Monday, July 21, 2014

A Simple Thank You

I've had occasion to need some very simple, one layer thank you cards lately.  I broke out my chevron stencil and my Broken China, Vintage Photo and Walnut Ink Distress inks.  Tapping through the stencil with my Ink Blending tool to apply the colors and then stamping the sentiment in black Archival Ink.  The sentiment comes from my SSS Friendship Messages stamp set.  Simple, yet effective.  Not everything has to be elaborate, yes?

Sunday, July 20, 2014

A Cute Notecard

What follows will be a series of posts of cards made on vacation.  It may take me a little bit to upload the pictures and create the posts.  Most of the cards were made using my Simon Says Stamp June Card Kit.  They must be sold out because the website no longer offers the kit.  The stamp set used is the SSS Favorite Flowers stamp set.  The kit came with 6 x 6 sheets of patterned papers from MME's Now and Then collection and some coordinating cardstocks.  On this card, the flowers and leaves were fussy cut and mounted on the polka dot vellum.  I actually was inspired by the card gallery at SSS where someone shared this design.  I really like how it turned out.

Saturday, July 19, 2014

My Kind of Ladies Night Out!

I have been facilitating a women's book club for the ladies Bible study group.  We typically try to have something to meet over in the summer where everyone doesn't feel compelled to come since vacations and schedules are a little more erratic.  After we finished our first book, First Light by Brock and Brodie Thoene, we wanted to have a little party where we unleash our compassion (think about others rather than nurturing ourselves).  I suggested a card making party.  Two of us have Compassion kids and so the focus would be for the ladies to create a card and then write a note to our kids to send encouragement and love around the world.   If you haven't heard about Compassion International and their pen pal program, click the link.  It is a wonderful blessing to so many impoverished kids around the world.

This post is filled with the beautiful creations of the ladies.  So many of them had never made a card before.  You'll see an assortment of my supplies- I provided precut die cuts and the ink and stamp sets.  It worked out great, don't you think?

I had a fair bit of Heartfelt Creations Sun-kissed Fleurs already die cut and colored.  Some with copper stamp paint like this one, the others with Peacock Feathers, Ripe Persimmons and Scattered Straw Distress Ink.  

Others had frames from my ODBD Ornate Borders and Flowers and lacey die cuts using my Heartfelt Creations Raindrops on Roses die.

Apologies for the photos- they had to be taken under artificial light because these cards didn't come home with me and we met at night.  Still, you get to see their lovely creations.

All the ladies really enjoyed themselves creating and laughing and sharing together.  It was a lovely night that I think everyone enjoyed.  Who knows, it might lead to other such nights for different purposes.  As always, I'm out there spreading the "contagious" enthusiasm for creating.  I challenge you to pass it on!

Thursday, July 17, 2014

Our Beautiful World- Woodlands

I decided to join the picture challenge over at Our Beautiful World.  The word of the week is


Truthfully, I decided to join in the fun because the woodlands here in Arizona- dry old Arizona- are much different than the lush greenery that I was used to growing up in Southeastern Minnesota.  I grew up in farmland, but we had the woods outside our elementary school and the woods out behind the Foster's house.  There were little stands of trees that we considered "woodlands".  These lush, green, overgrown areas were a land of fun for pre-teenagers to run around in both day and night.

Arizona is somewhat different.  Notice, even our elk look dry and brittle (though they are not!).

When I first moved to Arizona from the lush greenery of the Midwest farming belt, I thought Arizona was ugly.  Shades of green (my favorite color) were much more appealing than shades of brown and tan.  However, over the intervening 30 years (it's really that long ago folks...) I've re-tuned my measure of beautiful.  These woods have beauty that is only theirs and so now I can look at these very different photos and still see Our Beautiful World, even here. 

Show us a picture of your part of this beautiful world or just stop by to marvel at the pictures contributed from around the world.  Join the word prompt challenge at:

Tuesday, July 15, 2014

A Couple of Thank You Cards

Last month when my daughter went on her Girl Scout trip I thought a lovely thank you card was needed to let the two adult leaders know how much we appreciate their willingness to put up with six teenagers for 6 days.  Thus, two of this card were made.  Here's the details:

  • The background die cut was made from patterned paper using my Heartfelt Creations Decorative Lace Border die.  I use wax paper between the die and the patterned paper to make this intricate die cut pop right out of the die.  It does create quite the confetti pile, but the result is well worth the effort!
  • The flowers are made by stamping with my Heartfelt Creations Tattered Blossoms stamps in brown Archival ink and then die cutting using my matching dies.  Clicking the link and then the tab on the Heartfelt Creations page will take you to videos that show you how to do this stamping and cutting technique.
  • The flower centers were made using my A Penny Saved prills and I just love how they blend to add to my somewhat monochromatic look on this card.
  • The green floral pieces were cut out of cardstock scraps using my Our Daily Bread Designs Fancy Foliage die
  • The sentiment was created using Word and then die cut with my Spellbinders Labels 18 die.  A little Worn Lipstick Distress Ink around the edge ties it into the rest of the pink colors.  A piece of vintage seam binding as a ribbon/bow accent was added to the card.  
I think these ladies felt special and I was really happy with how the card turned out.  I'm going to post this card over at Word Art Wednesday's Challenge # 140: Anything Goes.  Come on over to see the amazing art posted and join in on the fun.