The Perfect Card

The perfect card doesn’t exist.  Well, nothing is perfect, right?  But this card started out far from perfect.  In fact it was the opposite.  It was a mistake—a throw away, really.  I was working on this card that we did in the Flowering Desert Class.

the perfect card

But I created a flower and it seemed all wrong.  Too many petals, not equally spaced.  It wasn’t what I was going for.  So I tossed it aside and tried again.  Days later I was sitting at my desk talking on the phone.  I grabbed this flower and started doodling on it with a black pen.  I liked the way that it was looking, so added some more doodles.  Then, I decided to try cutting it out and placing it on a piece of Basic Black cardstock.  This card was the result.

the perfect card

I LOVE the way it turned out.  It might be the perfect card!  Well, nearly anyway.  Now, I can honestly say that most of the time when I try to “save” something that I have messed up, it usually ends up in the trash.  Even when I try to fix it, I am typically NOT pleased.  This time was different.  I love the flower and this card makes me happy!

In a very small way this is what God does with our broken and messed up lives when we turn them over to him.  He doesn’t make them perfect, but he does re-work them into something beautiful and new, like my card.  The miracles he works are far more impressive and they have eternal impacts.  How awesome is that?  I hope you have experienced this for yourself.

If you have the Flowering Desert stamp set, I would highly encourage you to try this doodle technique.  Just use the large cactus-piece stamped in a circle to make the petals.  Then begin doodling and see how your’s turns out.  I hope you make “the perfect card” too.

 

Its never just a card!

Its never just a card!  Last night at our Easter class I talked to everyone about using their skills to spread God’s love.  Our cards are creations of art and we share some of ourself when we share it with others.  If you are a child of God, that means you are sharing him too.  He created us as creative beings, and using our skills to the best of our ability is a way that we can honor him and serve others.  Share God’s love when you share your cards.  Pray for the recipient as you address that envelope.  Add a Scripture to encourage someone.  Do it ALL for the glory of God.

Ok, off my soapbox now.  I wanted to recap our Easter class last night.  I am so sorry if you missed it, because we had a great time together.  Here are the projects we made.  There were 4 tonight because I threw a BONUS project in for fun.  🙂

The last picture was our bonus project.  Aren’t those sweet bunny ears fun?  I hope you know though, that Easter isn’t about a bunny.  It is the celebration of our resurrected Savior, Jesus Christ.  May you experience his perfect peace this Easter season.

If you would like to have the instructions for those cute Hershey nugget bunny ears, leave a comment with your email address and I will send the pdf to you.  If you know someone who would be inspired by these projects, please share this page on Facebook!  I look forward to stamping with you soon!  Happy Easter!

 

Paper Saving Tip

This Paper Saving Tip will help you to get the most out of your cardstock when you are creating multiples of the same card or similar cards.  If you are a penny pincher like me, then you are always looking for ways to get the most from your craft supplies.  In this video I will share a trick that I recently used to conserve paper for a project.

I hope this tip was helpful.  If you have a Paper Saving Tip, please share it in the comments.  And if you know other crafters who would appreciate this video, please share it with them!

Kindness & Compassion

The Kindness & Compassion stamp set is one that we never really want to need, but when we do, the sentiments it contains are precisely what we want to say. Many of you know that my dad passed away recently. I had some time last week to work on thank you cards that my family needed for those who so graciously loved on us.  This is the card I came up with…Kindness & Compassion

I must confess, I didn’t own this stamp set, I had to borrow it.  But trust me, it will be on my next order.  Here’s a look at the wonderful sentiments included in the Kindness & Compassion stamp set.

Kindness & Compassion

This set had the perfect sentiments for my thank you cards.  It also has beautiful sentiments for cards to express condolences to our friends and family.  In my research for the thank you cards I created, I came across a wonderful idea.   A fellow demonstrator suggested creating a set of these thank you cards. Package the card set nicely. Then, use it as a gift for someone who has lost a loved one.  I love that idea and will certainly be using it in the future.  So often when someone has lost a loved one, we feel helpless to do much to help.  Using our cardmaking skills to help someone in their time of grief in such a practical way will be blessing for both of us.  I hope you will remember it when someone you know has a need for these thank you cards.  And I hope you will add the Kindness & Compassion stamp set to your collection.

