Thursday, September 7, 2017

A Fresh Start

For my second entry in the Unity {Show & Tell} Sketch challenge
I selected their New Life stamp set.

The image is stamped on Bright White Neenah card stock and copic colored. I used several metallic pens for accenting. I actually used the shape of the stamp to trim for the extra border around the flowers.  Scraps of yellow and a wood grain paper were used for the background papers.  The sentiment was also stamped on Neenah card stock and then I added the metal ladybug charm and a few dots of bling in the bottom of the jar.  I used a chocolate brown thin twine to tie around the image before adhering to the Kraft card base.
This card will also be submitted as my 'card with a bug' for ATCM.
Thank you for stopping by my blog and for being a faithful follower.  I welcome your comments!
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Serving a Risen Savior, Pam 
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Wednesday, September 6, 2017

Beautiful Belle

Today's featured card is using a new stamp by
Rubbernecker Stamps.
Belle, (670-01) is absolutely eloquent and makes a lovely card.
There were several 'ladies of the 50's' at the Scrapbooking Expo
where I purchased my stamp, and believe me, it was 
extremely hard to decide which one to select!

I selected shades of pink for this card and will be using it for a birthday greeting.  Once I finished the front, I decided any sentiment on the front would be distracting with this layout, so I elected to do my sentiment stamping inside.  
The possibilities are endless with this beautiful lady!

Thank you for stopping by my blog and for being a faithful follower.  I welcome your comments!
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Serving a Risen Savior, Pam 
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Sunday, September 3, 2017

To My Brilliant Friend

Unity {Show & Tell} has a new challenge posted and 
this time it's a sketch card.
Sketch cards are not my favorite thing to do,
but I've been trying not let them 
intimidate me and go for it!

I started with a Kraft card base and orange embossed background
mat.  I added a left over edge of black doily under the floral strip, 
then wrapped with a green metallic thread. 
Unity's Angie Girl, Aleah seemed perfect for the fall colors
I wanted to use for this card.
After Copic coloring and edging with the YR23, I used foam 
tape to raise the image above the embossed background
paper and the floral printed strip.
I love using the 'bowed' sentiment technique that my friend Janet 
taught me. Then the sentiment was finished with two enamel dots by Gina Marie Designs. 

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

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Saturday, September 2, 2017

Dear Teacher ~ A Life That Touches Others...

Today's card is in celebration of TEACHERS.
As the school year begins,
their endless hours of work both during school time 
and otherwise has to come from their heart.
How grateful we are as parents for them!

For my Teacher card I combined the Phyllis Harris stamp
...smooches and stuff
and the Unity Stamp sentiment 
...A life that touches 
others goes on forever

I encourage you to take a moment soon to remember a special teacher in your life
 or that of your child's 
that has made a difference.  
I'm sure they would really love to know you appreciate them!

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

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Thursday, August 24, 2017

A Great Adventure

Today's blog card is both my submission for Unity's {Show & Tell} current challenge and a thank you for a special friend.

For the Unity challenge,
'Create a card with a kraft base and twine with a splash of color'
I selected Phyllis Harris' .... 
life's an adventure,
which includes the quote by Helen Keller,
"Life is either a great adventure or nothing.

 After stamping onto the standard card base, I colored her dress and the swing with Copic markers and used a pink metallic gel pen for the headband, bow and ruffle.  The decorative doily is a natural colored miniature by Stampin Up that I colored also with a three shades of Copic markers and added a orange gemstone in the center after mounting and trimming.  For the twine, I also tied several sailor's knots to give the rope effect rather than a bow. 

I am grateful to my friend who has given me a wonderful opportunity to travel to parts of the US over the last 6 weeks, that I've never been to and to enjoy her hospitality. 
How wonderfully blessed my life continues to be!

