Thursday, July 26, 2012

Fresh Flowers and Grace!

Hello Delightful friends and family,
Just a quick post to share a couple of items that I made.  The first is a tag that I made for Word Art Wednesday #38. The challenge is "Never Give Up" well, the word "grace" has so much meaning for me. Especially knowing that even though I don't deserve God's grace, He has generously given it to me through my Lord Jesus Christ and that makes me want to persevere and not give up.  He doesn't give up on me!!  It is definitely transforming and so I've included a butterfly on this tag, what better way to describe a transformed life - catapillar to butterfly.  So glad the caterpillar doesn't give up the battle with the cocoon! 
If you are facing a battle, don't give up. Reach up and know the Lord is there ready to extend His hand of grace to help in the time of your need.  

Here are the ingredients: Tag, (4.25 x 5.5) Paper Accents; Inks: Distress Inks and stains, Tumbled Glass and Shabby Shutters; Distress Pen: Faded Jeans; Ranger Clear Embossing powder, Perfect Pearls Mist (Mint), Paint Dabber (Lettuce); Archival Ink: Aquamarine; Memento Ink: Pear Tart;
Stamps: Hampton Arts (Beautiful butterfly); Taylored Expressions (Grace); Grass (Stencil from Plaid Folkart, Dragonflies).

My second project is a card and I used Amy's color inspiration photo Scrapin N Style #2 and Card Positioning Systems #275 sketch. 

Amy said on her blog about the color challenge to " think fresh" and what's better than fresh flowers and a smile!!
Here are my list of ingredients:
Paper: Echo Park Summer Days collection (the larger flowers are actually paper pieced with one of the papers and the smaller ones colored with Copic Markers); Card Stock: Bazzill;  Stamps: Gina K Designs (One In a Million set); Ink: Memento, Tuxedo Black ; Dies: Spellbinders Nestabilities: Large Deckled Rectangles and Standard Circles; Buttons (stash) and Ribbon, American Crafts.

Hope you have a wonderful day and thanks so much for visiting!

There is now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus. Romans 8:1    now that's grace :-)


Saturday, July 21, 2012

Butterfly Thanks - CPS #274

Hello and hope you are all having a delightful Saturday!!
 It's actually drizzly today (so far) and I haven't had to water my plants all week due to our liquid sunshine. Today will be a good day to continue the organizing of my craft room and hopefully squeeze in a project, too.  I bought new batteries for my labeler and I've been going to town!  I've also been visiting some organization and craft rooms on Pinterest. Oh my goodness, the ideas are flowing....

Today I did want to get this card posted for the CPS sketch challenge before the deadline this afternoon!  It's a fun and simple sketch so this was pretty quick in putting together.  I did embellish the design a bit from the original but I think this is a great "go to" sketch.

Here are the ingredients and then it's back to organizing!!!

Stamps: Ippity Devoted (Unity) and Bugabee (Taylored Expressions - sentiment); Ink: Memento Tuxedo black; Distress Inks: Worn lipstick, Spiced Marmalade, Mustard Seed, (all those colors were incorporated into the butterfly after it was embossed with Ranger Clear Embossing Powder and stamped with a Versamark watermark pad. Designer Paper: Best Creation, Inc: Sunny Days Collection and Basic Grey Going Green Collection (hot pink paper); Bazzill Card Stock; Dies: Spellbinders, circles and scallop circles; MFT Die-namics: Notched Border and Fishtail Flags STAX; Queen and Company Twinkle Goosebumps adhesive stones. Finished card: A2 (4.25 x 5.5)

Thanks for looking and have a blessed weekend!!

I will meditate on Your precepts and regard Your ways.  Psalm 119:15


Wednesday, July 18, 2012

A Stylin' Relaunch with a challenge!

Hello Delightful friends and family!
Just a quick post to share a link and a couple of cards.  Amy (my co-worker and friend) has relaunched her blog and has issued a challenge and will be having a fun drawing for the participants.   Hope you'll visit her Scrapin N Style blog!  You should  check it out especially if you have a Cricut.  She teaches the Cricut class (as well as other card classes) at Scrapper's Edge (where I work) in Eureka, CA. Welcome back to blogland, Amy!!

