Phillipians 3:14

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

Monday, October 25, 2010

R U ready for Santa?

OK....my last post for today was just for fun.  I made this card pretty quickly for the CAS challenge at SCS to use gingham or checks today.  I LOVE gingham ribbon, so I wanted to think out of the box and do something different since I use it a lot.  This is where my brain took me...just a little fun...since I tend to be very serious it was a nice break!  Hope you like it and of course Santa's not makin' a list, but, nice does matter ;-).

Give Thanks...

I made this card for two challenges at Christian Paper Crafts last week.  I had typed out the back ground paper some time back and had it sitting on my desk to use for a thanksgiving card.  I finally cropped it and inked it up with the French Foliage stamp set from SU.  I layered Cherry Cobbler, Early Espresso and Whisper White.  I stamped my main focal image from the Friends 24/7 SU set twice.  I layered the colored image on top, using a black pearl for the bird's eye.  I embellished with some pearls, ribbon and a stick pen to complete the card.  I worked hard on this one and love how it turned out.  Thanks for looking and I hope that you find something to be thankful for each and every day.  I have a long list...having the time, resources and ability to craft/create is high up there :-D

Breast Cancer Awareness

I actually made this card before I saw this week's stampin' sisters in Christ challenge, but knew it would be perfect for it.  I punched out a heart on scrap paper then stamped the image in versa mark over the mask.  I then used the pastel chalks to color the image, added a ribbon and sentiment.  Easy peasy, but beautiful.  I love a CAS card when it comes together and I think this one did.  I plan to send it along with a stack of others to the compassionate cards at SCS.  I am so blessed to be in good health and want to reach out to those who are facing this horrible battle.  Thanks for looking!

Friday, October 22, 2010

Recycle It

I re-used the vellum front of this card from a card given to me.  Sadly, I have occasion to send a sympathy card for a dear man who recently passed in my former church.  I stamped the sentiment on the front in gold ink and layered in with nesties on Whisper White and Gold cardstock.  Thanks for looking and I am sure that the rest of the ladies in the Blogger's Challenge group have some lovely creations to check out by clicking on the icon in my side bar.  Have a lovely weekend!

Friday, October 15, 2010

For You

 I made this card for the sketch challenge at Christian Paper Crafts this week.  I plan to send it to the sweetheart who filled in as the guest host for these challenges when the regular person had a family tragedy.    The funny thing is that I started this card with the sketch and some DSP in mind.  I ended up changing the background paper after coloring my image...and I am happy I did.  I bought this paper (only 1 sheet) a while back and I LOVE it.  Too bad it is gone :-(.  I hope that "Stamptician" will enjoy it.  Thanks for looking and have a fabulous weekend :-D

Just Because

This week's Bloggers Challenge was to use Black, White and a splash of Orange.  I made this card using a movers and shapers sizzix window die.  It is good to have some all occasion cards on hand... just because ;-).  The other ladies in the Bloggers Challenge group created some real stunners this week, you can take a lot by clicking on the link from my side bar.  Thanks for stopping by, and I love to get your feedback!

Monday, October 11, 2010

Crazy Cajun Monday!

Today's post is a card I made for 3 challenges...a first for me!!  I continue to try and push myself a little more to learn and develop my "skills".  I used Cajun Craze and PTI white paper, Pumpkin Pie and Cajun Craze ink, MS border punch, corner chomper and my sewing machine for kicks.  My poor DH had to work 12 hour night shifts all weekend after putting in a full week last week.  That is the call of the Active Duty--to fill in wherever needed.  Since he was snoozin most of the day yesterday and this morning I had some time in my craft room.  He will be off for the next couple of days while my son is on semester break too, so we will be able to go and have some family fun--yeah!  Thanks for looking and hope you are enjoying some nice fall weather and family time too :-D

Sunday, October 10, 2010

reMEmber

I purchased my first digital stamp this week and this is the card I made with it.  When I make a card I seldom know where it is going to end up...or I would probably lay things out better.  They just kinda' evolve into whatever they are going to be.  Anyway, I was thinking about all that I have to be thankful for and the approaching Holiday season.  Please remember a military family this year...many will be separated from the ones they love.  My heart goes out to you Nikki.  TFL!

