Sunday, July 23, 2017

Welcome to the Snapdragon Part of Life

This year my best friend from childhood, Cindy, and I celebrate FIFTY-SIX years of friendship as last week she turned the big
6 0!
With two other special girlfriends also celebrating this milestone, I wanted make several detailed cards that would be appropriate for their special days.   I just love this Whimsy stamp, Dreamy Dragon designed by favorite designer Sylvia Zet. So here's the card front for Cindy's card ... and wait until you see the sentiment that makes it perfect!




  Inside the sentiment says ~

Welcome to the 
Snapdragon 
part of Life ~
the parts that
haven't snapped
are Draggin'!

This sentiment stamp is a DRS Designs Rubber Stamp. How funny is that.. and appropriate!

Here are the other two cards that I sent to my special girlfriends ~ 

DeeDee, brought together through church youth and high school cheer leading and we raised our first baby's closely together for a good while ~ 
And Judy who I knew mostly through sports during the school years... but later in life became my sister-in-law!  What a blessing!

 
 All images are Copic colored on Neenah card stock and cut with the Gina Marie stitched circle dies.

Thank you for stopping by today to enjoy these special birthday cards.  
Serving a Risen Savior ~ Pam 

This posting will appear on the following sites:
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Saturday, July 22, 2017

Today is All We Need To Nurture


For most of my working career, I held various jobs that required lots of planning and scheduling. That came natural to me, and probably you to ~ as Mom's and Wives ~ raising our family or simply taking care of our fur babies, we plan and schedule our lives.  So when does it become excessive? At what point can you not relax and just go with the flow of the day's activities? 
Where is the balance?

Today's card ~ from Unity Stamps ~ reminds us in many circumstances, 
Today is All We Need to Nurture.


This past week, right in the middle of buying a new home, just when the time has finally arrived to start packing, the Lord has opened a door of opportunity for me.  An opportunity for travel, for meeting new people, learning new skills, and who knows what else.  It wasn't planned or scheduled and yes, it's a bit overwhelming.  But I know it is the path that He has laid out for me for Today and that is what makes it amazing.

May your  TODAY be blessed as you give thanks to the Lord for His abundant Grace.
Serving a Risen Savior ~ Pam





Thursday, July 20, 2017

ATCM Weekend Challenge ~ National COW Appreciation Day

Now I 'm sure that most of you reading this stopped last Saturday, July 15th and told a COW how much you appreciated them!
But it's another fun, silly challenge to use for card makers 
and was the weekend challenge for us on 


Just a cute little quick card with an older Stampin Up set and copic coloring.  I used the Creative Memories tag punch for the sentiment, but then threaded it through a fish tail die to add the pointed bottom before mounting with the the hot pink metal flower on top. 

I bet you can think of several friends that this card would be perfect for!  This and other handmade cards can be ordered at Not Just Scraps.  
Thank you for stopping by and following my blog.
Serving a Risen Savior ~ Pam

With Sympathy and Prayers

Today's card is a Sympathy card using masking and a distressed inked background.


After choosing my card base, I selected a Stampin Up ink as close to that color as possible from my collection, then a shade of orange that was much darker and a medium shade of yellow. I punched out a 1" circle and temporarily stuck it down with removable tape. Starting with the lightest color, I inked and changed the white paper to completely yellow then added the card colored ink in the center, followed by the darkest shade  at the top.   Be sure to hold the mask down as you carefully ink around the circle.  Then I removed the mask and stamped  a dandelion as shown. Many vertical images would work on this layout .

The sentiment "With Sympathy and prayers" was stamped separately and lightly inked before mounting on a scrap or black card stock.  I tied a double wrapped piece of lightweight twine around the colored image, then mounted the sentiment, then mounted the entire section to the card base.  I think this card, like any sympathy card should be soft and soothing during the recipients time of sorrow.

Thank you for stopping by my blog today  ~ I hope your day will be filled with many blessings. 
Serving a Risen Lord ~ Pam 

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Tuesday, July 18, 2017

CCM Sketch Challenge ~ Let Everything that has Breath Praise the Lord

Bringing you our Monday Sketch challenge from
Christian Card Makers ~

Several of the papers of this card were part of a gifted card package from Ginny for one of the past challenges.  The flowers are Stampin Up images lightly copic colored and inked with a mossy green.  The Scripture used is from Graciellie Design & Unity package Praise The Lord.

