Friday, April 25, 2014

The Easter Tree Crosses

These crosses were made for my Easter tree. The large ones are styrofoam and I have used glue and straight pins to attach the beads, trims and sequins. The center of this particular cross is made with a vintage blingy button which belonged to my husband's grandmother.
 These smaller crosses are paper mache that I painted and then added silver Viva Gold paste to looks like metal. I used half pearls and a tiny pearl strand for decoration.I used some pearl and bling medallions from the wedding section at Hobby Lobby for the center.
 I didn't need to purchase many items to make these since I had so much already in my stash. I purhcased the styrofoam crosses after Christmas one year several years back and the same goes for the paper mache pieces too!

I like these on the tree to break up the egg shape and add extra interest. If you have any questions, feel free to ask. Thanks for joining me today!

Thursday, April 24, 2014

The Egg Tree Ornaments

About four decades or so ago my aunt began making Christmas ornaments very much like these and covered a large tree with them. After she passed away, family members were each given some of her egg ornaments and we appreciate them each season as we hang them on the tree. Last year, my Mom and I decided to start making some new ornaments for Christmas. 
After Christmas I continued to make them and fill them with spring items so that I could have an egg tree for Easter/Spring. The tree needs more ornaments so I am making new items for it and wanted to share some of those with you today. 
I take our farm eggs and cut the front out so that I can dump out the egg. I then wash and dry the shell so that I can craft with them. Some how, most of my craft projects carry over into the paper crafting realm and these projects are no different. On the inside of this egg is a piece of Victorian clip art from Dover Publications that I printed on white GP card stock and cut out. I then added some glitter and a small piece of foam so that the image would stand up. often times I shade and draw on the clip art if needed but this one didn't need a thing except the glitter to make it pop! I added some moss and the top of a vintage stick pin which is a small bunny figure that you can see in the foreground.
The girl has an apron full of bunnies and I thought it would be cute if one was on the ground trying to get away.

The outside is decorated with seed beads, pearls and trim. These pearls are vintage glass beads from Japan that were part of my husband's grandma's stash.

 I used a mulberry rose on the back which I covered in Mod Podge. This protects the paper and makes it easier to keep dust free for decades to come. I am entering this in the Inspiration challenge 437 at SCS,
 This egg ornament contains a small Bible and dove. I picked up the Bible from the doll house section at Hobby Lobby. I've had the dove in my stash for decades but they can still be found in craft stores. Look in the wedding section for these. I added glitter to this one.
 I left the back of this ornament open to let light shine through. I added small greens to give dimension and interest to the back of the Bible.
I hope you enjoyed a peak at my Spring decorations because I have more to show you in the next few posts!

Friday, April 18, 2014

Cross of Christ Easter Decor

 My previous post was the Color Challenge 474 at Splitcoast Stampers. I like this color combo so much that I decided to create another project. I was inspired by this card that Grace created. So , I am combining another color challenge with the ODBDSLC198 He is Risen with Pastels challenge at Our Daily Bread Designs.
 I decided to make this 5x7 piece and frame it as an Easter decoration. I already had this frame on hand and have had it for several years. I hand colored the flowers using SU! pretty in pink reinker and Tim Holtz Victorian Velvet Distress Reinker.
There is dimensional foam between the two sets of ovals, between the oval and large cross and again between the large cross and the pink cross.
The large cross was created on my cricut using a basic T shape and an I shape that have been welded together.
Materials List
Stamp- Our Daily Bread Designs Cross of Christ Stamp Set or the Single Stamp called Cross with                     Vines
Ink- SU! Regal Rose, SU! Sage Shadow Pigment, SU! Pretty In Pink
CS-  SU! Pink Pirouette, SU! Very Vanilla, Light Green from Card Stock Warehouse
Designer Paper- Anna Griffin 2001 Pink Toille
Dies- QuickKutz Nesting Doily Die, Justrite Vintage Labels
Flowers- Iamroses Cherry blossoms, Lilly, roses
Pearls by recollections
Diamond Dust on tips of some blossoms
Dimensional Foam
Cricut Letters came from the Cricut Craft Room Basic Shapes which is free and part of the basic software.


Thursday, April 17, 2014

Tulip Watercolor Card

Hello crafty friends! Today's card was made for the SCS Color Sketch Challenge 474-Very Pink Pudding. The soft pinks and greens have always been my favorites. They are the accent colors of my craft room. Just look at these pin cushions and decorative jar projects that I have decorated. The real challenge for this project wasn't the color combo but the no stamping twist. I picked up a couple of tulip images on the Internet and merged them. Then I made a few slight changes of my own and then traced the image onto watercolor paper. Keep in mind that I have not water colored anything in several yrs. I threw away the first two images because I had too many mistakes. This tulip blossom has several mistakes but I kept it because I wasted too much time learning how to watercolor again. It will do for a card front but not as framed art. I had intended on this 5x7 inch card to be placed in a frame later on.  The idea was that I could give the card away along with a 5x7 frame. The recipient can then remove the glass and insert this ready to go art as a decorative piece. Oh well! I guess I better practice some more.

