Tuesday, 27 November 2012

An Engagement Card?

Happy Tuesday, my friends!
Today IS Tuesday, isn't it? lol My goodness time is flying by quickly these days! Just don't ask me where it goes! lol
Did you see the title of this card? Did you perhaps wonder why I would be making my first engagement card? That's a question I CAN answer...
My daughter, Andrea, has just been engaged to her boyfriend, Ian! Woohoo!! We are all SO EXCITED!! I know many of you will picture Andrea as being far too young to get married! You're so used to seeing her in my layouts as a baby or a little girl! Well, she's all "growed up"! :o)
When I got down to the business of creating this card, I had a very difficult time finding anything for engagements or weddings in my stash. I do have a Wedding Slice Design Card, thanks to my friend Friday, but nothing else! Then I remembered this paper with the rings on it. I had bought the paper pad with my other daughter, Liane, in mind because it was full of jewelry, purses and shoes. She works in a jewelry store part time, and I thought it would be perfect for her. Well, this sheet of paper was perfect for THIS occasion! My stamps are sadly lacking in these categories though, so I had to do a lot of scrounging to find some that were suitable. I guess I'll just have to go shopping! ;o)
Andrea loves bright colors, so I added the pop of red. I used quite a number of brand new items on this card and I think she...and Ian...will really like it!
So...now I have an assignment for ALL of YOU, my friends! I need you to all start posting wedding ideas and projects! That's a whole new area for me...and I just know it's going to be SO MUCH FUN!! :o)


For the inside of the card I layered two stamps. The swirly heart is from a Valentine set that I just picked up on sale. To add the red inside I played around with a Fiskar's border punch. I thought it would work since it was diamondish. This was my first attempt and it came out really nice. I just happened to have these square rhinestones in my stash that fit perfectly onto the little red diamond shaped bits that were created!


Materials Used:
Papers: Momenta Textured Cardstock, 
GCD Studios - Material Girls;
Dies: Spellbinders Shapeabilites Pendants - Lattice,
Spellbinders Just Rite Custom Dies, 
Spellbinders Nestabilities - Crown Ovals;
Inks: Momento - Tuxedo Black,
Martha Stewart- Forget-Me-Not;
Stamps: Simon Says Stamp - Beautiful Words,
Simon Says Stamp - You Can Do Anything,
Stamponology - Love is in the Air;
Bling: Ranger Stickles - Frosted Lace,
American Crafts WOW Glitter - White,
Rhinestones - My Stash.

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I hope your days are filled with Joy and Laughter! :o)

Thursday, 22 November 2012

Happy Thanksgiving with my first ATC!

Happy Thanksgiving wishes for all my friends to the south...and to everybody else, as well!
Here in Canada, we celebrated our Thanksgiving in October. I consider EVERY day a Thanksgiving, so I'm celebrating along with you! God is so good, and He blesses us beyond measure!
A short time ago I found a 7gypsies ATC card holder on clearance for a fabulous price...I just had to get it! It's been on my "to do" list forever to make an ATC, and I thought having the holder would be great motivation. Then I started my hunt for the 7gypsies accessories for my holder. I couldn't find them anywhere! When my sweet friend Sue (from Creative Inspirations) heard about my search, she gifted me with a fabulous assortment of cards and the ATC punch too! Thank you, Sue! I was so excited! :o)
Then I heard that my other sweet friend, Anne-Marie, was going to be starting a new challenge on her blog. It's called "Faith Challenge" and there will be a new challenge every month. I thought it would be wonderful fun to participate by creating an ATC  for each new challenge. For the month of November the challenge is "Thankful". You must create a project, of any kind, and include any of the following words on it: Thanks, Thankful or Thanksgiving. You are also encouraged to include a Scripture verse on your project. How wonderful is that? :o)
Here is my first ATC. It's been gloomy and snowing ever since I finished it, so please excuse the quality of the photos. This is the front:


This is the back:

It was lots of fun to make this project! The size is so much fun to work with, and as you know...I love to use Scripture in my work! I'm really looking forward to the next challenge. Thank you, Anne-Marie! :o)
Here is my card on my ATC stand. Woohoo!! I'm well on my way to filling it! Okay, maybe not "well" but I'm on my way! lol

Materials Used:
Papers: Making Memories - Autumn Splendor;
Base: 7gypsies - ATC card (gift from Sue)
Stamp: Stampin' Up - Pursuit of Happiness;
Ink: Stampin' Up - Basic Brown;
Punches:  Stampin' Up - Decorative Label,
7gypsies - ATC punch (gift from Sue);
Die: Tim Holtz Alterations - Autumn Gatherings;
Glitter: Ranger Stickles - Gold, Spiced Marmalade;
Pearls: Basic Grey.

