Wednesday, October 18, 2017

Atlantic Hearts Sketch Challenge 234: Grace Changes Everything


It's time to share the designer team's interpretations of Michelle's pretty sketch.  My card features Verve's Butterfly Grace with matching dies, shows a peek of a tiny Reverse Confetti Wreath die, and is embellished with a trio of black enamel dots.

Thanks for taking a look,
Christine

Linking to Word Art Wednesday
PIP Challenge
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Sunday, October 15, 2017

Autumn Blessings: Verve Sketch/Card Concept



Verve's new Autumn Leaves landed in my mailbox Friday, and our little weekend trip took us past Tuesday Morning where I picked up this pretty paper collection called Cedar Lane.  I did the responsible thing after we returned,  taking care of laundry and school preparations before getting inky.  I love the "country feel" of the inspiration photo and echoed that with a touch of woodgrain and calico.  The gems on the sentiment panel are silver, but look more like pearls in the evening light.  The touch of silver thread is blending filament from my embroidery supplies.

The wind changed this evening and there is a hint of cool in the breeze.  Thanks for your visit.
Wishing you autumn blessings,
Christine

Linking to:
VLV Sketch Challenge
Card Concept 79
4 Crafty Chicks (Fall Theme)
Word Art Wednesday
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Friday, October 13, 2017

Fun Friday Challenge with Limited Runs Digital Stamps


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  Limited Runs.  This sweet little Santa mug brought back memories.  Colored with Prismacolor pencils and paired with some pretty plaids from Pixel Scrapper, the card came together quickly.  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
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Monday, October 9, 2017

Sending Thoughts and Prayers



The Sunday Stamps inspiration photo provided the color choices for this card, and the sentiment is from a Verve collection called Inspire Hope.  A trio of flowers cut with MFT Stitched Flower Dies embellishes the little sentiment window.

So thankful to have a little crafting time this weekend and to join some favorite challenges.

Have a great week,
Christine

Linking to:
Sunday Stamps
PIP Challenge
Word Art Wednesday
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Saturday, October 7, 2017

Happy WCMD!




Celebrating WCMD by creating a card inspired by this month's Verve Sketch (always happy to see a new one published, and this one is great) and a gorgeous inspiration photo from Inspired by All the Little Things.  I love the soft pink flowers and Verve's Joyful Blooms were just the right scale for the card.  The precious scripture is part of Verve's Scripture Medley 2, and a few leaves were cut from gold card stock using a Beautiful Flowers die.  Happy to report that all the papers were taken from my scrapbook paper scrap box.  (say that three times fast :)

Linking to:
VLV October Sketch Challenge
Inspired by all the Little Things
Word Art Wednesday
PIP Challenge

Thanks for your visit,
Christine
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Wednesday, October 4, 2017

Atlantic Hearts Sketch Challenge 232: My Grace is Sufficient


What a pleasure it was to use this week's sketch in creating a card.  I used one of my newer Verve stamp sets, Butterfly Grace, for the sentiment and cut just the outline of the butterfly (a Verve die found here)  from patterned paper.
The layers are cut from a Papertrey die and from Reverse Confetti's Lacy Scallop Frames.

So thankful for God's sufficient grace,
Christine

Linking to:
PIP Challenge
Word Art Wednesday
Crop Stop
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Tuesday, October 3, 2017

Never Before Used Schtuff Challenge: Autumn Blessings


I had moment of enlightenment on my way home this evening after running an errand that took me close to Hobby Lobby:  The fabulous, on-sale-at-great-price kraft and black card stock I just purchased qualifies as Never-Before-Used-Schtuff.  Have to confess that the challenge has been hard because my goodies usually get put into service pretty quickly.  With limited space and a limited budget, most of my purchases are well-thought-out and eagerly anticipated.  It's rare that a package goes unopened for long, so it was fun to think I had materials to qualify for one more entry.  It's been fun seeing Darnell's cards, reading her witty blog posts, and skipping around the gallery to leave comments.  Thanks, Darnell!

