Thursday, July 29, 2010

Color Splash and a Sketch!

I'm back with another challenge!! This weeks Play Date Cafe Challenge is their color splash challenge. Color Splash is Black & White with a hint of color.
This week's color: Green
I've also used this weeks TUESDAY SKETCH Challenge from CHRISTIAN PAPER CRAFTS!! Have you checked out the site? How about the Creative Blog?? We are getting more and more members, it's great!!! Love it! This is a sympathy card I made, my mom has requested me to make her a few so I'm trying to get some done now that I have some appropriate sentiments. This pic turned out so dark (I know it's black cardstock but it looks really dark!! I may have to make another one and see if I can minimize the black, maybe it's the black ribbon... personally I think it looks better in person!)

PDCC40 and CPC ST67

close up of the embossing and stamping.


1. Made base from white Neenah cardstock 4.25 x 5.5

2. Cut black cardstock (Bazzill) 4 x 5.25 dry emboss using Victoria Cuttlebug embossing folder

3. Using Deckle Nestabilities diecut from white cardstock, then stamp Miniature Motif (Taylored Expressions) in black (Palette ink) and using the blending tool, ink the entire image with Shabby shutters (Distress ink)

4. Attach black ribbon to black cardstock, attach stamped image (see pic for placement) add bow and adhesive pearls (Kaiser Craft).

5. Punch 2 butteflies (I used the "practice" stamping papers from the Miniature Motif) add pearls, dimensionals attach to card.

6. Stamp sentiment Care & Comfort (Taylored Expressions) on white, mat with black, attach to card. Finish the inside with sentiment (I used a scripture from the Care & Comfort set)

Thanks so much for leaving a delightful comment and I still have more to come.... God bless!


Hello Friend! CPC Color Monday Challenge (CPC-CM67)

Hello Delightful summer friends and family! I can't believe that July is almost over....wasn't it just Memorial Day weekend? Goodness gracious! Well, I was having the most difficult time with this card trying to combine our color and sketch challenge at Christian Paper Crafts and I gave up on the sketch (it's not hard, just not working out with the paper and image I was working with and so here is my second try with just the color only. Light blue and light red are the colors. Isn't light red, pink? (tee-hee) but I didn't do pink I tried for a light red and this is what I came up with using my Copic markers (R20, R32, YR18, B12, W1) on this darling stamp from Imaginesce's Splash Dance (that's the designer paper, too!) I stamped with Memento, rich cocoa and then used my white Sharpie Paint pen to add white highlights. The other papers used were: Bazzill blue and red and Neenah brilliant white. I used my Spellbinders Nestabilities Label 1 and embossed with the Swirls CB folder on the patterned paper (see the 3rd pic for a better peek). The sentiment sticker came from deep within my stash and the little crab I cut out from another piece of the Splash Dance line. The card base is a Z fold and is blank inside. Last but not least is the red "gem" from KaiserCraft


Thanks for looking and I'm delighted everytime I get a comment to read! Thanks again for looking enjoy the coming weekend! I'll be back before that I hope, I have a few more cards I'm hoping to finish for some very fun challenges...


Monday, July 26, 2010

Play Date Challenge #39

Hello Delightful friends and family!
I almost forgot to post this challenge from Play Date Cafe and it expires Tuesday night! I'd be sad if I missed the deadline, one of my favorite stamp companies is the sponsor this week: UNITY STAMP CO. I even used one of Unity's stamps for the sentiment in this weeks card. Here is a very monochromatic card with just a touch of black. I also used my Copic marker (E79) to color the pearl to fit in with the color scheme. Here is the inspiration for this weeks challenge!

Here is my card: (definitely click to enlarge, otherwise you miss out on these fun papers and the details)


Here are the ingredients and some of the details:
Paper: DCWV: Linen Closet and Pastel (cream) cardstock; Bazzill: Kraft, black
Ink: Memento, rich cocoa; Distress Ink, frayed burlap for distressing the dry embossed kraft paper and around the sentiment.
Stamps: Unity Stamp Co.(Birdie Inspiration), Shabby Green Door (Vintage Background)
Embellishments: KaiserCraft adhesive pearl
Tools: Marvy Uchida punches: large blossom, small scallop circle; Cuddlebug, Victoria embossing folder, Spellbinder Nestabilities Labels One; Ranger, blending ink tool
Technique: dry embossing, blending ink

Have a wonderful day!!
Thanks for taking a peek and I hope you'll leave a delightful comment!!
Be sure and check out Christian Paper Crafts challenges this week and submit your creations for the next edition of the Christian Paper Crafts Magazine.


