Wednesday, August 23, 2017

Atlantic Hearts Sketch Challenge 226




Here's my take on this week's Atlantic Hearts Sketch.  Hope you will play along.  I find sketches to be a wonderful inspiration and a big help during those times that the crafty mojo needs a boost.

My card features Freehand Florals from W Plus 9 Designs and my favorite "Happy Birthday" from Verve's Poppy Birthday.

Thanks so much for stopping by!
Christine


Sunday, August 20, 2017

Sunday Stamps Color Inspiration: Wishing you all the best


The Sunday Stamps blog has provided such an awesome inspiration photo!   I love the pretty petals in sunrise hues, and found a stack of watercolor papers in my stash to die cut with Reverse Confetti's Lacy Scalloped Rectangles.  Next, I sprinkled on a few Stitched Flowers by My Favorite Things and topped them with enamel dots.  The happy sentiment is from Verve's Kind Words.

Have a super week and thanks for visiting.
Christine



Linking to:
Sunday Stamps Blog
Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge (Add a sentiment)
Tuesday Throwdown (A/G)
Word Art Wednesday
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Saturday, August 19, 2017

Thanks so much!


The beginning of school has been a whirlwind, and after working this morning, I am taking a "crafting break" and trying out a new set of Lacy Scallop Dies from Reverse Confetti.  They work nicely with this week's Freshly Made Sketch.  The sentiment is from Verve's Simply Amazing.

Thanks so much for visiting,
Christine


Playing along with:
Freshly Made Sketches
Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge (sentiment)
Word Art Wednesday

Friday, August 18, 2017

Fun Friday Featuring Digital Delights by Louby Loo




Happy Friday!  It's time for another Fun Friday Challenge at Jo's Scrap Shack where the theme is always Anything Goes.  The design team is showcasing images by  Digital Delights by Louby Loo.  Please take time to see the design team's samples and to link up your own creations.  It's always fun to see what you have to share!
Challenge Rules

1. Please post a direct link to your blog post that includes your challenge entry project, using the linky tool below. 

2. Be sure to include a link back to Jo's Scrap Shack and to the challenge post you are entering your project into

3. THREE entries per person are allowed for each challenge and you must post a separate blog post for each entry.

4. For all entries -NO BACK LINKS ACCEPTED- 
The date on your blog post should be dated between the start date & the end date for the challenge you are entering, in order to be eligible for the challenge & prizes

5. You may link up to other challenges but be sure to link back to Jo's Scrap Shack and to the challenge post you are entering 

 * All entries that do not meet the challenge requirements
WILL NOT be eligible for the top 3, any sponsor wins or any random wins by Jo
All random wins will only be mailed within the US and Canada only.


Thanks so much for taking time to visit,
Christine

Sunday, August 13, 2017

Viva La Verve: Thank you for all you do! You are appreciated!


It's been a wonderful blessing to have my son at home this summer while he worked locally in a very meaningful summer job.  He's had invaluable experiences that will help him as he returns to college in just a short while.  He asked for several thank you cards to express his appreciation to the gentlemen who trained him and saw that he had a wealth of learning opportunities.  A stack of Tim Holtz papers and the August VLV sketch helped pull together a masculine thank you card featuring a pair of sentiments from Teachers Count by Verve.  (It's one of my most favorite sets!)

Thank you for visiting and have a fantastic week,
Christine

Linking to VLV August Sketch Challenge
Word Art Wednesday
Crop Stop Blog
Jo's Scrap Shack
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Wednesday, August 9, 2017

Pop Up Gift Card Holder


Following a very clear video tutorial and using Verve's Butterfly Grace, this cute little pop up gift card holder came together quite quickly and easily.  There are several similar cards that utilize a punch to create the inner pocket for the gift card, but this one only calls for a paper cutter.  The gift card is held firmly in place.

The butterflies were stamped and cut from a piece of watercolor paper that was tinted with Prima Pastel Dreams Watercolor Confections.  I love using them!

