Phillipians 3:14

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

Friday, July 22, 2011

CPC July Retro/Vintage Blog Hop!


This is a card/paper weight that I made from a digital image that I downloaded and using a free font download for the inside corresponding scripture.  I was not very much into vintage images before this month's theme at CPC, but I am now!  I used an embossing folder and nestability dies to finish off this card that I did not even have to color (gotta love that)!  I really love the old fashioned feel of this card and hope you enjoy it too!  Thanks for stopping by and by all means join in the hop if you haven't already!  SDG Marsha

Monday, July 11, 2011

Gracious Glimpses July 2011

Today I am showing my sneak peek of the July Design Team Delight Gallery for CPC themed Retro/Vintage.  Our dear Jan has come up with the new and improved title of Gracious Glimpses....has a nicer ring I think.  Since this is not my usual genre, I began scouring the internet looking for digital images that would fit the bill. I didn't want to invest in new stamps and I wanted to incorporate my simple style. I came across this sweet little girl and couldn't resist her!  She sort of looks like the Morton Salt Girl to me.  At any rate, I broke out my Copics  and Prisma pencils and am really happy with the result.  It's a good thing too because I was recently busted out in front of my dh about the price per marker on these....and I have a bucket full!  It was really good timing to show him just how well they colored ;-D.  I hope to take a class next month so that I can start getting more mileage out of them...shading & light placement etc has never been a strong suit for me, so I am looking forward to that.  The rest of the design team has put together a range of super fun to elegant cards and will be showcasing them all week, so stop over to the creative blog to check out those glimpses too!

Wednesday, July 6, 2011

Digital Sunrise

Pheasant Silhouette
I made this card using a gorgeous new silhouette image from Angela Coles of Toucan Scraps that can be found here.  Angela is very talented with digital images while I am just learning.  I did manage to figure out how to air brush the background, but Angela also has a great tutorial here for that.    If you stop over to check it out...you may notice a bow tutorial recently too (hint, hint).  This card sadly, does not photograph anywhere close to how vibrant and bold the color contrast is in person.  My husband was disappointed that I did not make this a more masculine card for a  hunter.  I see elegance, he sees a rifle and dinner...which is really funny because since I have known him, he has never even remotely been interested in hunting! Men! haha

Tuesday, July 5, 2011

Shelter of the Almighty

I pulled this card together for a late entry into last weeks Fun on Friday challenge at CPC.  This was a great challenge and a pleasure to participate in.   Worry, fear and doubt cannot plaque me when I am meditating on the sovereignty and goodness of God.  He takes care of even the smallest birds in the sky, how much more has He taken care of me?  More than I sadly take the time to be grateful for on most days.  Thanks for stopping by, and I pray that you are blessed AND thankful for it!


Disaster Averted!

I went into my craft room intent on finishing a project and was dismayed that my Big Shot was making a terrible grinding noise and protesting any turning.  I asked my hubby to take a look at it, but was already trying to figure out where I could get another one cheap and fast. I was also greatly frustrated because I knew that it most likely had something to do with the salt and humidity here (my ongoing arch-nemesis)!  He could see those wheels turning and wanted to save himself some $$ and went to work!  He dismantled the entire thing and found one bearing that was rusty (proving my theory).  He was able to clean and lubricate it and reassembled the whole thing in no time at all.  It honestly works better now than the day I bought it!!  I should have never had a doubt!  I love that man and am so thankful for all the little things he does daily that just make my life better!  I thought I'd share the pics in case you ever wondered what the inside of your Big Shot looked like!
Disassembled!

The Culprit!
 

Saturday, July 2, 2011

Shine!

I made this card for this week's Bible Verse Challenge at Christian Paper Crafts.  Abby does such a wonderful job with this challenge each week, her blog is also just such a sweet refreshment for me.  She has the most serene and sweet spirit that just translates even across the web.  At any rate, I chose to ink up one of my Lizzie Anne Design stamps for this challenge ( I am sad to see them closing), because I wanted a more rugged lighthouse image.  This is a pretty simple card which is usual for me, but I think it came together nicely and will be for an encouragement to my pastor this week.  Walking by faith and advancing the Gospel is not the life for the faint of heart...and can be challenging.  It is good to encourage others always, especially those who are dedicated to proclaiming the Kingdom.  May the Grace of God be with you today.

Precious Friend

 For this week's clean and simple Saturday challenge I chose to highlight the out of the box technique.  For my sample I used two stamp sets and left the butterfly wings outside the nestability border when cutting it out.  I added a few embellishments to compliment the MME paper and that's it.  This technique appealed to me and my spiritual application is that in Christ there is no "box"...to grow in His Grace means constantly being willing to be stretched beyond my natural comfort zone.  I don't always appreciate that in the midst of the process, but I am so blessed that the Lord will not leave me to my own complacency.  Thanks for looking and I pray that you are having a blessed Holiday weekend celebrating the national liberty that we enjoy.  It is that liberty that allows me to worship openly and I am thankful to God for that!