Sunday, August 24, 2014

Flip Flop Flower Card

I have a fun and whimsical card today that should bring a smile and brighten someone's day! I'll have to add a roll of Lifesaver candies when I give the card! 
 I have been kicking around this flip flop flower idea in my head for a few weeks and thought is was an original idea until Grace mentioned that she had seen the idea on Pinterest. Oh well! I made this card for the SCS Free 4 All Challenge  F4A235. 
I used a lot of Our Daily Bread Designs product on this and you can click the links in the materials list to find these items. I began by constructing my flower first. I took the left flip flop from the ODBD Walk With Jesus Stamp set and stamped it on white card stock with pink ink eleven times. Then I cut them out using the small die from the flip flop die set. I sponged the toe of the flip flop, used a stylus on the toe to add dimension, added bling to each one and glued them together. While I waited on the glue to dry, I cut out two of the small and one large aster with the ODBD Asters and Leaves Die. I also sponged these pieces. I thought the small asters needed something more so I glued them together and took the heal of the flip flop stamp and stamped the fish pattern. I then glued all of my flower layers together and added bling to the center.

I used a pink A2 card base and added the textured ocean pattern as a layer. When I placed the flower on the card, it reminded me of a water lily so I added a few leaves and swirly vines. I added the words to my large flip flops, sponged, blinged and glittered. I used thin dimensional foam on the shoes and affixed them to the card. At the very bottom I added a strip of border and topped it with a pearl and lace trim.
Materials List
Stamps- ODBD Walk with Jesus, ODBD My Lifeguard
Ink- SU! Pretty in Pink along with the matching marker to color the flip flop straps
Card Stock- White, SU! Pretty in Pink, SU! Certainly Celery, SU! Green Galore
Fiskars Ocean Texture Plate
Dies- ODBD Flip Flop, ODBD Fancy Foliage, ODBD Asters and Leaves, ODBD Beautiful Borders
Dimensional Foam
Glitter Glue
Trim from Hobby Lobby

Saturday, August 23, 2014

Parchment Pansy

Hey Stampers! I have just returned home after taking my daughter back to college and getting her settled into her new digs! There will be no run down tiny dorm rooms this year. Instead a quaint apartment one block off of campus and a real kitchen, in which to cook! I'm exausted after this whirlwind trip but happy to bring you a new project.
It's time for another SweetStamps Challenge and this week the theme is Anything Goes -183! Head on over there and throw your project in the ring and you may win free SweetStamps product.  I chose to create another floral card using Parchment Craft tools and techniques. I explain how I made this card here on the SweetStamps Blog. The tools and materials may be purchased on the SweetStamps web site. This first photo shows how the center is popped up.
 This is a close up of the piercing I did as an added decoration.
The project is straight forward but if you have any questions, please feel free to ask. I would be happy to help you in any way that I can. I have added a materials list for your perusal. Join me again next week for another SweetStamps challenge!

Materials List
Ink-Versa Mark watermark pad
Papers- Parchmennt Paper, sei White Elegance Designer paper pad 12x12, SU! Cameo Coral card stock, SU! Green Galore card stock.
Embossing folder- Cuttlebug Victoria
Stamps- SweetStampsPansy Layers Frame 474k
Piercing/perforating pad 31419 and staggered magnetic grid from SweetStamps
PFT-A002 Two needle piercing tool from SweetStamps
Fine White detail embossing powder
White Gel Pen
Colored Pencils
Blending Stumps
Pink Half Pearls and trim from Hobby Lobby
3/8 inch white organza ribbon


Saturday, August 16, 2014

Art Nouveau In The Garden

Good Morning Stampers, I hope you like today's card! I had a lot of fun making it for you and I think it is very cheerful, bright and pretty! I bring you this post as the August guest designer for SweetStamps and I will be highlighting some of their lovely stamps!
I combined their weekly and monthly challenges to create this card. The weekly challenge 182- In The Garden worked well with the August Monthly Technique challenge- Double Side Step Card. Be sure to check those out and add your design to those challenges. You may win a gift certificate for your effort!
I explained how I made this card on the SweetStamps blog post but I am leaving the complete materials list here.
Materials List
Stamps by SweetStamps- Special Day, Cabbage Rose ATC 1011, Art Nouveau Vertical Border 4008
Ink Pad- Memento Tuxedo Black
Spectrum Noir Alcohol Markers-(PP1,3,4,5) (BT4,5) (BG1) (CT1,4) (CG2,3)
Dies- Spellbinders Grommet Tags
         Spellbinders Labels 20
          ODBD Custom Ornate Borders and Flowers
Paper- DCWV Luxury Stack 12x12
            Prima Madeline 6x6
            Smooth white card Stock by Beckett Expressions radiance
Tim Holts Crystal Stickles
Light teal bling

Thanks so much for stopping by today and feel free to leave a comment or ask a question!

