Saturday, December 30, 2017

Inspirational challenge 151 - only stamping

Sitting here with a bummed knee, waiting for freezing weather to head in here tomorrow, home alone, and looking for some inspiration to stamp. Browsing the internet, I checked up over at Paper Playful to see what challenges were posted for today. I found the inspirational challenge #151 to use only stamping on your card. I headed straight to the stamproom to see what I could come up with. I pulled out some old SU background stamps ( oh, how I loved those when I bought them years ago) and they are just the stamps to go to for background stamping. Then I pulled out this image and sentiment from Unity and thought this looked a little like I felt---cold and pondering the new year.

Just as in any year 2017 held some sad times and some great, and  the highlight of the year was the Astros winning the World Series. So I am sure 2018 will have its highs and lows as well, but I am feeling very blessed that my faith gives me great hope in all things. So, I hope in 2018 holds great and wonderful things for all, and we find our strength if times get rough, and we realize there are more things alike about us all than is different. LOVE ONE ANOTHER.

You can check out that challenge HERE.

Wednesday, December 13, 2017


Joanne is finishing out our challenges this year with the challenge to make a Christmas card using one of our favorite Christmas stamps. This is a retired Stampin' Up stamp from 2002 and has always been my favorite. I hope you join us in this our last challenge of 2017, and add your card to Mr. Linky over on the CCEEstampers blog. If you post it to SCS please use the CCEE1750 as your keyword.

I hope all of our followers have a wonderful Merry Christmas and that is 2018 is full of hope for a new year that offers new opportunities to share your love for humankind.

Wednesday, December 6, 2017

ccee1749 Christmas carol

Welcome to this weeks challenge. At this silly time of the year do you find yourself singing or humming to a song that you have heard. For our challenge this week, take your inspiration from any Christmas Carol.

Music is definitely one of my favorite parts about the season. Since I didn't see that anyone made a card to represent the first ones who provided music on that glorious night we celebrate, I decided to hunt down one of my favorite angel stamps to make this card. I used ivory paper, embossed the card base, and then cut the gold pieces used out of some design paper scraps left by my paper cutter.  I colored the image with soft colors of copic markers. I added a few pearls as a simple embellishment. 

Hope you choice to join in on the fun this week by loading a card over on the cceestampers blogsite 
and add ccee1749 as your keyword. 

Tuesday, December 5, 2017

Zentangled Christmas tree

I found this interesting challenge over at Unstampables Challenge this week on Paper Playful's blogsite. I love to zentangle and haven't had time to do much over the last month or so, and this seemed like a perfect day to just stop and do it for this challenge. It was fun to take part in a new challenge to me, and take a break from the traditional styles of cards that have been consuming my time. Hope you take a little time to just break free from your usual routines, and have a little fun with something. 

You can find the Unstampables Challenge HERE.

Sunday, December 3, 2017

Christmas and Sparkle - Rubbernecker challenge #23

I have a son who played a tuba so when I found this tuba from Rubbernecker, I just had to have it. I decided I would make it Christmas-like and sparkly for this challenge and put in yet one more card for the challenge uploads. I tried using silver metallic pens for coloring it, but ended up just using some of my gray copic markers.  You can see the details of the challenge and the entries HERE.

Wednesday, November 29, 2017

CCEE1748 Wedding or baby card

Hi....Joanne here with the last challenge for it is.......

As the last of our celebratory month, I would like you
to make a baby card OR a wedding
card......your choice.

If you have lots of time, you could make both...

I decided to make a wedding card. I used an irredicent cardstock for the cardbase. I embossed it, diecut a cross from Spellbinder, stamped azaleas with a Power Poppy set, and the sentiment is from Stampin' Up.

Wednesday, November 22, 2017

CCEE1747 our Christmas stash

Hi....Joanne here with our third challenge for the month.  Here is my challenge for the week.....

This week we are going to make a card for our holiday stash.  You can make a Christmas card, a New Year’s card, or a winter card…..whichever you think you need the most for your stash.