The laces on this piece came from my husband's grandmother's stash of sewing supplies and they are vintage. The leaves are made from an art paste. I made them several years ago by tinting the paste and then piping out the leaves with cake decorating tips. The paste dries hard but will break if a lot of pressure is placed on them. They are similar to plaster.
Materials List
Card Stock- SU! Pink Pirouette, Card stock warehouse green, 140# Strathmore watercolor paper, 96# bristol paper by Canson
ink- SU! Sage Shadow Pigment
Watercolor Pencils- SU! pink, dark green and pale green,  Derwent Burnt Carmine 65
Dies- Cuttlebug Emboss Plus Brocade Window, Tim Holtz Styled Labels
Punches- Martha Stewart Deep Floral Vine, ek success Wide Border Fern
Pearls from Recollections
Handmade Leaves
Vintage Lace

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Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Charmng Teacup

Good morning! I thought I would share this card today because of the bright spring colors that I used and since this is Easter week! Purple and spring equate Easter in my mind.  Several weeks ago I pulled out my Our Daily Bread Design stamps and made a few projects. This was a brand new teacup stamp that I purchases with my Christmas gift certificates back in January but I couldn't use it until I had completed my 100 day challenge over on Splitcoaststampers. Playing with new stamps was my reward!
I know it looks like I used a large die cut on the front of this but that isn't exactly true. I pieced together a square spellbinders die with a border punch to get this faux rectangle die cut.
On the insde, you can get a better look at the Martha Stewart border punch that I used on the faux rectangle. The dark purple card stock is SU! Elegant Eggplant. I used designer paper from Pink Paisley and Prima to decorate the interior of the this project. If you need more details about this project, just contact me. I forgot to write things down as I was creating but I should be able to hunt down the information if needed.
I haven't stamped a sentiment on the inside yet. I think this would make a wonderful friendship, thinking of you or birthday card. I'm leaning towards birthday but Mother's day just popped into my head too! In any event, I'll be giving this to someone special in the near future!
I'm off to drool at some watercolor images! It's been a while since I have pulled out my watercolor supplies and it's high time I play with them. Have a fun filled crafty day and leave a comment if you stop by. I'm always happy to hear from you!

Friday, April 11, 2014

Mightier Than Thunder

Hello crafters! Today I have an image which I colored several months ago when I was practicing coloring with alcohol markers. When I saw the ODBD challenge for this week, I quickly pulled out this image and made this card. I also added glossy accents on the water for a bit of shimmer. For some reason, I highlighted the things on the beach and neglected to highlight the water. I realized what I had done after I started adding the glossy accents. I guess next time I will have enough sense to remember! LOL! ,In any event, it still turned out to be a nice card.

I used burlap from the DCWV 6x6 Burlap stack and fringed the edge. This card measures 5 6/8 x 5 6/8 inches.

You may join in the challenge here and you have until Sunday to upload your project.
Materials List
Canson 96# Bristol Paper
CS-Beckett Expression Pure Radiance White, SU! Taken With Teal, DCWV Burlap,  SU! Black, Pink Paisley DP
Stamps- Our Daily Bread Designs The Mighty Sea
Memento Tux Black Ink
Spectrum Noir Markers
White Acrylic Paint
Glossy Accents
Dimensional Foam

Wednesday, April 9, 2014

COF April Blog Hop 2014

Hello blog friends! Thanks for joining me in my first blog hop as a new member of the Carriers of Faith blog group! At the end of this post, I will explain how and why I chose this image to go along with the text. We have Mark 9:36-37 as our theme text and I have a few observations to share with you!
This account is actually mentioned in three of the four gospels.

 First let's begin with the Mark 9:36-37 which reads....
36 And he took a child, and set him in the midst of them: and when he had taken him in his arms, he said unto them,
37 Whosoever shall receive one of such children in my name, receiveth me: and whosoever shall receive me, receiveth not me, but him that sent me.
Mark 9:36-37(KJV)

Jesus had been travelling with and teaching the disciples across the countryside when they saw a man casting out the devil . This man was a follower of Jesus but not one of the twelve disciples. Keep in mind that as they had been travelling, they picked up disciples along the way. When this man did not follow along with the other disciples, he was criticized by them.(as a side note, at this point in time, the chosen twelve had been assembled.)
Later on, the disciples began a discussion about who among them was the greatest. Jesus caught wind of the conversation and asked them about it. The disciples weren't proud of their dispute and said nothing so Jesus decided it was time to teach a lesson. Jesus begins by telling them that if they wish to be first, then they must be last. They must be a servant to all! Next he takes one of the children from the house which he is staying and places the child in the middle of the group and tells them if they receive one child in the name of Jesus then they also receive God the father.
Immediately John asks about the follower which they had criticized. Jesus corrects the disciples and tells them they should not have criticized this man because he is the doing the same as they. This man is their brother in Christ and not an enemy. They are all children in the same family!