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Linking Up To:

Faith Challenge - November - Thankful - HERE
Word Art Wednesday #55 - Anything Goes - HERE

What is an ATC? ATC stands for Artist Trading Card. They are defined as "little pieces of art measuring 2 1/2 X 3 1/2 inches." Do a Google search if you're interested. These cards have a very interesting history! :o)


Friday, 16 November 2012

Hymn and Scripture Challenge #15 - Though Troubles Assail Us

Happy Friday!
Are you all shocked that I have another post so soon? I am! lol  I have another Hymn and Scripture Challenge page to share with you. I still had my Simon Says Stamp Card kit out on my work table, so I used the kit to make this page. After a lengthy search for the music sheet for this hymn, I did find one. I wasn't allowed to print it out though, so I improvised. I used my Stampin' Up wheel to create my own music sheet. Then I printed out all the words to the song and added that to my page. After I had done the border punch across the bottom edge of the peach piece I was wishing I had a matching corner punch. After a little bit of playing I figured out how to get a great corner punch out of my straight border punch. I made some of my favorite cherry blossom flowers, and I think that's about all I have to say about my page. Please let me know if you have any questions. :o)


Now, on to a few words about this beautiful hymn! Although I'm quite familiar with this hymn, it's not nearly as common as others we've done. I don't even have it all memorized! ;o) I'll have to work on that because the words are really beautiful and full of wisdom.  I've added an enlarged photo of the words so that you can see them clearly. My Scripture verse is large enough to read. The whole message is this.."The Lord will provide!"
As it says about God in the second half of 1 Timothy 6:17...

"...who will richly provide us with EVERYTHING for our enjoyment."

Not only does God provide us with EVERYTHING, He also provides it for our ENJOYMENT! Isn't that something? What a loving and generous God we have! So let's remember to put our HOPE in Him and not in the uncertain things of this world! As the song says..."the Lord is our power, the Lord will provide!"


Materials Used:

Simon Says Stamp November Card Kit
(Card Kit info HERE)

Other materials used:
Stamps: Stampin' Up Wheel - Music Notes;
Inks: Stampin' Up - Calypso Coral, Distress Ink - Vintage Photo;
Punches: EK Success Border Punch, Fiskars Corner Angle Punch,
Martha Stewart Punches - Rose Leaf, Branch;
Dies: Memory Box - Cherry Blossom,
Tim Holtz Alterations Dies - Baroque and Mini Baroque;
Pearls, Eyelets, Ribbons: My Stash.

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I don't have a video for you this time. 
HERE is a link to a site that has the lyrics and the tune for you to listen to...enjoy!

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Linking Up To:
Hymn and Scripture Challenge #15 - HERE
Word Art Wednesday - Challenge #54 - HERE
Simon Says Stamp November Card Kit Gallery - HERE

Wednesday, 14 November 2012

Just A Note Card

Hello, my friends!
I received my latest Simon Says Stamp Card Kit a few days ago, and today I was finally able to make something new for you to look at! Since it's a card kit...I made a card! :o)


I used the black card base along with the lovely papers from the kit. The  teal color isn't showing very well on my computer but it's a really pretty color. The heart was lots of fun to make! I used the musical heart image from the stamp set, stamped out five of them, and then fussy cut around them. I scored all five of them down the center and then adhered them to each other on the one side, leaving the last two opposite sides free. I hand cut the black heart for a base. After wrapping and tying the baker's twine around the center of the heart, I adhered all of it to the black base heart. Then I layered the heart on top of the teal papers and popped that layer up on the black card base. I added the sentiment on another teal die cut piece and popped that up too. After adding pearls from me stash, my card was complete! I hope you like it! :o)

Here's a close-up of the heart:

Materials Used:

Simon Says Stamp November Card Kit
(Card Kit Info - HERE)

Extras:
Ink: Stampin' Up - Pool Party;
Dies: Spellbinders Nestabilities - Labels Fifteen,
Just Rite Custom Die;
Pearls: My Stash.

