Sunday, December 29, 2013

Rejoice (MOJO325)

          I know that it has been a while since my last post.  My husband was back in the hospital earlier this month – the 5th time this year with heart related issues, our son and his dog just moved out – much dog hair to find and banish and then Christmas, and then Christmas baking.  I was tired but recovering!  God is good!  Even with all of these hospitalizations – one was a mild heart attack; there has been no change in his EKG that indicates further damage to his heart.  Praise God!  So when it came time to do a birthday card for Thom’s Aunt Dot who will be 85 on January 2nd, this scripture from my brand spanking new stamp set came to mind!  (A shout out to Verve:  I ordered 2 stamp sets on Thursday morning the day after Christmas, and got them on Saturday.  Great customer service!) 

·       Stamp set(s):  Verve – Scripture Medley 1 and Lean On Me

·       Ink(s):  Stampin’ Up! – Real Red; Stampin’ Write Real Red and Crushed Curry markers

·       Paper:  Stampin’ Up! – Real Red, Very Vanilla, and Vellum; My Mind’s Eye – Lost & Found 3

·       Dies & Embossing folders:  Verve – Pointed Flower Die; Papertrey Ink – XL Rickrack Border Die; Stampin’ Up! – Chalk Talk Framelits and Fancy Fan Embossing Folder

·       Embellishments/Other things of note:  Stampin’ Up! – Basic Jewels Pearls Large; Recollections - Pearls

I used one of my favorite techniques on this card – stained glass.  I embossed the flower image onto vellum using white embossing powder and then colored the back side with my SU markers.  It gives a really soft effect.  I loved the patterned paper from MME, and used the read in it to pull for my accent colors.  I chose to use flowers instead of a heart since I’m still not quite ready to do Valentine cards yet even though my colors SHOUT Valentine.  I liked this week’s sketch!  It’s always nice to have some basic ideas as to how the card is laid out as you think about the colors, patterns and texture!  The pearls are a nice finishing touch for a really wonderful woman.  They are so classic and classy!
         I hope and pray that you have a wonderful New Year ahead.  I am anticipating this New Year with joy in my heart for all of the Lord’s blessings on you and yours, and me and mine!

Many Blessings,

Saturday, December 7, 2013

Dynamic Duos Honorable Mention

          This card won me an Honorable Mention over at the Dynamic Duos Challenge Blog last week.  Thank you so much for choosing this card!  It has gotten a lot of attention and positive comments for which I am grateful!  I am honored by your selection!  You can check out their wonderful blog and weekly challenges by clicking here!

Many Blessings,

Thursday, December 5, 2013

O Holy Night Sparkles

           As promised, here is the "rest of the story"!  As soon as I saw Dynamic Duos’ colors for this week (ending today), I knew that I would be going back to the colors that I used for the last week of Verve’s November challenge!  It looks like the Christmas cards for this year are taking on a theme, but what a beautiful theme it is if I do say so myself.  Just a few changes and viola here is a new gorgeous card!  I really love how the Shabby Chic Lace stamp from Heartfelt Creations reminds me of the arch of a cathedral stained glass windows.  It pairs well with the Shepherd Scene stamped image.

·       Stamp set(s):  Heartfelt Creations Shabby Chic Lace & Shepherd Scene 

·       Ink(s):  Versamark – Watermark Stamp Pad; Viva 3D Stamp Paint – Silver

·       Paper:  Stampin’ Up! – Glimmer Paper Silver & Midnight Muse CS 

·       Dies & Embossing folders:  Lifestyle Crafts – Nesting Ovals; Provocraft – Kassie’s Brocade Embossing Folder

·       Embellishments/Other things of note:  Stampin’ Up! – Jewels Basic Rhinestones and Jewels Basic Rhinestones Large;  Zing – Silver Metallic Finish embossing powder; Hobby Lobby – Silver Ribbon

My card this time is a bit on the odd size – 6½” by 4¾” so that the card front would be completely embossed by the Kassie’s Brocade EF.  It’s really frustrating that some of my old EF are not a true 5” by 7”.  But that is one thing I will be looking for in the future.  With the size of my focal image and the MOJO 322 sketch, I upsized the card originally to 5” by 7” until I tried embossing the card front.  But, it turned out beautifully.  I love the way that Viva 3D Stamp-Paint shows up on the embossed card front to add depth and dimension to my card.

 Thank you for stopping by my blog to take a look at this card and my thoughts about it.  I really appreciate your time.  Please leave me a comment to let me know what you think and if you are so inclined, please join my sight and become a member so that you’ll be notified of new posts!

Many Blessings,