"A cheerful heart is good medicine . . . Proverbs 17:22

Wednesday, February 27, 2013

Birthday TriFold

Well I think this is going to be my last fold card. It has been fun and surely something different for me.

All of my stamps are actually from one stamp set.
Hero Arts CL576
Hexagon: Hero Arts Stamp & Cut DI071
The pin dot paper is Recollections and the Mosaic Bling on the balloon and sentiment are from Michael's.
Used a Paper Studio circle punch for the balloons and wrapped Doodle Twine on the top of the circle.

Blessings to you~have a glorious day!

"Create in me a clean heart, O God, and renew a steadfast spirit within me. Do not cast me away from Your presence, and do not take Your Holy Spirit from me." Psalm  51:10-11

Sunday, February 24, 2013

Friends Always

Trying my hand at another Fold Card. This time it is a Tri-Fold or at least that is what I call it. Entering this in the Hero Arts February Challenge.

The size of the card is 12"x 5.5" folding at 4" intervals. I used a tag template that I found online to make sure I got the angle right on the corners.

I had forgotten how much double-sided 12x12 paper I had. Sure came in handy with this one.

Sentiment - HA CL150
Wheat Stamp: HA K5517 stamped in Vintage Photo Distress Ink
Paper Tape Lace that was colored with a copic

Middle Fold - Sentiment HA CL380
Back Fold - Stamp - HA K5376 - Colored with copics


Psalm 46:1-3 "God is our refuge and strength, A very present help in trouble. Therefore we will not fear, Even though the earth be removed, and though the mountains be carried into the midst of the sea; though its waters roar and be troubled, Though the mountains shake with its swelling."

Hearts and Lace

As the month of February Challenge is winding down at Hero Arts, I am still making Valentine cards - which really feels strange right now.  But using hearts and lace and the right sentiment doesn't always means that it is a Valentine's card - right?

I had some scrap papers and hearts leftover and I didn't want them to go to waste so here it is:

Sizzix embossing folder
Spellbinders Wonky Rectangles
Sentiment: Hero Arts CL491
Hearts: Hero Arts Stamp & Cut DI065


"I pray that out of his glorious riches he may strengthen you with power through his Spirit in your inner being, so that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith. And I pray that you, being rooted and established in love, may have power, together with all the saints, to grasp how wide and long and high and deep is the love of Christ, and to know this love that surpasses knowledge -- that you may be filled to the measure of all the fullness of God."
Ephesians 3:16-19

Saturday, February 23, 2013

February Sketch Challenge

It's not very often that I enter anything in the Hero Arts Sketch Challenge because I seem to have a difficult time trying to come up with something. Well here it is AND it did take me a while to come up with something. I am pretty pleased with the results.

Here is the sketch:


And here is my take on the sketch:

The background is a combination of two Hero Arts background stamps: S5654 Tweed Pattern and CG517 Hexagon Background.
I used Hero Arts NEON BLUE for the Tweed Pattern and Hero Arts NEON PURPLE for the Hexagon Background.

I didn't have a hexagon stamp or die large enough so I downloaded a 1 1/2" pattern and cut it out and colored it with the NEON BLUE ink and then let it dry and white embossed the tweed pattern on it. To make the two smaller circles match in color I used the NEON PURPLE and NEON BLUE inked on white card stock.

Same thing with the purple butterfly (inked with NEON PURPLE) - then I used a Martha Stewart punch. Added bling for the trail.

The banner is Hero Arts Stamp & Cut DI074 - layered white on blue.

Sentiment is Hero Arts CL400.

Thank you so much for taking a look. And as always . . . Blessings to you!

"Cast all your anxiety on him because he cares for you."
1 Peter 5:7

Another Fold Card

This appears to be a gate fold card but if you look at the picture below you will see that the right panel opens towards the top of the card. I have three green checked butterflies under that panel but it was way too awkward to get a picture of them too - oh well :)

Both sentiments are from Hero Arts. 
Papers are Martha Stewart double-sided "playful pink paper pad". I have had these for a while and believe I got it at WalMart :)
Butterflies: Martha Stewart Punch

We are having more rain in Georgia and for us it is a blessing but for others in the state they have already had an abundance and are soaked.

Be blessed wherever you are!

"As the deer pants for the water brooks; So pants my soul for You, O God. My soul thirsts for God, for the living God."
Psalm 42:1-2 

Thursday, February 21, 2013

New Stamps

Playing around with another one of my new Hero Arts Stamps and my new Hero Arts Neon Inks - Woo Hoo :)

Background Stamp: Hero Arts S5638 stamped with Hero Arts NEON BLUE. I colored in the white space on the flowers with PrismaColor Scholar 439 - Loved the contrast.
Sentiment: Hero Arts CL652 (Fancy Basics) stamped in Hero Arts NEON BLUE
Leaves: Verve Sunny Days (Set of 22) stamped in Hero Arts NEON BLUE and colored with PrismaColor Scholoar 439
Butterfly: Martha Stewart - Orange Neon Paper
Spellbinders: Reverse Wonky Rectangles
Buttons: WalMart

Blessings to you!

"Cast all your anxiety on him because he cares for you."
1 Peter 5:7


I have been experimenting with Fold Cards. This one is called a Joy-Fold and the instructions are here.
I am entering this in the Hero Arts February Challenge.


