Saturday, March 17, 2018

Encouragement on St. Patrick's Day

Happy St. Patrick's Day! My ancestry DNA test shows that I'm 9% from Ireland/Scotland/Wales. I did find that one of my 6th great grandmothers came to the United States from Dublin Ireland in the 1700's. Our family was always told that my grandmother, who was born on March 17th, was part Irish. All I know is that I inherited her green eyes and love of crafting and history.

Robert Morgan, in one of his books about the stories behind hymns, wrote an inspiring account of the teenage Patrick being kidnapped from England by Irish pirates, taken to Ireland as a slave, and later escaped back to England. What amazed me in his story was that he had a passion to return to Ireland to spread the message of Christ. His family thought it was dangerous and he faced many trials, but he had learned to trust the Lord for his guidance and safety. Today as we celebrate St. Patrick's Day, I like to focus on the fact that he is responsible for the spread of Christianity in Ireland in the 400's A.D.  I thought this verse summarized the importance of trusting God in every situation.  The next verse in Proverbs says in all your ways acknowledge Him and He will direct your paths.

I used a few retired CTMH papers from my drawer of green scraps and the leaves and die from Chelsea Gardens Cardmaking stamps. The white embossed verse and die stamp for "Lord" are from PTI.

Thank you for visiting! May you trust in the Lord both in good times and bad! He will never fail you!

I'm sharing this card with the following challenges:

Always Fun Challenge #49 - shades of green
CCEE Stampers - die cut words
Crafty Gals Corner #161 - green
Dragonfly Journeys Challenge #113 - going green
Heart 2 Heart Challenge - going green
Papercraft  Challenge #7 - sentiment as focus
Word Art Wednesday #326-327 - anything goes

Friday, March 16, 2018

93rd Birthday Card

Today my dear mother-in-law celebrates her 93rd birthday! God has blessed her with many talents and many years. She still doesn't have arthritis, which I've had for almost twenty years! She just got her first bout of back trouble three weeks ago. Not many are blessed with her health-she never gets sick. Her physical strength has declined the last couple of years but she still has her cheerful encouraging spirit. Here is the card I made for her today:

Here's the fun Bingo board I used to make my card with the diagonal "Patterned Paper, Stamp, Favorite Color."

I used my favorite spring color - shades of purple/lavender with some contrasting spots of yellow and orange. The inks I stamped with are Pansy, Eggplant, and retired Petal and Gypsy., I used two current stamp sets with matching dies (Chelsea Gardens Cardmaking Stamp, Beautiful You),the recently retired stamp of the month for the large sentiment (Sunny Thoughts), pansy dotted paper from the current Make Waves paper pack, very old CTMH lilac plaid paper, and retired Whimsy ribbon. I used Copic markers to color the butterfly and part of the stamped roses.  This card used a total of six dies. Due to the CTMH 25% off sale on dies this month, the Chelsea Garden dies (butterfly) is no longer available.  The white panel was die cut using Spellbinders A2 Filigree Delight.

Thank you for visiting! May God bless your cardmaking and those you bless with your cards.

I'm sharing this card with the following challenges:

Always Happy Birthday March Challenge - Birthday anything goes
Aud Sentiments Challenge #199 - Bingo plus sentiment
Creatalicious Challenge #135 - anything goes with option: Birthday
Dies R Us Challenge #93 - Frame It
Southern Girls Challenge - Pop it up (all three flowers and butterfly)
Use Your Stuff Challenge #303 - die cuts

Tuesday, March 6, 2018

Die-namite Blog Hop

I'm excited to share with you this month's sale at CTMH on Thin Cuts Dies and die/stamp sets. Our blog hop should give you some ideas for using your dies or the ones you want to purchase. If you came from Brandi Robinson's blog, you're on the right path. You can find the entire list of participants on Melinda Everitt's blog.

This month all of the Thin Cuts Dies and die/stamp sets  are 25% off, including many that had previously retired! If you missed some earlier, this is you're chance to get in on the special!

I enjoy using the word and letter dies. Here's an Easter card I made using the word "happy" cut out of silver foil cardstock and the word "Easter" cut using individual Block Alphabet letter dies. One thing I can do with word and letter dies that is easier than using the Cricut is being able to line up the letters on patterned paper exactly where you want them to highlight part of the paper's pattern.

For the background of my card, I used the rock and roll technique to stamp leafy branches from Chelsea Gardens - Scrapbooking stamp set in Sweet Leaf rolled in Juniper ink. I used sponges to apply three colors of ink (Bashful, Pixie, and Thistle)  on White Daisy cardstock for an ombre effect, then I cut out the EASTER letters. 

