Thursday, April 19, 2018

GOD'S PLAN!

Hi Blog Friends!

Are you thawing out yet?
It is finally warming up here & more leaves are coming out on the trees.
I am happy! ;)
I am also happy because
we are celebrating our daughters' college graduation!
 Our daughter graduated with 
two Majors:
Youth & Family Ministry & Christian Studies;
& her Minor is:
Missions & Ministry.
AND we JUST FOUND OUT
she has been accepted by her school of choice for
Graduate School, 
where she will work toward an
 M.A. in Pastoral Counseling.
She wants to help people.
She is such a perceptive person at such a young age!
I saw this in her when she was VERY YOUNG, & was happy that she was like her father in this area!

We're SO PROUD of our daughter!
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I will be entering my card in the
Word Art Challenge.
The Scripture for this week is:
 This is for the Challenge weeks #330-331.
The challenge:
Anything Goes

I think the Scripture fits for a Graduation card perfectly!
(You can use the Scripture, or not on your card.)
You can find the Word Art Challenge here:
http://wordartwednesday.blogspot.com/

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And I will be entering my card in the
Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge 
The challenge:
Sparkle & Shine 
You can find this challenge here:
http://www.simonsaysstampblog.com/wednesdaychallenge/simon-says-sparkle-shine/#comments
I think when you Graduate, after working hard for your goal, YOU sparkle & shine!
And yes, I added some sparkle & shine on my card too! ;)
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I used this sketch from SCS:

So, here is my card:
GOD'S PLAN
I cut a piece of Strathmore 140 lb. Water Color Paper & taped it to my desk with Painters Tape.
Then I pulled out my Kuretake Water Colors & painted a rainbow!
Rainbows are symbols of God's Promises.
I did a few layers of color to get all of the color I wanted.
When dry, I splattered it with Gold & Silver Water Colors.
(This time I used a box!) ;)

I used the die cut- I.O. Jumping Grads-DIE295-R & layered her up to make her more steady, & attaching her with Scotch Perm. Mounting Tape.

The sentiment on the front is from PTI- Little Lift-Me-Ups.
I slid my panel in my Misti for this, dusted it with my Embossing Buddy, & stamped it with
 Versa Mark, added Black Ranger Embossing Powder & heat set it.
I did this twice.
Without the Misti, I couldn't have done this! ;)

I add the front little arrows to match the inside....
They are from PTI- Multiply Die.
For the front, my last embellishment are the little stars from PTI- Star Gazer Dies.
I also topped them off with Nuvo Glitter Drops for added Sparkle & Shine!

I matted the panel & popped it up on Scotch Perm. Mounting Tape to the card base- 4 1/4" x 5 1/2".

Here you can see the Sparkle & Shine quite well!

The inside:
The inside, I used the same PTI- Multiply Die to create a path of moving forward & UP!
The "Grad" Die is from I.O.- GRAD- DIE286-A
And the inside sentiment is a Scripture from ODB- Scripture Series 3,
stamped with SSS Black Premium Dye Ink.

I think this Scripture not only applies to when we get to heaven, but for here on earth as well.
God has GREAT THINGS for us, "for those who love Him!"

Hope you like!

I look forward to see what else God is going to do in our sweet girls life!
TLady

Supplies not mentioned above:
*FC- Click-N-Go Pot
*Silver Black Velvet
*Scotch ATG
*Multi-Med. Matte
*Gold Vellum
*EK Success- Tweezers
*Papers- Paper Studio, & SU




Friday, April 13, 2018

A WINNING STRATEGY!


Hi Blog Friends!

I thought I'd give you something to think about this weekend......

I was recently contacted & asked,
"What's your secret to winning product?"
 I don't talk a lot about what I win through blog hops & comments, 
but I have won some of the product I use on my cards.
I just happily receive & use.

I have been blogging for quite a number of years now,
& purposefully began my blog
just so I could enter challenges. 

I went through my blog, thinking I'd talked about this before, 
but I couldn't find it.
(So, maybe it was a thought that never happened? LOL)
So, here is a post on:
"A WINNING STRATEGY!"
(WHAT I  TRY TO DO!)


