Tuesday, June 18, 2019

You're such a "deer"!


Hello stamping friends,

I am playing along with the Inky Paws Challenge again, and this one is a big one in celebration of their 100th challenge!  This time, I chose to play with my favorite (well, actually, I have more than one NN favorite, but that will be for another time....) set, Deer Friend.

This is  my first attempt at no-line coloring.  I am not a great "color-er", but I wanted this card to have a subtle look, and no-line work is often so soft and sweet.  I stamped in SSS Barely Beige ink and colored the image with Marco Raffine pencils.    I brushed grass and sky with Distress Oxide inks in Cracked Pistachio and Peacock Feathers, planning to cut the background down with a heart die.  I thought it looked interesting turned to the side, and I cut out two smaller hearts using the tiny dies from Deer Friend and mounting them on foam tape for dimension.  The background panel was cut using NN Frames and Flags dies....a crafty splurge that I enjoy often!

Thanks for visiting,
Christine

Linking to Inky Paws Challenge (favorite NN stamps)
Word Art Wednesday
Shopping Our Stash (so punny)

Newton's Nook: Thanks a Bunch



Newton's Nook is hosting their 100th Inky Paws Challenge, and they have mixed this one up for even more fun than usual.  I am playing along using the color challenge of my choice, watercoloring Floral Fringe with Arteza Real Brush markers and scattering some sequins around the sentiment.

Thanks to the folks at the Inky Paws challenge for lots of inspiration.  I love to play along every chance I get!

Christine

Linking to:
Inky Paws Challenge 100 (Color)
Word Art Wednesday
PIP Challenge

Monday, June 17, 2019

Mojo Monday 518


School has been out for two weeks, but I felt like summer really started today.  The first week of vacation is always dedicated to preparing for a week of community ministry which occurred last week.   Most of the follow-up for that very blessed time of service is completed, and I finished the last of my professional learning courses this afternoon.

So, I treated myself to a little playtime with the new Mojo Monday sketch, turning Mojo Monday into "oops-it's-Monday"!  I planned to arrange the pretty blooms from Kindness Matters in the place of the square and to replace the descending banner with some Sprightly Sprigs.  Then.....I stamped the sentiment in the lower right hand corner of the striped panel and created a smudge. The flowers found a new home, and the sentiment is inside.  The "cover-up" created a nice card, but I would like to try again and follow the sketch more closely.


Thanks for taking a look at my revisions,
Christine

Linking to:
Mojo Monday
Word Art Wednesday
PIP Challenge
Ellibelle's Wednesday Challenge (Summer Colors)
Crafting by Designs (a/g)

Wednesday, June 12, 2019

Made From Pink Scraps


I am busily involved with a week of community service and have lots of things to give thanks for.  I whipped up a quick little note card using some fun dies and a pile of pink and mint scraps.  So grateful for all the help we've had and for a card that came together quickly.

Dies included:
SSS Heart Doily
PTI Mix and Mat Plaid Die
Newton's Nook Frames and Flags

Thanks for visiting,
Christine

Linking to:
PIP Challenge
Word Art Wednesday

Honorable Mention

Sunday, June 9, 2019

Masculine Thanks

Just sharing a quick thank you card created for a special young man.  He, in fact, is a former student who delivered a wonderful motivational message to the community service group I will be working with next week.  What a blessing to see a student grow into such a fine leader.

Thanks for visiting,
Christine

Linking to
SSS Wednesday Challenge (Masculine)

Saturday, June 8, 2019

Bitty Bouquets: Thanks


When I linked my first Mojo Monday card, this beauty by Wanda Cullen caught my eye.  I was inspired to create a wreath and decided to give it a try with Bitty Bouquets.  What fun!  So grateful for the inspiration in the current Mojo Monday post!

Thanks for visiting,
Christine

Linking to:
Mojo Monday
Word Art Wednesday

You are "owlsome"


Lawn Fawn's "So Owlsome"  is the star of my Father's Day cards this year.  I sized the card to fit Reverse Confetti's Woodgrain panel which was inked with Sahara Sand before cutting from kraft cardstock.  I cut out a little "hollow" using a circle die and popped the main panel on foam tape for a little dimension and tucked some leaves (from my extra bin) between the layers. 

Thanks for visiting,
Christine

Linking to:
SSS Wednesday (Masculine)
Word Art Wednesday

Jeremiah 29:11 for the graduate


I love sharing this scripture with graduates, and it is lettered so beautifully in this retired Verve set.  Included is a solid cross image that perfectly frames the word LORD and makes such a wonderful watermark. 

