Friday, January 29, 2016

Rock On

Happy Birthday ~

to my nephew Aaron who holds a special place in my heart! 

You continue to make me proud of you 
and the man you have become. 

And as always....

give Thanks....
1 Thess. 5:18

Thanks for stopping by ~ Pam

Wednesday, January 27, 2016

What's On Your Workdesk? Wednesday 347

Good Morning from a rainy day in South Carolina!

I'm starting my day by sharing what I'm working on this morning and hope that you will hop over to see Julia at Stamping Ground and the other lady's posting for their week 347 entries. 

I've been doing a lot of reorganizing and downsizing here with anticipation of the market picking up and my home selling soon. 
{side note: Know anyone wanting to move to SC?}

So as a little relaxation, 
I cut out my craft room furniture to see how it is going to fit in my new space when I move.  
I actually think it's going to work!  YAY!!!

Next on my list today, is to work on a couple of special effects photos of local churches, making them into note card sets to sell at the local Center for the Arts.  

Hope they are a hit!

Thanks for stopping by  ~ Pam

Monday, January 25, 2016

Pray Continously

This morning I'd like to share week 4 of my
Bible Journal

The scripture references are: 
Philippians 4:6
Colossians 4:2
1 Thessalonians 5:17.

How blessed my Monday morning has been reading these words of my heavenly father, reminding me to pray continuously, to be thankful in all things, to learn the lesson in times when things don't seem to be going right, and to give thanks in all circumstances. 
 All set for a GREAT week!

Thanks for stopping by my blog ~ Pam

Saturday, January 23, 2016

As For Me And My House

JOSHUA 24:15

It's an unusual day here in South Carolina ~ 
January 23, 2016 and we woke to a dusting of snow!

While our family and friends to the north are measuring the
accumulations with yardsticks today, 
we are perfectly content that by noon, 
the sun will be out and the remains of the snow
will have disappeared.

Knowing our winter mix wouldn't last long and loving to 
incorporate  my photography work into my cards
I set out just after daylight with camera in hand
to capture a few scenes from around the 
yard and neighborhood. 

This turned out to be my favorite shot - 
a little weathered bird house blowing in the wind.

My thoughts immediately went to the scripture,
Joshua 24:15
As for me and my House, we will serve the Lord.
How about you?  With the influences of the world today
do you proudly stand strong in your faith in
Jesus Christ?  No matter what the storm is in
your life, God is there for you. He is waiting
for you to call on Him.

Be sure to hop over to Word Art Wednesday to view many more Christian based inspiration cards.

Thank you for stopping by my blog ~ Pam

Friday, January 22, 2016

DIY Enamel Flat Back Embellishments

 Here's another do it yourself project ~

You can easily make your own flat black enamel for your cards.  

Craft Beads (or sometimes called Pony Tail Beads)
can be found at your craft store, Walmart or sometimes
like this the thrift store for $1. 

Line your largest cookie sheet with parchment paper and set the beads up across the pan.  Don't let them touch - give them about 1/2" spacing between each one.
Bake in a 400 degree oven for ~12 minutes.

These are the glow in the dark kind 
(like we are going to take our cards in the dark to see if they glow!)

They cool almost immediately and slide right off allowing you to reuse the parchment paper for the next batch.

Thank you for stopping by my blog ~ Pam

Wednesday, January 20, 2016

WOYWD #364

Today is a 'work' day on my desk, not a crafting day unfortunately.  I am very blessed to market my destashing efforts 
along with the remaining inventory from my Scrapbooking 
store of ten plus years.  
I'd love for you to stop by my online store sometime - message me for the details.

While I had my local business, I never thought about online selling and looking back wonder if it was as popular then as it is now?  This outlet for the last three plus years after my early retirement has really helped me downsize and opened the doors to  
so many new beautiful virtual friends.  