1.) START A BLOG & OR JOIN SCS-
  In case you didn't know--SCS (Splitcoast Stampers) is found here: https://www.splitcoaststampers.com/
*First, SCS- is more of an insider thing, you can only access other SCS members galleries by joining, unless they too have a blog & post their cards there, & you just happen to find them, or if they have posted in a challenge somewhere from their gallery.
Yes, you can link your creations to challenges through their site.  
Something I learned only the other day, you have to post fully completed projects,
not photo by photo/step by step instructions though like you find on blogs. 
*Secondly, Having an actual blog opens up the "free advertisement" to a wider range of people for companies you're using at the time, & for you also.
Companies like it when you use their products & give them "free advertisement!"
* Thirdly, There are benefits to having a blog & being on SCS at the same time, I think.
From more ways to link up to challenges &
SCS offers Sales, encouragement from people of like-mindedness, inspiration, challenges, sketches, tutorials, etc.!
All to help you be a better crafter!

2.) TIME-
 I am retired, so I have the time to visit a lot of company blogs... It's what I choose to do with my time. Our kids are raised now, & I love to craft & make things, including cards for those I love.
 I always have enjoyed creating for those I love.
 I like being a blessing & bringing a kind word to people!
Do you have the time to invest in a blog or SCS or both? 
(SCS members like their cards commented on too!)

3.) IS IT WORTH IT?
These are the questions I ask myself so as not to waste my time OR a company's time & $$$!
A. Do they have product I want?
If I'm not sure, I check out the company first---
(Example: If you're more of a floral stamper, like me, sometimes you can find a die you like on another company's site, that doesn't have florals, but cutsie-tootsie images.... The amount you win could help cut the cost of the die you might be wanting, or you might win a cutsie-tootsie stamp that you think you wouldn't use.)
I'll talk more about those stamps you get that aren't your style in B., just below.
Is it worth your time?
B. Is it my style? or Will it work with my style?
Have you figured out your style yet?
I usually stick with companies that have product that will work with my style. I don't flit from one company to the next. But to let you know too---
When you receive a product that isn't "your style,"
BE GRATEFUL & try it out!
I have had times I've used that kind of product & been pleasantly surprised,
 & like what I've done with it!
It just opens you up to new possibilities!  It stretches you creatively!
(I've even bought product to go with a win later.
Example: Matching dies that are totally out of my style zone. ) ;)
C. Is the hop worth what they're offering?
I USUALLY don't like to do long hops, or do long hops with big companies.
Too many people participating = less chance of winning.

4.) LEAVING COMMENTS-
When you leave a comment:
A. Be Personable-
Notice WHO'S blog you are on! Use their name in your comment.
Talk/type like you are talking to the person, in person!
(I usually make a list, writing down the designers names on the hop as I go through a blog hop, so I don't forget who's blog I'm on, & it also helps me keep track of who's blog I've been too,
 just in case I have to stop mid-stream.
I also use my list to make sure I've gone to everyone's blog when I'm done. I make note on my list too if a blog can't be accessed, & leave a comment on the main company blog to let them know.
 That way, they know I've tried, or if there is a problem, they can fix it.) 
B. Take Your Time-
 Leave a comment YOU would like to receive!
 A quick, "nice!" or "beautiful!" doesn't really express much.
(If I do this, I'm usually tired.) LOL
C. BE EXCITED!
I've been told when I capitalize my words, I'm "shouting."
Shouting is NOT what I'm trying to do.
Capitalizing for me, is expressing my excitement or a point!
Like I said above- Compare:
"nice!" to "NICE!" or "beautiful!" to "BEAUTIFUL!"
Nice words in capitalized letters "sound" & look exciting! 
(Sometimes we are too sensitive.... in following this on-line etiquette rule.)
I think of it as "creative writing!"
Make your comment interesting to read!
It is difficult to express yourself on this machine & so this is how I do it.
 I've been told in person, I am an expressive person.
It is only natural to try to be expressive when I type/write.
I type & write the way I would speak.
 (For "professional" things I try to tone it down. LOL)
D. Be excited about their PRODUCT/S! 
 Mention specifically BY NAME the product/s you are excited about!
( Showing you are not mindlessly commenting to win something.)
Everyone likes to know when having  a conversation that the person they're talking with is present & engaged.
E. Key Words?
I think companies sometime look for a "key word" in comments,
 whatever that would be....
Just a  thought here! LOL
F. Odd Numbers?
Someone once told me to enter my cards/comments on an odd number!
I'm not sure about that, & I don't follow that rule.
I just enter a comment as I come to a blog,
or when I post a card on my blog, I link to the challenge at that time.
I don't have time to watch blogs for the odd number opening! LOL
G. Comment not only at release time-
Leave comments on the designers blogs/company blog when it isn't release time, 
when there is nothing to be gained!
This is also building relationships.
 I try to do this & sometimes I fail.
 It does take time.
  I'm sure that the designers appreciate my/your thinking of them. I've noticed, that between release times, some designers have no comments at all, & have lots of followers!  Pick a designer or two from a company where you especially like their work, & follow their blog so you don't miss any posts.
 It is easier to comment when it isn't release time on their beautiful work,
when you are reminded of their posts by receiving one of their blog post e-mails!
I try to limit myself in how many blogs I follow too,
 as I can't comment on every post that comes out.
Every so often, you will need to switch things up a bit & stop following a few blogs.
Not because you don't like that persons work anymore,
but maybe only because of time restraints,
or finding a new company you really like better than the company they are designing for,
or just because our tastes change, or maybe just because we are trying to stretch ourselves.
People do come & go in blog land....
Just like in our real person to person relationships.
And you can always go back & comment & check out that person's blog again anytime you'd like!
(Keep a log somewhere of who you follow to aid your memory later.
I wish I'd kept track of some of the first blogs I started following way back when.)

