Wednesday, November 15, 2017

Atlantic Hearts Sketch 238






Atlantic Hearts Sketch #238 was the perfect place to try a masked wreath, and my first choice of stamps was my brand new Verve collection, Autumn Leaves.  This set allows for some fun double stamping of leaves in three different sizes, and there are plenty of sweet sentiments for fall.  I need a birthday card, so I selected a sentiment from Cake and Candles.  As far as techniques go, the card was created using mask made by die cutting an oval from plain printer paper.  The mask and card stock were held in place in the MISTI using a few magnets.  (Masking paper is on my wish list, but this worked just fine.)  A little twine, a torn edge and three copper sequins finish off the card.

Thanks so much for stopping by,
Christine

Linking to:
Paper Sweeties Inspiration Challenge
Word Art Wednesday

Sunday, November 12, 2017

Inspired by all the Little Things---Tag




I couldn't resist incorporating the inspiration photo found at "Inspired by All the Little Things"  into my current crafting goal of creating Christmas tags.  This tag features Reverse Confetti's Gift Card Holder Tag and Wreath Dies.  The sweet little Christmas tree is from Little Inker Designs.  The silver card is pretty, but was a challenge to photograph....I think I lost that challenge, by the way.

Thanks for taking a peek,
Christine



Linking to
Inspired by All the Little Things
SSS Wednesday Challenge (Snow White)
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Autumn Blessings



It's such fun to combine a great sketch with a wonderful color inspiration palette, and that's what is available right now if you choose to play along with the Verve November Sketch and this week's Sunday Stamps Inspiration Photo Challenge.

After the design decisions were made by the challenge blogs, I selected two Verve sets:  Autumn Blessings and Falling Leaves for the images and sentiment.  The papers are called Harvest Pie, available from Pixel Scrapper, and the layers are cut with Little Inker Stitched Rectangles and Reverse Confetti Lacy Scalloped Rectangles.

         

Thanks for visiting.  Enjoy the beauty of fall.
Christine

Linking to:
VLV November Sketch Challenge
Sunday Stamps
Word Art Wednesday
4 Crafty Chicks (Give Thanks)

Friday, November 10, 2017





Happy Friday!  It's time for another Fun Friday Challenge at Jo's Scrap Shack where the theme is always Anything Goes.  The design team is designs by The Cutting Cafe, and I received the Dimensional Christmas Ornament cutting file for my project.  To share a crafting tip, I keep a package of inexpensive white card stock available.  It comes in handy for learning materials for my classroom and is great for "practice" projects.  The white ornament is shown below with a simple tulle bow.  It looks pretty on  a kraft bag which I often use to package baked goods for Christmas.  As I made my "practice" ornament, the idea of making a pumpkin entered my mind, and this two-inch pumpkin is just adorable.  I finished it off with a strip of paper curled with my snips and a die cut leaf.  What a versatile file, and the photo tutorial included was a big help!



Challenge Rules

1. Please post a direct link to your blog post that includes your challenge entry project, using the linky tool below. 

2. Be sure to include a link back to Jo's Scrap Shack and to the challenge post you are entering your project into

3. THREE entries per person are allowed for each challenge and you must post a separate blog post for each entry.

4. For all entries -NO BACK LINKS ACCEPTED- 
The date on your blog post should be dated between the start date & the end date for the challenge you are entering, in order to be eligible for the challenge & prizes

5. You may link up to other challenges but be sure to link back to Jo's Scrap Shack and to the challenge post you are entering 

 * All entries that do not meet the challenge requirements
WILL NOT be eligible for the top 3, any sponsor wins or any random wins by Jo
All random wins will only be mailed within the US and Canada only.


Thanks so much for taking time to visit,
Christine

Thursday, November 9, 2017

Simon Says Stamp: Snow White


I absolutely fell in love with Teresa Kline's Design Team Project for this week's Simon Says Stamp Challenge.  She added pastel holly leaves and berries to a beautiful shimmering card base, and the effect is gorgeous.  I CASED her project, creating a tag with layers of die cut vellum, and a panel embossed with a double wedding ring pattern (thinking warm winter quilt).  The wreath is cut from  Reverse Confetti die, and the teeny, tiny absolutely adorable  holly die is a Little Inker's product.

Crafting tip:  paint sample chips are perfect for tiny dies....the pink holly berries are cut from one

Thanks so much for visiting,
Christine

Linking to

Simon Says Stamp:  Snow White
Word Art Wednesday
PIP Challenge
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Most Fabulous Birthday Ever


This card stock collection called Birthday Wishes features lots of texture, gloss, and glitter.  It was fun to select layers for this month's Verve sketch.  I wanted some of the graphics on the yellow panel to show, so I changed the focal shape to a circle, which fit the sentiment  (from Better Together) well.  Since a lot of  the pretty plaid was covered, I layered a couple of arrows cut with a Verve die to fill the blank space and to give the plaid a chance to come forward.

