Saturday, June 29, 2013


Hi Blog Friends!
In case you haven't noticed, I LOVE Challenges! Our Daily Bread has a Challenge right now---The Challenge? Make a Patriotic or Red, White & Blue Card! It's due by Sunday, July 7th at 8 p.m.
Well, Our Daily Bread has some MAGNIFICENT Patriotic Stamps! I haven't seen any Patriotic stamps that compare with ODB's! I've been working on trying to get them ALL! I still have more to get! LOL Thank goodness, these are also stamps that my hubby can use on his crafts too! These images are Patriotic AND Masculine!  
Check here for more information on the Challenge over at Our Daily Bread:
I've made two cards for this challenge! The first is a Tent Card,
This card is made with Our Daily Breads Stamps, Old Flag-for the background! I LOOOVE this stamp! Isn't it GORGEOUS! There's NOTHING LIKE "OLD GLORY!" The Star & "America" is from Home of the Free. The flying Eagle is from Some Gave All; what a GLORIOUS CREATURE with his wings spread wide!  And  the Eagle Head & Scripture are from In God We Trust. The Eagle head is a REALLY NICE SIZE!

For my second card, I tried a new technique-"Felted Card Stock!" I purchased some Patriotic napkins at the store last year for this so, I couldn't let the opportunity pass me by! I'm SURE you all know, AFTER a holiday is the time to buy these types of things!
 Here's my second card,
 "In God We Trust!":
I used a napkin for the background; Peel the napkin's back off first. Then layer white card stock, plastic wrap (making sure it ISN'T the microwavable type, as it doesn't work!) Then the napkin, face up. Make sure you have padding on the bottom of the layers & on top as you iron over them. The plastic wrap will melt & adhere these layers together! Make sure there aren't any bubbles & the edges are all adhered well. Snip off the excess edges & then you can cut this to whatever size you want. The napkin leaves a nice texture, like fabric! After I cut what I wanted I used a SU- Corner Rounder Punch on one corner & then used Tim Holtz-Tea Dye on the edges. If you notice, the napkin had writing on it & I cut it so this would show on my card:
"We the people..." I LOVED this when I bought it! It was SO MUCH NICER, VINTAGE, compared to the other napkins they had in the store! I LOVE that little added touch!
Here is the inside:
"Do not overcome by evil but overcome evil with good." Romans 12:21.
 You'll notice I used the same stamps I used on my first card. The only difference is: The front sentiment, "In God We Trust!" & it is from the set, In God We Trust and the Scripture is from Some Gave All.
I HOPE you've enjoyed this post & are planning & have a WONDERFUL DAY of Celebration this week as we all celebrate our INDEPENDENCE & FREEDOM! GOD IS GOOD TO GIVE US FREEDOM!!!!
Hope to see you over at Our Daily Bread!
"Blessed is the nation whose God is the Lord." Psalm 33:12.

*** UPDATE: BOTH of my Patriotic Cards have won the "I'm a Weekly Favorite SplitCoastStampers" Badge! *** 

*** UPDATE: My card "In God We Trust" card has won the "ODB Shinning Light Award!"***
"In God We Trust" was featured on the ODB Blog.

*** UPDATE: My card  "America" also won the "ODB Shinning Light Award!"***
You can see them on the ODB Blog here -
Additional Supplies not mentioned above:
*** "America" ***
SU- Paper
Spellbinders- Classic Ovals
Tim Holtz- Vintage Photo
Memento Black Ink
SU- Inks
***"In God We Trust!" ***
SU- Paper
Spellbinders- Classic Ovals & Fancy Tags
Tim Holtz- Linen Stain
Memento Black Ink
SU- Inks


Tuesday, June 25, 2013

The "CASE"ing of Stacy- Part II

Hi Blog Friends!

Just a quick post here today.
The title of this blog post makes me chuckle! It SOUNDS LIKE a MYSTERY! No mystery here! Just pure FUN!
After I did my last "CASE"ing, I couldn't help but do another one! Stacy has SO MANY GORGEOUS CARDS!!!!!!! As before, you can see them all here:
Here is the card I "CASED" this time!

Now, I should tell you, again I didn't have the lovely stamp Stacy had BUT, I made do with what I  had! AND I should tell you when I am working on a card, I have to turn my computer off & place it elsewhere. I can't easily refer back to the card I'm CASING! There just isn't enough room on my desk for both! (I don't have a Craft room like many & if you could see my desk!!!!) I go by memory so, there ARE some differences in our cards!

