Saturday, August 19, 2017

Sketch Saturday with Crafty Sentiments

Hello and welcome to a new sketch challenge from Sketch Saturday! This is challenge #477 and the sponsor this week is Crafty Sentiments! I chose Mia who is all cozy in her fall jacket, boots and tights because Fall is my favorite season and I'm looking forward to its beginning!

I chose the blue section of paper behind the image to highlight the beautiful shade of blue in the sky when September and October come. The plaid strip I imagine to line her jacket, and the red strip of course is to link back to the color I chose for the jacket itself.

Thanks for looking! I had fun with this image and hope you find some time to get crafty and have a little fun this week as well.

Stamps: Crafty Sentiments digital "Mia" ; Paper Neenah solar white, blue panel, scrap of patterned paper, Bazill red, scraps of green and teal; Dies: Gathered Garden from Papertrey Ink, MFT stitched rectangle, punch from Stampin' UP; Other: PTI button, twine, Prismacolor pencils and gamsol, twine, button

Saturday, August 5, 2017

Sketch Saturday #475 ... New Designer

Good morning and thanks for stopping by! I am so pleased to announce that I am a new team member at Sketch Saturday, which has a fabulous team of international designers. I always enjoy a good sketch as a way to get the creative juices going. This first one was a lot of fun to put together.

The sponsor for this particular sketch is MMedel Illustrations on etsy. I selected this cute kitten from the Kitten Bundles who seems to have a bit of a self-satisfied look on her face. That's what prompted me to use the die for the wee birds (Memory Box) as the embellishments, and the sentiment (from a Papertrey Ink set). There might or might not have been five birds when I started this card. :) Ask the kitty.

Thanks so much for looking and have a great day. Hope you can play along!

Stamps: Digital from MMedel Illustrations, Sentiment from Papertrey Ink; Ink: Soft stone, raspberry PTI; Dies by Spellbinder and Memory Box (resting birds); Paper: PTI soft stone, black, blush and white; Coloring medium Copics, white gel pen

Sunday, July 9, 2017

Challenge #10 Mustard Seed Faith

Good morning and welcome to another challenge from Mustard Seed Faith. Diane Noble has written our devotional for this challenge and her writing is always inspiring and biblically centered. Please go there to read her thoughts on the virtue of planning and what the bible has to say about that.

Her challenge was to create anything to do with summer so I chose a beachy theme and did a layout of swimsuits. I made a background using some of the new distress oxide inks from Ranger and chose yellow and blue which also, when spritzed with water, created a green shade as well. When I was little we had a backyard pool and the main colors I associated with it were the blue of the sky and water, the green grass we would run on to get to the pool and the bright yellow sun in the sky.

I know it took a lot of planning on my parents' part to put up that pool. It was an above ground pool and my dad would have to level the ground first, then put up the pool and each year check for and patch any leaks in the liner. He would have to fill it with water and use chlorine to keep the water clean, skim out bugs and leaves. He put in a lot of planning and a lot of work so we could enjoy our summers.

There are a lot of things we have to plan way in advance to try to ensure life will run smoothly. And there are times those plans fly out the window because God pulls us in a different direction. I recall a summer exactly five years ago, almost to the day, when our plans took a radical turn. My husband was hospitalized and had three stents put in his heart. The summer changed, eventually our residence changed, relationships changed and his habits changed. My husband had always been very focused on trying to discern God's will for his life but after that event it became an even higher priority. He spent a lot of time in prayer before but even more now. Because as Diane says in her devotional, our ultimate goal in all of our planning should be to try to give God the glory. That is our hope with our blog. We would love it if you would stop by and participate in our challenge. Wishing you a blessed week.

Stamps: Papertrey Ink. Ink: Ranger distress oxide inks, archival black; Paper: Neenah solar white, PTI white linen, watercolor; Other: patterned paper scraps, copic markers, glitter, MFT pierced rectangle dies, glossy accents. 

