Saturday, July 4, 2015

July 4th - a Day of Thanks

So glad for the freedoms we still have here in America.  Truly thankful for all those who have fought and keep fighting for them.   But oh, so sad for the corruption and the moral decline in our nation.  Many will not agree with me, but America is no longer a great nation. A nation that has turned its back on God, ignores its Constitution, changes the definition of marriage, allows the murder of the unborn, ridicules those of the Christian or Jewish Faith - those are no longer qualities of a great nation.  We were promised hope and change recently.  Since then the decline has escalated.  The only hope and change will not be found in a man but in the promise of God, "If My people, who are called by My name, will humble themselves and pray and seek My face and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, and I will forgive their sin and will heal their land." (2 Chronicles 7:14)

It is the 4th of July, but this card isn't really an Independence Day card.  The challenge at the Die Cut Divas is summer activities.  One of the activities in our area is an airshow at a Canadian airport about 5 miles from our home. (We live in the U.S.)  We have attended several years but even if we don't go to the airfield, some of the aircraft fly directly over our home.  My favorites are the Canadian Snowbirds and they actually do many of their maneuvers right over our house. There are planes from several countries and many eras at the show.  So I thought of the airshow when creating a card for this challenge.  

The digital image of a F-2 Banchee is from the set, Glory Days by Doodle Pantry, and the sentiment is by Diane's Daydream Design.
The building is cut out with a Memory Box Cityscape Nightline die with the coordinating backing, Cityscape Silhouette.
Kraft colored ribbon and striped washi tape are my embellishments.

I hope you have (or have had) a fun, safe 4th of July and will have many more fun activities this summer.  Show us one of yours for the challenge. Our wonderful sponsor this month is Dies R Us.

Challenges:
Crafty Creations - red, white, blue
Dies R Us - stars and stripes
Cuttlebug Mania - sentiment
Craftin Desert Divas - red, white, blue
Papertakes - take your pick -  red
Die Cuttin Divas - anything
Inspiration Destination - anything
Sister Act - anything 



Wednesday, July 1, 2015

Loving Summer

 It is time for a new challenge at the Die Cut Diva's - Summer Activities.  And sponsored by Dies R Us.

I love summer: sunshine, blue skies, flowers, gardens, outdoor barbeques, trips to the beach.  Trips to the beach?  Here in the Pacific NW, we don't have very many sandy beaches.  But I love the beach whether rocky or sandy.  There are several lakes in Canada that have lovely sand.  Hopefully we can get up there soon for Kayaking, not surfboarding! as on this card.

I have a digital image of surfboards in sand but no Kayaks, so I used the surfboards on my card instead.  I printed them on three different designer papers then fussy cut.  I actually sliced the Kraft paper so I could put them down in the "sand".  Also sponged the Kraft a bit so it would look more like sand.  After tearing the blue paper, I put Stardust and Baby Blue Stickles on for the waves and foam.  The chair and flip flops are die cuts from an Impression Obsession die, Beach Chair.
What are some of your favorite Summer Activities.  Show us this month at the Die Cut Diva's Challenge.

Challenges:
Simon Work It Wednesday - refreshing 
Di's Digidesigns - summer fun
MFT color challenge
Frosted Designs - summertime blues
Inspiration Destination - anything

Tuesday, June 30, 2015

End Of June

Last day of June.  Last day of the June Bug challenge at the Die Cut Diva's Challenge.  A big Thank You to Bugaboo for their sponsorship.  So, one last card for June,  this one featuring the little Bugaboo Brat Bugs.
With the bug theme, I pulled out some old designer paper with flowers and butterflies.  After coloring the image with copics, I cut it out with a Spellbinder circle die and backed it with a Spellbinder Scalloped circle.  The butterfly on the fabric vine is cut with a Martha Stewart punch from a piece of shiny designer paper,  a line of liquid pearls for the body.
Thanks to all who participated in the June challenge.  I'll be back tomorrow, July 1, with a new challenge.