This is the sketch we were given to work from:

Thank you for stopping by and I hope my card brightened your day. Visit Not Just Scraps to purchase this card or order other handmade cards.
Serving a Risen Lord, Pam

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Monday, July 17, 2017

Be Your Own Kind Of Beautiful

Although it isn't new, as parents we seem to always worry about 
peer pressure with our children and grand children.  Our world is full of  advertising which encourages unhealthy life styles. 
Today's card sentiment is one of many from Unity Stamp Co. which encourages us to be true to ourselves and not to conform to the ways of the world.  


I matched the sentiment up with one of the Love frilly dress stamps, also from Unity and mounted it on heavy glitter card stock, with two additional contrasting mats before the white card base.  With some double frilly hot pink ribbon through the center lifting the dress for dimension, the finishing touch was three sparkling clear droplets  that I found at Kat's Scrappiness.com. via Stamping Enablers on Facebook.

This card was sent in a swap on Addicted to Card Making but can be ordered through Not Just Scraps.  

Thank you for stopping by to read my posting and for following my work ~ Serving a Risen Savior, Pam 

 

Thursday, July 13, 2017

Stay True to Yourself

I recently made this card for the Unity {Show & Tell} challenge 
and wanted to share it with you today.


This has been a crazy week in my life, a little more drama 
that was really necessary and I had to stop and 
remind myself of just this type sentiment.
How quickly we fall into the back and forth of drama, 
which just feeds it more.  Yet we know through our faith 
we are stronger and do not need to do this. 
Today, be reminded that YOU are beautiful and wonderfully made!
Stay true to YOU and always be grateful for your blessings.

Thank you for stopping by today ~ 
Serving a Risen Savior, Pam

 
 

Monday, July 10, 2017

Time for Some Berries

This past weekend on Addicted to Card Making one of the challenges was a Blueberry card for the July 8th National Blueberry Day celebration.  While doing that card, I did a second one for the House Mouse Challenge #245 ~ Sharing Berries that starts today.  This is my entry for the House Mouse site ~


I'm always thrilled when I can match up a scripture to an image. 
And this is the same stamped image but a different layout and sentiment that I entered in for the ATCM weekend challenge


Do you stamp and color more than one image at the same time?  I seem to always stamp two, but not always color or put together two.  Having done that today though I am reminded what a time saver it can truly be.

I also want to reuse this stamp and cut the top branch off, using just the babies at the bottom with the scriptures from Psalm 96:1
Sing to the Lord a new Song...  
Just endless possibilities with this House Mouse Stamp! 

Thank you for stopping by my blog today ~ may your day be blessed.
Serving a Risen Lord, Pam  

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Saturday, July 8, 2017

Hooray for your Birthday

Recently I purchased my first Dreamland stamp from Bargain Outlet and made this cute Derby card for my nephew's  birthday. 

 After copic coloring with shades of greens, oranges and grays,  I used the Gina Marie Fish Tail Die which is also one of my favorites.  The Hooray die is by Quickutz, which also had a tiny banner die included.  That banner turned out to be too small but I used the negative space to stamp Tyler's name in the banner pennants.  Adding a few Spellbinder widgets and a Happy Birthday die ... off he went to Arizona to find the birthday boy!

Thank you for stopping by my blog today ~ may your week be blessed!
Serving a Risen Savior, Pam 

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Wednesday, July 5, 2017

His Face Shine On You

Tonight I wanted to try out a new stamp and stencil 
set by Tim Holtz and also wanted to add a scripture 
for my entry on Word Art Wednesday.  
Here's the card I came up with ~ 


For the stencil I used Stampin Up inks Baked Brown Sugar and Tempting Turquoise, then stamped the Tim Holtz flower and stem,  images with Tuxedo Black Memonto ink. 

The scripture is from Numbers 6:24-25.  I love matching a scripture and image together.  When I read this beautiful passage it's like the flower is glowing from God's grace.  How wonderful it is that the Lord blesses us each and every day.

Copic shades of grey were used for the flower and shades of orange to yellow for the flower.  I then used a Spellbinder Small Deckled Mega Rectangle die to cut the top and bottom edges before adding Chocolate brown twine as the finishing touch.  