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Linking Up To:

Simon Says Stamp November Card Kit Gallery - HERE
Word Art Wednesday - Challenge #54 - HERE



Friday, 9 November 2012

DT Call

Are you a designer who loves to work with sketches?  If so,  A Die for a Sketch is having a Design Team call starting now and ending November 30, 2012.  International designers are welcome and encouraged to apply.

As a design team member, you will be expected to: complete one project per month using the sketch provided along with at least one die,  comment on challenge submissions, and use sponsor images on your project when provided.

We look forward to seeing your entry at A Die for a Sketch

Monday, 5 November 2012

A Die For A Sketch - Challenge #6

Hello, my friends!
Today starts a new Sketch Challenge at A Die For A Sketch. I must confess that at first glance this sketch had me a little bit stumped! Then once I pulled out some papers it came together easily. Here's the sketch:



I used a combination of papers and dies. The black paper is actually the pre-embossed Core Impressions paper. Since I wanted solid black, I opted not to sand off the surface and reveal the core color. It has such a lovely texture to it. I used the sheer ribbon across most of the page as one of my strips. It was easy to fit the mini dress form die just where I wanted it on the decorative paper because it's so small. Then I drew from the rose design and added three matching roses in the corner. I added a few pearls and my card was complete! :o)


Materials Used:
Papers: Prima - Romantique 6X6 Paperpad, 
Core Impressions - Graphic 45 - Timeless Collection;
Dies: Spellbinders Nestabilities - Curved Rectangles,
Grand Templates - Creative Book Pages Two,
Tim Holtz Alterations Movers & Shapers - Mini Sewing Room;
Ink: Stampin' Up - Calypso Coral;
Ribbon: Celebrate It - Sheer Creations;
Flowers: Recollections - Boutique Fleur Mulberry Paper Mini Roses;
Pearls: Stampin' Up - Jewels Basic Pearls.

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 Pop on over to A Die For A Sketch HERE and take a look at what the rest of the Design Team has made!
 Then make a project, a card, a layout in any size, a gift bag, and link it up by December 4th!
The only rules are to use the sketch and a die...and have lots of fun! 

I hope you all have a wonderful week full of JOY and laughter! :o)


Friday, 2 November 2012

Hymn and Scripture Challenge #14 - Take My Life and Let It Be

Happy Friday, my friends!
I finally have something new for you to look at! For those of you that didn't notice, I am actually skipping over the Hymn for Challenge #13 and posting #14. I thought I would go ahead and do the page that is due now rather than continue to be a page behind. Then I can go back and do #13 when I have time and be all caught up again. I WILL be doing it eventually because it's one of my FAVORITE hymns! lol Since I've just said it I won't say it again for this hymn...even though it's true! ;o)
This wonderful hymn is all about being dedicated to the service and worship of God! It speaks of offering God our life, hands, feet, voice, silver & gold, moments & days, will, and our heart. In other words giving Him EVERYTHING that we have and EVERYTHING that we are because we love Him. I see it as a beautiful love song really!
Inspired by the "love" theme, I did some fun playing with this.page. Since the hymn page was so small, there was room for both it and some additional embellishments. I used a second hymn page to cut out several hearts. In one larger heart I placed my Scripture verse which is found in 1 Corinthians 10:31. It says:

" So whether you eat or drink or whatever you do, do all for the glory of God."

An assortment of punches, dies, and papers; and it came together smoothly. It's like my Valentine to the Lord! I wish you all a wonderful weekend full of JOY and BLESSINGS! :o)


Materials Used:
Papers: Recollection Cardstock, GCD Studios -  Material Girls;
MM Slice Design Cards: Je t'adore, Dilly Dally;
Punches: Martha Stewart - Cherish, Double Loops, Doily Lace,
EK Success  Border Punch, Assorted Flower Punches;
Die: Cherry Lynn Designs - English Tea Party; 
Inks: Stampin' Up -  Soft Suede,
Tim Holtz Distress Ink - Victorian Velvet;
Trim: Maya Road;
Pearls: My Stash.

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Linking Up To:

Word Art Wednesday - Challenge #52 - HERE
Read Patter's Devotional at the Hymn and Scripture Challenge - HERE

Here's a lovely version of the hymn for your listening pleasure!