Wednesday, September 14, 2022

Psalm 16:1 for Word Art Wednesday

 


What a wonderful prayer:  Preserve me, O God, for in thee do I put my trust.  This verse echoes one of my favorite Psalms:  God will preserve us from all evil, He will preserve our souls, He will preserve our going out and our coming in ~ Psalm 121.  God's very character makes Him worthy of our trust in all things.

Please visit Word Art Wednesday to download this sweet scripture for your own use.  While you are visiting, take time to read Karen's devotion and take a look at the inspiration pieces.  There's always a great prize to win, too!

Blessings,

Christine



Saturday, September 10, 2022

Birthday Bears --MFT Sketch


 
We are having a belated birthday celebration for someone special today, and MFT's sweet Birthday Bears set seemed perfect for the greeting.  The layout is a loose and flipped interpretation of the current MFT sketch.  

Have a blessed day,

Christine


Linking to:  MFT Sketch Challenge

SSS Wednesday Challenge (Stamp It)

Thursday, September 8, 2022

Global Design Challenge: Fall


 I've been seeing the loveliest cards posted for the Global Design Challenge and have been looking forward to an opportunity to play along.  The current challenge theme is Fall, and I love creating with this set of images.  (Mine is a retired Verve set, but Julee has released a very similar set with Sweet-n-Sassy that can be found here.)  I blended, sprayed, and splattered soft shades of Distress Oxide inks and used the inked panel to stamp and cut the leaves.

Thanks for visiting,

Christine

Also linking to SSS Wednesday Challenge


Flower Bouquet with Love (Color Challenge)


 
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I recently ordered MFT's Flower Bouquet dies and am thrilled with them!  The die cut shapes have beautiful detailing and were such fun to cut from Bristol paper and to shade with a blending brush.  The current color challenge is a little different than my normal go-to colors, but I am happy with the soft look of the blended shades!


Linking to the MFT Color Challenge

Sneaking this into the SSS Wednesday Challenge as the tiny tag is stamped with a sentiment.

Friday, September 2, 2022

Peony Thanks


 I always enjoy watercoloring this pretty image from Reverse Confetti.  It was especially pleasant since the peony was for a card to express deep gratitude.

Linking to:  SSS Wednesday Challenge A/G

Wednesday, August 31, 2022

Let everything that hath breath praise the Lord


 Our church choir shared the most beautiful concert of praise last Sunday evening. It was an incredible blessing.  This card is for our minister of music. 

Ingredients:  Flower Builder Dies from Reverse Confetti, scripture stamp from Verve,  papers from an on-sale stack that I found at a great price :)

Linking to SSS Wednesday Challenge (A/G)

3 John 1:4 for Word Art Wednesday



I love using Word Art Wednesday Scriptures to create cards for the Heidi Swapp Memory Dex on my craft table.  This one was created using an assortment of tiny scraps from a 6x6 pad that I have really enjoyed using.  The flowers are extras from a Pink Fresh Layered Bouquet stamped in Harvest Gold and Summer Sunrise.





 

Saturday, August 27, 2022

Thankful for You Tag


 I baked several loaves of "thank-you" bread for folks who have been so very kind to us lately.  I am so pleased that the yeast bread baked into even, pretty loaves, but as a crafter, it's hard to wrap a loaf of bread in cling wrap and leave it alone.  I keep kraft bags on hand and love to add little tags.  This new die set from Reverse Confetti (Flower Builder) is a delight to use. After cutting the floral pieces from white card, I added some warm yellow inks and cut the center from gold mirror card stock.

Linking to SSS Wednesday Challenge (Shimmer and Shine...with a little gold mirror card stock)

Kindness Matters


 We have so much to be thankful following my husband's recent surgery.  We are trusting God for positive news and are so very grateful for many friends who stepped up to encourage, to pray, and to help.  Glad hubs is feeling well enough that I can craft and he can write thank-you notes.

Just received the Reverse Confetti Flower Builder dies yesterday.  They get a five-star rating; love the detail, and they cut like butter!