Thanks so much for stopping by.  I am grateful for some evening time to craft, but my photos are not nearly so good after dark!
Christine

Linking to:
Tuesday Throwdown:  Interactive Card
Word Art Wednesday

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Sending Happy Mail and Sharing Happy News


This adorable Newton's Nook stamp was a challenge prize that recently arrived in my mailbox, and it was the perfect image to ink up for this week's Atlantic Hearts Sketch.  I am honored and delighted to have the opportunity to share as a designer at AHSC.  I adore sketches and find them to be a huge help in creating.  It is so much fun to see how a group of stampers will create such a variety of projects with the same sketch.

Thank you for visiting!  Praying your day will bring happy mail or something even better!
Christine






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Tuesday, August 8, 2017

Thank You for Making Such a Huge Effort



Couldn't resist playing along with the safari-themed CAS-ology challenge and hope that Rachel will be flattered that I used the same stamp set as her adorable card. The Adorable Elephants from My Favorite Things are aptly named and the sentiment fits the bill for a note I wish to send.

Thanks for visiting,
Christine

Linking to:
CAS-Ology (Safari Theme)
Cardz 4 Galz (Pastels)
Word Art Wednesday

Sunday, August 6, 2017

He has made everything beautiful in its time


So excited that the Verve Sketch Challenge has resumed!  My card features  Butterfly Grace and matching dies paired with a new floral collection from Hobby Lobby.

I love this scripture and pray that you will see God's beauty and goodness in your life even if the season you are in is not a lovely one.
Christine

Linking to:
VLV Sketch Challenge
Word Art Wednesday
PIP Challenge (Circles)




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Saturday, August 5, 2017

Wishing You Much Happiness



 
One of my teaching colleagues is and has always been the poor kid whose birthday occurred right before school began.  We usually celebrate her birthday during inservice, a time when cake is always welcome.  Instead of making the traditional "belated" card, I chose this sentiment from Verve's Brighter Days.  It includes some lovely flowers and also has two arrows to stamp and die cut.  I chose to use these cuties in place of the banners, topping them with a die cut button and a cotton bow.

Thanks for visiting!
Christine

Linking to
Sunday Stamps (Sketch)
Word Art Wednesday
Cardz 4 Galz (Pastel Colors)


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Inky Paws Challenge

I was blessed with a win at Pammie's Inky Pinkies and chose this cute image to begin my collection of Newton's Nook products.  It was tons of fun to paper piece Newton's Happy Mail with Hello Sunshine papers from Doodlebug Designs and the great sketch was an extra bonus!

Thanks for visiting,
Christine

Linking to:
Newton's Nook Inky Paws Challenge
Word Art Wednesday

Friday, August 4, 2017

Fun Friday Challenge with Oddball Art Images by Lizzy Love




Happy Friday!  It's time for another Fun Friday Challenge at Jo's Scrap Shack where the theme is always Anything Goes.  The design team is showcasing   Oddball Art images by Lizzy Love.  I added a digital sentiment (found here) to Lizzy Love's cute doodled flowers.

My second card was made with Lizzy Love's sweet ice cream cone, paper-pieced with soft pastel papers from Far, Far Hill.

Please take time to see the design team's samples and to link up your own creations.  It's always fun to see what you have to share!
Challenge Rules

1. Please post a direct link to your blog post that includes your challenge entry project, using the linky tool below. 

2. Be sure to include a link back to Jo's Scrap Shack and to the challenge post you are entering your project into

3. THREE entries per person are allowed for each challenge and you must post a separate blog post for each entry.

4. For all entries -NO BACK LINKS ACCEPTED- 
The date on your blog post should be dated between the start date & the end date for the challenge you are entering, in order to be eligible for the challenge & prizes

5. You may link up to other challenges but be sure to link back to Jo's Scrap Shack and to the challenge post you are entering 

 * All entries that do not meet the challenge requirements
WILL NOT be eligible for the top 3, any sponsor wins or any random wins by Jo
All random wins will only be mailed within the US and Canada only.


Thanks so much for taking time to visit,
Christine

Linking to:

Cardz for Galz  -- Pretty Pastels

Thursday, July 27, 2017

AHSC----Wishing you the best day ever!




The Atlantic Hearts Sketch and two stamp sets from Verve (Wishing You and Kindness Matters) form the backbone of this card made from a new stack of florals from Hobby Lobby.  Love that it could be a birthday card or an "everyday" card.

