Friday, May 26, 2017

May Your Day Be a Ride In the Park

Although I made this card last weekend in celebration of National Ride Your Bike to Work Day ~ I truly made it for my friend Amy to celebrate her birthday, which is today, May 26., thus it couldn't be blogged until today!

Since Amy has been sick recently and in the hospital, I wanted a cheerful birthday card that also had some encouragement added even though I've never met Amy~ our friendship is virtual.

  This Stamps of Life set just seemed to fit perfectly.  After stamping and die cutting the bike, I added black shiny Wink of Stella to the wheels and petals and grey Wink of Stella to the frame.  Then used lots of pop up squares to raise the bike up and give it the moving effect with the addition of the black shadow lines.  The basket is filled with multi colored mini silk flowers and the centers are 3mm flat backs that can be purchased from Lori's Lovely Paper Crafts, linked here.  The sentiment is part of the Sweet and Sassy set but it is die cut using the Gina Marie Fish Tail Banner dies. 

Hope you will join me in wishing AMY a very Happy Birthday over in North Carolina and continue to make other fun Happy Birthday cards to send to those special friendships you have. 

Thank you for stopping by today and for following my blog postings.  I truly means a lot to me.
Serving a Risen Savior, Pam

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Thursday, May 25, 2017

After the Water Brooks ~ WAW 284-285

This week on Word Art Wednesday, Karen has selected a KJV of Psalm 42:1 for the challenge.   Although the 'hart panteth' certainly reminds me of a deer or other animal of nature, the calming 'after the water brooks' spoke to me for my card selection tonight.  

Using the Gina Marie Violet Pinwheel Die with shades of purple and metallic gold allowed me to give the card a stained glass affect for the flowers... like they were reflecting the water at the brook.  I really like reflecting thoughts as we study God's word and reflective photography seems to be dominant in my life as well. 

If you would like to use this scripture to make your card, visit WAW blog here to grab the free download.  

Thank you for stopping by today and may your day be blessed.
Serving a Risen Savior ~ Pam 

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Sunday, May 21, 2017

ATCM Weekend Challenge ~ Musical Instrument

This weekend's card challenge on Addicted to Card Making gave us two different challenges of 'National' ...not so well known.... holidays to use as themes for our card making.  
Monday, May 22 is National Purchase a Musical Instrument Day ~ Bet you didn't know that one?  

However, having watched Jennifer McQuire's YouTube video this week on a new twist on a shaker card using Tulle, this is the MUSIC card I submitted for my challenge card.

The video reference is here and this is what I found a bit different as I constructed my card. 
What a great idea! The tulle is easy to work with, using double sided tape is fast and the open mesh of the tulle allows the layers to stick together well.  
It is important to use FLAT shaker items.  Even the little pointed edges of my music notes want to catch on the netting if I shake the card too hard. 
I used an "off-brand" stitched oval nesting dies for my windows, and found that there was more difference in the sizes than appears to be in Jennifer's example.  Thus I ended up adding the additional black frame to cover up some of the opening, making it look more complete and balanced.  
I'm certainly going to use this technique again - I believe the next time it will go a little faster...although never as smooth and fast as Jennifer seems to make it look in her wonderful videos! 
Hope you'll try this Tulle Shaker card technique out also ~ and thank you for stopping by today!

Serving a Risen Savior  ~ Pam

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Friday, May 19, 2017

Double Dutch Door Specialty Fold

Last month I wrote about the Tech Challenge on ATCM and how intimidating they could be - but how good they are for our growth, in trying new techniques.  This month the Tech Challenge was to do a Specialty fold (more than one fold) ~ Our Choice.  And who do I get as my swap partner? My BFF who is the most awesome card maker and knows how to do ALL the fancy folds... again fear creeps in as I put off this card as long as I can.

But through a Pinterest posting by Angie Leach on Too Cool Stamping , I was inspired to put my twist on a Barn Shaped card using a Specialty Fold called the 
Double Dutch Door.

I combined two stamp sets for this project - the Hey Chick! banner and silly Aqua haired roof chicken are from the Stampin Up set Hey Chick!.  