Also included in the card recipe  are SSS Bold Bold Flowers  and a scattering of  sequins from April Birthstone Sparkle Blend by Doodles Paper Playground.  The sequins were such fun to add to the card, and having a mix of sizes and shapes was really helpful to me. For some reason, I have trouble with random scatterings and can spend more time deciding where to put the sequins than I took to make the card!  The sequins really took the card up a notch!  Many thanks to Amber MacMurty for this wonderful prize!

Thanks for visiting,
Christine

Linking to:
Word Art Wednesday
Ellibelle's Corner (Summer Colors)
A Gem of a Challenge

Friday, June 7, 2019

Eclipse Card: Thanks


Lots of happy mail lately....This card was made especially for the oh-so-talented Kerry Urbatch to thank her for the awesome gift I received from a recent drawing.  Many thanks, Kerry.  I broke out PTI's Bitty Bouquets to try the eclipse technique featured on the Mod Squad challenge blog.  I chickened out and used the heart element for the eclipse technique rather than the word die.  It is definitely a technique I will try again.

So thankful for all my wonderful happy mail and for a chance to stamp a while.

Thanks for taking a peek,
Christine

Linking to Mod Squad Challenge
Word Art Wednesday

Thanks a Latte


After fighting a summer cold in the midst of a very busy week, it's a relief to feel a little better and to sneak in just a little crafty time before getting back to business.

I unboxed a little happy mail and took PTI's What the Doodle: Paisley set for a test drive, creating a background panel for the Mojo Sketch.  Each paisley was inked in the same shades of pink, orange, and yellow used to stencil the bottom strip.

The coffee cup and sentiment are from the  Joy Clair Coffee Lovers  set I won during one of the CLC blog hops.  I did some  paper piecing with a plaid scrap, but it looked a little plain, so I added a flower from the paisley set to adorn the sleeve.

Thanks so much for visiting,
Christine



Linking to:
Mojo Monday
Lisa's CLC Challenge (coffee theme with CLC Prize)
Word Art Wednesday
Ellibelle's Corner (Summer Colors)

Monday, June 3, 2019

May all your wishes come true

Recently, I spent some time getting acquainted with the Fleur Impressions stamp set by Betsey Veldman of The Greetery.  I die cut lots of the various blooms and just enjoyed learning to align the stamps and experimenting with color.  These pieces were left over and made a sweet little corner for this birthday card featuring a retired Verve sentiment.

Thanks for visiting,
Christine

Linking to:
Word Art Wednesday
SSS Wednesday Challenge

Saturday, June 1, 2019

Because He bends down to listen, I will pray


This is such a dear scripture to frame using Floral Sketches.  The focal panel is an oval cut from a Shape Shifters die which is mounted over a plaid panel stamped in Memento Dandelion.  The pretty embellishments are from a Kat Scrappiness prize.

So happy to be enjoying the first day of summer break and playing along with a few challenges while keeping the laundry going.

Christine

Linking to:
Laurie's Fabulous Favorites (Framed Sentiment)
Word Art Wednesday
SSS Wednesday Challenge

Thursday, May 30, 2019

Thanks in Maroon



'Tis the season to be thankful.  Here's another of the cards I made for my son's graduation thank you notes.  So glad that he doesn't mind writing thank you notes or using hand-made cards.

This one features a rose in college colors cut from Garden Picks dies.  The sentiment is retired from Verve, and the card base was cut using a PTI Noted die.

Thanks for visiting,
Christine

Linking to:
Word Art Wednesday
SSS Wednesday Challenge

Wednesday, May 29, 2019

AHSC 318: Best Teacher Ever




Happy Wednesday!  Today is the day the the AHSC design team members share their interpretations of Michelle's sketches.  The Atlantic Hearts Sketch Challenge is set up in such a fun way:  a new sketch is posted each Monday, and design team inspiration is show on Wednesday.  That way, participants can choose to play either before or after being influenced by the DT's interpretations of the sketch.  Such fun!  Hope you will visit the AHSC Blog and play along!





Thanks so much for taking a look!
Christine


Linking to
Word Art Wednesday
SSS Wednesday Challenge

Tuesday, May 28, 2019

Thanks for Being so Kind


I am still enjoying experimenting with colors and ink blending to create a faux watercoloring look with Fleur Impressions from The Greetery.  They are layered over a panel created by softly ink brushing the Watercolor Stripes stencil from Altenew.  The sentiment is a beloved Verve stamp from the retired Kindness Matters set.

