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)


Say Happy Anniversary with Roses


 Wanda shared a stunning card featuring vibrant yellow tulips over a paper-pieced black and white background.  I tried that, and one disaster after another befell the card, and into the trash it went!

I started over with a simpler plan.....cut the cover plate in black, mount it on a white base, and add some extremely pink roses for a pop of color.  All the dies used on my card are from Papertrey, and the sentiment is from a beautifully lettered Spellbinders set.

Thanks for taking a look,

Christine

Linking to:

Papertrey Ink  Great Cover Up 

SSS Wednesday Challenge (Feminine)

Monday, May 2, 2022

Lots of Love


 

Papertrey Ink has a fun new challenge:  to create a card using one's favorite PTI stencil.  Berries and Branches is from a recent release, and I certainly love it!  It's fun to stencil each layer, lift the stencil, and swoon over the progress.  This panel is stenciled using Green Parakeet, Hawaiian Shores, and my favorite, Aqua Mist.  It's a shameless CASE of Melody's set of cards with a touch of my own.  I added the stamped/die cut sentiment from Wonderful Words of Love. This set is a treasure shared by a sweet crafting friend.  

Thanks for visiting.  May your week be filled with love,

Christine

Linking to:

Papertrey Ink 'What Do I Do With This?'  Challenge

Saturday, April 30, 2022

Best Teacher Ever and a few tips.....


 Continuing to fulfill a request for teacher appreciation cards.  Here are a few tips that help with card production:

  • Precut and score card bases 
  • Precut 8.5 x 11 cardstock into quarters for quick panels.  I keep white, black, and kraft panels on hand for card fronts and for stamping and die cutting images and sentiment panels.
  • The MISTI is wonderful for mass producing layered stamps.  When I have the stamps in place, I stamp LOTS and LOTS.  I store them in a plastic container with customizable spaces----it's meant to house fishing doo-dads, but it's perfect for stamped images, too.
  • I store scraps of white card stock in a quart freezer bag and keep it in the top drawer of my desk.  It's the first place I look when I need to cut a tag or sentiment panel.

To Teach is To Love


 Part of my current project to fulfill a request for teacher appreciation cards.....These feature Papertrey Ink Dahlia Dies tinted Harvest Gold and Hibiscus Burst.  The sentiments and apple images are from Verve Teachers Count.  It's fun to create in pairs, completing all the images and coloring before assembling similar cards.

Linking to SSS Wednesday Challenge

Friday, April 29, 2022

Teachers Live Forever in the Hearts they Touch


 It's time to express love to teachers, and these Papertrey dies touch the heart as does the sweet sentiment from Verve. 

Linking to:

SSS Wednesday Challenge

PIP Challenge

Sweet as Pie


 I am working on a request for teacher appreciation cards.  The die cuts for the pie and the related sentiment are from Reverse Confetti. The thank you sentiment is from a treasured Verve set called Teachers Count.


Linking to:

SSS Wednesday Challenge

PIP Challenge

Wednesday, April 27, 2022

Berry Best Mom


 Since changing the lights in the kitchen, I am struggling to take good photos of my cards.  This one has much prettier colors in person!  It was fun to create this card for my mom using lots of favorites from Papertrey Ink......yes, the strawberries are in shades of pink!

Linking to:

SSS Wednesday Challenge

PIP Challenge


So will I comfort you




MemoryDex cards make such fun projects, and I love how they create a  bright spot in my craft room.  This one features the latest scripture available for download at Word Art Wednesday along with some pretty scrap papers.  I hope you will stop by for lots of reasons:  to download the scripture for use in your own projects, to receive  a blessing from the devotion based upon the scripture, and to play along for a wonderful prize.


Monday, April 25, 2022

Herd you had a Birthday




 When I need a whimsical card, I usually go for my MFT stamp collection.  These cuties came from a bonus set that was free with an order, and I think the little critters are adorable, and the punny sentiments are ever so cute.  The background was stenciled, and the big, bright sun was cut with a retired Verve die.