5. ALWAYS BE KIND!
Look for something positive to say! 
Even if it seems to be the smallest thing to you!
It could mean everything to the blogger/poster/designer.

6.) NOTICE & BE NOTICED!
As I mentioned above, little things matter! 
Whether it's your comment about a product/card made OR even about the person posting.
Example: I recently watched a video posted by a specific company & a specific designer.
 I noticed that she herself was having such a good time making her card for us.
She enjoyed her job!
 I also noticed her nails & sweater were the same colors as the card she was making!
"Was this planned," I wondered?
After all, they were naming a "new color," & she was using the new color,
 & her sweater was  THE SAME COLOR!  LOL
 I made mention of this in my comment, teasing her a bit,
 & it wasn't long I got a private message about this. ;)
It WASN'T planned & she hadn't even noticed! LOL
She too was laughing! ;)
(Maybe, you know the company I'm talking about?
Nope, this is one I didn't win. See I don't win every time, & that is ok! )

7.) BUILD RELATIONSHIPS!
 The above story is just that, the beginning of building a relationship as much as you can on-line.
It's about noticing things in others, even if it seems silly, & making that connection. 
It's actually what you do in person to person relationships, & what is lost with this machine.
 People don't behave the same on this machine & forget to build relationships.
Sometimes, it's just about flipping-out over a company's product that has caught your eye,
& the designer/ person posting/owner loving that you flipped out!
Or being that person who encourages & mentions this person or that person in a kind way. You're not only trying to build a relationship, but building up a person/s, & helping to sell their product.
Everyone appreciates those things!

8.) HAVE AN ATTITUDE OF GRATITUDE!
Express your gratitude for the person showing their work, or a specific company, or  yes, even the owner themselves---- that are creating, blogging & taking care of things at home, along with working to make ends meet in an outside job, or not.
It isn't always easy to bring all of this beauty to you! LOL
Creating & blogging take TIME!
Sometimes things suffer, the house might be a little bit messy,
a late dinner for the family, or a cold dinner, LOL
Sadly, I've heard of this one & that one over the years who have gone through divorce.....
Seriously, we don't know what goes on in another persons life/house!
We can guess, but that's all it is!
Express your gratitude for the time people take to share with you!
 Gratitude/Thankfulness is an attitude lacking these days.
 When we are TRULY grateful, 
we don't look at what we don't have, & what others have that we want.... 
That attitude of ungratefulness has destroyed families---
starting with Cain & Able.
An attitude of gratitude goes a long way & people see it!

9.) GET INVOLVED!
Participate not only in the comments section,
 but in the challenges given on the company blogs.
I don't link up to tons of challenges per card posted. I get a little over-whelmed with that myself. I just can't remember to go back & find out who has won what! LOL
Some companies will let you know how many challenges you can link up to.
 I think companies like being focused on in-particular, not just being tossed in with everyone else! Companies want to be SPECIAL to you! 
And this is where you would use the product you've won, for all to see!
(I try to limit myself to no more than 3 challenges per card.)

