SAS4KIDS Cards 4 Girls

The current challenge over at SAS4KIDS is calling 4 Girl Cards. I chose to use a digi from one of the sponsors of the challenge Paper Nest Dolls. I loved the bunny slippers on this “Princess and the Pea” image. The papers I used are from Recollections which I have had forever, the sentiment and ribbon are from Stamps of Life. I colored her in Copics and Wink of Stella Glitter Markers (the pea and the tierra). The dies are Card Creator Spellbinders. I don’t like to use any embellishments that can cause a choking hazard to the kids so I often will use Dazzles on my cards to add a little bling.

This card will be going to SAS4KIDS (I am a volunteer shipper — shipping to St. Christopher’s Hospital in Philadelphia, PA and Penn State Children’s Hospital in Hershey, PA).

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Hedgehogs Valentine

I am joining in a new challenge (to me) over at Craftaholics R Us. This month the challenge is Love/Romance. As many of you know I am a volunteer shipper for Send A Smile 4 Kids. So most of my cards are for the very sick children. at St. Christopher’s Hospital in Philadelphia and Penn State Children’s Hospital in Hershey, PA. So here is my kid friendly card.

The hedgehogs and sentiment are from Your Next Stamp, the heart circle is Spellbinders. The grass stamp is from Stamps by Judith and papers are from my stash. I heat embossed the hedgehogs in gold just to give it a little shine for the kids.

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Hocus Pocus

The current challenge over at Cards In Envy is Frame It. I have been making nothing but Halloween Cards for Send A Smile 4 Kids, so it didn’t take too long to gather my supplies as they are all out on my table. Sorry for the glare on the frame but it was the only way I could capture the shininess. Here is what I came up with:

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All the papers used are from DCWV Spooky Night Mini Stack. The image is from Stampendous, colored with copics and the greeting is a sticker from my stash. Card base is MFT  Tangy Orange. Using the two largest dies from SSS stitched rectangles I cut the “frame”. I like how the frame looks like an elegant spooky picture frame you might find in a haunted house. I also sparkled up Witchy Poo (my name for her) using Wink of Stella.

This card will be included in the box of cards I send to St Christopher’s Hospital Philadelphia for SAS4KIDS.

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Birthday Covered Bridge

I have been fascinated with covered bridges since I saw my very first one back in the 70’s while camping with my husband and children. We have toured Bucks County as well as Lancaster County and have seen most of them. We have had many camping adventures and have seen covered bridges in Indiana, Ohio, New Brunswick, New Hampshire — these are places I can remember.

Our oldest son’s birthday is on Monday. He moved about an hour away from us two years ago, and at the end of their street is a covered bridge. I was so excited when he told me. So this is his birthday card this year.

Jack's-BirthdayThe stamp is from GinaK designs called Country Road, and colored with Copics. The sentiment is from Craftwork Cards (I believe I purchased these somewhere in my travels across the USA). I used Spellbinders Card Creator Distressed Edges for layering onto MFT Paver Red Cardstock.

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It’s Pumpkin Time

The air is finally getting crisper and pumpkin spice “this and that” is everywhere. Yes it is pumpkin time and the little ones are all excited to go to the pumpkin patch and find the perfect pumpkin to take home and carve. The pumpkin patch is full of scarecrows along the way.  The October Digi of the Month at DeeDees Digis can be found here. The set is appropriately called “Pumpkin Patch”.

I am honored to be a Guest Designer at DeeDee’s Digis this month and here is the card I created:

October-Digi-of-the-MonthI used Spellbinders Card Creator Distressed Edge for the layers and the image is from the set. The pumpkins were created by using the pumpkin in the “Goody Jar” set. Only the top of the sign image was used to stamp a sentiment from my stamp supplies. You can check out the opportunity for a good value for the Digi of the Month here.

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Thanks so much for stopping by and I look forward to posting my  next card on October 7, 2015.

Single Moms Mother’s Day Cards 3

And whatever you do, whether in word or deed, do it all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through him. Colossians 3:17

Here are ways I don’t do things in the name of the Lord Jesus. I can be mean, I drive too fast and people are always getting in my way, I am impatient in stores if I have to wait too long, I am an impatient person, I am a perfectionist, not doing things because I don’t feel like it, and being too busy with my own life to take time for others. I don’t want to act out of anger or crankiness or impatience. That just leads me to more turmoil in my day and a lack of God’s blessings.

Here are deeds that I can do that don’t cost me a thing. Be kind to others, smile when I don’t feel like it, sincerely compliment someone, recycle, make a homeless person a homemade sandwich with a cup of coffee, let someone go ahead of you in line (that includes traffic), hold the door for the next person, make facebook postings about others not myself, give a little love to the unlovable.

God always blesses me when I am kind to others (do you get that same good feeling inside I get – I’m sure you do – that is God’s blessing). When I make a conscious effort to do these little things daily they become habits – good habits. Therefore enabling me to honor and praise God.