A little time to create a bright, happy card was just what I needed this evening!  So thankful for that time.

Thanks for visiting,
Christine





Linking to Verve Sketch Challenge
Word Art Wednesday
PIP Challenge
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Wednesday, November 8, 2017

Newton's Nook Color Challenge


The Inky Paws Challenge has such a great inspiration photo and color combination.  I found these pretty papers at the Pixel Scrapper and colored Newton's Happy Mail to match for a fun Christmas Card.  I'll add a sentiment later after deciding just how I want to use the card.

Thanks for taking a look,
Christine

Linking to:
Inky Paws Challenge
PIP Challenge
Word Art Wednesday

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Sunday, November 5, 2017

Christmas Tree Tag





 The papers for this tag are all scraps!  Stamps and dies include:  Reverse Confetti Lacy Scalloped Frames, Reverse Confetti's Gift Card Tag Holder, Verve's Jolly Jingles, and Verve's Stitched Pennants.

Thanks for visiting,
Christine

Linking to:

Simon Says Stamp Wednesday--Christmas Tags
Word Art Wednesday  AG
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Snowman Tag



The previous Christmas tag was so much fun to make that I created another version using a watercolor panel,  Reverse Confetti's Gift Card Tag Holder, and Verve's Jolly Jingles.  The Eliza snowflake die is and exclusive from Simon Says Stamp.

Thanks for taking a look,
Christine

Linking to:
Tuesday Throwdown--Watercolor
Simon Says Stamp Wednesday--Christmas Tags
Jo's Scrap Shack AG
Word Art Wednesday  AG
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Holly Jolly Christmas


Must say that I bake like crazy, decorate the whole house, listen to Christmas tunes almost 24/7 during between Thanksgiving and Christmas....but do holiday crafting?  Not so much.  I need to make that a bigger priority.  It was such fun to create a simple tag using Reverse Confetti's Gift Card Tag Holder, Verve's Jolly Jingles, and Little Inker's Holly Jolly dies.

So thankful for a little time to rest and craft.  Happy Sunday,
Christine

Linking to:
Tuesday Throwdown--Watercolor
Simon Says Stamp Wednesday--Christmas Tags
Jo's Scrap Shack AG
Crop Stop AG
Word Art Wednesday  AG
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Saturday, November 4, 2017

November VLV---Autumn Blessings

 If you haven't seen the new VLV sketch and designers' samples, stop by for some inspiration!  The sketch is super easy to follow, as measurements have been added.  That, however, didn't stop me from making a crafting mistake.  I glued down the floral panel only to realize that the horizontal strip was still lying on my desk.  Oops!  I still enjoyed using the new Autumn Leaves and matching dies with a pretty stack of paper called Cedar Lane.

Thanks for stopping by,
Christing

Linking to
November VLV Sketch Challenge
Word Art Wednesday
Crop Stop
Jo's Scrap Shack


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Wednesday, November 1, 2017

AHSC 236: Happy Birthday


This is take two on my card using this sketch.  The first card was fall themed, featuring circular digital stamps.  I colored the images, fussy cut them, and created a glue smudge that only got worse when I tried to remove it with a pick up square. Should have waited for it to dry and maybe the printer ink would not have smudged.  Lesson learned.

This card features a kraft and black panel cut from a stack recently purchased at a great sale price, a Tilth Floral die which was cut from silver poster board, and the layered flowers were attached with a brad.  The sentiment is from one of my beloved Verve sets:  Poppy Birthday.


Thanks for visiting.  Hope your crafting adventures include glue that stays in its proper place.
Christine

Linking to
Word Art Wednesday
Crop Stop
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Friday, October 27, 2017

Fun Friday Challenge 212 with Bugaboo Stamps: Birthday Elephant




Happy Friday!  It's time for another Fun Friday Challenge at Jo's Scrap Shack where the theme is always Anything Goes.  This week there is an OPTIONAL TWIST to the challenge---use sky blue, violet, and white.   My first card includes the optional twist colors and Thank You Flower.   The second card does not utilize the twist and features Birthday Elephant .  Please take time to see the design team's samples and to link up your own creations.  It's always fun to see what you have to share!
Challenge Rules

1. Please post a direct link to your blog post that includes your challenge entry project, using the linky tool below. 

2. Be sure to include a link back to Jo's Scrap Shack and to the challenge post you are entering your project into

3. THREE entries per person are allowed for each challenge and you must post a separate blog post for each entry.

4. For all entries -NO BACK LINKS ACCEPTED- 
The date on your blog post should be dated between the start date & the end date for the challenge you are entering, in order to be eligible for the challenge & prizes

5. You may link up to other challenges but be sure to link back to Jo's Scrap Shack and to the challenge post you are entering 

 * All entries that do not meet the challenge requirements
WILL NOT be eligible for the top 3, any sponsor wins or any random wins by Jo
All random wins will only be mailed within the US and Canada only.


