Friday, July 10, 2020

Sketch + Color Scheme = Happy Birthday



Is combining a color challenge with a sketch challenge considered a "card-making technique"?   If so, it's my favorite technique! The MFT color challenge included such beautiful shades, and I was thankful to find these MME papers in my stash.  Despite staying at home since Spring Break, I haven't yet run out of supplies, and that is such a good thing!
Thanks for stopping by and stay well,
Christine

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Thursday, July 9, 2020

Faithdex Card: Truth and Light



This summer I started a "Faith Dex" which adds scripture cards to Heidi Swapp's Memory Dex.  I am reading the gospel of John this month, as part of a group "John in July", and this verse stood out to me.  

These products were used:  Paper Smooches jar dies, Lawn Fawn Fireflies stamps and dies, and Sweet-N-Sassy alphabet stamps.

Thanks for stopping by,
Christine

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MFT Sketch---Happy Birthday with Adorable Elephants


It was so much fun to color this little elephant with Arteza markers, place him in a photo frame with a cloudy sky, and to add cheerful papers to create a sunny birthday card. 

Hope you have a bright, sunny day!
Christine

Linking to:
MFT Sketch Challenge
PIP Challenge
Word Art Wednesday Challenge

Tuesday, July 7, 2020

Wishing You All the Best


The current Mod Squad theme is to use silhouettes.  I don't make a lot of cards like this (not sure why) and am finding it to be lots of fun.  The sentiment and images used on this card are from a Verve set called Kind Words.  This really is "out of my crafting box", but I like the look.

Thanks for stopping by,
Christine

Linking to:
Mod Squad Challenge (Silhouettes)
PIP Challenge A/G

Monday, July 6, 2020

Mojo Monday--- Slimline Happy Birthday




I changed my mind so many times when creating this card.....and I changed the sketch, too.  It's rotated and missing one layer, but I love the vivid  colors and happy feel this card projects.  The bright blooms are cut with MFT Stitched Flowers die, and the canning jar is a Paper Smooches product.  The fun pierced banner is a Pink Fresh Studio die, and the festive garland is part of a Reverse Confetti tag set. 

Have a fabulous Monday,
Christine

Linking to:
Mojo Monday
SSS Wednesday (Bright and Cheerful)

Sunday, July 5, 2020

Brushed Birds--Thinking of You


It's been the quietest Independence Day I can remember.....no company for a big meal or fun deliberations over which community was putting on the fireworks display we most wanted to see.  I am thankful to be safe at home and praying for a time we can celebrate with lots of family and friends again.

Holiday weekend or not, stamping on Sunday afternoon is my thing, and I enjoyed bringing the Sunday Stamps sketch to life with a circle of stenciled sky and a couple of feathered friends from PTI's Brushed birds. I stamped the background patterns in the same colors as the cloudy sky and like the cohesive look it brought to the design.  Thanks for stopping by and stay well,
Christine

Linking to:
Sunday Stamps--Sketch
Word Art Wednesday - A/G

Saturday, July 4, 2020

Watercolor Bouqet---Hello



The theme for Melissa's Fab Friday Challenge is "Hello".  This card was created with a new favorite:  PTI Birthday Bouquet which I stamped on watercolor paper with plenty of spritzing for a soft look.  The background effect is a new favorite too.  PTI Loosely Woven background was heat embossed in white and coordinating inks were applied with blender brushes.  That panel was cut with a stitched rectangle and mounted over a layer of dotted paper.  Following Melissa's example, the sentiment is heat embossed on vellum and layered between two of the fun loopy bows included in the Birthday Bouquet die set.  

Wishing everyone a happy Fourth of July,
Christine

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Friday, July 3, 2020

Pressed Flowers: Thinking of You


I used the MFT sketch on a horizontal card with MFT Pressed Flowers stamps and dies.  (I think the set is retired, but I love using it!)

Wishing everyone a safe and happy Independence weekend,
Christine

Linking to:
MFT Sketch Challenge
Word Art Wednesday

Thursday, July 2, 2020

Lavender Butterflies--Enjoy Today


I love the peaceful feeling of this card.  The beautiful Lavender Butterflies die by Memory Box  is a recent prize from the Double D Challenge.  I love the fun inspiration photos they provide and am so very appreciative of a win! 
There are elements of this card that address several challenges (intentionally), and I had such fun making it!  (Dies:  Papertrey Scalloped A2 Noted )

Thanks for visiting and have a safe holiday,
Christine

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Wednesday, July 1, 2020

Bright Bouquet



I've had so much fun inking up Birthday Bouquet!  This card will go in tomorrow's mail bearing a birthday greeting on the inside!  Thanks for taking a look! Christine

Linking to:
SSS Wednesday Challenge Bright and Cheerful
Double D Challenge (Stitching)
Word Art Wednesday

Faithdex--Search me and know my heart




I love browsing Bible journaling pages and am in awe of how some have symbolized Bible truths with such gorgeous art.  For several reasons, I am pretty sure that wouldn't work for me personally.  When I came across Jane Bosi's Faithdex projects, I'd found something much more comfortable.  (Here are links to some of her wonderful scripture cards:  onetwo, three, four)

This is my first Faithdex card, and it looks a little lonely in the Heidi Swapp Memorydex, but I can tell this will be a meaningful way to think about and to learn God's Word.


