Thursday, August 30, 2018

Life Is What You Bake It...

 Today's card image is from Art Impressions and is called Whisk It  (#5001).  When I saw it I knew several good cooks that this would make the perfect card for especially with the wide variety of different stamps and sentiments in the package.

Here's the completed card I made last week and the directions follow for those that would like to create their own. 

For this card I chose an off set gate-fold card base and used an older  Spellbinder Edge die to make the stitched scalloped purple on the back flaps and the My Favorite Things Elegant Rectangle STAX dies for the image and the matting behind it.   The image is stamped with Memento Tuxedo Ink and Copic colored, then die cut, (die is 2 sizes larger).  A swag shaped stitched banner is also die cut for the "Celebrate you" sentiment that goes on the outside.  After coloring and gluing the image and sentiment to the matting, they are glued to the left side only of the card base.  This allows the card to open.  Tiny iridescent mini hearts are randomly glue around the card front for the finishing touch.

Inside the birthday greeting I stamped. . . . "Life is what you bake it"... along with a row of mini cup cakes. And on the back I used the pair of mittens from the set to match the theme of the card as my maker logo instead of my normal logo.  

Thanks for stopping by today and I hope you liked my card of the day! Your comments are always welcomed.  

Serving a Risen Savior

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Tuesday, August 28, 2018

A LONG Flight from South Carolina

One of the special things about the Whimsy Stamp Retreats is they are very limited in how many they allow to attend.  While some may feel they are hurting their business or growth, others understand how this is truly adding to their strength and commitment within the Whimsy family and friends.  It is the most awesome feeling to go back after the second time and re-connect,  and to continue the friendships through social media and other travels.  Seeing two attendees meet at a event in yet another state last week made the rest of us want to be there too!  It's just like we are all one big family!  Our love of the products, the owner and the team designers and their dedication is just overwhelming. 
One of the very sweet and very quiet lady's I met last year and who returned this year was Kay from Iowa. Whimsy's CINDY by Sylvia Zet, came out to fly all the way from South Carolina to Iowa to wish Kay a wonderful birthday.  I think she might have had to dodge a few cows to make her landing - but I hear she made it okay!

Cindy was stamped on Card stock and Copic colored, then die cut using a Spellbinder die and placed on a Origami multicolored paper.  Two pink tags were cut using the Creative Memories Tag Maker and added using just the top if the tag with a button at the top, with a special paper string fake tie.  Gina Marie Stitched Sky  Dies were used for the blue clouds and the sentiment is from Unity Stamps. 

Happy Birthday my sweet friend Kay!  Hope your day was wonderful and that we see you next year at the next annual Whimsy Stamp Retreat!

Serving a Risen Savior, 

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Monday, August 27, 2018

Today is Going to be Amazing! PLUS a Whimsy SALE!!!

We're starting off the week knowing today is going to be Amazing, as I share one of the August new Digital release images AND celebrate my daughter's 34th Birthday! 

Of course, it was easy to select the Whimsy Stamps Western Pony for her special card since she has loved horses most of her life. Being able to use the digital image gave me the addition freedom to size the image to be slightly larger to make a nice size top fold card for her to display.  

Here's the finished card and a few details afterwards.

After printing the digital image and Copic coloring, I offset cut the image with a circle die and mounted it on a 5 1/4" square hunter green matting paper.  I used a stitched deep scalloped die to make the top border and two sizes of the Gina Marie's Fish Tail Banner Dies to make the sentiment banner.  The sentiment stamp is by Unity Stamp Company.  For the finishing touches I used a bit of brown twine and a metal feather charm wrapped around the sentiment banner and a few dots of gold bling.  All of the elements were then glued down to the 5 1/2" Kraft card base, ready for today's delivery.

P.S.~~~ Glue Dots & Whimsy Blog Hop (starts at noon, ET) this week.   ALSO Whimsy Stamps Retiring Section is offering a 20% Discount coupon for TODAY and TOMORROW (8/27 & 8/28 only).   Use MUSTGO20  at checkout - limited quantities so order early!

I hope you'll check out the Digital section on the Whimsy Stamp website and consider purchasing Western Pony to add to your collection while you are looking at all the great red rubber stamps and other digital products.  Your comments are always welcome. 