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

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Wednesday, August 23, 2017

Friends Make the Good Times Better

With National Dog Day (August 26) almost here, 
creating a special dog card was the Fun Challenge on 
Addicted to Card Making for August. 
For my selection I wanted to use Elizabeth Bell's design of 
Little Jack Bobbin Fishing, 

Can't you just feel the love with this sweet image?  
And what a perfect sentiment for so many occasions...

'Friends make the good times better
and the hard times easier

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Sunday, August 20, 2017

It's A Boy ~ Blessings

This weekend's card challenge on 
Addicted to Card Making, is a card with the moon and stars.  
For my submission I selected one of my Whimsy Stamps,
Cradled by the Moon, designed by Crissy Armstrong.   

I found myself really missing my Sizzix and Gina Marie dies today, since I'm still scrapping away from home, in the hotel room. 
But adding the soft vellum 'blessings' strip across the Copic colored image added a soft, sweetness to the card.  The stars are also colored with a yellow gel pen to give a nice glittery addition.  I finished off the card with yellow crochet thread and a strip of 
'It's a Boy' ribbon.

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

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Friday, August 18, 2017

God's Timing is Perfect

I'd like to invite you to check out Unity's {Show & Tell} newest challenge ~ 
Use a Kraft colored base and twine and add one splash of color!
For my entry I selected the Angie Girl, Cierra, 
along with my favorite Unity sentiment stamp, 
God's Timing is Perfect

As Cierra image portrays a flash of the camera, our lives can change just as fast.  Some days it is wonderful and others we struggle to understand why.  How encouraging it is for us as believers in Jesus Christ as our Savior to know that each change is for our growth and preparation for the next step in our lives. 
I hope that today you will be blessed with God's grace and the sweet comfort of knowing he is always with you.

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

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You've Goat This!

I needed to make a funny card for a teenager going through 
military school.  He's doing so good trying to turn his young life 
around and sending notes of encouragement to him is very important so he knows how proud everyone is of his progress. 

Not wanting anything too wordy, or too serious, I selected the Art Impression Old Goat birthday set and decided to washi tape over some of the words to make this card. 

 and the inside 
This is the AI Stamp set I used (AICS37)
I hope it will bring a little chuckle to his day. ... and yours too!
Thanks for stopping by my blog ~
Serving a Risen Savior, Pam
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Thursday, August 17, 2017

Follow Your Heart

Today card was done for a card swap on Addicted to Card Making which required four hearts. 

This stamp is 'Fred and Ginger' by Whipper Snappers, stamped on Neenah Card Stock, then distressed with Stampin Up Marvelous Magenta ink.  The images were masked while I did the background then were Copic colored.  A simple banner tag 'Follow Your Heart' was added, then the yellow crochet thread with the additional heart key charm.  I used a white A2 card base, then added a coordinating green mat.  Afterwards, I then mounted the colored image piece, ensuring the strings were vertically straight before pressing down. 
Anyone that loves frogs or collects frog stamps, is bound to love Fred & Ginger!  I hope they make you smile today. 

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

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Sunday, August 6, 2017

Always Remember to Celebrate the Special Moments

Happy, Happy Birthday today to one of my long time 
best girlfriends, TISH!

Tish collects elephants in her crafts and a few other odds and ends so when I came across these elephant buttons I knew they would be so cute for her birthday card.  
I used a 12 x 12 page (cut to 6 x 12 and folded) as the base and glued on the multi colored polka dotted paper to the top. Then I laid out the ovals that would allow the opening to show the CELEBRATE and the two elephants.  I die cut through through the top of the card base to give me the windows. I used the next size up of the dies, along with the same die (inside) to make the coordinating orange frames for each opening. 
The next step was to die cute the celebrate  and mount it inside the circle.  I used a small brown twine to tie through the elephant button holes then glued them to the card base and finished the card with a thin green loopy bow on the left.
 Since it is an oversized card,  I made the envelope to match using my Stampin Up envelope maker.

