Wednesday, February 28, 2018

Happy Wishes For Your Future

Today's featured card is one that I made for a bridal shower honoring one special young lady that I've known all her life.
My posting yesterday talked about our memories and as I write this, I can vividly remember holding this newborn baby girl, surrounded by her loving family, which of course seems like just the other day. 
But time rushes on and she will be walking down the aisle in just a few short weeks, becoming a wife and starting another chapter of her life.  I am as proud of her as I am of my own children.
For her special card, I of course knew I wanted to use a Whimsy stamp ~ and I selected Wedding Bells by designer Crissy Armstrong.  I also have a new die for the sure to keep reading...

After Copic coloring the stamped image, I used the Gina Marie Pleated Lace Oval dies for the image, the black liner and the blue frame.  I used a generic lace border die, cut twice for the center strip and added a small piece of white ribbon to cover the connecting lines.  The peach background is embossed using a dotted Swiss folder. 
Inside, I used the Lawn Fawn Gift Card Holder die to hold her additional gift.  It's such a cute two sided holder that can easily be added to the inside fold of your card and could be decorated in many different ways. 

Thanks for stopping by today and for commenting too. I love to hear from you!

Serving a Risen Savior, 

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Tuesday, February 27, 2018

When This You See ~ Remember Me

Several weeks ago, an online friend of mine went through the 
celebration of life of her Mother's passing to heaven.  It has not been an easy transition for her and her son... my heart breaks for her as I read some of her postings pouring out her loss, her fears, and trying to cope with just one more day.   

Having taught and promoted scrapbooking for over ten years, and being a photographer for over 14 years, ~ THIS is what it's all about.

Are you making the memories and documenting them for future generations to know their family's heritage? 
Is it preserved to last, still in your camera, on your phone, is there a backup? 
Who are those people?

Today's card is "just a card" of heritage objects - A wonderful, dated Stampin Up set called,  When This You See. 

The Copic colored images are mounted in the Gina Marie Stitched Circle Plate Background die cut out of brushed silver card stock and then placed on a gold card base.  To me the KEY charm symbolizes the importance of the card.  There is so much rich heritage in each of our lives, waiting to be told to others, to be documented by us for our families.  What are we waiting on?  What do you want to be remembered by?

Thank you for stopping by today and following my art work both here and on my Facebook page, Not Just Scraps.

Serving a Risen Savior,

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Monday, February 26, 2018

May Spring Bring Her Blessings...

Today's featured card turned out so cheerful that I believe I'm going to have to repeat it.  This is the first chance I've had to use the stamps I received from Unity Stamp Co as my prize for being one of the selected 52 Growing In Unity 2018 gals.

From the Unity KOM 4/16, Without Fear, Without Limits, I used the two Copic colored images.  The multi layers and miscellaneous die cut were added to a peach colored card base.  I selected the sentiment to be somewhat generic so this card could be used for all occasions.

Thank you for stopping by today to see the featured card and for following my work here and on my Facebook page, Not Just Scraps.

Serving a Risen Savior,

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Tuesday, February 20, 2018

Hold On With Both Hands

What kind of birthday card to you make for your friend who makes cards also?  You know - the one that you admire, who is very creative, has a great imagination, people buy her cards, etc.  Yep... and I want to make HER a birthday card.  Hmmmm. 

Well for sure - I won't be going to Hallmark ... I am gratefully blessed to be able to make cards out of love and to God's glory.    
Today's featured card... A special birthday card to my crafting buddy.  

What better stamp to show our friendship than Phyllis Harris', A Sky With No Limit image and the sentiment of True Friends Are Rare.  
To make the card unique, I masked in the new Unity, Happy Birthday Balloon.  ...another advantage of our wonderful stamping platforms!  For the sparkle, I added several layers of multi colored confetti inside the balloon.  The cloud is a Gina Marie Design die and the edges of the image are clipped with Fiskar's Seagull decorative scissors and the base is a raised 5 x 7" Dotted Swiss emerald green card. 

Thank you for stopping by today and following my blog. Your comments are always welcome and I also invite you to my Facebook page, Not Just Scraps.

Serving a Risen Savior,

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Monday, February 19, 2018

Happy Birthday Puppy Style

Today's featured card is one that I created for my 
grand daughter who turned 14 last week and has a great passion 
for animals, especially puppy dogs.

For her I selected Whimsy Puppy in Present, designed by Lee Holland.  Skyla loves the color green and is also a Clemson University Tiger fan, so my color palette was easy to select.  Here's what I came up with. 