The other animals are from the Cottage Cutz Farm Animals set (purchased from Bargain Outlet).

As you raise the roof and open the barn doors, inside you find more animals along with the area to write your note. 

I believe this is a 'fancy fold' I'd like to use again with a different stamp set. How about you?  I'd love to see your ideas!

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

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Monday, May 15, 2017

A Friend is like Sunshine

A Friend is One Who, Like Sunshine, Helps You Grow.

Today's card was especially made for one of my lifetime girlfriends
 who celebrated her birthday last week.  

Another Whimsy stamp by Sylvia Zet, Wee Florist from her Gardner Series is the perfect image for my friend who loves to be working in her beautiful yard as much as anything. 
Yet this girlfriend's 'SONshine' comes from the Lord and is always a strong shoulder or listening ear to those she meets each and every day.   
How blessed I am to have shared this friendship for over 20 years!

Thank you for stopping by today.  I hope my card has brightened your day.
Serving a Risen Savior ~ Pam

Saturday, May 13, 2017

Strawberry Day ~ May 20

With still a week to go till National Strawberry Day, today's card  depicts a sweet little girl  all dressed in her strawberry outfit and matching purse and ready to wish her little friend a very Happy Birthday!

The image I used is a Penny Black, Inc stamp that is stamped on Bright White Neenah Card Stock and Copic colored.  The red corner Happy Birthday die is by La-La Land Crafts.
Thank you for stopping by and I hope my card brought a smile to your day.  This card can be ordered custom ordered through my site, Not Just Scraps.
Serving a Risen Lord ~ Pam 

Friday, May 12, 2017

May Envelope Challenge ~ ATCM

This month's envelope challenge on Addicted to Card Making came with a diverse list of supplies for the fifteen participants to make our cards from.  Each of us were to use part of each piece and could add up to two additional pieces. 
For my card, I decided on a mason jar stamped image to hold my fussy cut, copic colored flowers.

  Here are the original items supplied by the hostess:

My mason jar is stamped on the green card stock provided.  Flowers and bee are copic colored and fussy cut from the image.  I inked the ribbon to match the copic RV55 flower and cut in a banner style.  The small stitched vellum heart is die cut from the center of the tag provided using a Gina Marie Stitched Heart Die, and the top heart is hand cut from the white card stock flower that was the last piece included.  No additional items were added to my card as I will add the sentiment prior to use.

What would you do with these supplies? The results are always amazing when 15 ladies are giving the same envelope of items.
Thank you for stopping by today and for following my blog postings.
Serving a Risen Savior ~ Pam

Sunday, May 7, 2017

I. C. U.

While I had my Art Impressions Get Well Now stamp set out for Nurse's Week, I decided to put together one of their funny antics for a get well card to have on hand.  

The expressions on the faces of the Art Impression characters are priceless as the artist who designs them which I had the honor of meeting last year. 

Guess this is one card I hope I keep on the shelf for quite a while!

Thanks for stopping by ~ 
Serving a Risen Savior, Pam 

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Friday, May 5, 2017

National Nurse's Day ~ May 6

Today's card is in honor of National Nurse's Day - May 6th.  
We are also celebrating those special ladies over on Addicted to Card Making with our Weekend Challenge.
For my card I used the Nurse image from the Art Impressions Get Well Set and added two sentiments from my personal stash.  

Once copic colored and die cut with the stitched rectangle dies, a peach loopy bow was added for the finishing touch .  
My thank you card will be mail to a special nursing friend who is always willing to help me understand the medical terms and steer me in the right direction through some tough health decisions.  I am so grateful for her big blessings!

How about you?  Who is your favorite nurse?  And have you told her how much she (or he) is appreciated lately?  No time like the present!

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

Tuesday, May 2, 2017

The Song In My Heart ~ CCM Sketch Challenge

One thing I particularly enjoy about being an early riser, 
is the early morning silence that is softly broken just before daylight by the robins and sparrows beginning their songs for the day.  For my submission to the Christian Card Maker's Sketch challenge this week, I wanted to capture that joy in my card.