I love using red for Christmas and I took that stash suggestion literally. I found some Christmas things that I probably bought after Christmas last year on sale to use for this year. So, in my stash I found a Poinsettia embossing folder that was still in it's package I found for $1.99. So instead of using it in the usual embossing manner, I inked the inside with candy apple red distress ink and spritzed it with some water and then stamped it onto my white paper. Then I got out my old faithful Poinsettia die from Spellbinders, and then my Joy I got a couple of summers ago at a Scrapbook convention out at the Woodlands.  The strip of red design paper I got in an after Christmas sale at Hobby Lobby. So there you have it, piece by piece and from the old stashes I have around in my stamproom. My last year's resolution is to deplete that stash as much as I can this year. I gave it my all to do so, but I still have too much stash so I will continue that personal challenge. At least one or more things on every card I make this year much come from the what I already have piles of paper and embellishments. 

Join us this week and load your card over on SCS with our keyword:CCEE1747 or link onto the link over on the CCEEstampers Blog HERE.

Tuesday, November 21, 2017

Rubberneck Christmas and sparkle challenge #23

This stamp from Rubbernecker was one of the choices I made recently when I won second place on the challenge a few months ago. I used oxide distress ink first, then I used platinum momento and put gold embossing powder on the second layer. I stamped red berries and then added red rhinestones just to add a little more sparkle. I found this red and white striped ribbon in my stash, so used it for my bow. The gold trim is acutually sticker strips. This is Rubberneckers' final challenge for the year, so you might want to check it out here.

Monday, November 20, 2017

Just Us Girls challenge #420

This week's Just Us Girls' challenge is color week and the colors are gold, brown, and aqua. You can find their challenge here.:
 Fot my card, I used some retired Stampin' Up stamps, some fabulous design paper from a tablet I have stashed away, and those fabulous Oxide distress inks. Here's what I created:

I also used two glittery gold snowflakes as accent behind the flowers.  

Friday, November 17, 2017

In the pink 127

The challenge for the In the Pink challenge can be found here. It was to use dots and stripes. I used dots and decided on a Christmas theme for my card. I cut a stencil of a tree and then used my small pink ink pads to directly apply the ink into the shape. I applied clear stickers that had hearts made from small glittery dots.

Wednesday, November 15, 2017


Well.....Happy Birthday to Joanne!!!!!!  In honor of her special day, this week's challenge is to make a feminine birthday card with flowers.  To celebrate the day with her,  she requests that we do a random act of kindness.  Call a friend who might need cheer, pay for someone's coffee, give a hug, .....try to make a difference.

You can join in on the fun by playing along and linking it over on the CCEEstampers Blog
HERE. While you are there check out all the floral birthday wishes all the others on the team have shared. 

For my card, I used a stamp set from Power Poppy. I fussy cut the roses and the cup of roses and then popped up the cup of roses. I used a Martha Stewart border punch and a Spellbinder tag die. 

Happy Birthday, sweet Joanne!

Thursday, November 9, 2017

Mod Squad challenge - no white or ivory

I made this card for the Mod Squad challenge this week that requires one to NOT use white or ivory on their card. So, I did not even use white paper for the poinsettia. I stamped it on red paper, then I paper pieced the leaves from the green paper. I added copic marker highlights to the flower and the leaves. Rhinestones were used for the center of the poinsettia. I used a black card base, and found the green and glittery card stock in my scrap piles. Then I realized I used this same stamp for my challenge card last week. But it was on a white background. So I got just as much of a pop on the black background. The silver glitter added a little pazzaz.

Wednesday, November 8, 2017

CCEE1745 Masculine card

Hi...Joanne here with the CCEE weekly challenge.....and here it is.....

I’m not sure about the rest of you, but I never seem to have enough masculine birthday cards.  This week is for the guys……make a masculine card of any type….does not have to be a birthday card.

Want to play along with us this week, don't forget to drop back here to enter the link to your card to Mr Linky over on the CCEEstampers blogsite.

