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.


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.


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 
of the mind.  

Washington Irving."


Wednesday, July 19, 2017

A Very Special Congratulations Card

What a lovely afternoon here in Wenatchee!  I hope you are enjoying these beautiful summer days.

I was commissioned to make a card for a gentleman member of the Moose Lodge.  He received the honor of earning the Pilgrim Degree of Merit, which I understand to be a very high honor.  I incorporated the emblem in the design of the card which I think made a nice touch.  And I just couldn't resist putting a small moose on the front of the envelope.  Since the colors of the emblem are red, yellow, and white, I chose those colors of card stock, and then added some black to hi-light.  Sure hope the requesting party likes it.  What do you think?

Thanks for stopping by.  Happy card making!


Tuesday, June 6, 2017

Banner Strip Card

Hello everyone,

Being a bit overcast ouside today led me to make some cheerful time inside.  So - card making is the name of the game.  I really like this Banner Strip card because when you lift the little banner strips, there is a secret message behind.  I also added a white card stock layer to the back where I could stamp a regular message, add a note, and sign my name.  Let me know what you think!

Here are some directions for you.  Hopefully they are easy to follow:

Green card stock panel 4 ½” x 5 ¾”
Orange card stock panel 4 ¼” x 5 ½”
Pattern paper panel 4 x 5 ¼”
Orange card stock banner 4 ½” x 1”
White card stock banner 3 ½” x 7/8”

Additional Materials:
Sizzix/Hero Arts Stamp & Die Cut Set – Floral #657776
3 Small Sentiment Stamps
Martha Stewart Leaf Sprig Punch
¾” Square Punch
Paper Cutter
Tape Runner
Glue Bottle and Glue Pen
Small Ruler and Pencil
Extra Green CS for Leaves
Extra White CS for Stamping
Big Shot
Distress Ink Pads – Tattered Rose, Barn Door, Fired Brick
Black Ink Pad

1.         Attach PP to orange panel.  Set aside.
2.         With the orange banner strips, score at ½” on one end of each and fold.
3.         Make a notch on the other end by lining the punch at an angle to form a notch.  Punch the other two plus the 3 white banner strips.
4.         At approximately ½” from the left side, stamp a different sentiment on each of the white banners using a black inkpad.
5.         On the assembled panel on the right side, make a tick mark 3/8” down from the top of the PP and another tick mark 3/8” up from the bottom of the PP.
6.         Glue the orange banners one at each tick mark and the third centered between the other two.
7.         On the inside of the orange banners, glue the white sentiment banners about 1/8” from the fold.
8.         Punch 7 leaves from the green CS.
9.         Using the large and small flower stamps, stamp one set on white paper using each of the 3 inkpads.
10.       Die cut with the Big Shot.  Lightly curl up the petals.
11.       Working on the left side of the card with the banners laying flat in place, put glue on only the bottom ¾” of a small flower and glue it to the PP.  The ¼” top of the flower should overlap the first banner at the bottom of the banner.  This will hold the banner closed.
12.       Put glue on the center portion of a large flower, between the second and third banners, and glue it to the PP, leaving the top and bottom petals loose.  This will hold those banners in place.
13.       Glue the remainder of the flowers and the leaves as shown in the sample.

14.       Attach the jewels to the center of the flowers.

Until next time.

Tuesday, May 9, 2017

Scalloped Punch Topper Card

Hi card makers,

Today I'm featuring the Stampin' Up Scalloped Tag Punch.  I wasn't really interested in purchasing this punch until I saw pictures of cards using this punch posted on Pinterest.   Well, I saw some great cards and now I own one of these punches.  So thank you to whomever the SU person is who came up with idea of using the punch in this way.  I love it!  It's really very easy and quick to make, so I hope you'll give it try.  Here's the card I made using this punch.  Directions are after the picture.


Scalloped Punch Topper Card
1.  One CS 5 ½ x 8” – Green
2.  One CS panel 2 ¼ x 5 ⅛” – Blue
3.  One CS panel 2 ⅟16 x 4 ⅛” – White
4.  One scrapbook paper 4 x 5 ½“ – coordinates with green and blue
5.  Blue Ribbon – 14 inches
6.  Dew Drops – 5 matching green
7.  One die cut from the blue – Spellbinders Shapeabilities Die D-Lites – Tiger Lillies
8.  Scallop Tag Punch – Stampin’ Up
9.  Guide marks for punch – 1 ⅟16

                     รŸ Measure in from sides and mark at 1 16” in on
                                              •           both sides and at both ends.  Scallop Punch slides
                 in here:   รก      Make sure the punch fits exactly between the marks.

2.  Cut off side pieces at top and bottom, leaving only the tab.
3.  Slide a scalloped punched end into the paper trimmer, from the right to the left.
4.  Score the tag.
5.  Next, score at 4 ⅛”. 
6.  Add scrapbook paper to inside – MAKE SURE THAT THE TAB CAN LAY OVER
7.  Adhere layers.
8.  Cut the die using the blue CS, adhere it, and add Dew Drops to the center of the flowers.

Paper Piercer
Small cutting scissors
Double Stick Tape or Tape Runner
Glue for holding embellishments secure
Paper Trimmer
Small Martha
Bone Folder

Scalloped Tag Punch from SU 

Friday, March 10, 2017

Sketch Card – Red Flower

Rain and snow yesterday - sunshine today.  Spring has got to be just around the corner.  So flowers are my theme today.  Bright red flowers.  I made this card from a sketch I saw on Pinterest.  This is what I was inspired to do for my card.

