser" works best for erasing without tearing your paper! The one eraser an Artist should have in their arsenal!
Here's what you'll end up with. Go ahead & adhere that to the front of your card.

This is what we'll be doing with the ribbon, covering the seam. Make sure you leave some space for the Coffee Cup on the right when placing your ribbon. ***

Here's how to make that knot:
 Lay your ribbon back side up & then bring your ends up as I have done here. (When you bring up the sides, you can see the "right" side of the ribbon.)

Bring the right end down & up through the hole. You can pull to make the knot from here. Pulling gently & twisting to make the darker side show on the front. We want the pointed side of the knot on the front of the card.  *** See the picture above where the ribbon is laid across the card front.

Add adhesive to the back where the ribbon will meet.
TIP: This is a way of saving on ribbon too! Rather than wrapping your whole card with ribbon.

Snip off the excess or add more adhesive.

Add adhesive to the rest of the back & yes, on top of the ribbon also. You don't want that ribbon to come loose.

Layer this on top of the Card Base--the Aqua base.

Time to stamp your image/s.
Color your image/s. I used Copics & Prisma Color Markers.
 (Notice, I got outside of the lines. I did that just for you. You'll see why! :))

Fussy cut your images to get a close cut on your images.
(You don't even notice where I colored out of the lines, do you? So, you don't have to color these perfectly!)

Add dimensionals to your images as below.
 I doubled layered my dimensionals on either end of the coffee cup, so your image won't look puffy in the middle from the ribbon underneath, when it is placed on the card.

Add the little circle coffee cup image to the front of the main image.

Adhere your main image, straddling the ribbon with your main image.
We're almost done!

Now add the 3- Enamel Dots.  To get them straight, just line them up with the chevron pattern.

Here are some additional photo's for you:

Hope you've enjoyed my "Tutorial Blitz!"
The three tutorials I've given you, with only a few additional supplies, (not covering all supplies)
 would value about $30.

Let me know if you liked my "Tutorial Blitz--Behind the Scene's?"
And be sure to come back next week as I'm going in a little different direction; 
I hope you will like what I'll be doing!

Still CREATING here! :D