Panda Love

OK....so I really like this BG paper and I wanted to used the rest of one of my scraps!  I saw this weeks Mojo Monday Sketch challenge (late) and wanted to play along.  I had this panda on my desk from my frustrating day with the cricut and the xo paper I made for a valentine project from last year.  So all in all, this was a card put together from a bunch of leftovers....and I like it!  No excuses today ;-).  It is kinda' funny to me that the cards I like the most get the lease response, but that's A-OK.  I do not craft for any other reason than I really enjoy it and I hope to bless others in some way.  I will share a little bit more in that vein next week.  Hope you are having a great weekend...we have awesome weather here! 

Friday, October 8, 2010

October Sketch Challenge


This is my card for this week's Bloggers Sketch Challenge. It is called challenge for a reason...this sketch took a little time to come together for me.  As usual, this is not my first attempt.  I pulled out my cricut earlier this week at my husband's request.  He bought it for me and I haven't used it much.  I could not get the images to cut cleanly at wasted a lot of time trying to make it work anyway.  I am going to buy a new blade for it today and see if that does the trick.  I use SU card stock for all of my basic colors and it is pretty thick.  I tried doing the adjustments, but I think I just don't have a sharp enough blade.  I scratched that one and started over...and I am pretty happy with it.  I am not sure that it is a good representation of the sketch..but I am OK with that!  Thanks for looking and check out all the other creations by the group!

Take 2!
  I loved the first card...sort of.  After looking at all the other ladies' cards I decided that I could represent the sketch a little better, so I gave it a quick facelift!  TFL :-D

Monday, October 4, 2010

CASEing Jennifer McQuire....



I have been following Jennifer McQuire's blog because I love her style.  I have had this house stamp from PTI for about a year because I loved it, but haven't used it.  When I saw her post combining Hero Arts and PTI stamps I was so excited.  I ran right out to a local store and purchased this background stamp...lol!  Marketing works right?  At any rate, this is my take on her card which you can see here:
http://jennifermcguireink.typepad.com/my_weblog/2010/09/adsfadsfadsfa.html   Thanks for stopping by :-D

Saturday, October 2, 2010

Fall Thank You

This is a card I made earlier this week...I am pretty happy with how it turned out.  I started this card after browsing the web and finding a blog challenge to used some of the paper that has been stashed (or hoarded for over 6 months).  WELL...I  have plenty of that!  I am kinda' hooked on red in my house lately...so I think that was also an influence.   I started with a Kraft card base, then layered this cool paper from a pack hidden away in a drawer.  I love punches and using my big shot, so I punched out the word window and stamped the sentiment on a layer of white card stock underneath.  I used various markers to color the image, then cut it out and layered it with nestabilities.   I like how this turned out and may make a few more varied just a little for some teacher thank yous after next week's finals at my son's high school.  Thanks for looking and I always appreciate any comments you may have :0).

Friday, October 1, 2010

Anniversary Card

   This is the card I made for this week's Bloggers Challenge group.  Believe it or not, this very simple card was my 3rd try.  I am still not 100% satisfied that this came out exactly how I wanted, but there is a time to just quit.  I resisted the temptation to keep embellishing and tweaking it.  Masculine cards are definitely not my forte and no matter what, there is always a feminine element....good thing I married a man who is secure enough to just appreciate what I create and not mind so much!  I did try to keep the colors bold and the embellishments simple....anniversaries are about celebrating the love and romance with your mate so their had to be some hearts involved....right?   That's my story and I'm stickin' to it!  The other ladies in the challenge group are sure to come up with some knock-outs so give them a visit too.  Thanks for stopping by and I challenge you to celebrate the people you love in your life TODAY...even if it is not your anniversary, their birthday etc.  We aren't guaranteed any tomorrows...I'm just sayin'.  Have a great weekend :-D