How special it is to start the morning with the sweet song of Jesus in my heart.  The days that are begun with Him in a time of devotion and prayer always seem to be able to withstand the battles of the day as He carries me. Thank you Heavenly Father for the joy of the birds and their songs that fill the air. 

Here's the sketch we used this week ~ give it a try.  
I made mine a 3 1/2" x 9" to fit in a legal size envelope. 

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

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Monday, May 1, 2017

Batman Day ~ May 1st

Another one of those silly, wacky holidays ~ BATMAN DAY ~ 
May 1, 1939 when Batman made his debut in the Detective Comics.

Creating a card in honor of Batman Day was also the weekend challenge on 
Addicted to Card Making. 
This cute little House Mouse stamp that is normally used at Halloween was the perfect match for the Batman card. 

It's Monday - Hope the card brought a smile to your day like so many of the wacky holiday's do.  
Blessings for your week!  

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Sunday, April 30, 2017

Graciellie Design Sneak Peak ~ Pray

Guess who's having a birthday?
Gracie of Graciellie Designs is allowing us to give you a sneak peak of her new digi set designed especially for her celebration. 

The new digi release will be on May 2nd and for those who love to color, you'll also be happy to know it also includes a second image of the little girl with her apron unshaded for you to color should you choose.   Be sure to check out Gracie's Etsy store using the link below, and look for the set PRAY on May 2nd. 

For my sample card, the sentiments and the image of the girl, spoke to me of a prayer circle, praying with others and praying for others.  I love the reinforcing messages in this package of our ability to PRAY and didn't want to limit myself to using only one image.  I decided to make a Z-Fold card showing several girls together in prayer.  This design will be comforting to the receiver to know how much they are being prayed for - not by just one, but by many.
When closed, it fits perfectly in the envelope. 
And opened shows three of the five sentiments included in this new release.

This is Gracie's first hand lettered stamp set which is simply beautiful!

Like all of Gracie's digital sets, there is so much versatility in her designs. Can't you just imagine all the many possibilities you can have for this package?  Click here to go to Graciellie Design's Etsy store.  Be sure to check on May 2nd to be able to pick up this new birthday set ~ Pray.

 Again I'd like to thank Gracie for allowing me the honor of being her first guest designer on Graciellie Designs.  It's been a fun month and I have enjoyed my stay.  I hope that Graciellie Designs will continue to design Christian centered products.  For may we always give our God the glory in all that we do. 

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

Monday, April 24, 2017

CCM Sketch Night

It's another Monday night sketch challenge on Christian Card Maker and my day has been filled with everything except card making.  But with a few images colored ahead of time, this is the CAS card I came up with in the last 20 minutes. 

and the sketch we were given to follow ~
The Copic colored image is Garden Avery from the Paper Nest Dolls and is die cut with the Gina Marie Fish Tail Die.  The Happy Birthday stamp is by Hampton Arts.

Now even after a long day, I have an additional cute birthday card ready and spent a little time relaxing at my craft table.  Another good day!

Thank you for stopping by ~ May your evening be blessed.
Serving a Risen Savior ~ Pam 

Sunday, April 23, 2017

April 23 ~ Lover Day!

Today's card sharing is featuring another Chrissy Armstrong design from Whimsy Stamps
Inspired by one of the Whimsy designer cards, my card is being used today for the Addicted to Card Making weekend Challenge of today, April 23 being Lover Day!

 The stamped image was copic colored. My sentiment was done on the computer and added along with a washi tape banner and three mini brads to finish off the front of the card.  Since I used decorative scissors to trim the edges of each layer I was also able to make the card base match that design when it was completed and mounted to the top fold card base.

My wish for you today - Sunday - April 23 - is that as you take time to rest and worship our Lord Jesus Christ you will Love one another, and forgive those who you know you need to.  Be grateful for God unending LOVE and FORGIVENESS.  
May today and your week be blessed!

Thanks for stopping by. I'd love for you to share with your friends. 
Serving a Risen Savior,  Pam

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Saturday, April 15, 2017

He Is Our Peace and Our Salvation

Today I am sharing a couple of  additional cards I designed using   
Graciellie Design's April release 'PEACE', in addition to the mid-month BLOG HOP!
This time I used two other beautiful sentiments from the 
digital package, "He is our Peace and our Salvation" and "Peace begins with a smile".

