Tuesday, November 7, 2017

Baptism Card

Hi fellow paper crafters,

There was a joyious occasion at church last Sunday.  A friend became a follower of Jesus and was baptized, and became a member of our church family.  I just have to say - Praise the Lord!  Today I'm sharing with you the card I made for her.  I'm so very happy for her decision!!!


Card Size:  8 1/2" x 4 1/4"
Stampin' Up Botanical Builder Framelits dies
Stampin' Up Elegant Dots embossing folder
Rubber Stamp from My Sentiments Exactly S118-10

May the Lord bless you and thanks for stopping by.
Annie

Saturday, October 14, 2017

Pop-Up Leaves Birthday Card



Hello Card Makers,

Today's post features a card that I taught in my class earlier this week. There's a nice surprise for the recipient when the card is opened as the leaves pop up and kind of float across the card. I made several using different sentiments along the fall/autumn theme. It is one of those cards that look likes it took a long time, but is really easy to make.

Wishing you a great week of card making.
Blessings,
Annie

Directions
1.         Score and fold the leaves in half lengthways.  With the three leaves, glue together only by the very tips making a string of leaves.  Set aside to dry.

2.         Adhere the two triangles to the base card, thus making a background.


3.         Stamp the sentiment on the inside of the card in the upper right portion of the card.  Set aside to dry.

4.         Stamp the “Autumn” word onto the small cream rectangle.  Layer onto the lighter green, then onto the dark green. 

5.         Wrap the layered panels with the green twine two times and tie in a knot at the top.  Adhere to the card front.

5.         Glue 3 small punched leaves along the diagonal line made by the two decorative pieces of card stock.

6.         Adhere the string of leaves to the inside with a really strong medium, making sure that the leaves will easily fold together.  Spacing will be determined by how much give there is in your leaf string.  The left leaf tip will probably be about 1 ¾” from the crease; the same for the right leave tip.  Glue the right tip first and close the leaf string; add glue to the left leaf tip and close card.  Hold closed until leaves are secure.

 Supplies
8 ½” x 5 ½” cream card stock, folded
5 1/4" x 4" - Cut two using coordinating scrapbook paper.  Cut each one in half diagonally.  You will have enough for two cards.

13 inches of green twine
3 medium die cut leaves

3 small punched leaves

Thursday, October 12, 2017

Camouflage Background Technique

This is a really fun and easy technique that only takes a couple of minutes.  It creates a quick background for a variety of images or die cuts.  I've been wanting to use my deer head punch and this cute little sentiment that perfectly goes with it, so this is what I came up with.


Here are the card measurements, supplies, technique directions:

CAMOUFLAGE BACKGROUND WITH DEER HEAD CARD


Brown card base         8 ½ x 5 ½ , folded
Beige/Cream Layer    5 ¼ x 4 – emboss with Sizzix Bricked EF

Brown Rectangle                    3 ¾ x 2 5/8
Olive Green Rectangle           3 ½ x 2 3/8
Beige/Cream Rectangle          3 ¼ x 2 3/16 – this piece is for the Camouflage Background

EK Success Deer Head Punch – punch from brown card stock
¼ Hole Punch – punch 3 circles from brown card stock
Dew Drops – Mowed Grass – glue the Dew Drops to the brown circles
Amuse Art Stamps “Deer Friend”  8-8451B



DIRECTIONS FOR CAMOUFLAGE BACKGROUND
1.         Crumple a solid piece of background paper into a ball. Straighten out the paper so it’s mostly flat again, and then crumple it a second time. This will produce a finer texture on the paper.

2.         Flatten the paper, then lightly drag the Dune Pigment ink across the surface of the paper. Don’t press down with the pad—just lightly drag it over the surface of the paper.

3.         Crumple paper again, flatten it, and drag the Crushed Olive ink pad across the surface.

4.         Crumple and flatten again then drag the Walnut Stain ink pad across the surface.

5.         If you want more color, lightly tap with the ink pads until you’re satisfied with the amount of color.

Give it try and see how much fun it is to watch the background come alive.

Blessings,
Annie

Thursday, October 5, 2017

Clear Card with Strawberries

Hello again,
Fresh strawberry season is almost over and I so wanted to make this card earlier in the season, so I could send out a few.  Alas, it kept getting putting aside.  Finally I have completed a couple of them and plan to mail them tomorrow.  I saw a card similar to this on Pinterest, which first got me interested.  I had no idea how to make an acrylic sided card so I was very thankful for the video that was provided.  That video can be found here.  However I made several changes that made it easier for me to put the card together.  Here is my version of the card and directions follow.



1. White cardstock – Cut a piece 6 1/2 x 4 1/4.  Score at 1 inch. 
 Fold at the score line.

2. Clear acrylic – Cut a piece 5 1/2 x 4 1/4.  Adhere to the top of the 1” flap of the white cardstock.

3. Cut 4 pieces of coordinating designer paper 1 x 4 1/4 inches. Adhere one to the front 1” flap and the 2nd piece to the inside of the 1” top flap, so that they are back to back.

4. At the bottom of the acrylic sheet, adhere the 3rd piece on the front and the 4th piece on the inside, back to back.

5. Adhere one large and one small strawberry and the leaves to the acrylic sheet on the left side.  

6. On the front and back of the acrylic sheet glue the matching 
strawberries and leaves, matching up the shapes. 

7. Stamp your sentiment on a small white decorative piece of card stock and attach to the right side of the card base.  Make sure the placement is pleasing to the eye and not behind the strawberries.  The sentiment should be seen through the acrylic sheet when the card is closed.