Thursday, July 22, 2010

How Sweet it is!! I'm a Krafty Chick!

Welcome to another beautiful day on the northcoast!! Love it! Of course, I'm about 6 miles east off the "coast" so I'm probably enjoying some of that "beauty" a bit earlier than the rest of our county! Here is a "sweet" little card I made last night which was inspired by a color challenge over at StampTV. The stamp set is "How Sweet it is!" designed by Gina K Designs. I'm loving the paper, it's from Cosmo Cricket "Early Bird: Cherry Pie" a doublesided piece that was PERFECT for the red and aqua color challenge. Love it when it falls into place so nicely :-) Speaking of nice, I was given the Krafty Chick Award for my kraft inspired card by the Spotted Chick herself: Thank you, Jeanie!! My blog will wear the Clara badge with honor :-)

Here are the details of the card.
I made my base 4.24" x 5.5" (Kraft cardstock, Bazzill) and then cut the designer paper an 1/4" smaller and rounded the corners on one side. I cut a red piece of cardstock 2.25" x 5.25" and border punched one side (Fiskars) then attached a piece of the designer paper 2" x 5" wrapped ribbon (Key Ingredients kit), made a bow, attached and then attached it to the card base. I stamped the image with Memento, rich cocoa) ink on Neenah Bright White cardstock. I paper pieced the "bowl" of the ice cream dish with aqua cardstock. Then I used my Copic markers (R29, BG45, YG67, W1, R20, E79) to color the image and then Stickled (Broken China) over the dish and stem. I then used my Nestablilities label 9 (2 different sizes) one red (embossed with Cuttlebug, Dotted Swiss folder) and one on white cardstock, using Distress Ink (Broken China) I inked around the edges, then attached the two and added the image with dimensionals. I added two aqua buttons (Making Memories) Stamped the sentiment, matted it on red and attached. Voila, finished card!

Thanks for looking and I just love it when you leave a comment!!


Tuesday, July 20, 2010

Love the Blingy without the Mess!

Hey there my delightful friends and family!! Hope you are starting your Tuesday in a good way, of course with a decent cup of coffee in hand.(tee-hee) I'm not sure if Folgers is decent, wouldn't be my first choice but it's what hubby likes and since he is up first....

Well today we have a Color challenge (Shades of brown with white or cream) and a fantastic sketch challenge all from CHRISTIAN PAPER CRAFTS. Thanks ladies for your continued excellence!
CPC-Sketch Tuesday #66

Here is my CAS version

CPC-ST66 and CPC- CM66 The completed look!

Here is the finished inside.

Love the designer paper: DCWV from the Linen Closet line; Bazzill cardstock; Stamp: Verve; Ink: Memento, rich cocoa; Pearls (Kaiser Craft) colored with Copic Marker E79; Ribbon (stash); Tools: Marvy Uchida punches: small & large blossom, small scallop circle; Fiskars "Upper Crest" border punch, EK Success 1" circle; Spellbinders Nestabilities Label 1. Finished size 5.25 x 5.50

Thanks for taking a peek and leaving a delightful comment!! Have a terrific Tuesday! Now I need to get this thank you card mailed off to my sister!


Monday, July 19, 2010

Happy Flower Inspiration (stvinspirebt7)

Hello from another sunny beautiful afternoon (and pray tell me, why am I inside??) in northern California! Actually I'm fixin' to walk to the post office to pick up my package from Taylored Expressions (thanks to the subscription from my mom!!! doin' a happy dance here!! I may skip to the mail ) So, I will be outside for a bit. I already ran some errands this morning and now I want to make a quick post of my card from Brenda's Inspiration challenge at StampTV.

Inspiration photo for the challenge!