Thanks for taking a look. Have a wonderful day,
Christine


Linking to:

Tuesday Throwdown (Stencils)
Word Art Wednesday
SSS Wednesday Challenge (Bright Mood Board)

Monday, May 27, 2019

When Kindness Touches



Have you discovered The Greetery?   It's the oh-so-talented Betsey Veldman's new company.  Not only does she have gorgeous images, but there are a wealth of ideas and videos to teach new techniques.  She is starting a week long watercolor series soon.  Her video on blending inks to stamp this beautiful Fleur Impressions set taught me so much!

Thanks so much for visiting.  Hope you have a lovely day,
Christine

Linking to Word Art Wednesday

Sunday, May 26, 2019

Close to the Broken-Hearted


Needing another sympathy card, I recreated a layout from earlier this week, changing the colors to these shades of aqua and peacock. These shades are favorites of mine, and I hope that the card will bring comfort.

Supplies include
Garden Picks dies
Peacock Sequins
Flower sequins
Scalloped Stackers die

Linking to:
SSS Wednesday Challenge
Word Art Wednesday

Saturday, May 25, 2019

Mojo Monday: Thanks a Million



Look at the beautiful Mojo Monday sketch and the pretty color palette provided by SSS!  I had so much fun creating this card using MFT Stitched Flowers, a Reverse Confetti Wreath die, and a sweet little thank you stamp from Verve.  The oh-so-cute embellishments adorning the top right corner are Mixed Flower Sprinkles and are part of a prize package I won from Kat Scrappiness.  I HAD to make sure they would have a place on this card.  Thanks a bunch, Kat!

Thanks for taking a moment to visit,
Christine

Linking to:
Mojo Monday
SSS Wednesday Challenge
Word Art Wednesday



Friday, May 24, 2019






Happy Friday!  It's time for another Fun Friday Challenge at Jo's Scrap Shack where the theme is always Anything Goes.   This week the design team is showcasing  images from Little Blue Button Stamps.  I had the opportunity to use the sweet Randy image.  Before I knew it, the autumn vibes coming from his light jacket and muffler led me to do some fun paper piecing. I used digital paper found here.  Since it was digital, the pattern could be resized for piecing his clothing and for the accent panel.

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

Wednesday, May 22, 2019

The Lord is Close to the Broken Hearted


This is such a precious verse to me, and I am so thankful to have it in my stamp collection.  It brings me such comfort that I love to share it.  The flowers and foliage are cut from Altenew's Garden Picks die set and are layered over the large Scallop Stackers die from Papertrey Ink.

I am entering this in Laurie's Fabulous Favorites Challenge which is to use a favorite color scheme for summer.  Mine is purple and green.

Thanks for visiting,
Christine

Also Linking to:
Word Art Wednesday

Saturday, May 18, 2019

Deepest Sympathy


Verve's Deepest Sympathy Plain Jane is framed using a Sizzix embossing folder and is accented with a soft yellow flower cut from Altenew's Garden Picks dies.  I love this Little Inker stitched rectangles set because the largest one cuts only the stitches on the card base.

Thanks for stopping by,
Christine

Linking to:
Word Art Wednesday
SSS Wednesday Challenge (Stitches)
Ellibelle's  Crafty Wednesday Challenge (Sentiment)

Mother's Day Wishes


A friend requested a Mother's Day card, and I had such fun making this one with lots and lots of layers and some soft pink flowers cut from Altenew's Garden Picks dies.  Just can't put these pretties away!

Since there's lots of die cut stitching on this card, I am entering in the SSS Wednesday Challenge -- Stitches--- and in my favorite A/G challenge, Word Art Wednesday.

BTW, this isn't actually late because the recipient was traveling last weekend and still hasn't returned home...so she will never know it was created after the big weekend.

Thanks for visiting,
Christine

Friday, May 17, 2019

Inky Paws Color Challenge


The wonderful  Floral Fringe stamp landed in my mailbox yesterday afternoon, and I have watercolored it twice.  I love the inspiration colors provided by the Inky Paws challenge and the cheerful look they created.  I used Arteza Real Brush markers (light green, bumblebee, and teal) and  a water brush.

Thanks so much for visiting,
Christine

Linking to:
Inky Paws Challenge
Word Art Wednesday
SSS Wednesday Challenge (Stitch It--see stitched scalloped panel)

Thursday, May 16, 2019

Floral Fringe


Today's mail included a happy little package from Newton's Nook containing Floral Fringe.  The image was embossed in gold and colored with Arteza Real Brush markers and a water brush.  It was cut with MFT Stitched Squares and mounted on a panel cut from MFT Stitched Scalloped Squares.

I am so thankful for a win at the PIP Challenge a couple weeks ago that provided this sweet NN stamp set!  Thanks so much to the good folks at the PIP Challenge and to the Newton's Nook for sponsoring!

