Sunday, April 16, 2017

Mustard Seed Faith Challenge~Traveling Mercies

Hi friends!

Happy Resurrection Day!  I've been celebrating Easter for the past few entries...but I wanted to wish you a joyous Easter celebration!

Thanks so much for stopping in on my little piece of blog land! Today we are sharing a devotional on the term many Christians use "traveling mercies." Where did the term originate and what does it mean for believers?
I know when one of our daughters boards a plane for Taiwan or Cuba or any other number of places where they are alone in a distant country without any family or nearby help...I tend to worry and ask for prayer from my praying friends for safety on the flight, that the plane will not disappear mid-air or that my daughters won't be abducted by sex traffickers or get lost...or the list goes on. I think all these concerns are valid while traveling to far away countries, especially if those countries are ruled by corrupt dictators...but our prayers for "travel mercies" do extend beyond the far off travel and protection for our family members or ourselves. I would encourage you to "take a trip"
to our Mustard Seed Faith Challenges blog and read a few words of wisdom on the subject!
Our challenge over the next two weeks is make a card using a mode of travel (boat, car, bicycle, map, etc...)
How about hot air balloons? I have not been in one before, but I've seen a few in the sky and they are so brightly colored and festive...not sure if I'd rather see a balloon all inflated mid air or the landscape all small from the air...hmmm...let me think on that awhile! :)

Stamps: PTI Up Up and Away
Paper:  PTI white, SU! Soft Sky and black, DSP: Lili of the Valley (clouds)
Accessories: PTI cloud die, balloon die, washi tape (floral bottom strip), rhinestones

The washi tape strip at the bottom was a last minute decision as I felt it needed some color to balance the balloons...I kind of like it!
Would love for you to join in on our challenges this week at Mustard Seed Faith Challenges!
Thanks for stopping in and your comments are always read and appreciated.

Friday, April 14, 2017

Happy Spring!

We've had some nice warm sun-shiney days around here followed by much needed rain to green things up! It is too early to do any kind of planting, but the daffodil and parrot tulip bulbs we planted last Fall along the side of our house did their happy emergence and are still alive and looking lovely!
The blooms are a sure reminder that even in the dreariest of winters; Spring will arrive again and bring with it beauty, color, new life, and the promise of the resurrection as the seeds lie dormant over winter.
"Earth, teach me regeneration as the seed which rises in the spring."~William Alexander

My card, which uses a retired stamp (initially Flourishes illustrated by Marcella Hawley) captures my heart and the joy of Spring! I love this image, the bird and flowers rejoicing...these were colored with copics and flourishes from another stamp were added as symbols of joy at the top rather than a sky.
The tag has a heart cut out that frames one of the flowers.
 I leave you with these words from the Bible

His going forth is as certain as the dawn, and He will come to us like the spring rain watering the Earth. ~Hosea 6:8

Thank you for stopping in and wishing you blessings on your day!

Sunday, April 2, 2017

Mustard Seed Faith Challenge~Easter!

Welcome to the second challenge at Mustard Seed Faith Challenges!
You can find our challenge Here!
 We are looking forward to celebrating Easter early to give everyone an opportunity to actually make a card and give it away or mail it out before Easter.
Our scripture for this challenge:
John 11:25-26
"Jesus said to her, :I am the resurrection and the life; he who believes in Me will live even if he dies, and everyone who lives and believes in Me will never die. Do you believe this?"

Our challenge: Make a card with an Easter theme!
(project,scrapbook page, Bible journal page; all are good!)

My Easter card is  made using a Power Poppy digital image, "Joyful Lilies"  The image was colored with copic markers, coloring and shading just like the Lily I've seen and I wanted to color it in these vibrant pink shades to contrast with the cross. I cut out the image by hand (fussy cut) and once colored, mounted it on the embossed die cut. The tag is a separate sentiment and the inside has the scripture included. Lace, twine and pearls finish it off.
This verse is also part of the Power Poppy digital, "Joyful Lilies." I used a vine and berry from Papertrey Ink's "Joyful Garden" set to add some color to the corners.

This scripture is so thought provoking and wonderful and encouraging...

