Tuesday, July 17, 2018

Virtual Stamp Night Weekend

Splitcoaststampers had their Virtual Stamp Night Weekend this past weekend. Friday and Saturday there were challenges every hour. There were 16 in all. I finished 15 so far and wanted to share. You are given a challenge and have an hour to make a card fitting that challenge.  I love doing these types of challenges because it helps me grow in my stamping abilities and it helps me use stamps in my collection that haven't been used in a while.

I like to do the daily challenges they have also. I find I love to learn new things. These challenges are a great way to do just that. Here are 15 of the challenges and what card I made for each.

The challenge was to make a card using a grill, colors around the grill and/or score lines.
I stamped Changito grilling and colored the image. I used my circle die to cut it out. I cut out another circle to look like a hamburger and put the image on top of it. I made the background look like a grill, so it would look like a burger was cooking on the grill.

The challenge was to make a get well card. I stamped, colored and fussy cut the image. I stamped a retired SU get well sentiment. I used my daisy embossing folder and cut it to a circle to go behind my image. I added retired SU paper on the background of grapefruit.

The challenge was ice cream social. I colored this little boy in red and blue to symbolize all of the county fairs, Home Days, festivals and fun times will be had all over America. Summer is the time to celebrate with gatherings in our cities, towns and families and that includes lots of food and ice cream.
I colored the Springtime foil page with copic markers to look like a flag.
I colored the image with copic markers. then cut him out with a stitched oval die. I added dimensionals to the back of the image.

 The challenge was to bring the great outdoors to your card. My card has a washi tape background that has been dry embossed. I then stamped branches with flowers near the chair. My favorite place is on our back porch watching the birds and looking at my garden.
I stamped and stamped again for the flowers on the branches. I cut the chair out in fun foam and colored the chair with a copic marker. I added the image and chair to the washi tape background then added the sentiment.

  The challenge was to make a card with a crafty saying. I don't have anything like that. As I looked at my congratulations stamp I thought, "Why not make it conCRAFTulations?" Anyway, I colored the letters on my stamp and wrote in the ones I needed. I used washi tape to make the x on the card. Then I used an embossing folder to give the background and tape some texture. Lastly I added the white dotted tulle ribbon.

The challenge was to make a holiday card. I chose Thanksgiving. I chose this image because they look like they are blessed to be friends. I colored and cut the image out with an oval die. I cut an oval out of the card base and added designer paper and the image. The sentiment was cut out with bubbles die and the key tag punch The seaside embossing folder was used as the background.

The challenge was to go on a scavenger hunt. I chose what you'd see on a beach-shells. My happy place is the beach where you'd see sand and birds. On a boat I'd see waves and clouds.
I colored the sand then stamped the birds and shells. I sponged the waves and clouds then stamped the boat and birds. The sentiment, in red was last. I added the white dotted tulle ribbon

  The challenge was to stamp a card with something at the pool. I stamped flip flops then decorated them with stamps.

The challenge was to make a slider card. Here is a link to the directions I used.
I used the Animal Outing stamps and dies. I colored and cut out the rhino. I added a sentiment and white dotted tulle ribbon that I colored to match my card stock.

  The challenge was to use a bicycle on our card. I stamped the bicycle in black then sponged my background. I added the sentiment in navy and black.

The challenge was to make a card with coffee as the theme. I used the dies and cut it from animal expedition designer paper. I used a banner die as well. I used white paper and crumb cake papers as well. I made the cup then layered it on a banner and another piece of designer series paper. I added white dotted tulle to the side.

The challenge was to feature yellow on your card. White and black could be added as well. When I saw the challenge I immediately thought of this stamp. I stamped in memento tuxedo black then colored with Copic Markers. I used stitched ovals to cut out the image and a yellow oval behind it. I used the palm leaves embossing folder on the yellow oval and the black background. I added black gingham ribbon using a glue dot.

  Our challenge was to make a gift card holder which had great directions. I used Bermuda Bay paper and a palm tree leaves embossing folder. The image and sentiment were given to me by a friend, so I don't know what stamp sets they are from. I added the image and sentiment with dimensionals the nadded pearls. the white ribbon keeps the card closed.

The challenge was to make a card with your favorite zoo animal. My favorite animal is the otter. I love to watch them play, slide and have fun in the water. I didn't have an otter so I used a beaver instead. I colored the image then layered squares. I added them to the card base then added the white dotted tulle ribbon.

The challenge was to make a card using a one-tank destination near you. I live in Ohio. One of my favorite places to visit is Dearborn, Michigan. I like to see Greenfield Village, and The Henry Ford Museum.
In Greenfield Village, you can ride in old Model-T cars, see Orville and Wilber's Bicycle Shop, ride on a steam train and see Thomas Edison's workshop. So I made a card with old images of vehicles you'd see in Greenfield Village. I used cardstock and daubers to sponge boxes for the images. Then I masked the boxes and stamped the images into them.

I found an old dictionary page with the word, journey, at the top. It seemed perfect for my image. I added antique linen direct to paper and sponged to my dictionary page, my image and sentiment. I ripped my image and the crumb cake behind it then sponged the edges. I added the image and sentiment with dimensionals.

