Wednesday, 31 July 2013

Lia Stampz - Challenge 46 - Color Scheme

Hello, my friends!
It's time for a fun new challenge over at Lia Stampz! It's a Color Scheme challenge and it's one of my favorite color schemes. Here is the inspiration photo:


Isn't that pretty? For my card I used the Lia Stampz image called "Gardening", and you can find it HERE at Whimsy Stamps. It was lots of fun to color. I used pinks and greens and filled my cards with flowers. The lovely sentiment is from StampArt Design by Kathryne.
I'd love to see some of you create a project using this color scheme and link up with us over at Lia Stampz! You have until the new challenge starts on August 15th! :o)



Materials Used:
Papers: Recollections and Bazzill - Cardstock, Prima - Sparkling Spring;
Image: Lia Stampz - Gardening;
Prismacolor Pencils  and OMS;
Sentiment: StampArt Design by Kathryne - Bonus File with Katie Image;
Dies: Spellbinders Nestabilities - Labels 6;
Punches: Recollections - Mini Flower, Martha Stewart - Poinsettia Vine;
Ribbon and Bling: My Stash.

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Sunday, 28 July 2013

Hymn and Scripture Challenge #11 - Jesus Never Fails

Sunday Blessings to all of you, my friends!

I thought that Sunday morning would be a lovely time to schedule my next Hymn and Scripture Challenge page.
Jesus Never Fails!! Do you believe that?
People are people but Jesus is Lord! Friends, and even family, can turn against us, harm us, or abandon us. Even those that we think can be trusted...can sometimes turn out to be untrustworthy. Jesus never fails! He has promised to be with us...ALWAYS! He has promised that He will NEVER leave us! Deuteronomy 31:6 says:


"Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid or terrified because of them,
for the Lord your God goes with you; He will never leave you nor forsake you."

Isn't that a beautiful promise? What a comfort it is for each of us!
The hymn "Jesus Never Fails" is also full of beautiful comfort. I have included all of the lyrics at the end of this post but I want to share the second verse here.

"Tho the sky be dark and drear,
Fierce and strong the gale,
Just remember He is near, 
And He will not fail."

This is the verse that inspired my page. The background paper is for the "dark and drear". The title is bright yellow, as Jesus is our light in the storm. Although the letters are a little bit wind-tossed which comes from the next line "fierce and strong the gale." That line reminds me of times when I was a kid. When the wind was madly blowing and so strong you could hear it roar, I would go and stand in it with my eyes closed. Prairie winds can be something fierce! It always reminded me of the mighty power of the Lord. He directs the winds! He calms the winds! He is in control of the winds! "Just remember He is near, and He will not fail." This all means a little extra to me, as the winds are the biggest factor with my migraines. He is near me...in the midst of the pain! He will not fail me...in providing the strength I need! God is good! :o)
Anyways, back to my page. As I was reminded of standing in the wind as a child, I remembered this great Sushi Doll that Susi created called "Wind Through My Hair." She was the perfect addition to this page. The Sushi Doll eyes are fun to play with creatively. This time I just colored them closed. I have included the Scripture verse and the second verse of the song on my page. Then I just put together a few flowers and added them.
I pray that each of you will hold this promise close to you! He will never leave you or forsake you...Jesus never fails! :o)


Materials Used:
Papers: Recollections - Cardstock;
Cricut Cartridge: Alphabet;
Punches: WRMK Mini 8 - Doily,
Martha Stewart - Branch;
Image: Sushi Doll - Wind Through My Hair;
Prismacolor Pencils and OMS;
Flowers: Nancy's Flower Shop.

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Linking Up To:



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I don't have a video to share with you today but here are the lyrics to the hymn:


Verse 1
Earthly friends may prove untrue,
Doubts and fears assail;
One still love and cares for you;
One who will not fail.

Chorus
Jesus never fails,
Jesus never fails;
Heav'n and earth may pass away
But Jesus never fails.

Verse 2
Tho' the sky be dark and drear,
Fierce and strong the gale,
Just remember He is near,
And He will not fail.

Verse 3
In life's dark and bitter hour
Love will still prevail;
Trust His everlasting pow'r,
Jesus will not fail.



Friday, 26 July 2013

Just a Happy Friday Kinda Card!

Hello, my friends!