Here is my card:


Here are some more photos:
(A close-up of the Spotlighting where I used Copic Markers, the embossing, the ribbon & one little black gem; I did add a little- bitty butterfly by SU- Butterfly Embosslits on the fence post!) )

Here is my card at an angle:
(You'll notice it opens a little different from Stacy's card too.)

Here is the inside:
(I embossed the inside too!)

Here is the BACK:
(I created an Easel to hold the card up. You can also see where I stamped the back & signed it.)

Here is the other side of the back:
(I had a piece of paper about 5 1/2" x 4 3/4". Scored it on the long side at 1". Then from that angle I cut down leaving about 2 1/4" on the other long side from the beginning of my angle. I used a 1 3/4" SU- Circle punch on the bottom & then attached this to the card. Using a ruler, draw a straight line from the base of the fold angling up across the punch. Once you've attached this to the front of your card, you will see if you need to cut more off using the ruler to help your card stand; just keep angling up.)

HOPE you enjoyed Part II of  "The 'CASE'ing of Stacy!"

"And let us run with endurance the race that is set before us, looking to Jesus, the founder & perfecter of our faith."
Hebrews 12:1-2

Additional Supplies used not mentioned above:
Memento Ink
Vellum for the butterfly
Faber-Castell White Pitt Artist pen
Spellbinder Classic Circles
Spellbinders Scalloped Circles

Saturday, June 22, 2013

The "CASE"ing of one of Stacy's Cards Challenge!

Hi Blog Friends!
I have some MORE FLOURISHES GOODNESS for you!!! Flourishes has a Challenge right now---All you have to do is CASE one of Stacy's cards! Here:
Now, my interpretation of "CASE"ing, is to try to re-create the card you are "CASE"ing as best you can! It also means you have some freedom too, because we each don't have the EXACT tools as the person we are "CASE"ing! Another words, your card will NOT look EXACTLY as the person's card you are "CASE"ing! Color, shape etc.,  is something you can stick with or change! It's really all about INSPIRATION! (Do tell me if I'm wrong?)
Here is Stacy's card that I CASED:
Now, Stacy has ALOT MORE CARDS & 3D items over on the Flourishes blog to CASE! (You can choose one to CASE yourself & join in on the fun!)  I chose this one because I don't have all those GORGEOUS DIES that she uses! (Just ONE of those things I need to work on getting! I just get SO CAUGHT UP in IMAGES!) This particular card came the closest to what I have on hand. I thought it quite elegant with all the embossing! I don't have the same stamp set Stacy used either BUT, I did WIN the set I used JUST THIS WEEK! (It came QUICKLY in the mail! HOW FUN!!!!!)  I saw one of the stamps in the set, Berry Sweet Frame, as a shape that was near the same shape as  the tag on Stacy's card! And I gathered an embossing folder I had that had a nice design as close as Stacy's too.

 Here's what I came up with:

Now, I know my card isn't lavender as Stacy's but, I don't think lavender strawberries are "in!" LOL So, I went with the red! I used the embossing folder Flourished Frame by Cuttle bug for the embossed flourish at the top of Stacy's card & I used my Martha Stewart Score Board to create the criss-cross scoring at the bottom of the front panel. (To do this easily, the top embossed flourish is a separate piece of paper from the bottom. My Gingham ribbon covers where they meet.)

This picture shows where I just COULDN'T RESIST adding MS Crystal Fine glitter! It just made me think of SUGAR! And gave the feel that these strawberries were EXTRA FRESH from the garden!

Here if you enlarge the photo, I think you'll be able to see the criss-cross across on the bottom panel.

I HAVE TO SAY, that the Strawberries were ALOT OF FUN to color!!! Instead of coloring them all juicy red as we all LOVE them, I thought why not color them as we've sometimes seen them, not quite ripe???? This way there's just a little more color to them! I used my Copic Markers, also coloring my rhinestones to match!

Copic Markers for the Strawberries: RO8-Vermillion, RV29-Crimson, Y11-Pale Yellow; for leaves- YGO3-Yellow Green & GO7- Nile Green.

Now, for the INSIDE: I used those yummy Strawberries & the set Fresh Baked by Flourishes for the sentiment! I also embossed a line near the edge of the inside panel for added interest!

