Sunday, 29 July 2012

CASology #3 - Fruit

Hi folks! 
I think I'm just about in time if I get this post done now for the CASology Challenge which this week is the word FRUIT.  The stamp I used for this card is a digi stamp that was a freebie but I can't remember where I got it from.  I coloured it with Promarkers, added some glitter and some gloss on the fruit, a cherry, and printed the little sentiment from my PC using a new font I downloaded from The Digi Chick called Fonnetta.

Thought for the Week
I was thinking about this week's challenge word and it got me to thinking...what does the Bible say about fruit?  Well, it was because Eve was tempted to eat the forbidden fruit that sin came into the world.  It was the blessed fruit of Mary's womb, the Lord Jesus Christ, who brought salvation into the world to deal with this sin.  Then for the Christian, in Galatians 5:22,23 the Bible says: 
"But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness, goodness, faith,
meekness, temperance". 
The Christian is to be filled with these things when he or she is filled with the Holy Spirit.  Today, we should ask our heavenly Father to fill us with the fruit of the Spirit and help us to live a holy and godly life for His glory.

Thanks for looking and may God bless you today!

Thursday, 26 July 2012

Orange tree

Hi friends!  Hope the weather is good wherever you are.  Here in Northern Ireland, the weather has picked up a bit and it has been beautiful today...definitely a good time to get the bed sheets all washed!

So, for today's card.  This one is for friends of my mum who are very kind and thoughtful towards her, just to let them know that we appreciate what they do for her.
The stamp is a digi stamp from Pink Petticoat and I decided to colour it with different shades of orange.  The background papers are from Papertrey Ink.  I coloured this image with Promarkers and added some glitter for a bit of sparkle.

Thanks for looking today!

Friday, 20 July 2012

What makes you happy?

Well, here we are - Friday again!  Where do the days go?  They are flying past in a flash.
Today's post is for the CASology  challenge, where the inspiring word is 'HAPPY'.  So, I thought, what makes me happy?  It didn't take long to come up with the answer - home and family.  So when I remembered this stamp set I got from Purple Onion Designs by Stephanie Ackerman, I knew it would be perfect for this card.  Paper-pieced, it was quick and simple.  It will also do perfectly for a friend who is moving house today.

The papers are Echo Park (Sweet Day).
So, I hope your day (and weekend) is a HAPPY one!

God bless.

Thursday, 19 July 2012

Sing with a thankful heart!

Hello everyone!  I hope you are well today.
I would like to share with you a card with a cute image I have downloaded from DigiStamp Boutique called 'Cute Bird Collection'.  I am entering this card into the monthly DigiStamp Boutique competition.

 Isn't this little image sweet?  I coloured it with Promarkers.  The papers are new ones from Echo Park called Sweet Day and the little pompoms are from Ribbon Girls.  The sentiment is from Clear Dollar Stamps.  I am also entering this card into Word Art Wednesday.

Take care today!

Wednesday, 18 July 2012

Question - sober or not?

Good evening friends!  I was at my mum's house today and we had a good laugh about one of my cards yesterday!  This is the one with the stitched circles.   Anyway, she asked me was that the way the stitching was meant to be, all higgeldy-piggeldy, as if I was drunk when I did it!  Well, for one I don't drink so I was definitely sober and 'compos mentis' when I did it; and secondly, I really did mean for it to look like this - as I told her I'd seen it done somewhere else before and thought it looked great!  She even told this all to her neighbour and could hardly speak to her for laughing!  Then she gave me advice about how to do proper circles and mark it with a pencil!  Well, I'm glad to know that my cards cause such free entertainment, if nothing else!!!
So, onto today's card.  This card is for The Ribbon Girl Challenge - use aqua, blue and teracotta.  I am also entering it into Meljen Designs Challenge which is to make a card for a birthday.  Well, I have slightly altered the thought behind this because I would say this card is for a New Birth Day!  So I used a cute little laundry line from Meljen Designs (digi stamp) and coloured it with my Promarkers.  The sentiment is from Papertrey Ink.