Thank you for stopping by to read my blog posting - I hope that the Lord Will Bless You today and every day!
Serving a Risen Savior, Pam 

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Friday, June 30, 2017

Was it a Fish Tale Day?

During the month of June, one of the card making sites (Addicted to Card Making) used National Catfish Day as the monthly challenge ~ make a card with a FISH on it.  What perfect timing since June was also my neighbor's birthday month and a fish card would be great for him also.  So here is what I came up with ~ quick, easy and very masculine.


I had actually cut out this die from a friend's so that I could order it, but for your reference is it an Amy Design Die, It's a Man's World Series, Fishing Float and is available online at several locations.  Personally I would check Bargain Outlet on Facebook as Michelle runs Amy Designs items every couple of weeks. 


The oval tag that the fish is mounted on is an older Creative Memories sticker  from one of the designer page packages (Escapes, maybe?) and I used aqua washi tape to 'tie' the already adhered tag and fish shapes.  The sentiment is one that I use a lot simply because it is generic enough for just about any occasion.  After stamping I easily was able to select a copic the same shade as the red background to color in the word CELEBRATE.  
The finished piece is mounted on a standard white card base and tied with white twine.

Thanks for stopping by this morning - I hope you enjoyed my card.
Serving a Risen Savior, Pam 

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Saturday, June 24, 2017

Beachy Digital Papers ~ Freebies

A little different blog posting today as I'm bringing to a close a wonderfully quiet week's vacation at the beach and wanted to share a few free digital background papers for your files.
 Not everyone uses these, but for those that do, I hope you will enjoy the textures of the South Carolina wind blown sand, foamy waves and a few other mysterious shots. 
Each are saved as 5 x 7 size for card making, so be sure to adjust 
if you plan to use for scrapbooking or other projects. 


















I'd love to see how you use these.  We are all so blessed with so much God given talent. To Him be the glory in all that we do. 

Thank you for stopping by ~ 
Serving a Risen Lord, Pam 

This posting will appear on Christian Card Makers, Stamp Junkies, Karle's Passion and Not Just Scraps.


Wednesday, June 21, 2017

Everlasting Love ~ WAW #288-289

It's time for my second posting as Guest Designer for Karen at Word Art Wednesday.  I am so excited to share the beautiful scripture from Jeremiah in challenge #288-289 and the card I designed using this selected scripture. 



My image is an Elisabeth Bell design Whimsy Stamp, Sunset Rose, which is printed on Bright White Neenah paper, and Copic colored.  The white matting on both pieces was done using the Gina Marie Pleated Lace die set.

Word Art Wednesday is a great Christian based site and Karen provides a free digital scripture every other week.  The new one today is from Jeremiah 31:3.    This scripture spoke to me of the Lord's everlasting love as depicted in the card's image.  Whether the sun is rising or setting, God's love is there for us. He always loves us more than we deserve.  I encourage you today to stop and watch the sun set and be simply amazed by all of God's continued miracles in your life. 

Here is today's free digital from Karen, but be sure to pop over to Word Art Wednesday to read Karen's devotional, see the other entries and then create your own card for entry.


Thank you for stopping by today to read and to follow my blog.  And thank you Karen, for allowing me the honor and opportunity to join your team for the month of June.

Serving a Risen God, Pam 

In addition to posting on Word Art Wednesday, this will also appear on Christian Card Maker, Stamp Junkies, WAW facebook page, Whimsy Stamps, LLC, Scrapbook OutletKarle's Passion and my personal page, Not Just Scraps.

Tuesday, June 20, 2017

You Take the Cake!

Today's card was recently sent to one of the members of Christian Card Makers in celebration of her special day.  


This image is a Paper Pretties stamp that I Copic colored and then  carefully trimmed around her hair and the back of her dress to allow a spellbinder die to nest closely and make a Tulle shaker card.  


The Micro heart confetti is sandwiched between two layers of tulle which is attached to the card base and the top layer with double sided tape (not foam tape) as illustrated by one of Jennifer McQuire's youtube videos.   

This technique also allows you to stamp your sentiment inside {Happy Birthday} so that it will be seen through the shaker paper of the window.  Bright orange enamel dots were added at the bottom for the finishing touch after adding the stripped mat and attaching to the orange coordinating card base. 

I hope this cheerful card made her day even more special!  Thank you for stopping by today and for following my blog postings. Contact me time to order custom made cards.