Supplies not mentioned above:
Linen Thread
SU-Extra Large Oval
Glue Dots
Memento Ink
Becca's Bow Maker

Hope to see you over at Flourishes!
Hm mm, these Strawberries are making me hungry!

Dreaming of Strawberries floating on clouds of  Whipped Cream!

"What does the Lord require of you? To act justly & to love mercy & to walk humbly with your God"
Micah 6:8

Saturday, June 15, 2013

DOUBLE WHAMMY, "Open Sesame!"

Hi Blog Friends!
I have a SPECIAL TREAT for you today! It's Timeless Tuesday over at Flourishes!
The Challenge is to create a card or project that moves or opens in a non-traditional way, a card that just doesn't open in the normal way. It's due on Monday by 6 p.m. Check it out here:

Now, I HAVE TO TELL YOU! When I was making this card I had a MONSTER HEADACHE which lasted several days! So, my head was having trouble trying to figure this thing out! My first step was to figure out WHAT I was going to do! So, I turned to a book I've had for awhile but, never made a card from yet! It's called, Making Mechanical Cards by Sheila Sturrock. You can find it here:
Flipping through, I decided on one. I can't show you HOW I made it, I think that might not be fair to Sheila & her book. So, do check out her book. The cards have a difficulty level at the top of each page. The card I did has a two star in difficulty & the level of difficulty of the cards in the book, go up to three.

I started by doing a mock-up first, since this was my first time attempting this card. Take a look---
This is the back of where the main image would be. You can see a little of the mechanism. Yes, that is wire at the bottom & there is more wire in there in a different place! NOTICE, my little note to self? When I put this together, head ache & all, I couldn't get it to slide in there nicely & so I took my book & the parts & showed my DEAR SWEET HUSBAND, who can figure ANYTHING out! Guess what? I had the main piece UPSIDE DOWN! DAAAAH!!!!!!!

Well, take a look at what I did!
I wanted to go VINTAGE like the cards made in the past were made....People loved to give & receive mechanical Valentines & Christmas cards back in the 1800's & still today! I decided since this was a SPECIALLY MADE card, it should be for a SPECIAL OCCASION! So I made it a Birthday Card! Take a look at some more photos of this card & I'll list the supplies at the bottom of my post.
The base of the card is an Easel Card. I thought that was the best way to let the main image shine! I have to confess, I made my easel card a little different than what's out there. That headache bothered me so much, I had a hard time thinking...and, with the front of the card being a little heavier & larger than I normally make, ( the face of the card is 6 13/16" x 5") I made adjustments & it pops up nicely & folds nicely too for mailing! I will have to mail it in a special envelope when I do mail it, just because of the size, but that's OK! 

Now, for the "DOUBLE WHAMMY,"  take a look at what the mechanism does to the main image!
Can you see it? The whole bouquet just opens up, just by pulling the green ribbon at the top & there are little messages at the base of each flower or a BEE! (Not the stinging kind, I PROMISE!) LOL

Here's an even closer look--I didn't have any Flourishes stamps THAT TINY to fit on these little tabs, so I took a look at the sets I had by Flourishes & hand wrote them! (In the book, the card had stickers! I didn't  think I'd like that.)  
Here is the inside, plenty of room to write a letter if you like! And you can see where I used dimensionals between the main image with the mechanism & the card base! To help it operate better!
Here are some more pictures,  in different lighting so you can see the glitter I added! First a side view. You can see I added dimensionals on just about everything! & my Gold Krylon Pen!

You can see I added another little  bee to this flower on the base.

Supplies Used:
(Those not mentioned above)
Flourishes- Bee's & Blooms (Main Image)
Flourishes- Sentiment- Sentimental Favorites
Tim Holtz- Tea Dye
Paper- Color Bok-Rosewood
For the hand written sentiments on the tabs-
Flourishes- Garden Picks & Feminine Charm.
Becca's Bow Maker
Wire Cutters
Faber Castell- White Pitt Pen
Memento Blk. Ink
SU- Corner Punch
Glitter Gel Pen

HOPE you like my card, I'd LOVE to hear what you think!

"Do not be overcome by evil but overcome evil with good."
Romans 12:21

Hope your "Open Sesame" brings you something GOOD!

Friday, June 7, 2013

Father's Day Blessing & MORE!