10.) HAVE FUN!
This craft, or any craft for that matter is about having fun & creating something useful!
Creating & using what you've made to touch other's lives is my goal!
Doing that fills something inside of me too!

 Everyone loves to be thought about & cared for enough to do something special for,
for a special occasion, or maybe for no reason at all!
Just enjoy the process of getting messy when needed, thinking about others to bless,
 & learn new things!

THE BENEFITS?
Possibly win product, make "friends," touch someones life in a positive way,
meet a need/be a blessing, learn along the way.

See, it's really no "secret" at all!
Just thinking of others, & doing to others what you would like others to do for you!
THE GOLDEN RULE!
Did you know the Bible has 100 Scripture References to this Golden Rule?
Check here to find them all:
https://www.openbible.info/topics/do_unto_others_as_you_would_have_them_do_unto_you
With the Bible having so many references to this one rule,
you KNOW it is an important rule that God wants us to follow!
Following God's rules/His Word, 
IS A "WINNING STRATEGY!!! "
And EVERYONE wins then!

Did I cover everything?
Would you add anything to my list,
" A Winning Strategy!"
We'd LOVE to hear!

All comments are welcome & appreciated!
AND I will come & visit you too if you leave a link! ;)

Who doesn't LOVE WINNING?
TLady 

P.S. I've been saving this for you.....
Just for something fun.
 You need something to look at that will tickle you, right?
This would be my husband, although when he is tired,
 he leaves me to my own devices with the credit card....
PROBABLY NOT the wisest thing to do! LOL
Our daughter would DEFINATELY do this, 
after she has rearranged the shelves, creating scenes if she could!
"Mom won't leave!" 

Tuesday, April 10, 2018

Birthday Wishes- Vintage Floral!

Hi Blog Friends!

Are you enjoying the warmer weather yet?
Every time, I think it is here to stay, we get snow! ACK!
Flowers have bloomed & turned an odd color, 
& the new leaves look like they're nearly ready for fall,
they've turned an odd yellow for Spring! LOL
 But never fear, the warmer weather is coming. 
We just need to be patient! ;)
Remind yourself, with warmer weather you get BUGS! ;)

I'm finally getting around to fulfilling a New Year's Resolution! 
I usually don't do them, for this very reason.... 
It was to do more technique challenges on SCS.
 Well, here I am!
This week over at SCS, we're doing
"Pen Painting!" 
It is a beautiful technique & not hard at all.

I will be entering my card in
The Frilly & Funky Challenge-
Blooming Marvellous
Found here:
http://frillyandfunkie.blogspot.com/2018/03/bloomin-marvellous.html#comment-form

I will also be entering my card in the
Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge-
Happy Birthday
The SSS Wednesday Challenge is celebrating their 9th B.D.,
& as a huge thank you to you, since they wouldn't be here without you,
they will be giving away NINE $50 Vouchers to the shop!
Found here:
http://www.simonsaysstampblog.com/wednesdaychallenge/ 

Now, here is my card:
 First, stamp your image in Vintage Photo Distress Ink, onto Water Color Paper. 
(I used Strathmore Water Color Paper 140 lb. My image is by Studio Katia- Blooming Bunch.)

Then use an Elegant Writer Calligraphy Pen to touch/line the images in the nooks & crannies,
 or sweet spots.
(Confession here, my Elegant Writer Pen was dried up & I had to dip it in water & touch it with the tip of my paint brush to use it. LOL Where there's a will, there's a way!) ;)

Use a water color brush to water color  with the inks, for this lovely vintage look!
(My tip: Make sure you leave those white areas of highlight on your flowers!)

 I decided to splatter the image with Kuretake Starry Colors for some shine & it over took me! LOL
I not only splattered the image, but added a bit here & there around the image, & even tried to tone down some of the splatter with water.
 It is hard to stop when splattering! ;)
But, I LOVE the effect it gave!
(Even my computer was splattered! LOL I told you I have a hard time stopping! ;)) 

I die cut the image with SB- Chantilly Lace- Hemstitch Ovals & edged it with a Gold Krylon Pen.
I mounted this on a card base of 4 3/4" x 6 3/4";
  I also put a panel behind the image/ backing the image,
with  DCWV- The Primrose (Designer Paper).

Added a ribbon & bow & a hand made flower- made with the SB- Cinch & Go Flowers.