Friday, August 15, 2014

Taking A Look Back at the Our Daily Bread Designs August Release

Join me today as we take a look back at the Our Daily Bread Designs August release! I have had a blast working with these beautiful stamps for the last few weeks and have come to the conclusion that these are some of my very favorite stamps, in my stamp collection!
Today's project is a vintage style gate fold card! The card base is kraft card stock and then I cut five panels of teal designer paper to line the card. I inked my Cuttlebug Victoria embossing folder with Soft Suede ink and ran a piece of vintage designer paper called marmalade through my die cutting machine. I cut this down to make the panels on the front of the card. next,I took some printed cork and cut the shape on the left from theODBD Onate Borders and Flower Die set. Then I stamped the sentiment from the ODBD Walk with Jesus stamp set and die cut it with the ODBD Pennants die. Before I removed it from the die, I sponged around the edge to add that vintage feel. On the right side, I stamped the Flip Flops from the ODBD Walk with Jesus stamp set onto printed cork and cut it out with the matching ODBD Flip Flop Dies. I added tiny peals to the center of the flip flop and larger pearls to each corner of the panel.
The center of the card features the lifeguard stand stamp which I cut with oval spellbinder dies and mounted onto an embossed Heritage Cuttlebug frame. I inked the embossing folder first to get this vintage look. Next, I added a few pearls and inked a few edges to finish everything off.  
If you haven't already been to the ODBD blog today, head on over and see what we have for you there about the release. Make sure you hop on over to the other design team member blogs and check out the details on what cool stuff they made too!
 Julie * Cathy * Paula(me) * Grace * Chris * Lori * Dawn * Sandee * Wanda * Stacy
These are the Our Daily Bread Products used to make this card.


Tuesday, August 12, 2014

Ocean Anchor Storm

 I made this for a Dare to Get Dirty Challenge on Splitcoaststampers DTGD14wendybell.
 I used stamps from the Our Daily Bread Designs August release. I started by stamping My Lifeguard off to the right onto glossy card stock. Then I used the masking technique to stamp more ocean and beach from this same stamp as I worked across from right to left. Then I stamped the large anchor from Anchor the Sould to finish off the design. I also stamped some extra birds too! I used ink to color the sky and sand. Then I used water based markers to color the other parts of the design. I finished everything off with some highlights and a clear sealer.
I layered the image with black card stock and added a sentiment with a banner. I used thin foam dots to layer with. The anchor is actually stamped on the banner and again on the sentiment for a 3D effect. I stamped the Crocheted Border Die on the card base at the top and bottom and let just the edges peek out. This sort of has a shell look about it and I wanted to add just a bit of texture.

Materials List
Card Stock and Paper- Black, SU! Ballet Blue, Glossy CS, Smooth White, ODBD Christian Faith Collection
Stamps- ODBD My Life Guard, Anchor the Soul, ODBD Crocheted Border
Dies- ODBD Vintage Labels, ODBD Pennants
Ink- Adirondack Aqua, Lemonade, Name This Color
TH Distress ink Wild Honey, Tea Dye, Vintage Photo      
SU! Taken with Teal, Tempting Turquois, Bashful Blue, Creamy Caramel, Cameo Coral, Blush Blossom, White
SU! Markers- Going Gray, Basic Gray, Sahahra Sand, Creamy Caramel, Soft Suede, River Rock, Close to Cocoa, Certainly Celery, Cameo Coral, Summer Sun.
White Gel Pen
Clear spray sealer
Foam dots

I hope you like it! Thanks for stopping by!

Saturday, August 9, 2014

Bling, bling Challenge at SweetStamps

Good morning everyone, if you are here for the Carriers of Faith monthly challenge, then please scroll down to the next post below.  This post is about  SweetStamps and their weekly blog Challenge. Each Tuesday they post a new challenge and the talented folks over there have invited me to fill the August guest designer slot for the next few weeks.  I happily accepted their invitation and I will be posting my version of the weekly challenge each Saturday during this month.  The current challenge 181 is Bling. You already know how much I like to add sparkle and glitter to my projects so this challenge is easy peasy!
For this challenge, I took the SweetStamps 566F -Elizabeth and 443G-Boots and Gloves duo stamps to make this feminine card. Don't you just love these vintage stamps? Let's start with the A7 card base and work our way out from there. I chose this pretty mint green designer card stock from the DCWV Luxury stack and trimmed it to 10 x 7 inches and folded it in half along the 10 inch length.

