Sunday, February 24, 2019

Don't Just Live The Length of Your Live...

Sometime last year, one of Gina K's masculine cards on Pinterest caught my eye because of the beautiful shades of the sunset  she had created.  When I stopped and looked closer, I liked it even more because of the depth she created in positioning the vintage truck in her scene.  It was a great design, one I knew I'd like to try to create 'one day'.   

That card kept popping up when I'd think about doing a sunset card, or a masculine card... so the search began for just the right size stamps to make the proportions look right.  This was not easy! Everything was too big.  Just when I'd about given up, one of my favorite Facebook sellers (Paper Crafts Buying and Selling)  just happen to post a Deep Red Windmill stamp. That was it!  Part one...which opened the door to searching Deep Red's stamps for the Classic Pick Up Truck and BINGO ~ part two. 

Copic coloring trucks, especially vintage trucks, seems to be something that a lot of Copic artist are attracted to.  

After playing around with  my Oxide inks and the Deep Red Windmill stamp, then diligently going through my templates to find the best fit for the depth of this design, here is the finished card.

My take on Gina K's design ~ 
... sent to one very special nephew who's daily life always seems to be full of adventures. 

I'm so very proud of his accomplishments as a single parent and throughout his working career.  Even when things go not as planned, I can hear him say "It will be okay.",  and he knows it will because he will never give up.  He is the perfect example of living the width of each day as well.

Thank you for stopping by today ~ your comments are always welcomed.

Serving a Risen Savior, 

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Saturday, February 23, 2019

A Day Filled with Beautiful Things

What kind of card do you make for a February birthday when the weather outside is cold, and wet, and the wind is blowing.... 
Why of course - you pull out a bright and cheerful Phyllis Harris /Unity stamp  ~ Face the Sunshine!

It's the perfect card for my friend Debbie who always blesses me with a warm smile from the church choir every time when she sees me sitting in my pew row.  We are part of a circle of women who love the Lord greatly, so I added the button representing the dots for the women and the heart for God is our center.    And like the sunflowers faces the sun for warmth and refreshment, we too face our Savior for renewal each day.  He fills our lives with beautiful things ~ especially good friends!  Happy Birthday Debbie ~ you are loved by so very many!

Serving a Risen Savior, 

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Friday, February 22, 2019

Who Is Sent to Make a Difference

Today's featured card started out to be a birthday card for a "new" friend that I met a few months ago.   But I kept thinking  about every day of our lives we are given the opportunity to make a difference in someone's life.  What started out as a casual conversation, turned to a deeper discussion over our love of photography, and not long afterwards we somehow knew there had to be a reason that our paths had crossed.

While this Unity Stamp image reminds me of her,  Stamp actually carries the perfect name for my friend ~ 
So many times we go through a valley in our lives, we need a friend to hold our hand so we don't feel alone...we need to be reminded that our God is only a prayer away.  It's so easy to give Him our issues - but we have to let go of them also.  
My amazing friend did just that.  

Today, I am thankful that we both took the time to nurture this friendship, that even though we were not life long friends she was willing to reach out in a time of need, and I am so grateful that our loving Lord answered our prayers.

We will always be able to look back at the start of this friendship knowing it truly started with God's Grace is Enough.

Serving a Risen Savior, 

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Thursday, February 21, 2019

A Totally Tiger-Rific Birthday!

I am totally excited today!!!  ~  
After making my second Kinetic slider card using Whimsy's new dies and NOT having to refer to the instructional video or any instructions at all, I  know that YOU will LOVE these new dies and the endless possibilities of card designs they bring for you to try out!  

Earlier this month Designer Crissy Armstrong released with Whimsy Stamps four animal stamps to be used as sliders with the new Kinetic dies.   Today, February 21st  in the at 12 noon, a special release from Whimsy is being distributed featuring several of these animals showing different design ideas by some of the Whimsy Digital Design Team.   My card is below, in the 'home' and in the 'second' position, showing you how this Copic colored Tiger is sliding that glittered football right over the goal line to make a touch down for a great birthday card!

I hope you will CLICK the highlighted areas to link back to the Whimsy Stamp site and purchase the Tiger or one of the other great slider animals and the Kinetic die sets - give them a try!  I don't think you will have any regrets and you will be turning out some really great Slider cards in a matter of just an little bit!

So here's my Totally Tiger-Rific card in the home position ~ 

And you notice you can not see any holes like the old style slider... you simply pull the slider tab on the left  - straight out - 

and the Tiger slides forward pushing the glittered football over the goal line to make a touch down!

Being from South Carolina  ~ home of the Clemson University Tigers, this image would especially be a hit for card makers around my area!  

The digital image for the Sliding Tiger can be found by clicking  Here.  I used the No-See Kinetic Basic Die Set and the Kinetic Curved Basic Die Set.  