Serving a Risen Savior, Pam

In addition to posting on Christian Card Maker, this will appear on Karle's Passion, Stamp Junkies, and Not Just Scraps.  



Monday, June 19, 2017

Happy Father's Day Tool You!

Nothing makes a my Dad happier than new Tools! 

So for Father's Day of course his card had to be a Tool Card ~ 


The card base is black, the next layer is the silver metallic tool box designed embossing folder, which made it very difficult to photograph.  For the top layer I used the dotted Swiss embossing folder  to give the effect of his peg board.  The tool are from a set by Ellentia Cutting Dies ( DCT001-005) and are attached with silver mini brads. 

Thanks for stopping by to enjoy my Dad's card today - 
Serving a Risen Savior, Pam

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Sunday, June 18, 2017

A Life Without Dreams

Would be Just a Life....


Paired up with the Whimsy Stamp 'Elania', designed by Sylvia Zet is today's featured card and was used for the June Girlfriend Swap card on Addicted to Card Making.  

The image is Copic colored and die cut using the Gina Marie Pleated Lace Rectangle Die set.  To get the bright orange/red shading for her hair, I used copics YR18, YR21 and Y18 on this card.  I also added Nuvo Bubblegum Blush Crystal Drops for the finishing touch. 


Thank you for stopping by today and reading my blog ~ I hope you enjoyed my card posting.
Serving a Risen Savior, Pam 


Friday, June 16, 2017

Get Well Souper Soon

Today's cards are part of a project we are doing on the 
Christian Card Maker site to support a member's church's 
ministry to those who are sick and in need of encouragement.

For the Get Well cards, I selected the Taylored Expressions Souper Soon stamp and Die Combo that I purchased from Bargain Outlet.  So many ways to use these cuties!  Here's just a few....





and this is the die set I used ~


I'm thrilled that our card group is sending cards to this community this month.  I encourage you to always look for places that need your extra cards - they can really make someone's day!

Thank you for stopping by today!
Serving a Risen Savior, Pam 

In addition to posting on Bargain Outlet, this will appear on Christian Card Maker, Karle's Passion, Stamp Junkies, and Not Just Scraps.


Thursday, June 15, 2017

Dream Bold Dreams

Today's card was made for a card swap on 
Addicted to Card Making that had to have a tag on it.  
For mine, I selected the Unity stamp set,  Give Love ~ Laugh Lots


I love the Angie Girl's flowing hair and big hat in this image. Her posture reminds me of many friends that are soft spoken and yet as carefree as the butterfly on her wide hat.  

But the true feelings I had for this card are in the required element - The Tag -
DREAM   BOLD   DREAMS.
Whether we are faced with circumstances in our lives that were inflicted by others, whether we are in constant pain,  maybe changing jobs, or making a life changing move...
It is so important to be inspired and each day to 
DREAM BOLD DREAMS. 
Many are just one step away.

Thank you for stopping by today and following my blog.
Serving a Risen Savior, Pam 








Monday, June 12, 2017

ATCM What's in the Envelope This Month

The June hostess, Cindy, gave 15 of the Addicted to Card Making ladies a great challenge this month with a few unique supplies and our normal list of instructions.  
We must use part of each piece and can add up to two additional items.  This is the card I designed from the supplies given.  


And this is what were were given to work with ~ 

I found myself pouring over the page from the novel searching for words to use on the card rather than use it as a mat or embellishment.  I used a rectangle stitched die and cut two pieces from the photo and then I used  the Craft Essentials Pointed Ovals die to cut the shaped mat under the words.  For my two additional parts, I added the button and the threaded ribbon.
Thanks Cindy for a great challenge this month!

And thank you for stopping by my blog and following my postings.  Serving a Risen Savior, Pam 


Sunday, June 11, 2017

Wee Suzi Sending Birthday Greetings

Tonight's card features another one of my favorite Sylvia Zet designed Whimsy stamps, Wee Suzi.  What a cute little girl and a great stamp especially for birthday with her arms full of presents and flowers!


This was my first attempt at shading the waves of a solid dress with my Copic markers.  I also used Gina Marie Designs's new Stitched Tag nesting dies on my card and a Hampton Art Birthday stamp and fishtail die design for the tag. 

Thank you for stopping by and following my blog postings. 
Serving a Risen Savior, Pam

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