The inside:
 I used some of the DCWV- The Primrose paper on the inside,
 & the sentiment, which is off-set,
is from the same Studio Katia set- Blooming Bunch.

Lastly, I added some MS- Crystal Fine Glitter, & Nuvo Jewel Drops.
(I like to do the Nuvo drops first & then sprinkle the glitter, yes right over the Nuvo Drops!) ;)
Hope you give this technique a try!
I KNOW you'll LOVE IT!

All comments are welcome & appreciated!

LOVING this Vintage lovely myself,
TLady

Supplies not mentioned above:
*Misti
*Silver Black Velvet Water Color Brush
*FC- Click-N-Go Pot
*Wilton Stemens
*Linen Distress Ink
*MS- Score Board
*Scotch ATG
*Glue Dots
*Paper- Paper Studio







Thursday, April 5, 2018

ALWAYS---- Thinking Of You!

Hi Blog Friends!

So, here I am again today! LOL
I so enjoy challenges!
I have a challenge entry here today for:
PTI- Make It Monday #317:
Using Outline Images
With Stephanie Gold.
Found here:

I am NOT good with CAS, so I can learn A LOT from Stephanie! ;)

I cased Stephanie's card for this challenge. 
They say that is the best way to learn, only I changed up the images....
Using what I had.

I am also "entering" this in the
 Monday Misti Challenge on SCS.
They want to see us using our Misti!
I can do that! LOL
I RARELY use my acrylic blocks anymore! 
My Misti is my #1 tool in stamping!
You can find your own Misti if you don't have one here:
So, here is my Misti in use:
I like to use my Misti to get my images stamped not only in their proper places, 
but to make sure I get enough ink on the images when I stamp!
Re-stamping is a BREEZE with the Misti!
I also would NEVER be able to use some PTI Stamps without it! 
They're so tiny & it is hard for me to make sure I get enough ink for the images--a nice smooth coat.
Believe me, I've tried without the Misti & I would MUCH RATHER stamp WITH my Misti!
So, my Misti is #1 in my book!

Now, here is my finished card:
I used:
PTI- Brushed Blooms & Hands of Time.
Brushed Blooms is a fairly new set by Betsy Veldman,
& Hands of Time is an older stamp by Nichole Heady the founder of the company.
(I have to say, I think this set is the most beautiful clock face I've seen out in the stamping world!) ;)

The sentiment is from the same set-Brushed Blooms.

Lastly, I splattered my card front with Spectrum Noir Sparkle Pen,
 & a bit of Recollections- Bakers Twine.

With CAS, it makes for a short post & an easy post!;)
HOPE you like & jump in on the challenges!

Always thinking of you,
TLady

****UPDATE: This card was chosen "Favorite for the week ending April 7th, 2018"**** 

All comments are welcome & appreciated!

Supplies not mentioned above:
*Ink- SU, & SSS
*Scotch ATG

Wednesday, April 4, 2018

Autism Awareness Month--Together We Bloom!

Hi Blog Friends!

Today I have a special card for you that I created for
 Autism Awareness Month. 

There is a HUGE blog hop going on...
You can find out more here:
There are LOTS OF PRIZES to be won!
So, you might want to check it out. 

If you've followed me for sometime, 
you might know that we have a son with Asperger's. 
Asperger's is on the high end of Autism. 
When our son was younger, he would struggle with interpersonal relationships,
 & at times, he still does.
He struggled with being bullied in public school & no one, not the teachers or Principles cared. 
Our son wasn't even allowed to defend himself if someone attacked him--he got into trouble then.
In the end, our son was threatened by another student, 
which led us to withdraw both of our children from the Public School System. 
We were told by the Principle they couldn't protect our children.
WHY would we send our children to the Public School then?
Our son wasn't even diagnosed with Asperger's until the end of 6th Grade.
Being diagnosed earlier is a plus.
As you follow along the blog hop, some have videos explaining Autism & you might just learn something new about these precious people. 
They're just like you & I, they just think differently & do things differently. 
Our son, being on the high end of Autism is gifted in Mathematics.
He even won the 
"Gold Seal Presidential Award" 
 in 6th Grade.
 The criteria for receiving this award:
1.) Pass ALL Proficiency Tests
2.) Pass the Iowa Test
3.) Carry an A average from 4th Grade through 6th Grade.
So, I have been participating in this hop the last few days,
 & another way to enter/participate is to make a card for this event.
The color that symbolizes Autism is blue.
I also chose to use stamps & dies by a company that is participating in the hop:
Studio Katia.

