Wednesday, November 29, 2017

Unity Challenge ~ Not A Card

The current Unity {Show & Tell} challenge is DIY Gift Ideas ~ Not a Card, and WOW to some of the great ideas that are being posted!  
Personally, I'm buried in making 40+ Christmas cards and almost as many handmade ornaments that is my tradition for my family every year.  Yet, I love playing in the Unity challenges because like most they push me out of my comfort zone and challenge me to do something new and different.
I have to admit, I tried stamping on fabric.... and threw it in the trash!  Those of you who are successful at that, Hats off to you!  That is definitely an art style that is not for me, plus all that thick fabric ink getting on my clean stamps.  Nope! Not happening.
So this afternoon I decided that I would embellish my new, cheap little wall clock that I just purchased for my craft room.
I immediately grabbed my favorite Unity stamp, Sunset Promise.. oh thank you Angie Blom for this wonderful design!
I wanted the image and the sentiment to be the focal point, plus there isn't a lot of room to add dimensional embellishments inside the clock face.  Although Clean And Simple (CAS), it is perfect for my busy crafting room, which looks out onto the open waters of the lake.  

While this could be a DIY gift for others, this one is a gift to me.  Another reminder of how blessed I am with each sunrise and sunset as I try each day to serve my Risen Savior.

Thank you for stopping by today!  I really appreciate your comments and sharing with others.

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Sunday, November 26, 2017

Someday I WILL Change the World

As promised yesterday, the second birthday card (in the middle of Christmas cards).... this one for little Miss Darcie Noelle who is turning two.  
I didn't want to add too many embellishments that she might remove with those curious tiny fingers.  However when I came across Whimsy's image 'Kaydance' by Elisabeth Bell, I felt like she was the perfect match for this celebration.  Between her long flowing hair, the polka dotted hair rag tie, and the heart sewn boots that match the cowgirl hat, who could ask for anything any cuter?   

Darcie has her father's glassy blue eyes and the normal curiosity of any two year old.  Yet her self confidence even at this early age lets you know that truly some day she IS planning to change the world. 

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

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Saturday, November 25, 2017

Fairy Tale Birthday Wishes

Today's card was Special Made for Miss Rhyah Lorraine Duncan, who turned nine this past week. She holds a special place for several reasons in our family, one because her middle name was my mother's name.  I had never heard of her first name, Rhyah, but as she has grown into her own character and personality, "Queen of the Sun" fits her just perfectly!
Selecting Whimsy "Summer Fairy", designed by Silvia Zet, with her strong attitude showing seemed to be the perfect image to use for this occasion.

It's hard to see in the photo, but the wings are coated with clear Wink of Stella after the Copic coloring.  How did we survive without that product before?

Happy Birthday Rhyah as you dance into the hearts of many ~ May all your Birthday Wishes come true! 

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

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Tuesday, November 21, 2017

Whimsy Hamster Stamp with Glossy Ornament Technique

Several days ago, I saw one of the Christmas Whimsy stamps posted where the artist (Claire PH) had made the ornament ball all glossy and shinny.  A lot of the style posted on the Whimsy Stamp and Inspirational site are 5 x 5 cards with large flowers or other elaborate embellishments. My style is much simpler and with almost 50 to mail at today's postage rate, flat is an important factor.  
At the original posting she didn't say what technique she used so my stamping friend Jennie and I decided we would try two different methods to see what we could come up with. 
This is the final result of the one I completed.  Brief descriptions follow if you are interested in trying it out yourself.

After stamping and Copic coloring, I filled in the ornament with Glossy Accents, and let dry overnight. 

And my friend made a mask around the circle, then used WOW thick embossing powder and heat set. 

And her finished card ~

We both felt the end results were not a lot of difference, both turned out very glossy and made really cute cards.  I hope you will be encouraged to try a new technique often.  You never know what you might come up with.

Thanks for stopping by today and following my work.  I'd love for you to also check out Not Just Scraps on Facebook, where I sell my cards and other select items.
Serving a Risen Savior,  Pam

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Tuesday, November 14, 2017

Hidy Ho Ho

This afternoon I've been playing around with Whimsy's  stamp set, Oh What Fun, designed by Deb Davis.

I needed several small images to be able to use the triple circle, scalloped edge card design and this set is adorable.  

Here's what I came up with and a few instructions to follow
 if you are interested in how to make your own:

The die set uses a double stitched circle, but I swapped out for a slightly larger circle to allow the cute Santa on the sled to peak through a little more.  

At first, I didn't have the additional snowflakes .... 
Honestly still not sure which I like better?

But with a list of close to 50 cards I need to make, I'm sure both will fit perfectly for just the right person.  Thanks Deb for such a cute and versatile stamp set.

Thank you for stopping by today and for following my blog. 
Some are having trouble commenting this week, I do appreciate your comments, so I'm hoping you will be able to!
Serving a Risen Savior ~ Pam

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on Facebook, Not Just Scraps where I sell my cards.