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

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Friday, August 4, 2017

Always Have Faith

Today's card reminds us to Always Have Faith
for His Word says, 
Nothing Can Separate Us From His Love;
He Will Never Leave Us Nor Forsake Us.

 How comforting those words are when things are swinging along smoothly in our lives and how easy to forget when our world gets turned upside down with an unexpected situation.

Today's card, another Whimsy Stamp, Emily, designed by Sylvia Zet, is a great image to bring comfort and peace to the receiver during a time of trouble or sorrow. 

Stamped on Neenah card stock, copic colored and mounted on green glitter paper, then a rust color base, I added a few flat back pearls  to the edge to finish it up and sent this one to a member of my church family going through medical issues.  

I encourage you as card makers, SEND YOUR CARDS OUT.  There are so many who need that little glimmer of hope, knowing someone cares, a re-assuring hug, a word of scripture.  Plus they love to see your artwork.  

Thank you for stopping by today ~ and for following my blog.

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Thursday, August 3, 2017

Thanks for ~ Believing in me!

For this card challenge of monochromatics,
 I selected neutral shades with a hint of sepia.

I had purchased this neat Soda Cap embossing folder through one of the online sellers on Facebook and thought it matched up perfectly with the Unity stamp "You're Too Kind" image 
by Angie Blom.   
I selected for a  sentiment of encouragement, knowing the card receiver had been going through a rough time.  How perfect,
Thanks for believing in me!
Don't we all need to have that special friend that believes in us? 
Today be reminded that even at your lowest low, God is there with you and he always loves you and wants the best for you. Be grateful to him always 
and feel his presence as he believes in you!
After mounting onto a coordinating rust card base to make it pop, I added a few sequins as the final touch and off in the mail it went. 

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Wednesday, August 2, 2017

Happy Birthday Tagged Greetings

Today's card features Whimsy's stamp RUBY, by my favorite designer, Syliva Zet. 

After stamping her on Neenah Card Stock, and Copic coloring, I used the new Gina Marie Arched Stitched Tag Die Set
The corner Happy Birthday die is an older die La- La Land crafts.  The double tag was added to a 5 x 7 Kraft base with a coordinating orange card stock mat.   And the small detailed finishing touch in adding the coordinating button, I used a very thin strip of the matting paper to thread through the button eyes! 

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

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Tuesday, August 1, 2017

When Life is Upside Down

Today's blog card of encouragement was done as part of
a sketch challenge on Christian Card Makers.  

Using the Unity stamp image Hanging in There, illustrated by Phyllis Harris Designs, I colored with copic markers in bright colors.  I took a Kraft card stock and added a muted floral piece of vellum to give a background effect of a trees.  I added a card stock rust colored picket fence die and three home made (from pony beads) enamel dots. Then I used a Stampin Up sentiment 'Hang in there!' since the Unity package sentiment stamp wouldn't fit in the spot needed.  
This card can be ordered through Not Just Scraps.  

Thanks for stopping by today ~ hope you enjoyed this cute card of encouragement when your world is turned upside down... 
just hang on! 
Serving a Risen Savior ~ Pam 

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Monday, July 31, 2017

You Make Me Feel Like Dancing

Today's card celebrates the birthday of my 
Flamingo Loving Friend!

The center strip of flamingo's was Pinterest inspired, and once I got started stamping all the different colored inks, it was hard to stop!
As I flipped through my sentiment pages, 
I knew the DANCING was perfect for the silly row of birds.  
I tried several solid backgrounds for card bases but with all the multi inks, it seemed they each would distract rather than add to the card.  When I came across this 12 x 12 FRIENDS card stock, I knew it would be perfect both to add to the card and to describe her and some of our friendship times.   
I added a few sparkly sequins, to give some of the flamingos the look of classy ladies, and it finished off the card just perfectly for her.

So if you have those single flamingo stamps in your collection, consider using multiples in borders ~ adding even more possibilities. 

Thank you for stopping by today ~ and Happy Birthday Chari!