Thanks for taking a look,
Christine

Linking to
AHSC 222
SSS Wednesday Challenge 
Word Art Wednesday
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Wednesday, July 26, 2017

Thank You for Making Such a Huge Effort

CAS-ology is celebrating its fifth birthday with a balloon blog hop.  There are so many great CAS cards featuring balloons....what a treat for the eyes and a crafting inspiration.

My card includes Adorable Elephants by My Favorite Things.....the sentiments in this set meet a lot of needs, and I need a thank you card.  I am working on CAS....my usual style is clean and layered with a mix of patterns and colors, so CAS is a challenge for me!

Thank you for stopping by,
Christine

Linking to:
CAS-ology Fifth Anniversary Balloon Blog Hop
SSS Wednesday Challenge A/G
PIP Challenge
Word Art Wednesday
Crop Stop
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Tuesday, July 25, 2017

A Flurry of Kind Winter Wishes




Summer vacations are wonderful, and I have so enjoyed having more time to craft.  It's been a particular pleasure to participate in the Cards for Little Hearts drive.   All the details can be found here on Christina Hor's blog.

The SSS Kate snowflake  was cut from silver poster board and layered over a Tilth Floral die.   The sweet sentiment was created by Christina Hor.  (Thank you, Christina!)

Linking to:
Four Crafty Chicks (Blue Christmas)
Word Art Wednesday

Thank you so much for visiting.
Blessings,
Christine

Kind Winter Wishes




The Cards for Little Hearts drive ends in exactly one month, so there is plenty of time to make a few cards for children with congenital heart disease.  All the details can be found here on Christina Hor's blog.

It is tricky to photograph shiny things, so here are some details the photo may not show clearly.  The SSS Kate snowflake dies are cut from silver poster board, the background paper by Just Peachy Designs features delicate, lacy snowflakes, and the sweet sentiment was created by Christina Hor.  (Thank you, Christina!)

Linking to:
Four Crafty Chicks (Blue Christmas)
Word Art Wednesday

Thank you so much for visiting.
Blessings,
Christine

Friday, July 21, 2017

Bubaboo Stamp Recipe Challenge: White with a POP of color


 Today's card completes the seven Bugaboo Christmas in July challenges and adds those seven cards to the collection I will send to Christina Hor for the card drive.  Please read all about the Cards for Little Hearts drive right here.  You will be blessed by Christina's talent and kindness and will have an opportunity to be a blessing to a child in need of prayers and encouragement if you choose to send even one card.

My card includes today's Bugaboo Friday Freebie, MFT stitched and scalloped squares, Reverse Confetti Tall Tags Trio, LID stitched Holly Jolly dies, and a sentiment by Christina Hor.

Thank you for stopping by and have a blessed day,
Christine
Linking to Bugaboo CIJ Day Seven
Word Art Wednesday
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Fun Friday Challenge with Di's Digis



Happy Friday!  It's time for another Fun Friday Challenge at Jo's Scrap Shack where the theme is always Anything Goes.  The design team is showcasing images by  Di's Digis.  Please take time to see the design team's samples and to link up your own creations.  It's always fun to see what you have to share!
Challenge Rules

1. Please post a direct link to your blog post that includes your challenge entry project, using the linky tool below. 

2. Be sure to include a link back to Jo's Scrap Shack and to the challenge post you are entering your project into

3. THREE entries per person are allowed for each challenge and you must post a separate blog post for each entry.

4. For all entries -NO BACK LINKS ACCEPTED- 
The date on your blog post should be dated between the start date & the end date for the challenge you are entering, in order to be eligible for the challenge & prizes

5. You may link up to other challenges but be sure to link back to Jo's Scrap Shack and to the challenge post you are entering 

 * All entries that do not meet the challenge requirements
WILL NOT be eligible for the top 3, any sponsor wins or any random wins by Jo
All random wins will only be mailed within the US and Canada only.