I've taken a little break from some DT projects to make this card. I really wanted to link up over at Twist of Faith Cards this week. You know it's one of my favorite places to participate! This week the sponsor is Digi Darla's. You know that's one of my favorites too! :o)

The challenge this week is Borders & Fancy Edges. I thought it was the perfect time to practice with my Cricut and the Elegant Edges cartridge. I managed to get exactly the size I wanted on the first try! lol I bought this butterfly stamp a long time ago and hadn't used it yet. It was just crying out to be embossed! Have you noticed that I seem to be into turquoise lately? Perhaps it's another favorite! I added a sentiment that is full of truth. We are all so blessed, aren't we? :o)



Materials Used:
Papers: Recollections - Cardstock;
Cricut Cartridge: Elegant Edges;
Stamps: CTMH - Blessed, Inkadinkado - Butterfly;
Ink: Memento - Tuxedo Black;
Glitter Embossing Powder: Martha Stewart - Turquoise;
Ribbon: My Stash.

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Linking Up To:



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If you haven't seen my latest Sushi Doll yet then please scroll down!
I hope you all enjoy a beautiful summer weekend full of laughter and joy! :o)

Thursday, 25 July 2013

Sushi Dolls #14 - Sushi

Hello, my friends!

It's time for a new Sushi Doll card. This one is made using an image called "Sushi" that you can find in Susi's store right HERE. I believe it was part of the July release. This image is a self-portrait of Susi. Isn't she adorable?? I love how she's holding a paint brush.

I used some colorful paper from one of my favorite collections. I added some pretty ribbon and a little flower that looks like it's been spattered with paint. I used a new corner punch, added some bling, and the sentiment, and it was finished!

Pop on over to Susi's shop and take a look at some of her fabulous images! I'm excited about the one I get to play with next!  See you all soon! :o)


Materials Used:
Papers: Recollections - Cardstock, Crate Paper - Emma's Shoppe;
Image: Sushi Doll - Sushi;
Prismacolor Pencils and OMS;
Die: Spellbinders Nestabilities - Labels 14;
Sentiment: Pure Innocence - You Color My World;
Ink: Memento - Tuxedo Black;
Punch: Martha Stewart - Daisy Corner Punch;
Ribbon, Flower, Bling: My Stash.

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Tuesday, 23 July 2013

Stitchery Time!

Hello, my friends!

I'm back today to show you my newest stitchery. This time I used an adorable teddy bear image from StampArt Design by Kathryne called "Little Bear Ready For Bed". You can find it at Whimsy Stamps HERE. I've previously made a card with this sweet image. which you can see HERE.

Just like my last stitchery project. The design is stitched on muslin using DMC embroidery thread. The eyes and nose are outlined in black and then painted. I added some blush to their cheeks and ears. Again, I framed my finished piece with rick rack and fabric from my stash and turned it into a little quilted wall hanging. I added a few buttons and a ribbon bow! The finished piece measures 12" x 15". 

This lovely image is just perfect for a stitching project! Wouldn't it make a cute baby sampler? The name/date/weight of a newborn could easily be stitched under the teddy bears!  



Here's a bit of a closer view of the stitching:



Thanks for looking! I hope you're all having a joyful week! :o) 

Saturday, 20 July 2013

A Die for a Sketch - Challenge #14 Reminder

Hello, my friends!
I'm here to remind you about the great challenge going on over at A Die for a Sketch! There have been some lovely changes happening to our blog. You should pop over and take a look at them. There are also some very talented new Design Team members to investigate! You can find the list in my sidebar.
Here is the fabulous sketch Dunja created for this month:


Remember...the rules are very simple. Just create a project following the sketch, and use at least one die!

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We have two very talented and generous sponsors this month.


You could win 5 of Kathryne's fabulous designs!

AND


You could win 3 of Torico's wonderful designs!

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Here is my card! It's made using an image from StampArt Design by Kathryne called "Little Bear Ducky" and you can find it at Whimsy Stamps HERE. The sentiment is from a set that comes with the image.


Materials Used:
Papers: Recollections - Cardstock;
Image and Sentiment: StampArt Design by Kathryne - Little Bear Ducky;
Prismacolor Pencils and OMS;
Dies: Memory Box - Puffy Clouds, Fiskars - Oval,
MM Slice Design Card - Summer;
Punches: Fiskars - Boundary Waters, Stampin' Up - Modern Label Punch;
Ink: Martha Stewart - Forget-Me-Not, Snowflake,
Distress Ink - Vintage Photo;
Distress Stickles - Scattered Straw;
Twine - WRMK Sew Easy Baker's Twine

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So come on over and join the fun! You have until August 4th! :o)


Thursday, 18 July 2013

Sushi Dolls #13 - Soda Pop

Hello to all of you!!