Thanks so much for taking time to visit,
Christine

Linking to
SSS Wednesday Challenge:  A/G
Word Art Wednesday
PIP Challenge
Crop Stop

Sunday, October 22, 2017

Viva La Verve: Happy Fall


Fall arrived in our neck of the woods today with a rainy cold front that hit about the time church got out.  It is certainly welcome and refreshing. Verve's new Autumn Leaves is versatile and lots of fun...maybe a grown up version of jumping into a pile of leaves.  The leaves were randomly stamped on craft, colored with Prismacolors (sorry for the glare in the late-night photos), and the panel was cut with a stitched rectangle die.  The next layer was distressed and sponged with desert sand.  The pretty seam binding was purchased at Crop Stop.

Thanks for visiting and have a great week!
Christine




Linking to
VLV October Sketch Challenge
SSS Wednesday Challenge (color/photo inspiration)
Word Art Wednesday
The Card Concept (Autumn Love)
Crop Stop

Wednesday, October 18, 2017

Atlantic Hearts Sketch Challenge 234: Grace Changes Everything


It's time to share the designer team's interpretations of Michelle's pretty sketch.  My card features Verve's Butterfly Grace with matching dies, shows a peek of a tiny Reverse Confetti Wreath die, and is embellished with a trio of black enamel dots.

Thanks for taking a look,
Christine

Linking to Word Art Wednesday
PIP Challenge
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Sunday, October 15, 2017

Autumn Blessings: Verve Sketch/Card Concept



Verve's new Autumn Leaves landed in my mailbox Friday, and our little weekend trip took us past Tuesday Morning where I picked up this pretty paper collection called Cedar Lane.  I did the responsible thing after we returned,  taking care of laundry and school preparations before getting inky.  I love the "country feel" of the inspiration photo and echoed that with a touch of woodgrain and calico.  The gems on the sentiment panel are silver, but look more like pearls in the evening light.  The touch of silver thread is blending filament from my embroidery supplies.

The wind changed this evening and there is a hint of cool in the breeze.  Thanks for your visit.
Wishing you autumn blessings,
Christine

Linking to:
VLV Sketch Challenge
Card Concept 79
4 Crafty Chicks (Fall Theme)
Word Art Wednesday
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Friday, October 13, 2017

Fun Friday Challenge with Limited Runs Digital Stamps


Happy Friday!  It's time for another Fun Friday Challenge at Jo's Scrap Shack where the theme is always Anything Goes.  The design team is showcasing images by  Limited Runs.  This sweet little Santa mug brought back memories.  Colored with Prismacolor pencils and paired with some pretty plaids from Pixel Scrapper, the card came together quickly.  Please take time to see the design team's samples and to link up your own creations.  It's always fun to see what you have to share!
Challenge Rules

1. Please post a direct link to your blog post that includes your challenge entry project, using the linky tool below. 

2. Be sure to include a link back to Jo's Scrap Shack and to the challenge post you are entering your project into

3. THREE entries per person are allowed for each challenge and you must post a separate blog post for each entry.

4. For all entries -NO BACK LINKS ACCEPTED- 
The date on your blog post should be dated between the start date & the end date for the challenge you are entering, in order to be eligible for the challenge & prizes

5. You may link up to other challenges but be sure to link back to Jo's Scrap Shack and to the challenge post you are entering 

 * All entries that do not meet the challenge requirements
WILL NOT be eligible for the top 3, any sponsor wins or any random wins by Jo
All random wins will only be mailed within the US and Canada only.


Thanks so much for taking time to visit,
Christine
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Monday, October 9, 2017

Sending Thoughts and Prayers



The Sunday Stamps inspiration photo provided the color choices for this card, and the sentiment is from a Verve collection called Inspire Hope.  A trio of flowers cut with MFT Stitched Flower Dies embellishes the little sentiment window.

So thankful to have a little crafting time this weekend and to join some favorite challenges.

Have a great week,
Christine

Linking to:
Sunday Stamps
PIP Challenge
Word Art Wednesday
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Saturday, October 7, 2017

Happy WCMD!