I chose this verse for single moms Mother’s Day cards because life can be tough as a single parent raising a family. My prayer for the single mom opening the card: Father, thank you for this single mom and the life she has in Christ Jesus. Thank you that she can live in the light, enjoying love, peace and harmony. May she let every detail of her life, words and actions be done in the name of Jesus as she thanks you every step of the way. Amen col-3-17 Gina K Designs paper, Spellbinders Card Creator Floral Ribbon Threader and Fancy Ribbon Threader. Computer generated sentiment.

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Blessed is she who has believed that the Lord would fulfill his promises to her! Luke 1:45

I used this verse on Mother’s Day cards for single moms at our church to encourage these single moms to have faith. The whole story of Elizabeth and Mary shows us the need for relationships within our families to help us out. It also shows what the dwelling of the Holy Spirit can do – Elizabeth had unexpected insight into Mary’s faith. This was a very joyous moment for Elizabeth and Mary. Knowing the rest of the story Mary and Elizabeth were to experience much sorrow years later. This also shows the joy the Holy Spirit gives us, as well as grace to bear sorrow or pain.

The Holy Spirit is God’s gift to us to enable us to know and experience the presence of God residing in us. We can live everyday joyfully knowing God’s indwelling presence is always with us through His Holy Spirit?

Prayer for the single mom as she opens this card: “Lord, fill this mom with your Holy Spirit and give her joy in seeking you more closely. Increase her faith in all your promises, her hope in the joys of heaven, and her love for You as her everything.”

Here are the cards I created using Luke 1:45 as the verse.

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Spellbinders Card Creator, Labels 4; MFT Woodgrain Background Stamp, Music Background Stamp, Peaceful Wildflowers stamps and Die cuts. Computer generated greeting.
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Stamps used: Penny Black Tweet Tweet, Power Poppy Short Stacks.

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Single Moms Mother’s Day

When punches are thrown in my life I recall and pray one of the most quoted verses in the bible “I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me”, Philippians 4:13.

Examples of when he strengthened me:

  • Father’s death when I was 14 – He gave me the strength to carry on as a young teenage girl.
  • Troubles in my 36 year marriage – He gave me the strength to hang in there, pray, decide what was best, to forgive.
  • Financial ruin in 2009 – when blindsided He gave me the strength to figure out how to proceed with my life. He gave me the strength to forgive.
  • Family betrayal – turmoil, resentment, silence, betrayal by an aging mother and siblings. Still working on this one but “I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me”.

Just by these few personal examples you can see that God hasn’t given me favorable circumstances to claim His strength. What it means is that I am not the one who is strong – it is Christ who is strong in me that I can bear the punches, the blind sides, the betrayals.

What tougher job is there than raising children on your own? Our church has a card ministry for single moms for Mother’s Day. Here are some of the cards I made using this verse.

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The geraniums are a digital image from Power Poppy, colored with Copic Markers. Inside says Thinking of You Happy Mother’s Day.

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This card I used the rose outline sticker from Starform and colored with Copics. I used a lighter background cardstock stamped with the Gingham Background Stamp from My Favorite Things and embossed it. The sentiment was created on my computer and Spellbinders Back to Basics Tags.

Long Time

I cannot believe it has been two months since I have added a new post. Here are a few cards that I have created (and I do mean a few) for OWH.

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This stamp set is from Hero Arts called Woodland Creatures.  I used Spellbinders Card Creator and MFT lemon drop cardstock and Copic Markers.

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P5110052Both of the above cards were stamped with Recollections Zoolicious stamps and the grass stamp is from Stamps by Judith. Copic Markers were used for coloring.

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These last two cards were stamped with a stamp set from TPC called Great Outdoors. I used the Woodgrain background stamp from My Favorite Things — Kraft Ink stamped on Sour Green Apple cardstock. The Kayak and oar were colored with copics.

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Mail It Monday Challenge #3

One of my many goals this year is to step out of my comfort zone and join in some challenges and overcome my perfection obsession. Mail It Monday is over on Small Talk Mama’s blog. Her blog is unique in that it isn’t dedicated to just card making or crafts. It’s about life. I found it by commenting on one of her cards she made for OWH. I joined in Words2ScrapBy challenges because they were fellow card makers for OWH  – I was led to join in this one as well for the same reason.

Each Monday the challenge encourages you to create a new card based on provided themes, sketches, holidays, colors, etc. Once you’ve created your card and posted it, you are encouraged to actually write a note to someone special, plop a stamp on it and send it on it’s way.

I am off to the Post Office today with my box of 175 cards to ship off to OWH and the card I made for Mail It Monday Challenge #3 (based on the sketch provided) is an ANY HERO card to include in my box.

Mail-it-Monday-ChallengeI used a My Favorite Things stencil, versa mark and fine silver embossing powder for the base of the card. I used My Favorite Things stars stencil for the next layer, left the stencil in the die and used Memento Summer Sky ink around the edges to make it look like there is a mat. I used My Favorite Things Flags die for the next layer cut out in blue. Continuing on with the star theme I cut out a circle and then a matting circle (sponged with Aegean Blue Versa Magic) using Spellbinders Circle dies. The sentiment is from Stampin Up as well as the die cut.

Well thanks for stopping by and I encourage you to support our fellow card makers in their challenges. It is so much fun and you meet the greatest people in the world.