I have a new Sushi Doll to show you today and her name is Soda Pop! It was part of the April release and you can find her in Susi's store HERE. Soda Pop is actually holding a little pop bottle in her hand. You can't see it, of course, because I covered it with flowers. My original plan for this card changed as I was went along, so the soda pop didn't really work anymore.

Susi's DT call is over and we have some very talented new members. I hope to have them linked up in my sidebar very soon!

My card is a gate-fold card. The wonderful Scripture verse is one from a set from Kathryne at StampArt Design by Kathryne. It's available at Whimsy Stamps right HERE for a bargain price!

I hope you've all been having a great week! I'll be back with more to show you soon! :o)



Materials Used:
Papers: Recollections - Cardstock;
Image: Sushi Dolls - Soda Pop;
Prismacolor Pencils and OMS;
Sentiment: Freebie from StampArt Design by Kathryne;
Dies: Spellbinders Nestabilities - Lacey Ovals;
Embossing Folder: Cuttlebug - Madison;
Flowers and Bling - My Stash.

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Monday, 15 July 2013

Lia Stampz - Challenge #45 - Your Country's Colors

Hello again, my friends!
Surprise! I'm back again already to share with you the new challenge over at Lia Stampz! The challenge is to create something using your country's colors. Since I'm from Canada my colors are red and white. I used the super sweet image from Lia Stampz called "Lucy Spring". You can find it right HERE. All of Lia's fabulous images are available at Whimsy Stamps.

This card was lots of fun to put together. Since there's a butterfly on the image, I really had to play with some butterflies. The strip across the top is a double layer using the Tim Holtz Butterflight On the Edge die. I backed a polka-dot vellum with red cardstock. The other butterflies are all cut using the Stampin' Up Beautiful Wings Embosslit. They are made with three layers; the vellum, red cardstock, and white cardstock. I split a white doily in half and layered it with a red die cut. I added the pearls, and the sentiment. When it was all put together I edged all the vellum butterflies with stickles, then added more stickles to the image.

So what are your country's colors? Why don't you create something and link it up over at Lia Stampz? You might win a digi stamp...or you might be our "Spotlight Artist"! You really must pop over to the blog just to take a look at the fantastic new blog design! :o)



Here's a close-up showing some of the detail:


Materials Used:
Papers: Recollections - Cardstock, Unknown Vellum,
Image: Lia Stampz - Lucy Spring;
Prismacolor Pencils and OMS;
Dies: Spellbinders Nestabilities - Large Scalloped Octagons,
Stampin' Up - Sizzix Embosslit - Beautiful Wings,
Tim Holtz Alterations - On the Edge - Butterflight;
Punches: Fiskars 1" Circle Punch,
Stampin' Up - Pennant Parade;
Ink: Memento - Tuxedo Black, Distress Ink - Walnut Stain;
Stamp: CTMH - For Every Occasion;
Stickles: Frosted Lace;
Doily: My Stash.

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Hymn and Scripture Challenge #10 - Open My Eyes, That I May See

Happy Monday, my friends!
I am back today with a quick post to share my next Scripture Challenge page! This is another beautiful favorite of mine! Here are the lyrics:

Open my eyes, that I may see glimpses of truth thou hast for me;
place in my hands the wonderful key that shall unclasp and set my free.
Silently now I wait for Thee, ready, my God, Thy will to see.
Open my eyes, illumine me, Spirit divine!

Open my ears, that I may hear voices of truth though sendest clear;
and while the wavenotes fall on my ear, everything false will disappear.
Silently now I wait for Thee, ready, my God, Thy will to see.
Open my ears, illumine me, Spirit divine!

Open my mouth, and let me bear gladly the warm truth everywhere;
open my heart and let me prepare love with thy children this to share.
Silently now I wait for Thee, ready, my God, Thy will to see.
Open my heart, illumine me, Spirit divine!


Aren't those words beautiful? I based my page on the line that is in bold print. The Scripture verse I used is found in John 8:32. It says:

"Then you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free!"

There is a special freedom and peace that comes only from knowing the Lord!

My page is very simple...again! Yet I felt nothing else was needed...again! I wish you all a week full of blessings! :o)


Materials Used:
Papers: Recollections - Cardstock;
Cricut Cartridge - French Manor;
Trim: Hemptique True Hemp - Bright;
Ink: Colorbox - Gold Brocade;
Brads: My Stash.

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Linking Up To:

(As always, Patter has a beautiful devotional!)