Hi Blog Friends!
Father's Day is coming up & I've been BUSY trying to make my Sweetheart something SPECIAL!
How about you? Are you ready?
My Husband, Sweetheart & the Father of our children likes the great outdoors & all that goes with it! Including all the critters! I had some stamps that had animals...buuuut, I've used them SO MANY TIMES! I remembered ODB had a MOOSE IMAGE, PERFECT!
AND ODB has a Challenge going on right now too! Pop over & see here:
Here are a few quick details for the Challenge:
Use a prayer, a blessing or an encouraging Scripture. It's to be posted to the ODB blog by June 9th, 8 p.m. EST.
Here is my Father's Day Card:
This image is from: ODB- Father's Day. I used Dick Blick colored pencils & gamasol to blend the image.  I wanted something a little DIFFERENT in the way of fold or how it looked & my family REALLY LIKES cards that DO SOMETHING! So, I pulled out my PTI Movers & Shakers Sliders Die. (Also used, PTI Movers & Shakers Sentiments- Arrow-"Pull Here"). Now watch what happens to this moose & what else is revealed.
How cool is that? AND look at the "secret message!"
To a special FATHER.
"A Good Man obtains favor from the Lord." Proverbs 12:2.

Something else I used on the front of my card---a 1" Epoxy Sticker that I hand wrote "Happy Father's Day" on, a SU- 1" punch. I found those on Amazon! Here you can also see the little arrow from the PTI Movers & Shakers Sentiments. 

Here is a picture of the inside of the card. Don't forget to make the inside as nice as the outside!

AND  something else ODB has... special stamps for the back of your cards. (They have MANY MORE styles than what I'm showing you!)
I think it's ALWAYS NICE to sign the back of your card! That way your special recipient will remember who gave the card! AND it's NICE to put the maker of the stamp/s on the back too!

I have MORE for you today! (This is the time to go get your husband!) LOL
Here's ANOTHER REASON I like to buy those "Critter" images! My husband ALSO likes to "craft!" He likes to do leather work & create things for hunters; hunting bags, knife sheathes, holsters, gun stock covers, etc.! He does WONDERFUL WORK! He likes the more rustic look when working with leather, as he likes history & the black powder riffles etc.! He LIKED my Moose Stamp from ODB! Here's what he did!

This is just stamped with Stazon on the leather gun stock cover that he made.

The Moose image & a Scripture from the same set, " Our fathers trusted in you; they trusted, and you delivered them." Psalm 22:4.

Sometimes, my husband likes to take the burning tool & engrave the image he stamps. Here is the image engraved.
It just depends on what you like whether you engrave it or not. He went over the image with shoe polish & buffed it afterwards.
So, don't forget to SHARE YOUR STAMPS with your hubby! What creative way can your hubby use your stamps?

I made one more card to show you. If you remember the "mess" I asked you to pray about several posts past...we haven't been able to go to church with all that is going on.... I just wanted our pastor & his wife to know we haven't forgotten about our church family. Let them know we are praying for them too & thank them for their prayers. So here's the card I created For Our Pastor & his wife, & the envelope too:
I went for CAS! This image is from ODB- Lord is my Shepherd. Currently on Clearance at ODB! (If you're wanting some ODB stamps, right now is the time to scoop some up! There are MORE sets on Clearance! Check here:  
The outer sentiment is from a newer set called, Fellowship Sentiments. I have to tell you, when I saw this set I HAD TO HAVE IT! WHAT A  PERFECT SET when you're creating cards for those in your church family!
Here on the front I did a little embossing with my Score-Buddy. I like to call it "Silke Style," after one of the sweet ladies over at ODB! You can check out  "Silke's Style" here:
I just ran some stripes across the middle--just about where the fence would continue...

The inside:
I left enough space so we could write a little note to our pastor & his wife.

Father's Day Blessing-
 SU-Wood Embossing Folder
Tim Holtz- Tea Stain Ink
Faber Castell Pitt Artist Pen- white
SU- Stamp-a-ma-jig

For Our Pastor-
 Versa Mark
SU- Gold Embossing Powder
SU- Framelits-Labels Collection

I HOPE you like my post today. MAYBE, given you some inspiration for your Father's Day card that's yet to be made & HOPE I've given you some NEW IDEAS on HOW to use your stamps!

I'm going to leave you with the Scripture I especially like in this ODB- Father's Day Set I used today---
"A Good Man obtains favor from the Lord."
Proverbs 12:2.