Friday, January 1, 2016

What better way to start a new year ~ 2016 ~ than to venture  down a new path of blogging for my crafting hobbies!  I'm so excited, and nervous, to finally push the first button and begin sharing my creations, ideas and God given talents with you.

Let's begin by Celebrating the New Year!

For this design, I cut the card stock 3" taller than the stamped image that I had selected and rounded the top with a Stampin Up border punches. 

Then using my distressing blocks and the Tim Holtz stencil, I lightly inked the background.  This was my first time using stencils - It was very easy and definitely a technique I'll continue to use.

Add a cute stamp on top of the stenciled strip to fit the celebration, 
color with your favorite markers,
Add a precut tag with your sentiment, 
a few strips of washi tape for contrast 
and twine or ribbon at the top to finish it up. 

 I always make several of each design, so a few I stamped the back with the scripture Psalm 118:24, 

"This is the day which the Lord hath made, 
we will rejoice and be glad in it" 

Others I added to a layered card base for mailing.