One of the wonderful benefits of making cards with scripture is the opportunity to think about what you are making, meditating on the scripture here and the meaning behind it...even the name of the stamp, Joyful Lilies! How can we, if we believe,not have incredible joy while considering Jesus' love that meant his willingness to give his life...on a that we could live with him forever!! It is such an amazing event in history that should radically change the way we view our momentary troubles and trials...knowing that life is so short compared to eternity!
I encourage you to visit Mustard Seed Faith challenges and read the short devotional by Peggysue, as I am sure you will be blessed!
Then be sure to make a card or project and add it to the link on the blog. We on the team look forward to seeing your creations!!

Saturday, April 1, 2017

Sing to the Lord!

I have been anticipating Spring since last winter...more this year than any other. It doesn't take much convincing in the middle of winter, amidst a lot of dreariness, the angst of our sweet dog, Beulah, having to undergo major surgery, the loss of my husband's dear Dad and the family monarch, and scary news headlines and political madness...
I needed Spring and the promise of new life, color, beauty, and reminder that God is on his throne and always making all things new again!
We planted spring bulbs for the first time since living in our home...and a few are beginning to make an appearance which I will share very soon since right now we are experiencing much needed rain. (And it is a little wet to be out taking photographs!)
I ordered this stamp from Papertrey Ink's February release and decided to pair it up with this SU! DSP (retired.)

So I made a set of note cards...pretty quick and simple! I colored in the font lines with several copics, added the musical notes, and some pretty yellow sequins for added interest.
I can't think of a better scripture to herald Spring and all the promise scripture gives us!!
I will be back tomorrow for our second Mustard Seed Faith Challenge so hope to have you visit soon!

Thanks for stopping by my blog today!

Wednesday, March 22, 2017

Springtime in Paris

Just popping in on a lovely spring day! Yesterday heralded the first day of Spring; and unbelievably, our Colorado weather actually cooperated. We will probably have one or two more snow storms...but the past few days have been unseasonably warm...and our first springtime bulbs are popping up! We don't have tulips yet...but when we do I will be sure to add a picture here!
Meanwhile, I have been having fun with these pretty tulips from "Tulip Time," from Papertrey Ink. I wanted to try them out with some designer paper...because I have a bunch of it...and I love it...but find it a challenge sometimes to make a card with it. I decided to "ground" the tulips with some strips of varying paper and have them sprouting skyward.  This is a layered tulip set, so you can use different colored inks to achieve the color shading. No pretty quick and easy!
Thanks so much for stopping in and hoping you are having a blessed matter your weather!
Thanks for stopping by my blog today!

Sunday, March 19, 2017

First Ever ~ Mustard Seed Faith Challenge!!

Hi and welcome to the first Mustard Seed Faith Challenge! I am excited about this new team of talented ladies who love stamping as a creative art; but more importantly, they view their craft as a way to share their faith in Jesus!
I've had the opportunity to work with the founder of our blog, Peggysue, and know you will be encouraged and challenged as you read her words here today on our new blog, Mustard Seed Faith!
Please pay her a visit so you can learn more about our key verse, our mission, and our bi-weekly card/Bible journaling challenges!
Our first challenge is taken from the verse Matthew 17:20, which is our key verse for our blog.

"He said to them, "Because of the littleness of your faith; for truly I say to you, if you have faith the size of a mustard seed, you will say to this mountain, 'Move from here to there,' and it will move; and nothing will be impossible to you." 

The challenge is easy...use the color gold or yellow (like the mustard seed) in the making of your card and project.
I wanted to make something cheerful, joyful, and also a bit like spring! I always love seeing these primroses blooming this time of year...their blooms remind me of cheerful Easter bonnets, and they exude joy! 

Stamps: Power Poppy Potted Primroses
Paper: PTI white, DSP (assorted)
Ink:  Memento Black for coloring; Versafine Black: sentiment
Accessories: Spellbinder dies, copic markers, pearl (colored to match with copic marker),burlap ribbon,  foam for popping up card

 ( close up view) 
Thanks so much for stopping by. I hope your weather is showing signs of new life...and I hope you visit our new blog and join us in card making!!