While you are over at the CCEEstampers blog, check out what our Design Team created this week for the challenge .

I used an Artistic Impressions stamp set for this card. I embossed the background, found a piece of plaid paper left over from an earlier project, and added this image and sentiment. 
It is perfect for the man in my life, who is quite the bowler when he gets out on a lane. 

Monday, November 6, 2017

Mod Squad 's cutting edge challenge

Although I have made my goal this year to do at least two Christmas cards a week during the whole year and I have reached the number I usually send out, I am still wanting to make more, so I will probably be increasing my card sending list this year. I decided to use this huge poinsettia stamp (and I don't remember the source of that stamp) to add one more to my Christmas stash using the Mod Squad challenge this week as my motivation. I tried to keep it CAS as well as  keeping the background white. I masked the background and sponged on candy apple red oxide ink onto the flower and colored the leaves with Copic markers. I added gold rhinestones for the center. I love how the oxide ink left that suede type of look that make this flower seem more life like.


Thursday, November 2, 2017


Hello.....welcome to the CCEE Stampers Challenge.   Joanne is starting her duties as the hostess for the month of November.  Here is her challenge for the DT and YOU, if you want to play along with us.

This month we are going to keep it simple.  The holidays are coming, and times will be busy.  This will be a month of celebrations.  This week we would like you to make a Thanksgiving card OR a card of thanks.

Want to play along with us this week, don't forget to drop back here to enter the link to your card to Mr Linky over at the CCEEStampers blog.

Also check out to  see what our Design Team created this week for the challenge while you are there. 

I created a smashed oxide ink background then did a little stenciling and then a little stamping.  I used this die from Stamps of Life. I am late getting my card posted because I was too involved in watching the Houston Astros this week in the World Series. The Houston Astros have been a blessing to Houston by bringing some joy and excitement back into this area that was hit so hard by Harvey in August. I love my Astros and are so proud of them. You were in it to win it and YOU DID EARN IT!!! 

Sunday, October 29, 2017

Power Poppy's Power and Sparkle Challenge

This is for the October Power Poppy challenge to a Mini and Mighty card. I love the fall colors of browns and oranges, so I used them on my card. This little note is so perfect to tuck into someone's purse just to let them know you are thinking about them.  You can find the Power Poppy challenges on their blogsite: the Power Poppy Blog

Friday, October 27, 2017

Rubbernecker challenge gold and copper

I stamped leaves on some copper and gild papers and added them to my gold embossed card. I also used some fall colors of oxide inks along the edge of my card and added some stamped dots to emboss with gold embossing powder as well.  I am always in need of thinking of you cards, so that is what the sentiment says.

I used this for the MIX challenge on SCS and am also using it for the Rubbernecker challenge as well.

RED, plaids, and stripes

I just love Unity girl stamps. I did some paper piecing on this and it is as fun as making paper dolls as a child. The challenge for the Unity challenge this time was to use plaids and stripes. I also am using this for the The Little Red Wagon challenge to use red. I love using red especially at Christmas and Valentines' Day. So, this is a Christmas card to add to my stash so that I will be ready to mail those cards out early and will have time for other things during the season instead of frantically getting cards made at the last minute. In fact this year I try to make at least one or two Christmas cards for some of the weekly challenges I do all year round.

Wednesday, October 25, 2017


Hi CCEE Fans,

It's Frances hosting our  last challenge for the month.

Apparently tomorrow (27th) is Black Cat Day and Sunday (29th) Cat Day. So for our challenge this week include a cat on your creations … black or not.

Want to play along with us this week, don't forget to drop back here to enter the link to your card to Mr Linky over on the CCEEStampers blogsite HERE.
And while you are there, check out all the great ideas the team came up with for this challenge. 

I used my oxide black ink for this card's background, I used distess in for the orange. The tree limb is a diecut, and the cat and secnetiment were stamped with versafine black. I wanted to give the effect that there were a few leaves still in the tree, so I stamped with my Itty Bitty StampUp stamp that I love using to add spots to.  I don't really do Halloween, but I do love the colors of Halloween and the colors of a bright full moon in the night autumn sky. 

