Hi all... I'm so bad at keeping my personal blog updated aren't I? Guess all my attention is on my challenge blog and keeping my store supplied with new digis! :) Well if you aren't a follower of my challenge/inspiration blog (*gasp*) you'll want to be sure to hop over and follow us - because we've been giving away every single New Release set I come out with just for leaving a comment, plus I also offer freebies like this kit today :)
Here's a quick page I am also including in your FREE kit (w/out the pics of my fur baby of course, so you can add your own!)
You can pick up this FREE KIT by clicking the promo pic below:
Have a Crafty kind of day and thanks for visiting :)
I took a li'l time off from painting trim boards today (we're getting the outside of our house ready to paint) but it got so hot this afternoon I needed a breather in my nice air-conditioned house. :) So I popped over to one of my new favorite blogs, Amanda's to find this gorgeous Concertina Card and tutorial. I've never made one before this, but since my husband's nephew is getting married in a few weeks, I thought it would make a nice wedding card so I gave it a go!
This might look a li'l Christmasy, now that I'm looking at pictures of it, LOL. Didn't mean to do that, but the paper was kinda vintagey and floral, so I went with it. For the front I brought out my old Monogram set, I can't even remember who gave it to me, but it's perfect for wedding or invitation type cards. Amanda used the SU! Tag Topper Punch, but since I didn't have one I faked it by using Spellbinders Labels 14 and only running it through part way and then I used an SU! horizontal punch thingy that cut it out for the ribbon. The inside letters are from older SU! stamp sets, I'm sure they're discontinued by now - sorry. and the li'l butterflies are from SU!'s Sizzlets and a MS punch. Here's a few piccies...
This style card can be folded like the above to fit into an envelope, or... like this for giving in person.
The ivory crinkle ribbon was a gift from my friend, Diane Noble who hand-dyed/crinkled them!
it's so hard to get good pics since it's sooo wide, so I took a couple up close shots as well...
not sure you can see it, but I added some doodling around inside of each white layer with a clear jellyroll pen. When the light hits it, it looks gold. really pretty, just hard to photograph :)
Pop on over to Amanda's and find a new tutorial to try - she's got lots!! :)
Just popping in to wish my DT member, Lynne (Linda K) a very
I must apologize... her birthday was yesterday, so I made up this cute li'l "Bee-lated" greeting using the cake fromBirthday Porcupine, and the newGoin' Buggysets.
I cut out the classic & scalloped octagons out of the front of card and the popped up the image (also cut with classic octagon) on the inside for a li'l bit different take. OOPSIE... I cut the image a bit crooked! I know... I shouldn't tell people that - they always say they didn't notice until I said something. lol. oh well. :)
The following is an exerpt from Max Lucado's, "When God Whispers Your Name," where he emphasizes the Fruits of the Spirit found in Galatians Chapter 5:22-26. Nobody's perfect and I'm sure there's not a day that passes that I don't complain about something or make bad choices. But I like this writing because it reminds me that I do have choices every day and that I should let my love for God be my guide in making those choices so that I can inch my way towards Christ-like maturity a li'l more every day.
It’s quiet. It’s early. My coffee is
hot. The sky is still black. The world is still asleep. The day is coming.
In a few moments the day will
arrive. It will roar down the track with the rising of the sun. The stillness of the dawn will be exchanged
for the noise of the day. The calm of
solitude will be replaced by the pounding pace of the human race. The refuge of the early morning will be
invaded by decisions to be made and deadlines to be met.
For the next twelve hours I will be
exposed to the day’s demand. It is now that I must make a choice. Because of Calvary, I’m free to choose. And
so I choose.
I Choose Love…
No occasion justifies hatred;
no injustice warrants bitterness. I choose love.
Today I love God and what God loves.
I Choose Joy…
I will invite my God to be the God of circumstance.
I will refuse the temptation to be cynical…
the tool of the lazy thinker. I
will refuse to see
people as anything less than human beings, created by God.
I will refuse to see any problem as anything less than
an opportunity to see God.
I Choose Peace…
I will live forgiven. I will forgive so that I may live.
I Choose Patience…
I will overlook the inconveniences of the world. Instead of
cursing the one who takes my place, I’ll invite him to do so.