Aren't these designs and sentiments perfect for the Easter season!  
If you would like to learn how I made these, please read on ~ 

The bluebirds are busy building new homes here in South Carolina,

 and I wanted this card to show  the deep blues and peach colors of the Blue Birds by using Copics B41, B45, B93, E02, E11, and C11.

Then I used Spellbinder label two dies  for the matting.
  Additionally a deep red feather and soft pink flat back pearls were added to finish the card.  
As we await the celebration of the Risen Savior, aren't we blessed in knowing He is Our Peace and our Salvation!

For my second card, I wanted to design a masculine or sympathy card using darker shades and the sentiment from Mother Teresa included in the new release package. 

The bird is Copic colored with C3, Y35, andY38. and popped up with several sprigs of chocolate brown ferns.

If you haven't visited Graciellie's Designs to see this package or her others items, the link is below.  She has so many beautiful designs and each month continues to add more. 

And as an additional BONUS, Wescott Products is offering a special prize for this blog hop! Two pair of precision scissors will be given away to one lucky person!  

You must comment on EACH blog in the hop, including mine: 

I have really enjoyed being the first guest designer for Graciellie Designs! What an additional blessing to work on this package which focused on Our Risen Savior, whom I serve daily. 
As always ~ thank you for stopping by ~ Pam  

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Christian Card Maker, Karle's Passion, Graciellie Designs (Pinterest), Word Art Wednesday #278-279  and on my personal site, Not Just Scraps.

Thursday, April 13, 2017

One More Peep!

Thursday Night Scrap Night on Christian Card Maker.... 
Do we use up the scraps or just make more?  

For the afternoon, I made several last minute little bunny cards. 

These were made using the new Gina Marie Bunny Die and also her Pleated Rectangle Nesting Die. The sentiment is from CC Designs Spring Peeps and the finishing touch ~ 
Pearl tails are from Lori's Lovely Paper Crafts. 

Happy Easter to YOU ~ YOU are one of my Favorite PEEPS too!
I'm so glad you are here. Share me with a friend! 

Serving a Risen Savior ~ Pam

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Cherish the Children

Those of who follow my blog and know me personally, also know that I have had a photography business.  I just celebrated my 13 year anniversary and am so grateful that I am starting to obtain business here after my move last year.

Today's card goes along with the photo shoot that I did this week for a beautiful newborn boy.

Inside is stamped with the scripture

You are Inscribed in the palm of his Hand
Isaiah 49:15

This is a Unity image, with copic coloring and a sprinkling of sequins and olive green loopy bow around the sentiment

I know this young family is certainly Cherishing every moment with little Jacob  ~

In a blink of an eye he will be going to school, college, starting his own family.  
Cherish each day and the abundant blessings that our Lord continues to bless us with. 

Thank you for stopping by ~ May your day be blessed!
Serving a Risen Savior, Pam

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Sunday, April 9, 2017

Masculine Get Well Wishes

Today's featured card is again using one of my favorite
Gina K Design Dies, the Oval Burst, along with a couple of smaller stitched ovals for the center and sentiment.

For this design I ran the oval burst template through using Yellow, Green and Blue card stock.  Then used light tan scraps for the ovals.  The recipient is a mechanic so I selected a miscellaneous car stamp for the center and a appropriate sentiment of "Bless You" for the bottom oval. 

I also wanted to use the Friday Fellowship Scripture from Christian Card Maker, as I felt it would add to the card and send the additional word of God.  I used the Spellbinders Label Two die to add cut and place the inked edged scripture on the inside top flap.

I hope today you will also be bless by this scripture from John 1:16
 shared on Christian Card Maker. 

Thank you for stopping by. ~ May your day be blessed!
Serving a Risen Savior ~ Pam 

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Sunday, April 2, 2017

ATCM Weekend Challenge ~ Easter Card

I have been so busy and blessed with a great weekend, but it's about over with less than two hours till midnight!  Here I am scrambling to make an entry for the weekend challenge for Addicted to Card Making and to spend some time at my craft table. 