Linking to SSS Wednesday Challenge (Sparkle and Shine with gold glitter EP)

Thursday, August 25, 2022

Deepest Sympathy


Yesterday, I stopped by Hobby Lobby and was pleasantly surprised that LOTS of Spellbinders sets were on sale for 2/3 off!  I picked up this sweet floral set with delicate frames that I'd had my eye on for a while.  When hubs indicated a need for a sympathy card for a co-worker I was busy cutting frames from mirror card stock, but I felt that the dark colors and the Verve sentiment would carry the proper tone for somber card despite the bit of shimmer.  

Highly recommend this set:  The little blooms layer easily, and I love the delicate frames and sprays of foliage for an elegant touch.  


Linking to SSS Wednesday Challenge (with a hint of silver card stock for shimmer and shine)



Wednesday, August 17, 2022

Joy to the World


 This time last year, my Christmas cards were completed.  This year, I am just starting.  No matter how the world or my circumstances may change, I am so thankful that the Lord is my source of joy.  Looking forward to sharing these cards during the Christmas season.

All the products are PTI, and the card is a shameless CASE of one by Laurie Schmidlin that inspired me to buy all the PTI things in order to recreate it.


Linking to SSS Wednesday Challenge:  Christmas

Isaiah 55:11for Word Art Wednesday


 What a wonderful promise about the power of God's Word!  I chose to feature the scripture on a cover plate by Papertrey Ink and tucked in a single hydrangea from a collection by The Greetery.  It is so much fun to watch these flowers 'bloom' as the detail layers are stamped!

Please stop by Word Art Wednesday to get a copy of this sweet promise.  There is a great prize to be won, and you can enter up to ten times in the two week challenge window.

Friday, August 12, 2022

The Smallest Things


 Sometimes it's just fun to create with one's favorites:  I love the linen/checked paper from Doodlebugs, the PTI heart coverplate, and stitched heart die, and what could be sweeter than that quote from our beloved Winnie the Pooh?  The little buggy is from a Lawn Fawn set, and I couldn't resist  the button wheels.

SSS Wednesday Challenge (Summertime Blues)

Zephaniah 3:17




 When I saw this gorgeous card by Kelley Lunceford, I was inspired to CAS it!  Most of the products are similar ones from Papertrey Ink, and the scripture is a favorite of mine...both in my heart and in my stamp collection.  (It's a retired Verve Plain Jane.)

Linking to SSS Wednesday Challenge (Summertime Blues)

Thursday, August 11, 2022

Be Strong and Take Heart


 I am so blessed with the opportunity to teach a parenting class at a local Christian agency and am just thrilled that the teachers are expected to send cards of encouragement to the students.  I made these cards for the couples expecting baby boys, feeling that the sweet scripture would be encouraging to new parents and befitting of the lessons we have shared.  The parents of girls will receive a pink version, but the blue card fits this week's SSS Wednesday Challenge which is titled Summertime Blues.

Wednesday, August 3, 2022

Psalm 52:9 for Word Art Wednesday


 As I prepare this post for an upcoming Word Art Wednesday Challenge, this verse blesses me.  This afternoon, we will learn of God's decision to a long-term and urgent prayer.  No matter how He answers, His name is good and He is worthy of praise.

Please stop by Word Art Wednesday for an opportunity to read Karen's devotion, to get a copy of this verse for your own use, and to share your art with us.

Blessings,

Christine


Friday, July 29, 2022

Thinking of You with Into the Blooms II


 This card features Papertrey Ink's Into the Blooms II dies.  I love to ink them with a blending brush and arrange them over a softly  inked background.  

Linking to:  SSS Wednesday Challenge--A/G

Thanks with MFT Lilies


 MFT bought these pretty lily Dienamaics out of the vault a year or so ago.  I am so glad to have ordered a set!  They are fun to work with, and I always make two sets at a time in order to have one on hand for  quick card such as this one.


Linking to SSS Wednesday Challenge A/G

Thursday, July 28, 2022

Dahlias in a Mug


 A friend requested some cards.  I am creating them first and adding sentiments later according to her directions.  All the papers, inks, and dies are from Papertrey Ink:  Dahlias in Lilac Grace, Plum Pudding, Aqua Mist, Hawaiian Shores, and Harvest Gold.  The papers are Bitty Big in Harvest Gold and Sweet Blush.  The mug die and scalloped die are also from my PTI stash and are big favorites of mine!