Jennifer Dove worked with Whimsy on designing the Kinetic dies and did a great YouTube video/tutorial that will get you started your first time around.  Here is the link to that video:

Thanks for stopping by today - Your comments are always appreciated too.  Be sure to visit the Whimsy Stamps & Inspiration page on Facebook for more ideas from lots of great designers.

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Serving a Risen Savior,

Copic Products:  Tiger: R27, R18, R16, R14, R07, Ear E91, N0,, N2, N4, N6,  N8
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Sunday, February 17, 2019

Peachy Friends

What's up with a PEACH Valentine card THREE days after Valentine's Day?  No, I didn't get it during the 80% off day after sales....   This one was actually made several weeks ago in the 'aqua-greens and peach shades' as a birthday card for my crafting BFF.  With her birthday being on Valentine's day and red being her least favorite color, I knew this color combination and layout would be a hit for her!  

This image is Whimsy Stamp's digital image of "Penguin Valentine" by designer Crissy Armstrong.  Copic colors used are referenced at the end of the blog.  I used a X-Stitched oval die by Gina Marie Designs  and also a Scalloped Stitched Edge Die by My Favorite Things.  The card base is 5 1/2" square and the LOVE Retro button is actually a magnet attached with my normal liquid adhesive glue.  

Thank you for stopping by today to see what card I have featured. Your comments are always welcomed.
Serving a Risen Lord, 
Copis Used:Penguin N0, N3, N5, N7, N8, YR30, E40, E41, cheeks R0/30, beak/feet, YR12, YR14, YR27, YR30
     Envelope, lightly R01,  E93 hearts, Random, E93, E95, YR61, YR12 YR61.

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Friday, February 15, 2019

Whimsy's Adopt Cats & Dogs Campaign

Come Join the Party!

Whimsy Stamps is hosting 

Feb 14-17th

Whimsy Stamps is donating $1 from every sale of Adopt Don't Shop Cats or Dogs stamp set to the Gulf Coast Humane Society. To help promote this fundraiser, they will have games, giveaways, and lots of awesome inspiration planned for you. Be sure to invite your friends because when they reach 100 "going" to this event, they will release a special FREE digi just for you!

Click HERE to join the event!
And Here are the two special stamps designed for the event:

And lastly - the cards I made using the new release stamps ~ 

I hope you will support this weekend program sponsored by Whimsy Stamps and check out these stamps and others in the online store while there. 

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

Serving a Risen Savior, 

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Thursday, February 14, 2019

Be Mine ~ with Whimsy's Doggie Skywriter

Flying in on Valentine's Day 2019 to see if you will 
"Be Mine" with Whimsy Stamps,  "Doggie Skywriter Valentine" stamp designed by Crissy Armstrong.

This Whimsy stamp is perfect for my grandson. I used Copic markers for coloring and a Gina Marie die cut that reminded me of a cloud.  I didn't have a 'frame die' to make the shaker box so I taped two square dies together (1/2" between the sizes), then cut the design paper and six additional pieces of white paper.  I elected to use the white paper instead of sticky foam tape because of using candy to fill the shaker. After assembly of the white pieces, then I added the full piece of acetate, then the patterned paper on top and set aside.  To prepare the background I used white card stock the same size as the shaker box and sponged the clouds with a die cut stencil and  Oxide Ink.  After it dried, then I added the flying Doggie Skywritter.  I glued a couple of metallic hearts to the clouds, then added the candy sprinkles and hearts into the prepared shaker box and glued the clouds/image on the back of the box. The card base is a 5.5 and I added an additional mat of 5.25 square blue card stock.  The shaker box is glued onto the blue background mat to complete the card. Looks like a lot of step by step instructions - but it goes quickly and I've written it for someone who has not made a shaker box card before.  

Thank you for stopping by today - I do hope you have a wonderful Valentine's Day and get to spend time with those you love.

Serving a Risen Savior, 

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Copics Used: Hearts E08, E09   Clouds N0, V000, B91, Gra on plane, C2, C3, C4   Tan on lane, E50, E51, Dog E11, E33, E35, E53, E57

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Thursday, February 7, 2019

He Loves Me... He Loves Me Not....

Today I wanted to share with you another one of Crissy Armstrong's images that Whimsy Stamps has now released as a digital image.  Fistful of Flowers can be purchased from the Whimsy store as a digital or rubber cling image. 

For this card I wanted to use the Spellbinder Postage Edge die which seem to be extremely popular right now, and I dug around in my supply closet till I came across the Creative Memories Postage Stamp punch also.  