The image is stamped on 110# card stock and Copic colored.   I  used the "smooshing" technique taught by Faye Wynn-Jones on the puppy. (Getting ready for more instructions from her in June!).  The image die is by Gina Marie Designs, Pleated Lace Rectangle, and the corner Happy Birthday die is by La La Land Inc. 

Thank you for stopping by today and your comments are appreciated.  Be sure to visit my facebook page also at Not Just Scraps.

Serving a Risen Savior, 

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Friday, February 16, 2018

All the Way Home

Anyone who lives within 75 miles or so of the area where I am, knows about one particularly good Bar-B-Que spot located in the twin cities of Batesburg-Leesville, South Carolina.  
Shealy's has almost been in business fifty years and it is rare to go by when they are open that the line is not wrapped outside the building and into the parking lot.

Having celebrated my birthday a couple of weeks ago, some friends came up and of course - we ended up at Shealy's for lunch.  Only our driver was able to make it back to the "all you can eat" buffet for the second plate, but we all felt like little piggies as we waddled back to the car.  Of course a thank you card was appropriate for him picking up the tap and making us miserable all afternoon from all of the yummy variety of food!

For my card I used the Stampendous Christmas set, Truck Tidings, and modified the top to allow room for all the piggies to fit!  The pigs are from the Darice stamp set, Barnyard Buddies, and the sentiment was from a miscellaneous baby set. The tiny tie on the 'male' pig is by Unity Stamps (Tiny Little Guys).  Images are Copic colored on 110# card stock and the road is Washi tape.

Thank you for stopping by today and following my card designs.  Be sure to visit Not Just Scraps to see other cards that are for sale.

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Wednesday, February 14, 2018

You Make My Heart Smile

Happy Valentine's Day to YOU!

Today I wanted to share with you the Valentine cards that I made for my five grand kids (ages 23 months to 17 years) using the Darcie's Clear Stamp Set Love "Hearts" (POL341).

Isn't that a cute set?  As you will see, I used both of the 'boy' and 'girl' images, and then used the same sentiment on all of the cards.  I selected the single short fold style card since I have found this to be a great style card when your images are smaller.

After stamping the images on 110# Card stock, I colored them using Copic markers (referenced below) and then die cut the hearts out using the Darice scalloped heart die.  Sentiments are die cut with either the stitched oval or the hexagon center of a Elegant Frame unbranded die.

The card base is a strip cut 4 x 9 with the fold at 5 1/2".  Matting is cut for each side and coordinating papers are cut 1/8" smaller.  The colored image is glued on the left side only, onto the flap of the card base.   Then the sentiment it trimmed or die cut and glued to the side of the center image.  Additional embellishment of course could be added, but keep in mind your postage weight when doing so.

These are the types of stamps that you can purchase the button face to attach to the stamped image.  I elected not to add the buttons to these since two were going to younger children.

Copic References are:
Reds: R05, R17, R27, R37 R39
Purples: V01, V12, V15
Grays: N01, N2, N4

Thanks for stopping by today and seeing the variations this stamp set has to offer.  

Serving a Risen Savior,

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Wednesday, February 7, 2018

I Love You To The Moon and Back

Doing Black and White card can be quite a challenge, 
especially if you love all the colors of the rainbow
and enjoy bright and cheerful papers, photos, and scenery. 
After doing my first black and white card yesterday, 
I had several scraps left over on the desk and a couple of 
additional images that I 'd stamped ~ 
so I decided to put together one more card while I was on a roll. 
This is what I came up with for my entry with a few directions following:

and colored it using only the Copic gray shades of 'C' markers. 
Then I Fussy Cut around the image, omitting the hearts.
I used an unbranded fancy heart die, and cut out the front panel of the white card base and also cut one out of black card stock.
Inside the card, I mounted the black heart and put the little girl hugging her bear image in the center.

Knowing I wanted to use the sentiment 'I love you to the moon and back', I wanted a black background for the card front with either small white dots or stars. Anyone that knows me, knows there is enough paper here to supply a small country... but evidently the supply of black paper with small dots or stars was not on the sale rows!  I finally found one 8 x 8 sheet of alphabet paper with clear dots...perfect!. ... EXCEPT... Letters! Big and small white letters are randomly printed on the paper ~ great!

Plan B - That moon needs clouds and stars!  Ta-Da!  Gina Marie Designs dies again to the rescue! I used the  Stitched Sky Set  randomly spaced perfectly over all the letters and the sentiment on a separate cloud... another cute Valentine or anytime sweet card for someone you love.

