Saturday, November 30, 2019

Stacking Up the Merry Christmas Greetings!

AND... We're Off.... to counting down the days till Christmas with sharing card after card from my desk.  Hope I can keep up!

I'm starting off with a layout introduced at the 2018 Whimsy Retreat by Crissy Armstrong.  This Whimsy Stamps, is Crissy design of Penguin Holiday Squares and is available in clear stamps and also in digital.

These squares are just under 2", which make a great legal size card.  To get a quick card base, take your 8.5 x 11 card stock and cut 3" off the long size (8.5 x 8).  Then fold vertically.  I cut my background mat 7.5 x 7.  The images were colored with my Copic markers (referenced below) and the Merry Christmas sentiment is also a Whimsy stamp.  To complete the card, I used dusty rose crochet thread and a snowflake embellishment.  I also cut a white liner to go inside the card for writing. 

Thanks for stopping in today.  Please come back each day to see another new Christmas card.  I appreciate your comments also. 

Serving a Risen Savior, 

Copics Used: Pinks: RV0000, RV21, RV32, RV34, RV91, RV93; Greens:  BG93, BG96, BG99;  Penguins & Polar Bear N0-N9

Products Used:

Whimsy Holiday Squares

Thursday, November 28, 2019

Happy Thanksgiving ~ 2019

Happy 2019 Thanksgiving Day!  I hope you have a very relaxed day with your family and friends.

Today's card is made using Power Poppy's image Pumpkins and Pears.  This is one of the many images we were given at the 2019 Copic Boot Camp.  I selected non traditional colors for my image knowing I wanted to use it later in the fall season ( I just love those shades around BG72, BG57, and B93...)

After completing my Copic coloring, I used Memory Box's Wrapped Scalloped Rectangle dies for the image and the matting.  I wrapped the image with brown thread and added a 'love' wooden heart at the bow to complete the card.

Thanks for popping in today to see what I've been working on and leaving me a comment. 

Serving a Risen Savior,

Wednesday, November 27, 2019

Relax and Be Thankful

It's a short work week for many, yet that probably means cramming five days of work into three.  The food is flying off the shelves as all the favorite recipes are being pulled out to prepare for the large gatherings later this week.  Kids are excited about a few extra days off from school and many are already pulling out the Christmas decorations.

We are busy 'people' aren't we? 

I think that is one reason we are drawn to comfortable chairs.  That may sound silly, but aren't we?  I love today's image of the Adirondack Chair for just that reason. I guess that's why I was inspired to create two cards using Northwoods beautiful stamp! 

It's amazing how different they look done in Aqua's  versus the standard fall colors too isn't it?  Which is your favorite? 

My wish for you today however, is to find time to relax this week and be thankful.  Look for your comfortble chair and a few minutes of quiet time to talk to our Lord.  Every blessing we have comes from Him and by His grace, for without Him, we are nothing. 

I am thankful for each of you today, as I continue to

Serve a Risen Savior, 

Tuesday, November 26, 2019

A Rainbow of Thank Yous

When a friend of mine asked me what kind of special thank you cards I could make for her, 
it didn't take me long to pull out several Gina Marie dies.

Here's a few of the finished cards, and a bit about making them. 

I used the Gina Marie Design's Flourish Open Center Background Die and a script Thank You with multiple solid color card bases.

 While this beautiful die is very detailed, it is my experience that I needed to use wax paper to get a good cut through the center. 

It's also important to look for hanging chads on the backs of any dies before applying to the card bases to ensure  a clean and beautifully finished product. They may be on the 'back' now, but go to glue that on your card base and BAM they will suddenly be showing on the front!


Be sure to check out the many great new stamps and dies on Gina Marie's website at

Thanks so much for stopping by today.  I appreciate your comments. 

Serving a Risen Savior, 

Monday, November 25, 2019

Sending Hugs ~ Child's Get Well Card

Today I want to share with you a card I made during a card swap for a 'Child Get Well' Challenge.  

I selected one of the small angel images from the Penny Black set, MiMi's Christmas.

After stamping the single image on Neenah 110# card stock I used Copic markers for coloring. I used Gina Marie's X-Stitched Oval die for the image and her rectangle die for the sentiment.  I then  added the yellow star background using Altenew's Milky Way stencil.  

When you swap a card you never know where it's going or who's going to get it.  But I hope that the young child that receives the card loves this sweet Penny Black Angel and helps brighten their day. 

Thank you for stopping by today to see what I've been making.
 I appreciate your comments too.  

Serving a Risen Savior, 


Friday, November 22, 2019

Today I am Thankful~Grateful~Blessed

Today I'd like to share a sweet and simple card I made using 

Like with most of Artist Angie Blom's sets, simply stamping the sentiment beside the image and coloring with your favorite markers can give you the start of a beautiful card.  

For my card, I used Neenah 110# card stock and colored with  my Copic markers.  I used Penny Black's Elegant Stitching die for both the colored image and the background piece.  To complete the card I added a thin organza ribbon with a leaf charm. 

Thank you for stopping by today to see what I've been working on. I appreciate your comments.