Now let's go to Matthew 18:1-5(KJV)
At the same time came the disciples unto Jesus, saying, Who is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven?
And Jesus called a little child unto him, and set him in the midst of them,
And said, Verily I say unto you, Except ye be converted, and become as little children, ye shall not enter into the kingdom of heaven.
Whosoever therefore shall humble himself as this little child, the same is greatest in the kingdom of heaven.
And who so shall receive one such little child in my name receiveth me.

In the book of Matthew we glean even more information. We learn that we must also be like little children and humble ourselves, if we want to be first and not last in heaven. Keep in mind that, in the day of this teaching, children were ranked lower on the totem pole of importance. Adults were more important than children in the culture. Don't misunderstand what I am saying here. Children were still important in God's eyes but they had a lower rank in society. Jesus was giving the disciples an easy way to relate to and have a full understanding of his words.

If you want a short and concise version of this account, just read....
Luke 9:46-48
46 Then there arose a reasoning among them, which of them should be greatest.
47 And Jesus, perceiving the thought of their heart, took a child, and set him by him,
48 And said unto them, Whosoever shall receive this child in my name receiveth me: and whosoever shall receive me receiveth him that sent me: for he that is least among you all, the same shall be great.

Luke's account is much the same as Mark's account in wording and length.

So what's the take away here?
1. All believers in Jesus Christ should be looked upon as siblings in one big family.
2. If you want to be first in God's eyes, humble yourself as a child.
3. Being first in heaven means being a servant on earth. 
4. Following Christ means you also accept God the father.
5. Following Christ requires service.
6. Following Christ requires humility.
I'm sure you can think of a few more things to take away from these verses if you sit a few minutes in contemplation. 

Now let me tell you why I chose this image to go along with the scripture. I wanted to use the image of a child because Christians are all children of God. I think of the members of the Carriers of Faith Blog Group as my sisters and extended family. The little girl image fits in well with the sister theme and she is gazing upon the ocean.  When I stand on a beach and gaze upon the ocean, I can't help but know that I am in the presence of God! It is a powerful place to be!

I am last on the blog hop train so if you just hopped on, continue on by going to Carol's blog. If you have completed the tour, allow me to thank you for joining us today! Come back again next month to join us for The Word Hop. 

Materials List
Stamp- 80156 Girl at Beach by Stamps Happen Inc.

CS- SU! Glossy, SU! Black, SU! YoYo Yellow, SU! Summer Sun,, SU! Taken with Teal, DCWV Burlap Stack

Designer Paper- Webster's Pages Palm Beach Skinny Dipping

Inks- Memento Tuxedo Black,
         Adirondack- Aqua, Lake Mist, Lemonade, Name this Color
         Tim Holtz- Tea Dye
         SU!- Bashful Blue, Pretty in Pink, Certainly Celery, Old Olive, Creamy                             Caramel, Taken with Teal, Soft Suede, Tempting Turquoise, River Rock

SU! Markers- Blush Blossom, Pretty in Pink, Yo Yo Yellow, Brocade Blue, Bashful                           Blue, Brilliant Blue, Garden Green, So Saffron

White Acrylic Paint

Punch- EK Success Beach

3/8 inch yellow grossgrain ribbon

Valspar Clear Gloss sealer


Saturday, April 5, 2014

Flourishes Sweet Peas

Hello blog friends! I have had a very busy and productive crafty week with good things happening behind the scenes. I have had this project finished for days and forgot to post it in time for the challenge. I made it for the Flourishes blog 'A Touch of Gold' Challenge but when things started hopping behind the scenes, I had to switch gears. Luckily, it also works for the WT473 - Spring means new beginnings (4/3/14) challenge. My new old toy in this challenge is the use of this eyelet border die. You don't want to know how long it has been hidden in my stash wasting away! Let's just not go there! I was happy to find this forgotten jewel and use it on my project.
I think these may be my most favorite stamp sets by Flourishes. Sweet peas come in such a wide array of colors and today's image depicts the deep velvety tones of the dark purple sweet peas! Many people like the pastel tones of a sweet pea in spring but I can't resist the deep reds and purples. The velvety regal Purples just scream Easter!
Materials List
Stamps-Flourishes Sweet Pea set 49, Lace Edges Set 86
Card Stock and Paper- Strathmore Premium (AKA Beckett Expression Radiance), The Write Choice Supreme Stationary (metallic gold), SU! Elegant Eggplant, SU! Lovely Lilac, Purple Mulberry paper from Marco's, Canson 96# Bristol Paper
Ink- Memnto Black, Versamark Watermark
Alcohol Markers- Spectrum Noir DG2, DG3, LV1, LV2, LV3 (no copics this time)
Die- Creatables Border LR 103, Spellbinder Petite Oval, Large Ovals, Large Scallop
Embossing Plate- Perfect Details Pattern 2 by SU!
SU! White Detail Embossing Powder
1/4 inch Offray Ribbon
Decorative Brad by SU!
Viva Inka Gold Metallic Paste

This is the 111 project that I have posted for the 100x 100 Challenge.
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