Here is my card for this cause:
Together We Bloom
Because if we work together, we can make a world of difference in these precious lives, 
by accepting the differences they have & just being kind to them.
We all need love & acceptance!
 I stamped Studio Katia-Floral Trimmings onto Strathmore 140 lb. Water Color Paper with
 SSS- Premium Dye Ink, using my Misti for perfect stamping.

I then water colored the image with Kuretake Water Colors, & Silver Blk. Velvet Brushes.

Just touching the image up in the sweet spots with FC- Polychoromos Pencils.

For the sentiment:
I used Studio Katia- Together We Bloom & Studio Katia- Dotted Elongated Hexagons Dies;
Stamped with Versa Mark & adding Stampendous Clear Embossing Powder, onto a stray piece of Strathmore 140 lb. Water Color Paper.

I then mounted it onto the front of my panel with Scotch Perm. Mounting Tape for dimension.

I mounted my panel onto a matting piece & mounted that onto a 4 1/4" x 5 1/2" card base.

Last of all, I added Spectrum Noir- Sparkle Pen for shimmer & some Nuvo Crystal Drops.
 I hope you like & get a chance to jump in on the challenge & hop!

Because
Together We Bloom,
TLady

***UPDATE: This card was chosen "Favorite for the week ending -April 7th, 2018" on SCS***

All comments are welcome & appreciated!

Supplies not mentioned above:
*EK Success- Powder Tool
*Heat Tool
*EK Success- Tweezers
*FC- Click-N-Go-Pot
*Paper Studio Paper
*Scor-Buddy
*Teflon Bone Folder
*Scotch ATG






Thursday, March 29, 2018

Hoppin' Down The Bunny Trail!

Hi Blog Friends!

As promised,
 I have a Vintage Easter Card for you today!
I so enjoyed making this card using Becca Feeken's lovely dies! 
Be still my heart! 

So, here's what I did:
I chose the image that I wanted to use & made sure it would fit on the die that would offer the  landscape I needed for the image,
the inner-most portion of the SB- Chantilly Lace- Annabelle's Trousseau Die Set.
I used a stamp image from Tweety Jill- Easter Parade.
I stamped the image in Memento Ink on Strathmore Bristol Board, 
& colored the image with a mix of Alcohol Markers- Copics & Spectrum Noir.
I grounded the bunnies by creating  landscape for the bunnies, their "Bunny Trail" & the sky.
I layered  the colored die onto a blue oval with foam tape;
 the blue oval- from SB- Chantilly Lace- Hemstitch Ovals,
& framed it with the lattice looking piece of from the SB- Annabelle's Trousseau Set.
 I layered this die up four times & then used my Gold Krylon Pen on the top frame & it's edges,
 placing it on the blue Oval Hemstitch Die.
This piece was then placed onto the main die in the Annabelle's Trousseau Die Set with foam tape, which gives this card so much dimension.

 I created a card base of 4 1/2" x 6 1/2",
& covered the front with designer paper by Recollections- Wildflower Designer Paper.

I created my flowers using SB- Cinch & Go Flowers & Cinch & Go Flowers 2!
The tutorial is found here:
 As you can see, my ribbon threads nicely through the die & the ends are brought together under the front pieces, leaving a nice clean strip of ribbon on the inside.


The inside:
I used the large die from the Chantilly Lace- Annabelle's Trousseau- white on white, & a smaller die in the set under the "Happy Easter."
The sentiment & the little colored eggs are from the Tweety Jill- Easter Parade Stamp Set. 

Lastly, I added sequins by 28 Lilac Lane & a little Glossy Accents
 on the little eggs in the bunnies basket & on the bow in the image.

I hope you like!
Have a blessed Easter,
 remembering the resurrection of 
the Savior of all mankind,
Jesus Christ
The Son of God!
He gives new life to those who take the gift he offers freely!
A fresh & new beginning, just like the season of Spring!