Here is a photo that was inspiration for my cards. 

I've made two cards using the theme of pink, gray, a little fashionista and bling!

Card One Ingredients:
Stamp Set: Mimi in Paris (Penny Black) Papers: Bazzill Card Stock; MME Lush Collection; Memento Black Tuxedo ink; Ranger White Embossing Puffs; Queen and Co. Twinkle Goosebumps; My Favorite Things - Die-namics Fishtail Flags STAX; Spellbinders Nestie Oval Scallops. Cuttlebug and Marvy Uchida Embossing Heat Tool.

Stamp: Light the Night - Penny Black; Stamped with Memento Black tuxedo ink; Colored with Copic Markers and the wrap and purse are paper pieced with Basic Grey Kissing Booth collection; Bazzill Card Stock; American Crafts ribbon; Rose (Taylor Expressions Key Ingredient kits); Spica pens to add a little glimmer glam to the dress, shoes and jewelry and Distress ink (Worn Lipstick) sponged around the image.The  D'vine swirls embossing folder, Spellbinders Nestabilities Reverse Wonky Rectangle Die and Cuttlebug (ProvoCraft) were also used on this second card.

Thanks for visiting!

The wisdom that comes from heaven is first of all pure.  It is also peace loving, gentle at all times, and willing to yield to others.  It is full of mercy and good deeds.  It shows no partiality and is always sincere.  James 3:17


Saturday, July 14, 2012

A Little Note - MFTWSC80

Hello Delightful friends and family!
Hope your Saturday is going well.  I've been fighting this cold but life goes on doesn't it?!  Today I had scheduled a yardwork day at a dear friends home (who also happens to be one of the widows in our church) I extended the invite to my Sunday School Class who all seemed very excited about helping out last Sunday.  Now mind you I only have 6 regular students (three missing last week) and it's summer so... I had one youngster come and help me.  I know not the greatest turnout but we got a lot done just the two of us in four hours. We will have another work day this summer because the yard is huge and just too much work for one!  Next time I'm sure there will be more helping hands!

Here's a card I did for the My Favorite Things Wednesday Stamp Challenge.
 I've used two stamp sets from MFT: PI Blessed Mouse and the front sentiment PI - Violin Girl.

I colored this cutie with my Copic Markers and then paper pieced the blouse, I stamped the flowers again and colored them, popped them up with a dimensional. All of the designer paper is from the Country Drive Collection (Echo Park), which I have been hoarding!

The Tropical Funky Flower brads are from Creative Impressions and I've added a dot of liquid pearls (Ranger); I've also added a dot to the flowers in the basket.  

(inside - I used the leftover negative Deckled rectangle - solid green card stock)

Other ingredients: Bazzill card stock; Memento Tuxedo Black ink; Spellbinders Deckled Rectangle (Nestabilities); MFT, Die-namics Mini Tabs, Fishtail Flags Stax and Notched Border.

Thanks for visiting! Have a blessed Sunday and enjoy the rest of the weekend!

We are His workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which He prepared beforehand so that we might walk in them.  Ephesians 2:10


Friday, July 13, 2012

Enjoy the Ride - SSSC#162

Hello Delightful friends and family!
Can't believe it's been a week since I've posted anything but I've been under the weather plus just being plain old busy with work, home and church.
I'll be quick to share due to I'm still not feeling all that great and the deadline for the challenge will be up soon!
This card was made for the Sweet Sunday Sketch Challenge over at The Sweetest Thing blog  (I just love me a good sketch to play along with!)
Here is my take on the sketch:

(Inside: should be a light blue card stock unfortunately it was an overcast afternoon)

Here's a list of the ingredients: 
 Stamp Set - Bikes and Trikes, Taylored Expressions
Paper: Authentique, Collection: Delightful;  Card stock: Bazzill
Dies: Clouds, Garden Party Set 2, Scallop border  medium - Taylored Expressions
Scallop Circle - Spellbinders Nestabilies
Label - My Favorite Things
Ribbon and Button: Taylored Expressions (Key Ingredient kits)
Colored with Copic Markers and Stamped with Memento Tuxedo Black
Ranger Liquid Pearls to accent the sun.
EK Success Corner Rounder and Provo Craft Cuttlebug.  Finished card 6x6

Thanks so much for visiting!  Have a great weekend.