This cute little barefoot girl is colored with Copic markers** and die cut with the Pink & Main Stitched Rectangle die.  I used the Spellbinder Postage Edge die for the coordinating pieces around the girl and then used the Creative Memories Postage Stamp punch for the daisy stamps on the right.  They are attached with orange mini brads to the blue background mat that measures 5 1/4" square.  Once glued into place, the front is attached to a white 5 1/2" square card base and the yellow organza ribbon is added for the finishing touch. 

I hope you will follow the highlighted words to link back to the Whimsy Stamps site and add Fistful of Flowers to your cart today.  She's an image that you can use for many occasions. Thanks for stopping by today ~ your comments are always welcomed.

Serving a Risen Savior, 

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**Copics: Hair: E21, E23, E55, E57, Skin R30/0, E000, YR30, RV000, E51, Shirt B21, B41, B52, B91, B93, B95, B97, 
Pnts, R71, R27, R29, White gel pen, Flowers: YR16 Centers. Y02, Y08, Y17, Leaves G21, G24, G45

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Tuesday, February 5, 2019

You Are My Purr-Fect Valentine

It's time to SHAKE it up a bit this morning with a bright and cheery shaker card Valentine.

This Purr-fect little kitty comes from a retired Whimsy set - Purrfect Pals.  I used a scrap of sunset that I'd done in Oxide Inks for the background, stamped with several random stamped paw prints added from the same stamp set.  For the shaker box I used Whimsy's Shaker Maker Rectangle Die set.  Since this card was going to my young grand daughter, I used candy inside (Not that she MIGHT just take it apart...) and I also used 6 layers of the die cut frame instead of using the foam tape.  The sentiment came from the same stamp set except I pulled the 'valentine' word from my own stash to make it work for this occasion.  The completed card front was then mounted on a A2 size Kraft card base.

Thanks for stopping by today to see what I've been working on. 
 Your comments are always welcome. 

Serving a Risen Savior,

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Saturday, February 2, 2019

Hanging With My Peeps

Here it is only the second day of February and so much of the United States has been hit by a major storm, frigid temperatures, loss of power.  However YOU are in our thoughts and prayers and  I'm here today to bring you a bright 
THINK SPRING card to warm and cheer you up!

Today's featured card is the Digital Image of Crissy Armstrong's image Think Spring Bunnies, which is also available in rubber cling if you prefer. 

My card is made on a 5 1/2" square card base with the image strip being approximately 2 1/4" x 4 1/2".  I used Copic markers for coloring and Spellbinder Small Deckled Mega Rectangle dies for the layers.  The sentiment is by CC Designs. The sparkle furry puffs for their tails add the perfect finishing touch along with the silky hot pink thread and spring flowered button at the top.   Hang on my cold northern friends... Spring will be here soon! 

Thank you for stopping over today - I hope this spring card gives you a boost of spring to help you through the remainder of the cold winter still to come.  So while you're here - Let's go shop at the Whimsy store, shall we? 

Serving a Risen Savior,
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Friday, February 1, 2019

Flowers For Your Birthday

Good Morning and Happy February 1st!

It's New Release Day for Whimsy Stamps and the Digital Design Team has so many cute cards to show you.  

For today's card, I selected AMY, by Sylvia Zet. I love that she is holding her bucket of flowers and heart shaped balloon.  As soon as I saw her in our upcoming release files I knew she would make the perfect birthday card for my gardening friend Pam's birthday!

Here's her special Shaker card completed ~

I sized Amy down to 1 1/2" x 3 1/4", then printed on Neenah 110# card stock.  She's colored with Copic markers, and like with all my 'girl' images, her hair is colored to match or closely resemble the card recipient.   For the polka dotted frame and the shaker frame, I used Whimsy's Shaker Maker Rectangle Die Set.  Instead of using the foam tape method for the shaker box, I cut 6 additional small frames out of white paper and glued each later together to make the box, adding the cellophane on top, then the patterned paper last.  The white card base is 5 1/2" square and the green mat is 5" square.  I added the pink piece behind the larger frame and a small die cut Happy Birthday.  This is the point where assembly can go two ways.  Some prefer to lay the shaker box face down and fill the sprinkles in, then put the back on...while others build the back of the card, put the pile of sprinkles in a small hill and apply the glued box on top of the hill.  Either way is 'right', and chances are you are still going to get one stuck or dropped. lol  As you might notice if you really inspect, one of my flowers is stuck on the Y in Happy.  Believe me... it's not coming from that spot either.  It's okay - it's the character of the card.  After assembly was completed, I added the white loopy bow on the side and away the card went to the 'other Pam' in the hills of Pennsylvania.

Thanks for stopping by today - I'd love to see how you might use Amy on your card.  Post your Whimsy work anytime on their Facebook page, Whimsy Stamps and Inspiration. Be sure to check out all the new Digital images added this month too.

Serving a Risen Savior, 
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