Wishing you Autumn Blessings,
Christine

Linking to
NBUS Challenge
Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge
PIP Challenge
Word Art Wednesday

PS---Verve's Autumn Blessings Stamps found here

Saturday, September 30, 2017

Birthday Wishes Easel Card



I made this card for  an upcoming birthday and to fit a couple of challenges.  First, this card features NBUS (Never Before Used Schtuff) -- card stock and designer paper that came in a card kit. I hoarded it because there was only one sheet of each color/design, and it is so pretty.  This card also features a Never Before Used Style----a twisted easel fold.
The stamps are a favorite Verve set: Joyful Blooms.

Thanks so much for stopping by,
Christine


Linking to:
NBUS Challenge (Cardstock and DP collection)
Tuesday Throwdown (more than one fold--twisted easel)
Word Art Wednesday
SSS Wednesday Challenge (A/G)


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Friday, September 29, 2017

Fun Friday Challenge 208 with Lawn Fawn





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  Lawn Fawn.  My card features "Happy Turkey Day" which is great for Thanksgiving favors as well as for cards.  This card is on a Kraft base and includes papers from Pixel Scrapper cut with stitched square dies from My Favorite Things.   Below, I shared the Verve Sketch from my "favorites" file that inspired the layout.

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!

Thanks for visiting,
Christine

Linking to
Word Art Wednesday (A/G)
SSS Wednesday Challenge (A/G)





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.



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Wednesday, September 27, 2017

Joy Fold Card with Lawn Fawn's Plus One


I was blessed to win Lawn Fawn's Plus One stamp set in a blog give away last spring and just hadn't had an occasion to make a baby card.  Happy to announce that two of my coworkers are expecting their own bundles of joy!  It was fun to make this joy fold card, and I keep telling myself that I should cut some of the pieces and have them on hand to decorate with layers of DP and stamped images.  This time, I created a "latch" from an MFT Stitched circle layered with an MFT Stitched Flower.  It's popped up on a dimensional to catch the edge of the second folded layer.


Thanks for taking a look,
Christine

Linking to:
Tuesday Throwdown (more than one fold)
SSS Wednesday Challenge (A/G)
NBUS (Lawn Fawn Stamps)
Word Art Wednesday

Tuesday, September 26, 2017

See You at the Pole---Grace Changes Everything



Students will gather September 27th around flag poles outside schools far and wide to participate in student-led prayer.  At my elementary school, a delightful young lady will lead SYATP exhibiting faith and maturity beyond her years.  I prayed while making this card to thank her for her efforts in publicizing this event and for so boldly leading fellow students and teachers in prayer.

Please pray for our youth and our schools tomorrow.

Blessings,
Christine

Linking to:
AHSC 231
Word Art Wednesday
PIP Challenge
Crop Stop
Jo's Scrap Shack

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Thursday, September 21, 2017

All I need is: a little bit of coffee, a whole lot of Jesus....and a coffee cup!


This school theme of this card is inspired by a funny event that occurred in the teachers' workroom.  I arrived at school early that day, had finished the coffee in my travel mug, and strolled down to the faculty workroom for a refill.  A coworker had two styrofoam dessert bowls filled with coffee, holding one in each hand.  We'd run out of disposable coffee cups, and she used the first available containers.  What a great laugh we had over her bowls of coffee!

Three Verve sets appear on this card: Coffee, Fill my Cup, and Teachers Count.  The sweet banner was cut with Reverse Confetti's Tall Tag Trio, and the Cross-Stitched circles are from MFT.

Thanks for your visit,
Christine

Linking to:
Coffee Lovers Blog Hop
Word Art Wednesday
PIP Challenge


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Wednesday, September 20, 2017

AHSC 230: Let us come boldly to the throne of grace



My card features a scripture from Verve's New Mercies set and papers from the Petals and Blooms collection by Paper Studio.  I was set on using this scripture and its size dictated that a few of the sketch elements wouldn't make it into the finished project.  I love the sketch and will place it in my "keepers file".

Thanks so much for visiting,

Christine

Linking to:
PIP Challenge
Word Art Wednesday

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Tuesday, September 19, 2017

Jesus and Coffee


Verve released "Fill my Cup" during the Summer Coffee Lovers Bloghop, and I fell in love with the sentiments!  I heat embossed the sentiment---which is not yet a well-developed skill---so it looks a little distressed and layered the tag with a doily, a stitched rectangle, and scalloped border all from My Favorite Things.  The coffee cup, with matching die, is from Verve's Coffee set.

