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Friday, December 26, 2014

PTI December Blog Hop: gold and silver

I loved the golden dotted wedding cake photo with the pretty pale pink flowers on top.  So pretty.  I used that as inspiration for this card.  I actually took a very elegant looking card that Dawn McVey shared back when she had just released the art deco background set.  Love that set.  Anyway, I changed up the colors to incorporate the pinks, golds and silvers for this blog hop challenge.  I think it turned out very pretty.  It looks so much better than the lighting on my photos shows.

Hope everyone had a truly blessed Christmas day and are enjoying the vacation from work the holidays brings.  Have fun blog hopping.  There have been some truly gorgeous cards posted this month.

Supplies used are:
stamps: art deco background basics, rosie posse, and mixed messages
inks and papers: soft stone, white, pink pirouette, hibiscus burst, fine linen
other: silver ribbon, silver pearls, gold and silver embossing powders

Wednesday, December 24, 2014

MIM#194 stamped borders and December Blog Hop

I am doing double duty with this card I just made for this week's Make It Monday challenge and the December Blog Hop.  Super excited that it turned out kind of like I was envisioning in my head.  Lots of metallic shine on this card even if the photos don't show it.  Pretty, sparkly, and full of new year celebration vibes.  I will probably use it for an early January birthday card.  Or maybe for my mom's birthday in January.  She is a pretty sparkly person.

Used Circles cover plate stamp set for the stamped embossed circles as well as gold and silver embossing powders.  I used tag sale die for the focal point tag, sequins, black rhinestones, ribbons, and a Stampin' UP! set for the tag glass and sentiment.  Fun card.  

Monday, December 22, 2014

MIM #194 Sympathy cards and stamped borders

Here is my entry into this week's MIM challenge.  I can't believe I actually got a card done on the first day of the challenge.  Might be a first for me.  I went with a color scheme from the Stamp A Faire 2014 color combo inspiration cards Nicole posted for the event.  Never ever would I have dreamed this color scheme up.  I just knew I wanted to use Melon Berry, so this seemed to fit.  I think it looks pretty, uplifting and serene all at the same time.  

Supplies used:
We have melon berry, canyon clay, ocean tides, enchanted evening, and ripe avocado.  I also used linen vellum as my focal point tag.  I used the Happiness In Bloom stamp set along with Signature Greetings 2.  I think I may have needed to use a slightly smaller flower as I kind of filled up the card even though I stamped on the edges.  I guess that is an excuse to try this challenge again and enter one more time. 

Thanks, Melissa, for giving us this technique and a reminder to keep some of these sympathy cards in our stash.  

Sunday, December 21, 2014

Make It Monday challenge: December 21st

Here is my quick attempt at this very cool technique to sort of blend in your die cuts into a monochromatic ombre look.  I am sure all of you are just as busy with last minute Christmas preparations, so squeezing in some crafty time is hard to do.

I used Stampin' Up! Night of Navy blendabilities markers for my gradient colors.  I used PTI Birthday word dies and Wonderful Words: Birthday for my sentiment.  I popped up my sentiment using the Papertrey coaster board as a quick and easy alternative to stacking lots of die cuts.  I used sequins and Martha Stewart Snowflake punches to turn this cool blue color palette into a wintery birthday card.

I pray that all of you have a blessed Christmas, that you are once again in awe of the amazing gift God gave us in and through his son, Jesus, who is God in flesh with us and our savior.  It was an amazing humbling act of Jesus to be born as a man to live the perfect life and fulfill God's holy standard, which we could never do,  and die and take the punishment for our sins, which we so justly deserve, so that we could be made clean, justified, and forgiven and have the hope of an eternal relationship with God again.  Oh how great and wonderful are the riches we have received in Christ!   Come Lord Jesus, Come!!! 

