Thursday, March 22, 2012

Let there be Color

     A few weeks ago I purchased a new Cheery Lynn die called "French Lattice" and have been itching to use it. Thought it would be fun to use a plain background and use my die on patterned paper.  This particular paper had lots of colors in it and I chose to focus on the oranges.  I used a scripture from Our Daily Bread Designs along with their Elegant Oval stamp and matching die.  Then I embellished with some Zva pearls, and Recollections flowers with a few small leaves cut from another Cheery Lynn Die placed strategically around them....LOL....another way of saying to fill in some space.  I am getting some cards ready to send to the Church Bookstore and this will be one of them.  Also, the challenge at Stampin Sisters in Christ was to make a card that showed something about the new season, I think flowers meet those requirements since as I look out my windows or drive around I see nothing but trees and flowers in bloom......I am loving the bursts of color throughout nature!!!  

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Materials used:  Cardstock, Our Daily Bread Design Scripture, Elegant Oval Stamp and matching Die, Recollections flowers, Cheery Lynn Die Flourish and French Lattice Small Frame, Zva pearls.

Challenges:  Stampin Sisters in Christ, challenge 131, Word Art Wednesday, Challenge 21

Monday, March 19, 2012

Our Daily Bread Designs 4th Anniversary Challenge

     Wow -Our Daily Bread Designs is celebrating their fourth year in business.  I remember the first year they were at the Collinsville, Illinois show after I had just discovered them on-line.  What a thrill to be able to touch the stamps and look at each one.  Kelley was doing demo's and Rick was manning the register.  I had the privilege of helping them at their third show in Collinsville, and I can tell you they have grown because they no longer fit in the corner I first saw them in - it takes a lot more room to display the product and cards they show case at every show.  I am very partial to the scriptures, sentiments, and images they design and provide...I use them a lot.  Since it is their anniversary the challenge was to use 'aquamarine' for 'fourth anniversary's'.  Such a lovely and peaceful color - I chose a pattern that has rich chocolate in it as well and managed to place a few flowers and some bling around the scripture.  Wishing them all the best and many more successful years in business.
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Materials Used:  Our Daily Bread Design Scripture Set, Cheery Lynn Die, Spellbinders Die

Challenges:  Our Daily Bread Designs Blog Anniversary Challenge

Friday, March 16, 2012


     The last few trips to the craft stores have found me looking through non stamp aisles with ideas flowing through my mind.   When I saw this inexpensive metal cross at Michael's I bought a few to play with and decorate.  This is my favorite, using stamps from Flourishes He is Risen set.  I used a Krylon Pen to edge the cross and the Spellbinders die that has the sentiment on it.  I have found that a quick spray with some clear Krylon helps set the gold leaf keeping it from rubbing of.  The flowers were colored with my Copics and then cut out by hand, some are mounted with foam, while others aren't.  I played with some leaf ideas but really felt like it was getting too busy.  I'm thinking of sending this in place of a card to someone - overall it is 8 inches by 6 inches and would ship pretty easily.
     I have also been working on a small oval box with my favorite Mustang stamp and some awesome leather ribbon around the outside.....hopefully that will be done soon.   Purchased some nifty wood frames that I have covered in paper, hoping to stamps some images and sentiments and mount them inside with some embellishments.  All this playing means I need to catch up with cards that need to get sent but it has been fun.

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Supplies:  Metal cross from Michael's, Spellbinders Die, Tim Holtz Distress Ink, Flourishes Stamps, Krylon Gold Leaf Pen, Copic Markers

Sunday, March 11, 2012

Mustang Magic

     I am wild crazy about this Mustang by Serendipity Stamps (I posted a card a few weeks back using it).  It won't be long before my daughter and I are back to the ranch we visit for another week of riding.  Over the years it has become a habit to take some of my work as gifts for some of the staff as well as friends I meet up with.  When I last colored this lovely creature I used my Prismscolors - this time around I got my watercolors out.  He looked like he needed a background, so I created the look of a large moon with the sky beginning to darken.  It was a lot of fun to color, I have about 3 done, and ready to assemble, each of them looks a little different.  The blue and brown  paisley paper is the perfect western background for him!!

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Materials Used:  Spellbinders Label 18, Watercolor paper, Derwent Water Color Pencils, CS, Brads

Challenges: Craft Your Passion 100th Challenge Anything Goes, Papertake Weeky Anything Goes, The Pink Elephant Three Layers

Sunday, March 4, 2012

Butterfly Blessings

     Wow, its been a crazy week!  For some reason my last two trips to the craft store I was drawn to aisles that didn't have stamps or paper in them.  Instead I found myself purchasing crosses, frames, and wood with a gazillion ideas of what I hope to do with them.   They are all now, laying around my work space, in various stages of completion.  I think overload hit on Thursday - at that point I just had to take a break.
     There were also some cards - almost done - laying around as well.  Today I got a message from a friend at SCS about someone in need of prayer.....and sending a card would be nice too!  Finished this card up and will put it in the mail Monday.  I am excited to send this - when I recently purchased this stick pin at the Our Daily Bread Design booth at the Lawrenceville show I couldn't wait to use it.  It is the kind of embellishment that called me outside of my comfort zone of how I usually design.  I hope the recipient of this card smiles as much as I did when I sat back and viewed it after I finished it.

Thanks for stopping by, have a great day,
Materials Used:  Our Daily Bread Design Stamps, Ribbon, Pin, Stampabilities, Gold Embossing Powder, Spellbinders, Krylon Gold Leafing Pen, Brilliance Galaxy Gold

Challenges:  Stampin Sisters In Christ #129 Wings, Do You Stack Up #61 Wings, Paper Crafting Journey Anything Goes, Paper Play Challenges Wk 9, Stamp N Doodles Embossing of Any Kind, Party Time Tuesdays Anything Goes

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