Linking to:

MFT Sketch Challenge

SSS Wednesday Challenge (Rain or Shine)

Friday, April 22, 2022

Delight yourself in the Lord

The very latest Great Cover-Up challenge on the Papertrey Ink blog is to create a card featuring a pop of color on a soft background.  The background technique is tons of fun and is one I should use more often.  It began with a very wet panel of water color paper which was brushed with Aqua Mist re-inker fluid and sprinkled with plain table salt.  When it dried, I added white acrylic paint splatters, cut it to size and pierced it with the Tin Stitched die. The Dahlia dies seem to always be in reach, and they were ink-blended with Hawaiian Shores and Plum Pudding for a cool surge of color.  The scripture is one of my favorites, and the photopolymer version is a retired Verve stamp.

Linking to:

The Great Cover Up

PIP Challenge

Wednesday, April 20, 2022

Floral Wreath Card Set


 Playing along with the Papertrey Ink challenge to create a set of cards using PTI products.  My set of four similar floral note cards came together quickly as follows:

1.  The wreath was stamped in New Leaf onto a stitched square panel.

2.  Two of the florals in the Wreath Favor Box Collection were stamped two times in each color combination.   The pink ones were stamped four times.  The color combinations were:  Summer Sunrise/Orange Zest; Lilac Grace/Plum Pudding; Aqua Mist/Hawaiian Shores; and Hibiscus Burst/Raspberry Fizz.

3.  Everything was layered on to a scalloped square atop a 4.25 inch square card base, and the bows were attached with hot glue.

This was a fast process using one of my favorite PTI sets and the MISTI.  I plan to donate these cards and a couple  other sets to the auction benefitting youth camp.

Thanks for visiting,

Christine

Linking to:

Papertrey Ink  (What do I do with this?)

Monday, April 18, 2022

Lush Bloom in Yellow


 There's a gorgeous card up on the Papertrey Ink blog featuring the new tulip dies on a soft gray background.   It's gorgeous and is the lead-in to the challenge of creating with one's favorite yellow flower.  I love the sweet Lush Bloom done up in Lemon Tart, Harvest Gold, and Summer Sunrise.  The big floral is a showstopper.  My card stash is getting low, so I think I will leave the sentiment for later when it's apparent what type of card is needed.

Linking to:

Paper Trey Ink:  The Great Cover-up (Yellow Flowers)

Mod Squad Challenge A/G

Wednesday, April 13, 2022

Live Unto Him Which Died for Them and Rose Again for WAW


 This week's scripture is such a sweet one!  How blessed we are that Jesus chose to show His love by dying in our places and that He demonstrated His power over the grave.  My simple MemoryDex card began with the scripture printed on white cardstock.  Using a cloud stencil and Spring Rain ink from Papertrey, the sky was blended over the whole card.  The sun die and cross stamp are retired Verve products.  So simple....and I love seeing a scripture on the RoloDex in my craft room.

Thanks for stopping by.  Be sure to visit Word Art Wednesday to download the scripture and to play along for a wonderful prize.

Blessings,

Christine

Tuesday, April 12, 2022

Birthday Dahlias


 Replenishing my supply of birthday cards.  I love what happens when ink blending is applied to these sweet Dahlia dies from Papertrey Ink.  The PTI coffee mug makes a pretty flower container, too.

Linking to:

SSS Wednesday Challenge (Happy Tenth Birthday, Y'all!)

PIP Challenge

Mod Squad Challenge

Handmade by God


 The opportunity to volunteer at a local Christian Pregnancy Assistance Center is a tremendous blessing.  Periodically I send cards to students in the parenting class, and I am so thankful for this special Sweet N Sassy Stamps set.  It says just what I want to say, and the images are adorable!

Linking to PIP Challenge


Happy Birthday with Into the Blooms II


 Dana's card on the What Do I Do With This? challenge deserves a look.  Her beautiful stenciling is accented by touches of TH Grit Paste, and it is truly lovely!  In all actuality, I won some TH products around Christmas time, and the jar of Snow Fall Grit Paste really did leave me asking, "What am I going to do with this?"  I am happy to report that the Grit Paste was easy to apply and dried very quickly leaving a subtle sparkle to the stenciling.  The background was inked in this order from the top down:  Blueberry Sky, Spring Rain, Lilac Grace, and Plum Pudding.  I used a tiny craft spatula to randomly apply the Grit Paste in scattered areas of the background.  I love the look!  The flower was cut from Into the Blooms II.  I may be the last person to figure this out, but the gorgeous leaf die has subtle connections between the leaves to allow for easy and smooth disassembly into smaller clusters.  I am sure that it was designed that way and I just figured it out!!!

Linking to:

What Do I Do With This?  on the PTI Blog

SSS Wednesday Challenge (Happy Tenth Birthday, SSS!)

