Phillipians 3:14

I press on toward the goal for the prize of the upward call of God in Christ Jesus.

Friday, May 28, 2010

Liberty

Red, White and Blue were the colors for this week's Blogger's Challenge card.  I chose Bravo Burgandy, Night of Navy and Whisper White as my colors.  These darker shades are used in much of the patriotic decor here on Ft Benng, so I thought I would tribute that.  I wanted to do a not quite so literal interpretation of the flag, so I stamped tone on tone stars in the background, and used my fun rick-rack punch to create the "stripes".  I enjoyed making this card and I hope you like it. I pray that you and your families enjoy a fun and safe holiday weekend while remembering the fallen soldiers who paved the way in blood for the freedoms we all hold dear.  I thank God for our liberty and for His love!  Thanks for stopping by :-D

Wednesday, May 26, 2010

Your too kind


I am a big fan of Karen Giron and follow her blog.  I decided to play along with her sketch challenge this week and today's card is my interpretation of that.  I started with a soft sued card base and layered it with rose red.  My main panel is kraft brayered with white craft ink.  I then stamped my background image with the elements of style stamp that had been colored with markers and spritzed with water.  The birds were punched out of Kraft paper, brayered with whitle craft ink and ther very vintage wheel rolled over in soft suede.  The sentiment is on the bottom because I smuged part of the image and didn't want to start over--so I improvised!  To finish off I spritzed the entire from with the glimmer mist paint and alcohol to give it a pretty shimmer.  Hope you like it and thanks for stopping by!

Friday, May 21, 2010

Beautiful You....

I started this card over a week ago, toying with pink and orange.  It changed several times until this final version.  The inside is stamped...you.  I have a friend who is just beautiful inside and out, but could use a reminder of that I think.  The ludicrous standards of beauty that pressure women are everywhere and can be overwhelming even to the most mature and grounded of us. I would like to encourage anyone taking the time to look at this to be confident and courageous in the package you have been given...true and lasting beauty comes from the inside and radiates to the world in an inspiring and life changing kind of way.  Grow in grace and wisdom so that you can be blessed  and bless those around you!

Proverbs 31:30
Charm is deceitful and beauty is vain,But a woman who fears the LORD, she shall be praised

Black Majic

This is the sketch for this week's blogger's challenge that I followed for a simple layout.  I didn't include a sentiment so that this would be a versitile card.   I finally tried out the black majic technique for this card as well using the inspired by nature stamp.  This is a stamp that I love and a technique that I have wanted to try for a long time, so I am glad that I finally used both!  I was also able to incorporate a new border punch and this fantastic new embossing folder.  I think the end result is only OK for me, but I am just glad to get the opportunity to play along and use some of my favorite things :-).  I have seen some really gorgeous work by the rest of the challenge team, so be sure to check them out by clicking on the Blogger's Challenge link on the right.  Be blessed and thanks for looking!

Friday, May 14, 2010

My first blog hop!

I have two cards today from the Lizze Anne Designs monthly mix stamp sets and am so excited to post them for the new monthly blog hop!  I am loving these stamps and had so much fun making these.  Thanks for looking :-).
Happy Friday!  Today's blogger challenge was to use red/curry/teal. It is not a color combination that I would normally pick or so I thought until I rummaged through my stack of single sheets of paper that I have picked up along the way just because I thought they were pretty ;-).  I love this particular floral print and I thought it was perfect for this challenge.  I also got to ink up one of my brand new stamps that I purchased last week.  I am pretty happy with how this came together and look forward to being inspired by the rest of the group (click on the logo if you want to check them out too)!

Wednesday, May 12, 2010

Father-in-law Happy Birthday

This is for my father-in-law's 70th birthday next week.  I LOVE this tree image...it is an exact representation of a tree in the field next to my house growing up.  Just like this beautiful tree my father was a strong and beautiful presence in my life as a little girl.  Ironically the tree was struck by lightening and died...as my father also passed from a massive heart attack at the early age of 47.  I was still a girl and I missed him terribly, but have taken heart over the years in the knowledge that our separation is not eternal.  At any rate, thanks for looking and I hope that my father-in-law enjoys this card and his special day : D.

Tuesday, May 11, 2010

Lovely Orchids

I scored this orchid stamp in the clearance bin the other day!  My DH's grandmother turns 97 tomorrow...I didn't get the stamp in time for that, but will use it in the future for her--she loves orchids.  I couldn't wait to ink it up and use it and this is what I came up with .  I really like the Rose Red and Chocolate Chip together.  Thanks for looking :-)

Friday, May 7, 2010

Mother's Day

This mother's day card is for the bloggers challenge this week and for my husband's step mother.  She lives in South FL, so I thought the bright colors would be appropriate and the patchwork look of this card is also fitting of the way that our family(immediate AND extended)  is stitched together out of mistakes, heartbreaks and redemption into something beautiful through God's mercy and lovingkindness. I pray that you would honor your mothers...for better or worse and greater still that those of you who are mothers would be honored this weekend.
 Her children rise up and bless her;
Her husband also, and he praises her, saying:
"Manydaughtershavedone nobly,
But you excel them all."
Proverbs 31:28-29