Thanks for stopping by,
Christine
Linking to:  Word Art Wednesday


Tuesday, June 30, 2020

Birthday Bouquet: Thanks a Bunch



Birthday Bouquet by Ink to Paper has been on my wish list for awhile.  It arrived yesterday evening, and inking it up was lots of fun!  Layering a few blossoms over the foliage and adding that sweet little bow made for a quick CAS card.

Thanks for stopping by,
Christine

Linking to:  PIP Challenge

Clean and Simple Thanks



Flourishing Florals just arrived from Ink to Paper, and I have been test driving them with a watercolor technique.  After blending Summer Sunrise and Hibiscus Burst onto the stamp, I lightly spritzed with water before making an impression on watercolor paper.  Layering the blooms over two PTI rectangles created a CAS center-weighted design.  Lots of fun!

Stay safe and well,
Christine
Linking to PIP Challenge

Sunday, June 28, 2020

Color Throwdown- Thanks a Bunch



So thankful I caught the Color Throwdown palette this week!  The soft summer colors are so pretty and are ones I love to use.  A stranger's act of kindness was a huge help last week, and I want to send a note of thanks!  It was a pleasure to meet this sweet lady, and her willingness to go out of her way helped to solve a problem that may not otherwise have been solved.  Her help and the opportunity to get to know her was a real blessing.  

Wishing you a great week ahead,
Christine

Linking to Color Throwdown


Sketched Ranunculus--Thanks



Sketched Ranunculus by Simon Says Stamp was heat embossed and "messy watercolored" before layering over a panel cut with a Reverse Confetti Edger die and adding a sprinkling of clear sequins.  I used some of the left over watercolor to tint a scrap of card stock for the thanks word die.  This card was such fun to create and will hit the mailbox tomorrow.

Thanks for stopping by,
Christine

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Saturday, June 27, 2020

Just a Little Note for You



This card was created using Floral Sketches from PTI.  The flowers were stamped with Aqua Mist, Lilac Grace, and Harvest Gold.  After misting them with water, I heat embossed the details in gold and added a little Wink of Stella to the centers.  Fun crafting on a Saturday afternoon!

Thanks for visting,
Christine

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Friday, June 26, 2020

Land of the Free Because of the Brave



I made a criss cross fold card this morning and decided to give it a second try using the inspiration Photo at the Card Concept.  I was inspired by the colors in the photo to create this clean and layered patriotic card.
Thanks for stopping by, 
Christine
Linking to:  Card Concept



Criss-Cross: Heartfelt Gratitude




I love a good sketch challenge and often turn to Atlantic Hearts for inspiration.  I must admit that the current sketch had me a bit stumped.  Originally, I thought to cut and layer papers to create a traditional folded card.  A little research revealed that the sketch could be used for a criss cross card.  The criss cross fold creates a pocket holding a panel that pulls out for decoration on one side and a greeting on the opposite.  I used some Glitz papers from my stash and am really glad to have tried this fold.

Thanks for visiting.  Stay safe and well,
Christine

                                      

Thursday, June 25, 2020

Floral Thinking of You




Just playing around with some dies.....the plaid cut is rectangular, but I placed it inside an oval frame and added a few flowers from Reverse Confetti's Garden Bunch layering set.


Linking to:
Reverse Confetti Stock Your Stash
Word Art Wednesday
SSS Wednesday Challenge

Decorative Donuts: Sweet Hello


I confess to being a "donut snob".  The only donuts I eat come from a local mom and pop shop, and they are the best---though occasional---treat.  I love these Reverse Confetti donut dies, too!   (retired, I think)  I wanted to top them with fun patterns and decided to use a just-right-sized scrap of the floral print and coordinating scraps in pink and green.   I think I like pretty donuts, too!

Hope you are well and are able to find some crafty time,
Christine

Linking to:
Reverse Confetti Stock Your Stash
TCP
Word Art Wednesday
SSS Wednesday Challenge

Tuesday, June 23, 2020

Thinking of you in pink and aqua


I came across these pink scraps and thought they played nicely with each other.  I love pink and white with gold, so I embossed some flowers and leaves from Reverse Confetti's Build a Bunch in gold glitter EP and sponged some Aqua Mist on the flowers.  It's a good feeling to know that these scraps have found a home on a card.

