Friday, July 29, 2016

Our Friendship

Sometimes God has a subtle way of causing us to randomly think about someone for no apparent reason,  Often, you find yourself thinking of that one particular friend (or relative) quite a bit.  When this happens, I always assume that God is putting that person on my mind for a reason.  I figure......why else would God have me continuing thinking about someone unless I was supposed to pray for them.  That's the only reason I can think of as to why He would cause this to happen.
I like to make cards specifically for this that whenever a friend has been in my thoughts, on my heart, and on  my mind, I can pop a card in the mail to them right away to let them know that I prayed for them.  What an honor it is that God allows us to pray for others in addition to being able to lay all our own burdens at His feet.  We are so lucky to serve such an awesome and gracious God.
I made this card with scraps of pattern papers that I inked, some black baker's twine, a stamped sentiment, and a shaker box with sweet sequins under the vellum overlay.

I'm linking my card in the challenges listed below.  Thanks for visiting my blog.

Sweet Stamps Blog - July Anything Goes Challenge

In The Pink Challenge Blog - Challenge #99 - Get Out Your Rubber

Sunday, July 24, 2016

Love You Much

Yesterday was a great day for me.  I did some yard work, ran a few errands, and I even had a chance to sit down in my craft room and create something.  So I'd say that it was a great day overall because I got a lot accomplished, and got to do things I really enjoy as well.  This is the card I made in the late night hours last night.
I used some really old pattern papers (I mean super stash, man!) that are from Cosmo Cricket.  I actually used a bit from two different CC lines.  One is called Girl Friday, and the other is Material Girl.  Some of the papers intermingle nicely.  I inked all my edges, and did some machine stitching on my card.  I used several different pattern papers and ruler paper from the Cosmo Cricket collections.  I die-cut the hearts using a Spellbinders Media Mixage die set that I picked up at Tuesday Morning.  The sentiment is stamped onto a small scrap piece cut from a journalling strip from Cosmo Cricket line.   I stamped the image in Tim Holtz Black Soot Distress Ink.  The butterfly is from Our Daily Bread, and is also stamped in Tim Holtz Black Soot Distress Ink.    There's also a tiny strip of Little B washi tape on my card.  You can click on the photo for a closer look.
My photography skills leave a lot to be desired.  I've been trying to watch YouTube videos and tutorials to pick up tips and tricks, but it's still a struggle for me.  I just SO admire those bloggers who can take the most amazing pictures of their cards.  They look like they're right in front of you, and so life-like that you could almost reach out and touch it.  Perhaps some day my photography skills can be that great.  One can always be hopeful, right?

Here are some challenge I found where I really want to throw my hat in the ring.  I just love playing along at the challenges I found, and I always get so excited when what I'm able to create something to satisfy more than one challenge requirement at a time.  I'm learning as I go in blogging.

Simon Says Stamp - Wednesday Challenge - Simon Says Things With Wings - I hope you can all see my little butterfly.  I stamped him right next to my sentiment.

CropStop Linky Party #18 - I used Tim Holtz Distress Ink in Black Soot, Fossilized Amber, Blue Denim, and Brick Red.

Our Daily Bread - Anything That Grows - I used a butterfly stamp from Our Daily Bread out of their Happy Birthday Stamp Set.  Of course, my butterfly is something that grows, and the sentiment of my card is about LOVE; which is also something that (hopefully always) grows!

Thank you for stopping by my blog.

Wednesday, July 20, 2016

Spritzed Stamps

This week's technique over on the Papertrey Ink Blog is Spritzed Stamps, and I really love how it works.  I encourage you to watch the video on the blog and give it a try.  I will openly admit that my card didn't turn out anything like the sample cards, but at least I can say that I gave it my best effort.  And in crafting, isn't that what it's all about?  It also gave me an opportunity to use one of my Papertrey Ink stamp sets that has been neglected for a while now.
I used several different colors of Tim Holtz Distress Inks, a small mist water bottle to mist the stamps, some watercolor around the edge of the stamped white watercolor paper, and some blueish purple cardstock for the base.  I also spritz stamped the stems twice, and used 3-D tape to raise them up.  I love how the spritz technique worked on the leaves.

I will be linking up my little card in these fun challenges that I LOVE!

CropStop - Linky Party #18 - Anything Goes - I used several different colors of Tim Holtz Distress Ink, Watercolor Paper, Mist Bottle all carried at CropStop.

Little Scrap Pieces - Show It Off Saturday Linky Party

Thank you for visiting me.  Have a fun and creative week.


Monday, July 4, 2016

In God We Trust

It's a great day for celebrating.  There are evil people out there who want to ruin this great country, but true Americans need to stand up, turn back to God, and defend the United States of America.  We won't have this great country for long if we don't ALL take a stand and defend the values our Founding Fathers wanted for us to have and enjoy.  Many people will try to debate these FACTS, but our country absolutely WAS founded on the principles and values of the Bible, and they knew that the ONLY WAY this country would continue to thrive was by holding fast to these values.  Our ONLY hope is to turn to God for the strength and protection we so desperately need.  If we don't turn back to Him, we can expect our great country's demise.  Those are just cold hard facts.  Satan (and his evil minions) want to destroy us, and God wants to defend us.  However, God's defense will only happen if we turn to God and ask for His protection.  PLEASE take time today to simply thank God for our rights and freedoms, and ask Him to continue to bless and protect the USA.
This card is nothing special, and I know that.  But it does say a lot.  Psalm 125:1 says, "Those who trust in the Lord are like Mt. Zion, they will not be defeated but will endure forever".  So, even if our country falls apart, don't ever let your own personal faith and trust be moved.  IN GOD WE TRUST.

I want to enter some challenges with this card today.

CropStop Linky Party #17 - Anything Goes - I used Tim Holtz Black Soot Distress Ink

I'm happy that you stopped by my blog, and I would really love to have you become a follower of my blog.