I am entering it in this challenge too:  AS YOU LIKE IT CHALLENGE

Wednesday, October 18, 2017

Hi CCEE Fans,

It's challenge time again. Frances here with us again to issue the challenge this week.

Acetate - Create a card that includes acetate on/in it in some way. Shaker Cards; Magic Color Slider Cards; Gap Cards; Acetate Windows etc.

Don't forget if you would like to play along with us this week, to come back HERE and add the link to your card using Mr Linky at the bottom of the post. Check out all the things the design team created while you are there.

I used a clear plastic box and cut it like a card, embossed the front , punched holes to place the ribbon through on the hinged edge of the card. I diecut the word Hope for the front, and stamped some pink flowers for the inside. I used pink and HOPE for breast cancer aweness month.

Friday, October 13, 2017

Mod Squad Fall Fest challenge

Fall is my favorite season of the year. The lovely colors of fall are my favorites and I welcome the cooler air. I made this card for the fall fest challenge over at MOD SQUAD CHALLENGE I used a mixture of my oxide distress inks on white and then stamped the leaves (Flourishes), which I think was designed by Marcella Hawley years ago before she started Power Poppy. I have always been a big fan of her fabulous artwork.  I also embossed the torn panel with an inked Darice embossing folder. The smaller leaves are a Martha Stewart punch, and the sentiment is from Stampabilities.

Wednesday, October 11, 2017


Hi Crafty Friends,

It's Frances here again today with another fun challenge!

Did you know that today is "Old Farmers Day" - let's show our appreciation to our farmers by creating something farm related today.
Want to play along with us this week, don't forget to drop back here to enter the link to your card to Mr Linky at the bottom of this blog post.

While you are over on the blogsipte, be sure to check out  what our Design Team created this week for the challenge ..

Mine card is made with an old Stampin' Up set. I loved the tractor which is one of the farmer's pride possessions, and I loved the pumpkins and sunflowers for that fall feeling. I colored this with copic markers. And we say in Texas....Happy Fall, y'all! 

Little Red Wagon challenge #414

I decided this card for the challenge on SCS is also perfect for the Little Red Wagon challenge as well to use leftovers. I make layouts with my leftover scraps and have them ready to go for future projects. So, today, I added the pumpkin, leaves and sentiment, also making use of scraps and stamps that I have left out on my stamping table. I gathered all these things up and created this card.

Check out the challenge you can find on The Little Red Wagon.

We finally got a day that feels like fall today in my part of Texas. It is only going to last a few days, but I will wish all of you this greeting,  "Happy Fall, Y'all,"  since it feels right with the cool weather.

The House That Stamps Built Tic tac toe challenge

I am always looking for weekly challenges to try so this little tic/tac/toe challenge sounded fun to me. It can be found over on The House that Stamps Build blogsite HERE

Here is my card in which I used a pumpkin, patterned paper, and metallics. 

The pumpkin is stamped onto copper mettalic paper, but it looks more like craft paper in the photo. I embossed the gold chrome paper  just to add a little extra texture.

Rubbernecker Challenge #20 Halloween Boo

I used my smash method of applying my oxide inks for this background. Then I used the moon colored inks, spritzed it with water and put a round sponge into it and used the sponge to make my moon. These stamps are from some old retired SU stamps and are one of the only Halloween sets I own. The sentiment is from one of those stamps from Michael's bargain bins.

You can find the Rubbernecker challenge HERE.

Come join in on the fun.

Tuesday, October 10, 2017

Mod Squad - colors of fall

Trying to get this done this morning to enter in the Mod Squad challenge this week. I am always in need of thinking of you cards, and thought a masculine look might be a nice addition to the stash.
I inked my embossing folder with fall colors of Oxide inks, spritzed it and stamped on the color to my ivory card front. I did additional stamping in black ink, and die cut the word "prayers".