Thank you for stopping by today ~ I hope you enjoy my posting and I invite you to visit my Facebook page at Not Just Scraps to see and purchase other handmade cards.

Serving a Risen Savior,

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Tuesday, February 6, 2018

Smooches and Hugs

Whiles some may say Smooches and Hugs  ~ oh that's for Valentines Day ~ I think most of us we agree
any day is good for smooches and hugs!
Especially cute images like the one featured in my blog today.

This card was made specifically for the current Unity challenge of a black and white Valentine card.  I used the Phyllis Harris Smooches and Stuff image and the Pleated Lace Circle die by Gina Marie Designs.  The image is pop-dotted up and the hearts are only glued to the circle.  The Abstract Hearts and the small hearts are unbranded dies.  The black Doily is by Creative Time. The entire image is Copic colored with the 'N' series of Copic markers.  I used Diamond Stickles on the bottom of her dress, on the three small hearts and on the white heart on the bottom right corner. 

Thanks for stopping by - I appreciate your comments and also invite you over to my Facebook site, Not Just Scraps to view and purchase other cards.

Serving a Risen Savior, 

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Monday, February 5, 2018

I Am Praying For You

It's now been 16 years since my Mom went home to heaven.  That seems like a long time ago, and yet it was just the other day.  I'm sure many of you know this feeling. 
During the 10 short months that she fought her cancer, I could not tell you how many friends and people we didn't even know would say "I am praying for you and your Mom".
Yet somehow, those five words took on a new meaning ~
a meaning of hope, a meaning of promise, and a commitment.

Today's featured card is using Unity's Cecelia Girl, by designer Angie Blom and the sentiment is part of the kit.

What a beautiful image full of hope and promise to give to someone in need.  I pray that you will always include your commitment when you promise to pray for someone. 

Thank you for stopping by today ~ I invite you to visit my Facebook page, Not Just Scraps to see and purchase other Handmade Cards.

Serving a Risen Savior, 

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Saturday, February 3, 2018

Say Cheese for the Camera Please!

Give a photographer a stamp with a camera to color
AND then let her make a card for her favorite nephew too...
an awesome combination for sure!

Today's card is using Stampendous House Mouse Say Cheese in shades of blacks, grays and yellows. Here's the finished product, followed by a bit about how it was made.

You just can't help but SMILE can you?

I colored this image right after learning about taking your copic coloring to the next level by designer Crissy Armstrong.  I had never used more that 2-3 of one shade of color on anything.  This camera was the first time I'd used 6 shades of gray to color ~ it was amazing!  I wanted the first layer to look like bokah lights, so I started playing around with different shades of gray and yellow.

Isn't it always the case that the ONE piece of yellow that matches is the ONLY piece of yellow you have?  Had to do a little innovative placement of the dies to get everything cut out of this one scrap.

It was a lot of playing around with the mats and borders to get them in just the right place.  The Gina Marie banner set allows lot of choices and the vertical Happy Birthday is a die that I seem to use quite a bit on my cards.  Adding the X-Stitched edge (also a Gina Marie Design) finishes off the edges of the mats.  Then a few enamel dots sprinkled around and a SMILE die cut at the bottom and one extra large (6 x 8) card is ready to be mailed.  Although over-sized, with all the embellishments it would have had to be in a padded envelope anyway.  Once you have created a special card you sure want it to get to the receiver in great condition too!

I hope you enjoyed my House Mouse Happy Birthday creation and I thank you for stopping by today and following my work. 
Although this card isn't for sale, it can be duplicated for special orders through my facebook site, Not Just Scraps.

Serving a Risen Savior,

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Friday, February 2, 2018

Be My Love Bug!

Oh what wonderful memories we have of the old Volkswagen bugs!  Mine was Pumpkin ORANGE with a white convertible top.

When I spied the Heartfelt Creations, Simply Classic {HCPC-3801} with not only a vintage truck but a Volkswagen too, I was really excited.  

For today's card I used the Volkswagen as a Valentine's Card with a sentiment from another stamp set.  

The image is Copic colored then die cut using the Gina Marie X-Stitched Rectangle die.  The sentiment and the black die are also by Gina Marie - the Fish Tail Banner die set.   I then matted on a purple and blue striped paper and a black card base.  For the final touch I added three flat back purple pearls and a black bow.

I hope you enjoyed this cute little love bug and that it brings back a few old memories for you today! 
This card and many others are available at Not Just Scraps on Facebook.
Serving a Risen Savior, 

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