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For some reason I couldn't upload this lovely version of the song. I hope you will listen to it HERE.

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I had already finished my page when I heard this fabulous song by Lynda Randle.
It's called I'm free, and here are the lyrics:

So long, I searched for life's meaning
enslaved by the world and my greed.
Then the door of my prison was opened by love, 
for the ransom was paid; I was free!

I'm free from the fear of tomorrow,
I'm free from the guilt of my past.
I've traded my shackles for a glorious song,
I'm free, praise the Lord, free at last!

I am free from the guilt that I carried;
from the dull empty life, I'm set free.
For when I met Jesus, He made me complete.
He forgot the foolish child I used to be.

I'm free from the fear of tomorrow, 
I'm free from the guilt of my past.
Oh! I traded my shackles for a glorious song, 
I'm free, praise the Lord, free at last!

I've traded my shackles for a glorious song!
I'm free, praise the Lord, free at last!

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Here's a video of Lynda Randle singing this song!
Amen! Praise the Lord...we are free!! :o)








  

Friday, 12 July 2013

Hymn and Scripture Challenge #9 - This Is My Father's World

Hello, my friends!
I've been so busy staying ahead with my DT work that I have fallen behind on my Hymn and Scripture pages. I'm not happy about that...so you can expect to see the next ones very soon!
Today's hymn is one of my FAVORITE hymns!! Yes, I always say "favorite" but when I capitalize it I REALLY mean it! lol
My page is very simple. I did consider embellishing it but decided that would interfere with the message it holds. I used my Music Notes wheel stamp over a piece of kraft paper. I printed out this fabulous Map Of Canada image that Pamela had over at Free Vintage Digital Stamps. I cut it down and punched it with my new doily punch - it represents the world. The title is cut out with my Cricut. I cut out the scalloped circle and wrote my chosen Scripture verses on it. I then backed that with a plain black circle. I added some word strips in the bottom corners. These are taken from the final verse of the hymn, which is the verse that inspired my page. It says:
"This is my Father's world, O let me ne'er forget
that though the wrong seems oft so strong, God is the Ruler yet.
This is my Father's world, why should my heart be sad?
The Lord is King! Let heaven ring! God reigns! Let earth be glad!"

Isn't that fabulous? I think we should all sing this every time we watch the news! We all know the terrible devastation that is going on all around the world these days; fires, tornadoes, earthquakes, hurricanes and floods. The list could just go on and on! What an incredible comfort to know that God is still the Ruler, it is HIS world...and He reigns!! Why should our hearts be sad? Can you imagine the sound of heaven ringing? This leads me to the Scripture verses I used on my page. Psalm 98:8-9 says:
"Let the rivers clap their hands,
let the mountains sing together for joy;
let them sing before the Lord, for He comes to judge the earth.
He will judge the world in righteousness
and the peoples with equity."

Okay, so put it all together and let's imagine that incredible sound. We've got heaven ringing, the rivers clapping their hands, and the mountains singing together for joy! Hokey Dinah...I'm ready to hear that!! Please don't let your hearts be sad by what goes on in this world. God is good...and God RULES! :o)



Materials Used:
Papers: Recollections - Carstock;
Stamp: Stampin' Up Music Notes Wheel;
Ink: Stampin' Up - Soft Suede;
Punch: WRMK Mini 8 Punch - Doily;
Cricut Cartridge: Alphabet;
Dies: Spellbinders Nestabilities - Standard Circles (LG),
Classic Scalloped Circles (LG).

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Linking Up To:

(As always, Patter has a beautiful devotional)


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Here is Amy Grant singing this hymn. 
The words are all displayed.
Enjoy!


Saturday, 6 July 2013

A Little Something New!

Happy weekend, my friends!
A short time ago I shared a card I made using a Wendy Burns digi. You can see that post HERE. I mentioned then that this sweet image had inspired me to create something else. I'm here today to show you that project. I REALLY enjoy making stitcheries! I hadn't done one for ages but this image was just calling out to be stitched!
I used the same image that is called "I Love My Puppy" and it can be found right HERE. Here are the links to Wendy's Etsy Shop and her blog.
I started by printing the digi out at 8 1/2 X 11, then trimmed it to 8 X 10. I cut a piece of muslin and laid it over the image, and traced the lines. Then I framed the muslin piece with the printed fabric and some rick rack. The stitching is all done with 3 strands of DMC embroidery floss. I pulled the colors from the fabric. When the stitching was finished I added the buttons, made my quilt sandwich and finished it off. The final measurements are 14 X 16. Wendy's whimsical design was just right for this type of work! I had so much fun making this that I've already started another one! It's making me look at all my digital images in a whole new way! :o)


Here's a closer look at the stitched portion. 
The lighter colored flowers don't show up as well in the photo as they do in real life.


