Friday, January 12, 2018

Lovely Smpathy Card

Hello Card Makers,

Making sympathy cards may be difficult for some - death, sadness, tears, grief, etc.  But for those who believe in an afterlife, it is also a celebration of joy for a loved one because life goes on in heaven for that person.  Then, too, I find joy in making a special card to comfort a grieving family.  This week I found myself needing three sympathy cards, as friends in three different families had passed on.  I was pleased to find that I had two cards on hand and then set about to create the third card.  So, here's what I designed, simple but with a bit of elegance.

I  die cut a light blue piece of card stock  using the Spellbinders Nestabilities Decorative Elements die, then used the Sizzix Birds of a Feather embossing folder, added the sentiment, and finished by embellishing with pearls.  Thanks for stopping by today.


Tuesday, December 19, 2017

1 Peter Bible Study - John MacArthur

Hello friends, 

I just finished a great study on 1 Peter. Along with the bible I used the John MacArthur New Testament Commentary on 1 Peter, and my pastor's recent sermons. I didn't realize how much I was missing in 1 Peter until I did this study. The last paragraph at the end of the book says, 

"There is no shortcut to a Christian mind possessing those godly attitudes and motives Peter outlined. They will be perfected only as believers regularly and faithfully place themselves under the preaching, teaching, and study of God's truth and obediently allow His Word to change their hearts and shape their characters."

This is a very truthful reminder that we will never be in a closer relationship with God unless we study the bible, pray for understanding, listen to sermons, worship with other believers, and be active in developing our spiritual life. Just sitting at home and saying that, "Oh sure, I believe in God," isn't enough. "Even the demons believe—and tremble!" James 2:19  

I highly recommend reading this book.



Wednesday, December 13, 2017

Christmas Nativity Bridge Card

Hi there, card makers,

Just finished with my card class for today.  I've already shared two of the cards we made.  Today I am sharing the third card.  The Bridge Card fold was one I just learned this past fall.  I thought it would make a wonderful fold to showcase my nativity die.  Also, I love the way that the decorative paper on the panels is glued in order keeping the pattern on the paper flowing in its design.  Making some more of these cards for my Christmas mailings is next on my agenda.


Card Base: 
            1.         With the 8” x 4 ½” piece, score at 1¼”, 2½”, 5½” & 6¾”.  Fold using your bone folder to burnish the score lines.

             2.         Cut a 4” x 7¼” piece of DP.  As up cut the piece, keep the strips in order) at 1⅛”, 1⅛”,  2¾”, 1⅛” & 1⅛”.  I numbered them on the back starting with the left piece as number one.  
Adhere the DP pieces onto each of the 5 panels of your card from left to right. 

 Back Side of Card: 
            3.         With the cream CS panel (2 ½” x 3 1/2”), use a corner rounder on all corners.  Using
the Distress Ink pad and a sponge distress the edges of the cream CS panel.  Adhere to the backside
of the center section of the card.  This is for signing and dating or another sentiment.

            4.         With black ink, stamp the two sentiments onto cream CS.  Closely trim the extra CS
from the sentiments.  Make sure that it will fit on the Bridge piece.

             5.         On the larger sentiment piece, us a corner rounder.  On the small piece, round the
corners with  scissors.

            6.         Distress the edges of both pieces using the Walnut Stain Distress Ink pad and sponge.
Lightly distress the rest of the paper to match the DP background.

            7.         Adhere the small sentiment to the top of the center panel of the card. 

            8.         For the Bridge, layer the DP strip (1½” x 5½”) onto the green CS strip (1⅜” x 5⅜”).

             9.         Place a strong adhesive on the back of this front panel, no more than 1” from each
end.  Adhere it to the base card, lining up the bottom corners.

            10.       Adhere the larger sentiment to the front of the Bridge piece.

 Die Cut Nativity:
            11.       With the nativity die cut, add glue to just along the front bottom of it.  Slide it between the bridge and the two side panels.

That's it for today.  The card is fairly quick and simple, but looks lovely.


Monday, December 11, 2017

Staircase Christmas Card

A happy good morning to you! The card I'm sharing with you today may look challenging, but actually the only thing challenging about it is all the die cutting.  I cut out enough pieces for 10 cards for one of my card classes.  I have to admit that that was a lot of die cutting and I was very happy to get done.  But once done, the assembly goes easily and quickly, especially if you follow my step-by-step directions.  I think the directions are easy to follow, but if you have any questions please don't hesitate to contact me.

Finished card size 4 ½” x 6 ¼”

1.         Top fold a 4 ½” x 12 ½ “ red card base.
2.         For inside of card, cut a 4” x 5 ½” piece of white card stock and attach. 
3.         From white CS die cut the largest die from Spellbinders Card Creator Heirloom Legacy 
            (S6-010).  Attach it to the card front.
4.         From red CS die cut the small center die from the same set.  Trim off the piece along one end
            to make it straight.  This will be the bottom when attached to the wall.  Lay aside for now.
5.         From black CS cut a 4 1/8” x 4 15/16” piece.  Attach it to the front of the card over the white
            die piece.
6.         Die cut the Memory Box Classic Staircase (98665) from a piece of white CS which 
            measures 3” x 4 ¾”.  Attach to card front on the left-hand side over the black.
7.         From green CS die cut the Impression Obsession Cut Out Christmas Tree die 
            (DIE111-U).  Trace just the Christmas Tree part on red CS.  Trim the red tree inside the 
            tracing line and attach to back of green tree.  Also, die cut just the flourish part of the tree, 
            trim off the bit of the tree trunk, and glue inside the card at the bottom of the white mat.
8.         To decorate the banister, die cut at least 5 sprigs from green CS using Memory Box Small 
            Garden Sprig (931) and glue banister.
9.         I also die cut the Memory Box Mini Holly Leaves (98658) two times to use as filler on the
10.       Punch 5 to 7 small stars from red CS and add to sprigs on the banister.
11.       Punch one larger star for the top of the Christmas Tree and glue in place.  Add Wink of 
            Stella to the Christmas tree star (GL.Clear 999).
12.       For the wall hanging, stamp a very small sentiment on white CS, punch it out with a 1” 
            scalloped oval punch, glue it to the red die cut element, attach a tiny green brad to the top, and
            then glue it to the wall. 

I hope the card inspires you.  Thanks for stopping by.


Saturday, December 9, 2017

Long Ago on a Starry Night . . .

Hello and Christmas greetings,

Not that I'm crazy about snow, but it seems like we should have a little bit at least on Christmas day, so I would be okay with that.  Then melt, please.  Looking out the window I see dark cloudy skies and a cold-looking landscape that has gone to sleep for the winter.  However, inside it's a different story - warm and cozy, and making Christmas cards while listening to Christmas music, decorations, and drinking hot cocoa.  So delightful!  And that is how I feel about the card I'm sharing today.  I love the blues of the several layers and it has such a peaceful scene.  I can't help but think of that special birth long ago on a starry night.


Spellbinders Nestabilities Decorative Elements 4
Die-namics Stitch Mini Scallop
Cottage Cutz Holiday Floral Spray
Stamp from Tim Holtz Collection HL-M2-052
Tim Holtz Distress Ink Pad Walnut Stain
Tim Holtz Distress Ink Pad Pine Needles
Tim Holtz Distress Ink Pad Salty Ocean
PrismaColor Pencils
Green Jewel
Star Punch
Aleene's True Snow

Hope you are enjoying your days of decorating and shopping . . . and stamping, of course.

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.

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.

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.

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:


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

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.


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.


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.