Linking to:  SSS Wednesday Challenge--Anything Goes

Tuesday, July 26, 2022

Welcome Baby



Some time back, custom baby cards were requested. We knew one  that one baby is a boy, but it was too early to tell for the other one.  Since it was a busy time, I sent two boy cards and one girl card; it was easier to make an extra then as opposed to waiting to make the correct one later.   This is the one for a little girl.  It won't be used for a while, since both babies are boys.  I hadn't shared the card .... but SSS is having a "For a Child" themed challenge.  

Happy Fourth Birthday


 Sharing a card for a nephew's fourth birthday.  The paper is from a Disney stack and has a fun celebratory vibe.  The cupcake dies are from MFT.


Linking to:  SSS Wednesday Challenge....For a child

Wednesday, July 20, 2022

Psalm 20:6 for Word Art Wednesday




 What a comforting scripture!  It is perfect for a card front or just to print and adhere to the mirror to see often.  It's available at Word Art Wednesday to use any way you please, and we hope you would create a project to share.  There is a devotional based on the verse, there is inspiration to be shared, and there are always great prizes!  Hope you will join the fun!

Christine

Wednesday, July 6, 2022

II John 1:8 for Word Art Wednesday


This scripture is available for download  at Word Art Wednesday.  Please stop by, get a copy for your own use and read the coordinating devotional.  There is such wisdom, healing, and comfort in God's word!

Thanks for visiting,

Christine

Tuesday, July 5, 2022

Praise the Lord




Melissa's Fab Friday Challenge is to recreate her fabulous sun-shiny card.  I debated whether I should attempt the recreation of her darling card, and I am really glad I gave it a try.  My first thought was to use Bitty Big papers for the sunburst....every ray is from a narrow scrap of Harvest Gold, and I am so glad I was able to include a mix of the patterns!  The flowers are from Birthday Bouquet.  I turned the huge foliage stamp this way and that to use as leafy stems and repeated the tiny florals in a rainbow of PTI inks.  The panel is topped with the Skinny Hearts frame die.

Linking to:

PTI Blog

SSS Wednesday Challenge --A/G

Love One Another

 


Still working on a huge collection of cards to send to volunteers in our summer community ministry.  Since our activities are all about love, this scripture (retired) from Verve is just perfect  I haven't shared many because I am making multiples with similar elements.

Tip:  I have LOTS of partially used 6x6 paper stacks.  After a good bit of use, sometimes it is hard to coordinate multiple layers.  Sometimes the front and back of a 6 x 6 sheet coordinate nicely.  In this case, I cut the sheet down to 4 x 5.25 and used the left-over two-inch width for the vertical panel.  The small flowers were cut from purple scraps in the same stack.

Maybe I will work through some of these partial sets eventually.


Thanks for looking,

Christine

Linking to:  SSS Wednesday Challenge (A/G)

Wednesday, June 22, 2022

Free Indeed for Word Art Wednesday


 This sweet promise from God's word is available for download at Word Art Wednesday.  I hope you will visit to get a copy, read the related devotion, and to share your art for an opportunity to win a wonderful prize.  

My prayer is that you have been set free by Jesus!  

Christine

Friday, June 17, 2022

God is Good


God blessed a recent week of community ministry, and I am still busy writing thank you notes to the participants.  Linking this one to SSS Wednesday Challenge ....Add a Sentiment.

God bless you,

Christine

Thursday, June 16, 2022

Be Bold Blooms


 My sweet mom lives near an amazing paper craft store and sent me these wonderful Spellbinders dies.  The set is called Be Bold Blooms, and they are a delight to create with!  I cut each piece three times and was able to make five cards featuring assorted blossoms and sentiments.  I am linking these cards in the SSS Wednesday Challenge....to add a sentiment. These sweet sentiments are from Verve.

Sunday, June 12, 2022

May God Bless You


 We just finished an incredible week of mission work right at home!  God blessed us with fellowship, safety, and many opportunities to share His love.  May He be praised.

Lots of thank you notes have been written, but this year it is my intention to thank all the participants in writing.  It will take a while, but it is something God placed on my heart.  This card will be the first of many!

Thanks for stopping by,

Christine

Linking to:

Papertrey Ink

SSS Wednesday Challenge



Wednesday, June 8, 2022

Psalm 103:13 for Word Art Wednesday


This scripture is a wonderful expression of God's love for us!