Serving a Risen Lord ~ Pam

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Saturday, July 29, 2017

Die Storage and Organization

Just like our paper, our stamps, and our markers,.... comes the 'growth' of our metal dies.  I personally find that certain storage and organization methods work great for a while, but then a different way will come along.... and I find myself changing what I thought was the best way to a new way.  

So if you are a crafter that feels 'oh I have this system, I can't change now.'.... 
YES, you can.  And it's okay.  
Reorganizing and recycling our storage units, cases, boxes, etc is just part of our crafting and our creativity.

Today I wanted to share my Metal Die storage and organization, which is still in progress.  This was a bit on the expensive side, if you have shopped for the magnetic sheets, you know they aren't cheap.  While the vent covers from the Home Depot or Lowes are the cheapest, for my selection I wanted the magnetic sheets with adhesive backs, so I was willing to purchase several orders from Oriental Trading.

I have two wire based baskets as all dies get heavy.  Keep this in mind when you pick our your storage container.  I found that the frame dies and nesting dies needed to be on larger sheets, while most of the other dies fit well on smaller sheets.

To start with I cut the magnetic sheets into two groups ~ one group, the sheets were cut equally into fourth's (4 1/4" x 5 1/2"   ) and the other group into halves (8 1/2" x 5 1/2" ).  

2.  Cut heavy weight cardboard the same WIDTH, but add 1/2" to the Height measurement to give you a spot to add a label.

3. Mount the magnetic sheets onto the cardboard, add your label across the top....either by single small set
 single large set
Double set of nesting on the larger sheet
and examples of the smaller sheets with dies sorted by theme
And even if you don't blog... 
someone is always going to want to know where did you get that die from.  
You can always write on the back of the cards.... 
I elected to add the package labels where I could.

My baskets are open and sit on each side of my Big Kick.  I have definitely used them 100% now that they are out and I can see what I have.  When I travel, I pull out the sheets I think I might need and they travel in a cardboard recipe box!

Is this a perfect system?  No way.... but it works great today and so much better than before.  

Thanks for stopping by today - Here's to your re-organizing efforts, always look for ways to make it easy to use, easy to see.  If it's in the closet, that's where it will stay.  Happy Crafting!!!

Serving a Risen Savior ~ Pam 

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Friday, July 28, 2017

Alternative Use for Pop Up Die ~ Sea Siren

Have you ever purchased a beautiful die, only to find you really couldn't figure out exactly how it was meant to be used?  We're all creative enough to make it work, but it's pretty frustrating sometimes when you search and come up with zero uses.  
That was my experience with this beautiful Couture Sea Siren Die that I purchased from Create & Craft.  It's suppose to be a pop up die, but it just wasn't POPPING for me no matter what....
so off to my box of shaker fillers to get the small sea shells that are almost an identical match, and let's make a shaker card!

 This is another example using the Jennifer McQuire Tulle window shaker card.  The die shape was cut through the mat and top layer of the card.  Double sided tape around the edges, then Tulle added on top of the top of the card, followed by shaker ingredients and the second or folded piece of tulle.  Press down firmly all he way around. Add the top matting and finish with the actual Sea Siren die cut out of a metallic pearl card stock.  

If you have this die in your collection, how did you use it?

Thank you for stopping by today ~ may your day be blessed!

Serving a Risen Savior ~ Pam

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Thursday, July 27, 2017

Faith Looks Up

Today's blog card was created using the Phyllis Harris's Faith Looks Up stamps from Unity Stamp Co

This beautiful image by the sea was colored with light pastel copic colors to give an early morning affect while the darker clouds reflected sorry and worry are behind us when we are with FAITH looking up to our Lord.
And a special little thanks to my friend Janet who uses the raised banner strip on her cards ~ love the affect and depth it adds. 