Saturday, October 7, 2017

Fall challenges are fun

I made this for the F4A challenge on SCS and for A Vintage Journey's Crazy for Autumn color challenge.  I used many of my fall colors of Oxide inks for my background using a Flourish leaf set from my stamp collection. The sentiment is from Rubbernecker stamps.

Thursday, October 5, 2017


Welcome to another CCEE Challenge. Being a brand new month it is time to introduce our new challenge hostess which is Frances Byrne.

Apparently today is “Balloons Around the World Day”. So this week let’s add some balloons to our card.

Want to play along with us this week, don't forget to drop back here to enter the link to your card to Mr Linky at the CCEEStampers' blog site. Click on link to blog on the word HERE below. 

Now let's see what our Design Team created this week for the challenge .....
click HERE.

Tuesday, October 3, 2017

Rubbernecker Anything goes Challenge #

This is one of my new stamps I got from Rubbernecker Stamps and decided to use if on their anything goes challenge this week.  Thought this was also a good way to use up some design paper scraps as well. Check out the challenge here.

Monday, October 2, 2017

Rubbernecker's Anything goes Challenge #19

This is for the Rubbernecker Anything goes Challenge #19. I used my new Rubbernecker stamp with the wine bottle and glass. I inked my embossing folder with some of my new distress oxide inks, spritzed it with water and then pressed it onto my paper.  The sentiment is from Unity.

Wednesday, September 27, 2017

CCEE1739 Johnny Appleseed

Kelly is again our hrstess with this week's challenge ...
In honor of Johnny Appleseed and his kindness and generosity,
we've creating cards with anything apple related this week!

I used a Power Poppy digital that I colored with copic markers. The sentiment is computer generated.  I used a Martha Stewart punch for the bottom edge. I loved the white background because it made my colors just popl  I colored with Copic markers and the white shine was acheived with a white galaxy marker. 

The thing I love about digital images is that you can size them any size you would like. 

Join us for this challenge and make sure you check out all the team's cards over on the CCEEstampers blogsite that you can find HERE.

Wednesday, September 20, 2017

CCEE1738 Pirates

Hello!  Kelly is again our hostess for  this week's challenge ~
 Tuesday was "Talk like a Pirate Day!"
Create a card using anything pirate related and extra 'treasure/booty' for using a map
anywhere on the card! 

Check out the other great cards from the team at 

Tuesday, September 19, 2017

SOS321 Apple of my eye

I made this card for the Shopping our Stash challenge 321 with the theme Apple of my Eye.
I love this digital print I got from Power Poppy. I colored it with copic markers, The sentiment is computer generated. I found this lovely sparkly red paper in my scraps, and decided the black background made it pop, One of my favorite color combos is red, white, and black, so I used it on this card.

Wednesday, September 13, 2017


Kelly, our hostess for this week,  has chosen as our challenge this week for CCEE Stampers  
  an opportunity to  celebrate Roald Dahl Day!
For challenge #1737,  create a card using any one of his books as your inspiration.
There are so many ~ and Kelly being an avid reader,  hopes  you find a way to use them in this week's challenge.

The book I selected was James and the Giant Peach.  I used a peach from an old Flourishes set, I used a diecut of the city, and did some freehanded writing on my card this week. 

Check out all the fun cards made by the team for this unique challenge at the blogsite:

Mod Squad challenge and Shop our stash challenge

This is for the Mod Squad challenge this week to use heat embossing, and the Shop our stash challenge to use both dry and wet embossing.  I dry embossed the background panel, and then I used versamark ink to stamp the image and then I covered with gold embossing powder. My photo does not do it much justice and the gold is not picking up in my artificial lighting that I am using for this nightime photography. I used copic markers to color in the image.

I used some brown ribbon for a band around the card, and then added some gold chord to pick up on the gold used for the embossing.

Wow, I was so pleased to see that this card was selected as one of the top 3 over at Shop Our Stash.


