Jun 24

Color Challenge (CCMC360)

Sometimes our creativity needs a little boost.  There are plenty of resources available when this happens.  A fun way to get your creative juices flowing is to participate in an online challenge.   There are many sites that post weekly challenges for card making and scrapbooking.  Today’s card was created for  a Color Challenge posted here using Island Indigo, Smoky Slate and Chocolate Chip.  Although I really like this color combo, they aren’t colors I would have put together on my own.  It’s fun to work with a palette that takes you out of your comfort zone.  Here is the card I created for this Color Challenge.

Color Challenge  (CCMC360)

 

I have to admit, the first card I made  with this color combo was not very pretty.  But I got some pointers from my Graphic Designer son on using these colors together and so I tried again.  I am much happier with the second attempt. 🙂  And with that gorgeous Swallowtail stamp how can you go wrong?!  Love it.   I would like to challenge you to create a project using these three colors also.  Please share with me what you come up with!

Mar 03

Birthday Card In A Box

I have seen a few Card In A Box ideas lately and wanted to try it out.  My dear dad celebrated his birthday in February.  I would love to have been in Indiana to celebrate with him. Since that wasn’t an option, I sent a little celebration to him…my Birthday Card In A Box!

Birthday Card In A Box

One of the best parts of this little Card In A Box is that it folds up flat  so I was able to mail it in a regular card envelope to my dad.

Card In A Box

This was the perfect item to send to my dad on his special day.  How could opening that cute little Card In A Box not brighten your day?!  There are so many options for “filling” this little box – flowers, snowflakes, hearts, butterflies, etc, etc, etc.  What fun!  There is even a panel on the back of the card that I used to write a note to my dad and sign my little artwork 😉

This project did take me an entire morning to complete, so you don’t want to wait until the last minute with this one.  But you do want to give it a try!  The assembly is not difficult, it just takes a while to add all the little box fillers and place them where you want.  I hope you will make a Card In A Box for someone special to you!

Feb 06

Birthday Blessing #2

Offering a birthday blessing seems only natural, and fortunately I know a lot of people with birthdays in February!  Today I made a card for one of my dearest friends who is celebrating her birthday.  She is a fellow stamper and so I wanted the card to be extra special.

birthday blessing

Basic black, basic gray, daffodil delight and whisper white.

Again, this card was in my card box ready to give.  (I am determined to use my stash of cards & supplies this year), but I needed to jazz it up a little.  I began by adding some rhinestones to one corner because we girls love our bling.  I also used the banner punch from the Sale-A-Bration brochure and created several banners to go across the top of the card.  After attaching them with snail adhesive, I decided it needed additional detail, so I sewed the banners on using my sewing machine and some bright yellow thread.  Actually, I think the best thing about this card is the sentiment from the Chalk Talk stamp set.  “I’m so grateful there’s you in the world” is exactly how I feel about this friend!  (I also really like the yellow, gray and black color combo.)

Do you have a favorite color combo right now?  If so, please leave it in the comment section.  I am always looking for fun and challenging color combos!  Have a blessed day!

Feb 05

Birthday Blessing

Don’t you just love birthday celebrations?!  What fun to celebrate the life of our friends and loved ones!  A birthday blessing can come in many forms.  Today I am sharing a card for a friend celebrating her birthday…

birthday blessing

This cute card uses the Mixed Bunch stamp set and coordinating Blossom Punch for the large flower image.  Part of the beauty of the card, though, is in the extra items used to add so many small details, the stems from the Bird Punch, the Designer Series Paper, the ribbon, the printed brad, etc.

One of my goals for this year is to be more generous with the cards that I have.   This project was in my card box ready to be a birthday blessing to someone.  Since it was an odd sized card, I took the opportunity to use my Envelope Punch Board to make a custom envelope for it.   Blessing others this month doesn’t mean we have to make something every day, though it could mean that if you wanted.  But being a blessing to others can simply mean sharing what you have or even just sharing some of your time with them.

Today I am going to challenge you to intentionally share with others.  Share your time, your creativity, your lunch…maybe even your chocolate (if you’re feeling particularly generous.)  For extra credit you can even share a comment with me so I will know you’re taking on this challenge!  Hope your day is blessed!

 

 

 

 

Feb 04

A Blessing A Day

I have so many logical excuses for getting a late start on my Blessing A Day challenge for February.  But in the end all they are is excuses, so I will just start where I am at and press on.  Today’s blessing is for my son who is away at college.  He’s only been back at school for a week, but I miss him like crazy.  We have to send a package to him today (weather permitting) and I thought I would send a little “i love you” to brighten his day….along with the sour punch straws and m&ms.  🙂

blessing a day

This uses one of the Sale-A-Bration sets (See Ya Later).  You can receive it free with any $50 order.  I embossed the image with white embossing powder on Whisper White cardstock and then sponged Gumball Green ink on top of the image.  The alligator head is created with the pennants punch and I added some googly eyes that I propped up with some glue dots.