I created my card by printing the scripture from Word Art Wednesday directly on white card stock.  The sky was blended using Distress Oxide inks and a soft brush.  Lesson to learn:  the creamy inks created a bit of smudging around the printed sentiment.  However I have ink-blended over computer-generated images with no problem using dye inks.    The silhouette is from Gina K. Designs (Friendly Silhouettes), and Gina has a wonderful video showing how to use the lovely images over ink-blended backgrounds.

Thanks so much for visiting,

Christine

Saturday, June 4, 2022

Hearts and Flowers


 Papertrey has a challenge to create a floral card on which one of the layers of the flower/s has been accented with embossing.  I know that the whimsical Thank You Bouquet is sure to stay within arm's reach as it is so fresh and fun!  I stamped the outline of the floral cluster using a pale gray ink and left the outline stamp in the MISTI.  Moving the panel to another corner of the stamping tool, I added the solid layers of the florals and leaves.  Then the image was dusted with a powder tool and moved back into its original corner where the outline stamp was waiting for the next step.  I used a gold glitter EP and placed the bouquet in a sweet bucked from the Vases collection and layered the focal piece over a Skinny Hearts rectangle and a Large Scallop Stacker.  

Linking to Papertrey Ink Blog


Saturday, May 28, 2022

God Bless America


 The most recent Papertrey Ink release was filled with wonderful items!  The die set featured on my card is called Patriotic and includes not only the adorable truck and waving flag shown here but some beautifully etched stars and bunting as well.  Just about everything needed for the Fourth except for homemade ice cream :).  I used some shiny red card stock from my stash to cut the truck and also included some Bitty Big Dark Indigo paper.  It was a fun project to create!

Blessings,

Christine

Linking to: Papertrey Ink Blog

SSS Wednesday Challenge (A/G)


GKD Friendly Silhouettes


Playing around with Gina K's Friendly Silhouettes and some pastel Distress Oxide Inks.

Linking to SSS Wednesday Challenge:  A/G
 

Wednesday, May 25, 2022

So much cake....so little time


 

Playing along with the MFT Sketch Challenge using a stamp set that landed in my mailbox earlier this week:  Beary Best Birthday.  It is watercolored using ink pads and a water brush and topped off with a fun junk bow.

Thanks for stopping by,
Christine

Linking to:

2 Timothy 2:4 for Word Art Wednesday


 I love pastel colors, floral stamps, and delicate die cuts.  This translates to not much experience making masculine cards.  My secret for making a masculine card is to let the sentiment be the star and to use Tim Holtz collage papers.  They are two-sided with various coordinating sheets in each collection.  They do the heavy lifting and guys are always pleased with them.  My husband encourages fellow believers to be good soldiers....that includes me---and usually when I don't really want to hear that directive.  Thought I would give him this card to share when he feels led to do so.

I hope you will stop by Word Art Wednesday for your own copy of the scripture, a blessing from the related devotion, and to share you art.

Blessings,

Christine

Tuesday, May 24, 2022

Birthday Bears


 I have admired this Birdie Brown Set from MFT for the longest.  It came out of the vault a while back, and I really deliberated over getting it and didn't order it because I feel really unsure about my coloring skills.  This one was watercolored with distress inks and a waterbrush.  The lend on the right looks a little rough, but I will keep practicing.


Linking to SSS Wednesday Challenge (Layer it Up)

Thursday, May 19, 2022

Christmas Lantern


 After donating a collection of cards  to our church's youth auction that contained a year's worth of greetings for a husband to give his wife, several friends have requested them.  This Christmas card is a variation of some I sent last year, adding a newly acquired rose die.  It is also the completer piece in the latest set of cards.  They will be delivered soon, and I hope they bring lots of joy!

Linking to SSS Wednesday Challenge:  Layer it Up!


Thank You Florals on Kraft



 The Great Cover Up is a wonderful feature on the Papertrey Ink Blog.  I love the tips included in this feature, and the projects are always inspiring!  This time, the challenge is to create a gift card holder using PTI products.  Now, there are several adorable gift card die sets available from PTI, but, sadly, none of them are in my stash.  I just ordered the adorable Thank You Florals set and was ready to use it.  The small brown bag was splattered with aqua and white acrylic paints and topped with the delicate doily and a spray from the floral set.  Inside is the gift card holder.  I simply cut the Bracket Die.  The full die cut was attached to a half panel using sticky strip, and the florals were adhered hanging over the edge.  There is plenty of space for a gift card.