Thanks so much for taking time to visit,
Christine

Thursday, July 20, 2017

Peace on Earth


The Paper Craft Crew has a fun new sketch available, so and I combined Verve's Peace on Earth with some glittery stars cut with Paper Smooches Stars die.  The die is lots of fun in that some of the stars nest.  I pulled the end of the banner die through a layer of the star.  (It looks much better in real life than the photo shows.  I am always challenged with photos of sparkly things.)  I also decided to play along at The Challenge which calls for black, white, and a color of choice.      (I'll probably be back to make a black, white, and pink card, too)



Linking to
Paper Craft Crew (sketch)
Paper Smooches  (PS star dies)
The Challenge (colors)
SSS Wednesday Challenge (Stars)
Word Art Wednesday (A/G)


Have a sparkly day,
Christine

Bugaboo Christmas in July




















Please take a minute to visit Christina Hor's blog to read all about The Cards for Little Hearts drive.  You will be delighted to see Christina's wonderful work and to learn about how she collects winter cards to encourage children hospitalized for congenital heart difficulties.

The Bugaboo Christmas in July Challenge has kept my Cards for Little Hearts inspired:  Today's challenge is to use the colors shown in the inspiration photo.  (I'd really love to have a girly pink tree, but that wouldn't be acceptable to the wonderful guys in my family.  :)

Also linking to:
Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge (Seeing Stars)
Paper Smooches (Used PS stars die....love the tiny ones in this set!)

Thanks for stopping by.
Hugs,
Christine

Wednesday, July 19, 2017

Bugaboo Christmas in July: Photo Inspiration






The Bugaboo Christmas in July Challenge is working well with my desire to create a variety of cards for Christina Hor's drive to collect winter greetings for children hospitalized due to heart problems.  You can read all about it on Christina's blog.

I was inspired by the bright colors of Santa's golf umbrella and used a Bugaboo tag as the central element, masking off the "to" and "from" in Word.  The sentiment is by Hannelie Besler.  Hope the bright colors and the smiling snowman will brighten a child's day.

Linking to the Bugaboo Challenge.

Thanks for visiting!
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Tuesday, July 18, 2017

Tic-Tac-Toe with Tuesday Throwdown---My Whole Heart


I chose the middle row of the Tuesday Throwdown Tic-Tac-Toe board as my card recipe.
Silver:  SSS Heart Die cut from silver poster board
Sparkle:  Silver Sequins
Wedding/Anniversary:  Sentiment is from Verve's Love Everlasting

Linking to:
Tuesday Throwdown
PIP Challenge

Thanks for stopping by,
Christine


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Bugaboo Christmas in July: Bingo


My "Bugaboo Bingo" is a diagonal constisting of  pink, white, and gold; a Bugaboo image; and snowflake embossing.  I intended to add a gold layer or banner, but the gold and white washi tape frame was lying in my scrap bowl, and I decided it was a cute way to set off the image.  Unfortunately, there is a lot of glare in the photo.

Thanks for taking a look,
Christine

Bugaboo Stamps Christmas in July Day Four

Monday, July 17, 2017

Bugaboo Christmas in July


Handmade tags add such a nice touch to gifts of all kinds, and I enjoyed making this one.  It features a Bugaboo Penguin, and the tag pieces are cut from these Reverse Confetti dies:  Gift Card Holder Tag and Hang Ups.  I stayed away from red and green and hope that my shades of blue will be considered non-traditional hues.

Thanks so much for visiting,
Christine
Linking to:
Bugaboo Stamps Christmas in July (Day 3)
PIP Challenge

Fueled by Jesus and Coffee



New Verve stamps in the craft room!  Hooray!  This card features a sentiment from Fill My Cup and a coffee mug from Happiness Is (which has matching dies).  I used Kerry's fun CAS sketch from the Coffee Lovers Blog and some papers from the pixel scrapper.

Thanks for looking,
Christine

Linking to:
Coffe Lovers Blog (Sketch)
SSS Wednesday Challenge (Plaid)
Paper Craft Crew (Something New---Happiness Is stamps/dies)
PIP Challenge

Cards for Little Hearts and Bugaboo Make it Sparkle and Shine




You can read all about Christina Hor's Cards for Little Hearts drive right here on her beautiful blog.  I have had such fun creating cards for the drive, and the Bugaboo Christmas in July event works hand in hand with that project.  Today, I am playing along with the "Sparkle and Shine" challenge and have added an edger die cut from shiny silver poster board.  The image is a Bugaboo Digital Stamp, and the cheerful plaid is from Harper Finch.

Thanks for stopping by,
Christine



Linking to:
Bugaboo Stamps Christmas in July
SSS Wednesday Challenge (plaid)
Jo's Scrap Shack
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