Verse of the Day: Proverbs 29:23
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Blessing of the Day: I got a lot done since my Stampin' Up order came a day early. Got a nap, Tim cooked dinner and we watched the All Star Game together.  Tim go the walls in the living room and family room sanded and sealed.

Please pray for Ben and Rachel as they are leading youth on a 4 day retreat. May they and their students find change and growth in God.

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Thursday, July 12, 2018

Beach, Bats, Strawberries, Stars, Cards and Calm

I love the ocean. I love the sounds, the smell and the peace I get from being there. I've brought the ocean to you today. I don't know about you but sometimes I just need to be at the beach.

The other night as Tim and I sat in the screened in porch, we saw bats begin to dive near the pool water. This was at dusk. We're not sure if they are getting something to drink or getting bugs.  Whatever it was, it was fun to watch.
It reminded me not to be in the pool at dusk.  Tim teased and said if I wasn't careful I'd get a bat in my hair. Funny huh?
 This morning Tim came in from outside and I heard him get a plate and cut something up. Next thing I know he's presenting me with fresh strawberries from the garden. What a sweet guy. Guess He loves me. So grateful that God brought him into my life.

Pretty interesting how science says what God says.

These are the all-stars we're sending to the All Star Game.  I think we should put this banner up in the square where Lebron James was.  

 This is one of the cards we made at my class Monday.  I showed the ladies how versamark is such a versatile ink since it takes on the color of what you stamp it on.  I also showed them that they could add a small glue dot to ribbon to give it dimension.  We also colored on stamps with markers.  That was new to some of them.

This was for the color challenge this week on SCS. The colors were heather highland, balmy blue and powder pink. Perfect baby colors I thought. This card will be one of many being donated to this month's Cards for a Cause on SCS.

 This is a beautiful stamp from my stamping friend Jan.  I stamped and colored this. I added it to a gorgeous embossing folder she had.  Thanks Jan for your supplies and a fun day stamping.

This is the bag we made at my Monday class. I like showing them different 3-D projects they can do This bag can easily be shortened if needed.

 This is another card made thanks to Jan. I colored the flowers and fussy cut them. Then I added them to the gorgeous embossed background.

This card was from last week's ways to use it challenge on SCS. You were to make a gel plate impression as a background.  I didn't have a gel plate so I used an acrylic block.
I added oxide inks to block then spritzed with rubbing alcohol. I stamped the silhouette, framed it with black then added it to the poppy paper. I used Sweet N Sassy Stamps, Landscape Silhouettes to stamp over the background.

This card was for today's ways to use it challenge. We were told to make a simple card based on Henry David Thoreau. I found a quote I liked from Walden Pond and used it as my sentiment.  It's a good reminder to do things today, tomorrow's not guaranteed.

Verse of the Day: Lord make me an instrument of peace and may I bring love, faith, hope and light into the lives of all I meet.
I love how God can change hatred, doubt, despair and shadows into something good through His people and through His love and knowing Him.

Take a listen to this song by Matthew West.

Blessing of the Day: Tim brought strawberries freshly picked from the garden. I worked on lots of things today and got them off my 'to do' list.

Thank you for stopping by. I love hearing from you.

Sunday, July 8, 2018

Stamping Fun and Silliness

The past few days I've stamped with 2 friends. This is the card I made with my first friend. We were both trying to use the giraffe on our card, but since it's only a neck and head stamp, we were stumped. I finally decided this paper would be great and I put a slit in it to have the giraffe peek out through the leaves. Then I added the die cut leaves.
It's fun to figure things out with friends doing what we love for others.

This is the card we also made. It's one we made years ago and my friend brought it over to copy. Oh my, you would have thought it was a difficult card to make. It's easy to make but I had a tough time stamping the lace.
This was a wood block background stamp. I remembered stamping and not getting a full image. So I took my stamp off the wood block and added my own backing so I could use it in my Stamparatus.  Image after image, I couldn't get a good, full image.
My friend tried her wood mount stamp and it worked perfectly!  Go figure.....
Then we needed my butterfly punch.  I searched high and low for those punches. I couldn't find them anywhere.   Then I took the time to READ the labels I put on the drawers, and lo and behold, there were the butterfly punches in the back of this drawer!  I was so embarrassed, but laughed so long I had tears in my eyes.
"Time to go get a cup of coffee," I said!  Creating memories with friends is so much fun!

This is the final card with the butterfly. We dry embossed paper with a swirling embossing folder, then punched out the butterfly and added rhinestones.
You never know what the process was to make the card you receive.  :)

On Splitcoaststampers, the featured stamper challenge found me using the pinwheel card with the playing cards.  I made one with the beautiful designer series paper called, Garden Impressions.  It's a very quick and easy card to make. I haven't made one in years.  I used one of the new colors of paper called, Mango Melody as the background paper. Then I added the pinwheel and the strip of paper. I changed the orientation, colors and greeting.
 Here's a link to the directions.