PIP Challenge


Saturday, April 9, 2022

Flourishing Florals -- Happy Birthday


Think I will try this Raspberry Fizz/Harvest Gold color combination more often.  I am playing along with Melissa's Great Cover-Up challenge on the Papertrey Ink blog.  Melissa's card is, as always, a beauty, and she challenges us to use one of her embellishment choices.  I echoed the colored twine.  The images are from the Flourishing Florals set, and that nifty die below them is one of the Charming Tags.

Linking to:

The Great Cover-Up

SSS Wednesday Challenge (Happy Birthday, SSS!)

Effortless Beauties: Happy Birthday


 Melissa's Fab Friday Feature is one of my favorites, both for joining a challenge and for all the inspiration Melissa provides.  Her challenge is to use a stencil....mine was a win from its designer, Miriam Prantner.  I love the Double Wedding Ring feel and stenciled it in Lilac Grace, Plum Pudding, Aqua Mist, and Hawaiian Shores.   It's covered by a vellum panel and layered with Effortless Beauties in the same shades.  Yes.....I CASED Melissa's layout using Bitty Big in Aqua Mist and Lilac Grace.

Linking to:

Melissa's Fab Friday Feature

SSS Wednesday Challenge (Happy Birthday, SSS!)


Tuesday, April 5, 2022

The Joy of the Lord


 Just found a wonderful new challenge, Can You Handle the Pressure.  It's hosted by the very talented duo,  Darlene and Diane, and it's all about embossing folders.   I used my favorite embossing folder...it's a Hobby Lobby brand and looks like a Double Wedding Ring Quilt pattern.  The florals are Dahlias by Papertrey Ink, and the sentiment is a well-loved and, sadly retired, Verve stamp.

I am catching the current challenge at the end, but if you hurry, you can play along, too!

Springtime Dahlias


 This card is for some dear friends who have always been blessings, and have especially shown up with help and support during a time of trial.  Before I knew what I was doing, I'd selected the Ukrainian color scheme, so I prayed for the people of Ukraine while creating.  So thankful for every bit of kindness that God sends where it is needed...both at home and far away.

Thanks for visiting,

Christine

Linking to:

PIP Challenge

Monday, April 4, 2022

Come Boldly before the Throne of Grace


 I am continuing to work on cards to share with a charitable Christian organization that assists foster children.  It's been a blessing to me to select scriptures from my stamp collection to include on the cards.  

I like the spring feel of the lilies and they work well with the scripture, I think.

Thanks for visiting,

Christine

Linking to:

PIP Challenge

Four Seasons Challenge  (A/G Spring--mood  board below---the pink florals inspired me)



You, O, Lord, are a Shield about Me


 It's such a joy to craft with favorite items and for the sake of encouraging others.  This card will be sent to a Christian organization that benefits foster children.  I pray it will be just the right blessing to someone who really needs to be lifted by God.

Card supplies:  MFT Lily Dies, PTI Scrolled Frame, and the scripture stamp is a retired, yet dearly loved, Verve design.

Thanks for visiting, 

Christine

Linking to 

PIP Challenge

Friday, April 1, 2022

Layered Bouquet Encouragement Cards


 The background panels of these floral encouragement cards were created using a MFT stencil and a rainbow of Papertrey Ink  colors.  The florals are Pink Fresh Studio's Layered Bouquet.  The insides are stamped with some of my favorite scriptures.

Thanks for stopping by,

Christine

Linking to:

SSS Wednesday Challenge (A/G)

Floral Basket


 I am making encouragement cards, and this one contains one of my favorite scriptures inside:  Zephaniah 3:17.  

It reads: The Lord your God is in your midst, a mighty one who will save; He will rejoice over you with gladness; he will quiet you with His love; He will exult over you with Loud singing.

Christine

Linking to:

SSS Wednesday Challenge (a/g)

Double D Challenge (With a Handle)



Thursday, March 31, 2022

Blessings Today and Always


 The Great Cover-Up challenge on the Ink to Paper Blog features a fun slimline card with a great rainbow element.  I used on e of the floral stamps from the Wreath Favor Box set to create a rainbow in Hibiscus Burst, Raspberry Fizz, Orange Zest, Harvest Gold, Mint Julep, Aqua Mist Hawaiian Shores, Spring Rain, Blueberry Sky, Lilac Grace, Plum Pudding, and Autumn Rain.  I was almost finished with the card when I bobbled the ink pad and it landed on my card leaving a smudge.  Covered it with a flat sliver sequin.  Bonus points for the Great Cover-Up??