Celebrating WCMD by creating a card inspired by this month's Verve Sketch (always happy to see a new one published, and this one is great) and a gorgeous inspiration photo from Inspired by All the Little Things.  I love the soft pink flowers and Verve's Joyful Blooms were just the right scale for the card.  The precious scripture is part of Verve's Scripture Medley 2, and a few leaves were cut from gold card stock using a Beautiful Flowers die.  Happy to report that all the papers were taken from my scrapbook paper scrap box.  (say that three times fast :)

Linking to:
VLV October Sketch Challenge
Inspired by all the Little Things
Word Art Wednesday
PIP Challenge

Thanks for your visit,
Christine
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Wednesday, October 4, 2017

Atlantic Hearts Sketch Challenge 232: My Grace is Sufficient


What a pleasure it was to use this week's sketch in creating a card.  I used one of my newer Verve stamp sets, Butterfly Grace, for the sentiment and cut just the outline of the butterfly (a Verve die found here)  from patterned paper.
The layers are cut from a Papertrey die and from Reverse Confetti's Lacy Scallop Frames.

So thankful for God's sufficient grace,
Christine

Linking to:
PIP Challenge
Word Art Wednesday
Crop Stop
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Tuesday, October 3, 2017

Never Before Used Schtuff Challenge: Autumn Blessings


I had moment of enlightenment on my way home this evening after running an errand that took me close to Hobby Lobby:  The fabulous, on-sale-at-great-price kraft and black card stock I just purchased qualifies as Never-Before-Used-Schtuff.  Have to confess that the challenge has been hard because my goodies usually get put into service pretty quickly.  With limited space and a limited budget, most of my purchases are well-thought-out and eagerly anticipated.  It's rare that a package goes unopened for long, so it was fun to think I had materials to qualify for one more entry.  It's been fun seeing Darnell's cards, reading her witty blog posts, and skipping around the gallery to leave comments.  Thanks, Darnell!

Wishing you Autumn Blessings,
Christine

Linking to
NBUS Challenge
Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge
PIP Challenge
Word Art Wednesday

PS---Verve's Autumn Blessings Stamps found here

Saturday, September 30, 2017

Birthday Wishes Easel Card



I made this card for  an upcoming birthday and to fit a couple of challenges.  First, this card features NBUS (Never Before Used Schtuff) -- card stock and designer paper that came in a card kit. I hoarded it because there was only one sheet of each color/design, and it is so pretty.  This card also features a Never Before Used Style----a twisted easel fold.
The stamps are a favorite Verve set: Joyful Blooms.

Thanks so much for stopping by,
Christine


Linking to:
NBUS Challenge (Cardstock and DP collection)
Tuesday Throwdown (more than one fold--twisted easel)
Word Art Wednesday
SSS Wednesday Challenge (A/G)


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Friday, September 29, 2017

Fun Friday Challenge 208 with Lawn Fawn





Happy Friday!  It's time for another Fun Friday Challenge at Jo's Scrap Shack where the theme is always Anything Goes.  The design team is showcasing images by  Lawn Fawn.  My card features "Happy Turkey Day" which is great for Thanksgiving favors as well as for cards.  This card is on a Kraft base and includes papers from Pixel Scrapper cut with stitched square dies from My Favorite Things.   Below, I shared the Verve Sketch from my "favorites" file that inspired the layout.

Please take time to see the design team's samples and to link up your own creations.  It's always fun to see what you have to share!

Thanks for visiting,
Christine

Linking to
Word Art Wednesday (A/G)
SSS Wednesday Challenge (A/G)





Challenge Rules

1. Please post a direct link to your blog post that includes your challenge entry project, using the linky tool below. 

2. Be sure to include a link back to Jo's Scrap Shack and to the challenge post you are entering your project into

3. THREE entries per person are allowed for each challenge and you must post a separate blog post for each entry.

4. For all entries -NO BACK LINKS ACCEPTED- 
The date on your blog post should be dated between the start date & the end date for the challenge you are entering, in order to be eligible for the challenge & prizes

5. You may link up to other challenges but be sure to link back to Jo's Scrap Shack and to the challenge post you are entering 

 * All entries that do not meet the challenge requirements
WILL NOT be eligible for the top 3, any sponsor wins or any random wins by Jo
All random wins will only be mailed within the US and Canada only.



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Wednesday, September 27, 2017

Joy Fold Card with Lawn Fawn's Plus One


I was blessed to win Lawn Fawn's Plus One stamp set in a blog give away last spring and just hadn't had an occasion to make a baby card.  Happy to announce that two of my coworkers are expecting their own bundles of joy!  It was fun to make this joy fold card, and I keep telling myself that I should cut some of the pieces and have them on hand to decorate with layers of DP and stamped images.  This time, I created a "latch" from an MFT Stitched circle layered with an MFT Stitched Flower.  It's popped up on a dimensional to catch the edge of the second folded layer.


Thanks for taking a look,
Christine

Linking to:
Tuesday Throwdown (more than one fold)
SSS Wednesday Challenge (A/G)
NBUS (Lawn Fawn Stamps)
Word Art Wednesday