Have a wonderful weekend! :o)

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Friday, 5 July 2013

A Die for a Sketch - Challenge #14

Hello, my friends!
It's time for another new challenge over at A Die for a Sketch! Here is the fabulous new sketch that Dunja created:


Remember...the rules are very simple. Just create a project following the sketch, and use at least one die!

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We have two very talented and generous sponsors this month.


You could win 5 of Kathryne's fabulous designs!

AND


You could win 3 of Torico's wonderful designs!

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Here is the card I made using the Birdie Brown image called "Puppy and Chick"...isn't it sweet? The sentiment is from Kathryne at StampArt Designs by Kathryne, and you can find it HERE. It was just right for this card! :o)


Materials Used:
Papers: Studio Calico - Take Note Collection,
Recollections - Cardstock;
Image: Birdie Brown - Puppy and Chick;
Prismacolor Pencils and OMS;
Sentiment: StampArt Design by Kathryne - Talk About Tuesday;
Dies: Sizzix - Framelits Label, Ornate #3, 
Sizzlits - Little Leaves;
Border Punch: Fiskars - Grass;
Ink: Distress Ink - Vintage Photo;
Ribbon: Offray;
Bling: My Stash;
Crocheted Flowers: The Nickel Nook.

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Pop on over to A Die for a Sketch and check out the beautiful projects created by my Teamies!
Then link up your project by August 4th and you could win a prize or Top 3 placement!
I'll be back on July 20th with a reminder and another card!

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Hope your weekend is full of JOY and LAUGHTER!! :o) 



Wednesday, 3 July 2013

Sushi Dolls #12 - Forever In Love

Hello, my friends!
I hope you're all having a lovely week! It's been really hot here and I have actually been missing winter! lol  I know, I know...but I do not like hot weather! Despite the heat I've been doing some fun creating. I am almost finished something that I've been spending some time on, plus more cards are coming up!
Today I have a new Sushi Doll card to share. This card has been finished for some time but I couldn't share it with you until I had given it to my daughter and the boy!
A little while back I put a bug in Susi's ear about a wedding digi, since wedding was the theme of my life. She came up with this fun image! It's called "Forever In Love" and you can find it HERE!
Also, Susi's design team call has been extended until July 6th. If you want to have some fun playing with dolls too, just pop over to the Sushi Dolls Blog HERE and read all the details.
As you already know, the wedding colors were red and turquoise. I continued with that for this card. Just some punching and some layering and some stickles and bling... and done! See you soon! :o)


Materials Used:
Papers: Crate paper - Emma's Shoppe, Recollections - Cardstock;
Image: Sushi Doll - Forever In Love;
Primsacolor Pencils and OMS;
Punch: Martha Stewart - Flower Box Corner Punch,
Stampin' Up - Oval Punch;
Stamp: Stampin' Up - Petite Pairs;
Ink: Distress Ink - Vintage Photo, Memento - Tuxedo Black;
Stickles: Diamond;
Ribbon: Offray;
Pearls and Rhinestones: My Stash.

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Monday, 1 July 2013

Lia Stampz Challenge #44 - Birthday!

Hello, my lovelies!
Today is the start of a new challenge over at Lia Stampz! It's an easy one that you can all get in on...BIRTHDAY! So just make a birthday card and link it up for the chance to win one of Lia's lovely images! You can find all of Lia's digital images at Whimsy Stamps! If you use a Lia Stampz image you can enter the challenge twice!
The image I used on my card is called "Magician" and you can find it HERE. I paired it with a very appropriate sentiment from the generous Paulette over at Create with TLC! The inside of the card simply says "Happy Birthday"!
I wish you all a beautiful summer week! Today is Canada Day so we will be celebrating with a picnic! :o)


Materials Used:
Papers: Crate Paper - Toy Box, Recollections - Cardstock;
Image: Lia Stampz - Magician;
Prismacolor Pencils and OMS;
Dies: Spellbinders Shapeabilities - Pagemaps Pot Pourri;
Sizzix Framelits - Label, Ornate #2;
Punch: Martha Stewart - Embossed Zig Zag;
Ink: Distress Ink - Walnut Stain;
Glitter Glue: My Stash.

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