Thanks for visiting,

Christine

Linking to:

Great Cover-Up (ROYGBIV)

SSS Wednesday Challenge

Wednesday, March 30, 2022

God's Grace is Sufficient


Just sharing a card to be donated to a Christian ministry.  Please don't miss the truth of this scripture.  God's grace is always enough no matter our struggle!

Christine

Linking to:

Ink to Paper (Favorite Cover Plate--Tin Stitched)

SSS Wednesday Challenge A/G





 

Matthew 28:6 for Word Art Wednesday


 This verse expresses the good news the angel shared with Mary Magdalene and the other Mary visited Jesus's tomb.  They went away filled with joy and encountered Jesus Himself!  Jesus's resurrection represents so much:  His love, the opportunity to be reconciled with God, peace for today, and hope for eternity.

This sweet scripture is available at Word Art Wednesday for download and use in all kinds of projects.  Please join us!

Blessings, 

Christine

Sharing at SSS Wednesday Challenge A/G

Sunday, March 27, 2022

Happy Easter with GSD


 I love watercoloring these darling little bunnies, and I am going to do my best to "hide" this card in all the places where it might be found in their Easter egg hunt.  You can read all about it on the GSD blog.

Its first hiding place is in the GSD Share Your Designs Challenge.

Happy hiding and hunting,

Christine

Thursday, March 24, 2022

Spring Bouquet: Roses and Dahlias


There's no challenge or occasion inspiring this card.  I just want to write a special note to a couple who has been a true blessing to me over the years.  I chose some of my favorite colors and dies to create a card with a soft look.  It was so much fun to create, and I am excited about getting it into the mail.

Thanks for visiting,

Christine

PIP Challenge

Saturday, March 19, 2022

Happy Easter


 Papertrey Ink's current 'What do I do with this?' challenge is all about glitter and shows some fun ways to apply it to cards.  I am enjoying the new Easter basket dies. This time, I cut all the pieces from watercolor paper, inked everything but the basket base, and applied a mist of water.  After an all-over coat of glue, the bow and eggs were treated to an application of very fine glitter.  It creates a nice sparkly effect that the photo doesn't capture.

Thanks for visiting,

Linking to:

Papertrey Ink "What do I do with this?'

SSS Wednesday Challenge---Favorite Things ( I do love my PTI dies!)

Wednesday, March 16, 2022

Leviticus 17:11 for WAW





 Our pastor is currently preaching through Leviticus, and though the book is difficult at times, It is easy to see the foreshadowing of the work of Jesus in the New Testament.  Because of this, I wanted to feature both the scripture and the cross on the card.  The modified "joy fold" allows a bit of the lily-adorned cross to show, being fully revealed when the card is opened.

I hope you will visit Word Art Wednesday where you can download the scripture, read a related devotion, and have a chance at a wonderful prize just for playing along.

Blessings,

Christine

Card Supplies

Paper:  Bitty Big in Mint Julep by Papertrey Ink

Ink:  Aqua Mist and Harvest Gold by Papertrey Ink

Dies:  Cross by Reverse Confetti and Lilies by MFT




Monday, March 14, 2022

Blooms With Love


 Just a quick post to share a card created for Melissas challenge on the Papertrey Ink Blog.  I used Into the Blooms II dies and some of my favorite PTI pastel inks and mounted everything over the Blooming Hearts cover plate.

Friday, March 11, 2022

Refuge and Strength


 Psalm 46 is a great one to pray, and I have been using it to guide my prayers for Ukraine.  The current Mod Squad challenge is to use only the colors of the Ukrainian flag, and I had to include this scripture.  (It's retired -- from Verve.)

In following with the Papertrey Ink challenge, the card has multiple patterned papers.  They are from the Bitty Big collection in Harvest Gold and Spring Rain. The pretty Dahlia dies have been converted to a sunflower using Summer Sunrise ink.