Sunday, June 25, 2017

Papertrey Customer blog hop June 2017

One last post for the day to squeak in before the blog hop ends. I admit I was short on inspiration this time. I tried to create a gradient with blue-green inks for the background, the shaker card uses clear acetate of course, as a nod to the glass jars in the photo. I like the other shaker card I made this week a bit better but some days are better than others!

Here is the inspiration photo:

And here is my card:

Stamps: What the Doodle, Waves Mini; Cardstock: Neenah solar white, teal, watercolor; INk: Ranger distress inks, variethy of blues, PTI fresh snow; acetate, beads, sequins, white embossing powder, buttons and stickles. 

Thanks for looking and have a great week!

Choose Joy ... New Challenge at Mustard Seed Faith

Good morning! It is time for a new challenge at Mustard Seed Faith and this week's hostess is Nancy, who has selected the theme of Choose Joy for her devotional. The point of her thoughts is that we have a choice, we can take action to choose joy.

That is true, isn't it? We may not be able to control our circumstances, but we can control our response to them. And the response is always or can be guided by the fact that our joy is found in our position as a child of God. There is joy in our salvation, joy in the fact that Jesus Christ paid it all on the cross for our sins. I don't always outwardly express joy, but it is always buried deep in my heart and I can lean on that when circumstances wouldn't warrant happiness. But joy is separate from happiness, because while happiness is circumstantial and fleeting, joy transcends circumstance.

It can for me however, be a challenge to remember that I can choose joy and that I have that assurance of salvation which brings joy. I am thankful for Nancy's devotional as a reminder that I need to make joy my choice.

For our challenge this week we can create anything that brings us joy. I just find great joy in creating or papercrafting so making anything usually provokes happiness or joy. I thought I would go with bright colors, playful images and sequins in a shaker card, to send to someone to bring a bit of joy into their life.

Thanks for looking and please visit our blog so you can play along in our current challenge.
Sstamps: Poppy stamps narwhal set; Ink: PTI snow white, soft stone; Paper: Orange Zest, blue scrap, teal, watercolor; Dies: My Favorite Things square stitched frame, PTI double ended banner; Other: sequins, glitter, prismacolor pencils, acetate, white embossing powder

Thursday, June 22, 2017

Peonies for Pantone

Too many ideas, too little time! There are so many ways you could go with this. I decided to dress it up just a bit more than my last card and make another Pantone chip card for Make it Monday using a peony!!!

Thanks for looking and have a great time stamping! 

Stamps: Papertrey Ink Pretty Peonies, Scripted; Paper: PTI soft stone, white, raspberry, watercolor, scrap of patterned paper; Ink: Papertrey Ink Smokey Shadow, Fresh Snow; Tim Holtz Ranger distress inks of Spun Sugar, Forest Moss, Peeling Paint, Worn Lipstick; Other: white embossing powder, sequins, Spellbinders square die

Tuesday, June 20, 2017

Pantones Under the Sea

Always enjoy a good challenge and I found the one at Papertrey Ink intriguing for Make it Monday. I hadn't heard of the Pantone chip inspiration. You're supposed to take a single color chip and match the stamp color or decorative accents to that chip. I am fond of the color blue and fond of this whale stamp so I paired them up. I watercolored some cardstock and deliberately chose a spotty part for the whale because the whales I've been privileged to see on rare occasions have plenty of mottled color. Needed a few sequins, in my mind, for the sun reflecting off the water.

Thanks for looking. In case you come directly to this post and not the home page, I made another pantone chip inspired card using the peonies anniversary set with a pink chip,!

Stamps: Papertrey Ink Keep Swimming, Dies: PTI Keep Swimming; Paper: Neenah solar white, scrap of blue, watercolor; Inks: Ranger distress Tumbled Glass, Weathered Wood, Faded Jeans, archival black; Other: sequins, wink of stella

I did find a few other challenges where this will fit, new blogs to me and some intriguing challenges and fine design team examples.

This would qualify for the following:

Deep Ocean Challenge #157: Die Cuts, Chipboards and/or Punches ... the whale is diecut
Crafty Critter Crazies...Just use a whale
Monochrome Magic ...Anything goes as long as it is monochrome
CAS on Friday ... Animals