Wednesday, April 26, 2017

CAS #220

Hello and welcome!  While I've played along with a couple CAS Colour Challenges, I believe this is my first CAS Sketch challenge.  I really liked the simplicity of the design and the challenge to incorporate some bling--definitely out of my comfort zone and hence the challenge!

I started with a tent fold of PTI's New Leaf card stock and added a strip of white scalloped card stock, die cut with PTI's Small Scallop.  The stitched rectangle came from PTI's Noted: Scalloped A2 collection, and I stamped it with a lily of the valley from PTI's Year of Flowers Collection set.  I colored the lily leaves with my new Spectrum Noir Illustrator markers (LG2 and LG4), and added some white Wink of Stella to the blossoms just to make them stand out from the white base a bit.  I popped the rectangle up with some dimensional foam (horrible shadow from late night photography...), and finished the card off with some little rhinestones I had in my stash.  Thanks for visiting!


Friday, April 7, 2017

Rainbows

Hello!  This is my first time playing along with one of Paper Smooches' challenges and I'm pretty excited!  The challenge theme for April is "showers."  My eye was immediately drawn to the bright, colorful rainbow behind the raindrops in this photo...which is how I hope to see life as well :)  Always working on that...



For my card, I mainly used Paper Smooches' Rainbow Dies and Spectrum Stamp and Die Set.  I set the background with some rainbow patterned paper from my stash, adhered to a white card base, and then topped it with an ink-splattered panel.  The sun and clouds were die cut from the Spectrum set, and given a bit of shimmer with my Wink of Stella pens (clear and white).  I used the Rainbow dies and various scraps of card stock for the rainbow, which was also treated to a glaze of clear shimmer.  To finish it off, I stamped a sentiment from Little Yellow Bicycles' Faith set.




Thanks for stopping by!  I'm also entering this in CAS-ual Fridays CFC #171 challenge.





Thursday, March 9, 2017

CAS #213

Well it's March, and my New Years' goal of participating in the CAS colour challenges has been...well...a challenge!  I've missed several weeks, but I was too excited about this weeks' to let the moment pass.  Though I did not attend JMU and am not a huge fan of football, I do live in Harrisonburg and my son loves to see the Duke Dog when we're out and about at community events!  Here are the colors for this weeks' challenge:


For this weeks' challenge I used PTI's Royal Velvet, SU's Crushed Curry, and Hero Arts' Silver.  I used a Royal Velvet base, topped with a frame of Crushed Curry and a white panel on top.  I misted my inks with some Perfect Pearls to create the splatter effect on the background, then die-cut the sun and clouds from PTI's Heart-2-Heart #6 and popped them up with foam adhesive.  The sentiment is from the same set.  Go Dukes!






To be like Hannah...

Lately, I've been spending some of my devotional time following Rebekah Jones' Heaven is Calling Bible Journaling Video Series.  The videos are great...part art lesson, part devotional...love it.  If you have any interest in Bible Journaling I highly recommend it.



The 1st and 3rd lessons were both based on 1 Samuel.  In 1 Samuel Chapter 1, Hannah, calls out to God with her pain and desires for a son; in 1 Samuel Chapter 3, we see that she has been given a son and that he is serving under Eli in the temple.  
Several things stood out to me--as a mom--as I read through 1 Samuel 3:1-10.  First, Hannah was a woman who kept her promise.  After having her prayers answered by our good Father God, she gave her son back to the Lord.  He was raised in the temple in the service of God, even if he may not have known him yet...train a child in the way they should go Proverbs 22:6); we don't have to wait until our children understand!  Let them see and follow.  
Though Eli and Samuel lived during a time when visions from the Lord were few, that did not stop them from ministering.  Steadfastness of heart and hand is something I desire for my son...that he will not be blown about by every wind (Eph.4:14) of teaching or emotion. 
When the Lord called to Samuel, who mistook Him for Eli, Samuel still responded...immediately...three times.  Obedience without pause.  May I be so responsive to God, and may I train my son to be the same.  Finally, when Eli realized that it was the Lord who was speaking, he gave Samuel instructions as to how to respond.  And although Samuel had never communicated with God before, he trusted. 

May I be like Hannah...and Eli...as I raise my son to follow the Lord.

Saturday, March 4, 2017

PTI's Make It Monday #276

Hello!  Welcome back to myself!  It's been a few weeks since I was able to participate in Make It Monday and I've missed being part of one of my favorite challenges.  Part tutorial, part contest...everyone wins!  This week, Melissa is using colored pencils on Kraft card stock.  I just love her results!



I decided to go floral as well, since it has certainly felt spring-like lately!  For my card, I layered some patterned paper on an A2 size card base.  I die cut a rectangular shape and embossed the daffodil with white powder.  Then I used my water color pencils and water brush to color in the flower.  A cut of yellow grosgrain ribbon and a sentiment strip finished it off!




Stamps: Year of Flowers Collection
Dies: Noted: Scalloped A2, Monthly Moments: Mini Journal Card
Paper: Ivory card stock, Green Tea Leaves Collection
Pencils: Derwent Watercolour Pencils
Ink: Green Parakeet






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Saturday, January 28, 2017

CAS(E) this Sketch #206

Hello hello!  I'm playing along with CAS(E) this Sketch today and was so excited to try out my new SugarPea Heart Beat die on my card!  Here is the sketch:



I wanted the heart beat to be at the top, so I first cut out a strip from red card stock.  Then I ran the die through again on a piece of patterned paper from PTI's Simple Valentine, and fit them together.  On top I added a heart from PTI's Heart Prints, and a die cut and sentiment from PTI's Inspired: Love.  To make it pop on the red heart I embossed part of it in white.  Happy Valentine making time!




Friday, January 27, 2017

PTI's Make It Monday #273

Spinner cards!  What a fun 'twist' on a project (sorry, I had to)!  This week Lizzie Jones from Papertrey Ink posted a great video about how to make these unique cards.  My first two attempts failed but I was happy with my third!  Here is Lizzie's card:
For my card, I started with a pink card base.  I die cut and stamped the middle sized heart from Heart Prints using Pure Poppy ink.  I tucked two strands of thread between them and then sandwiched the spinner between the card base and my top panel of patterned paper from Simple Valentine (can anyone else just not get over the amazing paper sale?!).  For the sentiment I die cut a stitched rectangle and frame from the Noted: Scalloped A2 Die Collection and used stamps from Heart Prints again.  Hoping my nieces love this one!