Rather than complain that the wait is too long,
I will thank God for a moment to pray.
Instead of clinching my fist
at new assignments. I will face them with joy and courage.
I Choose Kindness…
I will be kind to the poor, for they are alone.
Kind to the rich, for they are afraid. And kind to the unkind,
for such is how God has treated me.
I Choose Goodness…
I will go without a dollar before
I take a dishonest one. I will be overlooked before I will boast.
I will confess before I will accuse. I choose goodness.
I Choose Faithfulness…
Today I will keep my promises.
My debtors will not regret their trust. My associates will not
question my word. My husband will not question my love.
And my children will never fear that
their mother will forsake them, and will know that I am there for them.
I Choose Gentleness…
Nothing is won by force. I choose
to be gentle.
If I raise my voice, may it be only in praise.
If I clench my fist, may it be only in prayer.
If I make a demand, may it be only of myself.
I Choose Self-Control…
I am a spiritual being…
After this body is dead, my spirit will soar.
I refuse to let what will rot, rule the eternal.
I choose self-control. I will be drunk only by joy.
I will be impassioned only by my faith.
I will be influenced only by God.
I will be taught only in Christ.
I choose self-control.
Love, joy, peace, patience, kindness,
goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control.
To these I commit my day.
If I succeed, I will give thanks.
If I fail, I will seek his grace.
And then, when this day is done,
I will place my head on my pillow
Thank you Dear Lord for teaching us the by-products of living for you.
Hello... here's a new style of card fold I hadn't tried before now. I came across the tutorial when visiting Amanda at The Craft Spa. I created this to wish my UK friend, Tania a Happy (50th) Birthday.
Tania's such a treasure to know and she's been designing for me since I started this journey, 2 1/2 years ago! She's also been my wonderful sponsor coordinator for almost as long, which is a huge job! So I wanted to make something special for her. Most of my digi sets are very cutesy, however, I do have several floral sets that are perfect for occasions like this. :) I chose to use the "Poppy" digi along with a sentiment from the Well Wishes set. . I colored the digi in Photoshop and then I deleted the black outline which gave it that "stamped" look I was going for.l Then added the sentiment over the top and printed it out. To embellish the card, I added her very favorite things.... Butterflies! Hope you like it Tania... and hope you're having a lovely weekend with your mum. *Ü*
Hello... if anyone out there is still reading my poor neglected blog, lol. However, I've kinda been on a roll this week, I'm posting my 5th card... woop, woop! I made one more shadow box card in honor of Lisa Lynn's birthday! She is a member of my Design Team over at Imagine That! digis by Kris and is sweet as can be. So Lisa, this one's for you...
I posted a link in my last post to the shadow box tutorial I followed, but I'll link it heretoo. And then I found yet another use for my envelope punch board!! It makes these really nifty paper bows :) You can watch the video on those HERE.
And for those who cannot watch videos (I know I'm running low on my allotted usage for this month) here are the measurements to cut your pieces... Base = 1 x 5" / Middle = 1 x 6.5" / Top = 1 x 5.5"
If you create one of these shadow box cards this week, you can enter it at Latina's Arts & Crafts challenge blog and possibly win 3 digi sets from my store!! :) Get ta crafting!!
Hi there! It's been a loong time since I've actually sat down and created a card! I've done plenty on my computer with creating digis and papers and scrapbook pages. But see, my craft room has been in shambles for quite some time and with both my husband's and my desks in a small room, it doesn't leave much room for crafting. But good news! I am sponsoring Latina's Arts n' Crafts this month and the challenge is to create a shadow box card!
I've never made one quite like this so I took the challenge. I'm posting this one here instead of my store blog because I've used a new set of mine that is not yet released to the public. ;) So you get a sneak peek of one of our August sets, called "Gone Buggy" - it's a large set with lots of choices and some cute digi papers to match, so keep an eye out for their release.
I used a different tutorial than the one on Latina's A&C because they used cm and my cutter in is inches. So I found this one - http://ricas-haven.blogspot.com/2011/03/card-shadow-box-tutorial.html
This is easier to do than it looks! It's actually a 5-strand braid in the middle, with 3-strand braids added into the edges of it on both sides. C's hair is long but thin, and M's is very thick, but shorter ... it worked fine on both :) You can find the video tutorial here.