Thanks so much for visiting,
Christine
Linking to:
PIP Challenge
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Sunday, September 17, 2017

Blessed by the kindness of a friend


Just a little card to say thanks to a friend for lending a helping hand.  This month's Verve sketch is perfect for my new Scalloped Frames from Reverse Confetti, and I think the sentiments from Kindness Matters are my favorite way to say thank you.

Linking to:
Verve September Sketch Challenge
Word Art Wednesday

Saturday, September 16, 2017

Coffee Lovers Blog Hop



The Challenge at 4 Crafty Chicks is to create something geometric, so I pulled out one of my favorite sketches.  I mounted stitched squares over a stitched scalloped square die cut....all these dies are from My Favorite Things.  The  Lawn Fawn coffee cup was pieced to match the background paper which is available at Pixel Scrapper.  The layered doily dies are also from MFT, but they have been discontinued, I believe.

Thanks so much for visiting,
Christine

Linking to:
Coffee Lovers Blog Hop
4 Crafty Chicks (Geometric)
Word Art Wednesday

The first time I used this sketch, I turned the background panel upside down by mistake!
The poor little trees are upside down, but how funny that is when paired with the sentiment!


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Happiness Is...A Huge Cup of Coffee



We've been without internet for a couple weeks, but more importantly, have been busy in the aftermath of Harvey.  I made  two cards last night and feel like I've been on a crafting spree!

This coffee themed card features Verve's Happiness Is set and some pretty papers by Harper Finch.  I adore the inspirational color palette from Sunday Stamps and enjoyed the sketch from As You See It.

Happy Saturday,
Christine



Linking to:
Coffee Lovers Blog Hop
Sunday Stamps
As You See It
Word Art Wednesday






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Friday, September 15, 2017

Coffee Lovers Blog Hop: " Fill My Cup, Lord"


After a busy week, it was a blessing to find a little crafting time and to just pray this phrase while cutting and pasting.  The sentiment is from Verve and can be found here.   The sweet little mug is from another Verve set called Happiness Is, and it has matching dies available. I added the little heart to cover an ink smudge and like the look. The digital papers are from Pixel Scrapper.

Linking to:
Coffee Lovers Blog Hop
Word Art Wednesday
Crop Stop

Fun Friday Challenge 206 with Bugaboo Stamps


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  Bugaboo Stamps.  I printed Coffee Words on yellow DP, cut with circular dies and added a few Stitched Flowers from MFT.  The coffee word die from Verve was cut three times and layered for dimension.

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:
Coffee Lovers Blog Hop

Sunday, September 10, 2017

Verve Sketch Meets Card Concept



Love the new Verve sketch and the gorgeous inspiration photo from the Card Concept.  I used a sympathy sentiment from Verve's New Mercies and die cut some MFT Stitched Flowers as accents.  My photography doesn't do the soft colors justice.

Thank you for visiting,
Christine

Linking to
VLV September Sketch Challenge
Card Concept 77
SSS Wednesday Challenge (Stamp It!)
Word Art Wednesday
PIP Challenge

Wednesday, September 6, 2017

Be Kind (For Everyone is Fighting a Hard Battle)


This card includes a sentiment from Verve's Kindness Matters and Petals and Blooms papers cut with Reverse Confetti's Lacy Scallop Frames.    
The VLV sketch made it fun and easy to assemble.

I am going to keep this project on display in my craft room as a reminder.  We've been home only two days after evacuating due to Hurricane Harvey.  The outer bands of the storm brought us over two feet of rain, but we were spared damaging winds.  Our home site was carefully selected after visiting the property many times following hard rains, so we were not surprised that so much rain ran off nicely leaving us safe and free from standing water.  Then, the rivers began to fill with flood waters draining from the north and we were left with but one means of evacuation.  We left our home with important papers, photos, and a few days' worth of clothing as the river crept into yards just across the street.  We returned to find our home unscathed, but many neighbors have several feet of water in their homes.  My hands and heart are ready to help when the waters recede, and I pray for wisdom and kindness and the ability to speak words of encouragement.

In our fearful days of evacuation, God lavished His grace upon us in sweet and humbling ways that I will forever treasure in my heart.  If you are still reading this long and personal post, please pray for the little children who will return to my classroom on Monday.  I hope to communicate God's love to them in a real way.

Blessings,
Christine

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