Saturday, March 11, 2017

Coffee and Friends

One of my favorite things to do is join a friend or group of friends for coffee. It is probably my most favorite beverage and is an inexpensive way to meet and share over something warm or iced and in an easy to converse place.
This stamp was purchased as a kit from Simon Says last month. I have put it to good use and sent off a couple of friendship cards. These designs are not originals, although altered slightly from the designs included in the kit.
Some days I just like to give my brain a break and make it easy on myself.
It doesn't get much more simple than this. The sentiment was curved over the circle, stamped in versarmark then heat embossed with white. The adorable cups are 3-D stickers, and the little gold glitter heart an adhesive as well.
This cup and saucer were paper cute! I added a bit of copic on the brown paper for shading and the smiling sugar cubes are also stickers.
These cards have already been mailed out! Yay!!

Thanks for stopping by my blog today!

Tuesday, February 28, 2017

February Power and Spark Challenge~Take 2!

Since Spring is not in the air...yet...and we just had a pretty good size snowfall with more scheduled this week...I am thinking bright and Springy colors!
This is my second entry for Power Poppy's "Say Yes to No Lines!" February challenge. The first try was such a teen tiny was much harder than this larger one!

      Thanks so much for your visit! Happy Spring is just around the corner!

Saturday, February 25, 2017

PTI February 2017 Blog ~

Hi visiting friends! I don't have the opportunity often to participate; but this time I decided to play along with Papertrey Ink's February Blog Hop.
Here is the Inspiration Photo:

I decided to capture the inspiration with some of the colors; seen in my background papers and the individual floral from "Rosie Posies." The sentiment, "Thanks," and the frame are from "Gathered Garden." The vine and floral die are from Memory Box, "Seraphine Laurel."

Thanks for stopping by my blog today!I also used a vellum and gold stripe along the left border and two small rhinestones on the smaller posies.
Thanks so much for stopping by...I hope you get to play along today!!

Sunday, February 19, 2017

PTI~Looking Back at 2009!

Giga Guidelines came out in 2009...and I have always been too intimidated to actually stamp with it! After seeing Laurie Schmidlin's card...I studied it and several other samples...then actually inked them up! Yes, I made 2 is a CASE of Laurie's (except for that diamond embossing!,) and the other is my own creation using "New Every Morning" as the focal sentiment.
I stamped on itty bitty vellum dot paper and then colored the lettering in with copic markers.
Not the best card was hard to capture the softness of this.

                                          Stamps: Giga Guidelines, New Every Morning
                                          Ink: Memento Black, Autumn Rose, Linen, SU Soft Sky
                                          Paper: SU Soft Sky, PTI Vellum , PTI Linen Ribbon,'
                                          Websters Sparklets, copic markers
Laurie's card was so classic in Black, White, and Gold....I tried navy, white, and silver embossing. I actually liked how it turned out...but do wish I could figure out the scoring she used!

This should make a great masculine birthday card, don't you think? Thanks for stopping in! Blessings on your day!

PTI~ 2014~Embellished Elegance

This is one stamp I fell in love with immediately and have made a few monochromatic cards for weddings. Today I pulled out a pretty pick of posies in a variety of pastels...and then covered too many up with ribbon. Ah's a challenge and I took it! Thanks so much for peeking in!
                                   I used Embellished Elegance, A2 scalloped note card, DSP ,
                                   variety of pastel inks including encore gold, and a vellum diecut
                                   white sequins and lavender ribbon

And here's a close up for you! Thanks again, now I am off to finish up a few more challenge cards!

PTI ~Looking Back at the Year 2010

It's hard to believe that I have been part of Papertrey Ink since their first release! I am so thankful to be going "back in time" over the past few years and seeing all the amazing card samples using some of my many ideas floating in my head now! Stamps can become stale after it is great to revisit and try something new!
For 2010 I pulled out "Wreath for all Seasons." For this card, my pretty SU! designer paper was the color scheme...greens, peaches, and oranges. I cut a frame from the paper and stamped my wreath and berries on the card base; then simply layered the frame over. Just trying to keep it straight and center
ed is the challenge here. I actually made a few of these to use as easy notecards and didn't add any embellishments for ease of mailing.
Thanks for popping in!!

Thanks for stopping by my blog today!

Saturday, February 18, 2017

Papertrey Ink~Celebrating 2013!

