Thursday, 30 June 2011

Always and forever

This is just a quick post of a card I did for a couple getting married soon.  I like the Clean and Simple (CAS) look.

  • Stamps - Waltzingmouse Say it Loud; Hero Arts clings
  • Cardstock - Very vanilla
  • Ink - SU Crumb Cake; Tim Holtz Distress Ink Antique Linen
  • Extra - Martha Stewart scallop edge punch
I also made this card for this challenge on Less is More using the following sketch -

  • Stamps - Waltzingmouse Stamps Say it Loud & Gingham & Co.; Hero Arts Sparkle clear
  • CS - SU Crumb Cake & Pink Pirouette
  • Ink - SU Chocolate Chip
  • Extra - Pretty in Pink Marker, 1" and 1 3/8" circle punches 

Saturday, 18 June 2011

Father's Day WMS style

This card is one I made for my daughter to give to her dad on Father's Day and I have used the WMS Challenge here to base my card layout on.  My chosen sketch is WMSC7. 

These card sketches are really clear and easy to follow.  This week's challenge is to use a sketch from over the past year, your choice.
I just received my newly ordered stamps from WMS this morning so was itching to ink them up.  I used the lovely 'Say it Loud' stamps that have a mish-mash of large and small fonts for variety.

  • Stamps - WMS 'Say it Loud'; Lily of the Valley
  • CS - SU Very Vanilla
  • Paper - Cosmo Cricket 'Togetherness'
  • Ink - Memento Rich Cocoa; SU Chocolate Chip
  • Extras - Copic Ciao markers, Nestabilities
Thought for the Week - Father's Day can be a happy time for many and also a sad time for those who no longer have their father with them.  I am truly thankful that, as a Christian, I have a loving, wise and gracious Heavenly Father, who only wants what is best for me.  Isaiah 9:6 says of the Lord Jesus Christ, the triune God that His names are "Wonderful, Counsellor, The might God, The everlasting Father, The Prince of Peace".  The name 'Everlasting Father' literally means 'Father of Eternity' - He is the only one who can give His people eternal life.  Eternal life is not gained by going to church, paying into the church, being a good person, reading the Bible or even praying.  No, eternal life is a gift from God through the blessed finished work of Christ on the cross of Calvary.  As a heavenly Father, He gives us the best gift only He can give - peace in our hearts, sins forgiven and a heavenly home when we die. 
Is God your Heavenly Father today?  If not, all you have to do is turn from your sin and ask Him to forgive you and cleanse your heart from all sin and He promises that the person who comes to Him will never be turned away (John 6:37).

Friday, 17 June 2011

PPA Challenge 98

This is a card I made for my first ever Pals Paper Arts Challenge found here.  Following a sketch makes card making so much easier.  This is the first card in ages that I have felt really happy with.
I used the beautiful October Afternoon 'Thrift Shoppe' papers; they make colour coordinating so easy!
My friend's daughter is getting married in July and this card is our acceptance reply!  I thought the colours were just so reminiscent of summer (even if the weather doesn't agree!).

  • Stamps - SU Elegant Thank you
  • CS - Basic Ivory, SU Real Red
  • Ink - SU Real Red, Tim Holtz Antique Linen Distress ink
  • Paper - October Afternoon Thrift Shoppe
  • Extras - PTI Butterfly dies, Nestabilities square large scallop, Ivory flat-backed pearls

Tuesday, 14 June 2011

WMS Challenge 51

I have really taken to using sketches to help me this past while.  This sketch is from Waltzingmouse Stamps (a company based in Northern Ireland and well worth taking a loooong look at!).  Claire's stamps are clear and amazingly detailed and at the minute one of my favourites ever!  I love the way she interchanges her use of fonts in the sentiments...beautiful!
This week's challenge from WMS is to use the sketch below:

I love these sketches as they really give me the kick-start I need to get my imagination going!  Here is what I came up with:

  • Stamps - Waltzingmouse Stamps 'Frame It'
  • Ink - SU Chocolate Chip
  • Paper - Prima Marketing 'Paisley Road'
  • Extras - Martha Stewart Border punch, SU Designer Buttons 'Brights Collection', Divine twine, PTI die

Monday, 13 June 2011

One Layer Challenge

Edited to add:  I completely agree with the two comments about the 'bean' corners!!  I had already started to add them when I thought 'NO! this isn't working!' and the more I look at it now the more scundered I am with it!!!  Thanks for being so honest, girls.  I can take it!!!!

This is a one layer only challenge from the 'Less is More' blog.  You have to use a frame and to take all the hard work out of it, I used this little forgotten-about stamp from My Favorite Things.  It was very quick and easy to do.

  • Stamps - My Favorite Things
  • Ink - Memento Rich Cocoa; SU Close to Cocoa; Antique Linen Distress Ink
  • Copic Markers
  • Extras - Cropadile Corner Rounder

Saturday, 11 June 2011

A bit late this week...

Sorry for the delay in posting this week.  Things have been hectic and it was Friday again before I knew it.  Anyway, better late than never!
Why don't you check out this fab freebie on the Sew Sweet blog?  You just have to leave a comment never know!

This is a card and matching gift bag I made last week for a couple who had a little baby boy!

  • Stamps - SU Sanded; Punch Bunch; PTI Way to go Kiddo!
  • Cardstock - SU Very Vanilla, Bashful Blue
  • Ink - SU Bashful Blue
  • Extras - Divine Twine, SU Button, PTI Dies - All booked up, Large Scallop edge; SU Punch - Small and large tags, word window, Cuttlebug swiss dots embossing folder, Cropadile 1/2" corner rounder, Kraft carrier bag

Thought for the week - Luke 8:43 - 48.  This lady had spent all her money on trying all sorts of cures for her disease but to no avail.  Twelve long years she had tried doctor after doctor, but nothing helped her.  When Jesus was on earth, she would have known that He could heal people.  Maybe she was afraid to ask Him to heal her, so she decided to secretly touch the hem of His garment, believing that she would be cured; so she did and she was!  Today, it is not always God's will for us to be healed if we are sick; maybe it is not His will for us to be healed now.  But the most important thing for us to understand is that we need God's healing for our sin sick soul.  We are all affected by the disease of sin and we need to have that dealt with first and foremost.  This lady had great faith and God indeed healed her; but he cleansed her soul first and gave her new life within and a hope for the future.  How important is faith in God?  We need to know that God can and does reward our faith; He can reward our faith immediately or maybe it is His will for us to learn to wait for a while.  Our responsibility is to have 'big' faith!!

Wednesday, 1 June 2011

Recipe challenge

I just made this wee card really quickly last night for a friend and used this challenge from 'A Passion for Papertrey'.  We are asked to incorporate the following into our design, including using at least one product from Papertrey Ink:
  • A dollop of colour (3 colours - plus neutrals if required, e.g black/white)
  • A sprinkling of buttons (2 buttons)
  • A pinch of ribbon (1 Ribbon)

I'm not sure if different coloured inks count as a separate colour but here are my 'ingredients' -

Stamps - PTI Love Lives Here, Background Basics Text Style
CS - SU Baja Breeze, Crumb Cake, Whisper White
Ink - SU Baja Breeze, Chocolate Chip, Tim Holtz Antique Linen
Extras - SU Buttons, Twill tape, Corner Rounder, PTI Bookplate die, PTI Hand die, Cuttlebug Swiss dots embossing  folder

Thanks for looking and God bless!