Hello Friend!

A friend loves at all times, and a brother is born for a time of adversity. Proverbs 17:17

Hello everyone.  I know I haven’t posted in awhile.  Still working on a few health issues but so happy that things are improving every day. A test this last Friday shows my heart is doing well! God is blessing me.  I have amazing friends who are always there for me and this card is in their honor.  I was so excited to be the guest designer for August for Paper Smooches.  Kim’s stamps are so much fun to work with!  I’m super excited for the September release (check it out, there are some really darling images and innovative die cuts).

This card was made using the Friendly Flowers stamp set.  I used just a few of the images and can’t wait to use the rest – I have an idea in my mind for a flower garden filled with birds and butterflies!

Hello Friend

I lightly drew a circle in pencil, and then stamped all the images onto masking paper.  After I cut out the mask images, I arranged them around the circle to form a loose wreath.  I lightly marked with pencil from 1 – 10 so I could remember where I wanted each flower and which should be on top.

After stamping and masking each flower, I used Tumbled Glass distress ink to sponge lightly around the inside and outside of the wreath.

After removing the masks, I colored the flowers with Copic Markers.  I stamped the words “Hello” and “Friend” from the set onto white card stock and cut flags on the ends.  These were also colored with Copic Markers.

Finally I double mounted the card onto bright blue card stock and a bright yellow card.  I add some glittery doodads and some colored twine.

The words were mounted with one layer of foam tape.

I hope you enjoy this one, and thanks so much for stopping by!

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Welcome to the Team!

I am so honored to be the August Guest Designer for Paper Smooches.  Kim’s darling stamps and dies are so much fun to play with!  For this week I decided to do two projects, one in honor of new jobs and one in honor of school starting.

The August release included some amazing die cuts and wonderful stamps including paint brushes, pencils, pens, paper scrolls – there’s even a typewriter (which brings back memories of learning to type in high school)!

I also remember how everything was *new* on the first day of school.  Pencils were sharp and hadn’t yet been chewed on or had their erasers used up.  Crayons were all unbroken. Notebooks were pristine.  My favorite new school supplies were always the fresh new pencils (no mechanical pencils for us!) and the fresh notebook.  I created a pillow box that can hold those new pencils (a whole package!) and it’s easy and fun to make.  It would be a perfect gift to tuck in a student’s backpack.


Pencil Pillow Box

I used the We R Memory Keepers Pillow Box Punch Board, but you could also just make a long envelope. After cutting it out with the punch board, I stamped it repeatedly with the pencil stamp from Paper Smooches Just a Note stamp set in black ink, and then assembled the pillow box. I made a tag and used the Paper Smooches Pencils Die set to cut out a pencil that matched the ones in the box.  One trick I’ve found for effectively paper piecing die cuts is to simply spread Tombow 2 way Glue over a piece of heavy card stock and let it become tacky.  Then just stick your pieces on, then cut off any excess card stock. I glued the pencil die cut to the tag and simply tied it on with a piece of brown twine.

What’s fun about this is that you could use the pen die cut or the paintbrush die cut, or even the crayon die cut, and fill the box with the corresponding item.

Welcome to the team card

Next I used the pencil stamp again to make a very simple “Welcome to the Team” card.  I once again stamped the pencil repeatedly on white card stock and then colored in each one using Copic Markers.  I then stamped the sentiment, which is from the Noteworthy stamp set, on white card stock and then mounted it onto a slightly larger piece of black card stock.  The background was also mounted on slightly larger piece of black card stock and then onto a yellow folded card.

I think you could also give the card and the pencils as a gift to a new co-worker!

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Just a Note

When I am afraid, I put my trust in you.

Psalm 56:3

Hello everyone!  I haven’t posted in a few weeks, still getting used to some new medications but feeling a lot less tired now.  I am absolutely thrilled to tell you that Kim Hughes from Paper Smooches invited me to be the guest designer for August.  I didn’t want to say anything until the first card was posted.

Paper Smooches is one of my favorite stamp companies.  Kim’s style is clean and whimsical.  The August release includes all sorts of writing implements and things like a typewriter, a darling desk light, an inkwell, and a feather pen, to name a few.  It’s a great set for back to school and for welcoming or saying goodbye to team members at work.