Serving a Risen Lord, 

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Friday, August 24, 2018

Take a Sip of Sunshine!

Oh have I got a super cute card to show you today! 
This is one of the cards from the Whimsy Stamps 3rd Annual Retreat that I attended in June.  With the abundance of wonderful projects, there was just not any way to complete them all!  Design Team member Melissa Andrew led the demonstration for this Chibitronics card.... yes, that was a new word for me!

Here is my finished card and a few details about the project following the photo.

There are several youtube videos on this card technique, which is quite detailed.  We were extremely fortunate to have Melissa not only walking us through each step, but giving us extra tips from her experiences ~ like doubling the vellum for the sunshine, and using three layers of foam to build the housing around the battery and make the card even from top to bottom.

In addition to using Whimsy Stamps' Elisabeth Bell's Seashell Girl image, we also used Whimsy's Copper Tape, and their Chibitronics White LED Mega Pack (30 Stickers).

Thanks so much for stopping by today ~ hope you will have a great weekend!

Serving a Risen Savior,

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Thursday, August 23, 2018

HOORAY! Let's Celebrate!

Today's featured card is a bright and cheerful HOORAY card that could be used to celebrate any special occasion.

Whimsy Stamps', KING LION,  is one of the new digital release for August and is designed by Crissy Armstrong.  

I sized the digital image to about 3 1/2" wide x 4" tall and printed on #110 card stock.  After Copic coloring, I set the image aside and made my folded card base 5 1/2" wide by 5" tall using a white heavy card stock. Then I covered the front with a solid purple paper that matched the jewels in  his crown.  I added two multi colored paper strips with glittery stars down the sides and a glittery box for King Lion to sit on.  The "Hooray!" die is cut out of bright pink glitter paper.  After gluing everything on, including King Lion, I added the sheer peach organza ribbon as the finishing touch.

Thanks for stopping by today.  I hope you will visit the Whimsy Stamps site to consider adding King Lion to your collection.
Your comments are always welcomed.

Serving a Risen Savior, 

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Tuesday, August 21, 2018

Pennant Sketch Challenge

One of the card sites that I enjoy ~ 
Christian Card Makers
has a weekly sketch challenge for it's members for fun each week.
This has always been quite a challenge for me, just not one of my favorite things to do.  But like many things in life, an opportunity to grow.  So several months ago I challenged myself to participate each week in the Sketch Challenge. 

This week's challenge involved lots of triangles or pennants that about made my eyes cross!  I seem to always wait till someone posts a card too - that seems to be easier for me to visualize what I need to do to master the sketch.  The sketch is posted on Monday and all day yesterday.... nothing was posted in the album.  The more I checked the more I got tickled... I was guessing I wasn't the only one with this strategy.  
Finally a couple of postings came and with adorable bright pennant cards and that was what I needed to get me started  ~ off to the craft table and pulling coordinating papers.  Here's what I came up with and the original sketch following. 


Not bad for someone who doesn't like doing sketch cards.  But honestly I'm starting to get the hang of it!    Thanks for stopping by today.  

Serving a Risen Savior, 

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Friday, August 17, 2018

Who's Your Reel Great Guy?

You know... The one that always has the BIG Fish Tales!

Art Impressions sure captures most of our great fishing guys with their Reel Great Guys Set by Artist Bonnie Krebs.  

Today I'd like to share two cards made with the set and assembled with different papers and dies. 

First ~ A simple version

and second - with a few additional embellishments.

Both images were Copic Colored using the following combinations:
Back Guy: Hair C4,C5; Face  E0000,YR30, E42;  Hat E34, E37
Shirt & Pole, B45, Jacket W2-W4
Front Guy: Face: E0000, YR30, E41, Hat E31, E34
Shirt W2-W4, Pole YG93, Jacket YG93, YG95, YG97, & G85
Fish  YR23, Y26, YG97, G85
Water: Close to Boat use: B37 to ground the boat, then use B45 on hex chart and colors around that number randomly to make waves.
Sky: Blend dark to light from the water up starting with YR65,  E95, E93,  Y18, Y15, Y21, Y32. This can vary depending on how wide or narrow your blending is and what your desired finish is.

On the top card I used the My Favorite Things Die-namics Elegant Rectangle Stax Dies (MFT-1268) for the three pieces and mounted on a blue with white bubble paper onto a white card base.