Here are some step-by-step directions in case you want to make one of these . . . or just use your own mojo! 
1.         Fold the white card base, set aside (8 ½” x 11”).

2.         Stamp a small flourish element stamp 6 times on white card stock with black ink and cut out 
            each one.

3.         Using a small strip of white card stock as a base, line up the 6 flourish squares to it,
            aligning along the bottom of the strip, then glue/tape them in place.  You may need to 
            trim off a bit.  Set aside.

4.         Stamp a flower on  red card stock.  Shade the flower with PrismaColor pencils: #PC925
            Crimson Lake, PC1029 Mahogany, and PC939 Peach.  You can use a Germany (blender) to
            blend the colors.  Set aside.

5.         On the bottom part of the card base, mat a piece of black card stock (4 1/8” x 4 1/8”), 
            leaving the right top unglued.

6.         Mat red checked card stock on top of the black (4” x 4”).

7.         Glue/tape the flourish strip approximately ½” down from the top of the red checked layer.
            Trim if necessary.  Set aside.

8.         Next, using the Garden Circle Die - JustRite Dies, die cut it from black card stock.  The die
            cut a round piece of red patterned paper and glue it to the back of the center of the Garden
            Circle die cut.  Glue the assembly to the card as shown in picture.

9.         Taking the red flower in hand, lightly roll up the edges of the petals.  Add Flower Soft to the
            center, and then glue to card.

10.       With a distressing tool, distress the edges of the small script rectangle; edge the rectangle with
             a sponge and Bard Door Distress ink; and then tuck it under the top of the black mat at the
             top right.  Also, tuck in a couple of little red punched elements.

11.       On the left upper area of the card, glue the “hugs” which was die cut from the (KaiserCraft
            Decorative Dies, Comfort Pack.

12.       Add jewels or Dew Drops to the bottom left side of the card as shown in the picture.

I hope you will give it a try and let me know what you think.


Saturday, January 21, 2017

Z Fold Card with Butterflies

Welcome to my blog!
Sitting here at my desk, the view out the window is one of grey cloudy skies, slushy streets, and snow plow humps of snow mixed with sand.  Not a pretty sight by any means.  Inside my head I'm wondering about how much longer will it be until we see some signs of approaching spring.  Maybe spring is in my head because I've been making a few butterfly cards lately.  I just finished up a simple card using the Z fold.  It's cheery and colorful and made me feel good all over.  Maybe it will do the same for you.

Card Base:  5 1/2" x 8 1/2" 
    Score at 2 1/8" and 4 1/4"
    Mountain Fold

Decorative Paper:  5 3/4" x 1 7/8"  and
                               5 3/4" x 1 1/4"

Ovals:  2 1/8" wide x 3" high
    Cut 1 each from decorative paper, polka  dot paper, and coordinating solid color card stock.

Dies:  Spellbinders Nestabilities S4-110 - Classic Ovals Large

Stamps:  "Wishes Have Wings" (company unknown)
               "If nothing ever changed there would be no butterflies" (Stampin' Up Flight of the 
                    Butterfly set)
                Large butterfly from Flutter clear stamps set by Basic Grey

Punches:  Two sizes of any butterfly punch

This is a quick and easy card that can be adapted for any occasion.  Thanks for visiting today.


Peek-a-Boo Card

Good morning friends,

Today I am sharing with you a new-to-me fold, called the Peek-a-Boo Card.  I saw this card on Pinterest and immediately knew that I had to try to make it.  I can laugh now, but at the time of the failure of my first try I felt nothing but disappointment. Whaaaa!  But . . . I saw what I had done wrong and jumped right in to try again.  I searched until I found video instructions and give credit and a big thanks to Norma Lee.  You will find her video at the end of her printed instructions.  Just for fun, see if you can find my mistake on the first card.

 If you didn't catch my error, then let me give you a tip.  Be sure to die cut your ovals properly spaced.  ๐Ÿ˜„  Hope you are challenged to give this fancy fold a try.


Monday, January 16, 2017

Triangle Joy Fold Card

Greetings friends,

Another cold day here in Wenatchee, Washington.  But also a perfect day to stay inside and enjoy card making.  Today I tried a new fold called Triangle Joy Fold.  The Triangle Joy Fold is quite different from the regular Joy Fold card.  It was brought to my attention by a challenge in a stamping group I belong to.  The sample tutorial that was given to us was in centimeters.  Although I translated the script to English, the measurements were still in centimeters.  Luckily I have a great centimeter ruler so the directions were quite simple to follow.  The card is 15 x 15 centimeters which is just under 6" x 6".  I'm going to try my hand at making a 5" x 5" using measurements in inches.  I think it would be fun to have a smaller version.  For now, here's the card I made for the challenge, in centimeters.

Here's the link where you can find directions:  my thanks to Stempeleinmaleins Blog.  Thank you for stopping by today.  Hope you are staying warm and cozy!


Saturday, January 14, 2017

Triple-Tier Slider Card

I just finished making the cutest card (not in the bragging sense)!  I love it!!!!  Can you tell I'm excited? The coffee theme stamps were so fun to use and the slider mechanism is awesome. I couldn't have done it without using a tutorial I found at Dawn's Stamping Thoughts.  Ms. Dawn, thank you for your wonderfully, easy-to-follow tutorial.

Here's my version of the card:

I used Stampin' Up Gorgeous Grunge for the background, using Distress Ink Brick Red, Tea Dye, and Broken China.  This is really a fun card to make.  I hope you'll give it a try.