The next layer is a pretty piece of pearl  paper from the DCWV Formal Affair stack and I stamped the shoes and boots on this with black memento ink. I colored them with colored pencils using the Gamsol Technique. I attached this piece to the back of the embossed frame which I cut using my Cuttlebug Emboss Plus Brocade Window die. 
I used a beautiful piece of pearl foil paper from the SEI White Elegance stack because it has this wonderful tone on tone print and adds to the texture of the embossing. You can see that I added a bit of bling to the pattern. You can also see the peach and coral card stock that I used as a background for mounting the main image.
Here you can see a close up of the main image. I used black memento ink to stamp Elizabeth onto heavy white vellum. I turned the image to the back and colored her with colored pencils using the Gamsol technique. I didn't add a lot of shading because it is difficult to see it through the vellum. If you look closely, you can see shading on the umbrella as well as a few other places. I fussy cut the image and added a bit of glitter glue. If you are interested in how I affixed this image to the card stock, then check out my SweetStamps post. The glue is hiding under the hair, waist ruffle and bottom ruffle. My post today at SweetStamps can be found here so feel free to cruise on over and check it out! I added the main image to the frame and thought I was finished. I was trying to make a card that would mail easily but I just couldn't stand it and had to add some extras. I glued several sets of lace flower petals together and added bling to the center. A few swirls of bling and leaves finished out the front. The leaves were cut using my Cricut machine and then  I turned my attention to the inside of the card.
Most of my cards have several layers on the front and this makes the card heavy on the front and light on the back. It doesn't feel right and isn't balanced well so I add some layers to the inside. This helps even things out. It also makes the card more substantial and luxurious. I don't think it takes a lot of time or costs much but it is well worth the added effort. I cut a rectangle of the same paper I used as the card base and affixed it to the inside. I cut a second rectangle about the same size as the first out of the pearl paper that I also used on the front. I took my Martha Stewart Floral Vine border punch and used it along the top and bottom. I glued it down with my ATG gun and called it a day. When I am ready to use the card, I can stamp a sentiment onto the pearl paper or add another die cut layer with a sentiment as I did on this card.

I'm also combining this with Julie's Dare To Get Dirty challenge DTGD14justwritedesigns at Splitcoaststampers If you want to find out about it, you'll have to go look for yourself because we can't spill the beans about the details of the challenge.

Thanks for joining me today and stop by again soon!



Today is the August Carriers of  Faith (COF) blog post challenge and April is our hostess. Here is the challenge she put before us, in her own words.

August Challenge:
" Since we post the day after my wedding anniversary, I would like everyone to make a project based on one of the scriptures read at my wedding: 
Scripture: 1 Corinthians 13: 4-7 Love is patient; love is kind; love is not envious or boastful or arrogant or rude. It does not insist on its own way; it is not irritable or resentful; it does not rejoice in wrongdoing, but rejoices in the truth. It bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things.your card doesn't need to be based on a spousal love, and as such, I would love to hear a story of one of your loves!"

I could have chosen many people to write about today but when I saw that April was using scripture from I Corinthians, I just had to make another card using this stamp from Our Daily Bread Designs and write about my spouse. Our thirtieth wedding anniversay is coming up the end of this month and it's only fitting that I share about that particular love relationship.

We met on a Sunday morning in the fall of 1982 at a devotional/praise/prayer group. One of the single guys (Rusty) from my church lived in a house behind the church. He opened his house up early on Sunday mornings for the singles group and 30 or 40 people would attend before the actual church service. Our church was always crowded and short on parking spaces so we would walk from Rusty's house to the church. Now we had quite a few guys from the Air Force who were part of this group. Many of them were working on graduate degrees at the Air Force Institute of Technology. This particular Sunday was my first time attending the praise group.  My future spouse (Adam) stared at me from across the room and quickly found me during our walk from the house to the church. We chatted as we walked and eventually started dating. Fast forward to the evening of August 24, 1984 and we were walking down the aisle and getting hitched!

A lot has happened over the years both good and bad. It's the bad times that test our love and resilience. We have both endured many months of being apart because of Adam's military service. Throughout the years he had many jobs that were the "I could tell ya but I'd have to kill you kind of jobs."  Sometimes he would call me while he was on a trip from an undisclosed location. Most people find this bizarre but travel and secrecy is normal military life for many families. After our daughter was born, Adam was travelling so much for work that he missed half of the first nine months of her life! Having my spouse gone for days and months at a time tested me over and over again. These were the times when things like a vehicle would break down or the house heating would quit working during bitter cold temperatures. I had to fend for myself and I disliked it!

There have been many other bad times and tests along the way. I have found that these times have strengthened me and have made me grow closer to God. It's how God molds us into the people we need to be. I always hate the process but often times appreciate the result! Love is easy when things are good. It takes enduring the bad times to grow and strengthen a love relationship! The next time you have to deal with the bad, find the good in it and realize that you are going through a love growth spurt!

The card I created will be Adam's anniversary card later on this month. It also fits the criteria for one of the Dare To Get Dirty Challenges at Splitcoaststampers. Lydia posted this one and if you want to know more about it, you just have to go find out for yourself. We can't spill the beans about DTGD14UnderstandBlueB.

I began with April's and Lydia's challenge. First I pulled out this stamp and then went searching in my craft room for other interesting things to use. I pulled out my big box of die cuts and found these black invitation pockets that I picked up on clearance at Michael's. I cut it down and added glitter to the swirl. Then I added a strip of Lace/ribbon across the front and adorned it with a rose from some black rose trim. I cut white card stock to back the pocket and make it sturdier. (I glittered this about five hours before I took the photo and the glue is still wet. It will dry clear with a more transparent look. It's just been a rainy day and it's taking forevah to dry!)

The card is made from several layers of card stock. I used several different corner punches to add a bit of decoration. I used the Sizzix Oval Scallop Frame to frame out the scripture and added two different sizes of pearls around the edge. I also added pearls in each corner to finish things off.

Now scroll down and find my other COF buddies on the right side bar. I'm sure they will have some interesting stories to tell and some beautiful project too!



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