I am always looking for people to join me in this venture of blessing others.  It goes perfectly with the theme of our current Wed. night Bible study at church.  We are studying Philippians where Paul tells us to not look out only for our own interests but to think about the interests of others too.  Great words to live by.

Hope you have a blessed day.  Please leave a comment to let me know what you think of Andrew’s alligator!

Jan 02

One More Day….

One More Day!

Supplies for this project: Stamps – Gorgeous Grunge (wood 130514, clear 130517), Pennant Parade (wood 128697, clear 122742). Cardstock – Whisper White (100730), Crumb Cake (120953), Cherry Cobbler (119685). Classic Stampin’ Ink Pads – Crumb Cake (126975), Cherry Cobbler (126966). Other – Full Heart Punch (119883), Season of Style Designer Washi Tape (132155)

One More Day!

I don’t want anyone to miss out on their last chance to purchase items from the Holiday Mini Catalog.  You only have one more day….  Many of these products will be useful for your projects year round.  Check out the cute Valentine’s card I made using the Season of Style Designer Washi Tape found in the Holiday Mini Catalog.  These colors and patterns are perfect for February projects.  

At the bottom of this post you will find a link to the pdf file that shows which of the stamp sets from the Holiday catalog are being carried over to the next catalog period.  Remember, if it isn’t on this list, then you only have one more day to order it!  There are several accessories that were very popular and are being carried over to the Occasions Mini Catalog. That catalog will go active on Jan. 3.  These accessories include:  Silver 1/8″  Ribbon, Silver and Gold Foil Cardstock, Chevron Border Punch, Label Bracket Punch, Gold and Silver Metallic Encore Stamp Pads, Gold and Silver Stampin’ Glitter, Envelope Liners Framelits Dies, Decorative Window Gift Boxes, Mini Muslin Bags, White Stampin’ Chalk Marker, and the 1 1/4″ Burlap Ribbon.

Once again, if it isn’t on that list or included in the pdf below, then you only have one more day to order!

Hope you find some time to craft this month.  Share your creativity with others to encourage them, love on them, or simply bring a smile to their face.  If you need some inspiration check back here as we’ll be posting new ideas all month long!

Happy New Year!

JoAnn

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Jun 12

You’re Never Too Old

Stamp Set:  Happy Day (w) 130294; (c) 130297

Stamp Set: Happy Day (w) 130294; (c) 130297

I recently saw this C.S. Lewis quote on the internet and wanted to make something using it.  It encouraged me, and I wanted to pass that on to someone else.  My original plan was to use MDS to print out the sentiment, but after I started working on the card I didn’t want to go back upstairs to the computer, so I wrote it by hand.  In the end, I think it adds a nice personal touch.

Praying that you are encouraged today and that you continue, no matter what your age, to dream big dreams and set lofty goals.

“For I know the plans I have for you,” says the Lord. “They are plans for good and not for disaster, to give you a future and a hope.”   Jeremiah 29:11

JoAnn

May 15

Word Art Wednesday Challenge

I recently discovered a website that gives you a challenge every week with a corresponding verse to use in a creation.  It doesn’t have to be a card, but that’s what I chose to do this week.  We read Proverbs 31 today in our OwnIt365 plan, so this week’s verse seemed most appropriate for me.
I would love to hear how you like to incorporate Scripture in your crafting.  What have you found that pumps those creative juices, like this website did for me?

 

Apr 11

Thank You!

My daughter’s roommate was headed to Walmart this week to buy a thank you card.  Of course Christina told her not to go because she knew her mom would gladly provide a card for her…and she was right. I was happy to head to my craft room and play with some new toys!
The card turned out just as girly and blingy as I hoped it would.  It needed to be a money holder so I made it with a pocket inside to hold the cash…
The card was being given to a friend who had helped her secure a dress for a recent event. This was the perfect occasion to play with the dress framelits and bitty banner framelits.  I will be using this die again to create some wonderful Mother’s Day cards.  Join us at the April card class to create yours!
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Apr 09

Hip Hip Hooray!!!!

What a great game last night between the Louisville Cardinals and Michigan.  I said at the beginning of the year that the Broncos were going to win the Super Bowl, then Louisville was going to win the NCAA and then Jesus was going to come back!  Much to my disappointment, the Broncos were out of the playoffs pretty quick.  But the Cards came through for me last night and there was much rejoicing! (Not like when Jesus does actually return, but like when YOUR team wins the BIG game.)  I was too excited to sleep so I decided to craft instead.  Here’s the celebration card I made…

It really isn’t hard to make that cute little cardinal with the Bird Builder Punch (117191).  You just punch an extra wing to make the feathers for the top of his head.

Tonight the Lady Cards play for the women’s NCAA basketball title.  If they win I am going to craft again…maybe using some pink…we’ll see.

My husband thinks I need to send this card to Rick Pitino…and I just might do that.