Serving a Risen Savior, 

Wednesday, November 20, 2019

Give Thanks ~ Instagram Challenge

There's a lot of new things happening over at Polka Dot Orchard starting with a Giving Thanks Instagram Challenge.  Tag your Instagram posting with #Givethankspdo1119 and say what you are thankful for to enter for a chance to win a gift card to Polka Dot Orchard Shop.

Here's my card to celebrate this challenge  ~ he's from the digital set Let's Get Basted!

If you look closely you will see that I used a 'napkin' for the background on my card.    The turkey is glued at the bottom and raised behind his feathers with pop dots.

I'd also like to invite you to check out Polka Dot Orchard's NEW website.  Jessica has outdone herself with a wonderful new design and layout plus there are NEW products too!  There is so much for you to see  ~ and more to be added. 

Click here to check out the new website.

Thanks for stopping by today.  I hope you enjoy the new Polka Dot Orchard Website and find lots of new images to purchase. 

Serving a Risen Savior, 

Friday, November 15, 2019

Frosty Winter Wishes from the 'Snow Family'

Today's featured card is from Createful Hearts Digis & Designs.  I selected 'Snow Family' and decided to make a shaker card.

After printing the image on Neenah 110# card stock, I used Copic markers for coloring.  I added extra mountains using new techniques that I recently learned at Copic Boot Camp in AZ. 

I had also recently purchased a snow globe stamp specifically for my Christmas cards.  However with my home renovations , finding this single stamp proved to be an impossible task.  So I improvised and used my Spellbinder 'Door' die, and lightly traced around the edge to make my snow globe.  This gave me my guideline for applying the 1/4" foam tape.  Then I added about half a teaspoon of tiny clear crystals on top of the colored image before adhering a piece of acetate that I had also cut the shape of the Spellbinder Door.  Next I ran a tiny line of glue around the edge of the acetate and then applied a multi blue/purple narrow washi tape to finish the edge of the shaker and coordinate with the winter scene.

For the sentiment, I used Gina Marie's Designs Winter Flourished stamp set.  The completed card is mounted on a 6 x 5 card base with a frosted top mat and a light aqua organza bow.

I hope you will check out the other digital designs on Createful Heart Digis & Designs and be sure to post your cards in the monthly blog challenge for a chance to win a free image!

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

Serving a Risen Savior

Thursday, November 7, 2019

Mistletoe Kisses

Today's Christmas card is done in non traditional colors - something you will see often from my postings.  Blues and especially the aqua shades are my favorites to color plus I'm partial to the burgundy side of the reds.  

I've selected two of Graciellie Designs to use on this card. The poinsettia hot cocoa cup is from her Christmas Cheer Digital package and the sentiment is from her Merry Everything Digital package. 

To make this card, I printed the image on Neenah 110# card stock and used Copic Markers for coloring.  I used the Penny Black Elegant Stitching Die for the image and a Bookplate die for the sentiment.  The card base is a 5 1/2" square, with a polka dot full covered mat and a vertically embossed 1 1/4" strip of contrasting blue.

This design is not only a great Christmas card but could easily be used for a get well or general greeting card during the holiday season.  

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

Serving a Risen Savior ~ Pam 

Monday, November 4, 2019

What's your Christmas Wish?

On one of my card making sites we have a 'Tech Challenge' each month.  Although it always has the Youtube video to accompany the challenge, I still find myself intimidated most of the time.  But this video looked fun to me and I'm really glad I took the challenge. 

This is the front of the card, with a red organza tie closure neatly under the layers.  I used Stamping Bella's Santa is Stuck.  There is a striped patterned piece behind the green mat.  I fussy cut the Copic colored image and I die cut the 'wish'. 

Now for the super cute part... inside...

The inside is a pop up fancy fold made with the striped patterned paper. I used Stamping Bella's Little Bits Santa Kids and Pets  and Copic colored each image.  They fit perfectly for this card design.

This is one of those cards you really want to keep rather than send to your swap partner.  But you know I'll just make another one! 

Here's the Pinterest link if you'd like to make one too: 

I know it's early ~ but I hope your WISH will come true!
Thanks for stopping by today ~ your comments are always welcome. 

Serving a Risen Savior

Friday, November 1, 2019

Gnomes With a Secret ~ Two Ways...

I've enjoyed a couple of weeks away from the computer - - -traveling to Arizona to Jennifer Dove's Copic Boot Camp, getting things back in place after my home remodeling project, and having carpal tunnel surgery on my left hand.   When I saw a sign yesterday that said 56 days til Christmas, I about lost my breath!  What happened to fall? But I do look forward to the holidays and all the craziness that goes with it.  

I wanted to share with you today one of my Stamping Bella cards and also my journaling notebook.  If you remember back to my retreat in September, I shared the covered composition notebooks.  I want to show you specifically the one that I made.

I had actually colored two of the Gnomes With A Secret.  For my composition book, I covered the front and back with a plaid paper that matched the Copic markers I used on the stamped image.  I used Modge Podge to 'glue' the matted gnomes to the front of the book, then put a nice even coat of Modge Podge over the entire front cover.  You can barely see from this photo, I put matching ribbon under the plaid paper (both front and back) to make a ribbon closure bow.   Once the book was dry I added a small wooden button on the top left to complete the book. 

Later I used a couple of dies and put together a note card with the other colored image. 

I just love the gnomes and this is sure to be one of my favorite stamps.  

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

Serving a Risen Savior,