I glued the silver "happy" to the cardstock panel first, then I added about three of the Thin 3-D Foam dots to the back of each letter for dimension. The foam dots fit exactly behind each letter!  I mounted my panel on a juniper leafy cardstock from the Chelsea Gardens paper pack and added Make Waves Sequins as a final embellishment. This was so fun and easy to make!

Now you're ready to move on to see what  Alyson Mayo has in store for you!

Thanks for visiting and happy crafting!

Thursday, March 1, 2018

March SOTM - Birthday Time

Blog Hop
 Welcome to our blog hop highlighting projects using this month's Stamp of the Month, Birthday Time!  If you have just come from Tracey Pierce's blog, you're on the right path. To see the entire list of participants, visit Melinda Everitt's blog.

This stamp set has so many possibilities. Here are two more of them I made using Picture My Life Cards - Be-You-tiful for the background panels.

The first one is heat embossed with gold and embellished with Make Waves Sequins and ribbon from the Adventure Ribbon pack:

The next card is heat embossed with white on Blossom cardstock backed with Bashful Glitter paper and embellished with White and Gold Ribbon and White Shimmer Trim.

.I love the bold look of some of these sentiments, especially when embossed! You can get this stamp of the month at a discounted price of $5.00 with a $50 purchase, or you can purchase it for $17.95 from your consultant or here on my website.

And starting today, all Thin Cuts dies or stamp and die sets are on sale, including some recently retired dies, for 25% off.  I used the Basic Oval dies and Scallop Border die on my first card and the butterfly came from the Chelsea Gardens Cardmaking stamp and die set, which I just discovered has sold out of the Thin Cuts die.

Now you're ready to move on to Miss Carrie's Creations to see her lovely work!

Wednesday, February 28, 2018

Sunny Thoughts Card

Today was such a dark, cloudy day I made my own sunshine crafting. My photos weren't the greatest. But despite the dreariness, I'm hoping this card will brighten someone's day.  I got the idea from the Heart 2 Heart Challenge.

You can barely see the gold glittery look below on the sun's rays from the shimmer brush. I still had three wooden flying birds, long retired, so used those for embellishments. The checked

I used the CTMH Gimme Sum Sugar paper, Peacock Stitched ribbon,  and the Sunny Thoughts Stamp of the Month. Today is the last day for this Stamp of the Month:

Thank you for visiting! May your cloudy days be filled with sunny thoughts!

I'm sharing this card with the following challenges:

Heart 2 Heart Challenge - Sunny Days
Papercraft Challenge #6 - ribbon
Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge - anything goes
Word Art Wednesday #324-325 - anything goes

Tuesday, February 27, 2018

Color My Heart Dare Using the Make Waves Tic Tac Toe Board

Here are three cards I made using the CTMH Make Waves-Cardmaking stamp set with its accompanying Thin Cuts Die and Cricut Design Space.

I'm sharing this first card with the Color My Heart Color Dare Challenge. All of the sentiments were white embossed on Pansy cardstock.

I used the top row across to make some fun cards, adding Pansy as an extra color. (I'm sure the Make Waves Shimmer Trim is Lagoon!)  Since the heart cut is Emerald waves design, I cut the background for both cards using Cricut Artbooking on Cricut Design Space to look like waves, too. I unlocked the size and altered it to fit 5.25" x 4."  You can use my file if you have that cartridge. The embellishments are Make Waves Sequins and Gems.

I have one more card using the waves cut background and the Make Waves -Cardmaking stamp set. Thist one still uses the same colors with the addition of a Sorbet crab and some retired Sea Glass cardstock behind the waves, a color not on the board.

Thanks for visiting!

I'm sharing the first card with the following challenges:

Cards in Envy - Give it some heart
City Crafter Challenge #401 - die cuts
Color My Heart Color Dare #281 - Tic Tac Toe Board
Unicorn Challenge #29 - love/valentines

Monday, February 26, 2018

Hearts and Glitter

I think I could keep making cards with hearts all the rest of the year, not just in February! There are so many reasons to share some love! I cut out the kraft, pink, and red hearts along with the title using the Cricut. Somehow I really like the look of kraft cardstock with glittery papers.

 The gold foil rose outlines and diagonal stripes in the background are from last year's CTMH Live Beautifully paper. The paper for the pink heart is from the long-retired Sweetheart paper pack.

May you be blessed as you share your cards and your love with others!

I'm sharing this card with the following challenges:

a2z Scrapbooking February Challenge - Red and/or Pink
Crafty Gals Corner #159 - add a heart
Die Cut Divas February Challenge - Love is in the air
Heart 2 Heart -  True Love
That's Crafty - I Heart You challenge
Stamps and Fun = Creativity Challenge #318 - glitter