Here is my card!
I made this last night and really had fun with it. I used a rub on from Fancy Pants Designs to make the swirl and I then colored the pearls with Copic Markers (YR07 and RV17)
You may have to click on the inspiration photo to see the details and see where I've been inspired! My Botanicals set of stamps (I used the sentiments only.... from Gina K Designs) was the perfect match, I just love the font, and that qualifies me twice for the drawing to win a set of stamps! I won the Botanical set on Brenda's first inspiration challenge and here we are 7 weeks later, okay where is the time going.....
Ok, enough jabbering on to the deets of the card and then I'm off to the mail to pick up my package (whoo-hoo!!)
Delightful details: Paper: DCWV (Nana's Nursery - baby girl); Bazzill cardstock; Palette, black ink; Tools: Marvy Uchida, lg blossom punch, small scallop circle, butterfly and dragonfly. Button (Key Ingredients June, Taylored Expressions) Ranger Glossy Accents (on the butterfly & dragonfly)
Thanks so much for leaving a delightful comment and enjoy the rest of your day!!


Saturday, July 17, 2010

Lovely October Afternoon....wait a minute!

Okay, it's not really an October afternoon (I'm not losing it!) but the paper I used for my card is October Afternoon's Flying a Kite! Cute papers!! All in my kit from Taylored Expressions. Love it, love it!! Now in reality, it is a beautiful July afternoon, the sun is shining and I've been in all day! (so maybe I am losing it a bit {tee-hee}) Still have more work to finish before I can enjoy this lovely day, though. But since I'm taking a break from my work, I thought I'd upload this card I did for our Bible Verse Thursday last night (yeah, I know... it's Saturday!) but there are no challenge police at Christian Paper Crafts, so there!!! :-) It's all for fun and an opportunity to shine for the Lord with our paper crafts. Here is my card, and the challenge was to either have an image with a home or a verse with home our house in it. Well, I did both thanks to my Ippity Devoted set from Unity Stamp Co.

(CPC-BVT#63) I've done a Z-Fold card!! Fun and easy peasy!

(front of the card looks a little crooked, I think the rick-rac tilted it a bit)

Just another view... you can tell I'm not anxious to get back to the workload....

Here are the deets and then I seriously must get back to work:

Most of the ingredients are from the June Key Ingredient kit from Taylored Expressions. Here is what is not from that kit: Copics: R20, RV17, BG45, Y08, YG11,E33, E19, E37; Ink: Memento, rich cocoa, Distress Ink, Frayed burlap (for edges) Paper: Neenah white cardstock; Tools: Marvy Uchida, scallop oval punch; EK Success, photo corners; Nestablilities Label 1; Zig pen, chocolate for faux stitching.

Thanks for your delightful comments!! I love reading them. Well, it's time to get my nose back to the old grindstone! Actually, it's the computer over at the church, I've got to type up the bulletin and pick out the songs for the services (I wear many hats!) and then get the song list and Scriptures loaded into the MediaShout, then finish my Sunday School lesson, it's all good stuff!! Blessings!!


Friday, July 16, 2010

Do You Need A Vacation or Just a Rest?

Welcome Delightful Friends and Family!!
So the question to be answered is vacation vs rest. The short answer can be found on my card that I'm sharing with you all today. Are you weary, are you burdened beyond what you feel is within you capabilities? Well, trust me in this, it's not in a vacation or a weekend getaway that will give the relief you may need. True rest is in the Lord. It can be chaos all around but you can still have "rest" it's so refreshing to place every burden in the Lord's hand and know without a doubt that He will carry not only your burdens but you!! A relationship with Jesus Christ is what brings about peace that a weekend getaway, or an extended vacation just can't quite supply, don't get me wrong physical rest is important and I love to "getaway" and believe me I need that at times, but in the long run, it's the rest in the Lord that truly satisfies. Done preaching :-)

Today's card is for two challenges:
#1 Stampin' Sisters in Christ #47
#2 Taylored Expressions Sketch Challenge #121 (isn't this a great sketch!!) Love it!

