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