On the second, the image and an additional bright yellow orange paper piece is die cut with the Spellbinder Curved Rectangles, S5-006.  An additional piece of woodgrain paper with torn side edes is added behind and then all are mounted on a Kraft 6 x 6 inch card base.  

The single fish, the Hooked sentiment and the bucket of fish are cut out and either glued or mounted with foam, then mounted on the cards as shown.   Additional small pieces of net were also added to the second card. 

Some days we have time to add all the extras to our cards and some days the basic elements still make the perfect card for our guys.  Cards at all levels are OKAY!  Every card maker is at a different level and will be at a different level tomorrow and next year.  Celebrate that YOU are blessed with the talent our Lord gave each of us today! 

Thank you for stopping by today to see my cards and to shop with me.  Your comments are always welcome.

Serving a Risen Savior,

Tuesday, August 14, 2018

How Sweet It Is.... (Just for me)

Today is my first posting on the Whimsy Inspirational Blog (click HERE) to see that posting.  The posting here is basically a duplication, with a few additional details and linked social media postings.

My position on the Whimsy Team is on the Digital side.  I think as a shopper, that tab may get lost sometimes as we look through all the beautiful images shown by the designers of Red Rubber and Clear stamps.  Yet as our inventories quickly become filled, I am beginning to see the advantage of digital images each day.  
God doesn't open those doors without reason you know!

Let's get to showing you my latest card creations. 

Who couldn't fall in love with Crissy Armstrong's Penquin's Bubble Bath image?  I have to admit ~ I created this project for myself to celebrate my acceptance to the Whimsy Team!

The digital image is Copic colored, with a extra long edge die for the sides.  The shower curtain is a pale green piece of vellum (3 1/2" x 5" ) accordion folded every 1/2", then the bottom edged is rounded with decorated scissors and the top is punched with an oval hand punch.  I punched a small hole in the colored image for the brads about 1/2" from the top and sides.  Then I took several strands of green floss, twisted and threaded them through the hole to the back and taped them down.  The larger headed orange Swiss dotted brads covers the hole and the threads nicely making the shower curtain complete.  Any sentiment or single word die could be added to compliment the occasion of your card. After gluing everything down,  I mounted the card front on a deep hunter green side folded 6" x 6" card base with a white liner.

Thanks so much for stopping by today and your comments are always welcome.  
Serving a Risen Savior, 

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Friday, August 10, 2018

Congratulations On Your New Arrival

The call for Baby Cards has sure been on the increase around here lately, which made the new release of Gina Marie's Quilt Die #9 Building Block Die the perfect solution. Like the name indicates, this die is a nine blocked stitched flat die plate.

For today's blog, I  will show you two cards, that are basically the same, with just different items added to the card shelf, yet they give the card a totally different look.  

I first used a solid blue and a coordinating patterned piece of blue paper and cut each with the Quilt Die.  Then using a scrap piece of white, I glued the opposite blocks back into the frames, making the quilt pieces.  You could do this part a number of different ways.  Once all glued together, I carefully cut the square diagonally, giving me the corner piece for each quilt needed for the two cards. 
Next I die cut the white eyelet strip, the congratulations word, the domed stitched Pink piece and the blue domed center and stamped out the Moon, Stars and Teddy Bear.  I colored the small elements with Copic markers and cut them out.  Whew... that was a lot of little tiny pieces!  Layered them up to this cute card on a pink checked background and mounted it on a 6 x 6 card base. 

This makes the second card an easy peasy card since some of the left overs from the first card are used.

The quilt corner is the other half of the first card.  I used a different die for the white border and the word Congratulations.  I had cut two of the pink domed pieces, so I just needed one of the white smaller ones and I had a cute stamp of baby shoes that I stamped, highlighted with gray and cut out.  I glued them at the bottom and put a pop dot at the top for a little extra dimension. For the finishing touch on this one I also added the blue ribbon bow. 

Which one is your favorite?  

Thanks for stopping by today ~ your comments are always welcome. 

Serving a Risen Savior,

Thursday, August 9, 2018

Don't Just Fly ~

This is the theme for today's card that I created for a card swap which was for a Balloon Card. Here's what I came up with and below are the supplies I used.