Here is my card:

Here are the deets: All but the ink and the stamp are from the June Key Ingredients (Taylored Expressions - Designer Paper:October Afternoon, Fly a Kite ) Stamp: Verve; Ink: Memento, rich cocoa; Distress ink, Frayed Burlap for blending around circles; Smooch (pearlized white accent ink for dots) Marvy Uchida Scallop Circle punch.

Thanks for taking a peek and I love to read your comments.

Have a restful and delightful weekend!


Thursday, July 15, 2010

Are You a Purple Lover?

Just as I thought.... here is my second post of the day/night! Three more challenges - this is so fun and challenging to get these done, yes the laundry is starting to back up, but who is telling? I'm the mom ;-)

Here is this weeks color challenge from Play Date Cafe.

Aren't they beautiful colors?

This week's prize...
Gift certificate worth $14
to The Artistic Outpost Store to be used for ONE UNMOUNTED STAMP PLATE.

Here is my first card for that challenge. The picture looks so washed out and I took at least 5-6 shots of it, perhaps the next pic you can get a better view of the colors. I love this paper from KaiserCraft's Lilac Avenue Collection, the cardstock is a light lime green from Bazzill. The sentiment is stamped on a light lilac cardstock from DCWV and the purple is from either Bazzill or Paper Accents (sorry, I've had it for a while and I'm not sure) Lace/Ribbon bow is tulle that I sprayed with "Fully Purple" Glimmer Mist from Tattered Angels (you should have seen my fingers, when I finished!!) Stamp: Gina K Designs - (Botanical set) Ink: Distress Ink, Dusty Concord. Tools: Cuttlebug, Nestabilities Label 9. Technique: CAS

Card #1 (PDCC#38)

Card #2: CAS-tastic Wednesday Challenge #012
Use at least 3 of the following: 1. Stamped (or printed) Image 2. Inked Edges 3. Masking 4. Paper Piercing 5. Lace 6.Embossing

Their sponsor this week is One Stop Card Crafts!

Well here are my details for this card that meet the challenge (inked edges, paper piercing - the stems of the flower, embossing, and here's the stretch - tulle bow - tulle is actually considered fabric not lace but.... it's so pretty!) I was also inspired by CHRISTIAN PAPER CRAFTS Sketch Tuesdays challenge!

close up (you might be able to see the paper piercing on this one!)

CWC012, CPC-ST#65, PDCC#38 (second entry)


Here are the ingredients to card #2:

KaiserCraft (Lilac Ave Collection), Bazzill, Paper Accents & DCWV cardstock; Stamps: Gina K Designs, Botanical set; Ink: Distress ink, Dusty concord (used for inking edges and stamping sentiments) Glimmer Mist, Fully Purple (inside of card), Adirondack Dabber, Lettuce (inside of card, stems); Cuttlebug, EF, EK Success, corner rounder; Tulle; Pearls, Queen & Co.

Thanks for visiting and I love it when you leave a delightful comment!!

Have a blessed weekend!

Summer Inspiration!

What a beautiful day we are having here!! Welcome to all my DELIGHTFUL FRIENDS & FAMILY.
It's been gorgeous all day long, not too hot but warm enough to have to watch out for a sunburn! Finally, summer has arrived! Whoo-hoo!
I was busy last night playing in my craft room and making some cards, so this more than likely will be my first post for today but be watching for a second!
This one card qualifies for 3 challenges, so I'll start with brand new one for me : EtsyInspired Challenge (#96) be sure and check out the blog (thank you Savannahland2!!) and here is my inspiration from that challenge:
From Octavia Brown This beautiful vintage tin ceiling tile

Can you see the inspiration?

My second and third challenges are from Card Patterns #72 and last but certainly not least That's Krafty Thursday #34 from my all time favorite blog the Spotted Chick and you'll be inspired anytime you visit the Hen House!!

Inside of the card. (stating the obvious, I know....)

Details :
Paper: Graphic45 (Domestic goddess line); Bazzill cardstock (red, blue and kraft)
Ink: Memento, Rich Cocoa, Distress Ink (Frayed burlap) for distressing edges on front kraft c/s.
Stamps: Unity "Sending My Love" (outside) Our Daily Bread Designs, Scripture Collection #3 (inside)
Embellishments: Button (my stash) Ribbon, white grosgrain (Details Accessories - I think Michaels) Paint: Adirondack Acrylic paint Dabber, Lake Mist (to distress the embossing)
Tools: Cuttlebug, EF, Nestabilities Label 9. Finished card 4.25" x 5.5"
SEE YOU BACK SOON! Love it when you take time to comment when you take a peek :-)


Tuesday, July 13, 2010

One Lump or Two?

