Tuesday, September 30, 2014

It's a "BATMAN" time of the year!

Hi Blog Friends!

I'm here this week with a Birthday Card for you!
It was our son's Birthday recently & I thought you would like to see the card I made.
 Our daughter's gift to her brother was a Batman zippered hooded jacket which she gave him when he stayed the weekend on campus to visit his friends that were still there; they gave him a Batman party too. My husband picked up a Batman cake, & I made a Batman card! 
 I think Batman is one of those things that seem to never be outgrown, at least here in our home!
 Our son seems to never tire of BATMAN! LOL
So, when Birthday time rolls around, it turns out, it's a "Batman" time of the year!

Our son likes "Inter-actional Cards" so of course, I had to make him a Pop-Up Box Card!
For detailed instructions check my blog here:
So, now you'll have a reference for a masculine Pop-Up Box Card too!

Here's what I made:
I didn't fill the box card too full this time, trying to leave the background open so you can see it.
 You know, people call for help from Batman by beaming up his signal in the night sky, right? :)
 I used a 3-D Bubble Sticker & added it to a SU- Medium Oval Punch (yellow)
 & that is layered onto a SU- Large Oval Punch (blue).  
Can you see the buildings in the background & the beam?
I used Recollections- Comic Hero's Designer Paper, found at Michael's. 
You can see I used 3-D Batman Stickers by Sandy Lion, found at Hobby Lobby--
 Batman himself, the Batman "signal," the Batman Mask, "The Batman," & a Boomerang!
The bats are from another Batman Sticker set from Sandy Lion, also found at Hobby Lobby.

This is the back where I stamped "Happy Birthday!" I used SU- It's Your Birthday.
 (An old retired set. I never get rid of my Birthday sets---you need them all the time!
 I only add to my Birthday sets.) 

Because I used a Batman 3-D Sticker, I added the acetate strips to the back & where the sticker was still exposed, I added a 1/2" SU- Circle punch. The Bat Stickers- I stuck them to designer paper & then cut them out attaching them to the acetate with glue dots.

Her is my card laid flat on one side.

Now, my Box Card folded to the other side. Only a small amount of Batman Goodness popping out... for maximum SURPRISE! 
Hope you like my Batman Pop-Up Box Card!
Batman is only a man in the story, a make-believe character, where God is Supernatural & REAL! 
I am SO GLAD our son knows that his #1 Super Hero is, The Lord!

Who is your Super Hero?

Supplies not mentioned above: 
Paper Studio Paper
SU- Paper

Wednesday, September 24, 2014

To Send a Letter...

Hi Blog Friends!

SURPRISE! I thought I would go ahead & post a second card for you this week! I hope you enjoy!

 This card is for our daughter for this week while she is away at college.
Of course, it is done in PINK! LOL (I don't know of a girl who doesn't like Pink!)

Because of the title of my post, I thought I should remind everyone to read their "love letters!"
We all have at least one. 
How would you feel if you wrote the one you love, a love letter & they never read it?
I'm sure it would break your heart.
Or think about the excitement you felt of reading a love letter someone sent you...
Why wouldn't you read it?
God has given us a love letter, His Holy Word, The Bible!
The inside sentiment for my card  says, 
"To send a letter is a good way to go somewhere without moving anything but your heart."
 by Phyllis Theroux
I am happy that the Lord is always with us, we don't go anywhere without Him being right there with us! Loving us all the while. Even when we do things wrong. He just doesn't like our actions when we do those wrong things. He is always willing and able to forgive.
Do take some time today & spend some time reading your "love letter!"

I used a sketch from SCS for my card:

Here is my card:
I used Flourishes- From the Desk of for my image.

I colored my image with different Distress Markers 
& blended some areas with a Letraset Watercolor Blender Pen.

I used designer paper by The Paper Studio- Kellerkurtz & Company, 
 Paper Studio- Black, & SU- Blushing Bride.

& I used SU- 1" & 1 1/4" Circle Punches.

I also used Wink Of Stella for some sparkle on the centers of the flowers & on the ink well.

This is the inside; from the same set- Flourishes- From the Desk of.
(The sentiment is typed out above for easy reading.)

The main image & the ink well are popped up on Scotch Perm. Mounting Tape.
I think our daughter will like this one!

This reminds me, I do have some more  love letters to write!

****UPDATE: This card was chosen FAVORITES on SCS week ending Sept. 28!****

Additional Supplies not mentioned above:
Memento Ink
Glue Dots
Becca Bow Maker

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.

Check Dick Blick for the FINEST art supplies: http://www.dickblick.com/?wmcp=msn&wmckw=[dickblick's%20com]&wmcid=msn01&cid=psgex11031247807

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