I selected the Ellentina Cutting Classic Collection Die, DCM023/024, Hot Air Balloons and two shades of pink paper.  On the scrap of the darker shade I added a strip of Washi Tape before running the smaller die through to the basket a woven effect, and the lighter one I added diamond stickles.  On the two larger balloons I filled the stars in with gold stickles.  The background Paper is from Whimsy Stamps, although it appears to be a really cool handmade technique! I used a premade gift tag, stamped my sentiment with matching pink ink and tied it to the card base with blue embroidery thread.

Thanks for stopping by today - your comments are always welcomed.

Serving a Risen Savior, 

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Wednesday, August 8, 2018

Welcome to the Big Top

This week starts another exciting adventure for me as a card maker as I have been accepted for a six month term on the Whimsy Stamp Creative Team for the promotion of their Digital Products.  You can well image my excitement when I thought I was merely opening a weekly sales announcement email from them only to find this wonderful news!  I am truly grateful, honored and hope I can meet and exceed their expectations. 

For my first project, I have selected Autumn Harvest Ride from the Crissy Armstrong Collection.    Although her carousel horse today brings us this beautiful fall image, it also brought back many memories for me of a trip or two to visit the Big Top Barnum & Bailey traveling Circus.  

The stamped image is Copic colored then I die cut the edges.  I used a 5/8" purple sparkle Organza ribbon to make the bow and added several orange bling gemstones before mounting to the  6 x 6 Kraft card base.  The sentiment stamp is also an older/discontinued Whimsy stamp ~ Welcome to the Big Top.

I encourage you to pop over to Whimsy Stamps store to see all of the new August Release stamps and digital papers that are available this month. 

Thanks for stopping by today - your comments are always welcome.

Serving a Risen Savior, 

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Saturday, August 4, 2018

Live Not Only the Length of Your Life

Last night a group of friends celebrated one of the guy's birthday. Several of the great cooks in the group brought wonderful snacks from wings and nachos to German Chocolate cake and Cheese Cake.  (Calories don't count on birthdays, remember?)

I was thrilled to make his card from the group and would like to share that with you today.  

Wanting a very masculine card, I selected the Unity Stamp Company, All Cylinders set by Tierra Jackson.

The stamped image was Copic colored using R05, R17, R24, R29, R35, R35, R39, N0, N2, N4, N4, N5 and Y8.  For the edging I used the Die-Namics Stitched Scallop Basic Edge by My Favorite Things. The sentiment is also part of the stamp set and the background map was a scrap paper.  The completed card base is 5" x 5".

Inside the card I stamped the sentiment

Don't just live the length of your life...
live the WIDTH as well. anonymous

What a neat and true saying don't you think?   

Thank you for stopping by today. Your comments are always welcome. 

Serving a Risen Savior, 

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Wednesday, August 1, 2018

Supporting Operation Quiet Comfort

On one of the card making sites that I support, we had a month long challenge in July for each of us to make  30 cards to donate to support Operation Quiet Comfort.  

This organization exists solely for the purpose of honoring and comforting America's military men and women who become sick and injured while serving in harm's way.  Our group is fairly small but we are strong in our faith we able to submit over 500 cards to this effort. 
They requested that our cards have "Thanks for all that you do" or some similar message on the outside of our cards and were to be a patriotic design. Everyone submitted a variety of cards with envelopes. I'd like to share mine with you today. 

The first two were done with the Gina Marie Layered Dog Tags Military Stamps and the Soldier Silhouette Die.

 The two below were done with scrapbook papers.

These four were done with the Unity Home of the Brave stamp set.

These four were printed from material provided by the Facebook site, as were the five below them plus the Gina Marie Soldier Silhouette Die was added.

The White House image was found on a Scrapbook page.

The next two were done with scrapbook papers and the Gina Marie Soldier Silhouette die.  

 And the final nine were also done with scrapbook papers and the Gina Marie Layered Dog Tags Military Stamps.

I know our sponsor was proud to deliver this huge donation to the support center and each of us were blessed as we made these special cards and prayed for the recipients.  

Thank you for stopping by today.  Your comments are always welcome. 

Serving a Risen Savior, 

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Christian Card Maker, Unity {Show & Tell}, Gina Marie Designs/Scrapbook Outlet, Stamp Junkies, Karle's Passion, Stampers Swap Shop, Pinterest, and Not Just Scraps.