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

Monday, September 29, 2014

National Coffee Day

In celebration of National Coffee Day, there is a Coffee Lovers Blog Hop you need to check out. Also, stop by Simon Says Stamp and see Shari Carroll's National Coffee Day card for some inspiration!

Here is mine:

 In a previous post, I mentioned that I had found some cool new products at Hobby Lobby by Papercrafting. The first set I used was Printed Burlap which you can see here. On this card I used the Printed Cork Paper Pad and I LOVE it too!

Background: Printed Cork
Sentiment, coffee mug die and Khaki die ink all came from the 2014 Simon Says Stamp October Card Kit.

Have a blessed day!

"For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith - and this is not from yourselves, it is a gift of God."
Ephesians 2:8

Sunday, September 28, 2014

Birthday Wishes

Lots of birthdays for us in September. Here is one of many.

My favorite flower stamp for now: Penny Black ~ Petal
Butterfly: Hero Arts ~ CL383 Antique Engravings
Background doilies: Spellbinders Lacey Ovals (White); Die-namics Oval Decorative Doily (Blue)
Sentiment: Simon Says Stamp  ~ Square Sayings

Think Fall has finally decided to arrive here in Georgia ~ loving it!

"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 Lord's holy people, 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, September 27, 2014

Printed Burlap

A couple of months ago I was in Hobby Lobby and stumbled on several unique paper pads AND they were on sale. I finally got around to using one of them and I LOVE it - Paper Burlap. The material is really durable. I kind of threw this together quickly to just get a feel for it. Looking forward to doing more with it. Think the texture makes for a really neat masculine card.

Background: Printed Burlap
Flags: Paper Smooches
Circle: Got a pack of these out of one of the $1 bins at Michael's; stamped & ran through Cuttlebug embossing folder
Sentiment: Simon Says Stamp Square Sayings; ZING! Pewter Embossing Powder

Here is the pack of paper I purchased:

It is College Football Saturday here ~ so GO DAWGS!

"But if we walk in the light, as he is in the light, we have fellowship with one another,and the blood of Jesus, his Son, purifies us from all sin. If we claim to be without sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us. If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness."
1 John 1:7-9

Stencils & Stamps

Another entry for My Favorite Things Sketch 195 and Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge (Stencils & Stamps):

Stencil (at bottom): TCW Fish Scale ~ Used Distress Ink Salty Ocean to tint embossing paste
Flowers: Penny Black Petal (LOVE this set!)
Flag Tag Die: Paper Smooches Flag Tags
Embossing Folder: Darice

Thank you ever so much for stopping!

"There is no fear in love. But perfect love drives out fear, because fear has to do with punishment. The one who fears is not made perfect in love."
1 John 4:18

Thursday, September 25, 2014

Sketch Challenge

Entering this in My Favorite Things: GET SKETCHY Card Sketch 195 and Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge: Stencils and Stamps.

Here is the sketch for My Favorite Things:

Here is my take on it:
Stencil: Hero Arts Large Lotus Pattern
Inks: Distress Ink Mustard Seed, Scattered Straw, Peeled Paint, Mowed Lawn, Rusty Hinge, Spiced Marmalade
Sunshine Stamp: Simon Says Stamp Color & Sunshine
Sentiment: Hero Arts
Studio Calico: Wood Veneer Bird

Blessings to you today!

"The Lord himself goes before you and will be with you; he will never leave you or forsake you. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged."
Deuteronomy 41:10

Wednesday, September 24, 2014


If you saw my Butterfly post that had the Hero Arts Tweed Pattern background, you will recognize that the large hello die was cut from one of many panels that I had made using the Tweed Pattern.

This card is pretty simple. I die cut the large HELLO from Simon Says Stamp out of the Hero Arts Tweed Pattern background stamp that was white embossed and then colored with distress inks. Background is Cuttlebug folder on vellum.

I am on a roll today ~ think I just made history ~ three posts in one day!

"So do not fear, for I am with you; do not be dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you; I will uphold you with my righteous right hand."
Isaiah 41:10


I absolutely love, love, love butterflies! I chase them around in the yard to take photos of them. 

Papertrey Ink has a butterfly stamp and die set that I LOVE and evidently everyone else does too because I procrastinated too long after it first came out and had to wait a while before it was back in stock. I opted to just get the die set and I will say it again ~ I LOVE it!

The background stamp is Hero Arts Tweed Pattern. I white embossed it and then used distress inks to color it. 
AND THEN: There is that gorgeous butterfly die
The sentiment is Simon Says Stamp Die. I layered it about four times to give is some dimension which you can't really see in the photo.

Blessings to you ~ thanks for stopping by!

"The Lord himself goes before you and will be with you; he will never leave you for forsake you. Do not be afraid: do not be discouraged."
Deuteronomy 31:8

Petal Party

I absolutely love this stamp set from Penny Black (Petal Party). 

I have used these flowers many times. I was inspired by Lin's card using these. I moved things around a bit but totally used her design. Thanks for the inspiration Lin! Here is mine:

Thank you for stopping by!

"The Lord appeared to us in the past, saying: "I have loved you with an everlasting love; I have drawn you with unfailing kindness."
Jeremiah 31:3

Thursday, September 18, 2014


My Favorite Things and Simon Says Stamp have challenges this week that focus on Tags.

My Favorite Things sketch:

Here is my entry:

Tag: Hero Arts Large Tag #DI058
Cuttlebug Embossing Folder for tag
Circle Die: Lawn Fawn LF522
Papers: Lawn Fawn Petite Paper Pack
Banner Die: Paper Smooches ~ Flag Tags

Thank you ever so much for stopping by!

[I was just looking back at this after having posted it earlier today and the two maple leaves together look like a bat :-) - Oh Well]

"Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of compassion and teh God of all comfort, who comforts us in all our troubles, so that we can comfort those in any trouble with the comfort we ourselves have received from God."
2 Corinthians 1:3-4

Thursday, September 11, 2014

Long Time Away

I have been busy with my card making but have not been very prompt with posting. So here is a catch up post.

Thank you in advance for stopping by.

The whole concept of these cards were inspired by Debby Hughes.  The flowers were white embossed on vellum but Debby's technique was to color on the back side so as to not color over the embossing on the front. I then ran my panel through a dotted Cuttlebug folder.

Flower Stamp: Penny Black 30-113 Petal Party
Sentiment: Hero Arts CL283 Scroll Frame & Messages

Flower Stamp: The Craft's Meow ~ Hope Blooms

 Flower Stamp: Hero Arts CL304  Million Thanks

 Flower Stamp: Hero Arts K5586 Daisies

 Flower Stamp: Lawn Fawn LF556  ~ Our Friendship Grows

"Rejoice in the Lord always. I will say it again: Rejoice! . . . I know what it is to be in need, and I know what it is to have plenty. I have learned the secret of being content in any and every situation, whether well fed or hungry, whether living in plenty or in want."
Philippians 4:4, 12