 The heart acts as a button to hold the flap of "second card" to the first. Loving this. Simple to do. Both sentiments are Hero Arts and various pattern papers. The heart is Hero Arts Frame Cuts DI008.
As always I really appreciate you taking the time to stop by.

Hugs to all!

"Let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts, since as members of one body you were called to peace. And be thankful."
Colossians 3:15

Friday, February 15, 2013

Chalkboard Technique

Finally had time to try this Chalkboard Technique using Joy Taylor's instructions on the Hero Arts Blog. I taught school for 30 years and was very familiar with chalk being everywhere. It was a nice change when we went to "grease" boards :)

Stamp: Hero Arts CG509 Leafy Vine
Sentiment: Hero Arts
Martha Stewart Butterfly Punch

Blessings to you!

"I will praise You, O Lord, with my whole heart; I will tell of all Your marvelous works. I will be glad and rejoice in You; I will sing praise to Your name, O Most High."
Psalm 9:1-2

Wednesday, February 13, 2013

Heart With Bling

Here is a clean and simple heart with bling :) Going to enter this in the Hero Arts Challenge for February.

Doily: MFT Die-namics Oval Decorative Doily
Heart: Hero Arts Stamp & Cut DI065

Thanks for stopping by and Blessings to you!

"But he said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness. Therefore I will boast all the more gladly about my weaknesses, so that Christ’s power may rest on me."
2 Corinthians 12:9

Wednesday, February 6, 2013

More Fold Cards

I am loving the fold card technique. Entering this one in Hero Arts February Challenge. Here are a couple more that I have done:

This is probably my favorite one yet. Inside says "Kick Up Your Heels & Have Fun!"
Stamp: Hero Arts CL303
Sentiment: Outside: Hero Arts CL139
Sentiment Inside: Hero Arts CL303

Lots of pattern paper and the heart is a Memory Box Die "Sofia Heart". Used crimper to give the panel behind the heart texture.
Pink Decorative strip is Martha Stewart border punch
Sentiment on inside reads: "All things grow with love." [Don't remember the Company :( ]

Always appreciate you stopping by!

Encouragement for the day:
"But to each one of us grace has been given as Christ apportioned it.
Ephesians 4:7"

Hugs and Hugs

Still in the Valentine mode :) Sharing a couple of cards that I have recently made. Entering these in the Hero Arts February Challenge.

Same layout but in two different colors.
Stamp: Hero Arts E3907 XOXO Heart
Sentiment: Hero Arts CL310 ( I cut the "Hugs" away from the sentiment Hugs and Kisses)

White embossed the heart on red and pink papers and used my crimper  for the strip behind the hearts.

Thank you for stopping by and blessings to you for today!

"And God is able to bless you abundantly, so that in all things at all times, having all that you need, you will abound in every good work."
2 Corinthinians 9:8

Saturday, February 2, 2013

Fold Card

I have not done a "Fold Card" in forever. Just really stretching myself this weekend :)

Hero Arts February Challenge is Love and Lace, Fun Folds, and/or a Sketch Challenge. I got my inspiration for the fold from a Card Making book that I have had forever: Fabulous Folds for Card Making published by HOUSE OF WHITE BIRCHES.

Here is my Fold Card:

Lots of printed papers for the background
Heart: Hero ArtsCG 426 stamped in Memento Bamboo Leaves
Sentiment: Hero Arts CL310  - (Haven't used it in a long time - love to go back and use some old favorites)

It was really pretty simple to do once I decided on all the papers :)

Hope you are having a glorious day!

He says, “Be still, and know that I am God; I will be exalted among the nations, I will be exalted in the earth."
Psalm 46:10

Pop-Up Card

It has been about 3 years since I have done a pop-up card and I felt like it took me 3 years to complete this one :) Once I refreshed my memory from one of my craft books on how to do it, the process went rather smoothly. The next one will be easier - right? :)

Hero Arts Challenge for February is Love and Lace, Fold Cards, and a Sketch Challenge. I have been working on my valentine cards and thought I would incorporate a pop-up card. Sun was a little bright so photo looks a little washed out. Here it is:

Stamp: Hero Arts CG426 Four Hearts (White embossed on green card stock on front - white embossed on blue card stock on inside)
Die Cut: Hero Arts DI008
Sentiment:  Hero Arts CL380

Hugs to you for today!

“For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways,” declares the Lord“As the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways and my thoughts than your thoughts."
Isaiah 55:8-9

Friday, February 1, 2013

One Layer Card

Oh me, Oh my! I am doing some more practice on my "homework" from Clean and Simple Card Making 2. One of our assignments was to create a one layer card. My first one I fudged a little and put a little butterfly but on this one I stuck with the plan and it is truly ONE layer.

You do not know how bad I wanted to add a sweet little heart bling to this :) I had to let one hand hold the other hand to keep it from jumping on the card!

This is a lot of masking.

Stamp: Hero Arts CG426 Four Hearts
Ink: Hero Arts Shadow Ink Wet Cement
Sentiment: Hero Arts CL380

Thank you for stopping by - now let me get to Day 5 of class and see what the ladies have in store for us today :)

"For it is by grace you have been saved,through faith—and this is not from yourselves, it is the gift of God— not by works, so that no one can boast."
Ephesians 2:8-9