We pursue the things which make for peace and the building up of one another.  Romans 14:19


Friday, July 6, 2012

Sassy Pants - MFTWSC79

Hello Delightful friends, family and Friday!!
It's going to be a busy weekend so I thought I best get my card posted for the Wednesday Sketch Club sponsored by MFT at Splitcoast Stampers.

I just love this Pure Innocence Cute-a-tude stamp set,  probably because she reminds me of Princess Addy-tude. 

Yummy fun paper from Echo Park is called Hello Summer. I've colored Miss Sassy Pants with Copics and paper pieced her dress.  Card stock is Bazzill.

I've used the Spellbinders Scallop Oval Nestie to frame out the image and sponged lightly with Distress Ink, (Worn Lipstick). The flowers, button and thread are from my stash.  The sentiment is popped up with dimensionals and I've used the Die-namics Fishtail Flags Stax which I also sponged around the edges.  I've used Memento Nautical Blue ink to stamp "Hey, Sassy Pants" and Tuxedo Black for the image.

Hope you have a terrific weekend, I'm off to purchase a new computer for the church in the morning since the harddrive is toast (sigh...) thankfully I was able to get the bulletin done for last week and the Men of Action Conference program designed and completed before the crash last Saturday morning.  Pretty  much everything is lost minus a few things in the documents file. What is huge is that the crash happened after the MOA Conference, that was Divine intervention for sure!  Please pray that the Quicken file is current on the backup disk, I'm pretty sure that it was backed up the last time I worked in it. Regardless, thank you Lord!!!

Thanks for visiting!!

The wisdom that comes from heaven is first of all pure.  It is also peace loving, gentle at all times, and willing to yield to others.  It is full of mercy and good deeds.  It shows no partiality and is always sincere.  James 3:17


Sunday, July 1, 2012

Pinwheel Gift Bag - Key Ingredient Delightful Challenge!

Hello Delightful Friends and Family! 
I'm sharing a white gift bag I've customized for this months Taylored Expressions Key Ingredient Blog Hop Challenge.  The challenge (which I definitely felt it a challenge!! oy!) is Delightful Packaging.  You would think this would be a breeze for me with the word DELIGHTFUL in it!! Not so..  However, here is my project:

I totally messed up on this bag because I glued down the top folded chevron piece first, I should have put the card stock down first and built on it, I think the proportions and layers would have been more eye-pleasing.  Personally, I think it looks too top heavy.  But after the gift is given, what happens to the bag.... it will probably be, that's that!

I found a cool tutorial by Julia Stainton to make the folded chevron. The link is HERE.  She uses a length of paper that is 12x2 (for scrapbooking) and I used 6x2, so I made 2 of them and pieced them together and tried to cleverly hid the seam.  I've alternated the sentiment colors and here is the list of inks I've used:
Memento Inks: Love Letters, Pistachio, Tuxedo Black; Ranger Archival Ink: Chrome Yellow, Aquamarine. TE Die, Take Note 3 (I've stamped off the pinwheel stamp and then put the sentiment over the background and added a bow, popped it up with dimensionals.

All the paper is from the kit and the stamp set is the Delightful Day set that was a special release available only to kit subscribers and at 50% off!!  I jumped right on that one! What a bargain!!

I didn't really need to add this picture but it really showed up the Stickles on the pinwheels, Ranger Liquid Pearls were used in the center.  The solid looking paper is paper pieced onto the pinwheel.
Here is a picture of the stamp set:

Well, just want to say thanks for stopping by and commenting, have a terrific week!!

The LORD lift up His countenance on you, and give you peace.  Numbers 6:26