Thanks for looking!

Tuesday, 17 July 2012

Missing you loads

Hi folks!  Yesterday I called to see my mum who is brilliant using the sewing machine and explained  to her about my little difficulties using my mini machine. Of course, when she looked at it, I hadn't actually threaded it properly which was why the thread kept breaking!  Anyway, SuperMum fixed it (thanks, mum!) and I was able to make this card with a random couple of rows of stitching.  It seemed like a good idea at the time and I quite like the effect of it, but it may not be to everyone's taste.  If you leave me a comment, please be kind and just humour me!
I am entering it into Less is More which is to make a One-Layer card with 3 things on it.  The stamp is a digi stamp (brilliant for being able to resize) from Pink Petticoat and I coloured it with Promarkers.  I am also, for the first time, entering it into CR84FN, which is to use the colours below.

Thanks for looking today!  And thanks, mum, for being so clever!!!

Monday, 16 July 2012

Silhouette friend and get well cards

Hello everybody and a happy new Monday to you!  It's not always easy to be happy about Mondays but the good thing is we're heading towards the weekend again!  (I'm tring to be a half-full glass person instead of being a half-empty one!)

My card today is another one that I'm entering into WMS as we can enter as many times as we like!  The Cameo Creations stamps are, of course, from Waltzingmouse which I was able to get for free because they cost £9.00 and that is the prize for winning the Big Cheese which I won in June.  The little strip across the middle with similar looking silhouettes was done using simple Washi tape.  Easy peasy!  I also added a piece of ivory jute from The Ribbon Girls.

I also have another card which is for Freshly Made Sketches.  As you will see from the sketch, I have turned this one on its side.  It was quick and easy to make, again using washi tape.  The stamp on this card is a digi stamp from Meljen Designs.  Take a look there - the digi stamps are fab!  The plaster was coloured with Promarkers so I am also entering this into the I Love Promarkers Challenge which is to include Circles.

Enjoy the rest of your day!

Saturday, 14 July 2012


Hi folks!  And welcome to Susie, my newest follower!  You can see Susie's lovely blog here.

Today's card was made for my son to give to his friends who are getting married in August and they have invited him to their Evening Reception.  Using the lovely sketch from Waltzingmouse and the two SU! colours from Dynamic Duos, I made this card for him. I am also entering it into Dieing for a Challenge. Of course, he'll not care what it looks like!  Men! 


I used my new Hexagon dies and my tiny butterfly die (My Favorite Things) which I got from Dies to Die For, along with a Notebook die from Papertrey Ink.  The stamps are WMS - polka dots, plaid, Spellbinder nestability vintage labels and the sentiment.

Thanks for looking!  See you again soon.

Wednesday, 11 July 2012

So what do you think...?

Good afternnon!  And a special welcome to my new follower, Kim!
Today's card is for a brand new Tuesday Clean and Simple challenge called CASology.  Every week there will be a cue card with one word on it and we have to make a card with whatever comes to mind regarding that word!  Just keep it clean and simple.  I am also entering it into A Passion for Papertrey and this week anything goes.

This week the word is SUN

The stamps I used are:
Sentiment - Papertrey Ink
Postcard - Lili of the Valley
Sun & rainbow - Clear Dollar Stamps

Now, for the question in my post title - I took two photos of the same card and I need you to tell me which one you think shows the card best please?

This one was taken in the kitchen with the sun coming in through the window

This one was taken in my front room where the sun doesn't come in during the day

Thanks for looking and I hope you can tell me which one looks best!

Tuesday, 10 July 2012

Hugs to you!

