Tuesday, January 31, 2012
Silke had a great sketch challenge for us over on the Flourish Timeless Tuesday challenge today.
I used a wonderful silhouette set from Flourishes as my image and sentiment. The image was stamped in rich cocoa and the sentiment in tuxedo black on an ivory circle cut with my nestabilities. I used soft suede cardstock as the cardbase, and the cross panels were done using Basic Grey dp. The bow was made with red seam binding and the flower was punched from the Basic Grey dp with a red rhinestone for the center. I added some other rhinestones.
Monday, January 30, 2012
Kelly hosted the first monthly challenge for our new formed Faith Based Blogging Group and she asked us to reflect upon the book of Genesis for our inspiration. We were also to use at least one of these colors: blue, yellow, green, and/or brown. I used yellow, blue, and green. I embossed my white cardstock and then did a direct from pad adding the yellow to the embossed portion. Then I colored in the unembossed area with one of my blue copic markers. I diecut the green with a spellbinder leaf diecut and then I stenciled my green ink onto the leaves. I added the handwritten words of Genesis 1:3-4. I thought about how important God's light is to our world. It is only through God's illumination that we grow and become what we are created to be. That is what the leaves represent in my design. In these first few verses of Genesis, we see His intentions are that distinct seperation of light and darkness. He wants us to stay in the light reflecting His light in this world never to be overtaken by the dark. And the Light is good!
Sunday, January 29, 2012
Finally getting around to doing my challenge card for the Our Daily Bread Designs Shining the Light Challenge called Love Recipe. Here is my red and ivory card. I used Lady Bug Memento ink for the images (from ODBD) and tuxedo black for the scripture. I love Karen Barbers' cards that she does over on Splitcoaststampers with those signature striped bows she puts on her cards. I have some of that ribbon in my stash , so thought one of those signature Karen Barber bows would just give this card the extra ump it needed. I am all about singing the Lord's praises and his great love is certainly worthy of that praise!
This will be a wonderful Valentine for one of the angels in my life.
I always love doing the Sunday challenge over at Stampin' Sisters in Christ. This week
Lovely Linda wants us to share our true style. Well, I love using punches and diecuts, I love taffeta ribbon, I love Basic Grey papers, I love the lyrics of this song, and I love sharing Christ's love in my crafting. This image is from Our Dail Bread Designs. I stamped the image in Tuxedo black and colored it with my copic markers, which is my favorite coloring tool.
Friday, January 27, 2012
Wednesday, January 25, 2012
The challenge was to use glorious greens on the card. I used all my favorite shades of green on this one. This is my first time to try one of their challenges. Keeping my new year's resolution today to try new challenges I find. You can find the challenge HERE.
Tuesday, January 24, 2012
I loved this sketch this week for the sketch challenge over on Splitcoaststampers. I pulled out an old favorite of mine from my collection of Flourishes stamps. This is my absolutely favorite blue. Do you find yourself loving certain shades of all the colors? I love olive or kiwi kinds of greens, pale yellows, peachy oranges, and rosey kinds of red! Fading fast and headed for beat. I have the day off tomorrow so hope to complete some of my favorite Wednesday challenges. See you back here tomorrow!!
Monday, January 23, 2012
This was a fun Mojo Monday challenge today. I used Verve stamps and Basic Grey design papers.
I stamped on the middle design paper panel. The stamping is done with Memento Tuxedo black ink and I colored with my copic markers.
Sunday, January 22, 2012
I love participating in the Sunday Stampin' Sisters in Christ challenge every week. I've missed a few, but I try not to. Today's challenge was to use a heart. I used some diecut hearts and put some pretty heart buttons on top of them. I added the ribbon to look like the little stamped hearts on the collage stamped background. Some of these stamps haven't seen ink in a while, like that retired SU backgound stamp.
Friday, January 20, 2012
I finally carved out some time to get my page done for the HSCRC12 challenge that features Hymns of Faith. The hymn featured for this challenge was "Turn Your Eyes Upon Jesus." I used a variety of stamps from many sources, but I really liked how this turned out. I am going to cherish this project.
I think my favorite part of the lyrics of this hymn is "....and the things of earth will grow strangely dim, in the light of His glory and grace." So, is there really anything that will compare to His glory and His grace? Why do we find it so difficult to give up our worldly things when they wane in comparison to the things Christ will bring us to? We choose to stay lukewarm in our faith and stay in the comforts of what we know of this world, and too often turn from taking those leaps of faith to just trust in Christ, and so making that choice we turn away from some of our richest blessings available to us.