The next card is for the Inspiration Challenge at SCS.  The cactus pot with clay on it was my inspiration. I love this little cactus set of stamps. I comes with dies too.  I dry embossed dots and colored them then added my cacti.  Darice has the cactus embossing folder. The stamps are from there as well.
My daughter loves cacti and works at Pat Catans. When these stamps came in she called me and said I had to come and look at them.  It's fun to do that as she gets an employee discount.
Make a Clay Petal Planter

This is the other card I made. I colored the images, then went over the flowers with yellow wink of stella. I drew the lines on the tall cactus with the same thing. I made a scene for the cacti to sit in and used the rest of the embossed dots. I like how different each card looks.

Verse of the Day: Galatians 6:10   When I first saw this verse I thought, that's easy to do! Then I thought back through my experiences of dealing with people in church and found that it's not so easy. We are all sinners and influenced by Satan at times in our lives. Non of us is perfect, we're all human.
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Here's a song by Matthew West that goes with our verse of the day. I love its message.

Blessing of the Day: I stamped with another friend this morning. Tim got lots of wallpaper off the walls. I worked on cards for my class tomorrow.  My kids updated their ministry blog today.

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Friday, July 6, 2018

God's Plan

I came across this verse the other day and it made me stop and think. How many of us praise God for all of the things we have?  How many of us praise God for things we didn't get?  Many times we are fixed on the negative in life and spend time complaining about all of the things that go wrong.
Think about how we relate to one another. Do we come up to people or family and say, "I'm praising God for such and such."  More often than not, we groan and complain about our day, how we're feeling, people who ticked us off at work, in the car, or on the way home.

I saw another sentence that said, "What if today you woke with all that you thanked God for yesterday?"  "What would you have?"

I am going to work on this in my daily life. Think of how you feel when you complain. It's not a good feeling. It is momentarily if your friend or family member participates in the negativity and complains too.  After that though, what have you got?

I want to see what happens if I praise God for things. Will my friends and family do the same?

I belong to a group of stampers called, Crafters of Faith on Splitcoaststampers. Each month someone chooses a Bible verse and we make cards using the verse as inspiration.

 This month was my month to host. The verse I chose is my life verse, Proverbs 3:5-6 Trust in the LORD with all your heart and do not lean on your own understanding. In all your ways acknowledge Him, and He will make your path straight.
I have had several occasions where I have said to God, "If you don't want me to be married, okay I'll be single. If you don't want us to have children, my step-daughter is enough."
When I finally set my heart's desire down and told God I was ready to live with His will not mine, amazing things happened.

A month after I said I'd be single if God wanted me to be, I met my future husband. A few months after we said no kids, okay, we were pregnant with our first child.
This verse continues to come up in my life. I cling to it.

I stamped the image in black, then sponged the colors onto the paper. Then I colored the butterflies with yellow wink of stella.

This video is very different for me. However, it deals with God's Plan.  The man named Drake took the million dollars he got to make the video and gave it away to those in need in Florida.  There are amazing people doing God's work all over the world.

Blessing of the Day: I got to see a dear friend and stamp.  DH took the wallpaper off the walls in our half-bath on the main floor. He has a great steamer to do the wallpaper removal.

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Thursday, July 5, 2018

Happy Belated July 4th

    Happy Belated July 4th. We had a wonderful time with the kids yesterday. We grilled out and had a great picnic lunch. We ate inside because it was very hot and muggy outside.
We celebrate our country's independence and that led me to the independence we all seek from the moment we are born.
If you have children you see it throughout their life. I don't know about you, but as a mom I didn't like being needed less and less in their life.  At the toddler stage it was, "Me do, Mom. Me do."

As a preteen you child doesn't want to be seen with you in front of their friends. They'd walk ahead of you and never, ever hug or kiss them in front of friends either!

Teenagers fight for that independence when they assure us that they can do something like drive and be okay with it. I loved when they could drive, I could send them on errands. That was okay for a while, but grew old, fast.

I used to tell my teenagers that my role was to embarrass them our in public when I could. LOL  I didn't do it but they knew I could and would.

Even as they live their life outside of our house, showing us their independence, they will call or text us with questions, requests for help and reassurance.  They may be living somewhere else, but the ties that bind us are strong. Being independent is a good thing. I'm so glad it develops slowly so I had time to adjust to it a bit at a time.
Yesterday the kids swam and enjoyed the pool. DH and I sat in the air conditioning. The porch even with the fan wasn't conducive for sitting out there.
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Picnic foods were bountiful with everyone bringing something.

July 1st  we picked our first tomatoes of the season.  There's nothing like fresh, off the vine, tomatoes.

With all of the baseball games this summer I finished another afghan that will be going to Warm Up America in January. Pat Catan's, a neighborhood craft store sponsors it every year in January.

 The first card was my inspiration for this card. I used the new Stampin' Up Tufted embossing folder then added Liquid Pearls to the centers. I love how it looks.

Verse of the Day: Colossians 3:23-24
I often struggled with this when I was working. It was hard not to let emotions and feelings get in the way. Whether it was an administrator, parent or colleague, the struggle was the same.
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This is one of my favorite versions of this song. Enjoy.

Blessing of the Day: Spending time with kids and having a cookout.  Spending time with Tim after kids left. Feeling truly blessed today.

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