I've been following along with the PTI's 10 year countdown, have you? So much fun...not only to see the stamp sets revisited for each year...but also to read the "headlines" of history...someone really did their homework!
2013 was a popular year for me to purchase stamps...I have several of those featured...but my favorite to work with is probably Pedal Pusher!
So many fun colors and basket fillers...I combined the "Pedal Pusher" with the "Choose Joy" sets and used the Tiny Tag dies.

I was able to snag some matching ribbon in Hawaiian Shores during the last the bicycle is a pretty matching blue. Too much cuteness!
Thanks for peeking in and blessings on your day!
Thanks for stopping by my blog today!

Sunday, February 5, 2017

Super Bowl =Time to Stamp! ~"Double D Challenge"

It is Super Bowl Sunday and you can find me in my stamp room...with the roar of the football wafting in the corners of my upstairs reverie while I whilst away the hours dreaming of Spring and the sweet scent of lavender!
This challenge by Double D caught my eye when I saw it on their blog...lavender and lace...oooh...aahhh...if I could I would have a curtain just like the ones shown in the soft and feminine!
I began this card without a plan in mind...and a couple of images hit my waste paper basket quite honestly...after trying unsuccessfully to add ink using an ink blender pen to these sweet roses from Stampin Up (Elements of Style)...I then brought out my copic markers and was much happier. The green die cut back ground is from Papertrey Ink and was meant to mimic a trellis. The stamped image was colored and fussy cut and then the vine die was layered and looped around the image...just playing around. I found a pretty piece of scrap paper in just the right shade and added the sentiment "for you." Two tiny rhinestones in shades of lavender and a little row of lace "blooms" on the side...and this is what you have!

Thanks for popping in on Super Bowl Sunday...or any day...hope your team wins and wishing you a wonderful and productive week ahead!

Saturday, February 4, 2017

Power and Spark Challenge~"Say Yes to No Lines!"

Just stopping in with a sweet image from Power Poppy and joining in this month's challenge...Coloring with "no lines" by stamping a very light image.

 I probably should have used a slightly larger image but this little Primrose turned out pretty sweet with the additional papers.
After having a very difficult January following some dental problems, numerous visits and" yikes!!!" moments in the dreaded "chair"...I felt the need for some soothing, sweet, and fairly simple get well or cheery cards to have in my stash.

And here is a close up of the Primrose:

This was actually pretty soothing to color...though I will need lots more practice, I opted for a tiny image this time and will try slightly bigger scale next time.
The paper is from Lily of the Valley and the Notecard dies are from Papertrey Ink.
Thanks so much for popping by...wishing you blessings on your day!
Thanks for stopping by my blog today!

Sunday, January 22, 2017

Make it Monday~Masked Heart Wreath

Hi dear visiting friends! It's past time to show some stamping don't you think?...I needed a nudge after too much time off and becoming a bit lazy here! Over at Nichole's blog, Capture the Moment, this week's "Make it Monday" challenge by Melissa Philipps was to create a card using a masked heart negative and stamping around the outer perimeter with a variety of stamps and colors to form a heart wreath.
To begin, I watched her excellent video on the blog. Then I did a practice run on grid paper, using a variety of floral and a few twirls and swirls added in and experimented with colored inks. There is nothing that makes me happier than inks all across my desk...this was also very helpful in the final outcome.
Once I got started...I could not stop because I loved the outcome of the colors and floral I have two cards to share today. One is a little more to it in design, I used a scalloped border and some striped PTI designer paper. I also used the sentiments in the "Choose Joy" sets as those are some of my favorites! And my heart shape was huge so I needed something to fill it.

And here is a little bit simpler version using some special variegated pink ribbon bow:

I added sequins to both cards...which gives them just a touch of sparkle!
Thanks so much for your visit...and thanks to Melissa for such a fun technique that will get a lot of mileage from with the approach of one of my favorite holidays, Valentine's Day!!
Card Recipe:
Paper: PTI White Linen, Sweet Blush Pattern Pack
Ink: Pale Peony, Autumn Rose, Lavender Moon, Stormy Sea, Amethyst Allure, Hibiscus Burst, and Encore Ultimate Metallic
Stamps:  Embellished Elegance, Graceful Greetings, Choose Joy
Thank you for your visit, and I cherish each comment! Blessings on your day!
Thanks for stopping by my blog today!

Sunday, January 1, 2017

Winter Doe in Golds

                                                        Winter Doe (Serendipity Stamps-Retired)