I’ll be making a card each week for the entire month of August.  Here’s the first one that I created:

Just a Note

This card uses the feather, inkwell and Just a Note stamps combined with the die-cut rolled piece of paper.  I love the way Kim’s die cuts often cut a border for the die cut.  I cut it twice, once from black card stock and once from white, and combined the black border with the white inner pieces.

I stamped and masked the feathers in the corner. This was colored with Copic Markers and sponged with Tumbled Glass Distress ink.

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Let God Guide You

Let me hear Your lovingkindness in the morning; For I trust in You; Teach me the way in which I should walk; For to You I lift up my soul.

Psalm 143:8

About a week ago I was on PTO, enjoying a staycation.  I was thrilled to be able to go to breakfast with a friend I hadn’t seen at least 20 years and catch up with her.  It made my day.  Afterward my hubby and I did a bit of grocery shopping, and after lunch I decided to take a nap.

I woke up feeling like I had been drinking coffee non-stop and shortly after that realized my heart rate was pretty high.  It was about 174.  I tried some tricks I’ve been taught to bring it down, and nothing worked.  After that, off to the ER and then a week in the hospital.

I’ve lived my entire life with a congenital heart defect.  I’m blessed in ways I can’t even count, and one thing I’m very aware of is that I have had 55 years of life that no one expected me to have.  I had the most amazing nurses at the hospital – you know who you are –  you beautiful ladies!  They made my stay there bearable and let me tell them lots of dumb jokes. Things seem to be under control now, and I’m back!  I was pretty tired the first few days and didn’t even really feel like making any cards.

This one I actually started before my interruption,  and finally finished.  I wanted it to be very simple and easy, and I’m having a little love affair with round cards, as you may have noticed.  God will guide you

This was so easy to make.  I just used a cloud stencil (I’ve actually had it for over 20 years – does anyone remember Inkmarks Inc.?). It’s called Shirley’s Shapes Magic Clouds.

The die cut is a new one from Paper Smooches, and the sentiment is from Paper Smooches.  I used Post-It Note tape and cut it to make the sand hills.  I used different colors of blue and brown Distress inks.  I stamped the sentiment in Memento Black. I cut the die cut from white, green and kraft card stock.  I colored all the white inside pieces with Copic Markers and placed them back inside the brown and green outlines.

I used a white gel pen to add wave accents to the water and the foam to the edge of the sand, as well as highlights on the palm fronds.  I had fun making and felt like the sentiment was perfect to express how I’m feeling right now!

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Believe in the Magic – Christmas in July

Then the Grinch thought of something he hadn’t before! What if Christmas, he thought, doesn’t come from a store. What if Christmas…perhaps…means a little bit more!

Dr. Suess

To me Christmas is magic – for God so loved the world.  What a truly amazing gift!  And now it seems even more important to practice God’s love and mercy, with all the awful things happening in our world.

I had such fun making it – in spite of the fact that I smudged it horribly in two places and had to cover my mistakes with the sentiment!

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To make this card I folded some Neenah 110 Solar White Cover stock in half and cut the largest circle die I had out of the folded piece.  The trick is to put one part of the circle slightly beyond the fold so that you cut out a folded circle card.  It will have a flat top, but to remedy that, simply cut a single circle from the same die and glue it to the front of the card.

I stamped all the pieces except the words and the holly and berries on the masking paper (I used Simon Says Stamps brand which is my favorite).  I cut the mask for the snow hills on the bottom out of wide Post-It Note tape.

Stamped in this order: reindeer, Santa, left-hand tree, middle tree, and the right hand tree. All of these images are from Jingle All the Way by My Favorite Things. I left the masks in place and sponged with Distress inks in various purples and blues.

The holly and berries is from the You Keep Me in Stitches Memory Box set. The sentiment is from the Paper Smooches Joyful Greetings set.

I colored everything with Copic Markers.

For the sky I dotted various sized dots of white gel pen to make it snowy.  I also added some white dots to the trees.  For the stitching around the edge I used a Copic fine line marker.  I used gold gel pen on the reindeer bells, the belt buckle, and the stars on the trees. I added some Glossy Accents to the tree holders, the belt, the shoes, the hooves and the reindeer’s nose.

I added some Wink of Stella here and there to give it some sparkle. Just for fun I made an envelope using the WeR Memory Keepers envelope maker – I’ve been practicing faux calligraphy.  There’s a photo below.Believe 3  Believe 4

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