Challenges:
Sweet Stamps - bright colors
Simon Wednesday - anything
MFT color challenge - blue raspberry, persimmon, yellow, white
Crop Stop - anything (Martha Stewart)
Die Cuttin Divas - anything  
Come and Get It - cute cards

Monday, June 29, 2015

It's A Grand Ole Flag

Red, White, Blue.  That is the challenge at the Kraft Journal this week.  Just in time for the 4th of July this Saturday.
This card will be going into my last box to Operation Write Home to thank someone in the military.  Isn't it great that so many of our troops are coming home that OWH needs to close?  I have enjoyed making and sending cards to OWH and will miss that but there are other organizations and avenues that I am looking into where I can send cards.  I just won't be making so many patriotic cards.

The embossed panel is Light Kraft cardstock from the Kraft Outlet.  It is embossed with a Darice embossing folder.  After stamping the sentiment (Unity) onto white, I made a border on top and bottom with Airmail Washi Tape.  The three strands of cord above the sentiment piece is Natural Hemp Cord and Dark Jewel Hemp Cord.
The blue star is a wood piece that has been in my stash for who knows how many years.  I brushed it with a Copic marker before attaching .  The tiny little stars on the embossed piece are cut with a Verve die.  I love them - just the right size for the E.F.
The digital image is colored with Copics.

Challenges:
Simon Wednesday - anything
Crafty Creations - red, white, blue
Craftin Desert Divas - July 4
Cuttlebug Mania - sentiment
Without Words - summer holiday
V's Sweet Ideas - favorite technique (embossing folders)
Stamplorations - stamps and washi tape
Daily Marker - 30 days coloring

Thursday, June 25, 2015

Pink Ladybugs

Have you ever seen a pink ladybug?  I haven't either but I love this paper with my fav colors, so pink ladybugs it is.
Because I am still experimenting with my Copics an Spectrum alcohol markers, and because I always print up more than one digital image at a time, I made two very similar cards.

I like the coloring on this second card better than the first but I like the double scallop ovals on the first.  The second card is actually a negative cut frame so it looks kind of neat IRL but I still prefer the double scalloped ovals on the first card.
The digital images are by Bugaboo, our sponsor for the June Bug challenge at the Die Cut Diva's Challenge.  There are still four more days to play.

Challenges:
Papertake - use three (three strand of cord)
Simon Wednesday - anything
Pennys Paper Crafting - anything
Daily Marker - 30 days coloring


Monday, June 22, 2015

Let Freedom Ring

  The challenge this week at the Kraft Journal is to make a CAS card with the theme Let Freedom Ring.  I am temped to use my blog as a soap box to point out how our freedoms are being taken away and how those of the Christian faith are being attacked more and more.  It saddens me.  Hopefully each of you are aware of how much government is intruding into our lives and how we are losing our freedoms bit by bit.  If you aren't aware, you better get informed and start defending your freedoms before they are gone.  Okay, done with rant.

The image and the sentiment are Doodle Pantry and are printed onto a piece of Buff Ivory.  I cut out an oval with a Spellbinder die, used it as a mask, then stamped the script (Stampin Up  BG stamp).  With the mask still in place, I traced around it with a Tim Holz Distress Marker and then sponged around the edge of the oval with Tea Dye Distress ink.  After coloring the image with Copics,  I glued it onto a Brown Kraft card base.

Challenges:
Inspiration Destination - anything
Word Art Wednesday - anything
Simon Wednesday - favorite product (Doodle Pantry,  distress ink )
Crop Stop - anything
The Daily Marker - coloring

Friday, June 19, 2015

Key To Peace and Joy

This quote is such good advice.  I keep telling myself to enlarge it and make it into something to hang on my wall.  I might even use this sketch and same papers.   But for now - a card.

The sketch at Sketch Saturday was a great sketch for this quote.  I used embossed paper with clock hands to represent moments.  The key(die) is cut out from the designer paper on the left to represent the key to peace and joy.  The quote reminds me of the Bible verses, Philippians 4:6-7,   "Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made know to God.  And the peace of God, which surpasses all comprehension, shall guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus."
It is easy to praise and thank God in the happy, good moments.  Much harder to thank Him and trust Him in the tough times.  "In everything give thanks, for this is God's will for you in Christ Jesus."
 I Thessalonians 5:18
I made this card for someone going through some tough physical and financial problems.  I hope it will be encouraging.



Challenges:
Sketch Saturday
Di's Digis - use a die cuts (key,rectangles)
Die Cuttin Divas - masculine (key die- Poppy Stamps, Curved Rectangles - Spellbinder )
Inspiration Destination - anything
Cute Card Thursday - quote
Word Art Wednesday - anything