 

Workshop Recap

Here’s a workshop recap from last week.  I had a great time gathering with about a dozen other stampers to create.  We enjoyed great food (thanks Loretta!) and wonderful fellowship.  We also worked on some cute projects, which I will show you in just a second.  But first, the prizes!  Instead of doing a traditional door prize I chose to give something to everyone.  In keeping with my effort to continually reduce my card stash, I gave away almost all of my Valentine cards.  I say almost all because I kept the one I made special for my sweetie this year.  Of course, I can’t share a picture of that one just yet. 😉 . You can check out this post to see one that I gave away though.

Now for the projects!  We focused on Simple Stamping at this workshop.  This includes cards that use only paper, ink and stamps.  They typically have limited layers.  They’re called “simple”, but designing them can be anything but simple!  We get so used to adding layers and embellishments, that it can be difficult to appreciate and design a simpler card.  Here are the projects from our workshop…

Project #1

The first one uses the First Frost stamp set that was carried over from the Holiday catalog.  I love this set because the images themselves create depth, making layers unnecessary.  I used Blackberry Bliss on this card, which happens to be my favorite color!

Project #2

The next card is a masculine card using the Geared Up Garage stamp set from the Occasions catalog.  I used Night of Navy ink for this one.  Since we were trying to create Simple Stamping cards, I resisted temptation and stuck with a single color and white or vanilla.  Well, except for the last card…

Project #3

The card pictured says, “happy birthday,” but there was also a Valentine greeting available and most people chose it.  This card used the Bokeh Dots stamp set and Flirty Flamingo ink.  Then, we used Basic Gray ink and stamps from the January 2019 Paper Pumpkin (or Happy Birthday Gorgeous for the card pictured).  The “frame” around the image was hand drawn with a Basic Black marker.  Most chose not to attempt that detail, and the cards still looked great.

I would love to get together with your friends and provide a night of fun creativity.  If you are interested in hosting this at your home, contact me and we’ll set a date!

Count your blessings…not your problems

Count your blessings…not your problems

This weekend we had the privilege of moving our son to his first apartment.  He is stepping out into this great big world on his own…381 miles from home.  It would be easy for me to let fear and worry plague my mind.  I am a worrier from way back.  But Scripture tells me that God has not given us a spirit of timidity.  So, I am choosing faith over fear.  I am counting my blessings…not my problems.

Here is my list for today…

  1. My family is healthy
  2. Kansas City is in driving distance.
  3. God is in control.

This is the Valentine card I mailed to him before I left KC…

Count your blessings...not your problems

It should arrive in just a day or two.  Don’t you just love that little chameleon?! It is from the January Paper Pumpkin stamp set.   I hope he enjoys the bad pun also. 😉

In case you are wondering, the Paper Pumpkin is a monthly subscription that delivers a box of paper craft supplies directly to your mailbox.  Sometimes they are card projects, sometimes they are gift boxes or other items.  Either way, they are ALWAYS cute and come with a stamp set and at least one ink spot (a little one-inch ink pad).  Typically they deliver holiday themed kits a month prior, so I got the Valentine kit in January.  It is a great bargain and you get a little crafting happiness in. your mailbox every month, definitely one of those blessings you should be counting!  I’ll post pictures of the actual kit items when I get them made this week, so check back to see how cute they are!

So, remember, count those blessings this week, no matter what!  Don’t let ANY problems take the focus from the good things in your life.  And give someone a Valentine card…or lots of people!  Share your paper crafting skills and bring a smile to someone’s day.  That way, they will have an extra blessing to count too.  🙂

Brusho Crystal Colours

Brusho Crystal Colours are watercolor ink crystals.  Mix them with water to create watercolor washes and designs.  These were in my studio for some time before I got around to playing with them, and I am sorry I waited so long!