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Sunday, November 12, 2017

Gobble Gobble Challenge

If you are a card maker and a blogger, you know 'It's Turkey Time'.
As I sat down today to craft, I found ONE Turkey stamp in all of 
my collection!  
This is the time of year I tend to make more cards of Gratitude and Blessings, but out came my one little turkey to make his challenge card.  

I recently purchased a set of card 'TAB FLAPS' that I also wanted to try out today.  
Here's what I came up with.

And look who's hiding inside!

These Tab Flaps are going to be a lot of fun to try out for hidden greetings, gift cards 
and other images.

Thanks for visiting my posting today.  As always I appreciate your comments and invite you to visit my site, Not Just Scraps,  where I sell my cards.
Serving a Risen Savior ~ Pam

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Wednesday, November 8, 2017

Give Thanks Unto the Lord

Each month on Addicted to Card Making one of the challenges is called an 'Envelope Challenge', hosted by one of the members. Up to 15 slots are filled and envelopes are distributed with the same or similar supplies.  To me it is one of the best parts of this site to see all the many ways 15 women see these supplies so differently.  This is the card I created for November's Envelope Card Challenge.

The Whimsy image is,  Maybelle with chores by Elisabeth Bell, and the printed scripture from 1 Chroncles 16:3 were the two items I was allowed to add.  I used all the items included in the envelope.  The Whimsy image was Copic colored and die cute using Gina Marie Designs, Stitched Labels.  Thank you Cindy W. for sponsoring the challenge this month!

This image and scripture go so well together, especially during this fall season of Thanksgiving.  I encourage you today to stop and give thanks unto the Lord for the simple things in life, like apples and egg, like bare feet and pigtails, and the love and laughter of little children.  How blessed we are each and every day!

Thank you for stopping by today ~ may your day be blessed!
This and many of my cards are available for purchase on my selling site, Not Just Scraps.
Serving a Risen Savior ~ Pam

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Saturday, November 4, 2017

Constance Thanks

Today's card features Unity's Angie Girl, Constance
one who is perfect for fall cards with the swirl of leaves surrounding her.

The basic image is shaded with many shades of Copic markers. 
For the jacket, the image was re-stamped on plaid and paper pieced.  A Spellbinder Deco Rectangle die was used to frame the completed image of Constance Girl.
 I used the My Favorite Things Cornstalk Die with striped paper and two shades of green to make the cornstalks, and a scrap of orange plaid paper with the Cuttlebug Holiday Sampler Die to cut the pumpkin.  Each of these pieces were coated with book binding paste to give them the shine and ability to position as 3D.
The small sentiment is from the Unity Thanks, Thanks & Thanks set mounted on a strip of brown washi tape.
The completed card front was then mounted on a coordinating orange card base.

Thank you for stopping by today and for following my work.  
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Friday, November 3, 2017

Oswalda Goes Shopping

Today's featured card is a combination of two stamp company images, that I think have turned out to be a super cute girlfriend card.  What do you think? Details follow the photo ~

The Ostrich image is from Whimsy Stamp Company and is actually a FREE digital image available at this link {Oswalda Goes Shopping}.  How awesome is that? 
This was the first image that I practiced the techniques of 7-10 copic shading that designer Crissy Armstrong taught at the recent Whimsy Retreat.  Amazing results!
The sentiment I used is part of the Unity Stamp CoRight Accessories package and then was die cut using Craft Essentials Pointed Ovals.

For the final details, I added a little bit of black lace and several sizes of Pink and White pearl flat backs that were purchased from Lori's Lovely Paper Crafts

This card and many others are available for purchase at Not Just Scraps.  Thank you for stopping by today and for following my work.  
Serving a Risen Savior ~ Pam 

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Thursday, November 2, 2017

The World is a Little Happier With You In It

Today's card is created using the FREE stamp I received from Unity Stamp Co!  Being a country girl, I LOVE Daisies and this image is so adorable with the addition of little bees flying around.

After stamping on Neenah paper and Copic coloring, I sprayed the image with Perfect Pearls to give it a light glossy accent.  The edges were die cut using Spellbinders Labels 23.  The sentiment tag was made using Intricutz die by Couture Creations. 
Of course I had to add a little bit of burlap to bring out the country finishing touch.  

Thank you Unity for such a cute stamp.  
And thank YOU for stopping by today and following my work. 
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Wednesday, November 1, 2017

Through the Woods

Today's card features one of the October, 2017 Kit of the Month stamps from Unity ~ 
The Believe Christmas Truck.
I borrowed this image because it reminded me of my grandfather's truck and the fond memories I have of him saying 'Oh that old truck could drive to California and back'.  I also elected to alter the angle of the image to give it the effect of driving through the woods.

This image is stamped on Neenah paper and Copic colored, then die cut with a cross stitched 3/4 dome die.  It is mounted on a glossy white embossed mat, and tied with a deep red ribbon before mounting on a dark green card base.  
For the final touch I added 3 mm raindrop flat backs.

Thank you for stopping by and following my blog postings. 
I invite you to visit my card selling site, Not Just Scraps also.

Serving a Risen Savior ~ Pam 

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