Linking to The Great Cover Up Challenge and SSS Wednesday Challenge (Layer it Up)


Tuesday, May 17, 2022

Blessings Today and Always


 The current "What do I do with this?" Challenges features a couple of beautiful cards that showcase different ways to use patterned stamps.  I just love the roses with polka-dotted accents and the bright sun with floral patterns.  My take on the challenge was to stamp a panel with  Bloomin' Cute florals and leaves and to stamp over them with the sweet plaid pattern.  A Love to Layer circle die was a place to add some die cuts from the Bloomin' Cute set and a retired Verve sentiment that I always love to use.

Thanks for visiting,

Christine

Thursday, May 12, 2022

Enjoy a Treat


 I am not much of a one-layer stamper.  My go-to look is clean and layered, but I love the warm look that came from stamping the Wreath Favor Box images on a flat kraft bag.  The bag is small and has a waxy interior making it perfect for holding a homemade treat such as a cookie or truffle.  

When making a project like this, I like to scan and print a color copy to use in my MISTI to help with alignment for mass production.  That way, multiples are produced accurately and quickly leaving more time for the goodies that will go with the sweet little bag.

Linking to:

Papertrey Ink Blog (bag or container)

SSS Wednesday Challenge (NOT a card)

Wednesday, May 11, 2022

All Things are Possible with God for WAW


 This scripture can be a beacon of hope, a strong assurance, and a praise to God....it all depends where one in on her journey with God through a particular experience.  I'd like to share a current experience and testimony of God's goodness.  In mid-March, my husband was diagnosed with cancer....literally after a scope procedure in the doctor's office, the physician said with frightening emphasis, "It IS cancer."  We have been given much prayer support and encouragement, literally from friends, family members, various churches, and Christian organizations near and far.

Since the diagnosis, the tumor has been removed, a second surgery was performed to check for regrowth and a biopsy was done to assess prior to further treatment. We have received good news that the cancer is gone.  Immunotherapy treatments are scheduled to prevent regrowth, and the timeline from diagnosis has been just under eight weeks.  We offer God most sincere and praise and thanks.

A second and different cancer was discovered on scans and it will be addressed in a few months.  I know that God's word for me is to be joyful in hope, patient in affliction, and faithful in prayer.  It has been His directive through the first diagnosis and series of treatments, and I am to continue for those to come.  I praise Him because He is good.  God's goodness is unchangeable regardless of the trials we face or of how we feel about their outcomes.  I am thankful that God saw fit to bring healing to my husband thus far, but I am also thankful for every assurance of His love and power.  

Blessings,

Christine



Saturday, May 7, 2022

Alleluia: He is Risen


 I am working on a set of cards for one of my husband's friends.  The idea is to have a supply of cards to give his wife for all the occasions in one year.  So far, the set contains:  birthday, anniversary, Valentine's Day, Mother's Day, and with this one Easter.  The tiny lily dies are from MFT, the scrolled frame from PTI, and the beautiful sentiments are from a PTI Easter set.  

Linking to:

SSS Wednesday:  Feminine

Hooray....It's your Birthday


 This week's Fab Friday Feature includes a challenge that is a real treat:  to CASE Melissa's card.  I used her layout, just changing the floral set that was featured.  I love her idea of stamping some of the florals on a white panel and then piercing it with the Tin Stitched die.  The florals are Effortless Beauties, and I thing the name of the die I used to cut the yellow panel is Fun Frames.  I love all of its delicate details.  

Thanks for visiting, 

Christine

Linking to:  Fab Friday Feature on the PTI Blog

SSS Wednesday Challenge

Friday, May 6, 2022

Berry Best Mom




 It was tremendous fun to open Papertrey Ink's Berries and Branches stencil set and to see the magic happen.  It's such fun to lift the stencils and to see the inked designs, and this set layers so very beautifully!

Here is the card that I CASED.  (Melody's card set also persuaded me to order the stencil set!)  I did add my own twist by using a sentiment and image from the Berry Best Mom mini set.  

Thanks for visiting, 

Christine

Linking to:  SSS Wednesday Challenge (Feminine)