When you purchase Brusho Crystal Colours, you get a set of 5 including Brilliant Red, Gamboge (orange), Moss Green, Prussian Blue and Yellow.  They are vibrant colors that are fun to work with and look great on your projects.  You can sprinkle these directly on the paper, then spritz with water and watch the colors burst!  It really is amazing.  Reminds me of a magic trick! 🙂

A framelit from the Window Box framelits dies made the perfect template for these projects.  Here is how my cards turned out…

Brusho Crystal Colours Brusho Crystal Colours

You can use a punch, like I did on the birthday card, to cut a shape from the design created with Brusho Crystal Colours, or simply cut it as a card layer like on the I Love You card.  Aren’t the results beautiful?!

I created this project using the Brusho Crystal Colours and Pattern Party Decorative Masks.  This one is a birthday present for one of my best friends. 🙂

If you haven’t played with the Brusho Crystal Colours, give them a try.  They are a wonderful addition to your craft room supplies.   When they arrive, don’t open the pots to apply on your projects, simply use a pin to poke holes in the lids of the containers and sprinkle them sparingly.  A little bit of Brusho goes a long way, so they will last you for a long time.  You can also try mixing the colors on your projects to get different effects.  Experiment and have fun with these beautiful colors.

Traditional Valentine Card

Do you prefer traditional Valentine cards?  Maybe you’d rather have something humorous?  Recently I have been creating several different types of Valentine cards, but the other day I just had an urge to create something with as many traditional Valentine details as possible, except the colors…I did not want to use red in my card.

The Lace Dynamic Textured Impressions Embossing Folder was perfect touch for this card.  It is so frilly and feminine looking!  The Colored Doilies helped me determine my color combination.  I think the Flirty Flamingo doily with Coastal Cabana give this card a nice retro feel.

The stamped images are from the First Frost stamp set that is carried over from the Holiday Catalog.  I used the coordinating die to cut the flowers.  The sentiment is stamped from the Detailed With Love stamp set.  I hope you will find inspiration from this card and try out  this traditional Valentine card.

What Inspires You?

What inspires you?  Sometimes I am inspired by a color combination or a pattern I see.  It can come from packaging in my kitchen or a rug in someone’s living room.  I see these things and imagine how I can reproduce them on a card.

Lately though, my cards have been inspired by Scripture.  I read the verse of the day on my Bible app one day and had an idea for a card, so I made it.  I enjoyed that so much that I did it again the next day and the next.  It has become sort of a challenge for me now.  The verses, so far, have been fairly easy to translate into a greeting card.  I know that won’t always be the case.  It is like a puzzle, and I have to figure out how the pieces go together.  If you know me, you know I love puzzles… and I love Scripture!  So this has been a lot of fun for me too.  My next challenge will be to actually give these cards away and not store them in a box!  (I am working on improving this!)  Here are some of the cards I have created…

I hope you are inspired by Scripture too.  Even if you don’t choose to translate it into a greeting card, I hope that you are reading the verse of the day and looking for ways to apply the truth in your life.  If you’d like to join me in this verse of the day card challenge, please let me know and share your projects with us so we can be inspired too!

Want a free catalog?

Want a free catalog?  Stampin’ Up! released their Occasions catalog last month.  It is filled with inspiration and ideas for all the upcoming holidays including Valentines Day, Easter, Mother’s Day & Father’s Day as well as plenty of spring and all occasion ideas.  With the release of this new catalog, Stampin’ Up’s biggest sale of the year also started.  Sale-A-Bration is an opportunity to earn free products!  For every $50 you spend on product (before taxes and shipping) you will earn a FREE item from the Sale-A-Bration brochure.  There are a variety of products available including stamp sets, Designer Series Paper and embellishments.

Can’t wait to see all of these fun products?  Click on the picture of the catalogs on the right, and you can view them online.  If you want your own copy, contact me and I will get a catalog to you!

If you would like to see what I feel is THE MUST HAVE item from the Occasions catalog, read this post.

You can earn even MORE free product, by hosting a workshop during Sale-A-Bration.  Simply contact me to set up a date, invite a few friends over to craft with us, and fix a simple snack to share with them.  I will provide all the materials needed for our projects and plan a fun get together for you and your friends.  Contact me today to get your workshop on the calendar!

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