For my Easter card entry I selected the Whimsy Wee Stamp BONNIE, designed by Sylvia Zet.

The image is stamped on Bright white Neenah card stock and copic colored using C1, C3, R20 for the bunny. E11, E13, E15 for the basket, G40 & 43 for the hat and banner and Y15 for the flowers.  BG10 was used for the background along with the C1 shadow and a yellow sparkle gel pen for the dots.

I hope you will be inspired to stamp out a few Easter cards to drop in the mail this week.  Thanks for stopping by.
Serving a Risen Savior ~ Pam 

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Saturday, April 1, 2017

Introducing Graciellie Design's PEACE

You can not begin to imagine my excitement when I was contacted by Gracie and asked to be her Guest Designer for the month of April.
  What an honor to work with her new digital design set "PEACE"
 and be a part of their Blog Hop! 
I have enjoyed watching the 
behind the scenes work from some of the very talented design team members.  
I selected two cards today to showcase the bird in flight 
each with a different scripture message.

These digital packages give you a great advantage to change the images to the sizes needed for the bird and scripture to fit the frames and dies that you want to use on your project. 
This card is copic colored with Y38, Y35, Y18, Y32, E55 & E71 then die cut with a small scalloped oval and distressed with brown ink.  It is popped up on a brown die cut leaf stem and a gold foil doily trimmed to come to the edge of the bird cage border.  The scripture was reduced and then set in a chipboard oval painted with a gold paint pen and covered with clear Wink of Stella. 

For the second card, I selected the Mathew 28:3 scripture to do a Easter themed card about our Risen Savior.  This is an important scripture to me personally, as many of you know I always sign my blog 'Serving a Risen Savior'. 
To change the digital bird to the Southeastern Blue Bird, I used Copic markers B41, B45, B93, C11, E02, & E11.  I then used  Spellbinders Labels Two Nesting Dies and a small lace doily for the glossy blue bird to rest on.  
The scripture verse is sandwiched between the layers and a real blue bird feather from my yard is also tucked in behind the scripture.  
The card is finished with a peach loopy bow and metal cross charm.

This is a wonderful digital package with so many possibilities with the five sentiments that are included.  I know you have many ideas on how you can make your own special card and project using this new Graciellie Design Digital Stamp Set.  You can find this new set and all her products at her Etsy shop, Graciellie Design.
And now... on to the Blog Hop to see more inspiring use of digital products by Gracielle Designs AND a $15 gift certificate winner will be drawn from those who leave a comment on every blog, including this one!

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

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Thursday, March 30, 2017

Treasure Each Other

I seem to blog a lot about friendship and God's blessings of the special people in my life.  I don't ever want to take those relationships for granted.  My friendship circle is a true treasure and I thank God daily for YOU.  
Thursday night is SCRAP night on Christian Card Maker.  My card was made using a sentiment from a daily calendar and features the Whimsy stamp Dolly designed by Sylvia Zet.  

May this bring a smile to you tonight as you think about your special friends.  Don't forget to tell them how important they are to you....don't wait. 

Serving a Risen Savior ~ Pam

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The Beauty of a Sunset

Today blog is showcasing the Unity Stamp Sunset Promise, one that is quickly becoming my top choice.  Loving the beach and living at the lake - the time I spend by the water is such a solitude and closeness with My God and with nature.  

These cards are done using the Unity sentiment first and then I enlarged a stamped image to use for the Word Art Wednesday scripture this week from Psalm 90:12.

Both cards are printed on Neenah Bright white card stock and Copic colored.  The Unity card has a white pearled starfish accent piece added.  This will make a perfect Sympathy or Encouragement card. 

The second card with the Word Art Wednesday scripture reminds us our days are numbered and our focus on God must remain strong each day as we seek His will for our lives. 
An additional sparkle to the water was added in this card, using some glitter nail polish. 

Thank you for stopping by today - May your day be blessed and may you enjoy a SUNSET ... maybe even by the water. 
Serving a Risen Savior ~ Pam 

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