First let me show you my accomplishment this week.  The closet here in my craft room was full of my photography props (my other job) everything was removed, repacked, and the right side made into a storage area for all the shipping supplies.  

Today's desk space is my wrapping table... for package, after package, after package...

Ensuring that each label is stamped with a scripture, 
spreading God's word every chance I'm given.

And not only am I sending a lot out today ~
I was very pleased to get some Happy Mail myself this week!

Have you sent a card to someone lately?  

Thank you for stopping by my blog ~ Pam

Monday, January 18, 2016

You Are More Beautiful

My passion for Unity stamps is HUGE!  

I made this gate-fold card
for our newest family member's birthday.  

Love the diversity of the stamp for encouragement.  

Thank you for stopping by my blog. ~ Pam

Saturday, January 16, 2016

Bible Journaling ~ 2016

Last year I began following one of the Facebook Sites
(Hide His Word in My HeART)
and was very blessed to have completed all 52 weeks
of scripture study and art journaling.
I am not an artist, but love incorporating my
stamps and digital images for my pages. 
Please join me in my 2016 journey of
selected scriptures and artwork .

This year I selected a mini 3 ring binder with sheet protectors. 
I found that last year's spiral bound art book became 
extremely full and difficult to turn the pages.
My cover is from one of my adult coloring book pages.

Week 1 ~ 1 Corinthians 15:58

Week 2 ~ Matthew 28: 16-20

Week 3 ~ Seven selected scriptures:
Romans 1:16, Romans 3:23, Romans 5:8, 
Romans 6:23, Romans 10:9, Romans 10:13
and Acts 2:38

Thank you for stopping by my blog ~ Pam

Friday, January 15, 2016

Tissue Paper Cards

{Second card}

Several days ago I received a wonderful handmade book by my friend Ginny at 
It was wrapped in black and white toile, 
something I sure couldn't toss in the trash! 
So to the crafting table we go...
I trimmed around the designs, then using a glue stick, 
put the patterns onto (another cost savings)...blank index cards. 

I colored some with my Copics and some with colored pencils.

Then grabbed several framed dies and look at the assortment 
I ended up with!

Next I selected the week #217 Scripture from Word Art Wednesday to use on my card,
rewrote it to fit my card design, and here's my finished card.

Thank you for stopping by my blog. ~ Pam

Calendar Card #1

One of my favorite Christmas gifts each year  from my brother and sister-in-law is a Lane Calendar.  After enjoying it in my kitchen all year, I carefully cut it apart for future cards and embellishments.  

I usually make them with scripture, and keep them generic enough that I can use them throughout the year as needs arise. 

I hope to share many of these with you throughout the year.  

Thank you for stopping by my blog. ~ Pam

Wednesday, January 13, 2016

What's On Your Work Desk #345

It's midweek and I've spent two mornings this week
in doctor's offices just for routine checkups and 
follow up appointments.  
I have been thinking this afternoon, how very blessed I am to 
have several different doctors who I truly 
consider my friends.  Those long term relationships
have to be built on trust and that in itself isn't always easy.

So today I wanted to create a birthday card 
for one of those special doctors.  
No matter how many times over the years I've 
said thank you to him, he has always replied,
"to God be the Glory in all that I do".
Yep, he's a pretty special guy!

So here's my messy work desk this afternoon 
as I pull out my paint chips 
to make a masculine birthday card,

and here's the finished card, 
using a scrap of paper 
with a tape measure on it peaking through the windows. 
I decided a knotted ribbon would be more appropriate than a bow.

One of my photo's sits in the background,
reminding me God provides every day!

Blessings for your week ~ Pam

Hope over to Julia's for more WOYWD postings.

Psalm 27:4-5

Honoring Cathryn McGee

....called Home,  January 6, 2016 at the age of ninety-six.

Thank you for visiting my blog ~ Pam

Tuesday, January 12, 2016

It's All About the Belly!