I embossed the purple with my sizzix folder which I inked in grape ink. I punched the gray paper, which is a piece of Basic Grey dp with my Martha Stewart punch. I found a scrap of pink dp lying around that I punched with another Martha Stewart punch (guess you can see I am a big MS punch fan). With a pink scrap I diecut with a diecut I got from MFT. I colored a white pearl with a purple copic to be the center of my flowers. I also stamped the sentiment with grape ink. This was a fairly easy card and I have to admit, it is a color combination I'm not sure I've ever used. I could not even find a piece of gray paper in my cardstock files, so the Basic Grey dp was all I could find for the gray.
This was a fun way to do a color challenge. Each one in the blog group assigned a color combo to another member. Can't wait to see all the results!!
Black pearls were added to the center of the big flower and the smaller paperpunched ones on the border.
Thursday, January 19, 2012
The image is colored with copic markers. I haven't mastered those flower dies from MFT yet, but I keep trying. Maybe I should find a video on how to adhere those spiral flowers. I'm not doing so grandly.
Tuesday, January 17, 2012
I was busy and away from my stamproom and computer over the weekend, so I am trying to get caught up on some of the challenges I missed like Saturday's Just for us Girls.We were to use the collage stamping technique. I love this technique and have my own way of doing it, I'm sure. I sponged around some diecut pieces first on my background, then I added the French Script stamp (retired SU) and then stamped some other retired stamps from Stampin' Up that I found in my Valentine/heart tub. I diecut some other flourishy pieces and some flowers to add to the card. The last embellishment I added were the tiny gold domes and the larger gold domes for the flower centers.
Loved this sketch for the Sisterhood Sunday Challenge. I also used the Tuesday Color Challenge colors for this card. The stamps are from Stampin' Up, and the sentiment from MFP (a Heinreich company). I embossed the pink background panel with a Sizzix folder, and paper punched the front
strip with an EK punch. Added a few rhinestones, and the card was complete. Here's the link to the sketch: Sisterhood Sunday Challenge #6.
Saturday, January 14, 2012
What a fun challenge this was!! We were to use tools and things that start with the letters in WINTER!
My W is white, I-ink, N-Nestabilities, T-teal or turquoise, E - embossing and eyelets, R-ribbon. I am thrilled to be adding to my ODBD stamps with this stamp set and the cross set that I just purchased. Now I have 4 of their sets and I can use their stamps when I do their challenges. I love their sets because it always includes scripture or spiritual sentiment.
Friday, January 13, 2012
The seDoing some catch up today. I did last week's sketch today and today's sketch so I can try to keep up with the Viva La Verve challenges for January. I used Verve stamps for both and Basic Grey dp for both as well.
The sentiment on the baby card is from Stampin' Up.
less than 10 minutes to do. I have a busy morning planned
but wanted to do this challenge over at CAS-ual Friday Challenge.
I needed another Valentine for my stash too.
Thursday, January 12, 2012
Wednesday, January 11, 2012
These are all red, orange, pink, and peach scraps I found around my paper cutter when I was gathering up papers. So glad this challenge over at Flourishes made use of these colors.
I have gone to putting all my old Stampin' Up sets into tubs fitting categories so that they are easier to find when I would like to use them. I started a heart and Valentine tub that anything in that fits that category. Last week I pulled that tub out and rediscovered some of these old favorite stamps I needed to be using for Valentines Day. I love seeing how these work with new ways to embellish and new papers. There is nothing worse than neglected rubber!!!LOL Show some of your old stamps a little love every once and a while. The sketch I used is today's sketch on SCS's sketch challenge.
Monday, January 9, 2012
Wow, what a day for a Monday! We are getting flooding rains in my area of the world this morning. We've suffered from droughts all summer, and we've all almost forgot what this kind of rain is like.Because of the hard dried clay soil, it is not soaking in like you think that it would. It looks like a great day to stay home and stamp to me. So, my first challenge of the day is MOJO Monday, of course. I used some new Basic Grey papers I got recently and some of my Verve stamps. I decided to use some embossing, punching, and diecutting on this too.
Sunday, January 8, 2012
Stampin' Sisterhood's Sunday challenge a good one to try. Here's what I came up with and I wanted to use my new stamp I received a couple of weeks ago from Rubbernecker because I won the challenge drawing a couple of weeks ago. I had been eyeing this medallion stamp for a long time over there and so I knew just which one to pick when given a choice. It's always fun to win something!!! I added a heart stamp from Stampin' Up and a scripture stamp from Stampabilities. I cuttlebugged the card base with a cuttlebug folder. Added some grandy ribbon and some pearls. Quick and easy Valentine!
Saturday, January 7, 2012
The challenge over at Our Daily Bread Designs is in with the new and out with the old. So, the new thing on my card is the window diecut piece and the old is the ODBD stamp (it is the first one I ever purchased from ODBD). I also used a wood grain embossing folder to make my wall. Then, I did my tribute to Kittie, whose paper floral arrangements are renown, by adding the floral arrangement above the window sill.