Thank you for stopping by today ~ may your day be blessed by this card as you remember to always look up to our Lord and Savior.
Serving a Risen Lord ~ Pam

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Wednesday, July 26, 2017

Stampin Up Birthday Banter

I don't think I'm the only one...but maybe... 
as I went through some drawers of stamps several weeks ago to pack up for the Scrapbooking Expo, I came across many stamps that I would smile at and fuss at myself for not having used them yet...pulling out a couple of them to take this trip... determined to work through this issue.  

The 2004 Stampin Up BIRTHDAY BANTER set is one of those.  What a cute and funny set ~ Why have I not used it before?
Several days ago, I posted the card for the National Cow Appreciation Day which is also from this set.  Today's card is from the Addicted to Card Making Technical Challenge, Floating Tulle Window Card.

To make the card base, cut your mat to size for your base and select your die shape (the oval in this case) that you want for your window.  You can lightly tack the mat down or hold it if you are sure it won't move.  Cut the die shape through the top of the card base and the mat at the same time.  Take a small piece of tulle, cut large enough to cover the opening.  Put double sided tape (not foam tape) around the opening on the top of the card base, then lay the tulle down ~ stretching it smoothly and press it down firmly to the tape.  Then line up the matted piece and glue or tape it down, pushing down firmly around the tulle opening.  Use any stamped image that you'd like, and stamp TWO.  In this case, the frog was so detailed I elected to use the oval shape.  Color the 'front' image and leave the second image white. The colored image goes on TOP of the tulle and the white image is lined up on the back of the tulle and they are glued together, making the tulle sandwiched in the middle.  For the frame I took the same oval and the next size larger and cut at the same time, giving me the oval frame to cover the open edge on the front and add contrast also.  The tag was punched with a Creative Memories tag punch, then threaded through a fish tail die to get the bottom edge.  Little felt flowers were added for the finishing touch.  

This Stampin Up Set is a great one to add to your collection if you don't already have it. 

Thanks for stopping by today - I hope this silly frog brought a smile to your face and your day will be blessed. 
Serving a Risen Savior ~ Pam 

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Tuesday, July 25, 2017

What a Glorious Feelin'

Today's card features Whimsy's Puddle Jumpin Mouse designed by Kristen Heij-Barber placed on one of the cutest SPLASH background dies from Moe's Dies & More.  

You will definitely see this background die on several more of my cards as it goes well with my collection of  both with animals and people holding umbrellas. 

The Puddle Jumpin Mouse was copic colored except for the purple polka dots, which I used a purple glitter pen to fill in the dots.  This image was also cut out with the Brother Scan and Cut while I was at the Scrapbook Expo.  The image was a bit too detailed and the blade really needed to be changed, so although I still had to do a good bit of trimming, I was impressed with the amount of cutting the machine was able to neatly accomplish.   The song sentiment was added from my miscellaneous word stamps.  Doesn't it just make you want to Sing in the Rain?

I think this will be a great card of encouragement for any age or gender.  Thank you for stopping by and following my blog. 
Serving a Risen Savior ~ Pam

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Monday, July 24, 2017

Life Should be Full Of Small Pleasures

Bringing you another birthday card this morning, it seems my birthday calendar was overflowing for July!
Today's card is a Unity stamp done in black and hot pink to continue the sexy side of the design.

The black doily is folded behind the matted hot pink paper and is before the image that was cut with one of the Gina Marie templates.  Copic markers were used for coloring except for the solid black area, where I used black Wink of Stella to give additional sparkle. As with most of my work, it is lightly outlined using B0000 for depth. 

And today I wish a very Happy Birthday to my friend Cheryl, who use to be the quiet red head that no one ever noticed in school,  .... but Oh, La La.... she found herself after that .... and like a butterfly turned into a beautiful woman who loves life, adventure, and her family dearly. A true and faithful friend to me for sure ~ love you girl!

Thank you for stopping by to read my blog today ~
Serving a Risen Lord, Pam

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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 
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 

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