I found this adorable stamp set and thought 
the tummy would be a cute place to add
some small hearts and make my first shaker card.
After all....
not all shaker cards have to be round or square, right?

I started with the stamped image and used a Exacto knife to 
trim as close as I could to the inside stamp lines.

Then using the smallest foam squares I could find, 
I made my tiny circle on the card base 
and filled it with just a few confetti hearts.

After coloring with Copic markers, assembly was easy; 
and a hot pink metallic stretch tie finished it off.

Wishing Suzanne many special blessings with the upcoming birth of her daughter in April.

Thanks for stopping by my blog.  ~ Pam

Monday, January 11, 2016

Born To Be Wild

This month's Fun Challenge on Addicted to Card Making is a Dinosaur card .

This one will be perfect for my two year old grandson!

Thank you for stopping by my blog. ~ Pam

Sunday, January 10, 2016

Philippians 4:6

My first posting inspired by the scriptures and sharing from the artist on Word Art Wednesday.

Three Hundred and Sixty-five times the Bible says...
Do Not Worry

May today be a worry-free day for you!

Thank you for visiting my blog ~ Pam

Friday, January 8, 2016

What's On Your Work Desk

Over the past year, I've enjoyed many of the blog postings by Ginny at Maxum Made Studio, two of which have especially peaked my interest to follow.  
This week I'm making my first submission to 
What's On Your Work Desk through Julia at Stamping Ground.

I often wonder if we are similar in no matter how large our desks and work areas are, we end up in an 8 x 8 working space!
The card I'm working on today is for a challenge using a doily.  I decided to incorporate one of my Julie Nutting Paper Dolls, Candie, into this over sized card.

After coloring using Copic markers, I then  stamped and cut the dress out of heart paper.  I trimmed a doily to make her skirt and 
also added small pieces to her sleeves.  
Of course ever doll needs pearls!
I didn't want a distracting background for her, so a couple of Spellbinders Garden Weave dies 
and a sentiment made her complete.
Life does give us many reasons to smile.  

Thank you for visiting my blog ~ Pam 

Wednesday, January 6, 2016

Secret Sister Reveal

This week I'm preparing a new card for my church's Secret Sister Reveal party.  While I have no clue who my secret sister is, I'm willing to bet my partner knows 'me' because of my handmade cards that she has received over the past year.  

For my design I wanted to incorporate Luke 11:33.

Starting with my digital design and adding the cover words...

I used a Tim Holtz stencil, Stampin Up Creamy Caramel and CTMH Sunflower to add the sunshine rays.

I had seen a posting on Christian Card Makers by my friend Angela, using the off set card base design.... just the inspiration I needed to pull it all together!

My 2015 Secret Sister shines brightly with her love of our Lord.  What a blessing it has been to have kept her in my heart all year.

Monday, January 4, 2016

How to Make Your Own Distressing Blocks

Being an avid crafter tends to take you down the trail of not throwing things away.  There is always a re-purpose idea just waiting to be created.  Thus was the case when I decided to make my own Distressing Blocks.  

Here's what you'll need to create your set:

Wooden blocks (about 1 1/2" to 2" square)
Double sided foam tape
Velcro (you only use the loop side, other side is not needed)
E6000 glue
White felt

Decide how many stamp pads that you want to have blocks designated for.  I went with the ones I tend to use the most.  That would be the number of wooden blocks you want to start with.  They should be about 1 1/2 to 2" square.

Start by adding the double sided foam tape to each block.  To ensure a good hold, then add E6000 (or other strong glue) to the top of the foam tape and add Velcro on top (loop side up).  Hold each one together to allow the glue to dry before moving to the next one.

Next cut strips of the white felt the same width as the velcro and then to the same length as the wooden blocks.

Using felt instead of the purchased pads is a great tip that I got from Jennifer Evers of Koala T Crafts and Youtube

I've really enjoyed my Re-Purposed blocks and hope you'll make a set to match your favorite inks.

Happy Crafting!