This card is for the Color Throw Down Challenge that can be found here. It's never too early to get going on those Christmas cards, so I am adding to my stash so I have less cards to have to get made in December.  I send different cards to everyone, so it is easier to do all along the way as the year progresses. I used Oxide distress ink on this, and Unity and Stampin' Up stamps. The holly leaves are a diecut.

Monday, September 11, 2017

Dragonfly Journeys True Blue challenge #100

How fun to see this challenge  taking place for the Dragonfly Journeys's 100th challenge! Trying out some of the new blue shades I have in my Distress Oxide Inks I created this background, then I stamped the large medallion is the darkest blue. I did this on watercolor paper. Then on white cardstock I stamped the girl. I colored her with copic markers and cut her out and placed her on the cards with dimensionals to pop her out a bit.  I like the way this turned out.

You can find the Dragonfly Journeys' challenge here.

Thursday, September 7, 2017

CAS(E) this sketch #238

I have been having fun using some of my older stamps for a few challenges. I decided to use this stipple hydrangea stamp for the CAS(/e) this Sketch challenge:

The hydrangea stamp is from Stampin' Up and the the sentiment is from Verve. 

Wednesday, September 6, 2017

CCEE1736 Teddy Bears

Happy September from the CCEE Stampers!
Kelly will be the hostess during the month of September.
Saturday (9/9) is Teddy Bear Day ♥
Create a card usnig a bear somewhere on your card for challenge #1736.

I used a Distress Oxide inked background, added this banner from some design paper as is the little label. The bear is from a retired Stampin' Up set from years ago that I stamped onto design paper. 

Check out the cute bears over at CCEEStampers from my fellow team members. 

Tuesday, September 5, 2017

Monochromatic Rubbernecker Challenge #17

I used my antique linen and walnut stain oxide inks on this card made with a wide variety of stamps, most of which I am not even sure of the sources. I made this for the Monochromatic Rubbernecker Challenge #17. You can find that challenge here.

Saturday, September 2, 2017

Sweet stampin' - Wet Embossing

Just getting back into my stamp room after a week of dealing with Hurricane Harvey. Praise God that He kept water from entering my house. It is good to get back to stamping. I found this challenge at Sweet Stampin' to do a challenge using wet embossing. My stamps I used are from Unity. The ink for the background is Distress Oxide inks and I used Versamark for the embossing powder. I used white and gold embossing powders. You can find this challenge here:


After a week of dealing with Hurricane Harvey, I am trying to get some of my mojo back in the stamp room. I found this CAS-ual Friday challenge #181 using kraft and white as the colors. I used an embossing folder that was inked with versamark on it and smashed the paper inside the folder.  Then I used white embossing powder on it and got the embossing gun on it. Then I stamped this Unity image onto my white circle. I die cut the white leaves and to fill a little more of the white circle I inked the embossing folder with tan ink and used it as a stamp for the edge.  This is the first time I have tried used a dry embossing folder to acheive wet embossing. I liked the results.

Thursday, August 31, 2017

CCEE1735 Monochromatic and dies

What a week we have had in the Texas Gulf coast area! Hurricane Harvey came for a visit and many of our coastal towns and cities, and he didn't seem to want to leave.  So, I have lost track of days, have been in and out of my home, and finally realized, oh, it's Thursday. I need to get a card done for CCEE stampers. So, Ann's challenge for us this week was to use a monochromatic color theme and diecuts on our cards this week. I went with all white.