Hello Delightful Friends and Family!!
Hope everyone had a great weekend, Our family went on the Hellgate Jet Boats and had a blast. Hopefully, I'll blog about that later. I did finish a card last night for the Christian Paper Crafts Color Monday Challenge of blue and white and I used the Taylored Expression Sketch Challenge for my inspiration. I'm rushing through this because I've got to leave for work in about 3 minutes!

CPC-CM65 and TESC120

Details: Paper - Graphic 45, Bazzill, DCWV; Stamps - Taylored Expressions, CreativiTEA set; Ink - Archival, cobalt; Kaiser pearls, Nestablilities Label 9, Cuttlebug.

Have a wonderful Tuesday!!

Friday, July 9, 2010

Hooray it's Friday!

Hello Delightful friends and family, (I know, I know, such an eye catching clever title!) Just a super quick post, I'm trying to do too many things in one day! Yikes, almost on overload, but had to get my creative crafty fix in for the day :-) I have 2 cards and a bunch of challenges!

Card #1 Challenges: a. Christian Paper Crafts Color Monday (Celery/Chocolate) CPC-CM64

b. Christian Paper Crafts Fun on Friday (embossing) CPC-FOF51

c. CAS Wednesday Challenge from CAS-Tastic (use kraft) CWC011

d. Card Patterns Sketch #71 CPS71

Card #2 a. Challenge from StampTV's Inspiration Challenge STVINSPIREBT6
b. Color challenge from Play Date Cafe PDCC#37
Card #1: Design Paper: Basic Grey (Sugar Rush and Cappella); Bazzill kraft cardstock; {Ippity Stamps} from Unity Stamp Co. Devoted Set; Cuttlebug, Victoria EF, Spellbinders, Nestabilities, lg deckled rectangle; Memento rich cocoa; Making Memories, buttons, ribbon.

Card #2: Design Paper: DCWV, Mediterranean Cafe; Paper Accent cardstock; Gina K Designs Stamps, Botanical set;Palette, black ink; Queen & Co adhesive pearls, Martha Stewart, border punch, EK Success, corner rounder.

Have a wonderful weekend!! Thanks for stopping by and taking a peek! I'm off for some family fun and find some sunshine!


Sunday, July 4, 2010


Happy 4th of July! Today in my Sunday School class we talked about the liberty we have in Christ to do what's right! Not the liberty to do what we feel like but the liberty to please the Lord by our actions! I am so thankful for the liberty we have in Christ. He has truly set us free from the bondage of sin and death. I can't thank Him enough, it's an honor to serve Him!
Here are two CAS cards that were my samples for the cards we made for some young men we know who are serving our country to protect our liberty. My thoughts and prayers are with our men and women serving in the Armed Forces, may God protect them!
I was blessed to be able to also use these cards for three challenges. The first card is for the Stamp TV Inspiration challenge from Brenda Turner.
I'm disappointed the picture isn't better to show off the Z-fold, it is so much cuter in person!
My second card is for the color (red and blue) challenge at Stampin' Sisters in Christ!
Both cards I've used the Z-fold technique (just like my last post) and the kids thought this was so cool! I kept the cards very simple since my time is very short in the class to get a lesson and a craft in and I was filling in for another teacher and had boys in the class and not sure of their skill level. But they did awesome!! They even knew who they were going to send their cards too!

SSCC#46 and CPC-FOF#60

Both cards qualify for FUN ON FRIDAY at CHRISTIAN PAPER CRAFTS!!

Details: Paper: Bazzill cardstock (cream, navy); Pattern paper - Pink Paislee (Starlight & Shine); Words: computer generated; Embellishments: Rhinestones, Kaiser; Tools: Fiskars decorative scissors, Marvy Uchida, scallop oval punch; Cuttlebug, Star embossing folder.

Thanks for looking and God bless!