"For God so loved the world, that he gave his one & only son,
 that whoever believes in him shall not perish, but have eternal life."
John 3:16 (TLV)

"Therefore if anyone is in Messiah, he is a new creation. The old things have passed away;
 behold, all things have become new."
2 Corinthians 5: 17 (TLV)

Enjoy your Easter with your family, remembering the love & new life Christ offers us freely,
TLady
(Your comments are welcome & appreciated!)

Supplies not mentioned above:
*Misti
*SB-Tool-N-One
*Teflon Bone Folder
*Mulit-Med. Matte
*Paper- Paper Studio
*Scor-Pal
*Scotch ATG
*Scotch Tacky Glue
*Oxide Inks
*Distress Sprayer
*McGuill Stylus
*Quilling Tool
*Glue Dots
*Vintaj Wire Cutters
*Wilton-Stamens
*MS- Crystal Fine Glitter





Wednesday, March 21, 2018

For A Sweet Friend!

Hi Blog Friends!

I know it's been a week or so.
 I've been busy creating here......
I hope you have been busy creating where you are too.
It just makes me happy,
 & I figure it also makes you happy to be creating! ;)

One of the things I've been working on is a Birthday Card for a dear friend,
& wanted to show you....

I will be entering this in the celebration 
Simon Says Stamp
is having for
Happy National Craft Month
Found here:
http://www.simonsaysstampblog.com/blog/happy-national-craft-month/?utm_source=Simon+Says+Stamp+Blog+Subscribers&utm_campaign=26a44471e0-Daily_Blog_Posts&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_c7e07ef51d-26a44471e0-247260129&ct=t(Daily_Blog_Posts12_30_2014)&mc_cid=26a44471e0&mc_eid=613770b1be 

I used a few of Becca Feeken's Dies---
The die I used?
Chantilly Lace-Annabelle's Trousseau Layering Frame-Med.
Be still my heart! ;)

For this card, I chose to go a simpler route,
 & used the main die of the set, because I wanted the wide open space that it offered......
 I die cut it out of Strathmore 140 lb. Water Color Paper, 
stamped the image- Stampendous- Cling Sketchy Booms (CRR251) with Versa Mark,
  & sprinkled Zing-White Embossing Powder,
 & heat set it.
I water colored it with Kuretake Water Colors....

Want a peak?

Here is my card:
I just LOVE the white on the blue!
It makes the lace of the die POP!
I used Polychromos Pencils & Derwent Metallic Pencils
  for those sweet spots after the water coloring was dry.

I splattered it with Kuretake Gold Water Colors,
after masking off the lacy edges of the die with Post-It Tape.


The ribbon laces up a bit different with not using the other pieces to the die set, but it's just as fine.

Here is a close up.
I didn't think the gold splattering showed up as much as it does in the photo's,
 & decided to add
28 Lilac Lane Sequins & a few Nuvo Crystal Drops-clear.

This truly is a simple card, with few layers of dies.

I took Becca's advice & sat one day to just make some flowers.....
AND if you'll notice, I made a few buds too!
The tag is SB-Vintage Elegance Graceful Tiny Tags (SDS-053).
(Oh, how I wish SB would come out with more little sentiments to go with this set!
Maybe, for Christmas, Valentines, Easter, etc.!  Wouldn't that be nice? I adore little tags like this!
I'd use them all the time with the right little sentiments! HINT! HINT!) ;)

The flowers were made as I explained on this post:
https://tladydesigns.blogspot.com/2017/12/gourmet-birthday.html#comment-form
(Except for the buds)

For the inside:
I used PTI-Pen & Ink.

I hope you like!
Your comments are so appreciated!

Happy Birthday Sweet Friend!
TLady

P.S. I have another Easter card coming for you,
"Hoppin' Down The Bunny Trail!" 
(No cutesy-tootsy here, don't let the title throw you, it's a gorgeous vintage card!) ;)

Supplies not mentioned above:
*SB-Tool-N-One
*Misti
*SU- Embossing Buddy
*Silver Black Velvet Brushes
*FC- Click-N-Go Pot
*Multi-Med. Matte
*Scor-Buddy/MS- Score Board
*Teflon Bone Folder
*Becca's Bow Maker
*Glue Dots
*Ink-SU
* American Crafts- Metallic Gold Pen
*SB- Cinch & Go Flowers, & Cinch & Go Flowers 2
*Wilton Stamens
*Mod Podge
*MS- Crystal Fine Glitter
*Scotch ATG

***My card is 4 3/4" x 6 3/4"***