Thursday, November 13, 2014

Ombre background stamping: MIM challenge this week

I made another attempt at ombre background stamping today.  If my stamping was a little bit crisper, I would say this card is practically perfect.  I tried to do a gradient of reds and greens for the holidays, topped with a kraft frame with one of my favorite things of the holidays--cookies!  I am a baker at heart, and I am already filling up my freezer with Christmas cookies like date nut bars, gingersnaps, chocolate gingerbread, faux matzo pecan toffee bars, rugelach, fruitcake cookies, salted chocolate chip cookies, peanut butter cookies, buckeye brownies, mint brownies, turtle brownies, pecan sandies, oatmeal cranberry walnut cookies,  cheesecake gems, and probably some more.  I plan to take trays of cookies to church on Sunday mornings, give trays to some of our doctors that have been involved in John's ongoing care with his brain tumor, friends, and to Christmas parties.  Plus I will be giving some to family as gifts as well.  Who doesn't love cookies, and they never get put on the shelf in the closet.  

What kind of goodies are you making for the holidays?  What is your must have Christmas treat that you either have to make or have made for you?  Are there any other food traditions you are passing down to your children that have been passed down to you?  

Art Deco background, scentimentals, real red, hibiscus burst, pink pirouette, limeade ice, kiwi kiss, and avocado inks, avocado satin ribbon, red bakers twine, kraft and white card stock.

Wednesday, November 12, 2014

MIM ombre backgrounds

Here is my next entry into the ombre background MIM challenge.  Laura was saying she wanted to see if we could create a Christmas themed background.  Well, here is my attempt.  The sentiment circle needs something, but I can't figure out what.  Maybe I need to scatter some sequins on the card...  Anyway, I used SU! real red, pink pirouette, pool party and kiwi kiss.  I tried to follow a rainbow gradient with green coming in between the pink and blue.  I used an old PTI sentiment set from Lisa Johnson.  I also used a framed out die.  The card stock I used to stamp on was shimmer card stock so it shimmers a little.

MIM challenge: PTI

Well, I finally got around to stamping again after several weeks of just no mojo.  Didn't want to stamp, didn't know what to stamp, and didn't have time to stamp.  I really liked Laura's MIM ombre builders stamp challenge.  I love the ombre builders set and what she and some of the other design team members have done with it.  So I saw this awesome fall color palette on the ColorQ blog.  It just seemed like it would really work well for an ombre piece.  I also added a touch of Laurie's MIM challenge from a couple of weeks ago by stamping partially on my die cut word.

Okay weird random finding. I have had my thankful word dies for at least a year and a half, maybe even two years.  I just got them out today to die cut this word and realized that I have 2 "grateful" dies and no "blessed" die.  Gotta see if PTI will fix that after so much time.

Anyway, here is my card.

 I used SU! inks in chocolate chip, crushed curry, pumpkin pie, kiwi kiss, and PTI canyon clay.  I used a PTI die for the word, Autumn Acorns dies for the leaves, and Autumn Acorns for the leaves and mini acorns partially stamped on the word die cut, and Ombre builders stamp set.  Whew!  Hope you are having a blessed month of November and are taking the time to remember your many many blessings.  God is so good and gives common grace to all.  We need to thank him for that.

Speaking of blessings, it was 2 years ago this week that my amazing younger son, John, had his 8 hour surgery to remove a lime sized brain tumor.  He was just a week or so away from turning 9. We were so scared, wondering if he would survive the operation, if there would be brain damage due to bleeding from the surgery, what type of tumor it would turn out to be, if they would even be able to remove the many unknowns.  God was so amazing in his grace and mercy to us that day, really the week before when we found the tumor, up through the week of his surgery and 4 days in the hospital till we got to leave.  God gave us a supernatural peace through the whole process that really defies all explanation.  God allowed them to get pretty much all the tumor out, with our John really being the same little boy as before.  No brain damage.  The tumor was not malignant so as to spread to other areas of his brain or body.  He recovered in record time, and has had to have only one radiation treatment.  His follow up MRIs every 3-4 months have all come back with no growth to the tumor that they could not remove.

The whole story of how we found the tumor and the doctors we have had working with us is another story of God's sovereign hand in all of this.  Praise be to God who does all things well!!

I also count myself blessed to have a wonderful godly husband, whom God had allowed to work hard to provide for our family.  And I have another wonderful son, Nathan, who is 13.  So far navigating the "teen" years with him have been a joy.  God is molding and shaping him into a wonderful young man--serious but with a quirky sense of humor, tender hearted but with a self controlled strength.  I am so blessed each and every day just getting to have a relationship with all three of my guys.

What are your blessings?  Feel free to leave a comment and share.