Thank you for visiting,
Christine

Linking to:
 PIP Challenge
SSS Wednesday Challenge (Stitches)
Word Art Wednesday

Wednesday, May 15, 2019

Mojo Monday 515- A Note of Thanks


This card will join the collection of graduation thank you notes requested by our son.  The central panel is from a beautiful MME stack I picked up at Tuesday Morning a week or so ago.  The papers are all in cream and black with touches of gold.  This embossed floral panel goes well with Aggie maroon and the sweet little thank you stamp once enclosed with a Verve order.  I was thrilled that is was the right size for my banner die! 

Thanks for taking a look,
Christine

Linking to Mojo Monday
Word Art Wednesday
PIP Challenge

AHSC 316



Happy Wednesday!  Today is the day the the AHSC design team members share their interpretations of Michelle's sketches.  The Atlantic Hearts Sketch Challenge is set up in such a fun way:  a new sketch is posted each Monday, and design team inspiration is show on Wednesday.  That way, participants can choose to play either before or after being influenced by the DT's interpretations of the sketch.  Such fun!  Hope you will visit the AHSC Blog and play along!



This card features watercolored florals from the Simon Says Stamp set called Sketch Ranunculus.  Such fun to heat emboss and watercolor!

Thanks for stopping by,
Christine

Linking to:
PIP Challenge
Word Art Wednesday

Friday, May 10, 2019

Fun Friday Challenge: Fun with Crates



Happy Friday!  It's time for another Fun Friday Challenge at Jo's Scrap Shack where the theme is always Anything Goes.  I was given "Fun with Crates"  from the Cutting Cafe.  I used neutral card stock with a subtle pattern for the box and accented the handles with pieces cut from kraft card stock to create a simple box to be given to a male teacher.  It is the perfect size for a dozen Snickerdoodles packaged in a cellophane bag.

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 so much for taking time to visit,

Christine


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.

Sunday, May 5, 2019

Jesus in my heart and coffee in my hand


I found this "Ooh La La!" 6x6 cardstock stack on sale at Michael's.  The prints include shades of pink, the Eiffel Tower, shoes, lipstick, flowers.....lots of things a girl loves. This page has  had a wreath including shoes and the sweetest flowers right in the center.  To my symmetrical mind, this presented a challenge, but I cut it down to 4 x 5.25 inches and decided to play around.  Included are a PTI heart die that always seems to be the right size, a section of a PTI scalloped layer, and images from Fill My Cup and Happiness is by Verve (retired).  It's a little crooked, but I had SO much fun creating this card.  My favorite thing about coffee cards is piecing the cups.

Thanks a bunch for visiting,
Christine

Linking to:
CLC Blog Hop
Kat Scrappiness

Happy Birthday with Fleur Expressions


Have you heard the news?  The oh-so-talented Betsey Veldman has started her own line of stamps and dies at The Greetery.  If I could have had it all, I would have ordered the first release in its entirety, but my absolute favorite set is Fleur Impressions, which landed in my mailbox Thursday. The flowers are gorgeous and are quite easy to align!  I found the MME "Yes, please" papers  at Tuesday Morning, on the way home from church.  I love the pastels against the tiny black and cream prints.

Thanks for taking time to visit,
Christine

Linking to:
SSS Wednesday Challenge (Birthday)

Coffee Lover's Hop: Shine!




If anyone read my first Coffee Lover's Blog Hop post, you know it's a crazy, busy, happy time of life for me.  Definitely need lots of coffee to keep going.

For this hop, I challenged myself to use scraps (from that huge pile)  to create miniature coffee cards.  This one features a (retired) sun die from Rise Above and a tiny coffee image from Carpe Diem.  The set is intended for use in planners, and it's just adorable.

Thanks for taking a look!
Christine

Linking to CLC Blog Hop
Kat Scrappiness 

Saturday, May 4, 2019

Thanks for being Awesome


One last teacher appreciation card.....as mom and an educator, I am always thankful for inspiring  and effective teachers.  During his senior year in college, my son has really bonded with a teacher who nurtured interests and skills and provided some wonderful opportunities. My son took time to seek out the teacher and to verbally thank him.  I offered to make a card and to send some goodies, and my son was thrilled.  (I remember those junior high days when I was forbidden from these activities, and am glad he got over it pretty quickly!)

The "last times" are bittersweet as we watch our children grow up, but I am glad my young man is willing to share a word of thanks during this busy graduation season. 

I turned to a favorite Mojo sketch to create a clean masculine card and am pleased with how it turned out.

Thanks for stopping by,
Christine

Linking to:
Word Art Wednesday