My husband and I did not think we were in an area that w going to be threatened and we had just returned from a week in Louisiana on a mission trip and just were glad to be home. Hubby had to go back to work on Monday, so we just came home to button down the hatches. We did not get the direct hit of the winds in our area, but we were on what they refer to as the dirty side of the storm. So, it rained, and rained and for 4 days it rained. Harvey just could not decide where he wanted to go. To add a little humor to this disasterous situation someone on  FB wrote: " Look what happens when you name a "Hurricane" after a man. He loses his way and he's too stubborn to stop and ask for directions, and he leaves a mess without cleaning up after himself. "

We left our house Monday night fearing our house would quickly be taking in water. I saw water rising higher and closer to our house than I had seen in the 20 years in this house. We had to walk out in the rain, wading through water to get to the point that a friend could retreive us with his truck. What a Godsend this sweet family was to take us in! Our next door neighbor had pets that could not be evacuated easily, and was staying in her house. She kept our cat, and she never lost power while we were gone, so we kept in touch with her. Tuesday, our neighbor informed us that we had not gotten water in our houses. So, Wednesday the water had gone down off the roads into the neighborhood  and we returned home. I have never felt such gratitude in my life to be standing in my house with no water. It was a miracle. When we left, it was inches from coming in our front door. It rained the rest of that night, and the next day, so I was expecting all of that to be all it would take. My sister, Lynn and parents live in the city where the eye of the storm hit earlier in the week, but they had evacuated to the city one of my sons lives. So they were safe, but were not sure how their houses faired during the storm. Today they arrived home and found no significant damage at their homes. I thank God for the grace He has shown my family. My parents are in the 80's and this would have been more than they could have dealt with; my sister had lost her husband this past year, and she has already had enough grief for this year, and I am so grateful God had put a hedge of protection around them.

Please continue to pray for many who have not been as fortunate and whose homes are ruined. The love and support of all who have come to be part of rescue teams and put their own lives in danger to do the wonderful job they are doing, have been God's hands and feet.

Monday, August 28, 2017

National day of Imperfections

Being an avid rubberstamper, I am always in search of a new challenge to motivate my creativity. Recently on one of my favorite websites Splitcoaststampers, the challenge was to make up a national day for something and make a card in honor of it. I recently purchased this great sentiment "This card is handmade and perfectly imperfect." It just seems to speak for me. Although I love being creative mixing colors of inks and making patterns and textures with the use of stamps, stencils, and inks, I never seem to create anything perfectly without a smudge here or there in the wrong place, or things not quite turning out as I had envisioned them in my brain. I have just learned to accept that in my art. I have come to embrace the idea that imperfections are what determines the places for embellishments.

My life is much like my art, so imperfect in so many ways. I hold to the fact that God is not finished with me yet. And my imperfections remind me that I can do nothing alone without the guidience and strength of my heavenly Father. He is always refining me; I just need to be still, listen, and be obedient.

As I write this, we are in the midst of Hurricane Harvey, and life is far from perfect and ideal. But again, I am reminded of just how great God's love is for me. The stuff of our lives too often become our priorities, but situations like this remind us of the real things of importance. Suddenly I become less offended by attitudes and opinions, and when souls are hurting and in despair, it is a game changer. There are plenty of hurting and imperfect people of our world, even without the physical storms of this life. Perhaps it is time to let loving them, accepting them, and  tending to them be our top priority. It is time to admit our own imperfections, and accept the imperfections of others, and let love be the source that fuels us.

Saturday, August 26, 2017

Alphabet challenge - L is for lovely lace

I did this for the Alphabet Challenge L is for lovely lace. I wanted to keep this a flat card and easy to mail, so I stamped my lace as a background by repeating the strips. I am not sure the source of the lacy stamp, the chair is Stampendous, and the sentiment is Unity. I used Tim Holtz's distress oxide inks.

Little C's Aloha Friday Challenge - medallions

We are riding out a hurricane here on the Texas Gulf coast and stamping seems to be the best distraction. We have been fortunate this time to have our power. I have just recently gotten into using Tim Holtz's distress inks and oxide inks and they just cease to amaze me what all you can do with them.  I used the smash and spritz method for my background. Then I stamped a partial Stampin' Up medallion on the edge. I also added a little French Script, The cake and sentiment are from Unity.
I colored the cake with copic markers. I also used a silver metallic pen,

This is the first time I think I have taken part in the Little C's Aloha Friday Challenge, but I have been trying to find new challenges every week. The challenge for this week was to use a medallion.