Hi friends!  Thanks for popping by.  Today I have only a quick post as things are quite busy here at the minute.  I am using WMS Sketch challenge #105 for this card, which was quite easy and I enjoyed this layout.  The papers are My Mind's Eye On the Sunny Side and the stamps are Teeny Trees from Waltzingmouse Stamps.  If you look closely (which actually maybe isn't a good idea!) you'll see I have done some stitching around the edge of some of the card.  The machine took off at high speed before I could control it, hence the tiny stitches on the right side!!  My hubby bought me a little cheap machine at Christmastime last year just for cards but I can't get the hang of it as the thread keeps breaking.  Either the tension is too tight (I have it on the loosest gauge now) or the thread is too thin.  Any tips would be welcome, as I really do like the look of stitching on cards and some people are so good at it.  Another thing I'm disappointed about is the fact that the lighting at my house never seems to be great for taking photos of my cards.  Anyway, it could be worse!


Thanks for looking!

Thursday, 5 July 2012

Retrosketches challenge

Today's sketch is from Retrosketches, a lovely challenge blog which has some lovely inspiring sketches.   I used my Die-namics butterfly die to cut some felt and the picket fence which is Magnolia, both from Dies to Die For.  The sentiment is Waltzingmouse.  The ink is Pink Passion (SU!) and the card is Crumb Cake (also SU!).  I am also entering this card into Dynamic Duos, Papertake Weekly (Anything Goes) and Simply Stamping (Clean and Simple).

Thanks for looking!

Double challenge!

Today I have a card that I made for two challenges:

I used Crumb Cake and (because I don't have Pink SU! colour) as close as I get could get to Pretty in Pink with my promarkers (Pale Pink and Baby Pink).
The little bird cage image is from Pink Petticoat and it is a digital image, coloured with the pink promarkers and also Caramel, then highlighted with SU! Dazzling Diamonds glitter.  The card is SU! Crumb Cake and the papers are First Edition.

Wednesday, 4 July 2012

Sweet Sugar Nellie

Good morning and Happy Wednesday to you!
Today I have a sweet card to share with you which I made for a lady who is an encouragement to me.  She actually makes me feel like a queen, as if I was someone important ;)
The sketch I used for this is from Sugar Nellie (the image is 'Erin' from Funky Kits) and the colour scheme is from Dieing for a Challenge (which is to use pink & green and also a die or dies from Dies to Die For).  Three of the dies I used are My Favorite Things Die-namics dies - the corner die, the mini banner die and the doily.  The scalloped edge was done with a Tim Holtz die.  For the sketch we also have the option of adding flowers but I felt that, because there are plenty of flowers on the Spring Drop paper, I'd be better not to overdo it and I just added the little charm.

FiChallenge87 (FlowerPower)

And here is my card following this detailed sketch

Thank you for looking!

Tuesday, 3 July 2012

Girly Card

Hello friends and fellow crafters!
Today's card is for The Ribbon Girls' challenge, which is to create a 'girly card'.  I got this digital image a few weeks ago from Pink Petticoat - these images come in singles or as part of a set.  Isn't it cute?  It was a simple card to do because the sentiment comes with it (although you have the option on the digi download not to use a sentiment), so all I had to do was to add some pastel colours.  I used my Promarkers - Pale Pink, Cocktail Pink, Pastel Green and Soft Green. I added the little close-up pic because I wanted you to be able to see the glitter on the frills and the flowers.

Thought for the Week
(Luke 8)

I was reading my Bible a short while ago and the story was about the disciples being out in the boat when an awful storm arose.  The Lord Jesus Christ had been healing many people and changing lives and He had fallen asleep in the boat.  The disciples looked around and panicked when they saw the storm, thinking they were going to die.  They awakened the Lord from His sleep and He immediately calmed the storm and the disciples' fears.
I realised from reading this that we are very often like the disciples, especially when we look around at our circumstances and begin to get afraid and panic.  We forget that the Lord is in control of every situation, even when it might seem like He is unaware of what is happening.  I need to try to focus less on my circumstances and myself, and remember that the Lord knows everything and only allows some things to happen to test my faith and to help me to rely more on Him.
Whatever your storm is today or in the coming days, remember that with Christ in the vessel (ie in your heart) you can sail through even the roughest tempest with Him in control.  Rest in the Lord for salvation and peace in difficult times.

God bless!