8. Or, you can stamp the sentiment directly onto the card base.

Hope you will give it a try and find that the directions are easy to follow.

Blessings,
Annie

Friday, September 8, 2017

A Golfer's Birthday

Hello Stampers,

Thirty-three years ago I met my husband on a golf course.  His birthday is coming up next month so I decided to make him a golfer-type birthday card.  Can you believe that in all these years I've never made one for him -- bought a few but never made one.  Since I have no golf stamps, I sat down at my computer and began a search for images that pertain to golf.  What fun!  I was amazed that there were so many to choose from.  I typed and printed the sentiments and think he will get a kick out of them.  And besides, the card stock is his favorite color - a burgundy maroonish - just like his Denali.   Here's my fun work of art.



I'll write in the lovey stuff later.  😍😍😍

Thanks for letting me share with you.  Many blessings.
Annie

Friday, September 1, 2017

Card Candy for Christmas

Hi Stampers,

Well, I was able to resist Christmas in July, but here on the first day of September, due to a swap challenge, I had to jump into a Christmas theme.  This is my first attempt at making multiples of Card Candy.  Lots of die cutting, Copic marker coloring, and jewels.  I used Lockhart Inchie Art stamps and stamped the images on 1 x 1 inch white matboard.  Also used a Stampin' Up label punch and two Spellbinders dies - Shapeabilities Frosty Forms and Nestabilities Fleur De Lis Squares.  The project was lots of fun even though it took most of my morning.


That's it for today, friends.  Enjoy the Labor Day weekend but please be alert and stay safe if you are traveling.

Blessings,
Annie

Wednesday, August 30, 2017

Jeremiah 17:8

Hello friends,
I have another bible verse to share with you today.  I love this verse because it gives me assurance that no matter the problems I face in life, God will provide what I need to get through them, and I have no need to be anxious and fearful.

"For he shall be like a tree planted by the waters, which spreads out its roots by the river, and will not fear when heat comes; But its leaf will be green, and will not be anxious in the year of the drought, nor will cease from yielding fruit."  Jer. 17:8

This verse, along with Psalm 1:3 teaches that one who trusts in God will not be free from trials and adversity, but that God will be bring fruit and blessing in and through those difficulties.  We are being compared to a palm tree that has been firmly planted in a well-watered oasis.  As everything about the palm tree is valuable and productive, so are the
righteous people of God.  The tree will not fear when drought comes, and will not be anxious nor stop bearing fruit.  Instead, it will stay green and
productive because its roots are deeply planted.  

May this verse bless you as it has me.
Annie

Monday, August 14, 2017

John 10:27

Just finished this bible illustrating and journaling this morning.  
My sheep listen to My voice;
I know them, and they follow
Me.  I will give them eternal
life, and they will never
perish.                     John 10:27

In this verse, Jesus is telling us that He is the Shepherd and we are the sheep.  What does it mean to “follow” Jesus?

Webster’s Dictionary tells us that “9, to take as a model; act in accordance with; imitate; 10. to accept authority of; obey.”

Webster also tells us that a “follower (a) a person who follows another’s beliefs or teachings.”

When you ask Jesus to be your Lord and Savior, you are committing to Him that you obey and will be a “follower” and will “follow” Him all the days of your life. In order to imitate Jesus and to follow His teachings, we must study the Bible.  How else will we know what His teachings are? It is not enough to say “I believe.” We must read the Word, take it into our hearts, and act upon it.

Thank you for stopping by.

Blessings,
Annie

Sunday, July 23, 2017

Easel Card - Modified

Hello again, stampers,

My card for today may or may not have a style name.  I couldn't find one, so I'm calling it a modified easel card.  I saw a similar one in a group on FaceBook; however the posting lady didn't know the name either and didn't have any directions.  So right there I had a new challenge!  I experimented with a couple of different sizes, and then finally decided this size is the one I like best.  Measurements and supplies are listed below the card photos.



Solid Light Yellow Card Stock
            *4” x 10 ¼ ”  -   Scored at 4 ½ ”, 9”
            *3 5/8” x 3 5/8”
            *Plus small scrap for stamping the Birthday Daisy image and punching small flower.  Cut out
              the daisy image.  Use 3D tape for mounting.

Solid Green Card Stock
            *Small scrap for stamping the image a second time.  Cut out only the center of the daisy.
            *Small scrap for die cutting the leaves

Decorative Paper
            3 ¾ ” x 9”
            3 ½ ” x 3 ½ ”

Rubber Stamp - Stampendous:  Birthday Blossom #F182
Die - Memory Box:  Sturdy Stem #98996   
Two Brads to match decorative paper.

This card is really quick and easy.  I hope you will give it a try.

Blessings,
Ann

Friday, July 21, 2017

Birthday Card for a Fisherman

Whew, what a busy morning card making!  I saw a card on Pinterest (my thanks to whomever created it) that inspired me to make it because it is just what I needed for my Pastor's birthday.  He is quite a fisherman so hopefully this card will be a hit with him as we celebrate his birthday on Sunday with cake and festivities.  The stamp set I used is from Stampin' Up called By the Tide.



The sentiment that I put on the left side of the inside card added just the right touch.  The stamp is from Our Daily Bread Designs called Fishing and the sentiment says,

"There is certainly 
something in Angling 
that tends to produce a 
Serenity 
of the mind.  

Washington Irving."

Blessings,
Annie