Thanks for visiting,
Christine
Linking to:
Reverse Confetti Stock Your Stash
The Cat's Pajamas

Inky Paws Sketch Challenge


Playing along with the Inky Paws sketch, and today's weather is   perfect for Newton's Rainy Day stamps.  After heat embossing the image, I colored it with Arteza Real Brush markers, using a water brush for blending.
Thanks for visiting,
Christine

Linking to:
Inky Paws Challenge
Tuesday Throwdown
Word Art Wednesday
The Cat's Pajamas

Monday, June 22, 2020

Kraft and Aqua--Thinking of You


Love the color challenge at Just Us Girls!  I stamped Papertrey's Love in Bloom in Aqua Mist and Hawaiian Shores.  The focal panel is layered over a strip stenciled with Altenew's Watercolor Stripes inked with Aqua Mist.

Take care,
Christine

Linking to:
Just Us Girls
Word Art Wednesday

Saturday, June 20, 2020

Summer Fun----A second cup of coffee


This week's theme for the Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge is Summer Fun.  I teach, so on most days my coffee is consumed from a travel mug on the way to school.  I love the slower pace of summer that allows for slow sipping and for a second cup.  This summer, I am trying to stay home, so I am also grateful for a well-stocked craft closet and plenty of e-books.

One of my "favorite photopolymer coffee cups" is this one from Verve.  I was playing around with repeat stamping and was thrilled to find that five cups fit nicely in a large circle.  I watercolored them with Artezas in nice warm shades in honor of our hot Texas summer.

Stay well,
Christine

Linking to:
SSS Wednesday Challenge
Word Art Wednesday

Thursday, June 18, 2020

Heartfelt Gratitude


The current Just Us Girlschallenge is to Frame it Up!  The frame on my card was created by cutting the center out of a PTI Shape Shifters Square.  The MFT Stitched Flowers were cut from white card and were inked using blender brushes.  I love having a blender brush for each color family!  Previously, I purchased one make up brush just to see how I liked ink blending with that method and cleaned it carefully between colors.  This way is so much easier!

Thanks for stopping by,
Christine

Linking to:
Just Us Girls
Word Art Wednesday

Wednesday, June 17, 2020

May Sunshine and Laughter Brighten your Days




It's always fun to play along with the Mojo Monday Sketch challenge.  These bright papers called for a cheerful sentiment, and this one cam from my treasured Verve collection.

Wishing you a bright day,
Christine

Linking to:
Mojo Monday
Word Art Wednesday

Tuesday, June 16, 2020

Garden Bunch--Hello


I am playing along with Reverse Confetti's Stock Your Stash.  The theme is hello/just because which is perfect for sending encouraging mail right now.  I am off for the summer and staying safe at home.  My husband has gone back to work, so it is very quiet around here.  So thankful for my stash of craft supplies and for the outward focus of card-making.

Thanks for visiting,
Christine

Friday, June 12, 2020

Thinking of You featuring Banner in Bloom



I CASEd one of Jen del Muro's cards to create this card which features Reverse Confetti's Banner in Bloom.  I love that stamp set!

Thanks for stopping by,
Christine

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Hello with Build a Bunch



After stamping the larger blooms from Build A Bunch by RC, I colored them with Arteza Real Brush markers and mounted them over a heart die that I picked up at Tuesday Morning.  Our local Tuesday Morning is going out of business as a result of the Covid shut down....sniff...sniff.  The folks who work there are just the sweetest, and I love seeing them as much as treasure hunting for craft supplies and fun home goods.  

Thanks for stopping by,
Christine

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Thursday, June 11, 2020

Hello Sunshine---Watercolor Stamping



The current Mod Squad challenge is watercolor stamping.  After viewing the Gina K Designs video shared in the MSC post, I practiced with Pressed Flowers stamps by MFT.  This was definitely a new technique for me, and I am glad that I gave it a try.

Thanks for visiting,
Christine

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Wednesday, June 10, 2020

Stitched Flowers




The Double D Challenge is to use scraps.  That always seems a little difficult until getting started with a project.  Invariably, I end up liking scrap-based projects whether they are cards, album pages, or sewing projects!  This card uses one of my favorite die sets----MFT Stitched Flowers.  It is always great for using scraps!

Thanks for stopping by,
Christine

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Tuesday, June 9, 2020

Thanks a Bunch with Floral Fringe


The crisp citrus colors of the Inky Paws challenge photo are such fun to use together.  After heat embossing the floral image, I colored it with Arteza Real Brush markers and a water brush. 

Thanks for visiting,
Christine

Sunny Florals




The challenge theme at Just Us Girls is sunshine, so I scattered a trio of sunny florals across my card front, accenting with some brilliant sequins.

Wishing you a sunny day,
Chrsitine

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