Praying for Ukraine,

Christine

Linking to

Mod Squad  (Ukrainian Flag colors)

Papertrey Ink Great Cover Up (multiple patterns)


Wednesday, March 9, 2022

Happy Easter


The 'What do I do with this?' challenge on the PTI blog is to use vellum as a card feature.  In this case, I inserted vellum behind the frame in order to soften the patterned paper just a bit.  All the pieces from the Spring Carrots die set were cut from watercolor paper and inked with a blender brush.  I used combinations of very light Raspberry Fizz, Summer Sunrise, and Orange Zest along with Green Parakeet.  The the little bunny was cut from felt using the Best Bunnies die set.  I don't have experience stamping on felt, so the eyes were added with the Micron pen I use in my Bible.  The hardest part of this card was deciding where to add the sentiment.  The carrot made a good place, but the one time I DIDN'T use my MISTI the sentiment came out kind of light and I was afraid of 'free-hand' stamping it a second time.

Thanks for visiting,

Christine

Linking to

PTI What do I do with this? (Vellum)

SSS Wednesday Challenge (Bit O' Green)

 

Basket of Blooms


 I absolutely love Papertrey's new Weave A Basket Die set  The bow is just the most darling thing, and the basket was a breeze to weave.  I decided to fill it with flowers from the Wreath Favor Box set to meet Shauna's challenge to create a spring floral card.  I didn't include a sentiment,  because I am going to write a no-occasion-note inside.

Thanks for visiting,

Christine

Linking to:

Shauna's Video Series (Floral Spring Card)

SSS Wednesday Challenge (Bit o' Green)

Monday, March 7, 2022

Happy Birthday Peonies




 The current---and almost over----Papertrey Ink challenge is to create a birthday card with lots of layers.  Many of my favorite PTI products are piled on this card.  The papers are Bitty Big in Harvest Gold and Spring Rain.  The first layer was pierced with the Tin Stitched die.  It's followed by the Large Scallop Stacker, a panel of Spring Rain, Delicates die, and Into the Blooms Peonies in Spring Rain and Blueberry Sky.  A fun card to make!

Thanks for visiting,

Christine

Linking to:

The Great Cover Up on the PTI Blog

SSS Wednesday Challenge:  Add a Die Cut

Wednesday, March 2, 2022

Precious in the Sight of the Lord for WAW



Precious in the sight of the Lord is the death of his saints.  Psalm 116:15

We have  recently walked through the passing of three family members in close secession.  Such experiences are bittersweet as we say goodbye, since we know that our loved ones are not lost but  are in the presence of the Lord.  Scriptures like this one can bring great comfort.  God treasures the homecoming of his children, and He comforts those who mourn.

This scripture is available for download at Word Art Wednesday and there is a related devotion to encourage.  Please stop by and play along.

Christine

Tuesday, March 1, 2022

Serenity


 Playing along with the latest Papertrey Ink Challenge which is to use clear embossing powder.  After stamping and die cutting the Brushed Birds, each was gently pressed into Versamark ink and sprinkled with clear embossing powder.  The effect is really pretty, but the photo doesn't do it justice.  The colors deepened just a bit, and the surface has a light texture and fabulous sheen.  This technique deserves a place in every crafter's bag of tricks.

Praying that we would all trust in The Prince of Peace for true inner calm during these times and asking that God would especially bless those in Ukraine.

Thanks for visiting,

Christine

Linking to:

Ink to Paper (What do I do with this? Feb. 28)

SSS Wednesday Challenge (A/G)

Friday, February 25, 2022

Happy Birthday~Color Challenge


 
i like the clean, cheerful vibes from the MFT Color Challenge palette and pulled out this cute MFT cupcake die to create a card.  I toyed with adding something to the top of the cupcake and finally subtracted the gem I'd thought to add.

Linking to:

MFT Color Challenge

SSS Wednesday Challenge

Thursday, February 24, 2022

Bunny Friends




 What darling images from Gerda Steiner Designs!  I had fun watercoloring them with Arteza Real Brush Markers and a small water brush. The Papertrey Ink Cover plate is called Blooming Hearts.  

Linking to:

Gerda Steiner:  Share Your Designs 

SSS Wednesday Challenge 

Enjoy your Special Day



 

MFT has some adorable new bird and birdhouse dies along with the cutest accessories, and seeing them reminded me of how much I love this older set which is on a larger scale.  (A girl needs the new, smaller ones, too, right?)  I love the sketch, and with some sweet prints, the card came together quickly, completed with a sentiment from MFT Birthday Greetings.

Thanks for taking a look....hoping Spring will arrive shortly,
Christine

Linking to: